Trying to pick the best places to visit in Italy is like being forced to choose your favorite nonna.
It can’t be done, because they can both whip up a mean risotto.
There’s no such thing as “the number one best place to visit in Italy.”
Every spot is steeped in its own special ragu sauce, and calls a different traveler to each place.
Those top 10 lists that rank the best places in Italy are doing it wrong.
What we can do instead: show you our faves (no rankings), and give you the insider intel on exactly when to go, (and when to skip).
There are two kinds of people in the world.
Those who go on vacation.
And those who go on vacation AND habitually browse real estate listings while on vacation.
Count me into the latter group.
Netflix, nah, give me the Sotheby’s International Realty website — prowling listings is a recipe for some delicious downtime.
“They took my wallet with all my ID!”
It was a hot July day and Florence’s hub, Santa Maria Novella, was stinky and muggy. A tall woman with long dark hair was shrieking, louder almost than the screeching brakes of the arriving trains. Her red dress stuck to her as she waved her hands trying to act out what had just happened to her. A poor young man in an oversized Trenitalia uniform, who knew there was really nothing he could do, nodded as she spoke.
He diligently took notes on his tiny notepad with his tiny pencil.
You don’t want to be the red dress lady.
Freshly mugged, in a muggy train station, with no hope in Herculaneum of getting your bag back.
You want to avoid alllll BS when you’re traveling. You’re on a vacation, not at work!
You’re in BSBY mode — BS Behind You mode.
Sadly, Italy scams are as common as Gucci grannies in Milan. Here are a few to look out for: