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Ciao! Thanks for visiting. I Love Italy!! My fondness for this country just deepens each time I visit. Maybe I did walk this land in another life, who knows? It sure feels like home. I am an independent travel writer who has written for several publications. You will find everything here from fabulous wineries in Tuscany to exploring the southern whitewashed villages of Puglia. Take a look around and enjoy the many pleasures of Italy.

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  1. Ciao Susan, I’ve just discovered your blog and am enjoying working my way through the archives. I first visited Italy as a student in 1968, staying in youth hostels in Florence, Rome and Baia, and have been back a number of times. My favourite quote from Robert Browning says it all:

    Open my heart and you will see
    Grav’d inside of it “Italy”.
    Such lovers old are I and she,
    So it always was, so shall ever be.

    Tanti auguri.

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  2. Hi Susan, great to find another Italy lover here! I am a Dutch expat, living south of Milan since 2008. The Oltrepo Pavese wine region, ever heard of it? I am about to publish the English translation of my book with funny stories about my life in Italy. Would you be interested in a prelaunch e-version? A sneak preview is available at http://italiaanse-toestanden.duepadroni.it/index-UK.html
    Ciao, a presto,
    Stef

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  3. Beautiful blog w/ visuals! Please drop me a line raeleenmautner@gmail.com when you get a chance. Would love to interview you on my radio show about your travels to Italia. a presto! Raeleen raeleenmautner.com

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  4. Ciao Susan! I wanted to say ‘Grazie’ for sharing your love for my country in your blog! I really love it!
    I hope you’ll be able to visit my own region one day, if you haven’t had the chance yet: Le Marche, on the eastern side in the center of Italy.
    I’m sure you’d fall in love with it and would be happy to read your thoughts!
    Sending kisses and hugs!

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    • Thank you so much! I do love Italy….the culture, tradition and warmth of the people. I have passed through Le Marche, but I intend to come back and look deeper. I’m sure you are right…I would definitely fall in love:)

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  5. my heart is with you to be sure!! When I first began my blog, there was a great deal to do with my travels, especially to Italy. I too have always deeply loved Italy and all things Italian—as time has continued onward I find however that my posts are more reflective of our current time and difficult situations and of my deeply rooted faith, more so then perhaps my adventures—but the sights, sounds, and scents which make Italy what it is, are always close to my heart, mind and soul–
    Ciao Ciao bella πŸ™‚
    Julie

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    • Hi Julie, thank you for stopping by. You sound a lot like me as I, too, feel somewhat that i’m being directed to another form of sharing my writing. I know my love for Italy will always remain in my heart. I can never let go of the joy and beauty, of the ancient ruins, the slow way Italians savor each day. And I always dream of returning. It’s like reuniting with an old friend. Blessings to you!

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  6. I love your BLOG Susan. I also have no Italian blood in me but love Italy so much so I bought a second home there. There is something wonderful about the people, the food, the wine, the gelato and the beauty of this country.

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  7. So glad you like my country πŸ™‚

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  8. Congratulations on a fantastic blog! As a struggling new blogger your site is very inspiring!

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  9. I am so happy to have discovered your blog tonight. I am just diving into this blogging thing, a few years behind. Your blog is a great inspiration to me. What a beautiful person you are, inside and out to create such a blog that truly captures how I feel about Italia. Mille Grazie!

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  10. Glad I came across your blog as we are going to Italy next week, second year in a row. It’s become a tradition every July. We love it there too :).

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  11. Hi Susan, letting you know about my new eco tour directory – http://www.EcoTourLinQ.com. I do have a page for Italy. Perhaps one day if you want to write about environmental conservation or ecotourism in Italy on your blog, I can be of help. Deborah

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  12. Nice to meet you! Me too, no drop of Italian blood but ever since my first day there as a young 19 year old backpacker, I was IN LOVE with it. I have lived there a few times and used to organize weddings in Italy’s most beautiful places! I love connecting with others who feel the same. I will start following your site. You can check mine out here:
    http://paradiseofexiles.com
    Oh, and I’m gathering articles by travelers and expats for the site. Perhaps you have an article I can publish? Have a look at the Travel Writing page on my site and let me know!

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  13. Bon journo Susan…thanks for liking one of comments on a common friend’s post, which in turn prompted this visit to yours..best wishes… Raj.

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  14. Hi Susan!

    I definitely share your love for this country and also do not have a drop of Italian blood in me πŸ™‚ I think watching the Sopranos with all that amazing food made me want to visit there the first time πŸ™‚

    I’m launching a service in Italy and I was wondering If I could have your insight about it?

    Would love it if you emailed me.
    Thanks!!
    Vicky

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  15. Hi Susan – sorry, it’s been awhile. I just wanted you to know I nominated you for the Butterfly Light Award at http://plaintalkandordinarywisdom.com/thank-you-my-last-butterfly-light-award/. Thank you for sharing and making this a better world. πŸ™‚

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  16. Hi. Will come back. Going to Italy next week-end. πŸ™‚
    (Thanks for your visit!)
    Buon final di settimana!
    Brian

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  17. Ciao Susan,

    I found your blog as I was doing research for Italian-themed blogs, and I’m so glad I did! I own Italy Book Tours and I am contacting you today to see if you are interested in spotlighting books on your blog that are set in Italy or written by an Italian author.

    Please contact me at italybooktours at gmail dot com. I would love to chat with you more about this since, like me, you’re passionate about everything Italian!

    Laura Fabiani
    http://www.italybooktours.com

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  18. I am so excited and happy to chance upon your blog. I share a similiar passion with you for that country. Cheers! Keep writing!

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  19. I lived in MIlan for eight years and had the time of my life. I look to you now to live vicariously the Mediterranean dream! πŸ™‚

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    • Jackie, lucky you!! What brought you back from Milan? I am pleased and that you are looking to live the ‘Mediterranean dream’ through me. I will strive to keep you there….this is partly why I write. It is also my dream to never leave it. Thank you:)

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      • I worked in Milan’s fashion industry but eventually needed a bigger city’s energy and so NYC called my name and I trotted off. But I think of Italy often and it features in my writing too, like an old lover that still has the power to seduce me πŸ™‚

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      • I see…yep, Italy has a grip like a vice! It’s impossible to forget. I’m supplied with exotic memories that will last a lifetime.

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  20. Your passion for Italy is infectious! Rome is my second favourite city…after Palermo!

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  21. love your blog and experience though, hope one day you can make it to Treviso & around πŸ™‚

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  22. thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it πŸ™‚ what an interesting blog you have ! for sure will be back here πŸ™‚

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  23. Great blog. I loved Italy the first time I visited (Nearly 20 years ago) and it has now got to the point that we (my husband in tow!) visit pretty much at least once a year. If we don’t get our fix of the country we feel very down hearted. πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, I know what you mean:) So glad you dropped by, and thank you for your compliments! Do you have a favorite area that you like to revisit?

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      • I would happily move to Rome tomorrow if only my husband would relent and give in. We have mainly visited Northern Italy up until now although have spent some time in Florence. We often spend the summer there with my parents and my dad absolutely loves the area around Venice so we tend to stay nearby. Lido is a favourite day trip when we are there. We are heading back this summer so hope to be able to do a bit more exploring. I would love to visit Bari and Portofino which I know I will get to one day! πŸ™‚

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      • You have much on your list yet. That is a wonderful thing. Italy is fathomless. Rome is full of surprises and would be a fun place to live. Well….who knows what the future holds for sure!!:)

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  24. Neither of us have a drop of Italian blood either, but we also love the country. going through your blog this morning you have introduced us to several new places, and shown us some old friends. Thanks!

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    • Glad I am in good company….and good to hear that you are reaping positive benefits from reading this blog. I am excited to get to know you and your travel adventures as well….wonderful to compare notes! Thank you for your comment…chat again soon.

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  25. I just love your blog! So beautiful and informative. I’m going through all the posts now after reading Strolling the Backstreets of Rome. Thank you for a gorgeous blog. And thank you for stopping by mine.

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  26. I need to get in touch with you – and don’t see a contact form on this site. I’d like to use some of your photos in our digital travel magazine. Please email me at Doni (AT) GirlsGuidetoParis.com

    Best – Doni

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  27. A fascinating site. Do you live in Italy or are you a regular visitor?

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    • Thank you for your kind words! I do not live in Italy, although i’ve thought about spending up to half the year in this wonderful country. I visit often as possible. Italy is my passion!! Your website is amazing and i’m enjoying the articles.Thank you for stopping by:)

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  28. Susan, Thank you so much for commenting on my Mother’s Day post. I am thrilled to discover your blog. We seem to have the same passion for Italy. i look forward to reading more of your posts!

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  29. Susan your someone after my own heart. There is nothing like wondering the cobblestone streets and discovering what lies ahead πŸ™‚

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