Bologna, Italy, 7 things not to miss
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When in Bologna, Italy | 7 Things Not to Miss

7 Things Not to Miss in Bologna, Italy   When you arrive in Bologna, you will notice right away its beautiful porticoes. These porticoes have protected people as far back to ancient times from the sun and rain, while in addition, also created an extension of the house above. Take your time in walking the streets. Look at all the different colors of each portico, the architecture and most of all, the beautiful floors. This […]

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SS Annunziata Church, ouritalianjourney.com
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SS Annunziata Church | A Hidden Treasure | Florence

SS Annunziata Church, Florence, Italy SS Annunziata Church is located not far from the Duomo in Florence, Italy. It is however, not your “typical” church as the outside facade is more like an office building. In fact, we walked passed it one day trying to find it. Our Google Maps told us it was there; we were standing right on the spot but when we opened the doors it was an open area with porticoes […]

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Price comparison, US & Italy
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Bottom Line | Price Comparison: Italy and USA

 Bottom Line – Price Comparison The bottom line of price comparison starts with something we all are all aware of. We know that gasoline has a much higher price tag in Europe than in the USA. At the time our our visit, gasoline was  €1,48 for a litre. Approximately four liters equals one gallon. It is much cheaper to travel by train and bus! We have always heard that the cost of living is high […]

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Gelato Festival | In America For The First Time!

Gelato Festival | In America For The First Time!   For the very first time, EVER – The Gelato Festival comes to America! Gary and I were thrilled to participate in the 2017 Gelato Festival Europe when visiting Florence recently. We ate gelato for hours and then voted for our favorite which happened to win the Florence competition! Our choice in Florence did not win the overall 2017 Europe Festival but it was fun to […]

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Doors of Siena
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Wood Doors | My Obsession and Love | Siena

Doors of Siena … more doors? (I can hear you now; enough Ilene!) Well, I just can’t resist taking pictures of these beautiful works of art. There is something about them; perhaps it is what is behind them that interests me or why the owner choose their particular door. Siena is a hill town in Tuscany and of course the town is filled with unique entryways. Here is a glimpse of what you will find […]

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Montalcino
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Montalcino | Discovering the Beautiful Hill Town and Famous Wine

Montalcino, Italy Montalcino is one of the famous hill towns of Italy. It is located in the region of Tuscany in the Province of Siena. The town is 94 square miles in size and at an elevation of approximately 1900 feet. It is a relatively small town of about 5,300 year-round residence. There are some “flat” streets but the little side alleys are intriguing and fun! Montalcino gets its name from a variety of oak […]

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