italy travel tip: skip the walking tour in milan

If I’m being honest with you, Milan was not my favorite. It actually kind of bummed me out that that was our last stop in our whirlwind trip around Italy. But everyone makes such a big deal about it, you know? So we did our day trip to Lake Como from there, and then weContinue reading “italy travel tip: skip the walking tour in milan”

italy travel tip: if you’re looking for a chill day, book an excursion to lake como

If you’re looking for a chill day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of Milan, this day trip to Lake Como has your name written all over it!

italy travel tip: visit the colorful island of burano

The island of Burano is like something out of a dream: Imagine row after row of the most cheerful, brightly-colored homes, and you’ve got Burano. 

italy travel tip: recommendations for museum-going in florence

I’ll be honest with you; I’m not the biggest appreciator of art, but the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries are at the top of most top-10 lists of things to see in Florence. Because these galleries are so popular among tourists, though, the lines can be daunting hours-long affairs. To avoid the lines, though, here’s aContinue reading “italy travel tip: recommendations for museum-going in florence”

italy travel tip: take an inexpensive half-day trip to pisa from florence

Funny story: My maiden name is “Liening” (pronounced “leaning”), so you can only imagine the “leaning tower of Pisa” jokes I’ve gotten throughout the years. (So original, right guys? Cue eyeroll.) My seventh-grade math teacher would even lean to the side when he’d see me in the hallway. (He thought he was hilarious.) I suppose that’sContinue reading “italy travel tip: take an inexpensive half-day trip to pisa from florence”

italy travel tip: take a day trip to cinque terre from florence

I was almost finished putting the final touches on our itinerary for our big France/Spain/Italy trip in 2015 when the hubs came home and told me his friends, Tim and Claire, who had just had their own sweeping Italian adventure, insisted that we needed to go to Cinque Terre. I may have frowned at himContinue reading “italy travel tip: take a day trip to cinque terre from florence”

italy travel tip: take a cooking class in tuscany with accidental tourist

There’s nothing quite like making your own pasta when you’re in the heart of Tuscany. When the hubs and I were planning our trip in 2015, his co-worker recommended Accidental Tourist to us. I have now taken this cooking class twice; it is truly an amazing experience. When the ladies and I were planning our tripContinue reading “italy travel tip: take a cooking class in tuscany with accidental tourist”

italy travel tip: take a private boat ride around capri

Out of all the things we did in Italy this May, the boat tour around Capri seems to be high on everyone’s list, and it’s not hard to see why: the turquoise water, the illuminating grottos, enormous houses built onto sheer whitewashed cliffsides… What’s not to love? I have now done Gianni’s Boat Tour twice: thisContinue reading “italy travel tip: take a private boat ride around capri”

italy travel tip: hire a private guide to tour the amalfi coast

One of the best things we did when we were in Amalfi was to hire a private tour guide. Our driver was Tony. He was fantastic. I cannot stress that enough. We had the van and driver all to ourselves. Tony kept up a running commentary pretty much the whole drive to each place. (HeContinue reading “italy travel tip: hire a private guide to tour the amalfi coast”

italy travel tip: do an ‘eating italy’ food tour in rome

One of the best things the ladies and I did in Italy this May was to partake in the Testaccio Supper Stroll, offered to us by Eating Italy Food Tours. Eating Italy currently offers Food Tours in Rome and Florence, and, according to their site, they’ll be adding tours in Venice soon, too! In eachContinue reading “italy travel tip: do an ‘eating italy’ food tour in rome”