Amalfi Coast death drive

Having been advised against driving along the Amalfi coast, I obviously took this as a challenge and threw it on the bucket list. Consisting of a series of narrow bends with too much traffic competing for too little space, I did alright for the most part but did end up with a few scratches on our rental car before the day was over.

Fifteen days on the wrong side of the road (city-hopping Italy)

Fifteen days of driving around Italy has been absolutely incredible. Unfortunately, just when I’ve gotten used to driving on the wrong side of the road, sitting on the wrong side of the car, and waving my wrist madly shouting ‘che cazzo’ (at appropriate road rage moments), we’ve had to bid a sad farewell to our trusty little Fiat and re-accustom ourselves with the concept of backpacking.

The City of Canals

Afloat in midst a lagoon, Venice is known as one of the most extraordinary cities in the world. Unfortunately sinking away slowly, the entire city is listed as an UNESCO site (though much of Italy seems to have made the UNESCO list).

Its numerous bridges and canals, and overall architectural impossibleness leave you in awe and distracted from the frustration otherwise felt in an attempt to navigate the windy little laneways and chase the inconsistent signs towards “Per Rialto”.

The Cinque Terre – colourful jewels of Italy

Situated along the Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre is composed of five colourful little villages perched on clifftops by the Mediterranean. Incredibly picturesque and a little difficult to differentiate from afar (for the inexperienced), up close each have their own flavour and character.

The famous walking trail which strings the towns together allows for best appreciation of the entire coastal region and offers the most spectacular views of each town. Made all the more dramatic as they progressively come into view.

Falling in love with Tuscany

We spent a good five days in lovely Tuscany, driving through the beautiful countryside and popping by charming little villages here and there. Despite facing a couple of accommodation issues (choosing not to book beforehand for flexibility purposes), I honestly cannot imagine exploring the region properly without a car.

Agriturismo Rondinelli

Agriturismo is a popular form of accommodation in Italy, especially throughout Tuscany. It’s essentially the word broken up – agricultural tourism. This generally means beautiful farmhouses out in the middle of nowhere which offer bed and breakfast and spectacular views of the countryside.