Traveling In Italy

Italy in April – Your 2024 Complete Guide (From Someone Who Lives Here)

Like March, April can be a fabulous month to visit Italy.  Wildflowers are blooming, the temperatures are beginning to rise, and for most of the month, there aren’t many crowds – even though April is inching its way into Italy’s high season.  The light and colors of the landscape are a photographer’s dream, spring events …

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piazza in Murano, Italy.

Italy in March – Your 2024 Complete Guide (From Someone Who Lives Here)

March can be a wonderful month to visit Italy.  The weather changes frequently and we see spurts of rain, but it’s a quiet time to visit and there are excellent opportunities for indoor activities like visiting museums and taking cooking classes.  And, even though you’ll likely see some sprinkles, you most likely end up with …

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Orange supercar on display the Lamborghini Museum MUDETEC in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy.

Visiting the Lamborghini Museum (MUDETEC) in Italy – Our Experience

On a visit to the area, we stopped in at the Lamborghini Museum (MUDETEC) at the special request of my Lamborghini-obsessed son.  Admittedly, I wasn’t overly enthused, but I walked out with a much greater appreciation for the brand, and we were wowed by the supercars on display and the digital displays in the museum. …

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Cars on display the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, Italy

Ferrari Museums in Italy – Modena or Maranello,  Which Should You Visit?

A close look at the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena and the Ferrari Museum and Factory in Maranello, an honest review of both, and help in deciding which one to visit on your trip to Italy’s Motor Valley! If you’re like me and have car enthusiasts in your family, you’ll want to make a stop …

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Countryside road in Tuscany, Italy.

Driving in Italy – 2024 Detailed Guide for Visitors

Whether it’s your first time driving in Italy, or you’re back for your annual vacation, it’s always helpful to read about Italian road rules and norms so that you’re prepared to drive on Italian roads, with Italian drivers. I’ve been driving here since 2003 – as a travel guide, tourist, and resident.  I’m a licensed …

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Gondolier with passengers in a gondola on a minor canal in Venice, Italy. You can see a bridge on the left and a white stone building in the background.

Going on a Gondola Ride in Venice (2024) – Official Prices, Map + Tips (Straight from Italy!)

If you’re planning a trip to Venice, or are already in La Serenissima, you’re probably interested in taking a ride in a gondola – one of Venice’s most iconic activities. While gondola rides in Venice are now used exclusively by visitors, they used to be a mode of transport used by nobles.  Fun Fact:  Gondolas …

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Dusk on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. You can see buildings on either side of the canal and boats on the water.

My 20 Tips for Your First Trip to Venice – Straight From Italy!

Are you planning a trip to Venice?  If so, congratulations.  It’s one of the most gorgeous and unique cities on the planet.  You may have heard people complain about Venice: “It’s so hot!”“I can’t believe how crowded it was!”“We spent so much on a gondola ride!”“We ended up eating overpriced, mediocre pizza!”“We spent half of …

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