• Books,  Italy

    Books Set In the Amalfi Coast, Capri, & Naples

    I love when I can read books set wherever I’m visiting, and there are many awesome books about the Amalfi Coast, Naples, and Capri! Books Set in the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Sorrento The Night Villa This fascinating and suspenseful book is set both in ancient Pompeii and modern Capri. It’s the perfect read to feel deeply involved in the history of Pompeii, and to feel the romance of Capri. This is also an excellent beach or airplane book! Stones of the Madonna Set in Positano, this tells the story of two Americans who are – you guessed it – escaping from their past. Reasonably predictable, this book is no…

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    12 Tips For Visiting the Amalfi Coast

    The Amalfi Coast is an absolutely breathtaking sight. The villages seem to just cling to cliffs, with perfectly colored houses going all the way down into the water. It’s an otherworldly sight – but one you should be prepared for! 1. Be Prepared for Crowds This is one theme you’ll find for a few of the tips on this list. Because of the Amalfi Coast’s beauty, there are many people who want to go see it. The villages were built before large roads and tourist infrastructure became a thing. Thus, it is crowded! 2. Consider Taking Motion Sickness Medicine This is especially true if you’re taking the bus from Sorrento…

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    Perfect Day Trips Around Naples

    Naples is the perfect Italian base for sun, food, and all sorts of Italian adventures. In fact, it’s one of the best places in Italy for day trips! You can easily see must-sees in Naples, and intertwine those with days in the surrounding areas. It can be the day trips to the surrounding areas that really make Naples shine – there are so many things to see and do! The Italian Riviera and Islands Around Naples If you’re in the mood for perfect Italian sun and sunbathing on the beaches, the towns around Naples are some of the best in the country (and the world!). Sorrento Sorrento is one of…

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    Five Things You Must Do in Naples

    When you’re looking for what to do in Naples, be prepared – it’s the kind of place you could easily spend 2 weeks and never see anywhere else in Italy! From the Amalfi Coast to Procida, Capri, Pompeii, Ischia, and so much more, Naples is a playground for anyone and everyone. It’s an easy train ride away from Rome, so getting in and out of the city is a breeze. If you’re looking for some major sightseeing, Naples is also a great place to base yourself to see many of the islands. What to Do In Naples Itself 1. Eat Everything Yes, food is coming first on this list. Naples…

  • Italy,  Packing and Gear

    What to Pack for Italy

    Packing for an Italian vacation is not easy – given the variety of things to do in Italy and places to see, you need to be ready for just about anything. From the sun and fun of the Italian Riviera to the crowds of Venice and Rome, an Italian vacation is always a whirlwind. So, what are the best things to make sure you have in your bag? Essentials to Pack for Italy 1. Sunscreen You might think you’ll be heading to museums all day, but you’ll be in the sun more than you think. Especially in the summer, the sun can beat down throughout Italy. Sunscreen is also a…

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    Things to Know About Italy Before You Go

    Italy is a dream vacation for many people – the wine, the food, the art, the culture – it all combines for an incredible experience. To best prepare for your trip to Italy, here are some things you should know before you go. If you’re looking for another fun way to get ready for a trip to Italy, check out awesome books set in Italy. 1. Italian cuisine is incredibly regional. From the US, it’s easy to think of “Italian” food as pasta and pizza and all sorts of other fun. In reality, Italian cuisine varies greatly from one area to another. In Bari, charcuterie, cheese and seafood rule the…

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    How to Choose Which Neighborhood to Stay in in Rome

    Rome is a giant city, and your decision about where to stay will have a huge impact on your enjoyment of everything there is to see and do there. There are a few major districts in Rome, each with their own character. While you’re in Rome, make sure you check off the Rome Bucket List! Staying in Rome’s Modern Center The “modern center” of Rome is defined by Roma Termini, the main train station. The Modern Center is filled with boutiques, restaurants, and hotels – it’s a great place to stay, especially if it’s your first visit to Rome. It’s convenient to many of the attractions, and it’s convenient to…

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    Rome Bucket List: 10 Things You Must Do in the Eternal City

    Rome is a sprawling metropolis with enough to see and do to keep you busy for months. From ancient history to modern treasures, here are ten things you must do when you visit Rome. 1. The Colosseum The Colosseum is one of the few things that you can’t go to Rome and NOT see. It’s worth seeing up close and admiring the architecture of the ancient Romans. 2. The Vatican Scavi Tour Yes, technically The Vatican is its own country, but it’s still contained within Rome. The Vatican Scavi Tour takes you deep underneath St Peter’s Basilica through the necropolis and to the bones of St Peter. It’s a different…

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    The Colosseum: The 8 Wonders of the World (Part 4)

    The Colosseum is one of the easiest of the 8 Wonders of the World to get to. Just because it’s easier than the others doesn’t mean it’s not worth seeing! Located in the heart of Rome, the Colosseum is a monument to the Roman Empire’s architectural skill – and, at some level, their brutality. General Info About the Colosseum Location: Rome, Italy Nearest Major Airport: Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) Overall Difficulty to Visit (ranked among wonders, 1 is the most difficult, 8 is the least difficult): 8 Why That Difficulty Rating? Rome is a major city, with lots of public transportation (incredibly crowded transportation, but it’s…