Mountain huts in Italy: a traveler’s guide

Mountain huts in Italy: a traveler’s guide

It can be difficult for anyone who is accustomed to hiking in North America to grasp just how user-friendly Italy’s hiking infrastructure is. Multi-day hikes in North America (think the John Muir Trail, the Appalachian Trail or Cheryl Strayed’s PCT hike)  mean a heavy pack containing several days’ worth of food (maybe inside bear canisters) in…

Italy Travel Tips

Italy Travel Tips

After two decades of giving Italy travel advice and planning Italy trips for independent travelers, I sat down and put together my top 100 Italy travel tips for the cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice, and in the categories of Food, Transportation, Packing, Technology and Money.   Italy Travel Tips: General 1. The language spoken…

What to see and do in Tuscany

What to see and do in Tuscany

Here at Italy Beyond the Obvious, we get a lot of Tuscany requests. This central Italian region is heaven for photographers and we’re lucky to be able to feature spectacular images by photographer Jim DeLutes below, in our recommendations for what to see and do in Tuscany. Thanks so much Jim! Tuscany is a big region,…

The Turin Egyptian Museum

The Turin Egyptian Museum

Traveling to Italy to visit an Egyptian museum might sound a little too beyond the obvious for many travelers, but for anyone who is a fan of Egyptian art, I would argue that the Turin Egyptian Museum cannot be missed. The collection is considered to be one of the best in the world, second only to the…

Milan fashion: Alta Moda tour with Context Travel

Milan fashion: Alta Moda tour with Context Travel

We met our guide Sarah of Context Travel for the 3 hour private look at Milan Fashion, the Alta Moda walk. Our meeting point was – logically – in front of the Armani Cafe, in Milan’s fashion district, the Quadrilatero D’Oro. Milan fashion history: Palazzo Morando Our tour started with a visit to nearby Palazzo Morando, a fashion museum…

Tipping in Italy

Tipping in Italy

Virtually every Italy Beyond the Obvious client has at one point asked for advice about tipping in Italy.  They want to know: Whom do I tip, and how much? This is usually how the conversation starts. The short answer is that tips are not necessary, but if you are happy with a service, you can tip…

What to see in Puglia, Italy – the Heel of the Boot

What to see in Puglia, Italy – the Heel of the Boot

This is a guest post with photos by Jessica Coup and words by Scott Bergstein. Thanks to both! From the rugged hills of the Gargano to the broad plains of the Salento to the sun-drenched, white sand beaches of the Adriatic and Ionian coasts, Puglia provides visitors with a vast array of experiences. The heel of…

A two week Italy itinerary: highlights

A two week Italy itinerary: highlights

When Italy Beyond the Obvious new client Betsy first contacted us about their trip to Italy, she wrote: My father would like to take us on a big adventure and we decided Italy is the place to go! Our family has never been to Europe before, although my dad is well-traveled. There’s a lot of…

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…