Beach Sorrentina: Vico Equense

Guide books are great and all, but isn’t it awful when it says such-and-such a place is “quite”, “authentic”, “secluded” etc etc, then you go there along with every single other tourist. But if a local tells you about a place? Jackpot! I asked my…




Hiking Mt Tourist- I mean, Vesuvius!

“What did you do last weekend?” “Oh you know, the usual, watched TV, went down the pub, hiked up a volcano.” If you’re heading to Naples or around Campania, a great excursion is hiking up Mt Vesuvius. It makes a change from sunbathing on the…




24 hours in Positano

I kinda hate myself for saying this, but I adore Positano; Positano ha il mio cuore. I know how travellers are always trying to distinguish ourselves from the tourist, so naturally a glamorous resort town where a panino and a beer will set you back…




A Scenic Walk from Grotta Dello Smeraldo to Amalfi

GROTTA DELLO SMERALDO The “Emerald Grotto” is a pretty cool excursion en route to Amalfi. It’s easily accessible, simply get off at the stop before Amalfi when the driver yells “GROTTAAA” (for more info on the Amalfi Coast, check out my post here). The ticket…

The Amalfi Coast Drive: Sorrento to Positano. Best bus ride of my life.

A trip to Campania would be wasted without this thrilling bus ride along Europe’s most celebrated road. I first experienced it’s epic panorama’s back in 2013 when I taught in summer camps in Italy while staying with host family’s. This Easter holiday I couldn’t wait…




Host Family Stays (In Italy) – What to Expect

There are a lot of mixed experiences online about staying with a host family. You’re usually invited to stay with a host family for temporary work, volunteering or student exchanges. Most backpackers I see are making great use of websites such as workaway, where you…




Hiking Mount Somma, Vesuvius National Park

Following on from my ramblings about life working in Italy not going as well as I’d hoped, P and I had a wonderful day yesterday hiking around the Vesuvius National Park. This magnificent park (opened in 1995) is centered on the volcano, Mount Vesuvius, in…




The Not-So Bella Vita (with 10 new lessons I’ve learnt)

It’s about time I started writing about life working and living in Italy. The reason I haven’t yet is mostly because, well, before I was living in Maldives. THE Maldives. Pretty difficult to beat. But I really thought that living in Italy could top it! Still- I’ve…




Do Talk To Strangers: That Time I Was Rescued in Agrigento, Sicily

  I will start by warning readers that in some parts of the world, particularly in Agrigento, Sunday really is a day of rest. Who’d have thought?! I assumed where there are 5th-century B.C temples, there are floods of tourists taking a hundred photos, taxis…




Do Talk To Strangers: Street Artists in Florence

  Florence is the kind of place that made me wish I knew a thing about art. The history, the literature, the fashion, the music, the architecture… and all that’s encompassed by The Arts is to be found in Florence. From the heart-wrenching statue of…