Walking in the footsteps of St Francis through Italy gave me plenty of time to think. It’s left me with some new travel and blogging goals for 2017.
The Way of St Francis is an important European pilgrimage route but many who walk it aren’t religious because it also takes you through the best of Italy!
When in the Italian region of Umbria, it’s nice to get away from the tourist crowds. Visiting Gubbio is one of the perfect places to get a true sense of the area’s history and culture.
The ruins of Hadrian’s epic compound in Tivoli show an insight into the wealth and power of the Roman Empire in the second century.
This is pretty much the biggest music event in Italy with more than 100,000 people gathering to drink, sing and dance like their lives depend on it!
Head down south in Italy to the Salento area in Puglia and you’ll find a popular tourist destination for locals but one relatively undiscovered by foreigners.
This old railway line between the towns of Spoleto and Norcia offers an incredible walk through the Umbrian countryside.
What do you do when there are no tickets left to see a masterpiece? Go and see a different one next door!
Rome is an excellent base to explore some of the highlights of Italy on these day trips