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Rebecca as Guest rather than Hostess: Spas in Umbria

This has to be one of the most arduous posts I have ever had to research. Yes, the toll of recon missions to some of the swankest spas and hotels in Umbria is a sacrifice I would only endure for someone as important as star blogger and travel consultant Robin Locker Lacey of one of the best travel websites out there:  My Melange.

If you are seeking wellness and pampering–with a side of culture and history–look no further than one of these heavenly spas in Umbria!


Rebecca as Guest rather than Hostess: Roman Assisi

I don’t often write about Assisi per se, as it seems that rivers of ink have been spilled in describing the town’s beauty and mystique. So it was a unique pleasure not only to be able to contribute to one of my favorite blogs about Italy (Madeline Clarke Jhawar’s excellent Italy: Beyond the Obvious) but to be able to explore some of the lesser known Roman monuments and sites in my adopted hometown.

If you have a passion for Roman history (or just want an excuse to check in to a fabulous five star spa), take a look here for some tips!


Rebecca as Guest rather than Hostess: Christmas in Umbria

I sure got into the Christmas spirit over the last week while writing articles for two of my favorite Italy websites:  Dream of Italy for a general overview of the holiday season in Umbria and’s GoItaly for some specific suggestions for not-to-be-missed sights and events if you are celebrating Christmas in Umbria.

Enjoy, and Buon Natale!


Rebecca as Guest rather than Hostess: Growing up Bilingual in Italian and English

As a rule, I am not a big fan of books about Italy written by non-Italians.  They are often condescending, superficial, and/or naive.

That said, I loved Dianne Hales’ entertaining and informative La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language and was so honored when she asked me to contribute a blog post about my experience raising my children bilingually in Italy.

You can read my post (and see a very cute picture of my little diavoli) here!


Rebecca as Guest rather than Hostess: An Interview about Costa di Trex

I talk about living in Assisi, but I’m lying. I live about 6 kilometers outside of town in a breathtakingly beautiful spot inside the Mount Subasio Park called Costa di Trex.

Federica and Gabriele from Umbria Lovers discovered this special place recently, and asked me to tell them all about it.



Rebecca as Guest rather than Hostess: A Hammam in Rome in Dream of Italy’s Newsletter

One of my favorite cities in the world is Rome, and one of my favorite spots in Rome is the AcquaMadre Hammam.

I was thrilled to be able to contribute to the incredibly informative Dream of Italy Newsletter to share this special spot with readers this week.  A few hours in this secret haven will have you relaxed and ready to throw yourself back in the hustle and bustle of the Eternal City.

A special thanks to Kathy McCabe for letting me contribute to her award-winning newsletter!