Milan Duomo – Duomo di Milano

Cue Barbara Streisand singing “On a Clear Day”…in Italian…and that’s what pops into my head while gazing out from the roof of the magnificent Duomo in Milan (although I seem to relate many things in life to a Broadway show tune but that’s a whole other story).  Every major Italian city and many smaller ones all have the obligatory Duomo or cathedral which are always ancient, historical, majestic and awe-inspiring.  I’m generalizing here, but they all seem to be at […]

Cooking with Diva in Montepulciano

It was like a top secret mission – we were told to be at Sant’Agnese, the 14th century church located outside the ancient walls of Montepulciano at 5:30 pm and a driver would meet us. When we arrived at the church a man was standing there.  He glanced furtively at us and after a few minutes he quietly asked us if we were waiting for a ride.  I nodded yes and as I turned away, I noticed a couple walking […]

Spiedo at La Torre

The day was gorgeous – sunny, blue sky with a few puffy clouds and my friend Deborah from the Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori del Garda and I were headed to La Torre Vineyards in the province of Brescia (Brescia is the province in Italy that borders the western end of Lake Garda and is located in Lombardy).  Yes we were going for the wine, but we were also going for what Deborah promised me was an authentic Brescian […]