Italy in February: 7 great places to visit

Italy in February: 7 great places to visit

In many places in the world, the month of February is still the depths of winter. It’s cold, snowy, and often dark or foggy. In Italy, it’s low season, and while it is definitely chilly, there are plenty of great reasons to visit. Low season means that flights are cheaper, prices are lower, and the…

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Florence, Sicily, Skiing, Venice & the Veneto | One Comment

Lace shops in Burano: excerpt from ’50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go’

Lace shops in Burano: excerpt from ’50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go’

I loved Susan Van Allen’s book “100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go“, so was happy to hear about her latest book, “50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go”. Susan has graciously shared an excerpt from the book on lace shopping in Burano, below, for Italy Beyond the Obvious readers.…

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Venice & the Veneto | 2 Comments

Luxury in Venice

Luxury in Venice

Venice is an incredible destination for a luxury experience, and not just because the city boasts some of Italy’s most expensive hotel rooms. The traditional definition of “luxury” is not hard to come by in Venice, but in my experience, most travelers aren’t looking for VIP-red-carpet treatment. They want to maximize their vacation time in…

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Venice & the Veneto | One Comment

Wine tasting in Italy: Amarone in the Valpolicella

Wine tasting in Italy: Amarone in the Valpolicella

We spent a wonderful July day wine tasting in Italy’s Valpolicella region, just north of the city of Verona. Heading out of the B&B (scroll down for photos) after breakfast, we drove through the picturesque countryside, explored a couple small towns, and learned more about the full-bodied Amarone wine that has made the area famous. Valpolicella is…

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Food and Drink, Venice & the Veneto | 4 Comments

Grand Hotel Trieste & Victoria in Abano Terme

Grand Hotel Trieste & Victoria in Abano Terme

I was invited to stay at the Grand Hotel Trieste & Victoria as a guest of the hotel, and while I did not pay for my stay or spa treatments, all opinions in this post are my own.  Thanks so much to the hotel for a top-notch stay!   After a week of hiking in…

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Venice & the Veneto | No Comments

A Venice river cruise: exploring the Brenta canal on a Burchiello boat

A Venice river cruise: exploring the Brenta canal on a Burchiello boat

Spending a day on a Venice river cruise along the Brenta canal has been on my Italy want-to-do list for years, and this summer I finally booked it. The canal that links Venice and Padova has interesting bridges, locks that work according to Leonardo Da Vinci’s designs, and villas with a fascinating history. This is no…

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Venice & the Veneto | 2 Comments

A luxury Italy itinerary

A luxury Italy itinerary

The luxury travelers I work with aren’t necessarily looking for VIP treatment. Rather, they are down-to-earth and well-traveled, but they want their luxury Italy itinerary to be about service and comfort while getting to know the locals as much as possible. Recently a client hired me to plan an 18 day luxury trip for him…

Venice boats: Nine ways to ride a boat in Venice

Venice boats: Nine ways to ride a boat in Venice

When planning an Italy itinerary that includes Venice, there are three things I always recommend: spend some time getting good and lost; see Venice from above, and see Venice from the water. Since Venice is built on 117 islands – connected by 400 bridges – there are lots of ways to see Venice from the water.…

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Venice & the Veneto | 14 Comments

Funny things tourists say, in Venice

Funny things tourists say, in Venice

The exchanges below were overheard and recorded by the tourist organization Venessia.com on their Facebook page and made me laugh out loud, so I translated a few of my favorites and in some places added comments in parentheses for clarification.     1) Spanish couple: Excuse me, would you tell me where I can get a…

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Venice & the Veneto | One Comment

Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista: An incredible modern art hotel near Verona

Like any business person, I keep track of what makes my clients happy. I know the guides, restaurants, hotels and attractions across Italy that will make a majority of clients fall (more) in love with the country. But I also know of many other gems that the majority of people probably won’t love, but that the…

Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in Venice & the Veneto | 8 Comments