Cervino – The Italian-side of the Matterhorn

When most people think of the Matterhorn they think of Switzerland, but the Matterhorn shares a border with both Switzerland and Italy.  It is located between the Canton of Valais in Switzerland and the Aosta Valley in Italy. The famous peak may look a little different from the back-side but  the views will still leave … Continue reading Cervino – The Italian-side of the Matterhorn

Santa Caterina del Sasso

Perched on a rocky ledge above Lago Maggiore , is the beautiful Monastery of Santa Caterina del Sasso. The Monastery is only a short distance from Milan, Italy (1.5 hr) and Lugano, Switzerland (1 hr). It is the perfect little place to visit if you are in the area. During the winter months the Monastery … Continue reading Santa Caterina del Sasso

5 must-do hikes in Ticino, Switzerland

1. Monte Generoso Mount Generoso offers breathtaking views of both Switzerland and Italy. There are many different hikes leading  to the top, most of which you can find here.  We have taken the shorter (4 hour) hike from the Bella Vista parking lot.  You can take the train from Riva San Vitale, hike from Mendriso, … Continue reading 5 must-do hikes in Ticino, Switzerland

5 things I wished we knew before moving to a foreign country…

  It is hard to believe we have been living abroad for 11 years. Our kids are bilingual, one trilingual, and our life as an American family has been forever changed. Sometimes it is hard to explain what to expect living life abroad. When reflecting back on our move abroad, there are some things I wish … Continue reading 5 things I wished we knew before moving to a foreign country…

Winter wonderland in Lugano

Lugano may not have snowcapped trees but it definitely has its share of a winter wonderland. It is hard not to to embrace the Christmas spirt in this quaint city. The Christmas market begins with the lighting of the Christmas tree in the main square of Piazza Reforma and continues throughout the New Year. (2018 … Continue reading Winter wonderland in Lugano

Top 3 beaches along the Tuscan coast

  Most people do not think of the beach when they think of Tuscany.  The thought of rolling green hills, vineyards, and quaint villages come to mind.  If you have yet to discover the beaches in Tuscany,  I would highly recommend a getaway to Tuscany.   The beaches along the Tuscan coast spread for miles … Continue reading Top 3 beaches along the Tuscan coast