Booked flights arriving in Bologna, leaving from Bari, two weeks in between…where to go? Let the (planning) games commence!
As always I look first to travel guides:
- DK Eyewitness Travel: Italy (2014)
- The Rough Guide: Italy (1993) (This book is so old! but it still contains so much relevant information and maps – it never actually let me down!!)
- Globetrotter Travel Guide: Florence and Tuscany (2008)
- The AA Pocket Guide: Tuscany and Florence (2005)
I found a multitude of blog posts and travel articles:
- Living the Dream: Savouring Espresso in Italy
- Saga: The best Italian food and drink
- Una Hotels: The handmade gelato all around Italy
- Solo Traveler Blog: Solo Travel to Bologna and Emilia Romagna – 32 Tips
- Tuula Vintage: Three days exploring Cinque Terre
- HI Hostels: Naples budget guide: pizza, Pompeii and underrated art
- Fritterati: If Pliny the Younger had a blog his post about Pompeii’s destruction would have gone viral
- Nomadic Matt: Sorrento Travel Guide
- Study Abroad: Along the Amalfi coast
- Huffington Post: How to visit the Amalfi coast and Capri for less
- Ekjeache Blog: Positano, the Hollywood of Europe
- Uma Abroad: Spring break Positano – day 4
I found out Dan Brown’s latest book, Inferno, was filming in Florence while I was there…so I got straight down to reading it! This Twitter, Florence Inferno, has loads of info on book and film locations!
I went back to my old secondary school history book too – Florence is the heart of the Renaissance and this book ignited my love for the art of the masters Michelangelo, da Vinci and Botticelli as well as becoming obsessed with seeing The Birth of Venus, now displayed in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery.
Some websites with a lot of useful information: