Things You Should Know About Florence

When most people think of visiting Italy for the first time, their first “must-see” destinations are what I call Italy’s “Holy Trinity” – Rome, Venice, and Florence. Of those three cities, Rome and Venice require the most preparation (in my opinion) in order to get the most out of them. […]

3 Travel Secrets for Italy: How to Avoid the Lines

When I got “tagged” recently (twice, as it happens) to participate in the “Best Kept Travel Secrets” series that’s going around, my first thoughts were (a) I can’t think of anything, and (b) if I had any great travel secrets I might not want to share them! But the truth […]

Florence Hotels With a View of the River: Getting “A Room With a View” in Florence

I took advantage of a lazy Sunday recently to watch a movie I’d never seen before – the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic novel, “A Room With a View.” Those familiar with the story will know that it takes place partly in Florence, and the name of the book […]

Italy Featured Prominently on Conde Nast Traveler 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards

The 2009 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards has come out, and – as in years past – Italy is featured pretty prominently in several relevant categories. I’ve gone through the various categories and pulled out the Italy-related results here – because, really, do we care about anything other than […]

Getting from Rome to Florence (and Vice Versa)

As it happens, there are lots of people out there hunting for information about how to get from Rome to Florence or vice versa. And it’s not just because that trip is included on my perfect 2-week Italy itinerary, either (although that would be flattering). No, it’s that these two […]

Day Trips from Florence

Florence is one of those compact, walkable, and packed-with-tourist-sights cities that makes it easy to overlook the idea of taking a day out of your stay to venture anywhere else. Not only that, there are so many idyllic Tuscan hilltowns around Florence where you might want to actually stay a […]

Free Things to Do in Florence

Even in times when Italy is seeing a downturn in the number of visitors and really craving tourist money, it’s still not what most people would call a cheap vacation destination. This is especially true in the main tourist cities like Rome, Venice, and Florence. But that doesn’t mean everything […]