The central Italian province of Tuscany is perhaps the country's most famous, both for its incredible history and its iconic, panoramic landscapes. Here are a few of our favorite out-of-the-way places that we've found over the years, full of art, history, architecture, food, and beautiful landscapes... but not full of tourists.Read More
Traveling can be a fun adventure, or it can be a friendship-ending nightmare. Or a combination of both. After taking dozens of European trips together, we have developed some good techniques for how to be a good travel partner.Read More
While exploring small-town Italy over the years, we've found amazing restaurants that feel like you're eating at Grandma's house! They’re not fancy, not expensive, and they will offer some of the best meals you’ll have in Italy.Read More
When travelers to Italy hear the word "museum", we typically think of walking along velvet rope-lines through hallways on old tile floors, admiring paintings, sculpture, and other artwork and artifacts from throughout history. But a stuffed alligator? Lakota moccasins? Salami? A 150-year-old shovel? Here is a list of some of our favorite museums in Italy - you probably didn't learn about most of this stuff in Art History 101.Read More
We travel to Europe 5-6 times a year, and we are not rich people, so budgeting is extremely important to us. We create custom itineraries for clients that want to travel to Europe, and in our consultations with them, the issue of money almost always plays a big role. Here's a breakdown of a typical budget.
Here's a typical budget breakdown, along with a few tips on what you can expect to spend. This is how to have a trip that is immersive, authentic, and affordable - and you won't even notice the 'budget' aspect of it.
As airlines reduce space and cut services, flying coach has become an uncomfortable, awkward experience - especially internationally. We fly to Europe 4 to 5 times each year and have a few 'hacks' to make the flight over as comfortable as possible, so you can arrive at your destination rested and ready to explore.Read More
Traveling to Italy, we enjoy staying at B&Bs, agriturismo lodgings, or hotels, depending on the place. For romance, historical interest, and that exciting feeling of traveling back in time, nothing beats staying inside an actual castle. Here are six places we’ve found over the years that offer just such an opportunity to become medieval castle dwellers.Read More
In 2015 we spent two weeks in a small medieval village in one of our favorite parts of Tuscany. In the middle of that trip we experienced the most extensive, gloriously delicious, and embarrassingly difficult meals we have ever had. Or as Donatella called it, un po' di cena - "a little dinner".Read More
People always ask us how we afford to travel as much as we do. We spend a LOT of time searching for flights, and we’ve figured out a few pretty good tricks. The field is always changing; airlines and booking agencies alter their practices, so we are constantly having to learn new techniques to hunt out those deals. Here are our best tips, as of October 2017.Read More
Ireland’s landscapes are legendary for a reason: Sweeping green valleys dotted with sheep and cows; blue-green ocean reduced to white spray on jagged coastal cliffs; and evocative ruins of castles, monasteries, round towers, and stone circles.Here we explore a few of these historic sites. Some are free; all are impressive; and each can be paired with an excellent meal at a nearby gastropub.Read More