2 Days in Venice Itinerary

2 Days in Venice Itinerary: Best Itinerary for First-Time Visitors

Julie Italy, Itinerary 4 Comments

If you are planning your first trip to Venice, this Venice itinerary is perfect for you. With 2 days in Venice, you have just enough time to visit the highlights of this beautiful city and stroll the canals. Tour Doges Palace, visit St. Mark’s Basilica, drift through the canals on a gondola, and explore the quieter corners of Venice. In …

10 Day Italy Itinerary Rome Florence Venice

10 Day Italy Itinerary: Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre & Venice

Julie Italy, Itinerary 7 Comments

For first timers to Italy, Rome, Florence and Venice typically top the “must-see” list. On this 10 day Italy itinerary, you have enough time to visit these three cities and add in another spectacular destination, the coastal towns of the Cinque Terre. In this guide, we lay out a detailed Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre and Venice itinerary. We cover the …

Lugano Day Trip

10 Best Day Trips from Lugano, Switzerland

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Lugano is a beautiful city that is located in southern Switzerland. One day is all you need to visit the highlights of Lugano, but with more time, it makes a great home base to explore southern Switzerland and northern Italy. Here are 10 great day trips from Lugano.   1. Cruise Lake Lugano One of the best things to do …

Lake Como Day Trip

How to Plan the Perfect Day Trip to Lake Como

Julie Italy 21 Comments

Lake Como is a wishbone-shaped lake nestled in the foothills of the Alps. This is where the rich and famous vacation in luxurious villas and visitors flock to the colorful lakeside towns. It is one of Italy’s most scenic destinations and easily visited from Milan and Lugano, Switzerland. If you are planning a day trip to Lake Como, we have …

Things to do in Bellagio

8 Amazing Things to do in Bellagio, Italy

Julie Italy 14 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: Best Way to Spend Two Weeks in Italy

Julie Italy, Itinerary 144 Comments

If you are planning your first trip to Italy, this Italy 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, …

Best Places to Stay in Venice Italy

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

Julie Italy 19 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, …

Best Views of Italy

10 Gorgeous Views of Italy and Where to Photograph Them

Julie Italy 5 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 …

First Visit to Florence

10 Best Things To Do On Your First Visit To Florence

Julie Italy 61 Comments

Florence is one of Italy’s most popular cities to visit, especially for first-timers. Not only is Florence the art capital of the world, it’s a gorgeous city with streets to wander, towers to climb, great places to go shopping, and lots of gelato to eat. Here is a list of our favorite experiences, a good starting point for your first …

2 Days in Rome Itinerary

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

Julie Italy 75 Comments

If you are planning your first visit to Rome and have limited time, this Rome itinerary is perfect for you. With 2 days in Rome, you have just enough time to visit the highlights. Tour the Vatican, enjoy the amazing view from St. Peter’s Basilica, marvel at the Colosseum, get a history lesson at the Roman Forum, and stroll through …

10 Day Italy Itinerary

10 Days in Italy: 3 Amazing Itineraries

Julie Italy, Itinerary, San Marino 401 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. If you have 10 days in Italy, we have three …

Julie Rivenbark Ironman Italy

Racing IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna

Julie Italy 12 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

Best Things to Do in San Marino, Europe’s Most Underrated Destination

Julie Italy, San Marino 15 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. In …

Venice in Photos

20 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Venice Italy

Julie Italy 5 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. Our Second Visit to Italy So far, we have visited Italy twice. The first time was on a one year trip around the world in 2014. …

Best Places to Visit in Italy

20 Best Places to Visit in Italy (+ Map & Photos)

Julie Italy 82 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 best places to visit in Italy is long. So long, in fact, that …

Tre Cime Hike

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Loop: The Complete Hiking Guide

Julie Italy 23 Comments

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo is one of the Dolomites’ iconic hikes. Three massive rocky prominences rise up from the rolling scenery of the Dolomites, surrounded by amazing views and, during the summer months, wildflowers. As far as hiking goes, this is a relatively easy hike. Tre Cime is great for kids, so if you are here on a family …