Travel Diaries – Trento

Travel Diaries – Trento

Gap Year Days 70 – 75 On leaving Venice we knew we needed to head north. We had a look on the map for a place on the way, somewhere in the mountains, where we could spend a few days relaxing without doing a whole lot. Trying to find accomodation that met our...
Travel Diaries – Venice

Travel Diaries – Venice

Gap Year Days 64 – 70 Our visit to Venice is a little muddled. Some advice – if you want to stay in Venice in June, don’t try to book only a week or so out. Unless of course you are prepared to pay $500 per night! We were not. With a lot of...
Travel Diaries – Lake Como

Travel Diaries – Lake Como

Gap Year Days 61 – 64 We were excited to get to the Lake Como region. There are so many beautiful photographs of the lake and surrounding area on the internet and this was one of the “must see” places on my list before we left home. As we searched...
A Visit to the Borromean Islands

A Visit to the Borromean Islands

The Borromean Islands are located in the middle of Lake Maggiore, to the north of Milan in Italy. They are made up of the three islands Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori (also called Isola Superiore) and Isola Madre. The Islands are owned by the Borromeo family, who first...
Travel Diaries – Milan

Travel Diaries – Milan

Gap Year Days 57 – 61 Milan was one of those places where we messed around a little with the accommodation. Not because we couldn’t get any this time, but because there were two cheap Hiltons in the area so we took the opportunity to clock up two stays....
Travel Diaries – Bologna

Travel Diaries – Bologna

Gap Year Days 54 – 57 Bologna! The first thing I think about is spaghetti bolognese! That most delicious and simple of pasta dishes, that everyone at home has a special recipe for. Has it got vegetables? Tomato paste? Or like one that sometimes gets cooked in my...
Things to do in Lucca

Things to do in Lucca

Lucca is a small Tuscan city often overlooked by visitors to the area in favour of nearby Florence or Pisa. It is best known for it’s city walls, which are still a prominent feature today, or as the birthplace of the composer Puccini. It was one of our favourite...
One Day in Pisa

One Day in Pisa

As soon as Pisa is mentioned, it’s famous leaning tower is the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, many times when I mentioned travelling to Italy, it was the first place people asked me if I was going. Clearly I had try to include it in my itinerary...
Things to do in Siena, Italy

Things to do in Siena, Italy

Siena is a picturesque little town in Tuscany, Italy. Before I left on this trip, everyone I told we planned on spending a few weeks in Italy said I simply had to go to Tuscany. We spent a few days in Florence before taking the short trip south to Siena. With all the...
Travel Diaries – Tuscany

Travel Diaries – Tuscany

Gap Year Days 43 – 54 The worst part about travelling is moving between locations. Packing everything up and lugging it all to the airport/train station/bus stop. More than likely more than one form of transport is required. The relief of arrival in a new town...
Travel Diaries – Naples

Travel Diaries – Naples

Gap Year Days 39 – 43 In Rome we boarded our Italo fast train for the trip to Naples. The trip was to take just over an hour. As soon as we got out into the countryside the speed slowly climbed, until the train was moving along at 300km/hr! It felt like we sat...
An Easy Budget Visit to the Colosseum

An Easy Budget Visit to the Colosseum

Almost every first time visitor to Rome has the Colosseum on their bucket list. We did too. As soon as I started to look at all the options for our visit, I became confused and overwhelmed! There are so many companies offering tours with this or that added extra,...