Italian Trifecta: Insider tips for visiting Florence

Florence just resonates with me. It’s difficult to put my finger on it, but I love the atmosphere, the creative energy and the way the city makes me feel. It’s filled with art, centuries-old churches and towers, and delectable food. Here are my best tips for visiting the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Insider tips […]

Italian Trifecta: Insider tips for visiting Venice

Italy is my favourite country in the world. It oozes rich history, incredible art, picturesque villages, breath-taking scenery, and the kind of food that has me drooling just thinking about it. The three big cities on everybody’s Italian bucket list, and rightfully so, are Venice, Florence, and Rome. Don’t get me wrong, see as much […]

The Milan Cathedral by Numbers

If I’d ask you to picture Milan, the first image that’ll most likely pop into your mind is the Milan Cathedral or Duomo di Milano. Besides being an iconic building, the Milan Cathedral’s history and the artifacts it houses are completely fascinating. For example, one of the nails of Jesus’s crucifixion is housed inside the […]

Where to find the best photo spots in the Cinque Terre

The five villages that make up the Cinque Terre (AKA the Italian Riviera) is one of the most beautiful places in the world. As cheesy as it may sound, it really is difficult to take a bad photo here. Even so, if you’re planning to travel to this slice of heaven this year, it pays […]

The historical churches of Verona

A trip to Verona wouldn’t be complete without visiting the historical churches of the city. I’ve seen a lot of churches during my travels throughout Europe, but none of them can compare with the decadently decorated churches of Verona. The churches include Basilica di San Zeno, Verona Cathedral, Basilica di Santa Anastasia and San Fermo […]

My stay at The Hostello, the only hostel in Verona

Are you looking for an affordable place to stay in Verona? Apart from Airbnb, your options for budget lodging in the city are rather limited. That is, there’s only one hostel in Verona. But don’t despair, The Hostello is a terrific boutique hostel and a great base to explore Verona from. Location The Hostello is located […]

A complete guide to Monterosso al Mare, Italy

Monterosso al Mare is the oldest and biggest of the quintet villages that make up the Cinque Terre. This picturesque village is dived into two parts, an old town that is connected by a foot tunnel to the new town, also called Fagina. In the old part of town, you’ll find Piazza Garibaldi, churches, artisan […]

10 reasons why Ostello Bello Grande Milan is one of the best hostels

It’s so rare to find a hostel that goes out of its way to make you feel welcome and cram as such value as they can into your stay. Ostello Bello Grande in Milan went that extra mile and beyond. Not only is this hostel hip and stylish, it also gives you so many freebies. […]

Where to find some of the best Neapolitan pizza in Florence

Who doesn’t love pizza? Because even if it’s bad, it’s still good, right? As far as food revelations go, I came to an important one in Florence during my recent trip to Italy. (On a side note, isn’t Italy the best country for food revelations? Anyway…) My favourite style of pizza is Neapolitan. I’ve always […]

Why I fell in love with San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy

How long does it take to fall in love? A second? That’s too short for me. A minute? That’s still a little bit too short. An hour or two? Now that sounds about right! That’s how long it took for me to fall in love with San Gimignano. I travelled to this quaint village as […]

Staying at Ostello Santa Fosca, Venice

Are you searching for a rustic, homely hostel in the heart of Venice? Look no further than Ostello Santa Fosca hostel in Cannaregio, Venice. There are a lot of cheaper hostels out there, but the vast majority of them are not located on the island. Believe me, it’s better to pay a little bit extra […]

My Venice Photo Diary

In July, I visited Venice for the second time. The city was just as I remembered it: hot and humid, packed full of people, but OH SO postcard-perfect! Venice attractions Venice has lots to see and a good deal of the attractions are completely free. For example, to enter Saint Mark’s Basilica doesn’t cost a thing. […]

Cinque Terre day trip from Florence

Have you heard of the Cinque Terre? Five colourful villages along the Mediterranean Sea in Liguria, Italy. With heaps to do and see in Venice, Florence, and Rome, the Cinque Terre might not be high on your bucket list. But it should be! This is definitely one of my favourite places in Italy. Stay a […]

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