Florence

I’ve been to Florence a couple of times, the first an art trip to Italy. Yep, Florence started it and is to blame. I’ve been obsessed with going back every since, and have managed fairly well I feel. Florence is a very different experience to stay and for a day trip. This sounds obvious, most…

Transport Tips and Travelling by Train

I’ve spent a fair bit of time with Italian public transport (and English public transport, generally any transport accept hitch hiking). I have mostly travelled by train in Italy, though my experience of buses did involve main roads where slow cars were over taken by an impatient bus driver. I honestly can’t remember if I…

Monte San Savino

Another town-based article, my experience in Monte San Savino which was one of my most stunning holidays. I use the word stunning because as I sit here watching the indecisive rain (a good summer storm, that will liven up today. Not this dribble) and think back my first flash of memory is the view from…

Getting By: Surviving without Italian in Italy

This article is not an advocate for the obnoxious English tourist abroad – they’re annoying, we all know it. However, learning languages is hard. I am attempting to learn Italian, but I do not speak Italian. On top of this, travelling is fun. We’re going to end up in places where we don’t speak the language,…

Packing for Italy

I’ve been to Italy a few times now, the first with an excessively small case (making bringing back gifts a bit tricky) and the second with an excessively large one (I was au pairing for five weeks and uncertain about the washing facilities). My (almost) most recent trip involved a lot of travelling from place…

Travelling Cheap

We’ve always travelled cheap, it’s come naturally, and honestly it’s had little impact overall. Though most of these may be kind of obvious, I’ve tried to collect as many of the things we did – quite often without even thinking about it – in order to keep costs down. A huge help is travelling with similarly…

Siena

I think Siena may be one of my favourite places in Tuscany. I have been three times now, all for fairly short visits – I can’t say (for now) how staying there for a whole week would be. My first trip was as part of an art trip to Florence. Siena is a popular day trip…

Verona

My experience in Verona was a lovely one. Part of a longer trip with two friends. We arrived on the coat-tails of Milan and the peace was wonderful. A much smaller city (at least, that’s how it felt) with a beautiful sun-lit garden near the arena in the centre. We had a stunning room (a…

Travelling with a Newbie

My most recent trip to Italy, to the city of Naples, was with my friend, hereafter referred to as ‘Newbie’, who was not only new to Italy, but to travelling abroad in general. The first rule in this situation, no matter who booked and chose the seats, is that they get the coveted window spot….