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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...

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A Pocket Guide to Coffee in Italy

A Pocket Guide to Coffee in Italy

October 31, 2022

The “bar” (a mix between a coffee house, pub, newspaper stand, tobacco shop, and even post office) is an Italian institution, and even the tiniest hamlets tucked deep in the Italian countryside have at least one. It is here where…

The Best Photo Ops (and Instagram Spots) in Italy

The Best Photo Ops (and Instagram Spots) in Italy

October 16, 2022

Sharing travel exploits with the folks back home has been a large part of the pleasure of travel since the first voyagers sketched far-flung lands and peoples in ink on parchment. The tradition has evolved through slideshows and Kodachrome to…

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…

Rooftop Restaurants in Rome: Best Places to Dine with a View

Rooftop Restaurants in Rome: Best Places to Dine with a View

September 18, 2022

Rome has one of the best street-life scenes in Italy, and dining at a sidewalk table while watching the world go by is a unique pleasure in the Eternal City. That said, there are times that even the most ardent…

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…

What To See and Do in Umbria: Our Top Picks

What To See and Do in Umbria: Our Top Picks

August 15, 2022

Most first trips to Italy include one or all of the country’s top five destinations: Rome, Florence, Venice, the Tuscan countryside, and the Amalfi Coast. It comes as no surprise that these five headliners top most bucket lists, as between…

What to Pack for Italy in Winter

What to Pack for Italy in Winter

July 31, 2022

By far most of the Italy itineraries we create for clients are for summer trips and the months between May and September are perennially the most popular to explore Il Bel Paese. That said, we’ve also seen an uptick in…

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….

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