Getting Lost in the Alpine Foothills (Varenna, Italy)

Getting lost in a foreign country is part of the fun he said. It’s only 4.5 km from Bellano to Varenna, it can’t be that bad, he said. Well, he wasn’t completely wrong- but don’t tell him I said so. Sentiero del Viandante is a hiking trail that runs along the eastern coast of Lake…

Beauty in Bellano (Airbnb Review)

It felt like home from the minute we stepped off the train. We talked to our airbnb host, Silvano, over the phone, as he offered to pick us up from the grocery store as soon as he was free. He was extremely apologetic about making us wait, but he actually appeared as we completed our…

Travel Revelations- Venice

First Impressions Venice was like a mix of street fair and boat show- especially along the grand canal near the Rialto bridge, where we stayed at an airbnb. Boats of every size moved along the water and provided a number of services- trash, delivery, transportation. Restaurants had tables set up on the sidewalk, with fresh…

Listen to the Locals- Rome

Traveling from Amalfi to Rome was the first time that we learned that sometimes google lies. Google is that friend that acts like they know everything, even when they are wrong (I may or may not also be this friend on occasion). The locals told us that we should travel west to Sorrento in order…

Pompeii

Our first stop in Italy taught some hard lessons

Packing problems 

Already sacrificing beauty for practicality… So the bag pictured in the bottom frame is my favorite traveling bag. It’s a souvenir from New York and it’s just so cute (I know, I know- I’m such a girl). It’s vinyl, has a couple of zipper pockets, and it’s printed with a map of the New York…