Italy experts with great travel advice

 

A recent coaching client exclaimed that she was so relieved to have found my website and services. She’d been searching the internet for good Italy travel advice, didn’t know which sites she could trust, and was suffering from information overload. I was a little surprised to hear this; there is a veritable cornucopia of excellent Italy travel advice online. If you’re planning your own trip and don’t find what you’re looking for on this website or on the Italy Beyond the Obvious facebook page, go visit the experts listed below.

 

Overall Italy Martha’s Italy travel guide on about.com has information about practically every town, custom, and festival across Italy as well as lots of useful travel advice. Jessica at WhyGo Italy has lots of well-researched advice about anything you can think of related to Italy travel, including great information on getting from A to B within Italy. Italofile is also a great source of information, and I’d take pretty much any advice Lee Marshall feels like sharing (though I particularly love his recommendations for Sicily and Venice).

 

Florence & Tuscany Alexandra has a Ph.D in Art History, lives in Florence and writes Arttrav.com about Florence, Tuscany, and art in Italy. The Tuscany tourism website is great.


Rome General Rome advice and sights are actually easy to find. But for Rome restaurant recommendations, listen to Katie Parla at ParlaFood.com and to Elizabeth Minchilli. Going to Rome with kids? Let JM Pasquesi guide you: buy her book or check out suggestions on her blog.


Umbria Take Rebecca’s advice on practically any aspect of Umbria: itineraries, food, kids, the outdoors, or aspects of expat life.


Naples Napoli Unplugged is well-researched and thorough, and after reading what Bonnie has to say, you’ll want to double or triple the time you planned to spend in Naples.


Calabria Cherrye at My-BellaVita.com has lots of great information about Calabria and the south. You can also count on anything Michelle recommends on BleedingEspresso.com.

 

Sicily Go to the Tripadvisor forums and take what ever advice Vagabonda doles out (and leave her a question – she may help you with your specific trip!)

This is nowhere near a comprehensive list, and I know I’ve left out some great sites (please share in the comments), but I’ve been following these blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter streams and more for years and have gotten to know several of the authors. They’re real people, with real experience, writing about what they know. They’re not bots trying to work SEO with the sole goal of appearing at the top of a google search. They care about giving accurate information, and while you should always double check things for your own trip, you could practically do what ever they suggest.

{P.S. I know this post is going to generate emails to me about paid links. There are no paid links on this entire website so please don’t bother contacting me about it.}


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12 Comments

  1. Jessica
    October 7, 2011

    Aww, thanks so much for the kind words, Madeline! 🙂

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    • Zamii
      July 28, 2012

      We were in Italy in September and had a terrific time. We flew into Rome, spent sereval days there before driving down to Sicily, drove back up the coast (including the Statale 163/Amalfi Coast drive) and spent sereval days in Positano before continuing on to Florence and Lucca. I absolutely loved having a car while we were there. When we were in the city, we left it parked and either used public transit or took short taxi rides, and it was really exhilarating to drive like an italian on the motorways 😉 If you’re going to be spending a few days in Tuscany, I recommend a quick trip to Lucca it’s a very quaint walled city with a beautiful bike path, lots of shopping and lovely locals. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. While in Florence, we took advantage of the double-decker buses for transportation. They are marketed as tour buses, but for 20E, you get unlimited access for 24 hours. The two bus routes loop through the city and beyond and give you a number of fantastic viewpoints. They are handy for traveling between high-traffic sights. Rome also has this system, though it only has one route. It was a great way to get an overview of the cities and sights, and I recommend jumping on one as soon as you arrive and set your bags down! As for great dining if you have a chance to have dinner at Garga in Florence, you won’t be sorry. I also enjoyed Il Quattro Mori and Il Giggetto al Portico d’Ottavia. The former has rigatoni all’amatriciana to die for, and the latter serves unbelievable italian-jewish cuisine.

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      • Kenisha
        October 9, 2012

        Grazi for mkniag it nice and EZ.

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    • Yonz
      July 30, 2012

      Your lucky.. I live in Rome and I work in a hotel near the spanish steps.From the cmaipino airport the best thing do is to catch the bus that takes doirectly to termini station .In Rome there are day tickets / 3 day tickets or a weekly ticket.As for the restaurants I suggest the area of Campo dei fiori.. there are typical restaurants at great pricesHave fun in Roma

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  2. Amanda
    October 9, 2011

    Great list! Although I hope to think that not ALL of the info about Rome on my blog at http://www.revealedrome.com is that easy to find elsewhere :). Thanks for the roundup!

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    • Christeen
      July 29, 2012

      Take advantage of the train stseym in Italy. When my husband and I went on our honeymoon to Italy in October we relied on the trains to get around Northern Italy. It was the easiest way. The trains run on time for the most part and it is much less stressful than driving.While Ryanair is cheap (which is nice) they can also cancel flights at the last minute and they don’t refund you.Go to Pompeii!

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    • Burak
      July 30, 2012

      one of your favorite days in Paris was tkinag the metro somewhere and discovering Paris on foot. You can do the same in Rome ;)Ciao.. have a great time on your trip! I’m counting down the seconds to mine!!

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      • Alexis
        October 9, 2012

        When in Rome, take the time to go to Tivoli Hadrian’s gardens are a place you can walk aournd the ruins and see how decadent his life was, and what a passion for architecture he had. Amazing really.Rome has so much to see and do you can spend a lot of time there. Do the Vatican, the ruins, the fountains, everything. Read Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons and make your own Roman tour. (Fantastic book if you haven’t read it by the way)Since you are going to Florence, you have to go to the Michael Angelo Museum. I love art, and though not highly informed about it, I do appreciate it. When you walk into the museum, you will notice 4 statues that are in the midst of being completed they were the last works he was working on when he died. The are called the 4 prisoners. You see, MA sculpted in marble from the front to the back, not top to bottom. They are a bit like Han Solo after the Empire Strikes Back I FELT them emerging from the stone. I was highly moved don’t know why, but was truly emotional experience for me. Then there is the orignal DAVID. It’s amazing, and if you have to be a tourist to see it, suck it up. It’s like nothing you have seen before.You have to go to the flea markets near the Duomo (also a must see). In the flea markets I bought a leather jacket from a woman who spoke in gypsy accent. She sold me a jacket ’cause it was so soft. She kept saying it is lamb Once I bought it, she fell back into normal accent she was from Brooklyn. Too damn funny, but I still have the jacket, and it is still soft as butter .You are going to have a fantastic time!Drink ROFOSCO wines they are wines that don’t really age well, but are fruity and light for the summer. Fantastic. You won’t get a bad meal for sure If you go to Milan (not worth it though) eat the risoto with veal milanese. TDF (too die for)If you are willing to take the train ride, go to venice. No place on earth like it at all. Truly a marvel. Eat at the Tratoria a al Madonna at the base of the Rialto Bridge. ASk for the squid in black sauce. It might not be on the menu, but they will make it for you it’s a specialty. Take the tour in English at the cathedral. Extremely informative and rich with history and entertainment.enough for now if I think of more, I will repost.

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  3. Julie Gilley
    October 24, 2011

    I concur! I’m connected with these great writers, too! Although I write about all places in Europe, I only write about what I have personally experienced. I feel Italy is my specialty because I have spent more time there than anywhere–it holds a very special place in my heart! Please consider http://www.juliegilley.typepad.com as a travel source, too. It’s not comprehensive by any means, but I’m continually adding to it!

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    • Nashjun
      July 28, 2012

      you wanted to spend all nithgs in Rome, but consider doing something like this: Day 1 morning = train to Florence, rest of day sightseeing. Spend night in Florence. Day 2 morning = high-speed train Florence to Venice (3 hours). Rest of the day in Venice. Day 3 morning = come back to Rome by high-speed train (4.5 hours via Florence).3. I don’t know but would love to find out myself! lol4. I’ll second the Pompeii suggestion if you haven’t been there already. Also the Amalfi coast (Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi). But to make that truly meaningful you need to drive there, and for that you have to be comfortable with driving in Italy!5. Anyplace you feel like eating on any given day/night! 😉 I dont think you can go wrong lolP.S. Congratulations!

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  4. Gardasee
    November 26, 2011

    May I suggest a visit to the fantastic Lake Garda, very nice as do many other beautiful areas of Italy. John.

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  5. Con Dao
    April 19, 2012

    Although I write about all places in Europe, I only write about what I have personally experienced. I feel Italy is my specialty because I have spent more time there than anywhere–it holds a very special place in my heart!

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