Get a vaccine? Easy. Get a US passport in the pandemic? Not so much.

Get a vaccine? Easy. Get a US passport in the pandemic? Not so much.

When things shut down over a year ago, we were all waiting for the vaccines. Now, it’s not hard to get a vaccine but to get a US passport in the pandemic? Good luck. I have spent many hours trying to renew passports that expire this summer, and I’m here to share what I’ve learned.…

An Italy travel update from Madeline

An Italy travel update from Madeline

As I write this, the US is about to head into the Thanksgiving holidays. The virus continues to spread quickly both here in North America and in Europe. News of a couple vaccines was recently announced, causing Zoom stock to drop 12%. Let’s face it, we’re trying to behave ourselves, but we are gosh-darn ready…

A Note Regarding the Coronavirus in Italy

A Note Regarding the Coronavirus in Italy

This has been a challenging few weeks, and I thought I’d take a minute to share an update. There’s a lot of information out there about COVID-19, aka the coronavirus in Italy. I don’t want to add to the noise, so this is an update. An update on our company, our team and our vendors…

Jet Lag tips

Jet Lag tips

The majority of our Italy travel planning clients are based in North America, which is a 6 – 9 hour time difference from Italy, depending on where you travel from. So it makes sense that they request jet lag tips in addition to Italy travel tips.  If you’re not sure what jet lag is or…

Italy trip costs: Planning Fees vs the Travel Agent Model

Italy trip costs: Planning Fees vs the Travel Agent Model

“How much should I expect my Italy trip to cost?” is a question we get from most of our clients. My answer (as with most Italy questions) is that it depends. But also: our trips are completely custom, so we work within your budget. And also: costs are transparent. You’ll make the call to decide…

What to do in Matera Italy

What to do in Matera Italy

The first time I went to Matera, I was absolutely blown away. I’d seen photos, but it is impossible to get the true sense of an entire town of cave dwellings from photos and descriptions. Read below for my recommendations on what to do in Matera to get the most out of your visit to…

Puglia’s underground oil mills

Puglia’s underground oil mills

We arrived in the small Puglian town of Presicce on a wet October morning to meet our guide for a tour of the town’s underground olive oil mills. Puglia’s underground oil mills are easy to visit because many towns have them. The town of Presicce has a huge underground network of these mills: at the height of…

The best way to visit Rome’s Colosseum

The best way to visit Rome’s Colosseum

When we create Italy itineraries that include Rome, our travelers always ask: “what’s the best way to visit Rome’s Colosseum?” As with all of Italy’s attractions, the best way to visit Rome’s Colosseum depends on the travelers and personal preferences. But we can help you figure out the best fit for you! Before June 1st,…

Amalfi Coast Towns: where to stay

Amalfi Coast Towns: where to stay

If you drove along Italy’s Amalfi Coast from the city of Sorrento to the city of Salerno, it would take at least a couple of hours, one-way, with no traffic. During that drive, you’d pass the iconic Amalfi Coast towns of Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and others. But which Amalfi Coast town should you choose as a…

Food tours in Italy: 5 reasons to book one

Food tours in Italy: 5 reasons to book one

When we recommend half-day food tours in Italy to our travelers, their first reaction is usually: What’s a food tour? A food tour is essentially a guided walking tour that lasts a few hours and centers around tasting local foods of the place. The guide pre-plans stops (usually around 4-5) giving visitors tastes of each food…