Category Archives: Explore Italy

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 […]

How to Get Pompeii Tickets (and Skip the Line)

Pompeii is one of the most important archeological sites of the ancient world and one of the most popular things to see in Italy. Planning your trip to Pompeii correctly can help to ensure that you see everything in the ruins and avoid the crowds as much as possible. Depending on your travel style, there […]

Santa Marinella: Picturesque Beach near Rome

boat in the port at santa marinella

How does a weekend day trip to the beach sound? It’s especially wonderful during offseason, when there’s plenty of space on the sand and the water is almost exclusively yours to relish. The best part? Santa Marinella beach is just 45 minutes away from Rome by train! There are direct trains from Rome to the […]