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Orvieto is an incredibly picturesque hilltop town in Umbria, but it’s also close enough to the Lazio border that it makes an excellent day trip from Rome. Like any great day trip destination, and despite not being as popular as some other towns in Italy, Orvieto changes character when the […]

Cheap Hotels in Orvieto




The Umbrian town of Assisi isn’t as big as the region’s capital of Perugia, but because of the famous saint who bears the town’s name – St. Francis of Assisi – it’s been a popular site for pilgrims as well as tourists for a very long time. There are many […]

Cheap Hostels in Assisi


Perugia is the capital city in Umbria, but the town of Assisi gets as much tourist attention – if not more – because it’s the birthplace of St. Francis. (In fact, the sites associated with St. Francis in Assisi are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.) The town is, therefore, as […]

Cheap Hotels in Assisi


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




NOTE TO READERS WHO ARE INDEPENDENT TRAVELERS: If you’d like to simply be pointed in the right direction but craft your own Italy itinerary, then I recommend looking at my article about how to create the perfect Italy itinerary – it’s precisely what I do when I’m making my own […]

Italy Itinerary: The Perfect Two Weeks


In the July/August issue of National Geographic Traveler, I read and enjoyed the cover story – of a mother and her grown son taking a two-week cycling trip through Umbria and Tuscany – although I remained conscious that I was only getting one person’s point of view. The article was […]

A Mother-Son Biking Trip in Italy



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If you’ve ever had a Baci* chocolate – those little chocolate hazelnut treats that come in silver and blue foil and have cute sayings in four languages on a little “fortune” inside – you’ve had chocolate from Perugia. That mouthful of delight, however, is only the beginning of Perugia’s place […]

Eurochocolate festival: Eating Sweet in Perugia