Coronavirus Pandemic Travel: Escaping Lockdowns in Europe

By Alex Kallimanis: The world just changed dramatically for all of us. A few weeks ago I was excited to leave for Paris and Italy, despite ominous warnings of the coronavirus. The TBEX blogger conference in Catania, Sicily was on the agenda for me. Bell had a flight to join me post-conference to spend our…

Temperature screening for COVID-19 at the airport in Italy

San Marino: Tips for Visiting the Tiny Country Within Italy

By Alex Kallimanis: San Marino is one of the world’s oldest and smallest republics. Three towers, perched atop Monte Titano, date back to the 11th century and offer stunning views far across the horizon, all the way to the Adriatic Sea. The tiny enclave is surrounded by the picturesque Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, a culinary…

San Marino fort and mountains with a glider in the sky

Venice, Italy: Tips to Have a Great Experience

By Alex Kallimanis: Amsterdam is often called “the Venice of the North,” and Mykonos has “Little Venice.” Venice has influenced other destinations with its beauty and through conquest during past generations. Venice was one of the world’s most powerful cities during the 1400s and the Venetians occupied territory around the Mediterranean. When you visit Venice…

Guy sitting in his gondola in Venice

Modena Food Tour: An Italian Culinary Mecca

By Alex Kallimanis: The Emilia-Romagna region is often considered the foodie capital of Italy. It’s home to authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar, excellent charcuterie and truffles. It’s also the birthplace of bolognese sauce and mortadella (bologna in the United States). On my recent trip to Italy, where I flew roundtrip from Washington, DC to Bologna…

Alex with wall to wall parmesan cheese wheels

Great Things to do in Florence, Italy

By Alex Kallimanis: Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance. Magnificent examples of Italian Gothic architecture were erected with the financial assistance of powerful Florentine families like the Medici’s. When you visit Florence today you can see why artists like Michelangelo were inspired by the city. Wander through the art-lined streets and take in the…

Close up of Michelangelo's David