One Day Itinerary For Siena Italy, a Rose-Toned Medieval Gem

Here’s my one day in Siena itinerary. This Siena itinerary covers all the top must visit attractions, landmarks, museums, and destinations in Siena in 24 hours. But just to be clear, under no circumstances do I recommend spending only 1 day in beautiful rose-hued Siena. Absolutely, positively, not recommended.  Gorgeous Siena is one of the best … Read more

Visitor’s Guide To the Medici Palaces in Florence Italy

Planning a trip to Florence Italy? The three palaces of the Medici family are among Florence’s top attractions. The Medici were the most celebrated family of the Renaissance era. Florence is synonymous with the Medici and the Medici is synonymous with Florence. Everything the Medici owned, created, and commissioned is gorgeous. If you’re an art … Read more

The Best 2 Days In Florence Itinerary

So you’re planning a trip to Florence? Welcome to one of my favorite small cities. To help you have the best experience, I’ve put together a step-by-step 2 days in Florence itinerary. Two days in Florence isn’t much time. But, with some advance planning and ambition, you can spend a wonderful weekend there. This Florence … Read more

Ultimate Guide to Florence’s Uffizi Gallery: History, Masterpieces & Essential Tips

Here’s my complete guide to visiting Florence’s beloved Uffizi Gallery.  The Uffizi is one of the world’s best classical museums. People come in droves to the Uffizi to see history’s greatest hits, from when Florence was the cultural and artistic center of the world. The Uffizi is the third most visited attraction in Italy. And … Read more

Visitor’s Guide to Florence’s Stunning Opera del Duomo Museum

Here’s my guide to an absolute must visit museum in Florence, the Duomo Museum. It’s officially called the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo or “OPA.” This translates to the museum of the cathedral’s building or works committee. The Duomo Museum is a fabulous treasure box of sculpture. It boasts an unparalleled collection of Medieval and early … Read more

Guide To The Medici Chapels In Florence

Here’s my guide to visiting the Museum of the Medici Chapels. It’s one of the best museums and most hallowed historic sites in the beautiful rusticated city of Florence. Most importantly? The chapels’ New Sacristy holds seven Michelangelo sculptures — the most you’ll find in Florence. The sculptures are sublime, a stunning combination of artistic … Read more

How To See Michelangelo’s David (And Other Masterpieces!) In Florence’s Accademia Gallery

“No other artwork is equal to David in any respect.” — Giorgio Vasari Here’s my guide to seeing Michelangelo’s David at Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia. David is one of Florence’s top attractions. The Accademia is one of the world’s most famous museums. David is arguably the world’s most famous sculpture. It’s a beautiful piece of art displayed in a beautiful … Read more

Visiting The Historic Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, The Complete Guide

Here’s my guide to visiting the Palazzo Vecchio. The palace is the civic heart of Florence and one of its most hallowed historic sites. The Palazzo Vecchio is a doughty medieval fortress on the outside. In contrast, on the inside, it’s a resplendent Renaissance palace filled with artistic treasures. It’s one of Florence’s most important … Read more

Ultimate Guide To The Basilica of San Lorenzo In Florence

Here’s my complete guide to the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence Italy. I tell you everything to see inside and give you must know tips for visiting and getting tickets. The San Lorenzo complex is vast. It includes the basilica itself, Brunelleschi’s Old Sacristy, the Medici Chapels, the Medici Crypt, and the Laurentian Library. … Read more

40 Must Know Tips For Visiting Italy

Heading to Italy for the first time? To keep your trip humming along smoothly, you’ll need some vital information and key tips for visiting Italy. In this guide, I tell you everything you need to know about visiting Italy and what mistakes to avoid. I also give you tips about where you need advance reservations, … Read more