CARMEN’S ITALY TOURS…STORIES & TIPS


Italy Longing for Lucca

Italy Longing for Lucca

BOLOGNA TO LUCCA So the 26-hour flight from Australia finally touched down in Bologna. Phewww! It's a long way for the travelling Aussies and it never feels like it's easy but wow it's worth it because Italy certainly excites and delights me and gives me energy. My...

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Restaurant Love in Florence

Restaurant Love in Florence

Podere 39, Florence We were staying near Porta Roma in Florence just a little outside the city centre and it was here that I found the most delightful little restaurant. From a design perspective, the outside just spoke to me gently and said, "Come on in Carmen, you...

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Why Italian Tastes so Good

Why Italian Tastes so Good

What is it about Italian Food? After visiting Italy again for the last time I pondered this question and decided to put my own slant on why I think women travelling to Italy fall in love with the food. So this is my take on it I guess....and it may come across a...

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CINQUE TERRE COLOUR

CINQUE TERRE COLOUR

Our Agriturismo near the Cinque Terre After enjoying the most delicious breakfast prepared at our Agriturismo we set off to meet Erika, our local guide for the day. What is an Agriturismo I hear you ask? An Agriturismo in Italy is a certain type of farm house...

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ARCHITECTURE & ART – FLORENCE

ARCHITECTURE & ART – FLORENCE

There was so much to see today, yet again, so we set off early to explore Florence on foot as you do. I should have carried my Fit Bit to see how many km’s we clocked up each day! BOBOLI GARDENS We needed a hit of greenery and nature in our lives, so we headed to the...

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SIX WOMEN IN FLORENCE

SIX WOMEN IN FLORENCE

Six women in Florence The day that we had all been waiting for had arrived. My dream to gather a group of six women and take them to Italy had all become a reality and here they were for inspiration, creativity and design and of course a lifestyle that included a...

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FLORENCE’S ARTISANS & ALLEYWAYS

FLORENCE’S ARTISANS & ALLEYWAYS

THE ALLEYWAYS & ARTISANS OF FLORENCE Uffizi Gallery Florence A trip to Florence would not have been complete without a visit to the Uffizi Gallery to see one of the largest collections of art in the world. It is one of the oldest and most famous galleries housing...

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FIRST ENCOUNTER IN FLORENCE

FIRST ENCOUNTER IN FLORENCE

ARRIVING IN FLORENCE, ITALY Bike Riding Through Florence We stepped off the train from Bologna and hit the streets on our bikes to explore the whole city. Heading along the Arno River was a glorious sight and one that left me feeling giddy with excitement? Some people...

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WHAT TO DO – 1 DAY IN BOLOGNA

WHAT TO DO – 1 DAY IN BOLOGNA

GETTING AROUND BOLOGNA I decided to spend a couple of days in around Bologna before kicking off my Design and Lifestyle Tour in Florence. I love to ride through the streets to explore a new city. It helps me to get my bearings and when you have little time to do that...

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LIVING WITH THE SQUEEZE

LIVING WITH THE SQUEEZE

SMALL HOME LIVING IN AMSTERDAM When space gets tight in our homes, we can become extraordinarily creative when it comes to our living spaces. Amsterdam showed me how it can be done with flair and style. Living in spaces with less square meters than some of our...

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Under the Tuscan Sun in Cortona

Under the Tuscan Sun in Cortona

Heading to Cortona for the Day We drifted from our villa and I jumped into the driving seat of our hire car as if in a dream. Experiencing all things Italian was making us feel like schoolgirls and yet we found ourselves in the bodies of middle-aged women. So be it....

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SEA & SERENITY – PORTOVENERE

SEA & SERENITY – PORTOVENERE

This morning we took the ferry and departed for the southmost village of Portovenere which was yet another beautiful village on the west coast of Italy. Some refer to it as the jewel of Liguria. Taking the ferry was a wonderful way of viewing the villages from the...

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FREE & FOODIE – CINQUE TERRE

FREE & FOODIE – CINQUE TERRE

We took the early train to Monterosso to begin our morning walk to Vernazza. We were aware that we may need to transform ourselves into a mountain goat to climb these hills. Yes, it was steep, but boy was it worth it. Wow, it was a sight to behold. A PERFECT DAY IN...

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TUSCANY, COUNTRY & CHIANTI

TUSCANY, COUNTRY & CHIANTI

It’s time to hit the road and soak up everything glorious about Tuscany. So picture it if you will. Imagine lots of women, many suitcases, and lots of laughter as we head off with Fabrizio to explore this intoxicating part of the world. We are clearly pleased that our...

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A Romantic Day in Verona

A Romantic Day in Verona

We (Sharon, my friend and one of my tour participants and I) headed off on the train to explore Romeo and Juliette territory to delve into the world of Shakespeare’s famous couple. With so much violence and hatred going on across the globe, I wanted to see what a city...

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ITALIAN BUILDINGS – MY LOVE

ITALIAN BUILDINGS – MY LOVE

There is so much that I love about Italy, but today I share a little insight to just why I am so completely drawn to it. On my brief visit to Rome last year, I felt so alive and I guess as a creative person I just fell in love with the creativity and vibrancy of...

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EXPERIENCING TRASTEVERE ROME

EXPERIENCING TRASTEVERE ROME

MY MAGNETISM TO ITALY In my final schooling years whilst studying Ancient History, my fascination with ancient Rome was indeed one the most powerful memories of those school years. My teacher displayed slide upon slide of her travels and I was hooked by the ancient...

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Keeping In Touch From Italy

Keeping In Touch From Italy

So you are planning to visit Italy and you want to know how you can easily stay in touch with your family and friends back home. Here are a few quick tips about ways in which you can easily stay connected without it costing you the earth. We'll discuss Skype, We Chat,...

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Bathroom Tips in Italy

Bathroom Tips in Italy

Is it easy to find bathrooms in Italy? Well, from a traveller's perspective finding bathrooms can be a lot more of a challenge in Italy than many other countries, so I thought I would share a few little tips to make your travel a little simpler and give you the heads...

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BOOKING ACCOMODATION IN ITALY

BOOKING ACCOMODATION IN ITALY

How do you find accommodation in Italy? I have a variety of sources that I find useful for planning accommodation for my Italy tours. Here is a short list and a video of what sources I find useful. Booking.com Tuscany Now and More Bed and Breakfast.eu Agriturismo Home...

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PACKING TIPS FOR ITALY

PACKING TIPS FOR ITALY

Trying to think about what you should pack for your trip to Italy? Look, none of my what to pack tips are ground-breaking, but sometimes it helps to hear other ideas from someone who has done it a few times (like when I pack for my Italy Tours) Here I've created a...

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