Where Would You Love to Go?

sicilyWe had a friend over for dinner tonight and the conversation turned to travel. Given the fact that I just bought beach property, I won’t be able to afford to travel anywhere else for quite some time, but dreams are free!

My dream is to visit Sicily, especially the village of Collesano where my grandparents grew up. It would be a moving experience to visit the places that were so much a part of their daily lives, and it would be fun to track down my Italian relatives. (If you’re a LoPresti or a Cinquegrani, email me a “hello”!) Although I’m setting my books in the southeastern US these days, I think I could toss in a little bit of Sicily, don’t you?

So how about you? Where do you dream of traveling?


  1. Margo on October 21, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Diane, I studied art in Florence and traveled extensively thru Italy; however there is 1 spot I didn’t make it to and I dream of taking Gary and flying off to Italy…I want to see the Isle of Capri which is off the Bay of Naples. This has been a dream of mine for a long, long time and now that I’m reading a novel where the setting is Capri, I REALLY want to go NOW…it will be awhile before we can travel since this is the year we remodeled our home, but someday…you’re so right…dreams are free and everyone should have them.
    I would LOVE for you to write a bit of Sicily in your novels…or possibly Isle of Capri (-O:

  2. Margo on October 22, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Diane, surely we aren’t the only ones who dream of travel!!

  3. Diane Chamberlain on October 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Maybe we’re the only dreamers, Margo, and we’re dreaming about the same part of the world. Like you, I’m out of travel money for a while, so we’ll have to do our traveling via books.

  4. Julie Kibler on October 23, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve been reading books by Adriana Trigiani lately – loving the Italian characters and even setting in some of them! I never used to think about traveling to Italy, but the last few years, I’ve changed. Can’t wait to go there!

    Loved, loved, loved my UK experience last fall and we’re planning to try to take the girls there next year. Decided we can’t wait — they’ll be grown before we know it, and college fund be damned! (or at least less than it might be otherwise …) 🙂 It’s time to live now.

    • Diane Chamberlain on October 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm

      I love Adriana Trigiani! She has a new one out that I haven’t read yet. Have you read that one, Julie?
      Definitely take the girls as soon as you can afford it. I’m with you on living NOW, which is why I bought my beach place. I think we have to strike a balance. My ex and I took his daughter and her best friend to France for their graduation and it was so much fun traveling with them (not sure how they felt about it, but I loved it!)

  5. Lindsay on October 25, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I’ve been to Italy… Margo- I spent a day in Capri-it is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous. If I were rich I’d be vacationing there someday without a doubt.

    I’ve always really wanted to travel to Costa Rica, and then I really want to go to Ireland too. I haven’t yet been to Prince Edward island here in Canada, but it’s a goal to. I’m a massive Anne of Green Gables fan, it’s kind of surprising I haven’t made it to PEI yet.

  6. Margo on October 26, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Lindsay, you’re so lucky to have seen Capri!!…We’re saving our money so someday Gary and I can go…like you, I also want to travel to Costa Rica…I watch HGTV all the time and so many of the people buy homes there…1 couple opened a bed and breakfast in Costa Rica and the photographic scenes of the area were gorgeous…let us know when you make it to PEI and tell us all about it.

  7. brenda on October 27, 2009 at 9:39 am

    This year=as you know-I saw two places I dreamed of…Carmel by the Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
    Last year-my second trip to London, Stratford-upon-Avon-with other Shakespeare Scholars/Teachers…I have seen most of the US–my favorites: Myrtle Beach and NYC-many many many times-and same for Cape Cod…My dream: More of the Pacific Northwest-have seen all but Oregon…and of course, France, Ireland, etc. etc.
    I’m with you-live for today. My children tell me they remember the vacations…they don’t remember the color of carpet in the homes in which we lived…or other things like that…

  8. Sandra Marsiglia Berry on August 9, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    HELLO DIANE – I am doing genealogy research and just discovered tonight, from getting a copy of my grandfather’s death certificate from a cousin, that my paternal great-grandmother’s name was Virginia Cinquegrani. She married my great-grandfather, Carmelo Marsiglia. Their son Vincenzo (Vincent) Marsiglia was my grandfather, born 11 September 1983 in Italy (Sicily), died 24 September 1971 in Baltimore, MD.


    • Diane Chamberlain on August 9, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      Hi Sandy, how fun to hear from you! I’m going to pass your message along to my cousin Pat who is the genealogist in the family and maybe we can find out if we’re related. I don’t know very much about the Cinquegrani side of the family. My grandmother’s first name was Domenica. Thanks for getting in touch.

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