Author Archives: msraaka

About msraaka

I am a writer, ESL teacher and desktop publishing consultant living in the Pacific Northwest. After our first visit to Italy, my husband Bob and I have found ways to spend more and more time there. We love the people, the language, the food, architecture, art and the history of this amazing place.

Travel Tips Part Two–Italy’s Food

Everyone expects to eat well in Italy—after all, it’s where the Slow Food Movement started. Most restaurants and other food venues have been providing “fresh and local” for generations. However, there are a few tips to avoid those who cut … Continue reading

Posted in Italy, Travel | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

Tips for Travelers–Part 1

These tips are for travels in Italy, but they work for most any place you decide to travel. Major Cities Be An Early Bird- St. Peter’s Basilica opens at 7 a.m. most days. I’ve visited around 7:30 a.m. several times … Continue reading

Posted in Italy, Travel | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Return to Rome

Almost everyone who visits Italy for the first time includes Rome in their itinerary. We give ourselves three or four days to see the most important sights and we leave the city exhausted and overwhelmed by all of the history … Continue reading

Posted in Lazio, Travel | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Lucca Side Trips

Most towns in Italy are conveniently connected by an efficient rail or bus system, which makes it easy to select a base town for your visit. We chose to stay in Lucca because it has a wide variety of both … Continue reading

Posted in Travel, Tuscany | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Lovely Lucca

One of my favorite ways to experience Italy is to choose a town and stay for awhile. There are many advantages to staying in one place for more than a few days. First, you can save money by renting an … Continue reading

Posted in Travel, Tuscany | Tagged | Leave a comment

Hiking Near the Cinque Terre

On the Ligurian Coast between Genoa and Pisa there are many scenic towns and villages. But the most popular destination seems to be the Cinque Terre—five picturesque hill towns that are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park. These … Continue reading

Posted in Italy, Liguria, Travel | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

September in the Aosta Valley

For this trip to Italy, we decided to visit Aosta Valley—the smallest of Italy’s twenty regions. This beautiful valley, in the northwest corner of Italy is bordered by the French & Swiss Alps in the north and the scenic Gran … Continue reading

Posted in Italy, Travel, Valle d'Aosta | Tagged , , | Leave a comment