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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…

Renting a car in Italy: should you or shouldn’t you?

Renting a car in Italy: should you or shouldn’t you?

July 13, 2010

[This is an excerpt from our Driving in Italy ebook, which you can download for free here. Having a car on your Italian vacation can be an expensive hassle, or it can be a means to more independence and a…

Meeting boys on Italian trains

Meeting boys on Italian trains

April 09, 2010

I thought it would be fun to enter this little story into the Grantourismo–HomeAway travel writing competition! An American friend and I were on a train full of Italian military boys. Noses in guidebooks, we’d been planning our day trip…

Booking hotels in Italy: 10 tips

Booking hotels in Italy: 10 tips

March 04, 2010

Booking a fantastic hotel in Italy can be a daunting task. It goes without saying that you need to check recent reviews and don’t just look at the review score: read the comments thoroughly. Cross-check reviews across different review sites,…

Amateur Traveler Podcast: The Life of an Adventure Travel Tour Guide

Amateur Traveler Podcast: The Life of an Adventure Travel Tour Guide

January 31, 2010

The most fun I've ever had while also getting paid was probably when I led week-long cycling tours in Italy, but it was also the most work of any job I've ever had.  I've since noticed that lots of people…

What to do in Italy on Sundays

What to do in Italy on Sundays

January 21, 2010

When we create custom itineraries at Italy Beyond the Obvious, we always include the day of the week – not just the date – during the planning process. The main reason for this is that Sundays (and sometimes Mondays) require a…

The best graffiti in Italy

The best graffiti in Italy

December 11, 2009

    Rule #38 of Robert Reid’s “44 Little Travel Rules No One Tells You” is to take photos of things that might change. I couldn’t agree more (and I wish I had photos of the pink snakeskin fashion craze…

5 ways to help the photographer you’re traveling with

5 ways to help the photographer you’re traveling with

December 03, 2009

  When you’re not a photographer – but are lucky enough to be traveling with one – there are lots of ways you can help bring home great photos of your trip. The five tips below may seem like common…

How to plan a dream trip to Italy

How to plan a dream trip to Italy

October 28, 2009

I’ve been planning dream trips to Italy for a couple of decades, and have been getting paid to do it since 2008, when I started Italy Beyond the Obvious. I’ve personally created over 300 such trips, and I can tell…

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