Italy Travel Guides & Tips

There is no shortage of beautiful places in Italy. Scroll down for a collection of destination guides for the best places to visit in Italy including Florence, Venice, the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Rome, Capri and more!


14 Things You Should Know Before You Travel to Italy

If you were to ask me what country I could picture myself moving to one day, it would have to be Italy. The food, the people, the culture, the views - there's no place quite like it which is why I find myself going back time and time again. Since my first trip to Italy nearly 10 years ago, I've been back approximately a dozen times (and gained a few pounds from all the food) and have put together this list of 14 things you should...

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Wanderlust-Inducing Travel Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Florence in Italy

Update July 2016: I made it to Florence! Actually, since May of 2016 I have been back 3 times! I just can't seem to stay away from this amazing city. It is everything I had ever dreamed of and more. If you're visiting, check out my articles on where to go for great views across Florence and how to beat the crowds at the Duomo complex. I'm sure you saw this coming. How could I possibly not be dying to visit the place I was named after? I...

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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Rome in Italy

"All Roads Lead to Rome." And so they should! The term stems from the fact that Rome was the epicenter of major roads during the peak of the Roman Empire. Rome was the first Italian city I ever visited, and the Eternal City is what got me hooked on the beautiful country. If you are contemplating traveling to Rome to see the famous Coliseum, Castle of Angels, Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, you absolutely must plan that trip ASAP! There is a reason why Rome...

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Packing for Rome and the Amalfi Coast: My Travel Essentials

It feels like forever ago when I booked my tickets for Italy, and I am so incredibly excited for the opportunity to stroll through the streets of Rome again. And this time, I'll be taking a trip down the Amalfi Coast and seeing Sorrento, Capri, Positano and Ravello. Over the years, I've gotten really good at packing, and by packing, I mean chucking a bunch of stuff in my suitcase. This time around, I'm using a backpack for the first time ever, and I was...

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A Roman Holiday: 5 Unmissable Places to See in Rome in 48 Hours

Rome is a wonderful destination and a place everyone should visit at least once, if only to see all the monuments and landmarks frozen in time as the city develops around it. The city itself is beautiful, but definitely feels overrun with tourists and people on every street corner selling selfie sticks and other crappy knick knacks. The streets, especially around the main train station, can be...

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Visit Orvieto in Italy: The Perfect Day Trip If You Want to Avoid Rome’s Tourist Crowds

From the incredible Trevi fountain to the unmissable Coliseum, Rome brings you back to an age of empires, and for many travelling to Italy, Rome is the first stop before venturing onwards to cities like Florence, Venice and the Amalfi Coast. Rome is a magnificent city, there's no doubt about it, but the downside is that it has become increasingly crowded over the years. I remember my first trip there more...

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How to Plan a Day Trip to Capri in Italy

Capri is one of those places you hear about a lot and for some reason, I had never imagined that one day I'd eventually make it over. Although it is completely overrun with tourists, being in Capri was a fairly surreal feeling it is a truly stunning place to visit. See above. Boom. I have since been back a third time and had the opportunity to explore more of the island...

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A Day Trip to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius From Naples or Sorrento

Pompeii is one of the most important archaeological sites and tourist attractions in Italy, and today it has UNESCO World Heritage Site status as a result of the state of their preservation and the "complete and vivid picture of society and daily life at a specific moment in the past that is without parallel anywhere in the world." The story of Pompeii and Vesuvius is one that gets told to children...

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6 Places You Must Visit If You Only Have 48 Hours in Venice, Italy

If you thought that Rome was overrun by tourists, wait until you visit Venice. After visiting Florence, the sheer number of people was completely and utterly overwhelming, so much so that we had (briefly) contemplated heading back to Florence and cutting our stay in Venice short. Nevertheless, the beauty of Venice is the stuff of legends and is a destination that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. Compared...

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16 Travel Photos That Prove Burano Is the Most Colourful Place in the World

Burano, located in the Italian region of Veneto, is famous for rows upon rows of brightly multicoloured houses that line its canals and streets. The popular and romanticized story behind the rainbow spread of houses is that the neon colours helped fishermen find their way back home to their families in the fog; in reality, the system dates back to when the island was undergoing massive development. If someone wanted to...

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Verona in One Day: A Travel Guide From a Non-Romantic

I'm not known for being an extremely sentimental person, there's even a running joke about how I received a wonderful, lengthy handwritten Christmas card from my boyfriend last year - in return, I wrote "Merry Christmas, Love Flo" on the wrapping paper around his present. Oops. So when I visited Florence, Burano and Venice in Italy with my mother earlier this year and she asked if we could visit Romeo and...

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The Practical Travel Guide to the Amalfi Coast in Italy

The Amalfi Coast is hands down one of the most picturesque places in the world, and one place that I am certain that we will keep returning to, time and time again. You've probably heard all the hype about it and guess what? It's all true. The Amalfi Coast is a 50 KM stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula and is a UNESCO-listed landscape. It...

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How to Get the Most out of Your Visit to the Duomo Complex in Florence, Italy

I finally had the chance to cross off one of my bucket list destinations: Florence! It was about bloody time, seeing as it is my namesake city, and it was everything I had imagined and more. Its history as a cultural, economic and political center cemented its position as a flourishing and well-to-do city in Europe, and the preservation of its monuments has been incredible. From the Ponte Vecchio and...

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8 Places to Visit for Stunning Views Across Florence in Italy

I still dream about the red terracotta roof tiles across Florence's skyline, and while I was only in Florence a few weeks ago, it already feels like a lifetime ago. There are so many vantage points in Florence, some of which involve a lot of huffing and puffing and squeezing past crowds of selfie stick-toting tourists to get to, but from personal experience I can tell you that the view...

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How to Get the Most out of Your Visit to the Piazza del Duomo & Leaning Tower in Pisa, Italy

A step-by-step guide to making the most of your time exploring the monuments within Piazza del Duomo, AKA the Square of Miracles or Piazza dei Miracoli, in Pisa, Italy. The star of the show at the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa is undoubtedly the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or simply the Tower of Pisa. Like Giotto's Campanile in Florence, the Tower of Pisa is the freestanding Campanile, or bell tower, of...

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1 Day in Siena: Explore the Historic Tuscan City On Foot

Siena is a stunning city in the heart of Tuscany that has preserved its medieval charm and architecture. Though many return visitors to Italy opt to stay a few nights in the historic centre of Siena, it is easy to visit Siena as a day trip from its Tuscan neighbour, Florence. Siena is unique in that it was developed across three hills with three streets that form a "Y" shape and...

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The Practical Guide to Cinque Terre in Italy: What You Need to Know

Cinque Terre, much like its "counterpart" in the south of Italy, the Amalfi Coast, is high up on many travelers' bucket lists of places to visit. The five towns that make up Cinque Terre in the region of Liguria (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso) are so popular that officials will start limiting the number of tourists that are permitted to visit. The five towns that make up Cinque Terre are incredibly...

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Visit the Italian Riviera: How to Plan a Day Trip from Cinque Terre to Portofino

Bellissima Portofino! Portofino is a place in Italy made famous by its picture perfect port, colourful array of buildings and celebrity sightings. The little town along the Italian riviera was the inspiration for the 1950s song, "Love in Portofino"! While it may be often overshadowed by its neighbour, Cinque Terre, Portofino is a wonderful day trip destination for anyone visiting the region of Liguria and can be easily reached from...

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Visit the Italian Riviera: How to Plan a Day Trip to Portovenere from Cinque Terre

Portovenere (or Porto Venere) is often overshadowed by its neighboring towns along the Ligurian coast of Italy, but is an amazing destination in its own right (and a whole lot less crowded than Cinque Terre). Portovenere is located in what is known as the "Gulf of Poets" because many famous poets, writers and artists sought inspiration from this beautiful part of the world and spent their days in the villages and...

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Where to Stay in Italy: The Best Boutique Hotels in Rome, Florence, the Amalfi Coast and Beyond

There's something about Italy that keeps beckoning and calling me back, year after year. Ideally, I'd like to be in my sixties in a house overlooking the Sorrentine Peninsula, lemon trees in the backyard and my sausage dogs running around having the time of their lives. In the meantime, I love discovering outstanding boutique and family-run hotels and guesthouses in Italy, especially ones that serve up mouthwatering pastries in the...

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