Lake Orta – the most beautiful lake in northern Italy

Things to do Italian lakes - Pretty Lake Orta and Isola San Giulio

How do you imagine the northern Italian lakes? I picture clear blue waters, medieval fortress towns, soaring mountain ranges and grand baroque villas with colourful gardens. I also know that the pretty towns the sit on the shores of popular lakes Como, Maggiore and Garda are often crowded with tourists. And then there is Lake […]

My Brilliant Friend: A book to transport you to Italy

naples italy my brilliant friend

Do you read to take yourself to another place, another time? Every now and again I come across a novel so powerful that I feel drawn to the people and places it describes. This book, My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, took me straight to Naples, the island of Ischia and Florence. It is the story […]

A perfect day exploring the Tuscan hills near Lucca

Tuscany Italy - hills near Lucca

Does your dream vacation in Italy include a leisurely day exploring the Tuscan hills? I am sure you want to see all the sights of  the big cities in Italy – Rome, Venice and Florence. And most people cannot resist the call of  Sicily, the Amalfi Coast or the Italian Riviera. But I also recommend taking […]

Italian Riviera with kids

Italian riviera with kids - this region of Italy is wonderful place for a family holiday

Italy is such a wonderful family holiday destination it is sometimes difficult to choose where to visit. The Italian Riveria near Genoa was high on my must do list but I did have concerns about the terrain and glamour factor. It’s no holiday when your kids are running amok.. being kids… if you are surrounded […]