How about visiting the Vatican Museums with no crowds before the official opening time? Read on to know how I managed to be the very first one to access the museum… Read more

The region of Le Marche is located in central Italy, between the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea, where crystal blue waters mingle with a luxuriant landscape of lush green hills and charming mountaintop villages in a blissfully unhurried atmosphere. Read more

A short drive south of the lush vineyards of Chianti and the elegant towns of San Gimignano and Siena, lies a stunning green and yellow stretch of countryside known as Valdichiana Senese. Here you’ll find pretty hamlets, producers of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and some of the most renowned thermal centers in Tuscany. Read more

Looking to get away from the crowds of sightseers during your travels in Tuscany? Then head east  to Valtiberina, an area often unnoticed, yet extremely beautiful and rich in art and history. Read more

During a recent trip to Pisa I made a little detour to explore Certaldo and the Val d’Elsa area and spent the night in a beautiful bed & breakfast amidst the Tuscan countryside, Villa San Michele. Read more

There’s a place in Tuscany, halfway between Florence and Siena, that offers an enchanting medieval atmosphere and provides a refreshing escape from the tourist crowds filling the most popular attractions nearby. This is Certaldo, the birthplace of one of the most significant figures in Italian literature and home to a centuries-old onion. Read more

Pisa has always been synonymous with the leaning tower, but this bustling university town has so much more to offer in terms of sights and culture. For example, did you know that the leaning towers are actually three? Read more

Last year I took a road trip through Tuscany that brought me to some of the most beautiful towns and villages of this charming Italian region. And among popular spots and top tourist attractions, I fell in love with Lucca. Read more

Tuscany is one of those places that literally draw you in. From gorgeous medieval villages and artistic towns to picture-perfect cypress roads meandering through the beautiful countryside, there is just so much to see in this incredible Italian region. Here is my itinerary for a 10-day road trip with visits to some of the top sights, as well as the exploration of less touristy spots. Read more