Tavarnelle val di Pesa – Escape the Tourists of Florence

My trip to Florence was fundamentally flawed. It was July and on a whim I’d decided to re-route my ticket from Asia to spend a month in Italy. And, as habit would have it, I didn’t have a single plan to my name. For a style of travel that is theoretically carefree, it can come … Read more

A Taste of Urbino: Discovering Passatelli and Crescia

Indiana Jo Easting Crecia in Italy

I love eating. On a good day, I can manage six meals – and I’m not talking about six small meals, either. In fact, if I could drop everything and eat professionally, I happily would…I’d perhaps need to work on my cutlery ability because, despite more than 30 years of practice with knives, forks and … Read more

Is Naples Safe? What Naples Is Really Like

Is Naples Safe?

Beyond stupid in Naples yet strangely safe It was 3 a.m. and I was wandering the streets of Naples, lost, alone, under the influence of alcohol and with little choice but to check my location on my iPhone. I was breaking every rule on my travel safety list and a few besides. I was stupid … Read more

Is it Worth Getting the Firenze Card?

duomo of florence with red roof

UPDATE: I returned to Florence, armed with another Firenze Card and I’ve updated this post accordingly: I’ve updated the comparison prices and I’ve updated the details on how easy it is to get into each sight.  I haven’t, however, deleted the old information so you can see the difference in the card in two years – … Read more

20 Best Things To Do in Florence, Italy

3 days in Florence Duomo

It’s very easy to stand in the heart of Italy’s most famous Renaissance city and wonder where to start your exploration and the idea of picking the best sights in Florence can be as daunting as the sightseeing itself. Having just visited for the third time, here’s my suggested top 20. For those who have … Read more

How To Spend One Day in Lucca – Italy

San Marion Cathedral Lucca

If you’re planning a trip to Tuscany, then you should visit Lucca. A small city that sits just north of Pisa (and is incredibly easy to reach by train), Lucca lacks the crowds that throng the leaning tower, the coach and cruise loads that plague Florence, and offers an all-round gentler pace for enjoying Tuscan … Read more