Italy Talks | Florence

Georgette Jupe (aka TheGirlInFlorence) discusses the ups and downs of living in Italy, suggests how to get the most out of a visit to Florence, reveals her favorite trattoria and meets a fan from Virginia.

Great Climbs | Florence Duomo

There are plenty of towers, fortifications and churches to climb in Italy but none is as memorable or gratifying as the Duomo in Florence. This is an opportunity not just to get the best view of the city but to step inside history and one of the greatest feats of Renaissance engineering. It’s not easy…

Avoiding Art Overload at the Uffizi

It’s easy to be overwhelmed inside a museum. There’s a lot to look at and nowhere is that more evident than at the Uffizi in Florence. This is the mother of museums that was already well on its way to being world class when the Louvre and National Gallery were just figments of royal imagination….

Survival Tips for Special Needs Travelers in Rome, Florence and Venice

Italy is not especially accessible to the blind or wheelchair bound and special needs travelers may find life in Rome, Florence and Venice challenging. Sidewalks can be narrow and uneven while the lack of parking often leads locals to leave cars in unorthodox places. The situation in Rome is however gradually improving. All museums are…

Packing for Rome, Florence & Venice

What to pack depends on the season and length of stay but whenever you come and however long you stay beware of over packing as traveling to three cities means you’ll be unpacking and repacking frequently. It’s probably best to leave expensive watches and jewelry at home. Most hotels provide hairdryers but if you’re staying in…

5½ Misconceptions About Italy

It’s easy to misjudge a country. You hear a lot, you see a lot and you imagine even more. Some of it is true but much of it isn’t and it’s up to travelers to get beyond clichés and discover what’s authentic.

Florence in 12 hours or Less

High speed rail makes Florence accessible from Rome and Venice but if you think you can visit David, climb the Duomo, admire the Uffizi and stroll through Palazzo Pitti in a single day you need to rethink your plans. Cramming too many sights into too little time is a mistake that will leave you physically exhausted and…

Understanding Italian Menus

Eating out is a little different in Italy and if you want to understand how Italians do it you’ll need to master the menu.

Aperitivo Hour in Florence

Florentines are a social bunch and love to sit down for an apertivo or pre-dinner drink with friends. The city even has it’s own cocktail invented nearly a century ago by Count Camillo Negroni. The count was tired of his usual Campari, Vermouth and seltzer and asked the barman to replace the selzer with gin. The…