Italy

5 Touristy Things to Skip in Venice, Italy

This is a guest post from Susan Guillory of The Unexplorer.

Venice is truly one of the loveliest cities I have visited. Yes, there were hordes of visitors, but if you got away from the Grand Canal and into the neighborhoods, you encountered more locals than tourists. Still, there are a few things that you don’t have to see or do on your trip if you want to have a more authentic experience.
1. A Bellini at Harry’s Bar
We’d heard the buzz that Hemingway once made Harry’s Bar his Venice drink spot of choice, so when my friends and I stumbled across it accidentally, we decided to stop in for their famous Bellini. Bad choice.

The bar itself was plain and unassuming. Not even a plaque to commemorate the famous writer who’d bellied up to the bar. We ordered Bellinis without even looking at a menu, a decision we knew we regretted when the Americans at the next table told us their bill was “shocking.”

We’d paid about $3 or less for other Prosecco-based beverages in Venice, so we were expecting maybe double that. Nope. Each Bellini cost a whopping $18! And there was nothing remarkable about them.

So save yourself a ton of cash and get your Bellini anywhere but Harry’s. […]

November 23rd, 2016|Italy|

Yoga in Italy? This Just Might Be Heaven

This is a guest post by Susan Guillory of The Unexplorer.

The sun went behind the distant mountain as we stood in — coincidentally — mountain pose. I opened my eyes to take in the golden light that adorned the valley and Lucca, the Tuscan town below.

No, I was not an actress in the next Frances Mayes novel-turned-movie. I was practicing yoga in Italy and loving every minute. […]

October 12th, 2016|Italy|

Book Review: Italy From The Source

It was more than 10 years ago that my husband and I traveled throughout Italy. Ever since, we have longed to return having fallen in love with the beauty, the people and the food of the different regions we visited. Italy From the Source transported me back to Italy, its people and the beautiful food […]

September 30th, 2015|Food, Italy|