14 Day Italy Itinerary

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

Julie Italy, Itinerary 17 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 …

Venice at Night

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

Julie Italy 4 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 …

Rome Itinerary Photo

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

Julie Italy 45 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 …

Italy Itinerary

10 Days in Italy: 3 Amazing Itineraries

Julie Italy, Itinerary, San Marino 269 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 25 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

Julie Italy 10 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

Julie Italy 7 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. Seeing Milan in one day 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 25 Comments

Hiking the Dolomites was our favorite activity while in Italy. The Puez-Odle Altopiano was our favorite of three hikes we did while in the Dolomites. The Puez-Odle Altopiano Hike Facts About the Hike Distance: 9 miles/14.5 km Elevation Gain: 500 meters ascent/1100 meters descent Time: 6 – 7 hours Difficulty: Moderate Map: You can purchase a map of this hike …

Hiking the Lagazuoi Tunnels in the Dolomites, Italy

Julie Italy 20 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 …