Italy

  • Venice is absolutely unique, but you can get an accurate taste in about five hours. Here’s how: Hour One in Venice Wander around from the train station through the tiny streets and over beautiful bridges. DO NOT use a map on your phone to navigate! Don’t......

  • Don’t ever doubt Italian hospitality. While in Reggio Emilia, my cousins Alessandro and Elisa took us all around the city center, showing us a really rich history of the city. They were so gracious and wonderful, and very sneaky about paying for lunch then acting......

  • My heart is so full right now, and so is my stomach! I’ve just spent the day in Reggio Emilia, Italy, with some relatives from my mom’s Italian side: the patriarch of this family, Romano, is my Grandpa Pat’s cousin. If you work your way......

  • POMPEII! Does anyone *not* have a memory from, like, fourth grade learning about Pompeii? For me it’s one of a handful of experiences I can point to and say, “that stuck with me.” It was tragic and ancient, and amazing that a perfectly persevered-in-a-moment arc...

  • Today was full of ancient ruins! The Colosseum and Roman Forum are central to Rome’s ancient history, and they’re mighty impressive to look at. But even though I was here in 2012 and saw both I didn’t take a tour, and of course I didn’t......

  • OHEMGEE AQUEDUCT. I jumped around with glee at the sight of the ruins of Rome’s ancient aqueduct at Parco degli Acquedotti in south Rome. The arches, now in several segments instead of one long structure, loom on the horizon as you walk along the path.......

  • Rome is not Munich. Rome is not London. Rome is Rome, and I love it. Rome does not have the structure of London, nor the discipline of Munich. Rome is chaotic and alive and full of ancient history — the kind of ancient history that......

  • Hey, readers — I’m bringing old-school travel habits back, and you can get in on the fun! I’m working on building up my email list, so as a thank-you for subscribing now through Dec. 31, 2015, I’ll send you a postcard from one of my......

  • All of those romantic things you’ve heard about Venice are probably true. I took this. It’s actually this beautiful. No filters, no photoshop (except the words). Beautiful views across the water It’s more fun to get lost in small alleyways than it is to know......

  • You know what feels more productive than working today? Updating my blog about our trip to Europe last summer. Because I never finished writing about some of the best parts! Plus now Pinterest lets you pin things toa map, which is super cool. So, thus......