A Drive Through the Val D’Orcia: Experiencing La Dolce Vita in Tuscany!

A Drive Through the Val D’Orcia: Experiencing La Dolce Vita in Tuscany!

From our Tuscan base in Siena, we went for a day-long drive through the Val d’Orcia to experience a taste of la dolce vita in Tuscany. This valley is included in UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Landscapes. It is a must-visit if you are in Tuscany. We hired a car with driver for the day, […]

One Awesome Day in the Charming Umbrian Hill Town of Orvieto

One Awesome Day in the Charming Umbrian Hill Town of Orvieto

Orvieto is a little hill town in Umbria, situated high atop a tufa (volcanic rock). It’s on the Rick Steves 21-day Italy itinerary, so I was somewhat apprehensive about crowds. But my fears were unfounded. Our time in this charming little hill town was relaxed, yet very fulfilling…the quintessential Italian small town experience we were […]

Lerici and Portovenere: Two Ligurian Coastal Beauties You Must Visit!

Lerici and Portovenere: Two Ligurian Coastal Beauties You Must Visit!

While the internationally renowned Cinque Terre are spectacular places to visit on the Ligurian coast of Italy, they can be overrun with tourists. So much so, that stepping onto a carriage in the train that runs between the villages can make a can of sardines seem like a McMansion. When we visited the Cinque Terre, […]

Five Fabulous Free Things to Do in Rome!

Five Fabulous Free Things to Do in Rome!

In looking back upon our time in Rome, I realize that some of my most treasured memories of the Eternal City are associated with activities that are free. We did pay for several must-sees, including the Borghese Gallery and the stairs to climb up the dome of St. Peter’s, but for the most part, we […]

The Doorways of Orvieto: A Photo Essay

The Doorways of Orvieto: A Photo Essay

In every place I have been to in Europe, I have been fascinated by the doorways and the door knockers. They are so gorgeous! The doors themselves are rich with architectural details, and, more often than not, they have beautiful stone frames and metal grills at the top of the arches. One rainy afternoon, as […]