Italy is the country that captures my heart every time I visit. It is one of the main inspirations behind this travel blog.
From its vibrant cities to the gorgeous Italian lakes and coast, the landscapes will get you first. And then there’s the food and culture. There is truly something to enchant everyone.
The country’s famous tourist attractions are popular for good reason but it’s also been my mission to uncover the best kept secrets in Italy – local restaurants, quiet smaller cities.
Italy off the track is very special and I want to help you discover it. Below is the best information on this site to help with inspiration and planning for your most memorable vacation to Italy.
Transportation in Italy
- compare prices, travel times and book train, bus, and plane fares from available carriers all from the one site in easy-to-read native English. You can then download the handy app to keep your tickets in the one spot
- Trenitalia and Italo – official Italian sites for booking train travel – if you find the translations awkward, try the English language alternatives
- Italiarail – fantastic English language interface to the Trenitalia booking system with low booking fees. Sadly no app though.
A trip to Italy would not be complete if you did not plan to try some of the world’s most amazing food.
✪ Maybe you want to try a dish from a particular town? Check out these Italian food facts for inspiration
✪ I spent weeks maybe months researching my Rome food guide
✪ I love seasonal recipes and her favorites. She also hosts food tours of Rome and the surrounding countryside and has a great series of apps to help you discover her favorite and often off-the-beaten-track restaurants throughout Italy.
I love seasonal recipes. She also hosts food tours of Rome and the surrounding countryside and has a great series of apps to help you discover her favorite and often off-the-beaten-track restaurants throughout Italy.
Both for its as the capital of much of Europe and for its present-day role as one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, for most tourists traveling to Italy, Rome heads the list of places to visit. Relics of its glories—the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, the Appian Way, and the Palatine Hill—vie with the vast of the Vatican as the top attractions.
But between the important sights like the it takes to enjoy the city itself. Relax in the Borghese gardens; eat gelato on the Spanish Steps; explore the narrow streets of Trastevere; window-shop on the Via Veneto; and toss a coin in Trevi Fountain, so you can return again and again. It will take several trips to see it all.
The showcase of the Italian Renaissance, Florence can at times seem like one giant art museum. The Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore, s a landmark of world architecture, topped by its gravity-defying massive dome. Together with its marble-inlaid bell tower by Giotto and its octagonal Baptistery with its incomparable bronze doors by Ghiberti, this is one of the world’s finest ensembles of Renaissance art.
Half a dozen art museums brim with paintings and sculpture, while more masterpieces decorate its churches. Before you overdose on art in the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, go through the Boboli Gardens and explore the artisans’ studios and workshops of the Oltrarno, or shop for leather in Santa Croce