Best Places to Visit in Italy in March

Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. This, therefore, means that many tourists usually visit the country’s famous locations, museums, ancient churches, and cathedrals. During peak season, tourist facilities and…

Montalcino

While you’re in the Siena area, you’ll want to make a side trip to Montalcino. Montalcino is a walled hilltop town in Tuscany that has wonderful views of the surrounding valleys. Located 27 miles south of…

Why You Can’t Trust Travel Guidebooks

If you just read reviews of Antica Torre hotel in the Italy travel guidebooks, you’d be forgiven for thinking it would make a great place to stay in Siena, Italy. For example, both the Frommer’s guidebook and…

Where to Eat in Tuscany: Insider Tips

Looking for restaurant recommendations for the hilltowns of Tuscany? I’ve gleaned some insider tips from Ferenc Mate’s delightful memoir A Vineyard in Tuscany. Mate loves food and wine with a passion. While renovating his dream…

Day 1: Nanaimo to Venice

It’s a long way from Nanaimo to Venice, and I wanted to make the journey as fast as possible.  Alas, my chauffeurs had a different idea. I really should be grateful to them for hauling…

Buy Multiday Pass for Water Bus in Venice

Another Italy travel tip is to purchase a multiday pass for the vaporetto  (water bus) in Venice. It’s a great deal that many tourists aren’t aware of or aren’t confident enough to use. Buying a…

Venice: Things to Do

My number one tip for Venice things to do? Walk.  Take a break from maps, guidebooks and lineups, and simply wander the streets. Leave your list of “must see” buildings behind in the hotel. If…