Author Archive for Patty Civalleri

As a historian and global archaeology professional, Patty Civalleri has traveled for 17 years to the deepest corners of our ancient past in search of lost civilizations all over our planet. She has had the privilege of doing so with some of the foremost archaeologists and scientists in the world. In her books, Patty presents the world with the same intellectual excitement that has driven her through lost caves, ancient tombs, and historical personalities that have been lost to time. Civalleri sees the world as a huge playground of personal enrichment that is open 24/7 to anyone with an adventurous heart. Her book FLORENCE Gems & Giants has won many awards including: The Irwin Award for the 2017 Best International Travel Book of the Year The Ian Awards of the 2017 Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year, as well as the 2017 Best Travel Book of the Year Patty enjoys the honor of serving on ~ the Director's Council of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), ~ the Board of the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at California State University in Long Beach (CSULB), ~as the 2017 Commodore of the Alamitos Bay Chargers boating club in Long Beach, Ca. As a writer, photographer, graphic designer, and technology professional, Patty has had the pleasure of building websites, photographing, marketing and writing for over 200 commercial business clients around the country. Civalleri is an avid cook, sailor, photographer, historian, singer and classical pianist residing in Long Beach, California.

Face your fears in these 8 Italian caves that will make your jaw drop

Face your fears in these 8 Italian caves that will make your jaw drop

Let’s take luxury travel in a different direction: into the bowels of Italy. Not necessarily spelunking in the strict sense, but simply touring. Caves hold a mysterious fascination that pings a bell of intrigue in all of us. A benefit of Italian caves is that if you focus your travel around caves during the day, […]

6 walled cities of Tuscany – with a great surprise at the end

6 walled cities of Tuscany – with a great surprise at the end

Many luxury travelers have seen the major tourist cities in Italy such as Rome, Florence, and Venice. They have probably even visited the second-tier hot spots of Cinqueterre, the Amalfi Coast, and Sienna. An area of Italy that is difficult to visit is Tuscany. Not because it is hard to find nor even hard to […]

Haunting images that will add Pompeii to your bucket list

Haunting images that will add Pompeii to your bucket list

One of the intrinsic benefits of luxury travel is getting to wander off the main tourist path and visit places that can be stimulating from an intellectual point of view. The ancient city of Pompeii on Italy’s west coast is just such a place. It experienced a catastrophic ending, and within 1 day, it was […]

Cinque Terre: the 5 pearls of the Italian Riviera

Cinque Terre: the 5 pearls of the Italian Riviera

For the luxury-minded traveler, Cinque Terra is the gift to yourself that never stops giving. It will provide you with a lifetime of memories that, because of the unusual scenic treasures, will stand out from the other trips you have taken in your lifetime. It is both a National Park as well as a UNESCO […]

saint marks basilica, venice italy

7 secret ways to visit St. Mark’s Square, Venice (while avoiding the crowds and staying cool)

Everyone that visits Venice will go to St. Mark’s Square, period. And you must as well. But how can you do it differently than the millions of selfie-taking tourists while garnering food for your brain and staying cool to boot? Most consider St. Mark’s Square to consist of the Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, and the […]

7 climbs to get stunning scenic photos in Florence

7 climbs to get stunning scenic photos in Florence

Cameras have evolved into a permanent must-have part of our mainstream culture. Whether it is a part of a smart phone, or a high-end DSLR, we use them to communicate online and off, for email and social media, for business and education. When traveling, cameras have become as ubiquitous as a passport. Even more so, […]