Travel through Italy

It doesn't matter if you've travelled through Italy a hundred times or if you're still dreaming of your first visit; you'll never get tired of the beauty of the country.

So put your feet up, make yourself a cup of coffee, and spend awhile wandering through our galleries.

Unless otherwise stated, all the galleries are made up of photos taken by me, my wife Maria, or our community on Facebook. This particular collection was shared with us by Cristina Pal from Argentina.

Once you've seen these photos, you can see our other Italian galleries here. However, if Venetian canals, gondolas, and all things Venice are your thing, then Maria's Venice and the Veneto collection is the answer - click here to visit.

cars in Italy


Rialto BridgePhoto by Martino Phuc via Pixabay

The Rialto Bridge in Venice on a summer's day. Maria and I stayed at the most wonderful hotel just around the corner from here this summer - would you believe it was once the old post office! Click here to read more about it.

Venice at dawnVenice at dawn
Gondolier Relaxing
Little Canal Venice
Grand Canal in Venice


Ponte Vecchio, Florence

The Ponte Vecchio in Florence is one of Italy's most famous and beautiful bridges, steeped in history and architectural splendor. Spanning the Arno River, this iconic bridge is renowned for its unique design and is lined with quaint shops that have been a fixture on the bridge since the Renaissance. The medieval structure has withstood the test of time, surviving various renovations and even escaping destruction during World War II.

Two others I absolutely adore are the Bridge of Sighs in Venice and the Bassano Wooden Bridge (Ponte Degli Alpini).

Florence at sunsetPhoto by Heidi Kaden via Unsplash

As the sun sets over Florence, the iconic dome of Il Duomo, officially known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi casts a mesmerizing silhouette against the evening sky. The cathedral, adorned with intricate facades and a vibrant mix of green, pink, and white marble, becomes a captivating focal point, resonating with the city's rich history and artistic legacy.

Beyond its visual prominence, Il Duomo holds another fascinating secret—the construction of its dome was a groundbreaking engineering feat. Completed in 1436, Brunelleschi's innovative double-shell structure remains a marvel, influencing architectural principles for centuries. Climbing to the top of the cathedral provides not only panoramic views of Florence but also a profound appreciation for the ingenuity that birthed this majestic landmark.


A new Botticelli in the making by a street artist in Florence.



Shop in Umbria

Who can resist the tasty temptations of Italy:-)


Trevi Fountain in Rome ItalyTrevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is not just a magnificent work of Baroque art but also harbors several little-known facts that add layers to its allure.

Firstly, the fountain stands at the terminal point of an ancient Roman aqueduct, the Aqua Virgo, which still supplies water to the fountain today. This historical connection underscores the enduring engineering marvels of ancient Rome, subtly blending with the fountain's grandeur.

Secondly, the original design of the Trevi Fountain was by architect Nicola Salvi in the 18th century, but after his death, Giuseppe Pannini took over the project, completing the fountain in 1762. The collaboration between these two artists lends the fountain its unique aesthetic, marrying Salvi's vision with Pannini's execution.

Thirdly, throwing a coin over the left shoulder with the right hand ensures a return to Rome. However, few know that the coins tossed into the fountain each day are collected and used for charitable purposes, supporting local initiatives to help those in need.

Lastly, the central figure of Oceanus, the god of the sea, riding a chariot drawn by seahorses, is a stunning masterpiece sculpted by Pietro Bracci. This intricate detail symbolizes the dominion of water over the world.

Picture of Rome

The eternal city of Rome. Sometimes chaotic, but always unforgettable. If you need somewhere to stay in Rome, then these are our recommendations and if you enjoy shopping, you'll want to read our guide to shopping in Rome.

Le Marche and Umbria

I've written a lot about Le Marche in my guide to the region, which you can read here. I truly love this corner of Italy; it is as lovely as Tuscany but without all the tourists. Umbria too is fabulous; you won't want to miss towns like Orvieto, Gubbio, Assisi, Spello, and Perugia.

Hillside Map of Italy in Umbria

The map of Italy on a hillside in Umbria.



Castellucio di Norcia

Castellucio di Norcia is a lovely hilltop village in Umbria.

Just over the border in the Marche region is one of my favorites: the village of San Ginesio. We shared a lovely story recently about an American family who moved to Umbria; here is the link.




Basilica della Santa Casa in Loreto which is in the Marche region near Ancona.

Scala Santa Loreto

Scala Santa in Loreto.


Assisi offers an irresistible blend of spirituality and medieval allure, making it a must-visit destination. As the birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi's Basilica of San Francesco enchants with awe-inspiring frescoes by Giotto and Cimabue.

You will love wandering through the ancient cobblestone streets, embraced by medieval walls, and soaking in the town's timeless charm. The landscape, adorned with olive groves and rolling hills, creates a picturesque backdrop. Assisi is an unforgettable journey that seamlessly weaves spirituality into the very fabric of its captivating streets. Discover the heart of Italy's soul in Assisi.

Preci Umbria

Preci is a small hillside village on the Umbria/Marche border.



Umbrian Castle
Visso Marche

Visso is a quaint little village in the Sibillini Mountains of Le Marche. Hardly any tourists ever make it to this wonderfully isolated corner. To find it on a map, you can zoom in on the one on our San Ginesio page . You'll see it lies about 10 kilometers to the southwest of San Ginesio.

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