Why you need a strategy for maps in Italy

Why you need a strategy for maps in Italy

How do you find a new location in your home city? If you’re like most people you probably rely on your smartphone most of the time and you may use a GPS in the car (or your smartphone’s GPS). You may even stop someone on the street and ask for directions. Now imagine you’re in…

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 7 Comments

A money strategy for your Italy trip

A money strategy for your Italy trip

    After the overall itinerary has been finalized and hotels, guides, transfers, and restaurants have been booked for trip planning clients, we usually have a conversation about a money strategy for their trip. Most travelers want to know: How much cash to bring, and in what currency? Is an ATM card a reliable solution for…

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Planning Your Italy Trip | No Comments

Most popular Italy articles

Most popular Italy articles

Below is a list of the most popular Italy articles on this website for this year.   Number Seven: Five Impressive Trompe L’Oeil Italy is all about art, and for people who prefer a bite-sized taste of incredible art over spending half a day in a museum, trompe l’oeil painting are a great way to…

Posted by on Jan 13, 2012 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 3 Comments

Italy experts with great travel advice

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…

Two reasons not to dine where the locals do

Two reasons not to dine where the locals do

  I was researching Sunday lunch options in Rome for clients recently, looking for a traditional experience (Sunday lunch is big in Rome!), but in a part of town that worked with their itinerary and within their budget. At first, I thought Trattoria Perilli would be a great fit. Just look at the evidence! Elizabeth Minchilli a…

Book review: 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go

Let me get right to the point: I highly recommend this book. It’s as useful for planning an actual trip as it is enjoyable to read while dreaming about a hopefully-maybe-someday trip.     To be honest, I didn’t expect to love this book, only because I stopped reading Italy guidebooks years ago, when the…

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 2 Comments

An unusual client request

  I'm planning a trip for a group of Italy travelers right now who have an uncommon request. They said: We'll have 9 days in Italy and would like to see the main highlights of Rome, Florence and Venice.   As you can imagine, with a business called Italy Beyond the Obvious, I don't plan the…

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 2 Comments

Five Reasons to Visit Trieste

  Gorgeous seaside scenery, castles, caves, and of course the city itself: Trieste, nestled in Italy's northeast corner, might be a little out of your way, but here are a few reasons it's worth a visit.  The Passeggiata Rilke is arguably one of Italy's prettiest walks, a cliffside path with incredible views over the Sistiana…

Posted by on Jan 3, 2011 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 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…

A traveler’s guide to strikes in Italy

  I mentioned to my mom recently that I was relieved my clients were going to miss the scheduled national train strike. My mom, a very seasoned traveler who has actually been to Italy several times under my care, was completely confused (what do you mean, the strike is scheduled?). Then she started in on the…

Posted by on Aug 10, 2010 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 3 Comments