Blog posts from Italy
Italy 2018: Naples Food + Drink

Italy 2018: Naples Food + Drink

Pizza Pizzeria Da Attilio - When we checked into our apt we immediately asked for pizza recommendations to see if they matched up with what we had already looked up. This restaurant was close to the...

Italy 2018: Naples sights

Italy 2018: Naples sights

Several times on our trip Naples reminded us of a South Asian city, with its tightly clustered buildings, a fairly dirty and chaotic streetscape, and commerce seemingly everywhere. So while you can...

Italy 2018: Rome Food + Drink

Italy 2018: Rome Food + Drink

Open Baladin. We decided to try all the smoked beers! Eric got 'Jenny the Smoker' scotch ale and I had the Open Garden Smoked Ale. We decided to split the stronger Imperial Ghisa, a smoked stout...

Italy 2018: Rome sights

Italy 2018: Rome sights

Wednesday Having arrived in the late afternoon, our exploration on Wednesday was limited to a walk past the Roman Forum and up to the beautifully evening-lit Coliseum. Thursday Our original plan for...

Italy 2018: Introduction

Italy 2018: Introduction

Overview As is common for us, our March 2018 return to Italy came about due to a good airfare deal. Oddly enough, it turned out to be exactly one year from our 2017 trip, though this year was...

Italy 2017: Vatican Museums

Italy 2017: Vatican Museums

From our research we knew that the Vatican Museums were going to be an epic undertaking. To make sure to see all of the most interesting bits before our feet gave out we planned out a route in...

Italy 2017: exploring Rome

Italy 2017: exploring Rome

Sunday The quick 1.5 hour train ride from Florence to Rome was fairly uneventful. It took us a few tries to find the subway entrance from Termini as it wasn't well marked and a few entrances to the...

Italy 2017: food & drink in Florence

Italy 2017: food & drink in Florence

Thursday Our only dinner reservation in Florence was at La Buchetta on our first evening, largely because we didn't know what to expect amongst restaurants there. We were seated promptly in the back...

Italy 2017: daytrip to Chianti

Italy 2017: daytrip to Chianti

There are many, many options to explore the Chianti region via daytrips from Florence. We immediately ruled out any that involved being on a bus with 50+ other people, so that left small van tours...

Italy 2017: Florence sights and shopping

Italy 2017: Florence sights and shopping

I have never met anyone who has been to Florence and didn't like it. It's probably a mix of the food, the gorgeous architecture and museums, and all the leather goods for sale. There is certainly a...

Italy 2017: Bologna

Italy 2017: Bologna

Wednesday After checking into our hotel we headed out to explore the town. But first, we needed some lunch, so we stopped into a small deli, Borgo979. They had a number of tigella, 4" round...

Italy 2017: overview

Italy 2017: overview

Last summer (2016) we noticed several good sales to Europe, so we contacted my parents to see if they wanted to go on another trip with us. Italy was their favorite option so we booked a week-long...

Italy 2014: Milan food and drink

Italy 2014: Milan food and drink

Friday Cafe Cova -- After landing and checking into our B&B we wanted to grab something to eat before visiting the Duomo but finding something other than a cafe at 11a was difficult. Several...

Italy 2014: Milan sights

Italy 2014: Milan sights

Friday After checking in to our B&B we headed to the center of town. From the San Babila metro stop we walked through the store-lined pedestrian street. Leandra had no luck on clothes deals, so...

Italy 2014: overview

Italy 2014: overview

Most people who know us as avid travelers are surprised that we had not been to Italy. This March we rectified that, making our first trip due to good airfare sales to Milan. The trans-ocean flight...

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