1200-600-AostaValley-Fenis
AOSTA VALLEY Region - nestled between France and Italy, in the north western corner of Italy. Pictured is Fénis - Fénis Castle
  • AOSTA VALLEY Region - nestled between France and Italy, in the north western corner of Italy. Pictured is Fénis - Fénis Castle
  • APULIA Region - the stunning town of Polignano a Mare, it is thought to be the site of the ancient Greek citry of Neapolis.
  • Always travel with your music...
  • CALABRIA Region - Tropea a famous beach along the coast.
  • CAMPANIA Region - stretching along the west coast just south of Rome. This is the Region of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. There is a greater variety of sights. Pictured above is the coastal town of Minori on the Amalfi Coast.
  • LATIUM or LAZIO REGION - this is the region of Rome.
  • EMILIA-ROMAGNA Region - stretches from the Adriatic to almost the other coast of Italy - the Legion of Liguira is between Emilia Romagna and the coastline. Ravenna - Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo
  • COMPANIA Region - Pompeii
  • LATIUM or LAZIO Region - the Piazza Navona is one of the iconic sights in Rome.
  • LIGURIA Region - a relatively narrow region that runs along the coast from the board of France into Italy. Locations such as Portofino and the Cinque Terra are in this region. Camogli is on the towns that hugs the coast.
  • LOMBARDY Region - This is one of the most populated and richest of the Regions in Italy. At the northern top of the coutnry Milan is located in this Region. Pictured above, Cremona is a classic town.
  • MARCHE Region - Urbino is a walled with, a World Heritage Site. This is the POalazzo Ducale.
  • PIEDMONT Region - Orta San Giulio with the monastry on a small island in the lake.
  • PIEDMONT Region - Lake Maggiore located about 90 km north west of Milan.
  • SICILY Region - Siracusa - fisherman in their boats in the port.
  • TUSCANY Region - Lucca a walled town crammed full of churches and and towers.
  • TUSCANY Region - in addition to the vineyards, towns like Montecatini Terme were popular baths for the grand tours of Italy.
  • VENEZIA - The city of canals. Despite the tourists, the city is magical.
  • Venezia - from one of my first trips to Italy, to probably one of my last, Venice will always be an option. Magical city.
  • SICILY - A temple in Sugesta. There are incredible structures in Sicily.

 

Glenn's first trips, were those of a single person traveling by train throughout Italy. Oh to be young with an Eurorail pass again!

Train or car travel are great options. Each has advantages and some limitation. The main centers such as Rome, Florence and Venice are all easy to see, and best, when traveling by train.

Today, driving in Rome or Florence can easily result in a fine as many of the streets are restricted and require a permit. You won't know unil you return home and a few months later a traffic fine is mailed to you!

But there is so much more to see and experience by visiting areas off the rail lines. Travel through Italy by car adds to the experience and should not be missed. Train travel in Tuscany or Umbria is limited and the tracks just do not go up those hills to get to the old towns.

Despite always travelling with GPS unit we would never travel without our Michelin Atlas Routier. Our map book has more "Post-it Notes" that one can imagine. We've learned to mark your pages with those "yellow stickies" to note places that we would like to see. It seems you just never know where you will be.

The GPS unit is best in telling you how to get where you want to go. The map is better in the planning of what you want to see in getting to your destination.

Our Travel Journal includes photos and and information about the various places we have visited. We particularly enjoy visiting cloisters and are assembled photos and information about the cloisters we have visited. In addition, we provide information on specific trips - our Trips of Note.

Our Travel Journal information is arranged by each of the Italian regions. Need help with the location of the regions? The Italy Index Page includes a map with the regions listed and a link to the Travel Journal for each region.

We have stayed in a wide range of accommodations. We share our list of Great Places to Stay. From our perspective, hotels represent one of the single largest costs of a trip so having a "great" place makes it all the most enjoyable.

Finally, we also offer a Travel Consulting services to help individuals plan a trip to Italy. You book your own flights, but we can help with this fee-based service in planning a trip that will be memorable.

Our travels are also inspirational for my wife and her art, Karen Marcus

Going to Italy? Enjoy!