Mark Zuckerberg Fails to Tip, Should You? The Truth About Tipping Etiquette in Rome from Conde Nast

This article is worth a read – gives some great thoughts on tipping in Rome – below some key points directly from the article; Please also refer to our comments about tipping for a villa stay…next blog.

For the past 24 hours, European writers—apparently starved for stories about Italian restaurant etiquette—have been obsessing over allegations that Mark Zuckerberg failed to leave tips at two restaurants during his honeymoon in Rome with Priscilla Chan. Continue reading

New Train in Italy makes for fast travel

Trains in Italy – updates – new high speed trains connect main Italian towns


The regional and most of the Italian train service is managed by Trenitalia, a State company. Please note that regional and Intercity trains require that you stamp the ticket  before boarding, otherwise you’ll be fined. Regional trains are very cheap and connect many Tuscan cites, while faster and more expensive Eurostar AV and Frecciarossa trains connect Florence to other Italian cities. Intercity trains are cheaper than Eurostar, but have there are few still running. Continue reading

Great weekender bag for travel – carry on with great looks…capacity

Just found this great bag! the Worton Weekender…I would highly recommend it to anyone not just as a carry on – but if you can travel light, I mean if you can travel with a carry on only, then this is a great find.  Not only does it look great…black with leather straps and handles, it is amazingly useful.  I tested it myself on a 2 week safari to Tanzania – imagine a woman traveling for two weeks with only a carry on! ( I know, I know – sounds sexist, but I am a woman and I tell you it’s a feat to pack everything in one bag for 2 weeks…feat really should be feet – as shoes are worst for women to take along…  Everything fit, when rolled and tucked in… and the best is that the bag still looked good after being squished into the back of a jeep and crossing the very dusty Serengeti, sitting on the terrace of the beach house in Zanzibar or in the business class lounge… I can’t wait to take it to Italy soon – when I go on the next villa inspection trip to Tuscany

Best of all… I just received a notice that for the next 24 hours ( check date of posting) they are offering a great promotion … Continue reading

Italy’s Romance Hotspots…a few alternatives

Found a great article today about some lovely locations in Italy – are you looking for some romance during your trip to Italy, what about Juliet’s balcony in Verona? or a gondola ride in Venice, or standing at the edge of the Trevi fountain on a moonlit evening in Rome…that’s Amore!  read more in this Lonely Planet article republished by Frommer’s – Alternatives to Italy’s romance hotspots

Consider renting an apartment in Rome or Venice, perhaps a charming B&B in Verona?