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…

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Visiting the Colosseum [2024 Update]

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Visiting the Colosseum [2024 Update]

While Rome is filled with wonderful squares, fountains, and awe-inspiring ancient ruins, nothing will capture your interest like the Colosseum! The nearly 2,000-year-old amphitheater is the symbol of the Eternal City and a must-see on any Rome itinerary — whether you have one day, 3 days, or a full week! But visiting the Colosseum comes…

Your Ultimate Sardinia Road Trip: 7 Days in Sardinia Itinerary

Your Ultimate Sardinia Road Trip: 7 Days in Sardinia Itinerary

Home to dreamy white-sand beaches, turquoise waters that rival the Caribbean Sea, adorable seaside villages, and exclusive clubs and restaurants, Sardinia is a dream summer destination that everyone should visit once in their lives. What better way to explore this wonderful island than on a Sardinia road trip? Once you rent a car and start…

The 11 Best Mt. Etna Wine Tours from Catania & Taormina

The 11 Best Mt. Etna Wine Tours from Catania & Taormina

If you’re planning a trip to Sicily, you’re probably planning to visit its epic coastline, stunning beaches, charming beach towns, and countless historical spots. But there’s one thing you simply can’t miss: visiting the iconic Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in all of Europe. The towering, simmering Mt. Etna is located near the city…