Where to Stay in Sorrento, Italy

Beautiful Sorrento

A luxurious, coastal Italian town if ever there was one, Sorrento offers a great selection of high-end ‘where to stay’ options; but budget travelers will have a hard time of it. Nevertheless, you’ll find a small selection of budget hotel recommendations below. The following ‘where to stay’ options are organized by hotel star rating, beginning with five-star hotels, and preference has been given to ... Read Full Article

The Good Life at the Grand Hotel President Sorrento

View from the garden at the Grand Hotel President

On our last trip to Italy, we enjoyed a two-night complimentary stay at the Grand Hotel President in Sorrento. After several days in Rome and two nights in gritty Naples, we were ready for a respite and the Grand Hotel President Sorrento proved to be just that. Set a few miles high above Sorrento (the gateway to the Amalfi Coast), the hotel offers unparalleled views over the Bay of Naples ... Read Full Article

Hiring a Tour Guide: Is it Worth it?

Emiliano Tuffano

My husband, Bill, and I had never hired a private tour guide before our recent trip to Italy. In the past, we read our guidebooks, consulted the internet, and reviewed EuropeUpClose.com to see what our writers had to say. We then did our own thing. We have also been part of  large group tours, but this experience showed us the value of a knowledgeable, private tour guide to help us sort through ... Read Full Article

Viewing the Lives of Pompeii, Italy’s Elite

A mosaic inside a Pompeii house

Pompeii is one of the leading sights in all of Italy because it takes visitors into the past, one that not only surrounds them on all sides, but which resembles the present. Originally, I’d questioned the necessity of visiting Pompeii after hearing that it is a tourist trap. In the spring, school groups fill the buildings and all of summer is also peak-season. However, when I visited the city in ... Read Full Article

Pompeii, Italy: Where Time Stands Still

The Forum in Pompeii

Some 2,000 years ago, Pompeii, Italy was a thriving city of shops, taverns, workshops, theatrical shows, and homes with elaborate courtyards. Then, one disastrous August day, Mount Vesuvius blew. The volcano’s eruption smothered Pompeii and everything in it under 60 feet of ash. There the city lay, untouched, until excavation began in the 18th century. Today people, millions of them, walk ... Read Full Article

Explore the South of Italy

Pantheon in Rome

    For most travelers to Italy, Rome is the furthest south they will travel. The golden triangle encompassing Rome, Venice and Florence is the main route. But the south has so much to offer! The regions of the south include, Lazio and within it Rome and Vatican city, Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia along the Adriatic, Naples and Campania, the toe of the boot Basilicata and Calabria, ... Read Full Article