Perugia, Italy: An Enchanting Jewel in Umbria’s Crown

By Marjorie Dorfman. Two of the most romantic and enjoyable years of my life were spent during the time I lived in Italy as a student at The Universita Per Stranieri (University for Foreigners) in the Umbrian city of Perugia. Before the controversial murder trial of Amanda Knox, there were not many Americans who were familiar with this charming medieval city steeped in history, folklore and tradition. Located some three hours from both Florence and Rome, this bucolic, hilltop city has a colorful past and an allure all its own. Umbria as an area and Perugia in particular were inhabited …

Rome – Tons of European Charm and History on a Budget

By Glenn Andreiev. Rome is one exciting and crazy city, and should be at the top of your list if you are considering a first-time European vacation. In early 2007, my friend, Shawna and I traveled to Rome from Paris on the Eurail, basically Europe’s equivalent of our Amtrack train service. Romans, like almost all main Europeans have done away with the language barrier. Everybody there speaks some degree of English. Even the shopping cart handler at the supermarket next to our hotel was well versed in English. Rome is a city that obviously respects their history. The streets wind …