Postcards from Pompeii

You know those well known tourist sites that you go to and then you find that it wasn’t worth the hype? Well Pompeii wasn’t one of those places at all… When you read or are taught about historic events it is so easy to treat it as though it were a piece of fiction; you are distanced…

Hidden Beauties of the Veneto Region

There is no denying that Venice is beautiful and all; I enjoyed my time there, of course I did – you can’t really say you’ve been to Italy until you’ve experienced a Gondola ride through Venice, right? No matter how cliché that is. Venice was never on my original Italy itinerary; I try to avoid…

Cappuccino etiquette (& other Italy survival tips)

2 o’clock in the afternoon!? The restaurant echoes with metallic clanging as a spoon falls to the ground. As the spoon falls, its user emits a shriek of horror… a shriek mirrored by the other restaurant patrons and the place falls silent with shock… That American woman over there, she… she… OH MY GOD I can’t even say…

Big Sunglasses and Sass: The Girly Girl’s Guide to Milano

London, Paris, New York, Milan.. As one of the four Fashion capitals of the World, Milan’s reputation as a City of style and glamour proceeds it, and rightly so. The Milanese are an image conscious bunch – just walking through the streets or waiting for the metro is practically a Catwalk of Women in sky…

10 Things You Must Put in Your Mouth in Naples

Italian food is now UNESCO protected – how many other countries can say that huh? Here are 10 regional dishes that absolutely must find their way down your gullet in Naples: 1. Gnocchi alla Sorrentina. A beautiful dish from Sorrento; gnocchi alla Sorrentina is good for your taste buds… but maybe not so good for…

See Naples… and DIE. My love affair with Italy’s most dangerous City.

“I never thought I’d die so young… but I suppose this is the end” I thought to myself as I sat in bed the night before my flight to Italy, watching a documentary about Naples being one of the World’s most dangerous Cities and reading countless accounts of people’s experiences with pickpockets, bags that have gone speeding…