Bay of Naples

Five Things to do in Naples (As Well as Trying the World’s Best Pizza!)

Everyone warned me about going to Naples. “It’s dirty” they said, “You’ll get mugged!” one horrified Sardinian exclaimed before I left for the mainland on the 13-hour night ferry from Cagliari (getting mugged would, in fact, end up happening in Milan, and not Naples…where my disgustingly smelly Nike trainers were untied from my backpack on the metro!) but despite its reputation, I absolutely fell in love with the city…and found that there are so many great things to do in Naples! Continue reading

Discover Five of Italy’s Most Beautiful Destinations

Anyone who has visited Italy in the past will need little convincing of its beauty, but for those who haven’t been, this is a country that definitely lives up to all of the hype.

From some of the best beaches in the world to incredible works of art, stunning architecture and jaw-dropping landscapes, here are five of Italy’s most beautiful destinations: Continue reading

24-Hours in Genoa: Liguria, Italy

Ending up in Genoa had never been part of my original plan when I was travelling through Italy last November. It came about more through necessity – a stop off to break the journey from the Cinque Terre to Lake Como – than actual curiosity to see the city…but if I was going to be there for 24 hours, I was determined to make the most of it. Continue reading

Falling in Love with Positano

After three days in what turned out to be (very possibly) the dirtiest but friendliest hostel in Italy, it was going to take somewhere seriously special to pull me out of me out of my Sunday slump before I headed for Rome…luckily, I had decided to go to Positano – which is probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been fortunate enough to visit. Continue reading

Goodbye Sardinia! One Last Night in Alghero

My last night on Italy’s second largest island was spent in Alghero, Sardinia  – a beautiful and historical city on the island’s west coast. I was travelling from Palau via Tempio and Sassari after staying in La Maddalena the previous evening. The journey from the northeast of the island to the west by public transport is not for the faint-hearted but I desperately wanted to see the city before I left for mainland Italy so I decided it would be worth the trip. Continue reading

A Tale or Two About…Taking the 13-Hour Night Ferry from Cagliari to Naples Solo

I’m not entirely sure why but I was ridiculously excited about getting the ferry from Cagliari  to Naples. Yes, it was overnight, yes I couldn’t afford a cabin which meant I’d be sleeping sitting upright on a seat in the bar, and yes it would take 13 hours, but there was something so old-school about taking the ferry rather than flying (also, I couldn’t afford the flight, but I swear even if I could I probably would have booked the ferry anyway!) Continue reading

Porto Cervo, Sardinia Italy

Designer Ghost Town: 48 Hours in Off-Season Porto Cervo, Sardinia

I had read a lot about the town of Porto Cervo, Sardinia and the famous (or infamous, depending on whether or not you know your Italian tabloid scandals!) Costa Smeralda before I’d arrived on the island. Popular with the rich and powerful, and well known for the luxury resorts and super yachts that line the marina, I knew that I couldn’t visit Sardinia and miss seeing the so-called Emerald Coast.  Continue reading