Italy

The town of Positano on the Amalfi Coast...complete with a palm tree.
There are few places in the world that can match Italy as a travel destination. Much of what the world has for culture or civilization has come from or through it at one point in time. The Venetians and the Romans were pioneers of global navigation, international commerce, and conquest. Much of what the world has in terms of wine and viticulture can be attributed to the Italians. And then there’s the Renaissance and art! All of this makes the country one of the most dynamic and interesting to experience.

From our first trip to Milan, we were smitten. On subsequent trips to Rome we developed a lust for this country. And during our explorations of the hills of Tuscany around Saturnian and San Gimignano, we fell madly in love. From food and wine to the incredible art and history, there is much to explore and love about Italy. There are many great travel destinations, and then there’s Italy.

Colosseum at night lit up

Going Underground on a Night Tour of the Colosseum

It was already 8pm when we assembled at the massive marble building known as Vittorio Emanuele Monument. It was the meeting point for our tour of some of the most famous remains of ancient Rome, and we were beyond excited.

Statue and arches by the Canopus pool of Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli Italy

History and Beauty Collide on a Tour of Tivoli, Italy

A summer retreat for over 1,000 years, Tivoli, Italy, hosted ancient Romans and the Renaissance elite in its rolling hills just 20 miles from Rome. Here’s a look inside its two most famous sites — Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este.

Chicken, tomatoes, and peppers for our cooking class in Rome

Food is Love at this Lively Cooking Class in Rome

There’s just something special and cozy about cooking with someone’s grandmother in a real apartment in Rome. Her training ground was cooking with her mother and grandmother and her goal was loving her family with food.

Hillside pools and buildings of Villaggio della Salute Piu spa

Heaven on the Hillside — A Perfect Spa Day in Italy

Imagine the most fabulous photo you’ve ever seen of the Italian countryside. Then, add a series of pools to those hillsides where you can gaze out across the land and lose yourself in the serenity. This place is real. It’s Villaggio della Salute Piu.

The rough cobblestones of the Appian Way Rome

All Roads Lead to Rome on the Appian Way

Rome is one of our favorite cities in the world. Nearly everyone visits the Colosseum, but intrepid travelers need to visit the Appian Way and the Catacombs of San Callisto.

The towers of San Gimignano, Italy

The Tuscan Hilltown of San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano, Italy is a beautiful little walled town that was declared by UNESCO to be part of the World’s Architectural Heritage. Its striking architecture is straight out of the 1200s, and is “the epitome of a Tuscan hill town.”