Here at Chasing The Unexpected, we do just that, we chase the tales, we discover the hidden traditions, we delve deep into the history and the culture of the places we visit.
Finally, we dutifully report everything we found so that you can travel with already some baggage of knowledge.
Do you need practical tips? We give them to you. Do you want to read more about our personal experiences? We record and reveal these, too.
And if you need some reading material, we update our books section whenever we find worthy titles and travel books. Reading our adventures, our special love for Iran, Afghanistan, and Italy will be immediately clear. Enjoy the ride and get in touch!
You have finally started planning a trip to Italy. You are excited to be visiting world-famous cities for the first time. But you don’t know where to start. Fret not. You have landed in the right place. In our website, you will find all necessary information to organise your dream Italy vacations, whether you are travelling solo, with your family or in a group.
As a travel writing couple living in Rome and travelling all around Italy, we have put together several travel guides and how-to articles to make your Italy trip smooth and easy to plan. To start, you will find a handy two-week Italy itinerary that includes different options if you have more or fewer days available. To help you further, we have also drawn up a practical Italy packing list and an easy-to-use trip planner. Foodies won’t want to miss our article on the best and most famous foods and dishes in Italy region by region.
We have also included more local travel guides and many more are coming. If you are visiting the capital, you will want to have a look at our complete guide to the best things to do in Rome. But if you don’t have enough time for all of the 90-something landmarks we have mentioned, you can refer to our convenient 4-day itinerary. Or even less, if you are on a day trip, we also have useful tips on how to explore Rome in a day. Many people travel to Italy for its food and the capital is a perfect place to try different recipes, from its traditional dishes to fish and seafood, to more contemporary options. Not sure where to eat in Rome? We got you covered with a comprehensive list of more than 50 places.
Our Italy travel guides don’t stop here. One of the most popular Italian regions is Tuscany, so we couldn’t miss it. If you are coming to Florence, don’t miss our extensive list of things to see and do as well as the best Florence restaurants for first-time visitors to get to know the traditional flavours. If you are travelling independently but want to save some time once in the city, you can check out our up-to-date article about the best Florence tours. For as charming as it is, sometimes you just want to get out of the city hustle and bustle. Do use our guide to the most exciting day trips from Florence to get to know Tuscany as well as the neighbouring regions.
Increasingly popular with travellers from all over the world, we have also focused on northern Italy. Find out the top things to do in Turin as well the best restaurants for first-time visitors where to find delicious local cuisine. Enjoy the images of the spectacular Venice Carnival, visit Europe’s oldest Jewish Ghetto and decide which one to book among the best Venice tours. In our website, you can also find a handy guide to hiking in the Cinque Terre as well as our personal experience exploring Genoa.
In northern Italy, we have very much enjoyed a month travelling around the Trentino Alto Adige region. This is how we managed to write an extensive guide to Trentino Alto Adige covering its main cities and a guide for a holiday in the Italian Dolomites. If you want to focus on the cities, we have listed the top things to see and do in Trento and we are preparing itineraries for Bolzano, Bressanone, Merano, Rovereto and Levico Terme.
If it’s not your first trip to Italy and you have already seen all the most popular cities and landmarks, you might want to go for a more off-the-beaten-path Italy holiday. Where to, you might ask? How about you the two islands, Sardinia and Sicily?
After Rome, Sardinia is our second hometown in Italy, so all our guides are packed with local’s insights that will come in super handy when travelling to such a wild land. Are you wondering what are the best places to visit in Sardinia? Don’t look further, we have come up with more than 40 things to do. Do you need tips to plan a perfect trip? We wrote a handy guide comprehensive of a killer itinerary and tips to avoid surprises, such as why and where to rent a car in Sardinia. Our Sardinia guides will take you to places such as Cagliari, its capital, the wild and fascinating Barbagia region to discover the important archaeological sites and thousand-year-old festival of Mamoiada and the controversial street art of Orgosolo. And for those of you who are planning their summer holiday in Italy, we have a detailed guide to the best beaches in Sardinia inclusive of how to reach them and the best accommodation nearby.
If you want to discover Sicily with us, our guides will show you the top things to see in Catania and what to do in Agrigento province, such as visiting the important vestiges of the Greek city of the Valle dei Templi.
As we keep ticking the best places to visit in Italy off our bucket list, we will update more and more guides. Here, we cover everything from large cities, to entire regions to small towns and villages. Our guides, as well as our practical tips, make Chasing The Unexpected the most comprehensive and reliable online source for travelling to Italy.
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Finding the best restaurants in Rome can be difficult and even experienced travellers can fall in the tourist trap. Our eBook for foodies in Rome wants to be a guide to the traditional flavours as well as what is new, different and exciting in Rome. The information we provide suits every type of traveller, palate and dietary needs, be it vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-intolerant or fish lover.
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