Italy

Italian Dolomites mountain and lake landscapeItalian Dolomites mountain and lake landscape
France, Hiking Travel Ideas, Italian Alps & Dolomiti Mountains, Italy, Rhone-Alpes, Slovenia, Switzerland

A guide to planning a hike in the European Alps

It’s that time of year again – I’m planning a hike in the European Alps, that incredible theme park for lovers of alpine trekking. After tackling the Tour du Mont Blanc in recent summers I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to find another Europe hike to […]

Bagan sunset, Myanmar
Austria, Belgium, City Break Travel Ideas, Family Travel Ideas, Food & Drink Travel Ideas, France, Hiking Travel Ideas, Italy, Morocco, Ski Holiday Ideas, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Unesco World Heritage Sites

Wandering Kiwi’s 2016 travel year in review

As I write my 2016 travel year in review I can’t help reflecting upon a year that has been a mixed bag. On the one hand political events have plunged the world into great uncertainty. On the other hand, the Wandering Kiwi family has had a consistently excellent year pursuing […]

TMB Rifugio Elisabetta view
Adventure Travel Ideas, France, Hiking Travel Ideas, Italian Alps & Dolomiti Mountains, Italy, Rhone-Alpes

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc: Elisabetta to Bonhomme

The morning views on departing Rifugio Elisabetta as my Tour du Mont Blanc hike continued were spectactular. As forecast, the weather was closing in but there was still a bit of sunshine breaking through and turning the braided waterways of the Lac Combal to molten silver. The TMB day between […]

Tour du Mt Blanc Courmayeur to Elisabetta
Adventure Travel Ideas, Hiking Travel Ideas, Italy

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc: Courmayeur to Rifugio Elisabetta

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc clockwise, my path continued from the beautiful Italian town of Courmayeur towards the Rifugio Elisabetta. The ‘TMB’ is one of the world’s most famous long distance hikes.  It is a circuit of the magnificent Mt Blanc massif, on paths that cover around 170 kilometres […]

Ortygia fortress Sicily
Family Travel Ideas, Food & Drink Travel Ideas, Hiking Travel Ideas, Italy, Sicily, Unesco World Heritage Sites

Italy: Top 10 things to do in Sicily (east)

Millenia of history, culture and geography make it difficult to choose my top 10 things to do in Sicily. We flew into Catania airport, an increasingly popular route for low cost airlines, and found this a good jumping off point to explore the east coast of Sicily. DH Lawrence once […]

Cala Mosche Beach Sicily Vendicari
Family Travel Ideas, Food & Drink Travel Ideas, Italy, Sicily, Unesco World Heritage Sites

A wonderful day trip from Syracuse, Sicily

After enjoying the many delights of ancient Ortygia, the Wandering Kiwi family decided to do a day trip from Syracuse with our hire car along the south-east coast of Sicily. We drove an hour to the tiny fishing village of Marzamemi, then worked our way back towards Syracuse,  exploring the […]

Isola Bella Taormina Sicily
City Break Travel Ideas, Film & Literary Travel Ideas, Italy, Sicily

Italy: Wandering with Florence Trevelyan in Sicily

I’d never heard of Florence Trevelyan before I visited Sicily. But her story has become one of my abiding memories of my time here, beginning with wandering around the Isola Bella. Florence Trevelyan was an upper-crust Englishwoman who became the talk of the town in Edwardian England after she had an affair […]