Urbino – A Guide To Italy’s Secret Renaissance City

Urbino red rooftops at dusk

To wander through the streets of Urbino is to wander through Italy’s Medieval and Renaissance past. A walled city located in the Le Marche region of central Italy, Urbino is a truly spell-binding place to visit. And, due to its “great cultural flowering” during the Renaissance, Urbino has UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Yet, compared … Read more

How To Take The Ferry From Barcelona to Rome

Rome Civitavecchia ferry terminal at sunset

Tired of airports and craving some slow travel, I decided to take the ferry from Barcelona to Rome. In this guide, I’ll explain how to take the ferry including schedules, ticket prices, onboard facilities, and getting from the ports to the cities. I’ve also included a map as well as how the ferry compares to … Read more

20 Tasty Puglian Foods To Try in Italy

Plate of cured meats and cheese

If you’re searching for local food for your trip to Puglia, you’re already steps ahead of most of the millions of foreign visitors who arrive in Italy each year. Just recently, strolling down a side street in Florence I had a waiter holler at me across the street: “pizza, pasta, spaghetti”. It was as though … Read more

15 Best Things To Do in Pisa, Italy

river arno

In 1372, work was completed on a tower in Pisa that would later come to be one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world. That tower was the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Located in the beautiful Tuscany region of Italy, Pisa is a popular stop on most Italian itineraries. But what else is there … Read more

45 Amazing Things To Do In Venice, Italy

panorama over Venice lagoon italy

A 5th-century city of canals where romance oozes from the ornate buildings, Venice is a dream destination for most of us. I’ve visited many times (I even run wine tours from Venice). And each time I fall more in love with the floating city. With 118 islands lying across a web of canals, linked by … Read more

18 Best Things To Do In Rome (with Insider Tips)

Rome, Roma, the Eternal City. Whatever you call it, there’s no denying that Italy’s capital city, Rome, is one of the most beautiful and fascinating cultural cities in the world. With a complex history that dates back thousands of years, there’s an almost endless supply of ancient ruins, incredible architecture, world-renowned landmarks, and fascinating museums … Read more

Venice Travel Tips For First Time Visitors

Doge Palace side view in Venice pink and white building

On the one hand, you really want to see Venice, but on the other, you’ve heard some horror stories about crowds and prices and flooding. Which leaves you wondering – is it possible to experience Venice without the disappointment? The answer, fortunately, is yes. In this guide I’ll share my Venice travel tips which will … Read more

20 Best Things To Do In Puglia Italy

round white trulli houses with thatched roofs in Alberobello

Puglia has much to boast about: skirted by both the Adriatic and Ionian seas, the heel of Italy’s boot is a dichotomy of flat, sandy coastal lands and a hilly interior, scattered with olive trees. A pioneer of the slow food movement, where the simple life dominates, Puglia is the real dolce vita; yet it remains relatively untrampled … Read more

Where To Eat In Sardinia Italy – Best Restaurants

Culurgiones pasta from sardinia in a tomato sauce

Ever had one of those trips where sightseeing takes a back seat and you end up spending close to eight hours a day languishing over super long lunches and dinners that stretch on to midnight? No, well, I can highly recommend it. Spending time lingering over one of the best diets in the world (Sardinia … Read more

10 Best Things To Do in Verona, Italy

Views from Castel San Pietro in Verona across river

The historic city of Verona is one of the most interesting and beautiful places in Italy’s Veneto region, and despite often being overshadowed by nearby Venice, it is somewhere which should certainly be added to any northern Italy itinerary. Dating back to 89 BC, Verona is filled with impressive historical architecture, beautiful ancient churches and an … Read more