A Day in Split, Croatia: Beyond Diocletian’s Palace

Things to do in Split Croatia

Split sits on the Adriatic coast in the Dalmatian region of Croatia. We tried to explore most of this beautiful seaside destination on foot. Winding our way through its narrow streets, we gazed at the massive limestone rocks that were installed by slave labor as early as 284 AD. On foot we could explore the corners where countless battles were fought, both … Read more

Zagreb, Croatia: Broken Relationships and Bloody Bridges

Split and Dubrovnik get much more attention than Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Sure, Zagreb doesn’t have the coast, but this city has a complex history, incredible architecture, some strange museums, and a lively and friendly atmosphere. We spent a week exploring the city, and have outlined our favorite things to see, most of them … Read more

Lake Bled – A Storybook Day Trip from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Lake Bled Slovenia

Lake Bled is one of those places that you visit and wonder, “how long have I been walking around with my eyes wide open and my jaw on the ground?” It’s simply stunning, or at least during the summer when we were there. We visited the picturesque lake with its backdrop of stark mountains and hillsides … Read more

Discovering the Medieval Hill Towns of Central Italy

Medieval Hill Towns in Italy

[toc] In Italy, about midway between Florence and Rome, lies the province of Viterbo. The region doesn’t receive a great deal of attention from travel sites and guidebooks, but it is dotted with small cities and towns with history that extends back well before Roman times. Many of these towns were built on top of high rocky … Read more

Five Reasons to Visit Naples Italy

Gulf of Naples

Fellow traveler Paolo Barissano offers up his reasons why we should have considered a visit to Naples during our last trip to Italy. Unfortunately we didn’t make it that time, but a visit to the city is definitely on our wish list. We have some mixed reviews about Naples. First, that it has a grittier side, but also some of the … Read more

Villa Lante di Bagnaia, Viterbo Province Italy

Villa Lanta Bagnaia Italy

Bagnaia is a little gem of a village just 78 kilometers (48 miles) north of Rome. There are several reasons to consider a visit to this small village in the Italy’s Viterbo province, including the important fact that very few people do. After fighting the crowds to get a peek at Italy’s most visited attractions, a … Read more

Food of Puglia, Italy with Cooking Experience in Lecce

Eggplant Stuffed with Sausage and Provolone

Of course, we had to take a cooking class in Puglia, Italy. We have spent a significant amount of time traveling around Italy, but before this trip hadn’t made it to this region located on the “heel” of the boot that is Italy. And, our Italian friends from the region wouldn’t let us forget this. We were … Read more

Discovering Orange Wine at Gravner Winery

fruili venezia guilia italy

Today I drank wine – not unusual for me, but there were many things about today that were. Unusual, touching, heartbreaking, inspiring, and unforgettable are all words that come to mind. As I look back through the events of the day, I can feel myself begin to smile. At the start of the day, as … Read more

Reasons to Visit One of Europe’s Smallest Countries – San Marino

San Marino Castle

San Marino is the third smallest country of Europe. And that’s not the only distinction – the tiny country is perched on the Apennine mountain range and is completely surrounded on all sides by Italy. They have maintained this precarious position since 301 AD, earning themselves the bragging rights as being one of the world’s oldest independent constitutional republics. … Read more