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…

Using cell phones in Italy: dos and don’ts

Using cell phones in Italy: dos and don’ts

After we finish booking the hotels, activities, and restaurants for our travelers, we send them a pre-trip checklist. This list includes advice on packing, technology, guidebooks, phrase books, travel insurance, driving, and more. We make sure that they leave for Italy prepared! Also on that list: using cell phones in Italy. Here are our dos…

Local food in Venice: moeche

Local food in Venice: moeche

When it comes to food in Italy, we tell our travelers to focus on local and seasonal. Foods that are local are of course from the surrounding area but – just as important – they are often steeped in tradition and history. Local food in Venice, a city of islands built completely on water, not surprisingly includes…

Eat like an Italian: a daily schedule

Eat like an Italian: a daily schedule

When we create personalized Italy itineraries for our travelers at Italy Beyond the Obvious, food usually plays a key role. We recommend where people should eat, of course. But also: what to eat, when to eat, and what to eat when. Often, when we start discussing dinner reservations, we hear: What do you mean, restaurants in…