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. 

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italy travel tip: skip the free walking tour, but do wander venice at night

When the hubs and I visited Venice in 2012, I wasn't all that impressed. Granted, we were staying on a campground one ferry ride away from actual Venice. We took the ferry over in the morning, had a walking tour, then had the afternoon to wander around until our scheduled gondola ride. (A word of advice: …

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 …

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 …