Italy

Wine Tasting in Italy – a Short Guide

When planning our two-week trip to Tuscany, we knew that we’d be keen to do some wine tasting, along with enjoying the beautiful countryside and quaint medieval towns. But we hadn’t really looked too much into it until we arrived in Italy. In Australia, wine tasting is a pretty straightforward affair. You turn up at […]

Italy’s Cinque Terre Through My Lens: A Photo Essay

When we decided to spend some time in Italy on the European leg of our trip, I knew there was one place we shouldn’t miss out on. That was the Cinque Terre. What is the Cinque Terre, I hear you ask. In Italian, it means “the Five Lands”. You might not know quite what it […]

A Two-Week Itinerary for Tuscany

Have you taken two weeks off and decided that Tuscany is the place for your next dream holiday? Good for you! Tuscany is an amazing part of Italy and if you are going to all that way, you may as well spend as long as you can there. Two weeks is a pretty good length […]

8 Reasons Why Lucca is The True Jewel of Tuscany

Lucca is a beautiful old town in the north of Tuscany. Only an hours drive from the more famous Florence, Lucca is known for its Renaissance architecture and its fortified old walls. With its well-preserved, centuries-old buildings and churches, a visit to Lucca truly lets you step back in time. It didn’t take long for […]

How to Spend a Perfect Day in Siena, Tuscany

Siena is a medieval city in the heart of Tuscany, just an hour south of Florence. Although you’re unlikely to get sick of Florence (how could you?), given that you’ve come all that way, you may still want to explore a bit more of Tuscany. Siena is the biggest of all the hill towns scattered […]

5 Things to Do in The Tuscan Hill Town of San Gimignano

Another place I remembered fondly from my first trip to Tuscany as a teen was the beautiful Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano. When we decided to spend a few days in Tuscany, I knew I had to revisit this beautiful medieval town. San Gimignano is a pretty little walled town situated halfway between Florence […]

How to Spend 48 Hours in Florence

The Italian city of Florence is Tuscany’s most famous and most visited city. Every year, millions of visitors flock to Florence to get lost in its streets, admire its incredible churches and marvel at its museums and palazzos. Florence is the world’s art capital and whether or not you’re an art fanatic, you can’t help but gasp […]

Rome for First Time Visitors – The 10 Best Things to See and Do

Simon and I have been travelling for years. So when we told people we’d never been to Rome, many of them were rather surprised! We had both been to Italy many moons ago before we even met, but we were both yet to visit its capital. I had loved Italy when I visited Florence and […]