The Ultimate 2 Days in Catania Itinerary

Captivating Catania is a Sicilian city right at the foot of Mount Etna that deserves more attention than it gets. It’s best known for its gorgeous Baroque architecture, charming historical town, and of course, stunningly gorgeous views of the spectacular (and spectacularly active) volcano. When living in Italy, I made several trips to Sicily, and on one … Read more

Taormina Itinerary: How to Spend a Perfect Two Days in Taormina

At the top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Taormina is a small but picturesque town on Sicily’s eastern coast.  Home to the spectacular Ancient Greek Theater, gorgeous coastal views, lovely beaches, and the imposing sight of Mount Etna in the background, Taormina is certainly a town worth discovering.   I visited Taormina twice on … Read more

Renting a Car in Portugal: 13 Tips From Someone Who Lived There! [2024]

road with two little tuktuks on it while driving in portugal

Exploring Portugal on a road trip is one of the best ways to discover the country and reach remote places you wouldn’t otherwise visit. Despite its small size, Portugal overdelivers everywhere: stunning coastal and mountainous landscapes, cities out of a storybook, and picturesque villages tucked away and seemingly untouched by time. Since I lived in … Read more

2 Days in Positano: Itinerary for a Perfect Amalfi Getaway [2024]

Positano is quite possibly the most famous town on the iconic Amalfi Coast, located just to the south of Naples. The dramatic coastline the region is celebrated for is dotted with picturesque little villages made of colorful houses stacked on top of each other on tall cliffs. No other Amalfi Coast town is more emblematic … Read more

7 Things to Do in Peso da Régua, Portugal: A Lovely Alto Douro Town [2024]

Two bridges spanning the Douro River in the town of Peso da Regua, a charming winemaking town in the region of Douro valley

While all of the Douro Valley is picturesque and stunning, special recognition goes to the lovely town of Peso da Régua in the Alto Douro (‘high Douro’). This lovely winemaking town is a key stop on any Douro Valley visit, whether you’re taking an extended road trip around the region or just popping over for … Read more