Western Europe

Budget Travel Guide for Florence, Italy

Florence Sunset

In Florence, or Firenze in Italian, it’s all about the art! From what I picked up, Florence really was the birthplace of the Renaissance. The Medici family sponsored and commissioned Da Vinci and other famous artists to uplift their city, and boy did it work! The city itself is quite a work of art, to say nothing of the magnificent …

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Budget Travel Guide for Rome, Italy

Rome from Palatine Hill

All roads lead to Rome. It certainly looks that way when you look at a map of Italy! I spent 3 days in Rome, which was not nearly enough, and perhaps too much. Rome is one of the most famous cities in the world, and one of the top five most visited. While I had my own activities over the three …

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Gelato and More in Pisa, Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa is known for the leaning tower and not much else. In truth, there isn’t much else special in Pisa. Which is why I only spent less than a day there. I arrived in the town a little after lunch on Friday, jumping off the train a station before the final terminal when I saw I was only a couple …

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Travel to Italian Paradise Cinque Terre

Vernazza Night Shot

Before I even made it to Italy, I already had several people tell me I needed to go to Cinque Terre. I had never heard of it, and had no idea what to expect. There are some drop-dead gorgeous places in Italy, and Cinque Terre is definitely in the top of the list. Cinque Terre means five lands, and is …

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How to Spend an Afternoon in the Italian Town of Genoa

Genoa Harborf

Italians might not consider Genoa a great city to visit in Italy, but it was my first experience in Italy and I loved it. Genoa wasn’t on my original plans to visit in Italy. I ended up in Genoa from Barcelona as the ferry between the two was the cheapest transport I could find. It wasn’t the fastest way to …

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