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  • 4 Days In Florence: Renaissance Art, Italian Charm & World’s Best Gelato

    4 Days In Florence: Renaissance Art, Italian Charm & World’s Best Gelato

    Jun 10, 2019 Italy

    Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It was the centre of the Italian Renaissance where renowned artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli mastered their trade. But art isn’t the only beautiful thing about Florence…

  • Italy By Train: Easy 21 Day Rail Itinerary For 6 Destinations

    Italy By Train: Easy 21 Day Rail Itinerary For 6 Destinations

    May 31, 2019 Italy

    I recently travelled for 3 weeks around Italy by train and have put all my first-hand experience and research into this epic 3-week rail itinerary just for you. Start in Milan and travel to La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Rome, Florence, and Venice before wrappi…

  • 1 Day In Milan: Da Vinci’s Last Supper, The Duomo & The Golden Triangle

    1 Day In Milan: Da Vinci’s Last Supper, The Duomo & The Golden Triangle

    May 28, 2019 Italy

    We spent 1 day in Milan at the end of a whirlwind rail tour around Italy, and crammed as much site-seeing as we could into 24 hours. This 1-day itinerary visits Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, climbs the Duomo, and even squeezes a little time for shoppin…

  • 2 Days In Venice: A Survivor’s Guide To Canals, Islands & Crowds

    2 Days In Venice: A Survivor’s Guide To Canals, Islands & Crowds

    May 16, 2019 Italy

    I visited Venice to see if it lives up to the hype and to explore the epicentre of the Venetian Empire that thrived during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Here’s my handy 2 day itinerary that covers Venetian museums, icons like Rialto Bridge and Doge’s P…

  • 2 Days In Rome: The Essential Itinerary For First Time Visitors

    2 Days In Rome: The Essential Itinerary For First Time Visitors

    May 10, 2019 Italy

    Rome is called “the Eternal City” for very good reason. It’s impact on the world has been, well, pretty eternal. Visiting Rome in any short timeframe is destined to be a challenge. I recently had only 2 days in Rome to explore the essential big-ticket att…

  • Eurail Pass On The Ultimate Europe Train Trip: 8 Countries In 50 Days

    Eurail Pass On The Ultimate Europe Train Trip: 8 Countries In 50 Days

    Nov 27, 2014 Travel Tips

    There are so many choices to be made when considering a train trip across Europe. Which countries, cities, and train routes? What days or months to travel? It’s a challenge and a little overwhelming just thinking about it all, so I decided to write down o…

  • Food In Crete: The Food, The Whole Food, And Nothing But The Food

    Food In Crete: The Food, The Whole Food, And Nothing But The Food

    Nov 26, 2014 Greece

    There is one lady in Crete determined to bring back the Cretan diet. And she is doing it from the very house she was born in. From the very oven her mother cooked in. And inspired by the very same love she remembers growing up with.

  • This Is What A €5 Million Violin Looks Like

    This Is What A €5 Million Violin Looks Like

    Sep 24, 2014 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 a…

  • An Evening In The Vatican: The Tour For Art Lovers and Lovers of Skipping Queues

    An Evening In The Vatican: The Tour For Art Lovers and Lovers of Skipping Queues

    Aug 12, 2014 Italy

    The Vatican simply needs to be seen to be believed. It’s a whole other country. In fact, it’s a world within a world. I believe they call it an ecclesiastical, one of the last six remaining absolute monarchies that is ruled entirely and completely by the …

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

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

    Aug 9, 2014 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?

  • Starting Traditions: In Florence With the Kids

    Starting Traditions: In Florence With the Kids By Julia Perkins

    Jul 27, 2014 Guest Blogs

    Florence is one of those cities that’s best viewed by walking. The stunning architecture, colourful markets, and winding alleyways are made all the more unique when seen from the street. For a veritable open-air museum, stroll into one of Florence’s many …

  • I Could Walk To The Colosseum In 2 Minutes From This Hotel

    I Could Walk To The Colosseum In 2 Minutes From This Hotel

    Jul 26, 2014 Italy

    We soon realised we had chosen this hotel wisely. Less than 2 minutes away, staring at us on the horizon, beckoning us with it’s ancient arches and calling to us with it’s ageless history, was the colossal Colosseum.

  • Our Vault Of Secrets: Finding The Perfect Accommodation

    Our Vault Of Secrets: Finding The Perfect Accommodation

    Mar 21, 2014 Travel Tips

    The next tantalising secret to unveil from our heavily guarded vault is something that everyone needs wherever you travel to - accommodation. I will cover the best websites to book your accommodation through and expert strategies to ensure you’re choosing…

  • Southern Europe Road Trip: 18 Days Across Italy, France & Spain

    Southern Europe Road Trip: 18 Days Across Italy, France & Spain

    Jan 19, 2014 Italy

    Follow our 18 day journey across 3 countries: Italy, France and Spain (4 including Monaco). If you’ve ever thought about taking a road trip around southern Europe, here’s the ultimate guide to get you started. Includes toll prices, fuel and milage.

  • Italian Roadtrip: Alberobello To Perugia

    Italian Roadtrip: Alberobello To Perugia

    Jan 2, 2014 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 pain…

  • The Ultimate Irish Road Trip Guide: How To See Ireland In 12 days

    The Ultimate Irish Road Trip Guide: How To See Ireland In 12 days

    Dec 26, 2013 Ireland

    Since you’ve been reading all our Ireland posts you’ve fallen in love with this magical land, right? We certainly did. Well now I’m going to make your life even easier with our ultimate Irish road trip guide. See how we explored the beautiful Emerald Isle…

  • United Arab Emirates

    United Arab Emirates

    Nov 26, 2013 Destinations

    The UAE is a federation of seven emirates. We spent a week in Emirates hubcity of Dubai. The emirate of Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. It has the largest population in the UAE and the second-largest land territory. It's super…

  • Czechia

    Czechia

    Nov 17, 2013 Destinations

    A landlocked country in Central Europe, most people have heard of at least one of it's cities - Prague. We got to stay in Prague for a week right before Christmas and enjoy it's unique individuality.

  • Charming Irish Cottage Retreat With Just A Few Clicks

    Charming Irish Cottage Retreat With Just A Few Clicks

    Nov 11, 2013 Ireland

    For 10 nights we had been moving consistently around Ireland. From East to West, West to South, South to North and then we finally found ourselves heading back to Galway. Thankfully we found ourselves in the middle of the Irish countryside in a sweet litt…

  • Classic Italian Icons Covered In 60 Seconds: Rome, Florence & Pisa

    Classic Italian Icons Covered In 60 Seconds: Rome, Florence & Pisa

    Nov 1, 2013 Italy

    Well, that’s what it felt like by the end of it. In reality we only had about 3 days between all 3 cities so we didn’t fit in everything we wanted to see, but here’s a quick rundown of what we squished into a fun-packed family trip.

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