Day 6: La Colombara

Restored from an old farmhouse, PashbyMaul Adventures is currently staying at Bed and Breakfast La Colombara, in beautiful Pianezze del Lago, as we await our departure from Italy this weekend. Situated just up the road from our old house, we feel fortunate to be able to stay in our own neighborhood through till the end … Continue reading Day 6: La Colombara

Day 27: Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi

Don't trust the GPS I love Garmin. She helps us when we travel to unfamiliar areas all over Europe. We keep her maps up to date with a lifetime subscription, and we made sure the very latest were downloaded just prior to this trip. However, Garmin can not be trusted. Garmin likes goat-trails, because they … Continue reading Day 27: Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi

Day 47: Sa Tanca Crostaceria

After a morning walking tour of the Prati area of Rome, a walk along the west bank of the Tiber, and a quick stroll through Piazza San Pietro at the Vatican, we began to get very hungry on the long trek back toward the train station. Hiking past the epic monument to Vittorio Emanuele, we … Continue reading Day 47: Sa Tanca Crostaceria

Day 48: Five reasons Pianezze del Lago is the perfect place to live

Three years ago this week, I relocated from Tuscany to the Veneto. In less than 11 days I had met with a realtor, and settled on the first house I saw, after looking at only three. Pianneze del Lago ended up being the perfect place to be. What is it that we love so much about … Continue reading Day 48: Five reasons Pianezze del Lago is the perfect place to live

Day 54: Le Pignole, Colli Berici Horseback Riding

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than communing with nature on the back of a horse, followed by wine tasting and homemade pizza? Well that is exactly what we did today at Le Pignole, Brendola. Situated on the west facing slopes of the Berici hills, Le Pignole is ideally positioned to absorb the … Continue reading Day 54: Le Pignole, Colli Berici Horseback Riding

Day 67: Fare una passeggiata

Literally, "to do a walk" - fare una passeggiata is truly a national phenomenon. Nothing like a gorgeous spring Sunday afternoon to bring people out in droves to the countryside - to go for a walk is the embodiment of relaxation, health, vitality, living life to its fullest, and quality time with friends and family. … Continue reading Day 67: Fare una passeggiata

Day 75: Antica Osteria dalla Croce

On the hilltop above Lago di Fimon, Lapio boasts some of the most incredible views of the Fimon valley. Antica Osteria takes advantage of this ideal position with a summertime terrace for outdoor dining with views over the lake, hills, and mountains beyond. In the cooler months, basically anytime deemed less than warm by the … Continue reading Day 75: Antica Osteria dalla Croce

Day 97: Palazzo Reale a Torino, an all-day event!

Ciao a tutti. We are continuing our weekend trip here in Torino, or Turin, as English-speakers call it. Turin is a bit off-the-beaten path to first-time Italy travelers, despite being a very large Italian city, mainly because it is not one of "the big 3"(Venice, Florence, Rome) visited on large-group tours. You may have heard … Continue reading Day 97: Palazzo Reale a Torino, an all-day event!

Day 98: Torino Landmark Tourism

What activity does one normally associate with tourism in Europe? Landmark hopping of course. Here in the regional capital of Piemonte, Torino, we do just that. A well endowed city in the landmark department, Torino certainly does not disappoint. Setting out from our strategically positioned apartment rental steps from Piazza Castello, we took the number … Continue reading Day 98: Torino Landmark Tourism

Expectations When In Italia

It's come to my attention that expectations often shape our experiences and reactions.  For instance, Drew has certain airline expectations because he has Gold Status on US Airways.  He's used to boarding the plane first, going through the special security line, lounge access during layovers and so on.  So, when we fly an airline that is … Continue reading Expectations When In Italia