This week’s Women Who Travel Solo column is particularly special to me! My mom, Lea Ann Christenson, shares her story of traveling abroad solo for the first time during a trip to Italy.
I’d heard many a wild story about Napoli. Of the gypsy women who feed their babies a substance that turns them blue to solicit sympathy from tourists. Of the swift pickpockets who manage to steal from even the most savvy money belt protected American. Of the street markets lined with stolen goods. “Don’t go to … [Read more…]
When researching what to do with my last free day in Italy, I was quite torn. Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and get a photo in front of one of the most famous icons of Italy or Cinque Terre, a collection of villages along the coast that are a top rated site for beauty. … [Read more…]
Milan is Italy’s second largest city and home to one of my best friends in the whole world, Alessandra. With a population of 5.2 million, the city is the economic center of the city. Milan will be home to the World Expo in 2015, and the city is buzzing with enthusiasm about this event. While … [Read more…]
Of all the cities I visited in Italy, Florence was by far my favorite. The birthplace of the Renaissance, the city is busting with creativity, art and beauty, and its compact city center makes it easy to explore on foot. I found the city to be full of unexpected wonders and inspiration to lead a … [Read more…]