Driving in Italy: The Italian Job

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Driving | No 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 | One Comment
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 […]

Italy top 10: where my clients went in 2013

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 4 Comments

Next summer’s Italy itineraries are already in full swing here at Italy Beyond the Obvious (currently: Puglia, the Dolomites, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast and Liguria) but this is the time of year when I crunch the numbers and take stock of where my clients went in 2013. This year’s Italy Top 10 list is, like […]

Five ways to visit Florence’s Uffizi Gallery (and one to avoid)

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Art, Florence | 2 Comments

In the five years that I have been creating itineraries for independent travelers to Italy, I’ve never met a traveler who wanted to go to Florence and skip a visit to the city’s famous Uffizi art Gallery. But the Uffizi is a huge and exhausting museum with thousands of paintings and sculptures that can make your […]

Cinque Terre hiking: avoid the crowds on these trails nearby

Cinque Terre hiking: avoid the crowds on these trails nearby

When I worked as a hiking guide in the Cinque Terre more than a decade ago, we pretty much had the trails to ourselves. Surrounded by lemon trees and fig trees (a wonderful snack), we’d walk the now-famous paths that link the five towns, marveling at the sea below us and enjoying the quiet breeze. These […]

Off the beaten path in Umbria: an artist’s top 10 places

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Umbria | 5 Comments
Off the beaten path in Umbria: an artist’s top 10 places

Today’s guest post is by Graham Dean, a British artist with a house in Umbria. Thanks Graham!    Umbria secret places Umbria is said to be associated with ombra, which means shadow in Italian, and indeed for years it seems like Umbria has been in Tuscany‘s shadow. But now the region is starting to show itself, bit by bit.  Here […]

Five fun food trains in Italy

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Food and Drink | No Comments
Five fun food trains in Italy

Getting around Italy by train is enjoyable, convenient, and inexpensive. But there’s another kind of train worth taking where getting from A to B isn’t the point: trains for foodies, or more eloquently put, gastronomic train tours, offer a unique mode of transport and fantastic scenery combined with either a full meal or a taste of seasonal […]

Why I’m getting rid of my Italy guidebooks

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 2 Comments
Why I’m getting rid of my Italy guidebooks

Last week I needed some space in my office, so I got rid of a stack of Italy guidebooks that I haven’t referenced in several years.  They looked pretty and had nice memories attached to them, but office shelf space is too valuable! And anyway, I’ve been advising my clients for ages to skip the paper […]

Client questions: Capri

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Amalfi Coast & Naples | No Comments
Client questions: Capri

I’ve been working on a few Amalfi Coast itineraries that include Capri, and have received some good questions from clients. Since I’m working on autumn 2013 departures as well as a few summer 2014 trips, writing a blog post about advice I’m giving my clients anyway is easy. If you like Client Questions, let me […]