Italy

1 week in Italy itinerary: Planning your trip [maps and photos]

Italy is a large country full of thousands of years of history. If you are planning a visit, it would be hard to see everything in less than a week, but I would recommend a few weeks at least. On my first trip, we spent 8 days in Italy, and while it was a whirlwind, […]



Climb Il Duomo Florence, Italy: Reserve your tickets in advance

The best advice I received before heading to Italy was from Rick Steves: he suggested reserving your time to climb the Cathedral (Duomo) in Florence months in advance. And he was right: the Il Duomo di Firenze (the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) was requiring reservations months in advance. Here are our tips for […]


Visiting Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, Italy

Castel Sant’Angelo is a must-see destination when visiting Rome, Italy — but it’s not just about the history or beautiful architecture. The castle showcases one of the most amazing views in Rome. Here are the reasons you should include the Castel St. Angelo on your Rome, Italy vacation. Click the links below to skip to […]


How to spend one day in Venice, Italy: Everything you need to know

Venice, Italy can be a trip of a lifetime. But you don’t need a lot of time there to really experience everything the city has to offer. Here are some tips and tricks on how to spend one day in Venice, Italy: Click the links below to skip to any of the following sections: Get […]


What to wear to The Vatican: Dress Code rules you should know [2019]

When visiting the Vatican, it’s important to remember to show respect. Even if you are not Catholic, and even if you are not Christian, you are in a holy place and it’s important to follow the few amount of rules they have in the Vatican dress code. The Vatican’s dress code means women and men […]


Climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica Dome

Visiting Vatican City can be an exciting, but overwhelming, experience. When visiting the home of the pope, you will want to see The Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and definitely St. Peter’s Basilica. But it’s not well known that you can actually climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica Dome. You can actually take […]


Visiting the Colosseum in Rome, Italy: Everything you need to know

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy is perhaps one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, and visiting is a life-changing experience. But to do so, you will want to make sure you plan in advance to have the best experience possible. Click the links below to skip to any of the following sections: Location […]


Visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Marina di Pisa beach

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy is truly one of the world’s greatest wonders. But Pisa is so much more than the tower — so if you are in the area to visit the leaning tower, then you will want to make sure to see some of the other amazing things the area […]


Where to stay in Venice, Italy: Locanda Leon Bianco

Whether you use a travel agent, booking website, or airbnb, you will soon find that there are so many hotels and apartments available in Venice, and it can soon become overwhelming. Because of this, we wanted to share with you the one we experienced ourselves, because it was such an amazing stay. Locanda Leon Bianco […]


Visiting Ancient Pompeii, Italy and hiking Mount Vesuvius

If you are traveling to Italy, visiting the city of Pompeii and hiking Mount Vesuvius are must-see locations. There are so many Italian cities with amazing history, but none have been preserved the way Pompeii has. We have some tips on how to get to Pompeii from Rome, Italy, as well as everything you need […]


Venice, Italy to ban tourists from certain areas of the city

Venice, Italy will be restricting tourists from visiting certain areas of the city during the busy holiday weekend of April 28 to May 1. Non-locals looking to visit popular destinations like St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge will be diverted to visitor-only routes. Unless you have a Venezia Unica pass, you will not be […]


Taking the Vatican Scavi tour: Visiting St. Peter’s tomb

The Vatican Scavi Tour, or a tour of the Vatican Necropolis, is one of the most exclusive tours in Rome, Italy, and maybe even in Europe! This is because they only let around 250 people in each day (compared with the more than 30,000 who visit the Vatican each day). You can only visit Ufficio […]


Visiting the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica

Visiting the Vatican can be an overwhelming experience — mostly because there is so much to do, and you don’t want to miss anything. From the Sistine Chapel to the Vatican Museums to climbing St. Peter’s Basilica Dome, you could spend days there soaking it all in. Here are some tips to seeing everything you […]


Norwegian Airlines launches $169 flights from the Bay Area to Rome

Norwegian Airlines has launched a nonstop flight from the Bay Area to Rome, starting at $169 each way. The route will fly from Oakland to Rome, and means Norwegian is the only airline to offer year-round, nonstop service from the San Francisco area and California to both Barcelona and Rome. They also offer more routed […]


Fly from the U.S. to Madrid, Amsterdam, and Milan for as low as $199

Norwegian Airlines is launching new flights from Los Angeles and New York to three European destinations. The low-cost airline is launching flights from New York City and Los Angeles to Madrid, Spain; New York City to Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Los Angeles to Milan, Italy. The flights will begin at $199 and $229 each way. […]


Florence’s initiative is hoping to teach tourists how to behave

The city of Florence, Italy is looking to inform tourists about proper behavior while visiting their city. The campaign, known as #EnjoyRespectFirenze, is a part of the #enjoyrespect campaign being developed by five art cities in Italy: Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Naples. “People come to Italy thinking they can do whatever they want here, […]


Rome bans outdoor night drinking for summer

If you are looking to travel to Rome this summer, you may have to cut back on your wine consumptions. The city has begun enforcing strict regulations over the sale and consumption of alcohol and has announced a ban on night drinking this summer. “We don’t want the Roman summer evenings to be ruined by […]


Norwegian Airlines to fly to Rome from LA, NYC, and Oakland

Norwegian Airlines has announced flights to Rome, Italy from three U.S. cities. The flights, which will begin in November 2017, will travel to Rome from New York City (Newark), Oakland/San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Tickets from Newark to Rome start at only $189 each way, and flights from Oakland and Los Angeles will start at […]