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A traveler’s guide to doing laundry in Italy

A traveler’s guide to doing laundry in Italy

July 23, 2013

Most of my clients’ itineraries are between about 7 and 25 days, and so the question of how to wash clothing while traveling in Italy often arises as we’re getting into the details, especially when there are small children or hot…

Shopping at Street Markets in Italy: Eight things to know before you go

Shopping at Street Markets in Italy: Eight things to know before you go

June 28, 2013

Over the past five years of planning Italy itineraries for clients, I’ve realized that travelers often have misconceptions about street markets in Italy. A recent client wanted to allocate four hours in her itinerary one afternoon to “do some street market shopping”,…

Why you need a strategy for maps in Italy

Why you need a strategy for maps in Italy

October 26, 2012

How do you find a new location in your home city? If you’re like most people you probably rely on your smartphone most of the time and you may use a GPS in the car (or your smartphone’s GPS). You…

A money strategy for your Italy trip

A money strategy for your Italy trip

October 10, 2012

    After the overall itinerary has been finalized and hotels, guides, transfers, and restaurants have been booked for trip planning clients, we usually have a conversation about a money strategy for their trip. Most travelers want to know: How much…

3 Tips for learning Italian (or any language)

3 Tips for learning Italian (or any language)

July 08, 2011

I’ve shared my top 3 tips for learning languages on Dianne Hales’ wonderful blog, Becoming Italian Word by Word. If you’ve learned a language, do you agree with any of these tips? 

My Italy student exchange: 4 things I wish I’d known

My Italy student exchange: 4 things I wish I’d known

June 17, 2011

  Two decades ago this month, I was on the plane on my way back to Canada after a year abroad on an Italy student exchange program with AFS. I’ve since spent five of the last 20 years living and…

Five favorite books for travelers to Italy or Italophiles

Five favorite books for travelers to Italy or Italophiles

December 16, 2010

  The five recommendations below are all on my bookshelf. They are the ones I pick up frequently: the ones bookmarked with color-coded sticky flags, and the ones that I buy again and again as gifts for people.   For…

Meet the locals, but share your perspective, too

Meet the locals, but share your perspective, too

October 25, 2010

  Mingling with locals definitely brings a foreign destination to life, but there's one thing no local has: your perspective. They will never know that you love cobblestones unless you tell them.   When I was in high school, our…

A traveler’s guide to strikes in Italy

A traveler’s guide to strikes in Italy

August 10, 2010

I mentioned to my mom recently that I was relieved my clients were going to miss the scheduled national train strike. My mom, a very seasoned traveler who has actually been to Italy several times under my care, was completely…

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