During my mom’s visit to Italy we took a road trip to the Maremma region of Tuscany, an area that is often overlooked by tourists for the more popular Chianti and Val d’Orcia. Although the landscape can be described as rolling hills, it has a more wild and “unkempt” quality compared to the seemingly manicured […]Read more "The Maremma and Hidden Gems in Chianti"
My Rome post is long past due. We visited Rome briefly during the AS Roma vs Barcelona game, but did not venture much farther than the Piazza del Popolo. I had also been to Rome after my high school graduation in June, when the city was hot, sticky, and mobbed. This time, I made the […]Read more "Rome"
Amsterdam reminded me a storybook. Looking around the colorful homes, pedestrian walkways, the flurry of bikers, and the canals laced through the central, I realized this is what Disney World was trying to emulate when creating their theme parks. Amsterdam has a million bikers alone, and in such a small city, this makes it the […]Read more "Amsterdam"
Portovenere is often considered the sixth Cinque Terre village on the Ligurian coast. It is connected to the Cinque Terre by the Cinque Terre National Park hiking trails and is also included in its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.However, the town has a distinctly different look and feel to it than the Cinque […]Read more "Portovenere"
Our most recent trip to Tuscany led us to Bolgheri, one of Italy’s most prestigious wine regions often left off the American tourist map. It is most famous for the winery called Sassicaia, which makes some of the most renowned reds in Italy. However, the tasting was 80 euros a person, which was much over what […]Read more "Bolgheri and Volterra"
Cortina is known for being one of the ritzier ski resorts in Italy, where celebrities and other wealthy Italians own homes and spend their winter holidays. We picked Cortina because Ryan and his father wanted to ski and Cortina boasted the best conditions for that time of year, and because I very much wanted to […]Read more "Cortina and a Quick Stop in Venice"
Many of heard of Verona as the setting for the Shakespeare classic, Romeo and Juliet. Although there is plenty of tourism around this fact, Verona has significantly more to offer and is probably one of the prettiest cities we visited in Italy. Verona was on our itinerary as a stopping point on or way to […]Read more "Verona and Vicenza"