Five unique Italy experiences

Five unique Italy experiences

Here at Italy Beyond the Obvious, every now and then we get a traveler open to anything. They say: I can go to any place in Italy, any time of year. When and where should I go? I’d suggest planning a trip to coincide with one of the five unique Italy experiences below. Culturally significant…

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in I Recommend | 5 Comments

Five favorite books for travelers to Italy or Italophiles

  The five recommendations below are all on my bookshelf. They are the ones I pick up frequently: the ones bookmarked with color-coded sticky flags, and the ones that I buy again and again as gifts for people.   For Kids For any kid about to travel to Italy or interested in the country, the…

The 5 Best Things to Do in Italy, Regardless of your Itinerary

It doesn’t matter whether you’re visiting Rome, Florence, and Venice or whether you’re spending 2 weeks in the countryside; whether you’re going to Italy in the height of summer or the middle of January; or whether you’re museum-hopping or spending your entire visit hiking or on a bicycle. Use the recommendations¬†below on any trip to…

Posted by on Aug 26, 2009 in I Recommend, Italian Culture | 5 Comments

Make Time for the Locals

One of the best ways to get to know Italy is to get to know Italians, so if your waiter or barista or hotelier strikes up a conversation, I highly recommend making time for them. They are most likely not chatting with you in the name of Good Customer Service or because they want something…

The Italian Cheese Cart

It's easy to go to Italy and completely miss experiencing The Cheese Cart: traveling on a budget often means pizza for dinner; and at a ristorante, after the bread basket, antipasto, primo, secondo and dolce, when the waiter rolls around with the cheese cart it can be hard to answer with more than a groan.  But…

Posted by on May 1, 2009 in Food and Drink, I Recommend | No Comments

In Search of Piazza Duomo

I was based in Vancouver before relocating to Italy for the third time, when a good Italian friend came to visit. I asked her what she wanted to see in Vancouver, and she pointed at the downtown skyscrapers.  Where? I said, a little puzzled, looking towards the maze of tall office and apartment buildings that…

Posted by on Mar 16, 2009 in I Recommend, Italian Culture | No Comments

Locanda Dell’Amorosa

When I travel as a tourist, I usually choose a hotel that is purely functional: comfortable and quiet, so I can get a good night's sleep; and centrally located so I can maximize tourist time. This means that in Italy I usually pick a 3-star hotel located in the center of a city. But then I discovered…

Posted by on Sep 8, 2008 in I Recommend, Tuscany | 2 Comments