Travel With Bender

Uncovering the best family holidays

Italy

September 2013

I was last in Italy in 2001 with my friend from London. It became my favourite country of all time. Could a return visit live up to the expectations?

Join us as we take a cruise from Civitavecchia & road trip around Italy top to bottom. 

July 2014

I returned to Italy for a short visit to Rome for a few days with my sister as she was on a round the world trip.

September 2014

Josh returned to Italy for a week to visit Milan, Mantua, Cremona and Lake Garda. 

  • This Is What A €5 Million Violin Looks Like

    This Is What A €5 Million Violin Looks Like

    Italy

    I’ll be honest. I had never contemplated where violins were born. Nope, it never crossed my mind. But this is what I love about travel - it opens up new experiences that I may not have jumped at previously, but sneakily managed to capture my fascination and imagination in unexpected ways.

  • Can Overome Make The Colosseum & Ancient Rome Kid-Friendly?

    Can Overome Make The Colosseum & Ancient Rome Kid-Friendly?

    Italy

    When you see the colossal ruins sitting in the humming centre of Rome you can only be amazed at its rock-steady tenacity to keep its place in a constantly changing world. But tours around the colosseum aren't all that family friendly... Or are they?

  • Italian Roadtrip: Alberobello To Perugia

    Italian Roadtrip: Alberobello To Perugia

    Italy

    Still recovering from the insanely scenic sunrise in Matera, we headed back on the road in pursuit of our next Italian scalp – the famed trulli houses in Alberobello. Afterwards we moved onto Termoli and finally Perugia, home of the famed Renaissance painter Raphael.

  • Romance, Magic and History… With Kids: Villa San Michele Florence

    Romance, Magic and History… With Kids: Villa San Michele Florence

    Italy

    Villa San Michele began life in the 15th century as a Franciscan monastery, featuring a stunning façade design attributed to Michelangelo. Today it is one of Europe’s most beautiful and iconic hotels. It is easy to see why most guests refer to it as heaven on earth. Only we had a little trouble getting to heaven...

  • Pompeii: World Renown Ancient Town Gets A Thumbs Down

    Pompeii: World Renown Ancient Town Gets A Thumbs Down

    Italy

    The ground rumbled, the sky grew dark and a cloud of white-hot ash flowed vertically out of the majestic mountain before collapsing down the slopes scorching everything in sight. Houses were engulfed. Anyone who escaped the heat was gradually suffocated by the fine ash. In just 18 hours almost 3 metres of ash covered the entire city. This is August 24th, 79AD in Pompeii.

  • Use The Back Door On Your Bus To Amalfi

    Use The Back Door On Your Bus To Amalfi

    Italy

    Amalfi lies at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. The Amalfi Coast is very popular, but what about it's namesake? Could it be as breath-taking?

  • Save Big Dollars With Car Leasing In Europe

    Save Big Dollars With Car Leasing In Europe

    Italy

    As I gazed over the cliff from the driver seat of my Citroen car I could feel the breeze pulling my hair and smell the salty sea air through the open window. Amalfi Coast may have been a challenge, but it certainly was a challenge I was glad I accepted.

  • On Top of the World at Hotel Margherita, Praiano

    On Top of the World at Hotel Margherita, Praiano

    Italy

    It required a bit of courage, a touch of daredevil and a dash of insanity. But finally we had driven through Positano and traversed the narrow road towards to the top of Praiano and reached our destination – Hotel Margherita.

  • You Haven’t Eaten Real Italian Food Until You Have Eaten This

    You Haven’t Eaten Real Italian Food Until You Have Eaten This

    Italy

    It was 2001. I was 20 years old and Italy was cheese pizza and the occasional pasta. The food was an absolute let down after my love of everything Italian had brought me so far. Italy was still by far my most favourite place in the world, but its food was dreadful.