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Canal Grande @ Venice
101 Italy Northern Italy Venice

Venice 101: Arriving & Getting Around

Venice… what can I say? Yes, it’s super touristy, overcrowded, overpriced… But it’s still worth a visit! With the historical Republic of Venice lasting for more than a millennium (697-1797), La Serenissima is steeped in history and culture, in…

Skyline @ Florence, Tuscany, Italy
101 Florence Italy Northern Italy

Florence 101: Arriving & Getting Around

Florence is the capital of the region of Tuscany. Considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, some of its greatest artists lived and worked here, like Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and many others. Formerly an important political, trade, and…

Tram, Duomo, Milan, Italy
101 Italy Milan Northern Italy

Milan: New Transport Tariff System

I have previously written about getting around Milan. Although the premise that time-based tickets are good deals still stands, it’s not as dirt cheap as it was. Since July 2019, there have been a few changes and, unfortunately, a…

Piccolo Porto, Ortygia, Ortigia, Syracuse, Siracusa, Sicily, Sicilia, Italy, Italia
Italy Sicily Southern Italy

Ortygia: Top 10 Things To See & Do

Ortygia is a smaller island apart from mainland Syracuse by a narrow channel. Also known as Città Vecchia (Old Town), Ortigia is the historical heart of southeast Sicily, home to Ancient Greek ruins from its time as the most important city in…

Italy, Lake Garda, Sirmione
Italy Milan Northern Italy

Day-Trip to Lake Garda

Lake Garda is a mighty competitor to the title of most beautiful day-trip you can do from Milan. It is the largest lake in Italy, extremely popular with tourists and locals alike for its idyllic towns and crystalline waters.…