Category: Italy

Italy travel planning tips and photos

Is Cinque Terre overrated?

Cinque Terre Riomaggiore thumbnailCinque Terre, Italy is a very popular tourist place in Italy. Like with every popular tourist place, every careful traveler needs to be a little cautious and discern beyond the whole tourist hype. I live in Southern California and I am used with scenic coastal views and landscapes. So is Cinque Terre just a pretty place by the sea? I think Cinque Terre is unique in its blend of scenic views, climate, history and most of all Italian charm. Read on to see what makes Cinque Terre a unique place to visit.

A beautiful walking tour of Treviso, Italy

Old building in TrevisoTreviso is a city in the region of Veneto in Northern Italy. Because Treviso is so close to Venice it gets bypassed by tourists because Venice is such a hot tourist attraction. This makes Treviso a quiet town to visit with plenty of historical buildings and attractions. We definitely enjoyed walking through its narrow streets and admiring the many old buildings scattered all over the town. Come along with me on a walking tour of Treviso.

First impressions after visiting Sirmione, Italy

Medieval walls at Sirmione, ItalySirmione, Italy is definitely a popular tourist spot. We visited Sirmione in August and it was filled with tourists. After walking around the village a little bit we immediately realized why Sirmione is such a popular tourist spot in Northern Italy. Read on to find the reasons and see my pictures from Sirmione.

Padua, Italy – photos and first impressions

Padova, Italy - Sculputures line up the main square in Padova. Padova lies about on hour drive from Venice in Northern Italy. It is very easy to reach Padova from the A4 motorway and we just followed the signs to the main square in Padova. We arrived in Padova, Italy on a very hot day in August. We did whatever we could to escape the heat. Even though we didn’t have much time to walk around we enjoyed Padova, Italy very much. The amazing Pratto della Valle square fascinated us with all many and beautiful sculptures.

Free walking tour of Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy - Santa Maria delle Grazie church.We arrived in Milan on a very hot July evening as we started our Northern Italy tour with our family. The following day we took on this very busy and large Italian city. Milan is the industrial and financial capital of Northern Italy and as such it is a city full of life. For the tourist, however, Milan is not very exciting. Except for a few extraordinary tourist attractions, Milan is mostly an uninteresting European city. Come along with me on a free walking tour of Milan, Italy.

At the foot of the Dolomites at Barcis, Italy

Barcis,Italy - Beautiful view of Lago di Barcis (Lake Barcis)Northern Italy is home of most of Italy’s industry but it’s also home of some of the most beautiful mountain scenery as well. The Italian part of the Alps with the Dolomites mountain range gives the tourist unending scenery to delight in and plenty of space to relax. Barcis is a very small tourist village nestled at the foothills of the Dolomiti Friulane National Park on the shores of Lago di Barcis (Lake Barcis). Driving to Barcis will take you thorough some of the longest tunnels in Italy, but it will also give you beautiful and amazing natural beauty to behold.

Genoa, Italy – photos and first impressions

Genova,Italy - Old port of Genoa with old buildings in the background.Italy is a large country. You can drive for many hours to reach certain famous tourist destinations. It is really cool then, when you are able to find some cool places to stop on the way. While Genoa is a famous tourist attraction in its own right, we only had time to treat it as a rest stop on our way to the French Riviera. We were only able to spend about three hours in Genoa, but we were really impressed by how the city and the port looked. Read on to see some cool travel pictures from Genoa, Italy.