Rome

Giardino degli Aranci | The Orange Garden Overlooking Rome

Giardino degli Aranci | The Orange Garden Overlooking Rome

♥ If I’d hoped to escape Valentines by fleeing to Italy, I could hardly have done worse than going up to Rome’s Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden) at sunset. ♥ . . The Orange Garden (also referred to as Parco Savello) is located on the Aventine […]

Sleeping in Fiumicino

Sleeping in Fiumicino

♥ In which everyone gets woken up by security and I have a conversation with a handsome stranger at the bus stop ♥ ♥ A mild commotion wakes me up mere minutes after I finally manage to fall asleep. Mind still fuzzy, I look up. […]

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 […]