Rome

Three Mornings, Three Airports

Three Mornings, Three Airports

“Going to Italy.” Three little words but it actually took me three mornings — three flights heading for three different airports — to do it. First, I flew from Cebu to Hong Kong. I chose a Hong Kong departure over one from Manila because fares to Europe tend to be […]

11 Days in Europe: Paris, Venice and Rome Sample Itinerary (and Insider Tips)

11 Days in Europe: Paris, Venice and Rome Sample Itinerary (and Insider Tips)

Updated January 2017 * You know how it is. You’ve finally saved enough to go on a 2-week trip to Europe — yay!!! You don’t want to go on one of those big bus tours where you’re herded around like cattle with 40-60 other tourists. […]

How to Tell If A Tour is Good Value or Not

How to Tell If A Tour is Good Value or Not

We break down an $850 11-day tour of France, Switzerland, and Italy — its real costs, pros and cons — and discuss the questions you have to ask before signing up for any tour. * Yesterday, a friend asked me to take a look at a tour […]

Italy

Italy

Rome and Vatican City How to Get Tickets for the General Audience with Pope Francis  General Audience with Pope Francis (8-Jan-2014)  The Colosseum  Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (notes)  A Special Kind of Blue  Europe for the Heartbroken: 7 Perfect Places for Healing from a […]

7 countries in 18 days: A sample European itinerary

7 countries in 18 days: A sample European itinerary

What do you do if you’ve got 18 days in Europe and want to see a little bit of everything? See a little bit of everything! 7 countries, 9 cities in 18 days. (Well, it’s actually 5 countries, 1 city-state, and 1 principality, but the […]

I thought this guy was the most adorable Swiss Guard ever until…

I thought this guy was the most adorable Swiss Guard ever until…

This actual, adorable Swiss Guard — whom I spotted when I traveled to Rome early last year — has nothing, and I mean nothing, on these fellows: * © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.