The Cave Churches, and More, of Matera, Italy

Matera at twilight on a drizzly evening. The lights provide the only color, and this was the only view of Matera we got on the first night. Matera, in the province of Basilicata, [...]

By | 2018-06-13T20:55:29+00:00 June 11, 2018|Categories: Europe, Italy, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Where to Stay and Eat in Puglia

Stay a little longer in Puglia and get to know the local food and wine, neighborhoods, and daily routines from the comfort of your home base.

Things We Loved (and Didn’t Love) on Our Italy Bike Tour through Puglia

Our cycling in Italy covered seven days. During that time we slept in seven different towns and managed to average 55 kilometers a day (35 miles/day), for a total of over 350K, or 200-plus miles. We loved the biking and the great introduction to Puglia.

By | 2018-06-18T11:29:44+00:00 May 26, 2018|Categories: Active Travel, Cycling, Europe, Italy, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |8 Comments

The Porticoes of Bologna, Italy

The historic center of Bologna contains more than 38 kilometers, or 24 miles, of covered walkways called porticoes. The porticoes are on the tentative list to be designated as a Unesco World Heritage site.

By | 2018-05-29T04:14:42+00:00 May 24, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Europe, History Travel, Italy, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |2 Comments

Podcast Episode: European Bike Tour

Biketours.com's Jim Johnson describes the wonders of slow travel by bike. As we prepare for our bike tour in Italy, we’ve been catching up on expert opinions and industry news about touring by [...]

By | 2018-04-25T09:33:39+00:00 April 24, 2018|Categories: Active Travel, Europe, Italy|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Training for a Bike Tour in Italy, Kris and Tom Style

Training 101: Shovel bike out of the snow. This seems like a good day to talk about the extensive training Tom and I are factoring into our upcoming Italy bike tour. As you [...]

By | 2018-05-29T04:26:03+00:00 April 19, 2018|Categories: Active Travel, Cycling, Europe, Italy, Packing Tips, Travel Tips|Tags: , |6 Comments

28 Things to Do and See in Rome

The Temple of Saturn is the iconic ruin the the Roman Forum. When you think of things to do in Rome, keep one main thing in mind. Rome is the capital city of [...]

Planning Your First Europe Bike Tour

Photo by BikeTours.com The responses we get to our travels tell us a lot about what’s trending in the minds of senior travelers: what parts of the world they want to visit and [...]

By | 2018-05-12T01:22:56+00:00 February 27, 2018|Categories: Active Travel, Cycling, Europe, France, Italy, Travel Tips|Tags: |17 Comments

The Erotic Art of Pompeii and Herculaneum

Bacchus and his wine serving helpers often got the party started in the salon. The buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, not surprisingly, contained a lot of erotic art. Luckily, since the cities [...]

By | 2018-03-11T18:59:12+00:00 February 26, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Europe, History Travel, Italy, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |12 Comments