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!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU VISIT 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...Read more
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...Read more
"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...Read more
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...Read more
ITALY DESTINATION GUIDES
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...Read more
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...Read more
When most people think of Italy, chances are that Rome, Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or the Duomo in Florence are the first to spring to mind. However, Sorrento is one of those places that you really shouldn't miss. Located in the southwestern region of Campania in Italy, Sorrento is often overlooked in favour other cities around this part of the coastline, when in fact it is the perfect...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
I visited Venice for the first time in 2016, and to be entirely honest, after experiencing the extreme crowds I wasn't sure if I'd ever make it back. Don't get me wrong, Venice is stunning and there's absolutely no question that it is one of the most beautiful places in Italy. But it also means that Venice receives an overwhelming number of international tourists: an estimated 30-plus million each year....Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
I still dream about the red terracotta roof tiles across Florence's skyline, and while my last trip to Florence was only a few weeks ago, it already feels like a lifetime. 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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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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...Read more