About Jennifer Dombrowski

Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter and bases herself in Prata di Pordenone, Italy. She works as a social media and innovation strategist in higher education and is a regular contributor on johnnyjet.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or on her blog, JdombsTravels.com

Under the Tuscan Sun at Castelfalfi, Italy

La Tabaccaia Castelfalfi

In Italy’s financial crisis, it is entirely possible to buy entire villages and islands to own a piece of Italy all your own. German travel giant TUI has done just that, scooping up the rural Tuscan village of Tenuta di Castelfalfi. Into what was once a ghost town in a state of decline, TUI has […]

8 tips for visiting Venice’s Carnival on any travel budget

Jennifer and her husband, Tim, at Venice Carnival

Our Italy insider, Jennifer Dombrowski, gives us the best tips for visiting Venice’s Carnival, held each year in the lead-up to Ash Wednesday (which this year is March 5). Check out more of her Italy insider tips in 12 Things You Never Knew About Italy and Venice’s Biggest Tourist Traps and How to Avoid Them. […]

Venice’s Biggest Tourist Traps and How to Avoid Them

Grand Canal Venice

Last week an article circulated around the internet about some tourists—Roman tourists no less!—that were shocked to receive a bill for €100 (about $133) for four coffees in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy. Venice is certainly full of tourist traps that can turn into expensive lessons like this one (read the fine print on […]

15 Reasons to Stay at Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

Looking out from our over water pool villa

Visiting the Maldives has long been on my bucket list and the dream came true with an unforgettable 4-day stay at Anantara Kihavah Villas. Located in the Baa Atoll, the resort island was surprisingly larger than I had imagined as I had ogled it online in the weeks preceding our arrival. And from the moment […]

Marilyn Monroe: 50 Years Later

Reflections of Florence in the windows of Salvatore Ferragamo

In homage to Marilyn Monroe on this 50th anniversary of her death, Ferragamo is hosting two exhibits in her honor in Florence, Italy.

12 Things You Never Knew About Italy

Prata di Pardenone

My husband Tim and I just recently celebrated three years of living in Italy. I think back to previous trips to Italy and if I had only known then what we know now! We’ve learned by making mistakes and falling into the tourists traps of overpriced cappuccinos and bad gelato (yes, bad gelato does exist!). […]

36 Hours in Napa Valley


Grapes glistening on the vine catch your eye. The sweet scents of lavender, rosemary, and wine waft toward you. The only sounds are bees buzzing and the horn of the passing Wine Train. This is Napa Valley Wine Country.  I only had 36 hours to experience the best Napa Valley has to offer. Here are […]

10 Reasons to Love the Palazzo Sasso


Palazzo Sasso is a 12th century Italian villa that was originally part of the aristocratic quarter of Ravello during the Middle Ages. It was opened by Sir Richard Branson in 1997 and today, the 5-star luxury resort ranks among the top 10 of the best hotels in the world! We recently had the pleasure of […]