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Shopping at Street Markets in Italy

Shopping at Street Markets in Italy

December 31, 2022

Over the many years of planning custom Italy itineraries for clients, we’ve realized that travelers often have misconceptions about shopping Italy street markets. Many imagine a souk-like maze of stands that sell a bit of everything for one-stop art, clothing,…

Italy Travel Tips

Italy Travel Tips

December 15, 2022

After two decades of giving Italy travel advice and planning Italy trips for independent travelers, I sat down and put together my top 100 Italy travel tips.  Read on for insider intel for visiting Rome, Florence, and Venice plus how…

Tipping in Italy

Tipping in Italy

November 14, 2022

Almost all of our clients ask us about tipping in Italy before leaving on their trip, including guidelines about who should be tipped, how much is a typical tip, and how tips should be paid. The short answer is that…

Using Cell Phones in Italy: Dos and Don’ts

Using Cell Phones in Italy: Dos and Don’ts

September 30, 2022

Smartphones have become just as essential a travel accessory as a passport and credit card, since they now serve the purpose of everything from an HD camera to a dual-language dictionary. It’s almost unthinkable to take a trip today without…

Five Ways to Visit Florence’s Uffizi Gallery (and One to Avoid)

Five Ways to Visit Florence’s Uffizi Gallery (and One to Avoid)

August 29, 2022

In the many years that I have been creating itineraries for independent travelers to Italy, I’ve never met a traveler who wanted to go to Florence and didn’t want to visit Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. But the Uffizi is a huge…

Biking on Lucca’s Walls

Biking on Lucca’s Walls

July 15, 2022

For anyone who loves being on a bike, wants to see the city from a different perspective, or just wants to break up the museums-churches-walking routine, I definitely recommend adding this short and easy bike ride to your Lucca visit….

Cinque Terre vs. The Lakes: How to Decide

Cinque Terre vs. The Lakes: How to Decide

February 27, 2022

About 20% of our clients kick off our first call by telling us that they’d like to see two of the “Big Three” (Rome, Florence, and Venice—and they usually know which two) but they’d like advice on the final piece…

Chocolate in Italy: Factories, Tours, and Tastings

Chocolate in Italy: Factories, Tours, and Tastings

February 14, 2022

Italy is already a fantastic destination but chocolate lovers can rejoice: it’s a heavy-hitter in the land of sweet cacao as well. There are three (arguably four, but we’ll start with three) major areas for chocolate in Italy, but since…

Food Budgeting Strategies for Italy

Food Budgeting Strategies for Italy

January 30, 2022

Unless you’ve booked a self-catering villa or apartment in Italy, you’ll be eating out a lot during your trip. The cost of restaurant meals can add up fast (and outside of large cities, there aren’t a lot of “fast food”…

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