Hiking and biking in Italy: an interactive map of favorite routes

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Cycling, Hiking & Walking | No Comments

Although Italy is more famous for its scenery, art, architecture, and food, it’s a fantastic place for hiking and biking. I pulled together a few of my favorite routes in an interactive map below. Some were chosen from my days working as a guide hiking and biking in Italy while some are client favorites –…

Hiking the Italian Alps: The Thullie hole

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Hiking & Walking, Turin | One Comment
Hiking the Italian Alps: The Thullie hole

This is a guest post by Italian Alps hiking guide Roberto Calcagno. Grazie Roberto! For those of you who would like to go hiking in the Italian Alps and are seeking rare and amazing places with almost unbelievable stories, this hike is for you! The Grand Pertus of Colombano Romean, also known as the Thullie…

Grand Hotel Trieste & Victoria in Abano Terme

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Venice & the Veneto | No Comments
Grand Hotel Trieste & Victoria in Abano Terme

I was invited to stay at the Grand Hotel Trieste & Victoria as a guest of the hotel, and while I did not pay for my stay or spa treatments, all opinions in this post are my own.  Thanks so much to the hotel for a top-notch stay!   After a week of hiking in…

A Venice river cruise: exploring the Brenta canal on a Burchiello boat

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Venice & the Veneto | One Comment
A Venice river cruise: exploring the Brenta canal on a Burchiello boat

Spending a day on a Venice river cruise along the Brenta canal has been on my Italy want-to-do list for years, and this summer I finally booked it. The canal that links Venice and Padova has interesting bridges, locks that work according to Leonardo Da Vinci’s designs, and villas with a fascinating history. This is no…

Trastevere, Rome: 5 spots to relax and unwind

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Rome | 3 Comments
Trastevere, Rome: 5 spots to relax and unwind

This is a guest post by Katy Sewall, who has lived in Trastevere, Rome, for the past year. I asked Katy to write this post after listening to every episode, and wanting more, of the wonderful podcast she does with Tiffany Parks about living in Rome.   When you’re a tourist, or a new expat…

Getting around Sicily by public transport

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Sicily | 2 Comments
Getting around Sicily by public transport

As I described during my Sicily podcast on the Amateur Traveler, Sicily is like Italy on steroids. It’s chock-full of the history, scenery, culture and food that you love in the rest of Italy. On the other hand, it’s less….. shall we say… user-friendly. If you think Italians are crazy drivers then you’ll find Sicilians even crazier. And…

What to do in Florence

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Florence | 3 Comments
What to do in Florence

How you spend your time – and how much of it to spend – in Florence depends on what you want to do. I plan Italy trips for clients who allocate just one day to the city, and for others who stay a full week. Florence is one of Italy’s most touristy cities, but travelers…

Driving in Italy: The Italian Job

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Driving | 2 Comments
Driving in Italy: The Italian Job

Driving in Italy can often feel like a scene out of The Italian Job, whether you’re in the city or off the beaten path, but with a few tips, some Dutch courage, and bit of experience, you’ll be driving like an Italian in no time!

On a recent trip to the beautiful south of Italia, we decided to hire a car to have the freedom to go where we wanted, when we wanted, and for as long as we wanted – and apart from a few hair-raising moments around the Amalfi Coast, it was well worth it!

Cinque Terre Hiking

The Cinque Terre are five towns that appear to cling to the rocks along a small section of northern Italy’s Mediterranean coastline, and are famous for the mule trails that connect them: paths which attract thousands of hikers each year. I worked as a hiking guide in and around the Cinque Terre, and if you’ve seen photos of the area and are thinking about hiking the trails, here are the things you should know.

What to see and do in Rome

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Rome | 2 Comments
What to see and do in Rome

Most of the Italy itineraries I create for clients – for even the most beyond the obvious travelers –  include a few days in Rome. After all, Italy’s famous attractions are famous for a reason. Use the recommendations below for what to see and do in Rome as a guide for your first visit to…