I know the Tuscany rental house is practically a cliché. But it made a perfect family vacation for us last summer. We traveled to Italy in August, dividing our time between Rome and Tuscany. First we spent a few days in Rome to get acclimated to the time-zone change and see a few iconic sites: […]


During a recent trip to Italy, we met some Italian friends in Orvieto for an evening stroll and dinner. With our two little boys in tow, they took us straight to Bottega Michelangeli. Stretched across a series of storefronts on a narrow cobblestone side street, the five-generation wood atelier specializes in beautifully designed, hand-crafted wooden […]


I know, the idea of travelling to Italy is a lofty one. But I think it’s always important to have travel fantasies. I’m hoping that I can somehow get our family to Italy this summer, and in my research, I found that one of my favorite travel experts, Alastair Sawday, recently wrote an article where […]


It’s so hard to know when you’re looking at photos online if a rental house is in fact appropriate for a family. I can assure you that this Tuscan farmhouse–infinity pool (floaties in the closet inside), endless acres for running wild and all–is a dream for families. Especially if your family appreciates good food that […]


For travelers who see the world as one big checklist (the Acropolis, check; the Mona List, check), Puglia probably won’t make the cut: There are no obligatory museum stops, and the longest line you’ll wait in is for a gelato, not an old-master painting. But it is precisely this off-the-map quality (tour buses are as […]


In this Italian city, vaporetti (public boats) replace taxis and buses, and walking over a bridge is more common than crossing the street. Of course its magic isn’t exactly lost on the rest of the world, which is why you should hit Piazza San Marco before 9 a.m. Follow this insider’s (who is also a mom!) […]

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