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 a …

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italy travel guide: what to see, eat & buy in florence

Italy Travel Tip | What to eat, see, and buy in Florence

I have now been to Italy three times, and I can say definitively that Florence is my favorite Italian city. Why? For one thing, its proximity to other places is ideal. You can take quick jaunts to Tuscany, Pisa, or Cinque Terre without having to mess with a million different dwellings. Also, it's the quaintest …

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

Italy Travel Tip | Take a 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's …

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

Italy Travel Tip | Take a day trip from Florence and hike Cinque Terre

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 him …

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

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 trip …