Your Roman Holiday: Experience Vintage Glamour in Rome

Your Roman Holiday: Experience Vintage Glamour in Rome

This is a guest post by Jonathon Spada – thank you Jonathon! First-time visitors to Rome are often enchanted by the vintage glamour from the classic mid-century films set in the Eternal City. A happy-go-lucky Audrey Hepburn atop a vintage Vespa zipping through narrow, winding streets or a gorgeous Anita Ekberg splashing around the Trevi Fountain set the…

Cività di Bagnoregio: tips for visiting this unique Italian village

Cività di Bagnoregio: tips for visiting this unique Italian village

With a population of only 20 people and access limited to a pedestrian footbridge, the Italian town of Cività di Bagnoregio is a unique destination and a stop I include frequently in Italy itineraries for travelers going between Rome and Tuscany. But it’s not a good fit for every traveler, so read my tips below. Photographer Joe Mack…

Lace shops in Burano: excerpt from ’50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go’

Lace shops in Burano: excerpt from ’50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go’

I loved Susan Van Allen’s book “100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go“, so was happy to hear about her latest book, “50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go”. Susan has graciously shared an excerpt from the book on lace shopping in Burano, below, for Italy Beyond the Obvious readers.…

Italy train travel: top 15 client questions (and instructional video)

Italy train travel: top 15 client questions (and instructional video)

When I create a custom Italy itinerary for a new client, one of the most important parts of the initial discussion revolves around logistics, and the conversation quickly moves to Italy train travel. Clients want to know: what’s the best way to travel from A to B within Italy, how long will it take, and how…

Luxury in Venice

Luxury in Venice

Venice is an incredible destination for a luxury experience, and not just because the city boasts some of Italy’s most expensive hotel rooms. The traditional definition of “luxury” is not hard to come by in Venice, but in my experience, most travelers aren’t looking for VIP-red-carpet treatment. They want to maximize their vacation time in…

Tips for multi generational travel in Italy

Tips for multi generational travel in Italy

Regardless of the specific destinations included in an Italy itinerary, multi generational trips require a unique approach to planning. This type of trip needs to work for different energy levels and different schedules (naptime!) while allowing quality time together and an amazing experience for travelers of all ages. This summer I planned a trip for 18 of…

23 Beyond the Obvious Destinations in Italy (slideshow)

Sometimes the best way to get ideas for your next Italian vacation is to look at gorgeous photos, so with that in mind, I created a slideshow of some of my favorite beyond the obvious Italy destinations. This slideshow does not feature any places in Rome, Florence, Venice, Siena, Pisa, the Cinque Terre, or the…

Wine tasting in Italy: Amarone in the Valpolicella

Wine tasting in Italy: Amarone in the Valpolicella

We spent a wonderful July day wine tasting in Italy’s Valpolicella region, just north of the city of Verona. Heading out of the B&B (scroll down for photos) after breakfast, we drove through the picturesque countryside, explored a couple small towns, and learned more about the full-bodied Amarone wine that has made the area famous. Valpolicella is…

Italian hospitality, home-cooked food and new friends

Italian hospitality, home-cooked food and new friends

This is a guest post – thank you to Rinita of BonAppetour! Rome is an absolutely stunning city to experience, even, dare I say it in the heat of August. There is so much to see and to do in Rome. While visiting the gorgeous Trevi fountain one evening, some newly made friends and I along with hundreds…

Off the beaten path in Italy

Off the beaten path in Italy

Because of the name of my company, I get regular requests for itineraries that are at least partly off the beaten track. The definition of off the beaten path in Italy differs depending on how well you know the country. For some, the beaten track includes just Rome, Florence, and Venice, while for others it…