italy travel tip: skip the walking tour in milan

If I’m being honest with you, Milan was not my favorite. It actually kind of bummed me out that that was our last stop in our whirlwind trip around Italy. But everyone makes such a big deal about it, you know? So we did our day trip to Lake Como from there, and then weContinue reading “italy travel tip: skip the walking tour in milan”

italy travel tip: if you’re looking for a chill day, book an excursion to lake como

If you’re looking for a chill day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of Milan, this day trip to Lake Como has your name written all over it!

italy travel tip: visit the colorful island of burano

The island of Burano is like something out of a dream: Imagine row after row of the most cheerful, brightly-colored homes, and you’ve got Burano.¬†

italy travel guide: what to see, eat & buy in florence

I have now been to Italy three times, and I can say definitively that Florence is my favorite Italian city. Why? For one thing, its proximity to other places is ideal. You can take quick jaunts to Tuscany, Pisa, or Cinque Terre without having to mess with a million different dwellings. Also, it’s the quaintestContinue reading “italy travel guide: what to see, eat & buy in florence”

italy travel tip: take an inexpensive half-day trip to pisa from florence

Funny story: My maiden name is “Liening” (pronounced “leaning”), so you can only imagine the “leaning tower of Pisa” jokes I’ve gotten throughout the years. (So original, right guys? Cue eyeroll.) My seventh-grade math teacher would even lean to the side when he’d see me in the hallway. (He thought he was¬†hilarious.) I suppose that’sContinue reading “italy travel tip: take an inexpensive half-day trip to pisa from florence”

italy travel tip: hire a private guide to tour the amalfi coast

One of the best things we did when we were in Amalfi was to hire a private tour guide. Our driver was Tony. He was fantastic. I cannot stress that enough. We had the van and driver all to ourselves. Tony kept up a running commentary pretty much the whole drive to each place. (HeContinue reading “italy travel tip: hire a private guide to tour the amalfi coast”

italy travel tip: when in rome, tour the vatican

Even if you’re not super-Catholic, it is worth checking out the Vatican if you’re in Rome for a few days. I would recommend, however, that you do a guided tour, so that you know what you’re looking at, and so you can learn the history behind the different rooms and artworks (if you’re interested inContinue reading “italy travel tip: when in rome, tour the vatican”

italy travel tip: do the best of rome free walking tour

So I recently traveled Italy with my mother, honorary auntie, and best friend. We hit all the highlights: started in Rome, bopped down to the Amalfi Coast, shot up to Florence, trekked over to Venice, and hit up Milan/Lake Como before sweeping back to Rome. So, over the next several posts, I will be sharingContinue reading “italy travel tip: do the best of rome free walking tour”