Florence off The Beaten Track.

Florence off The Beaten Track.

To discover Florence off the beaten track means that you will get to experience the best of what this gorgeous Italian city has to offer but without the crowds and flag sellers.

Florence is utterly charming, with almost every street you turn down making you feel as though you have been transported on to the set of a Merchant Ivory Production but there are also lots of non-touristy things to do in Florence and one of those is what I want to tell you about.

(Because I am kind).

Like many beautiful European cities, Florence is a popular tourist destination and if you insist on only heading to the places listed in your guidebooks or on travel blogs, you will find yourself competing for some space to breathe.

And that’s not what Florence is all about.

Florence (Firenze) is the capital city of the region of Tuscany. If you’ve never been to this part of Italy before then you are in for a treat.

It holds in its arms many masterpieces of both architecture and Renaissance art, along with world-class restaurants and fabulous romantic sunsets. But, to see this city as it deserves to be seen you need to be adventurous and do things differently. (more…)

Pompeii: 15 Tips To Ensure Your Visit Is As Special As You Imagined

Pompeii: 15 Tips To Ensure Your Visit Is As Special As You Imagined

Pompeii. History, mystery, ruins, intrigue. Perfect material for a first-time visitor like me, desperate for the sights to live up to her expectations. I wanted to write a Pompeii travel blog but  I secretly feared that the ancient ruins wouldn’t deliver the goods.

I thought it may be another overpriced tourist attraction.

In my head, Pompeii was going to be a small little street with some glass frontage to protect the hoards of tourists from touching the precious remains from over 2000 years ago.

The reality couldn’t have been more different. (more…)

3 of The Best European Cities for Kids

3 of The Best European Cities for Kids

Visiting European cities with kids, whatever their ages, doesn’t necessarily have to be challenging. But it does mean that you have to take more than yourselves into consideration when deciding which city will be the best one to visit. Here are my top three recommendations for the best European cities for kids and parents to visit in 2018. (more…)

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