Ideas for Planning One Week in Italy – Our Best Advice

Ideas for Planning One Week in Italy – Our Best Advice

Italy has so many wonderful locations and attractions it can be challenging to plan just a week’s stay. We have helped thousands of guests plan such trips and have some good advice. Here are our suggestions about how to maximize your time if you have only one week in Italy. ... Read More

Making Restaurant Reservations in Italy

Making Restaurant Reservations in Italy

Good restaurants in Italy book up for dinner during the busier times of year, generally from mid-March well into November. Don’t hesitate to make reservations so you don’t find yourself stumbling into a restaurant that has a waiter out front waving in tourists. It might be a good restaurant, but usually the best ones don’t ... Read More

Italian Truffles: Pricey, Earthy Gourmet Indulgence

Italian Truffles: Pricey, Earthy Gourmet Indulgence

Truffles are one of those foods that tends to get a strong reaction. Like cilantro, Brussels sprouts and blue cheese, you either love ’em or hate ’em! Truffles are intensely fragrant and hard to find in most places except Italy. They are the underground fruit of ascomycetous fungi.  The fruit spores are dispersed though being ... Read More

Orvieto, Hill Town Jewel, Easy Day Trip from Rome

Orvieto, Hill Town Jewel, Easy Day Trip from Rome

Orvieto is a gem of a town in Italy. Perched high atop an Umbrian hill, it has beautiful spaces, dramatic views, famous art and dramatic history for visitors to enjoy. The old part of the city is a bit of window into the past because it is virtually traffic-free. Only an hour-and-a-half north of Rome, ... Read More

Where to Stay in Rome? Italy Perfect Experts Share Advice.

Where to Stay in Rome? Italy Perfect Experts Share Advice.

Here are the Roman neighborhoods most prized by tourists who like to walk to and from the sites and roam the wonders of this amazing city. The naming of the areas can confound because some use the ancient designations, such as “Campo Marzio”, widely referred to as the Spanish Steps area, while others use medieval ... Read More

Italy Perfect’s Favorite Packing Essentials

Italy Perfect’s Favorite Packing Essentials

We travel a lot throughout Italy finding and reviewing villas and apartments so have our packing systems down to a science. Here is our handy check list of  small, essentials that will make your travels so much easier. ... Read More

Italy Packing Tips: My Favorite Purse for Travel is a Backpack

Italy Packing Tips: My Favorite Purse for Travel is a Backpack

Packing for a trip can be one of the most daunting aspects of travel planning. We’re often asked for advice on what type of purse to carry.  Shoulder, cross body, tote bag, backpack? My vote is for a small, lightweight backpack.  I’ve tried many different types of travel purses. It’s important to get it right ... Read More

Where to Stay in Florence

Where to Stay in Florence

Florence is an intriguing small city, packed with wonderful thing to see, do, eat and drink.  We recommend finding a vacation rental that you like and using that as your base to explore this fabled city. You really can walk to anywhere in the center, even with children. But if time and distance require, take ... Read More

Delicious Luxury in Venice – Grand Canal Apartments

Delicious Luxury in Venice – Grand Canal Apartments

Guests love these three lovely apartments in a noble palazzo the heart of Venice. Recently renovated with fine taste that cheerfully combines antique heirlooms and bright modern touches. ... Read More

Magical Holiday Celebrations in Florence

Magical Holiday Celebrations in Florence

Experience an enchanting holiday with friends and family in Florence where you can participate special holiday events, fine dining and the art and history of Florence.  A family holiday while staying at an apartment in Florence allows people with different interests to head in different directions following their own stars, yet you come together for ... Read More

Favorite Easy Italy Souvenirs – from the Supermarket

Favorite Easy Italy Souvenirs – from the Supermarket

You’ve had a wonderful vacation in Italy and at the end of your trip you suddenly realize that you need to bring back a little something for the neighbor who took in your newspaper and watered the plants, the friend who gave you a ride to the airport, your cleaning person, your hairdresser and the ... Read More

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