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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…

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…

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….

Florence Itinerary: One Day and Three Days

Florence Itinerary: One Day and Three Days

May 17, 2022

Florence is among Italy’s most magnificent cities, capital of Tuscany and birthplace of the Renaissance. Its UNESCO-listed historic center is a treasure trove of artistic and architectural masterpieces, plus fascinating artisan workshops and a vibrant dining and imbibing scene. It’s…

Christmas in Italy

Christmas in Italy

October 14, 2021

The Christmas season in Italy starts on December 8th (Immaculate Conception) and ends on January 6th (Ephiphany). Christmas in Italy is festive, with markets, lights, Christmas trees, and music in the streets. And the best part is that the Christmas…

Italy in February: 7 great places to visit

Italy in February: 7 great places to visit

December 02, 2016

In many places in the world, the month of February is still the depths of winter. It’s cold, snowy, and often dark or foggy. In Italy, it’s low season, and while it is definitely chilly, there are plenty of great…

What to see and do in Tuscany

What to see and do in Tuscany

November 17, 2015

Here at Italy Beyond the Obvious, we get a lot of Tuscany requests. This central Italian region is heaven for photographers and we’re lucky to be able to feature spectacular images by photographer Jim DeLutes below, in our recommendations for what…

Cività di Bagnoregio: tips for visiting this unique Italian village

Cività di Bagnoregio: tips for visiting this unique Italian village

July 08, 2015

With a population of only 20 people and access limited to a pedestrian footbridge, the Italian town of Cività di Bagnoregio is a unique destination and a stop I include frequently in Italy itineraries for travelers going between Rome and Tuscany. But it’s…

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