Rome is my favorite city in the world. My Glam Italia Tour travelers all fall in love with Rome too, so I am always shocked when people tell me they didn’t care much for Rome. When I ask them what they did there it is always the same story – they only went to the most overcrowded tourist sites and ate at awful tourist restaurants adjacent to these places, so their experience was of an overcrowded city with expensive bad food!
When I ask them if they went to various incredible places just blocks from these sites they just look at me blankly. They have never even heard of them!
So I wrote this book to make you fall in love with Rome. I take you to completely amazing places, hiding in plain sight, right in the heart of Rome. Almost everything is within a 2 mile radius and is easy to walk to. There are so many funny and fascinating stories that go with each place I show you, so a building stops being just a building – it takes on a life of its own. Frequently with intrigue and a captivating cast of characters.
This book is also an international best-seller and is often the best-selling Rome travel guide on Amazon. (Amazon is the biggest book shop in the world.)
Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Thing To Do in Florence (Insider Secrets To The Renaissance City) is both a love letter to Florence and a travel guide introducing you to some of the under-the-radar places the tourists miss out on.
If you have spent any time in Florence you already know it gets overcrowded with endless busloads of tourists. The tourists typically stick to a handful of sites, leaving 99% of the most sensational places for travelers like you and me to enjoy absolutely unencumbered.
Florence is a really small city, so with only a couple of exceptions nothing in this book is more than a 20 minute walk from the heart of the historic center, and most places I take you to are within a couple of blocks of where you will already be anyway. One of my all-time favorites is just 500 meters from the Duomo but could be a world away! The three minute walk takes you away from the crowds and into the perfect Renaissance piazza, filled with amazing things to see and very few other travelers. It’s like magic!
I also walk you through the main attractions, giving you strategies for when and how to see them as well as lots of quirky and fascinating things to look for in each place.
This book is designed to take a good travel experience and make it fantastic!
How To Travel Italy series. This time we take a deep dive into one of the most touristed cities in the world and discover how most tourists don’t see, taste or experience even 10% of what this magnificent, truly unique city offers.
In fact, most tourists visiting Venice stick to an area approximately half a kilometer long, which means 90% of the city is wide open for you and me to explore, enjoy and fall in love with. I introduce you to some amazing sites to visit, many of which get very few tourists. Sometimes you will have these sensational places all for yourself! Together we get the lowdown on Venetian cuisine (to die for), the story of coffee in Venice, where to get the best cappuccinos and macchiatos, where to enjoy aperitivo hour with a swoon worthy view, and where to find the most delicious cicchetti, for an authentic Venetian experience.
We visit the lagoon islands, including some you’ve probably never heard of. You’ll learn when, why and how to visit them, and what to do when you get there, and what you mustn’t miss. From dragon bones to thousand year old Viking runes, you will discover endlessly fascinating details all over this magical city, details the tourists know nothing about and end up missing entirely.
This book is a must read for anyone planning a trip to Venice, and will change the way you look at, experience and fall in love with the most unique city on earth.