Who can honestly say they don’t love Italy? Over the years I’ve spent time exploring Rome, Milan, the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii. But I would give anything to spend more time over there.

I adore the grandeur and the beauty of its architecture and the imposing cathedrals. The piazzas and the cute little winding streets with those shuttered windows. Don’t get me started on the pizza, the pasta, the gnocchi and the gelato! Heaven on earth.

Travelling Rome, Amalfi and Pompeii

Rome, Amalfi and Pompeii were much earlier trips. I was actually just a teenager at the time and fell in love with the culture. Studying Latin at the time, I found it fascinating to have read so much about a country’s heritage and history. These parts of the country have so much to offer.

Rome blew my teenage mind, Amalfi was just breathtaking and Pompeii really hit home in a way I didn’t expect. The trip was amazing, but it’s one I would love to repeat as an adult. Now I feel I could really appreciate it so much more as a more experienced traveller.

Exploring Milan & Lake Como, Italy

Milan was my favourite by far. It was a last minute trip and a tough choice between there and Barcelona. But I was so happy we chose Milan after spending a weekend there with a friend. We enjoyed a day trip to Lake Como, explored the city, visited art galleries, the cathedral and shopped.

It was a perfect girly weekend in Milan and I’ve written a guide for planning the perfect weekend. Everything from where to get the best antipasti and coffee, to pizza, pasta and even museums.

Get a taste of authentic Italy

If you want a taste of authentic Italy, Milan offers a chance to get away from the touristy parts by wandering through the streets and finding quiet places to sit and watch the world go by.

It was one of my fave city breaks in Europe and I definitely recommend if you fancy exploring a new part of Italy.