Italy Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: Viterbo

Civita di Bagnoregio

Rome. Been there. Florence. Done that. More than a couple of times, in fact. While I love Italy’s most visited cities, they can feel like overcrowded theme parks on the Fourth of July. I tossed out my Italy guide books, well all of my guide books, a long time ago and like to discover things […]

10 Things to Know Before Driving in Italy

paletta del poliziotto

Driving in Italy isn’t the scary and crazy endeavor that Hollywood (or sometimes fellow travelers) make it out to be. As a six year car owning resident of Italy, I realized just how different my adopted country’s laws of the road are when Leah Travels and I embarked on an epic road trip around the […]

Cittadella: A Hidden Gem in the Veneto


I couldn’t believe I was the only one on the Medieval wall. “It’s like this most of the time,” Ilaria told me as we walked. On one hand, it was utter bliss to be away from the crowds that descend on Italy’s most popular cities in summer. On the other, it’s a shame so many […]

How to Holiday on Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Villa Rufolo

Italy is filled with amazing ruins, museums and churches, but sometimes even the most cultured traveler wants a little sun and nothing to do but sip cocktails. That’s when you head to Italy’s famed Amafi Coast. It’s here that colorful fishing villages cling to the cliff side and cars, buses and vespas vie to get […]

Craco: The Crumbling Italian Ghost Town

Craco, Italy

Mounds rose up on either side of the deserted road. We hadn’t seen another car for well over an hour as we drove toward Craco, Italy. “It looks like Texas,” my Texan friend Leah Travels remarked. I haven’t spent much time in Texas other than to fly through Houston Intercontinental Airport, but it looked like […]

Italy’s Best Kept Secret: The Cilento Coast


The Cilento Coast is one of the most unspoiled parts of the Campania region and it’s just two hours south of the chaos of Naples. Yet, this part of Italy is still hugely off the tourist radar. With hardly a blip about Cilento in the guide books, American and British travelers flock to the popular […]

5 Summer Festivals Not to Miss in Northern Italy

Venice Festa del Redentore

It’s the first day of summer and while the temperatures may be sweltering in Northern Italy, I’m still excited summer has finally arrived. It’s the season of some of my favorite festivals. Here are 5 summer festivals not to miss in Northern Italy: Festa del Redentore Originally a celebration to give thanks for the end […]