travel in italy

I frequently get asked for recommendations on things to do and places to eat in various towns in Italy. So here are a few personal guides of the towns I have spent time in over the years and things I have enjoyed doing whilst there. They are by no means comprehensive guides and represent my personal views.

Before travelling to these towns (or other towns in Italy), I also check out what bloggers and foodies are doing. Here is a list of my favourites:

Anna Scrigni – Trieste and Rome
Maria Pasquale (Heart Rome) – Rome
Valeria Necchio – Venice
Emiko Davies and Girl in Florence – Tuscany

When searching for restaurants I always have my Osterie d’Italia (Slow Food) guide handy (or use an internet search tool with the words “slow food + name of town”).


I love Trieste. I feel so at home there, chatting to shop vendors in the dialect I grew up speaking. I visit it more than any other town in Italy. Here are a couple of my favourites:

Coffee and cake:
Antico Caffè San Marco, via Cesare Battisti 18

Gran Malabar, Piazza San Giovanni 6
Bar Barbacan, via San Michele 2
Antico Caffè Torinese, Corso Italia 2

Osteria ai Maestri, via della Sorgente 6
Osteria alla Valle, via Madonna del Mare 18
Buffet Marascutti, via Cesare Battisti 2

Places to see:
La Revoltella Museum, via Armando Diaz 27

Posts about Trieste on my blog:
We were in Trieste for a food tourFrom Trieste with love;


Rome is eternally fascinating. I stay in different parts of the city each time I go – Trastevere, Monti, Pigneto, Ostiense, Campo de’ Fiori. My current favourite is Monti as it is conveniently wedged between the Termini train station and the Colosseum.

Wine bars:
L’Angolo Divino, via dei Balestrari 12
Fafiuché, via della Madonna dei Monti 28

Sora Margherita,  Piazza delle Cinque Scole 30
Pianostrada, via delle Zoccolette 22

Galleries and museums:
Palazzo Merluana, via Merluana 121
Centrale Montemartini, via Ostiense 106

Posts about Rome on my blog:
48-hours in RomeFood tour of Testaccio, RomeThe holiday began in Rome

If you have any questions about my travel suggestions in Italy, please contact me