Siracusa: Sicily at its best

  Discover Siracusa, a top destination in Sicily, with over 24 centuries of history, art and culture   Siracusa is an ancient town on the sea, which was of immense importance as Greek Syracuse. It has a superb archaeological zone and a lovely historic center on the island of Ortigia. It’s one of the 41 UNESCO heritage Italian …

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Climbing up St Peter’s Basilica’s dome: best way to do it

Climbing to the top of St Peter’s dome is one of the highlights of a trip to Rome. Here is how to climb the dome and how to skip the queue. Not that many visitors know that it is possible to climb up to the top of St Peter’s dome (the “cupola”). Actually getting on …

Tuscany Castle hotels: how to spend the night in a true medieval castle

You may don’t know it, but it’s pretty easy to stay in a Tuscany castle hotel, and the good knew is that prices are very reasonable. Here is my selection of Tuscany castles where you can sleep and treat yourself like a king!   Have you ever dreamed to spend a night or two in …

What to eat in Tuscany: best typical Florence food you must try

A complete food guide to the best Florence typical food you have to try when in Florence. Eat like a local and enjoy these great typical Tuscan dishes. What should you eat when in Florence and in Tuscany? No, Pasta and Spaghetti is not the right answer! Of course you can find them in most …

Unesco Italy sites: the complete list of Unesco world heritage sites in italy

Unesco Italy Sites: the complete list of Unesco World Heritage Sites in Italy by region, plotted on a Google map to easily locate them. Italy has the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, with 49. Here is the complete list, organized by region (in braquets the year of nomination).  You can click on the picture …

Italy in 3 weeks – amazing 21 days itinerary including Sicily

Top things to do and see in Italy in 3 weeks. Italy Must See: Rome, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre and Amalfi coast and off the beaten path destinations A 3 weeks Italian itinerary will give you the possibility to visit most Italian must sees at a relaxed pace, with some spare time to also discover …

Secret treasures of Milan renaissance

A walking itinerary to discover Milan hidden renaissance jewels, beyond the Duomo and the Last Supper   Milan is universally recognized as the economic capital of Italy, but it is also a city of art. Historical buildings, villas, monuments, modern-architectural buildings, churches and abbeys all offer a variety of styles and striking details that are …

Venice with kids – how to make it a memorable experience

Top activities to do in Venice with kids: a two days itinerary for a great family experience. How to engage and entertain your younger travel mates in Venice.  Visiting Venice can be a magical experience for kids, just like it is for their parents. My son is 9, and Venice is his favorite city, we have …

Pienza, Sant’Antimo, Bagno Vignoni: Val d’Orcia one day itinerary

A one day itinerary in delightful Val D’Orcia starting from Montalcino: discover San’Antimo, Pienza and Bagno Vignoni and the Val d’Orcia amazing landscape Well, you had a fair amount of Brunello – cheers! –  and you feel ready to discover the wondefull Val D’Orcia (the Orcia valley). The Val D’Orcia is a fascinating place, where …

One day in Montalcino, Tuscany: the home of Brunello wine

What to do, see…and drink when spending one day in Montalcino, a delightful medieval hamlet home of the renowned Brunello di Montalcino wine Spending one day in Montalcino (or at least some hours) is a must if you are planning to explore Val d’Orcia. I am sure you have seen in thousands of pictures the …

Best Milan aperitivo – top 2018 places to enjoy posh cocktails and buffet

Where to go to taste the iconic Milan aperitivo and the many appetizers and buffet included in the price.  Milan has a long lasting rivalry with Rome, and has often been nominated (likely by Milanesi themselves)  the True  Capital: the business capital, the moral capital, and so on and so forth. We may endlessly argue about which town …

Venice off the beaten path – discover Cannaregio

Ok, that’s the classical tourist cliché: crowds jostling on the Rialto bridge, expensive Gondola tours, bored “Gondolieri” singing O Sole Mio (which, by the way, is a Napolitan song, not a Venetian song…). Yes, you will have it all! And, believe it or not, you will love it… But there’s a Venice outside the classical …

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Hi, and welcome to Delightfully Italy, the insider’s Italy travel guide to Independent travelers! I’m Jean-Pierre, serial traveler, life enthusiast, passionate for art, culture, beauty, food and, most of all, Italy. In the early sixties, my father fell in love with Italy and with a lovely Italian woman, who then became his wife and my …