Italy

Every Day in Tuscany cover

A return to Tuscany with Frances Mayes

I've been meaning for some time to start regularly writing about travel books at The Mother of All Trips. I've got a stack of them in my office, some sent to me, some that I've picked up myself. No matter where I'm going, reading is always an …

Interior of Santa Maria Trastavere

Mondays are for dreaming: Romance in Rome

The cobblestones, wet from an earlier rain, shone under the light from the cafés surrounding the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. It was evening in early November, but the air was warm enough to sit outside, as Matt and I were doing, each of us …

Tommy throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain

A coin in the Trevi Fountain

I don't know if it's because of my recently-published essay about Florence or the fact that I've been sent a few books about Tuscany to review, but I've had Italy on the brain lately. This photo offers evidence that Tommy will be returning to Rome, …

Mara, Matt, and Tommy at the Fiore del Belvedere

A return to Italy is a runner up

One of my favorite travel websites is Wanderlust and Lipstick, which recently sponsored the terrific WanderWomen Write contest. Although I didn't win a trip to Vietnam, I am proud to share that my essay "The Return" was a finalist in the Family Fun …

My year in Florence at Italiakids.com

When I was in the fourth grade, my mother took me to Italy for nine months. As I've written before, it was this experience that really sparked my interest in travel. There's nothing like traveling as a kid to teach you things about how to travel as a …