Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 5 (Portofino, Italy)

Portofino Italy Windstar Star Pride May 2014

Day 5 of Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise took us to Portofino, Italy. I was most excited for this port since I’ve heard so much about it but had never had the pleasure of visiting. Unfortunately, my expectations were too high and I was really disappointed. The tiny Italian town felt like Disneyland minus the […]

12 Reasons to Stay at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Como, Italy

Buongiorno! If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter then you know that my wife (@NatalieDiScala) and I were recently in Bellagio, Italy checking out the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni! It was our first time to Lake Como (or Lago di Como, as the locals call it) and boy is it bellissimo! No wonder […]

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. […]

Not Your Grandma’s Bus Tour of Italy, with Insight Vacations

View from Rialto Bridge, Venice

I was scared. Visions of blue-haired, khaki clam-digger-clad grandmas and black-socks-in-sandals-wearing grandpas blasted through my head as I boarded my Delta flight to Rome from Los Angeles. What was I thinking saying yes to a freakin’ bus tour? Over the course of my life as a traveler, whenever I’ve heard the term “tour,” shivers have run […]

Not Your Grandma’s Bus Tour of Italy, Day VII

Flooded St. Mark's Square

This is the seventh and final installment in a seven-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Italy with Insight Vacations. Head back to the series home page for the full Italy experience—or jump straight over to Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 or Day 6 of the tour. DAY 7 More Venice (we arrived on Day […]

Not Your Grandma’s Bus Tour of Italy, Day VI

Ferarri Museum in Modena, Italy

This is the sixth installment in a seven-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Italy with Insight Vacations. Head back to the series home page for the full Italy experience—or jump straight over to Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 or Day 7 of the tour. DAY 6 Ferarri Museum On the way to Venice, we […]

Not Your Grandma’s Bus Tour of Italy, Day V

Panoramic from top of garden staircase San Gimignano

This is the fifth installment in a seven-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Italy with Insight Vacations. Head back to the series home page for the full Italy experience—or jump straight over to Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 6 or Day 7 of the tour. DAY 5 San Gimignano On the second day at the villa […]

Not Your Grandma’s Bus Tour of Italy, Day IV

600 years of history and the Marquis of Mazzei

This is the fourth installment in a seven-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Italy with Insight Vacations. Head back to the series home page for the full Italy experience—or jump straight over to Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 5, Day 6 or Day 7 of the tour. DAY 4 Cortona, Chianti From Perugia we headed into the hill country […]