Traveling In Italy

Sampieri sandy beach with the village in the background. Sunny day at the beach in southeastern Sicily, Italy.

Sampieri, Sicily – A Family-Friendly Beach Town on the Southern Coast

Updated on January 15, 2024 If you’re in southeastern Sicily and your children (or you) are craving a day at the beach, Sampieri is your place! Sampieri’s calm, sandy beaches are perfect for small children, and the small fishing village has all of the services you need as a family (stroller-friendly, places to change diapers, …

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Piazza Sant'Antonio as seen from above in Castelmola, Sicily, Italy.

Castelmola – How to Spend an Afternoon in the Tiny Village Above Taormina

Castelmola is one of Italy’s Borghi Più Belli – Most Beautiful Villages.  It’s one of our favorites too!  If you’re in Taormina – for a few days or just for an afternoon – it’s worth making your way from busy Taormina to this tiny village built around the ruins of a 16th century Norman castello …

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Car rental return office for Noleggiare at the Palermo airport in Sicily, Italy.

Renting a Car in Sicily in 2024 – Tips & Advice Straight From Italy

Updated on January 17, 2024 Are you heading to Sicily soon and trying to decide if you should rent a car or use public transport? I’ve written this guide based on my time driving in Sicily and renting cars in Sicily for work and personal travel – since 2004.  I’ve also tapped into my Sicilian …

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Car driving on countryside roads in Tuscany.

International Driving Permit for Italy in 2024 – Why and How to Get One

Updated on January 17, 2024 Are you ready to zip through the Tuscan vineyards on a day trip in your FIAT 500?  Daydreaming about driving in the Dolomites? Perhaps you’re vacationing in neighboring France but want to pop into Italy for the afternoon. Or maybe you drew the short straw and you’re the official van …

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ZTL in Italy – Your Guide to Italy’s Limited Traffic Zones

Aaah, the dreaded ZTL in Italy. It’s one of the most popular topics in forums on Italy travel, and many visitors stress about accidentally entering one of the limited traffic zones in Italian cities and villages. I’ve been driving here since 2003 and I’ve seen ZTLs pop up all over the country – from major …

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Pharmacies in Italy (Farmacie) – A Traveler’s Guide

Like it or not, there’s a chance that you’ll need to visit a pharmacy while you’re visiting Italy.  But it’s important to know that Italian pharmacies (farmacie) likely aren’t exactly the same as those in your home country.  I’m writing this article as an Italian resident and someone who’s used pharmacies here personally and as …

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