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Day 4,5 and 6- Italy 


after bidding adieu to Portofino, our next stop was Porto Ercole. A Tuscan Island where locals go on holiday. 

Before heading there we decided to do a slight detour to “The Mall”. A big designer outlet shopping center in Rappello , Tuscany. 

We then headed to Porto Ercole. We stayed at the Argenterio Golf and Spa resort. It’s a member of the design hotels. There is one Leading hotel of the world on the island , Il  Pelicano , incase you are wondering. 





  Modern property with a black and white decor. We had a  junior suite with a terrace. 

Dinner Herrera was modern Tuscan good with local ingredients. 

We decided to explore the island a little Porto Stefano was the nearest to followed by Orbetello. 

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We ate dinner at a beach restaurant called “I Due Pini”. It was just beautiful. 





Hubby did a golf lesson at the hotel. I used the gym. They had 2 pools.indoor and outdoo the gym was well equipped. 

The next day we decided to return to one of our favorite Tuscany cities- Siena. It was just a 90 m drive. It was the only day it rained but it was still wonderful. 



After a fantastic lunch at a cave restaurant ( boar’s meat sauce on Papadelle) , we had some great coffee followed by gelato. 

Since we couldn’t get a table at Pelicano due to the inclement weather  , we ended the trip with some delicious wine and dessert.   


  The drive to the airport was just 90 m. 

Bye Italy. See you again soon !!!


Day 1 – Portofino, Italy 


DH and I arrived in Rome and headed to pick up our rental car. ( better signage would have helped at the airport ). After an hours wait we got our cute Audi and we were off on the long drive to Portofino. (4 hrs ). 

The long windy roads from Rapello to Santa Margerita to Portofino were out of a James Bond movie ( though we were not chasing nor being chased lol).  

Hotel Belmond Splendido was just gorgeous. Old school charm. We had a junior suite with 2 terraces to lounge in. Just brilliant views.  

  View from terrace 

  The hotel was full of regulars. People checking in had been there multiple times. It’s a place where everyone knows your name. Also well loved by movie stars ! 
We ate dinner at the Hotel the first night on ther terrace , taking in the beautiful  scenery. 

A hotel with only 62 rooms , it sells out quick. Contact me for specials and exclusive deals. 

I ain’t a chef – but you can train with one!


I received a cook book signed by Nancy Silverton as a present. I decided to try the ‘linguine with clams, pancetta and spicy Fresno chilis’.

Now, the results were quite average.
I discovered
– I don’t care for clams. I prefer mussels.
– it called for too many onions.

So, I rather take a live cooking class and if it’s in Italy it’s even better. At Villa San Michele overlooking Florence- sign me up. Or better yet- let me sign you up!


Day 1- Made it to Catania , heading to Taromina


Had a comfortable flight from JFK -Fco on Delta. With priority check in , boarding and lounge access it was quite wonderful.
The seats were a 2-2-2 set up. It was quite nice and spacious , service was good , food as you would expect on planes , entertainment choices very disappointing. I watched ‘Rum Diaries’ and then took a 4 hour nap.

Got to Rome then went to the Alitalia lounge. The flight to Catania was about an hour.
Mt. Etna looked pretty from the plane. Snow capped and majestic.

Hotel is a a 45 min drive from the village of Taormina.

Lunch was a club sandwich at 4 pm at the terrace overlooking the active mt.Etna. In the evening we happened so see some lava erupting too. The next day the airports were shut for a few hours… 🙂

Below- view from the Terrace of the hotel


The view from my balcony



The Grand Hotel Tameo from the outside – a super Orient Express hotel property



There was an amazing sweet and sour salad which I totally missed to capture!

Granita is a popular dessert or breakfast food- its shaved ice with some flavor ( orange, coffee , strawberry), to be eaten like an ice cream sandwich by putting it in a brioche!

We had a version of it for dinner– heaven!

Only slept 4 hours. We have to be out of the hotel at 9:30am. A wonderful first day in Sicily- I don’t have any expectations , I was so pleasantly surprised. Wonderful people- warm, friendly and very proud of being Sicilian.