Category Archives: Explore Italy

Torre Sant’Antonio: Charming Hotel in Tivoli

Tivoli is known for its Villas (Hadrian’s Villa and  Villa D’Este), as well as its medieval towers. While you can’t sleep inside the historic villas, you can now stay inside one of the many torre that dot the small city. Torre Sant’Antonio is a 700-year-old defensive tower, and as of June 2018 – it is […]

Ristorante Sibilla in Tivoli, Italy

Ristorante Sibilla in Tivoli

After nearly eight years in Italy, I have had some impressive dining experiences but Ristorante Sibilla in Tivoli still managed to steal a piece of my heart with its incredible atmosphere and delightful dishes. I cannot believe it has taken me so long to visit Tivoli, which is only a 30 minute trip from Rome […]

Cheese Vending Machines in Parma, Italy

Italian cheese in a vending machine

Italy has some interesting vending machines. You can buy cigarettes, beer, or even pocket coffee with the touch of a few buttons. However, my favorite vending machine of all time might be the cheese vending machine I stumbled across in Parma, Italy. Where else in the world can you buy a pound (500g) of Parmigiano […]

La Conchiglia Beach Club in Procida, Italy

There are a few traditions that we like to repeat as often as possible and somehow we have settled upon an annual lunch at La Conchiglia in Procida as one of them. It is not a bad tradition to repeat as often as possible. La Conchiglia is a restaurant on the beach, which looks out […]

Climbing the Palermo Cathedral

rooftop of the Palermo Cathedral

I truly believe that Palermo is one of the most underrated cities in Italy. It has a mishmash of architectural styles, plenty of crumbling corners, sunburnt Sicilian colors, and a complicated but intriguing history. And the Palermo Cathedral manages to package all of this into one. The Palermo Cathedral was built in 1185, which is […]

Trattoria Serghei in Bologna, Italy

You know you have eaten well when you can pull up the memory of a meal as vividly as when you first sat down to enjoy it months earlier. I think back to my lunch at Trattoria Serghei in Bologna whenever a craving for handmade pasta strikes. The traditional wood-paneled dining room is truly tiny […]

Best Rooftop in Venice: T Fondaco dei Tedeschi

Fondaco dei Tedeschi rooftop terrace in Venice

I am a big fan of rooftop bars in Rome, so I was on a mission to find a great rooftop in Venice on our recent trip. The city has a well-deserved reputation for being touristy, but it is such a unique destination with its canals and waterside palazzi that I can never resist a […]

L8 Boutique: Apartment-Style Hotel in Bologna, Italy

I hadn’t left Rome since October. And there is nothing wrong with Rome, but six months might be the longest I have ever gone without so much as a day trip. After a winter of snow (!) and never-ending rain, we were itching to get out of the city. Bologna is my favorite eating city […]