Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

The Cinque Terre for Budget Travelers

Julie Italy 20 Comments

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, …

The Perfect Day Trip to Milan from Florence, Venice and the Cinque Terre

Julie Italy 9 Comments

Why go to Milan? It’s the home of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper,” one of the most famous paintings in the world. Milan is also home to the Duomo, world-class museums, and trendy shopping areas. Milan is undergoing an architectural Renaissance and is worth even a few hours on the fastest of itineraries. Spending one day in Milan can be …

Travel Inspiration: Italy Photos We Love

Julie Italy 7 Comments

Since arriving back in the US, I have had some time to sort through our terabytes of data amassed during our travels. It has been so much fun going back through our photos, editing the ones I never had time for while traveling, and reminiscing about where we have visited. Italy is gorgeous, and with the food, the history, the art, …

Puez-Odle

Hiking the Puez-Odle Altopiano in the Dolomites

Julie Italy 38 Comments

The Puez-Odle Altopiano is a spectacular hike from start to finish. With jaw-dropping views of the Dolomites, fields of wildflowers, and endless alpine views, this is our favorite hike in the Dolomites. The Puez-Odle hike is a 9 mile hike along some of the highest mountain peaks in the Dolomites.  The hike involves 500 meters of climbing (a chairlift shaves …

Lagazuoi Tunnel Hike

Hiking the Lagazuoi Tunnels in the Dolomites, Italy

Julie Italy 24 Comments

The Dolomites, a commonly overlooked region of Italy for Americans when it comes to planning a vacation, is by far our favorite place in this amazing country.  We spent four days driving incredibly winding roads, up and down through mountainous territory, enjoying some of Italy’s best views. Our first hike, the Lagazuoi Tunnels, really showed us just how beautiful this …

Hiking the Cinque Terre: What You Need to Know

Julie Italy 76 Comments

The Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a group of five towns perched on the dramatic coastline of Italy, just north of Pisa. The towns are easily recognizable, with their pastel buildings stacked on top of one another, overlooking the harbors below. Each town offers something a little bit different than the others, and part of the fun …

San Gimignano Italy

A Photo Tour of the Tuscan hill town, San Gimignano

Julie Italy 13 Comments

Tuscany, Italy is known for its wine and splendid scenery, and we loved the time we spent here.  The hill towns of Tuscany are small, walled, medieval towns perched on hilltops overlooking the countryside.  Their views are stunning, their streets are a joy to stroll through, and the wine tastings are phenomenal.  We visited several hill towns, and the very …

Rome in Pictures

Julie Italy 4 Comments

Our one year around the world trip began in Rome on June 30. We had three days to spend here, just enough time to see all of the major sites. Rome is packed with history, many of it centuries, even millennia, older than what we have in the US. Since we were visiting during the summertime, we knew to expect …