Destination: Pompeii, Italy

Inside the ruins of Pompeii (July 2006). Once a thriving city, Pompeii has become a well-preserved ghost town today. It is one of the most-popular sites to visit as a day trip from Naples, offering a fascinating look into the tragic history of its inhabitants over a thousand years ago. All the more fascinating is … Continue reading Destination: Pompeii, Italy

Destination: Florence, Italy

Views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo (July 2006). Firenze or Florence? Ah, the age-old question...It's a subtlety that I had no idea about, and it wasn't until I looked it up that I understood the difference. Essentially, "Firenze" is how the Italians call it, and "Florence" is the English version, derived from "Florentia" in the … Continue reading Destination: Florence, Italy

72 Hours in Rome: Things to See and Do

Roman Colosseum at night (December 2017). When it comes to traveling, some of us might not have the luxury of spending many days in one place. Whether it’s due to rushed planning or limited vacation time off from work, it can be hectic trying to research and cram in as much as possible into sightseeing … Continue reading 72 Hours in Rome: Things to See and Do

Destination: Bergamo, Italy

Situated less than an hour from Milan, Bergamo is a charming, fortified city that's a popular day trip to see its Old Town, along with its spectacular views and good food to boot. As I wanted to see more of the Lombardy region of Italy besides just Milan, I decided to spend a half-day's visit … Continue reading Destination: Bergamo, Italy

Destination: Lake Como, Italy

Since seeing the photos online, I fell in love with Lake Como, and I knew that I had to go see it for myself. Located at the base of the Alps, this part of northern Italy is the scenic dream with a deep-turquoise lake and dozens of charming villas dotting the edge. Especially when spring … Continue reading Destination: Lake Como, Italy