A Day in Cinque Terre

One of Italy’s greatest gems is the area known as Cinque Terre, a national park (and marine park) consisting of five small villages and the surrounding area. With dramatic scenery, colourful houses and a sense of isolation, Cinque Terre is a treat to visit. Unless you come during a train strike, when three of the... Continue Reading →

A Taste of Tuscany: Still on a Budget!

I had signed up for Italy on a Budget’s Taste of Tuscany day trip after being offered a small discount while booking my wine tasting trip into Chianti. I spent the morning exploring Florence, but had caught most of the highlights and was ready to head back out into the Tuscan countryside for a few... Continue Reading →

Wine Tasting in Tuscany: On a Budget!

I have long considered a trip out into the Chianti wine region a “must do” for my trip to Florence. Before leaving Canada, I had looked up a number of providers and settled on a few that I thought looked interesting. I discussed it with my Busabout guide between Venice and Rome since I knew... Continue Reading →

Wandering the Streets of Florence

Florence, or Firenze to the Italians, is a city that was praised and hyped by everyone I encountered. “You’ll love Florence,” they promised, praising the architecture, the food and its enviable role as the capital of Tuscany. I thought it would be a much larger city than it was, but I found it quite easy... Continue Reading →

Churches of Rome

If there is one thing that Rome is known for – beyond Vespa’s, crowds and food – is churches. They dot the city, are free to enter and, if you go into one of the smaller ones, offer a pleasant respite from the heat and chaos of the city. I would usually throw a coin... Continue Reading →

Streets and Sights of Rome

This post is going to be a bit disjointed, mostly because I want to share a lot of photos and am trying to sum up the activities of a few days. I’m going to come right out and say it: Rome has way too many tourists. I was staying in a hostel near the Termini... Continue Reading →

The Vatican and Why I Went Twice

Visiting the Vatican is a must-do on the list of Rome attractions – a small city state, of only 44 hectares, the Vatican is the home of the Pope and St. Peter’s Basilica, the massive building which dominates St. Peter’s Square. The signage to St. Peter’s Square – or Piazza San Pietro, in Italian –... Continue Reading →

Ostia Antica

An interesting, easy day trip from Rome is a visit to the ancient port city of Ostia Antica (and possibly Rome's first colony), now a sprawling set of ruins with buildings in various stages of decay. Ostia Antica, as a port city, was an important part of the Roman trading network and had upwards of... Continue Reading →

Ancient Rome

I decided that my first full day in Rome should be devoted to Ancient Rome and its inhabitants – and what better way to do that than a visit to the sites of the Colosseum, the Forum and the Palatine Hill? All three sites can be visited on a single ticket, costing €12. Strolling down... Continue Reading →

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