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 guide: wander around the amalfi coast town of sorrento

As I mentioned in a previous post, when my husband and I stayed in Amalfi in 2015, we stayed in Praiano, which was quite a jog from Naples. This time, I was smarter in my planning. Amalfi is one of the most beautiful places in the world (at least in my humble opinion), but (justContinue reading “italy travel guide: wander around the amalfi coast town of sorrento”

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”

how to plan an epic trip in 6 steps

In the last couple of years, we’ve really upped our traveling game, which means I’ve gotten a lot of practice planning big trips; we’ve gone to France, Spain, Italy, and Hawaii, while I ventured off to Italy again this year with the ladies. In planning these trips, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I’veContinue reading “how to plan an epic trip in 6 steps”