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Friday, August 1st, 2014
This section includes articles about Italy in general and interviews. More in a reading style than about a specific subject.   John's Observations on Italy Romantic places in Italy by Maria Liberati... From South Africa to Italy... Siena, and walks in Britain...
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A Helpful Guide for your Itinerary Millions of tourists visit Italy each year to visit La Scala in Milan or go to the museums of Florence. Since the Italians are known for being stylish, many tourists fret over what to pack for their next vacation to Italy. Even if you don't have many fashionable clothes, there is no reason to go on a shopping spree before you travel - wait until you get to Italy to hit the amazing boutiques! It's can be tempting to take your entire wardrobe, but I highly
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Raw Impressions of Italy From April 9th through April 16th, 2003 I was in Italy visiting my brother-in-law. He is currently a Master's student in the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. We mainly spent time in Sicily (Siracusa and Taormina), Bologna and Rome. Here are some of my raw impressions of Italy. Enjoy! My Notes Navona square in Rome 1. As you would expect, the cars in Italy are significantly smaller than in the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
General Information about Traveling to Italy: Above Euro Coins NEWS: starting in 2004 the Italian post office is offering a telephone card for 5 Euro that allows up to 200 minutes of phone calls to the U.S. - and very cheap rates anywhere else as well - with no connection fees. Passports/Visa Requirements: A U.S. PASSPORT or valid entry document is necessary to enter Italy. A VISA IS NOT REQUIRED for a U.S. or Canadian citizen holding a valid passport unless he/she expects to stay in
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Siena & the heart of Tuscany by Rebecca Ford Today, Norm Goldman, Editor of Sketchandtravel.com & Bookpleasures.com is delighted to have as our guest, travel author, writer, and photographer, Rebecca Ford. Rebecca is a contributor to several British newspapers and magazines, as well as some websites. She is also the author of several guidebooks, and is member of the British Guild of Travel Writers. Recently, Rebecca launched her most recent guide- book, Sienna & the Heart Of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italy.   The very idea of it can spark thoughts of romance and passion in the mind of any red-blooded American.   What most of us have learned of Italy, we have learned through movies, books, travel documentaries and brochures.   It is presented, and rightly so, as a place to open up to the passions and desires that lie within ourselves.   Beautiful villas next to sparkling seas, quaint little outdoor cafes where
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Travel and Tourism: Life In Italy is not a comprehensive travel and tourism site. We offer two general categories of Italian travel information. First we provide useful general information for foreigners traveling to Italy, including many helpful points not always offered by the normal tourism web site. For example, we have pointers to help you use you American telephone in Italy as well as how to drive here. We include information about summer festivals put on by many Italian cities
Friday, June 1st, 2012
From South Africa to Europe Today, Norm Goldman, Editor of sketchandtravel.com is pleased to have as a guest, Philip de Bruin. Philip is originally from South Africa and for many years had been involved in the Information Technology sector. In 1998, Philip and his wife Catrien moved to Europe and have been doing a great deal of Traveling, particularly in Italy. Philip is here to discuss the Montefeltro region of the province of Marche, as well as
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A gelateria near Campo Dei Fiori - Rome   BAR: Not a U.S.-style bar. Those places that have U.S-style bars will advertise "American bar" - generally hotels. While you can buy beer, brandy, or other alcoholic beverages at Italian bars, the central feature is the espresso coffee machine. You can have a Caffe or Espresso (about 1 euro) or a Cappuccino for about 1.20 euro (1.50 USD). Italians visit bars throughout the day, but especially in the morning when pastries are served with the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Where does Jennifer Lopez go for an Italian getaway? Why, Capri, of course!   Romantic Italy…An exploration by Erica Miner   "Open my heart, and you will see Graved inside of it, Italy." - Lord Byron   How many times have you heard the phrase, "It's Better in the Bahamas?" Or "Virginia is for Lovers?" Okay, I admit the Bahamas is glorious, and Virginia has its pleasures. But for me, unquestionably, if there's anyplace that's "for lovers," Italy is it.   View of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Second part of the interview to Maria Liberati, Author of The Basic Art Of Italian Cooking      Norm: If you had to choose 5 unequalled venues in Italy for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or wedding destination, what would they be and why? Maria: First, I must say that it is really difficult for me to narrow my choices down to 5 venues. Please also note that some of my picks are not the usual places people may choose. I like to find the unusual and the not highly
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Driving in Rome or "The Space Invaders Challenge" For those of you who are old enough to remember a video game called Space Invaders, it would be easier to understand what driving in Rome is like for somebody who has, let's say, learnt to drive in the US.     For all the others, who are lucky enough to be so young to have no clue of what I am talking about, well, let's say that once you board your vehicle and you hit the road in Rome, your windshield turns into a digital screen
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bringing Your Pet to Italy With suitcase in hand and carry-on strapped over one shoulder-it is time to wonder where dear old pussycat will fit among the traveling gear. We decided to read about traveling with pets which covered a slew of rules and regulations, though we still had many questions. Is he old enough to travel? Will he be comfortable? Do we have a proper kennel? Which flights will cater to him? It was time to face the challenge, and a relief struck as dark yellow
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Interview to Maria Liberati, Author Of The Basic Art Of Italian Cooking - Part 1     Today, Bookpleasures.com and Sketchandtravel.com, are pleased to have as its guest, Maria Liberati, supermodel and author of the soon to be released cook- book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking.     The cookbook will contain recipes Maria discovered as a guest of various agriturismi (country farms), as well as her family's vineyard. It also includes her encounters with chefs of some