Best Restaurants In Venice – Tried & Tested

Plate of meatballs and polenta

Let’s be honest, the idea of eating Italian food in Italy is part of the reason you booked your trip, right? It’s certainly one of the reasons I keep returning to the boot shaped country. Which is why I was so supremely disappointed when I got to Venice and for the first time in all … Read more

40 Best Things To Do In Milan, Italy

I had a draft of this blog called: Milan – the city that never satisfies. Because until this trip (my 4th to Milan), that’s how I felt about the city. Perhaps it was because I’d only ever spent one day in Milan. Or it was because most of articles about Milan mostly listed a series … Read more

Visit Italy’s Prosecco Region – 1 Hour from Venice

Rolling hills of Italy's prosecco region with farmhouse

I conducted an entirely unscientific survey over the festive fizz period of December – I asked everybody with a glass of Prosecco in their hand if they knew that the Prosecco region was just one hour from Venice in Italy. Results: 100/100 people didn’t know (or some number like that). The ensuing conversations went a … Read more

25 Cultural Things To Do In Sardinia Italy

Castelsardo town on rock at pink sunset

I’d always thought Sardinia would be a beach-based trip for me – after all, isn’t that why most people fly into what is Italy’s largest island? However, there’s not much you can do to talk me into sitting on a beach in November (even in Italy), so I ended up driving through the island instead. From … Read more

25 Traditional Sardinian Foods To Try

flan on a plate with a rose

Francesco Cetti once said, “There is not in Italy what there is in Sardinia, nor in Sardinia what there is in Italy.” The 18th century zoologist was probably talking about the wildlife. Probably. But he could equally have been talking about Sardinian food. I’m fast loosing count of the number of times I’ve been to Italy, but … Read more

How To Order Coffee in Italy

cappuccino with panini

Even if you’re decked head to toe in Gucci and are sauntering around Venice, Florence or Rome with all the panache of an Italian superstar, there’s still a very simple way to tell whether you’re a local or not: how you order coffee. Believe it or not, there is a huge (and unhelpfully unspoken!) protocol … Read more

3 Days in Florence: The Itinerary I Give My Friends

3 days in Florence - Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

Giuseppe Verdi once said, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” I feel that way about Florence; which might explain why I have visited this arresting Italian city so many times I’m losing count. And, with that, what I’m equally losing count of is the number of times I’ve scribbled out an … Read more

How to Go Prosecco Tasting in Italy

It was quite by accident that I found myself searching for a Prosecco tour in Italy. I planned to visit Venice, but I hadn’t really made the connection that this northern part of Italy is where Prosecco is from. Duh! It was just a few weeks before I flew to Venice when an email fell into my inbox … Read more

How to Spend One Day in Venice – An Itinerary

Gondolier and gondola navigating canal

Venice is sinking, there is little doubt about it. Which is why it was higher up my travel list than the likes of Naples or Florence when I visited Italy. But even without the clock potentially ticking on the future of the city, Venice has long been one of the country’s top tourist attractions. Appropriately named the … Read more

7 Traditional Dishes To Eat in Rome – Italy

Plate of Bucatini all’ Amatriciana

We’ve all heard the saying, “When in Rome do as the Romans do.” But considering the amazing food available there, it could be said that, “When in Rome, gain 10 pounds.” I did a touristy trip to Rome as part of my round-the-world adventure (you can read my guide to the best things to do … Read more