Travel Tip of the Day: Be Wary of Costumed Characters

Rome Colosseum

Be Wary of Costumed Characters If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, then you know I was recently in Europe with my dad. Our last stop was Rome and our hotel, Palazzo Manfredi, was right next to the Colosseum. Out front were three Italian guys dressed as Roman soldiers and of course my […]

Travel Website of the Week: Blacklane

Blacklane

A few weeks ago I needed a ride from the Palazzo Manfredi in the heart of Rome (across the street from the Colosseum) to Fiumicino airport. In the past, I’ve taken the train to the airport (the most economical way) but this time I had my dad with me, so I needed something easy, smooth […]

The Best Hotel View in Rome

Palazzo Manfredi Hotel Rome Italy May 2014-026

My dad and I topped off our incredible trip to Europe, which began in Barcelona on the inaugural voyage of Windstar’s Star Pride, with a stay in Rome. Rome is without a doubt one of my top 10 favorite cities in the world and my favorite hotel there is the Palazzo Manfredi (Via Labicana, 125; […]

Travel News: Week of April 23, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines tail

Top Travel News U.S. Teen ‘Lucky’ to Be Alive After Stowing Away in wheel way on Calif.-Hawaii Flight  After deaths of 13, Everest Sherpas say they are abandoning climbing season Vueling launches world’s first ‘smart watch’ boarding pass Oregon wines fly free on Alaska Airlines as ‘pilot program’ partnership is extended Berlin Court Tells Uber […]

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 […]