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 […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Know the Prices


Know the Prices An article I just read in the NY Post—“American couple calls cops after paying $50 for gelato in Rome—offered a detailed report on an American couple that called the cops after a vendor charged them more than $50 for three gelatos at Bar II Cafe, near the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Upon arrival, the […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Avoid Venice’s Biggest Tourist Trap

Gondola Lessons Venice

  Another Venice TipLast week we featured a Venice tip from one of our regular contributors, Jennifer Dombrowski (@jdomb), who lives near Venice and knows the city like a local. Her tip last week was so popular that w’eve decided to run another, since it seems many readers are planning a trip to Venice (feel free […]

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. […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Choosing the Right Gelato


Choosing the Right Gelato When in Italy, stay away from the gelato shops with beautiful, colorful gelato piled high topped with fresh fruit in the case—this means it’s whipped and not the good, hand-made stuff. One way to spot the real thing is by looking at the color. Banana (banane) should be grayish, not bright […]

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 […]

Travel Style: Jennifer Dombrowski

Jennifer and Tim

Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without. Name: Jennifer Dombrowski Occupation: Innovation Manager at Grand Canyon University and Co-founder of Jdomb’s Travels Born and Raised: Erie, PA Residence: Prata di Pordenone, […]

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.