Making Fresh Pasta with a Nonna in Bologna, Italy

The amazing Bologna cooking class you should take while in Bologna!

I love taking cooking classes when I travel. I especially like learning to cook in someone’s private home, which offers a more personal experience than a cooking school. So while I was in Bologna, Italy, I signed up for a pasta-making class with Le Cesarine, an Italian cooking school that specializes in home cooking. Where … Read more

Two Art and Pasta-filled Days in Florence

Between hiking the Dolomites and eating everything in Bologna, it’s safe to say I enjoyed myself in Italy. But before flying to Spain to walk the Camino, I had one last stop – Florence. I journeyed to Florence to see my mom, who was attending a painting course. My mom is a very talented artist, … Read more

Tips for Safely Hiking the Dolomites (Without a Guide!)

Tips for hiking the Dolomites, Italy's best-kept secret

Last fall, I spent several glorious days hiking the Dolomites in Italy, a mountain range that forms a southern section of the Alps. While they’re technically located in Northern Italy, the vibe is decidedly Alpine; many people speak German, and red geraniums and dairy cows abound. My solo hiking trip was blissful: for four days, all I … Read more

Murano: The Perfect Daytrip from Venice

While I spent majority of my time in Venice lazily wandering the canals, one day the group and I mustered up the energy to lazily wander the canals of another island- Murano. Murano is famed for its glass-making, and upon arriving I realized the entire island truly is glass-obsessed- I even spied glass pastries in the shop-windows. While I wasn’t a … Read more

Carnevale in Venice: My Favorite Experiences

I arrived in Venice at night by vaporetto, the boat rocking gently as I observed the promenade. I could faintly smell seaweed as I stepped out of the boat, the cobblestones illuminated by ornate street lamps as passersby strolled past in 18th century carnevale costumes. I looked up and to my surprise, saw stars. From the start, Venice … Read more