The Wonders of Naples

In the days leading up to our arrival in Naples, what I most hoped for was for warmer weather and sunshine. We loved Matera, but it was chilly and rainy most days. It was a low bar for success that Naples vaulted over. We arrived in Naples and returned the rental car at the airport…

Magical Matera

Matera is a place that not many casual tourists to Italy visit. It isn’t on the train line and even a bus takes a while to get there from any major city. But when I was researching this leg, Matera shot to the top of my list of places I wanted to stop with its…

Out of the Rain in Sorrento and Pompeii

I’m skipping over writing about our 6-day trip to the UK. To be honest, I still don’t know what to say about it. It became slightly marred by the UK’s unclear COVID laws, but we definitely had some good times there and a couple of great follow-up interviews with two of the subjects of the…

Our Time in Padova

Padova (the Italian spelling of Padua) was the perfect first long stay for our return to international travel. In addition to our wonderful day trips to Modena, Bologna, Venice, and Ferrara, we saw and did tons of awesome stuff in this university town. Here are our experiences with the sites of Padova: University of Padova/Palazzo…

Ferrara Day Trip with a Hike

One thing that’s been missing from our time in Europe so far is time in nature. Even our day trips to smaller cities like Modena still feel very urban. I found myself longing to be amongst a bunch of trees! So I did a little research and discovered that the town just to our south…

Overnight in Venice

After our trip to Verona, Chad and I separately but nearly simultaneously reached the conclusion that for our Venice trip we did not want the curfew of having to catch the last train back. So, we used some credit card points to book a hotel. We decided to prioritize location so it would be convenient…

Fair Verona Day Trip

When we were choosing a home base for this part of our time in Italy, it ultimately came down to Verona or Padua. And we knew whichever we didn’t choose as a home would definitely warrant a day trip. We first envisioned combining it with a trip to another old, beautiful town called Mantua, but…

A Day Trip to Modena and Bologna

One of the reasons we chose Padua as our month-long base is the ease and proximity of all the other amazing old cities in northern Italy, pretty much all of which have UNESCO World Heritage designation for something.  Since we hadn’t done a lot of pre-planning about what we wanted to see while we’re here…

Padua: We’re Home

Life in Italy is very good. We’re about one-third of the way through our 30-day stay in Padua and have continued our favorite Milan routines here. We’ve already done two major day trips that I’ll write about in future posts, but for now, here are some of the things we love about Padua. Embracing Old…

My 100th Blog Post is about Milan

By my count, this is the 100th entry I’ve posted on this blog. I thought about doing a “100 Things We’ve Learned By Traveling” or “100 Favorite Experiences on Our Trips” type post to celebrate, but I’m already finding it hard to balance all the posts I want to write about this leg in Italy…