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What to Pack for Italy in Fall

What to Pack for Italy in Fall

April 14, 2022

Packing for a summer or winter trip to most of Italy is pretty straightforward, but those tricky shoulder seasons of spring and fall can throw your suitcase for a loop. Days often swing wildly from warm and sunny to chilly…

Celebrating American Thanksgiving in Italy

Celebrating American Thanksgiving in Italy

March 14, 2022

The Thanksgiving holiday are a great time to sneak in a trip to Italy! Here are five reasons why you should consider celebrating American Thanksgiving in Italy this year:.

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”…

Renting a Car in Italy: 10 Things to Know

Renting a Car in Italy: 10 Things to Know

July 30, 2021

If your Italy itinerary includes driving, you’ll need to rent a car. Here are 10 things to know about renting a car in Italy: Manual transmission reigns supreme Although automatic transmissions exist in Italy, and are actually gaining popularity, the…

Get a vaccine? Easy. Get a US passport in the pandemic? Not so much.

Get a vaccine? Easy. Get a US passport in the pandemic? Not so much.

April 29, 2021

When things shut down over a year ago, we were all waiting for the vaccines. Now, it’s not hard to get a vaccine but to get a US passport in the pandemic? Good luck. I have spent many hours trying…

An Italy travel update from Madeline

An Italy travel update from Madeline

November 24, 2020

As I write this, the US is about to head into the Thanksgiving holidays. The virus continues to spread quickly both here in North America and in Europe. News of a couple vaccines was recently announced, causing Zoom stock to…

A Note Regarding the Coronavirus in Italy

A Note Regarding the Coronavirus in Italy

March 29, 2020

This has been a challenging few weeks, and I thought I’d take a minute to share an update. There’s a lot of information out there about COVID-19, aka the coronavirus in Italy. I don’t want to add to the noise,…

Using cell phones in Italy: dos and don’ts

Using cell phones in Italy: dos and don’ts

December 11, 2017

After we finish booking the hotels, activities, and restaurants for our travelers, we send them a pre-trip checklist. This list includes advice on packing, technology, guidebooks, phrase books, travel insurance, driving, and more. We make sure that they leave for…

Italy Travel Tips

Italy Travel Tips

December 11, 2015

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 for the cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice, and in the categories of…

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