Get to know the real Italy in partnership with Marie Claire
The food. The fashion. The fun. We travelled with Marie Claire contributors, Daniela Elser and Julie Bensman, to find out why Italy is a travel icon that never goes out of style.
Re-live each moment of their journey on our blog, experiencing authentic Italy through their eyes - in timeless spots like Rome, Venice, Perugia and Tuscany. Watch the videos, read the stories, follow their journey - and discover why travelling with Trafalgar is a truly unique experience.
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The Cool Girl's Guide to Rome
Rome wasn’t built in a day but the Cool Girls managed to pack a whole load of authentic activities into their trip to the Italian capital, including an exclusive after hours visit to the Vatican for dinner. Tasting their way around the city, they made & enjoyed ravioli, indulged in affogato and drank in the sights, as well as the Prosecco.
Cool Girl's Guide to Venice
Get straight into the fashionable heart of Venice with the Cool Girl’s Guide to the city. You’ll discover its saucy scandals, celeb-enticing cocktail hangouts, and coolest shopping secrets.
The Cool Girl's Guide to Florence
The Cool Girl's Guide to Florence leads you on a journey through time with Travel Writer, Daniela Elser, who discovers piazzas, a centuries-old perfumery and the perfect hand-crafted leather bags.
The Cool Girl's Guide to Tuscany
The Cool Girls savoured Tuscany's heavenly atmosphere amongst its rolling hills and endless vineyards. They dined al fresco and discovered that the best way to sample olive oil is to slurp it!
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Iconic sights are not hard to come across in Rome, however, there is one that you cannot possibly miss, if only for its gargantuan size; the Colosseum.
Stand in awe, learn about its fascinating history and discover that parts of the Colosseum were used to construct St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
Learn the art of perfect pasta preparation, which not only comes from the hands but also from the heart. Master skills to take home and keep forever; roll the ideal gnocchi and assemble truly authentic ravioli in a fun-filled class.
Savour your culinary creations over a sociable dinner for an ideal end to an insightful day.
Make a wish
Find a penny pick it up; all day long you’ll have good luck. When in Rome, however, take your penny to Trevi Fountain and toss it into the pool of this magnificent Baroque sculpture.
Toss one penny to return to Rome, two to find romance and three to get married. What will you wish for?
Who doesn’t enjoy a delicious scoop of gelato? But why not pair it with a rocket fuel-strength espresso for the ultimate Italian treat, known as affogato.
This classic combo has caused much debate as it remains undecided whether it is in fact a drink or a dessert. Try one and see what you think.
Exclusive Vatican dining
Indulge in an exclusive private dining experience at the Vatican’s Missionary-Ethnological Museum; something few have enjoyed.
Stand in awe of the Sistine Chapel, one of Vatican City’s most wondrous attractions. Within its walls you’ll find incredible frescoes created by some of the world’s most renowned artists; Botticelli and of course, Michelangelo.
Skip from the bottom to the top of the 135 Spanish Steps to not only test your cardio level but to also see the church of Trinità dei Monti in all its glory.
Back at the bottom, the Piazza de Spagna has a buzzing atmosphere where you can soak up the scene, people watching while sipping on a cappuccino.
A centuries-old castle
Enter the 12th century castle of Castello del Trebbio and discover its hidden treasures. Indulge in wine tasting, admire the surrounding beauty and hear about its fascinating history.
You can also taste exceptional extra virgin olive oil, sample the saffron and try hand-crafted cosmetics. Uncover the delights of Tuscany on our blog
Become a connoisseur of fine Italian wines and learn how to taste the true fullness of flavours. Inside the 12th century Castello del Trebbio, winemaker Alberto reveals a little secret.
Find out why you should 'chew' your wine to really get the flavours flowing. You might look a little silly but you won’t be the only one!
Perugia's ancient craft
Imagine having a workspace in the first Franciscan church of Perugia. That’s where master weaver, Marta brings an ancient craft to life.
Marvel at her skillful hands creating intricate designs on her oldest wooden loom and even get to try it out yourself.
A unique commute
Take to the water and join the journey on our blog.
A break in Burano
Taking a sleek water taxi past some of the other 117 islands to reach it, you’ll arrive like a VIP before mooring and exploring, with our Travel Director telling you why the canal-side homes are so eye-poppingly colourful.
Step back in time
Stroll across the iconic Ponte Vecchio in Florence, a bridge that straddles the Arno River and is lined with an assortment of shops filled with all kinds of artworks, jewellery and quirky souvenirs.
For a different perspective, pass under the bridge by boat and admire its impressive arches from below, while observing the colourful buildings that jut out from either side.
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Florence is bursting with flavour
Learn how to cook the Italian way with hand-picked produce bursting with the freshest flavours. Chef Libero will show you the tips & tricks of the trade to create authentic Italian dishes on an exclusive Be My Guest experience.
You might even pick up some local lingo too, bartering with market sellers over your appetising Italian shopping list.
Are you a self-confessed shopaholic? Wander off the beaten track and find out where the best-kept shopping secrets can be found in Florence. Think bespoke boutiques handed down through generations where you can grab yourself one-of-a-kind bags, tailor-made outfits or hand-crafted shoes, all at bargain prices. What more could a fashionista want?
Indulge in a trip that takes you to a shopaholic's dream destination.