Italy

Flying out of Venice at the crack of dawn

Our flight out of Venice was originally at midday. Some weeks before our flight, Easyjet changed the departure time to 7:10am. 7:10am. I’ll just let that sink in a bit. 7:10am. 7…… 10….. am Really, that means 7am. And Easyjet is one of those budget airlines that insist on everyone…

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Piazza San Marco

On our walk around Venice today, we made it to Piazza San Marco. For those playing at home, you may remember from the walking tour that we did a few days ago, that Piazza San Marco is one of the few Piazzas in Venice, with the rest of the squares…


Fantastic and authentic restaurant in Venice

After our excellent Walking Tour of Venice, we took the advice of our guide and went and ate at a local restaurant. We found Ristorante Pizzeria La Rivetta quite easily at San Polo, 1479. The food was delicious, although we did get entirely different meals than we though we’d ordered….


Venice Free Walking Tour

The Venice Free Walking Tour is a must for anyone travelling to Venice. Our guide, Marialaura, showed us many parts of Venice you’re not likely to see in a guidebook, as well as explanations on certain “Venice only” things.  For example, did you know the only Piazza in Venice is…


Rome to Venice by train with Rail Europe

By far the easiest way to get to Venice from Rome is by train. If you’re booking from Australia, then go to the Australian Rail Europe site, otherwise head to the Worldwide Rail Europe site. Booking early is key.  We booked two First Class seats for $AU174.  We booked in…


Affordable apartment in Rome that is an easy walk to EVERYTHING!

We stayed in this apartment in Rome for about a week. As far as proximity goes, you can’t beat it. The apartment has its quirks but all in all it was great. Location The Pantheon and Piazza Navona are literally around the corner while the Forum and Colosseum are only…


Cabs in Rome with a toddler

One thing we’re rarely sure about when visiting a new place is how to deal with cabs when you’re traveling with a toddler and no baby seat. We found that in Rome, every cab driver we had was excellent. Clarrie was fine without a baby seat, and none mentioned it….


How to buy tickets to The Colosseum

We went to The Colosseum this morning and it was sensational. I’m going to write a proper article in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, I wanted to write this as a separate standalone piece. It can be confusing getting tickets to many attractions in Rome, as there are…


Oppian Hill Park (Parco del Colle Oppio)

Oppian Hill Park (Parco del Colle Oppio) is situated across the road from the Colosseum and is a must for any parent in Rome. Being only a few minutes walk from some of the main Ancient Roman historical sites,  it’s a great reprieve for both kids and parents. We were…


The Colosseum

Me being inside the Colosseum is pretty much the basis of this entire trip. There’s the fact that I loved history at school, and went on to study it at university. There’s also the fact that I grew up reading as a child, so Ancient Rome has always held a…


The Great Gladiatorial Training School – The Ludus Magnus

I don’t think The Ludus Magnus is something that’s on every tourist map, but I loved it all the same and recommend a look. Situated just across the road from The Colosseum, it’s almost impossible not to pass The Great Gladiatorial Training School if you’re heading to Parco Del Colle…


The Pantheon

It actually took three attempts before getting inside the Pantheon. On our first day in Rome, we went for a walk from our apartment to get the lay of the land. After stumbling upon Piazza Navona, we then quite by accident found ourselves at The Pantheon. The crowds were truly…