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Showing posts with label Conde Nast Traveler. Show all posts

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Digital Diary - Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy - 7 Days, 7 Artists, 7 Videos...

I was contacted by one of the producers of the Digital Diary series when they first produced the first video in Basilica, since then they've produced a newer one in Friuli Venezia Giulia - it's by far one of the most interesting takes on showcasing Italy and it's amazing regions. They have 7 artists, (producers & camera people) travel within 7 days of their designated project and shoot their 7 videos, which then becomes the digital diary masterpiece. Here's a bit of their explanation on what they do:

'7 Artists. 7 Days. 7 Videos.
We’ve imported some of the most creative minds around to work on our Digital Diary of Italy. We’ve got young photographers, video makers, animators on the project to give us their impression of Italy.
Totally subjective. Undemocratic. Creative."

Friday, October 28, 2011

Photo Of The Day: Italian American Girl in Venice

A picture is worth a thousand words.... image yourself right in this picture, looking down this canal toward the next bridge... its absolutely breathtaking. Enjoy.

(This photo is property of Italian American Girl/ 2011 Copyright - You must ask permission to reuse.)

Venice, Italy

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Italian American Girl Featured On 's Italy Travel Guide

Check out our latest featured entry in today's for Italy's Travel Guide written by Martha Bakerjian. The entry features different questions about why I created and wrote my blog and what its all about. I give advice on traveling to Italy and specifially to the region of Reggio Calabria. Take a look.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How Following Top Travel Tweeters Can Land You The Best Travel Deals To & In Italy....

If you haven't heard about Twitter then you have to get on the boat and sign up! Twitter is a social media networking site that allows you to join in active and instant conversation.

If you're looking for information on travel, then all you have to do is search for travel Tweeters. I've been on Twitter for almost a year now and if there is any information that I want to know or find out regarding travel I just check my Tweetboard and catch up on the latest and greatest deals available to Italy.

Now, I talk about Italy because that's our niche, but you can also find top travel advice and suggestions by some of the best travel experts to other parts of the world. Not only are you getting up to date airfare sales information but you can also find comparison price information, reward program updates, flight information if you're traveling, hotel accomodation pricing, villa availability, the list is endless.

Here is a list of Top Travel Tweeters that provide endless resourceful information on Italy. Sign up and start following them, you can only benefit from their Tweets.

Also if I've missed any other "Travel" tweeters who specialize in Italy, send me an email...I will add you. Italians support each other, or at least I try. ....
Don't forget to follow me on Twitter-- @italianamergirl

Monday, August 31, 2009

Traveling To Italy With Children--How and What to Expect..

I'm honored that today's guest post is from my sister, Meri who recently returned from a month long trip to Reggio Calabria, Italy. She traveled to Italy alone this time around and had her infant son, Max and 7 year old, Izzy with her. She wanted to share her thoughts on traveling with kids to Italy. Thanks Meri!

Traveling to Italy with Two Children…

As I feverishly recheck for the tenth time if I remembered everything for our trip, I stop for a moment to reflect and ask myself “ Am I Nuts?” after all Max is only 15 months old and Izzy is seven, what will I do on such a long trip alone???
As I approach the airport I feel the pit in my stomach, wondering if this trip will set me over the edge, but everyone tells me when traveling with children you will get a lot of help and great service, I think positive and proceed to check in. Here is the first surprise, no one is readily available to help me with my bags and now I have to manually swipe passports and check-in while making sure my daughter doesn’t wonder away and Max doesn’t try to jump out of the stroller while screaming.

Well that was over, now I head for the elevator because with a stroller it is your only option, as I wait for twenty minutes on line I ask myself why is this not easier for moms??? I mean this is 2009 plenty of people travel with small children I’m sure. OK we finally get the security check point and I am struggling to get the baby out of the stroller, put everything on the conveyor belt and fold the stroller, which must also go through the x-ray machine, only it does not fit!
At the gate we hang out and try to keep entertained with the huge bag of toys I took along (thank God!!)

Snacks and toys save the day. We board the plane and settle in, a close friend suggests asking for “bulkhead seats” and I did, it really made a big difference because there are no seats in front of you and the extra space is fabulous for kids.

As I boarded the plane I was also instructed to leave my stroller packed down so they could store it, but again when you’re traveling alone its not the easiest thing to break down your stroller while holding an infant and making sure your 7 year old is close. My son is small enough so I didn’t bring the car seat onto the plane and instead he was seated in my lap.

Being prepared I made sure the baby drank a bottle (or pacifier) which I found alleviated ear pain during take off, but was taken by surprise when my daughter (wearing a motion sickness band) puked all over us and the floor. I asked a flight attendant for some paper towels and a hand only to get nothing but a dirty look and she told me there was nothing she could do, “there are towels in the bathroom” she said. Wow, that was great, was my kid the only one who ever puked??? Good thing I packed plenty of wipes ad some extra small garbage bags in my “Magic” travel bag. Well to say the least service was BAD!!!!

Babies or not you are on your own. Arriving in Rome and navigating through Fiumicino Airport was pleasant and easy, I found the Italian people to be very in tune with children and were much more helpful. I mean the bus driver even stepped down from the bus to help me with my stroller! The elevators were easy to find and quick, along with the monorail system. As I near the end of my journey to my destination I found the attendants on Alitalia very helpful and child friendly.
Having a positive experience is key to good travel with kids, from my experience I suggest the best thing is to be prepared for anything.

Here is a helpful list of things to do:
• Pack one easy to navigate, light-weight bag (the handle should be long enough to hang over stroller handle, freeing you up)
• Put meds like Tylenol, Mylicon, Benadryl etc. in a clear plastic zip-loc.
• Pack a bag with favorite toys.
• Snacks
• Small blankies
• Wipes
• Diapers (if needed)
• A few small garbage bags
• A small zip up pouch with all your documents.
• Pacifiers, bottles etc.
• Mini DVD player with a few favorite CD’s

Overall, my trip was amazing because I was in Italy, but when traveling with small children it can always be a bit tricky. I’m glad my kids got to experience the beauty of Italy.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Italian American, Emmy Award Winning Television Reporter & Producer, Mark Joyella, Launches New Wine Travel Site, VINITREK.

Mark Joyella is an Emmy-winning television reporter, media blogger, and film and video producer. Mark's covered stories across the country and around the world, and teaches news writing and reporting at

He recently launched a wine & travel site, where he and his wife travel around the world to discover the best wineries and food. Mark is Italian American and with his newly launched site Vinitrek, he's becoming more in touch with his cultural heritage.

The Gioiellas who arrived in the U.S. a few generations ago put down stakes in Connecticut, and then went about a fast and furious effort to fit right in, changing the spelling of our name to Joyella (my brother's since changed it back), and making English the language spoken at home. The result is that I've lived most of my life failing the three-step quiz Italians are always giving me:

1. Where are you from in Italy? (Well, it was never really discussed, and I'm not really sure.)
2. But you've been, right? (To Italy, hate to say it, but no, not yet.)
3. But at least you speak the language? (Er...not so much)

What my heritage has given me, for better or worse, is an ability to eat pasta, meats and cheese day after day without ever getting bored, and a profound passion for wine. Recently my wife and I stumbled over a few bottles of Sicilian summer wine at a Brooklyn wine shop that was affordable and utterly terrific.

Tiffanie and I are still newlyweds, having been married in March in Napa, California. We brought in a small group of family and friends, had an outdoor ceremony in an apple orchard with an amazing vineyard backdrop, and then got down to the business--Italian style--of celebrating with tons of good food and lots of great wine.

Our wedding sparked our interest in creating a place where people could go to plan trips to wine country: a place that would tell you about wineries, resorts, and, of course, restaurants. We've started shooting stories close to home, visiting the Hudson Valley north of New York, and Long Island's North Fork.

And yes, Italy is in the works, as is Oregon, New Zealand and beyond.

We're not wine snobs--not by a long shot. But we do love sitting down with friends and family, uncorking a bottle of wine and talking, talking, talking. That, it seems, is in the blood. Throw some bread, cheese and meat into the mix, and, well, you know what I'm talking about.

So with Vinitrek (, we're off to the most beautiful parts of the world to try wine and explore for good food. I know--rough life. We probably won't get rich doing it, but with the wine and food, we'd be doing it anyway, you know? We'd love to have you come along for the trip.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

How Sicily Is Transforming Itself Into A Modern Hot Spot.

Conde Nast Traveler For This Month, reports on the beautiful changes in Sicily. A modern hot spot that has evolved from our ancestor's times and history.

Read the story here with beautiful photos:
Photo: Rick Lew, Condé Nast Traveler