Category: Italy

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Lucca and Viareggio

When cruise ships call in to Livorno, on Italy’s Tuscan coast, cruisers usually opt for the tours in to Florence, a most wonderful drawcard of a city. This is often combined with a detour...

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Siena

Famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio (a horse race held twice a year), the historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. This Etruscan,...

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Fabulous Firenze

Firenze, or Florence, is the capital of Tuscany and to my mind, the cultural capital of Italy. Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, it was a centre of medieval European trade and finance and...

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Umbria

Umbria is referred to as il cuore verde d’Italia (the green heart of Italy). It is the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a border with other countries. It is characterized by hills and...

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The Picturesque Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre on the Ligurian coast of Italy are a photographer’s delight. These five villages cling to narrow bays and steep hillsides between Porto Venere and La Spezia. Their vibrantly coloured houses, rocky seafronts and marinas full...

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Sardinian Vacation

Clark Griswold has nothing on me – whatever could go wrong on this vacation, did. We chose to go to  Sardegna (Sardinia) after our week in Tuscany, as we had a week to spare...

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Pompeii and Pizza

When you go to Naples there are two must do’s – Pompeii and Pizza. Naples is Italy’s third largest city after Rome and Milan, and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the...

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Catania and Taormina

Another port, another tour. This time we used the company Sicily with Mario. He had good reviews on TripAdvisor and they were well deserved. Our driver was very accommodating, to the point that he...

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The Amalfi Coast

We’ve been to the Amalfi Coast twice now. The first was during a driving holiday in Italy and it was an unnerving experience for a number of reasons. I was driving along the freeway near Salerno,...

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Exploring Italy

Without doubt, my favourite places in Italy are Venice, Tuscany, the Cinque Terre, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. In the last 12 years we have spent a total of seven weeks exploring this fabulous...