tuscany


Much of Italy is well-known for its hill towns, and Tuscany in particular has many famous hilltop villages. Volterra is just such a town. Tuscany has a reputation for being an expensive place to visit, so spending an extended period of time in a hill town like Volterra might seem […]

Cheap Hostels in Volterra


Lucca is one of the highlights of a trip through the small towns of Tuscany – its old city walls are its defining feature, and ring a beautiful historic city center. You don’t necessarily need a long time to explore the city, but this is the kind of place where […]

Cheap Hotels in Lucca


With cities like Florence and Siena at its heart, it can be easy to forget that the popular region of Tuscany also has a long coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea. One of the bigger towns near the coast that many people visit is Grosseto – so if you’d like a […]

Cheap Hostels in Grosseto



Arezzo may be a relatively major city in Tuscany, but it falls so far below the radar of most visitors to this incredibly popular region that it’s usually busy with residents rather than tourists. What that means for budget-conscious travelers is that they’re more apt to find better deals year-round, […]

Cheap Hostels in Arezzo


Travelers in Tuscany may have to work harder to get off the beaten path than people visiting Basilicata, but even in some of the region’s bigger cities you may be surprised how few tourists you run into. A city like Arezzo, for instance, while being a substantially sized city with […]

Cheap Hotels in Arezzo






While many movies these days are filmed on Hollywood sets or in front of green screens and full of fantastic animation, there’s nothing that can quite compare with a stunning – and real – Italy backdrop. So if you’re wondering where some of your favorite movies were filmed, here are […]

10 Movie Locations in Italy You Can Visit



When I was planning my first trip to Italy, my then-fiance and I toyed briefly with the idea of eloping while we were there. After a quick perusal of a few websites and books, it became clear that putting the words “Italy” and “eloping” into the same sentence wasn’t going […]

7 Best Destinations for a Honeymoon in Italy


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 […]

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


Traveling to Italy with kids isn’t just about finding fun stuff to interest them in the places you’ll visit – it’s also key to find an accommodation option that fits the unique needs of a traveling family. My friend Amie O’Shaughnessy, the editor of Ciao Bambino – an excellent source […]

10 Favorite Family-Friendly Accommodations in Tuscany