Category: Italy

Italy travel planning tips and photos

8 Best Places for Savoring the Food of Florence, Italy

Experiencing the food of Florence is essential to experiencing ItalyYour visit to Florence will be filled with rich history, legendary art and architecture, and incomparable natural beauty. You’ll lose yourself wandering down cobblestone streets and in between rustic buildings, and all of a sudden you’ll realize… You’re hungry! The good news is, the food of Florence is some of the best in the world. I’ve compiled a list of establishments that will delight you with their tasty offerings, as well as their proximity to the city center and its sightseeing attractions. No matter what you’re hungry for, you’ll find something to satisfy your cravings and give you a taste of Florentine culture.

10 Best Things to Do in Siena Italy (with map)

Best things to do in Siena Italy
After Florence, Siena is the most visited city in Tuscany. With its rich history and amazing art and architecture, Siena is a must-see place on your tour of Tuscany. Because there are so many things to do in Siena Italy, consider allocating at least one entire day for visiting this beautiful city.

Walking Tour of Florence, Italy (with map)

Panorama of Florence seen from Piazza Michelangelo
Florence is the the quintessential artistic and cultural symbol of the Renaissance period. Historical buildings filled with amazing art abound in Florence’s medieval old town. So put on your walking shoes and let’s go together on a walking tour of Florence, Italy.

In depth walking tour of Genoa, Italy

Genoa, Italy - Piazza Caricamento across from Porto Antico (the old port) Genova, Italy has a beautiful location on the Ligurian sea and an amazingly intricate history. The city has been built in layers over the course of history. This layering is especially visible from the old port area as it allows for a panoramic view of the surrounding hills. Unfortunately, we only stopped for a few good hours on our way to the French Riviera. Read on about our walking tour of Genoa, Italy.

A Beautiful Walking Tour of Sirmione Lake Garda

Sirmione, Italy - Water canal and beautiful old buildings and shops right inside the old city walls. Sirmione, Italy is a stunning place to visit in Northern Italy. It is situated on the southern tip of beautiful lake Garda and it has amazing history. Sirmione, Italy is the quintessential Italian tourist destination. We arrived in Sirmione a bit tired, coming from Padua, but taking a swim in the warm waters of Lake Garda, completely refreshed us and made us ready to head into town.

A quaint tour of Soave, Italy

Soave, Italy - Beautiful Soave Castle seen on the hill from the village below. Soave, Italy was a small village that we knew nothing about when we visited Italy. We simply saw it from the freeway and decided to stop…and we were glad we did it. It is definitely a very old small village with an impressive castle and beautiful views of the surrounding country side. Soave, Italy is a delightful day trip from Verona or Lake Garda. The stairs leading to the castle provide beautiful views all around the area and the surrounding hills are simply beautiful with grape vines stretching in all directions. Read more about visiting Soave.

In depth walking tour of Padua, Italy

Padova (or Padua) was one of the tourist attractions that we were not prepared for. Being impressed and tired after visiting Venice for two days, we did not research Padova very well, so we came ill prepared for what the city had to offer. Padova, Italy is a large city with beautiful tourist attractions which makes for a great day trip from Venice if you have an extra day. Padova, has three large areas with attractions, each within 15 minutes walking distance from each other. Read on about my walking tour of Padova, Italy.

A colorful walking tour of Burano, Italy

Burano is another well known island in the Venice archipelago. Burano is well known for its fine lace industry that dates back several hundreds of years. It is a popular tourist attraction in Venice but it is not very crowded even at the beginning of August when we visited.

In depth walking tour of Murano, Italy

Since we have already visited the main island of Venice Italy we felt really bad about being near Venice and not visiting more. So we decided that we would visit Venice again for the second day but this time we wanted to visit the two islands that are well known but not visited as much as the main island.  So on our second day to Venice we decided to visit the island of Murano and the island of Burano.