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Southern Italy, the Jewel of Europe

Many guidebooks skip Southern Italy altogether, completely ignoring the beautiful beaches, fantastic scenery, amazing food and culture the South has to offer. This is the land of the Magna Grecia. Come see what makes it so special.

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    Italian Leather Handbags from Florence

    Italian Leather Handbags from Florence Ciao again from Florence! As you know, your Chasing La Bella Vita team has been fanning out across the globe to bring you travel information, photos of beautiful places and even some photo bomb selfies that will make you hemorrhage with mirth. My cohorts Lisa and Geoff are heading in…

      View from Pnote Vecchio

      Depression and Bad News

      Ciao again Belli Peeps! I am here, a somewhat fatigued and travel stained but radiantly happy Chris writing to you from my temporary living room in Florence, Italy. I am sitting here with the balcony doors open enjoying the breeze coming in off the Arno. I can see the Duomo across the river and the little…

        Champagne time

        Finding Time

        Finding Time By Chris Ellis My husband came back from an estate sale gloating. He had a lot to gloat about. He had scored two bottles of high end champagne for a dollar a bottle. “These are gonna be great” he said and put them in the fridge for a special occasion. Tonight my son…