Bellagio Lake Como

8 Amazing Things to do in Bellagio, Italy

Julie Italy 2 Comments

Lake Como…a destination that is glamorous, romantic, and gorgeous. This lake is a slice of Italian paradise, and for many people, a visit to Bellagio is the highlight. Also called the Pearl of Lake Como, Bellagio is the perfect mix of photogenic streets, small shops, wonderful restaurants, and gorgeous views across Lake Como. If you are planning a visit to …

14 Day Italy Itinerary

14 Day Italy Itinerary: How to Spend Two Weeks in Italy

Julie Italy, Itinerary 39 Comments

If you are planning your first trip to Italy, this itinerary is a great place to start. With two weeks in Italy, you can visit the highlights…Rome, Florence, Venice, the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, and the Cinque Terre. Visit ancient historical sites, cruise the canals in Venice, dine on Italian food, go wine tasting in Tuscany, relax on the beach, walk …

Slovenia Road Trip

Slovenia Road Trip: Vršič Pass, Soca Valley & Tolmin Gorge

Julie Italy, Slovenia 4 Comments

On this road trip through northwestern Slovenia, drive the Vršič Pass, visit the Soca Valley and the town of Bovec, explore the Tolmin Gorge, and even go on white-knuckle drive to Mangart, the highest road in Slovenia. If you like scenic drives and want to see a beautiful part of the country, this Slovenia road trip is a wonderful day …

Venice at Night

Where to Stay in Venice: Best Hotels and Neighborhoods for Your Budget

Julie Italy 10 Comments

Choosing where to stay in Venice can be exciting yet challenging. Venice is made up of neighborhoods, also called sestieri (singular sestiere), and each neighborhood has its advantages and disadvantages for travelers. Some sestieri contain Venice’s most popular sites, but with that comes huge numbers of tourists and expensive prices. And in some sestieri, you will have a quieter experience, …

Gorgeous Views of Italy

10 Gorgeous Views of Italy and Where to Photograph Them

Julie Italy 3 Comments

If you are researching where to go in Italy, without a doubt you are finding gorgeous, vibrant photos of Italy’s top destinations. Would you like to know how to get these same gorgeous views of Italy? In this post, find out how to get a bird’s eye view over Venice, where to get one of the best views of the …

Amalfi Coast Travel

How to Travel from Rome to Sorrento, Capri & the Amalfi Coast

Julie Italy 85 Comments

How to travel from Rome to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast can be a little confusing. You can’t simply hop on a train in Rome and ride it all of the way to Sorrento or Positano. In this post, we explain your different options for getting around this region. Rome to Naples By Train Whether your final destination is Sorrento, …

Rome Itinerary Photo

2 Days in Rome: The Perfect Rome Itinerary for Your First Visit

Julie Italy 57 Comments

Rome is one of Europe’s grandest cities. It is a showcase of ancient Western civilization, with marvels such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Pantheon. It takes days and days to truly explore Rome. The city is enormous and it is filled with enough churches, Roman ruins, and exceptional restaurants that you could spend weeks here and never …

Pompeii

How to Visit Pompeii when Traveling Between Rome and Sorrento

Julie Italy 35 Comments

A visit to Pompeii is one of Italy’s most fascinating history lessons. Pompeii can be visited as a day trip from Rome, Sorrento, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast. For those in transit between any of these cities, Pompeii makes a nice, quick side trip. Here’s how to do it. Traveling from Rome to Pompeii to Sorrento If you are traveling …

Italy Itinerary

10 Days in Italy: 3 Amazing Itineraries

Julie Italy, Itinerary, San Marino 288 Comments

Italy is a country that is on many travelers’ wish list. And why not? Italy has it all: fabulous cuisine, gorgeous cities, towering mountains and beautiful beaches, and ancient historical sites. Throw in some gelato and wine and you have the perfect ingredients for a memorable 10-day holiday in Europe. For first timers to Italy, Rome, Florence, and Venice usually …

Ironman Italy

Racing Ironman Italy

Julie Italy 8 Comments

Ironman Italy is destination racing at its finest. Swim in the Adriatic Sea, cycle past pink flamingoes and through Sangiovese vineyards, and then run through a charming coastal town. What a spectacular setting for a race! Add in its location near popular spots like Venice, San Marino, and Florence, and this makes a great destination to combine Ironman triathlon racing …

San Marino Europe

San Marino: Europe’s Most Underrated Destination?

Julie Italy, San Marino 12 Comments

San Marino is a tiny, independent nation completely surrounded by Italy. It has a spectacular location, nestled in the mountains near the Adriatic Sea. The capital city, also called San Marino, is a maze of hilly, medieval streets, dotted with cafes and small shops. From the guard towers and the piazzas, the views over the surrounding countryside are gorgeous. San …

Venice Italy

20 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Venice Italy

Julie Italy 4 Comments

Venice is a photographer’s paradise. With its maze of canals, its colorful, crumbling facades, and gondolas silently drifting through the city, it’s hard to leave Venice without a memory card full of beautiful images. We recently had the pleasure of spending one day in Venice, one of our favorite cities in Italy. Our Second Visit to Italy Our main purpose …

Touring Italy Earth Trekkers

15 of the Best Places to Visit in Italy

Julie Italy, Travel Inspiration 32 Comments

Are you planning a trip to Italy? If so, be prepared to fall in love with an extraordinary country. The food, the wine, the history, the art and architecture, the quaint, hillside towns in Tuscany, and the underrated Dolomites…there is something here for everyone. The list of places to visit in Italy is long. So long, in fact, that it …

Photographing Florence

Best Views of Florence, Italy

Julie Italy 6 Comments

Are you planning a trip to Florence? Sure, you can’t miss Michelangelo’s David, the Ponte Vecchio, Italian food and gelato, and the galleries of Renaissance Art, but you also cannot miss the best views of Florence. No trip to Florence would be complete without a climb up the Duomo or a view from Piazzale Michelangelo. Where to Get the Best Views of Florence The Duomo …

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

The Cinque Terre for Budget Travelers

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The Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s most scenic spots. It is here that five colorful, gorgeous towns precariously sit on the hills that tumble into the Mediterranean Sea. The popularity of the Cinque Terre has exploded in recent years, with photos of Riomaggiore and Vernazza plastering the internet. The Cinque Terre was one of our favorite spots in Italy. In fact, …