Authentic Italy

Italy has some of the most luxurious hotels, villas and fine dining in the world, but luxury is not only about palatial foyers and silk cushions, luxury is about accessibility to places and authentic experiences that are otherwise inaccessible or may be unknown to the outsider. Some of the simplest things like sipping a glass of wine overlooking a small family vineyard or stepping into a traditional bottega are authentic experiences that will make your trip to Italy unforgettable.


I’m Celia Abernethy, originally from New York, I work as a travel writer, pro blogger and photographer. Through my work and more than 20 years living here, I have been fortunate to have discovered special parts of Italy and Italian culture and I share my knowledge and experience with you here on ItalyTravel&More.com. I sometimes partner with companies and affiliate programs for sponsorship. This in no way compromises the quality of the content. Links like these help creators like me to fund the free content that we provide on our blogs.




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Italian Fashion Never Goes Out of Style

From my portfolio: originally published in Italo-Americano  Gucci, Valentino, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Trussardi – we all know the names and are familiar with the image of these fashion powerhouses, but how did Italian fashion brands establish such a strong hold on the global market? Read more: English version: [...]

Tagliatelle (not spaghetti) is the preferred pasta in Bologna

Spaghetti Bolognese a.k.a “Spag-bol” is not a Bolognese dish. Virginio Merola, the mayor of Bologna, Italy has officially decided to call out anyone around the world serving Spaghetti Bolognese. He has declared it "fake news". (Above photo C. Abernethy) Tagliatelle (not spaghetti) is the preferred pasta served with ragù, Bolognese [...]

Lake Como Vacation Rental Casa Vacanze Namaste

Holiday apartment, Casa Vacanze Namaste is a five-minute walk from the historical center of Lecco on Lake Como. Owner, Alina Tomasini is your loving and caring host ready to welcome you to your vacation home during your visit to Lake Como. The joy she dedicates to her job as a host reflects [...]

Happiness Makers of Italy – Authenticity and Tradition Are Key

Italian Travel companies center on creating happiness for their guests Authenticity and sharing traditions are at the heart of creating long-lasting happiness and memories that travelers will bring back home after their trip to Italy. This year at the TTG Travel Experience I found companies in Italy looking to create [...]

The Cost of Being a Badly Behaved Tourist in Italy

Badly behaved tourists in Italy are being fined hefty fees for doing things they would probably never think of doing at home.  Raucous football fans in the streets, skinny dippers in historical fountains, and daredevils jumping off bridges are only a few of the stories reported in both national and [...]

Swimming with Poseidon: Paestum Temples & Beaches of Italy

The Greek temples of Paestum in Italy are a Unesco heritage site. Don’t miss seeing the splendor of this 2,500 year old archeological site and spend some time at the nearby beach clubs.   The Paestum beaches follow miles and miles of coastline and offer both archeological treasures and modern hotels and [...]

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