How to Visit Cinque Terre from Florence on a Day Trip

How to Visit Cinque Terre from Florence on a Day Trip

With its candy-colored houses stacked precariously on the hillsides of the Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre is a can’t-miss sight on any trip to Italy. These stunning towns are one of Italy’s major draws and visiting them is definitely a bucket list item come true. While I suggest that two days in Cinque Terre is…

7 Marvelous Things to Do in Messina, Sicily

7 Marvelous Things to Do in Messina, Sicily

Messina sits almost at the northeastern tip of Sicily, just across the strait from Reggio Calabria, the southernmost city in mainland Italy. Despite its prime location, Messina is one of the less frequently visited places in Sicily, and it’s often overlooked in favor of other, more famous cities. Planning your trip to Messina last minute?…

Climbing the Duomo in Florence: 10 Key Things to Know About Brunelleschi’s Dome

Climbing the Duomo in Florence: 10 Key Things to Know About Brunelleschi’s Dome

Emerging majestically above other rooftops in the Florence skyline, the Brunelleschi Dome adorns the Santa Fiore del Maria Cathedral, instantly recognizable as a symbol of Florence. I’m always impressed when something built hundreds of years ago retains its superlative status even in the modern age. Brunelleschi’s ingenious design means that, more than 500 years later,…

How Not to Get to Capri from Naples: Hydrofoil Hell vs. Ferry Bliss

How Not to Get to Capri from Naples: Hydrofoil Hell vs. Ferry Bliss

The funniest thing about my disastrous trip from Naples to Capri by fast boat is how easily it could be avoided.  My friend Megan had specifically warned me about the rough boat journey between Naples and Capri, especially in the winter months when I visited Capri (specifically, early March).  She’s emetophobic and, miraculously, still one…

Visiting the Tour Montparnasse: Tips for Enjoying the Best View in Paris

Visiting the Tour Montparnasse: Tips for Enjoying the Best View in Paris

Eyesore or eye-catching? Opinions on Paris’ Tour Montparnasse, or Montparnasse Tower in English, have always tended towards one extreme or the other; either way, it sparks reactions.  Reactions were so severe, in fact, that after it was finished in 1973, there was a tremendous outcry. The uproar continued to be so loud that two years…