From the Il Bel Centro Archives: Valentine's Day in a land that knows not the whimsy of candy hearts.Read More
Chronicling our return home from a year in Umbria and the preparations for our around-the-world journey.
More and more families are embracing travel as a vital part of their lives. If you are are a traveler looking for gifts for your family or if you have a traveling family on your gift list, this is the definitive gift guide.Read More
This year I offer eight highly-curated gift ideas for the Italophile on your list, with variations to create a thoughtful present for any budget. If you have a loved one who has a passion for food, wine, history, art, or more—you’ll find a worthy gift idea here.Read More
Aperol is an Italian apéritif that tastes lightly of citrus with bitter undertones. Learn how to turn Aperol into a cocktail that will elevate your afternoons, and how to turn that cocktail into a party.Read More
Laughter bloomed like dandelions in a field of sunshine. Everything was shinier, rosier, more glowing, more dramatic, more emotional, more vivid. I started wondering about why and then thought, “Because Italy.”
I stopped wondering.Read More
Gift ideas for the Italophile on your list. These aren't "things" that get shoved in the back of a drawer by the time La Befana visits. Rather, these are intended as experiences to enliven days and bring people together—to create a sense of daily celebration.Read More