Category Archives: Explore Italy

The Florence Flower Market

flower market in Florence Italy

Florence is a little gem of a city. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, some of the greatest architects and artists in history have lived and worked in this gorgeous Tuscan city. Chief among its treasures in Brunelleschi’s Dome, which dominates the skyline. Of course, there is also David by Michelangelo and the treasure-filled Uffizi […]

How to Skip the Line to See David by Michelangelo

statue of david torso

The masterful statue of David by Michelangelo is honestly a must-see in Florence. It is truly an incredible piece of art in a stunning setting, but that also means that pretty much everyone else visiting Florence also wants to see the sculpture. Luckily, you can buy tickets ahead of time to skip right by the […]

Visiting St. Mark’s Basilica at Night

reflection of st marks basilica in acqua alta at night

There is nowhere like Venice which means, by definition, there is nowhere like San Marco – the very heart of the city of canals. St. Mark’s Square is easily the most visited part of the city so you will be in A LOT of company if visit. However, visiting St. Marks at night is an […]

How to Skip the Line at St. Mark’s Basilica

St mark's basilica in venice with a blue sky

Venice is the Italian city that is having the toughest battle with over-tourism. The small city of canals can be overrun with groups who arrive for the day and flock to the main square. The number one sight to see? Piazza San Marco. So, if you want to get inside Venice’s most famous church, it […]

The Splendid Santa Chiara Monastery in Naples

Naples has a reputation for trash and chaos which is not entirely undeserved. While the vibrant city has been cleaned up in the last few years, it certainly has not lost any of its edge, so one of my favorite places to escape from the speed and noise is inside the Santa Chiara monastery complex.  […]

A Guide to Parma, Italy

Located in northern Italy in the foodie-rich region of Emilia-Romagna, Parma is a wonderful destination for those who appreciate art, architecture and Italian food. The city is probably most famous for Parma ham (prosciutto) and sits at the gateway to the area which produces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and balsamic vinegar. In addition to the wonderful Italian […]