2 Days in Dublin – A 2 Day Dublin Itinerary

I’m excited to introduce this guest post by Jennifer who is telling us how to spend 2 days in Dublin. She has lived in Dublin for 9 years now so knows the city inside-out and can offer us great insight. Her 2 day Dublin itinerary is packed full of some of the best things to do in Dublin in 48 hours from visiting whiskey distilleries to exploring castles and walking along beautiful coastal paths.

I’ll hand you over to Jennifer now for her to tell us how to make the most of a weekend in Dublin.

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Visiting Dublin in 2 Days

Most people who visit Ireland for an extended holiday fly into Dublin Airport.

Many folks hop in a car and drive out to the countryside right away, anxious to see for themselves why Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle. Those people are missing out.

Dublin is a fantastic and accessible capital city and is worth your while to spend a couple of days here exploring. There are many ways that you can spend a day in Dublin but you’ll have an even better experience if you can stay longer and spend at least 2 days in Dublin.

Read on to explore a 2 day Dublin itinerary based on my experience living in Dublin for the past 9 years.

Most Dublin itineraries will point you at Temple Bar, Grafton Street, the Book of Kells, the Guinness Storehouse and other places that you can get to on the Hop-on Hop-off bus. However, Dublin is so much more than those places which are heavily trodden by tourists.

This 2 day Dublin itinerary will take you to some parts of Dublin that many tourists never see.

Spend the first of your 2 days in Dublin within the city limits exploring the Liberties neighbourhood.

Did you know that Dublin City Centre is just a few kilometres from the Irish sea? Escape the fast-pace of Dublin City for some fresh air and sea views on your second day of your weekend in Dublin with some stops in the quaint towns along Dublin’s South Coast.

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An Overview of this 2 day Dublin itinerary

Day 1 Spend a day centred around Dublin’s edgy Liberties neighbourhood and then rock up to Temple Bar and Dame Lane for an evening filled with Irish craic (pronounced “crack”, not the illegal kind but definitely an addictive kind of fun).

Day 2 – Take the local commuter rail (DART) south along the coast on the outskirts of Dublin City and experience seaside Dublin at its finest in Bray, Greystones, and Dalkey.

Reasons you should spend a weekend in Dublin

  • You can cover a lot of ground over 2 days in Dublin. Dublin is a compact city that can easily be explored on foot. If your feet get tired, there are buses, trains, trams, and taxis to whisk you to where you are going. You can see a lot in 48 hours in Dublin.
  • Dublin has a delightful pub culture. It’s impossible to walk more than a block or two without stumbling upon a fascinating historic pub or a more modern pub serving amazing Irish craft beer. The pub culture has more recently been extended through the addition of fantastic wine and cocktail bars.
  • Dublin has an understated beauty. You’ll see it when you walk around Merrion Square and fall in love with Dublin’s colourful Georgian doors. You won’t be able to resist taking some amazing photographs to help you remember your trip.
  • There are two sides to Dublin. Visit Dublin city for pub culture, urban parks, and great restaurants. Escape to the towns along the sea and experience Dublin’s natural side with beautiful trails and landscapes that are easily accessible.
  • Dublin has an amazing craft coffee scene. Skip the Starbucks and try a cappuccino, flat white, or pour over made with beans roasted within Dublin City limits.

Things you need to know before spending 2 days in Dublin

When is the best time of year to spend 2 Days in Dublin?

Dublin is fun to visit year round. It never gets too hot. Summer temperatures max out around 20 oC (about 70 oF) but are more typically in the 10-15 oC (50-60 oF) range. Nor does it get too cold in Dublin. It’s rare that the winter temperatures will drop below freezing.

Come in summer for near midnight sun (the sun rises around 5 am and sets around 10 pm) but be prepared to share Dublin with large numbers of tourists, many of whom arrive on large cruise ships.

Come in Autumn or early Spring for better prices and a reasonable amount of daylight.

Dublin is very dark in the winter with the sun rising around 9 am and setting around 4 pm. At least in winter, you won’t feel guilty about whiling away the hours in the pub.

How to get to Dublin

Dublin Airport is well-served by Ryanair and Aer Lingus for inbound flights from across Europe. Major U.S. airlines like United, Delta, and American fly into Dublin as well.

As an added bonus, if you return to the U.S, you’ll clear customs and immigration in Dublin which means you’ll be on your way faster when you land in the domestic terminal at your U.S. destination.

How to get around during your 2 days in Dublin

Dublin is very human-scaled so it’s easy to get around on foot. In general, you can walk from one end of the city centre to the other in less than an hour.

Dublin Bus and the Luas tram system will take you to destinations across Dublin City.

DART trains travel up and down the coast between Bray and Howth.

A Leap Visitor card is ideal if you plan to spend 2 days in Dublin. The Leap card can be used on public transit for a given duration for a set price (currently 10 EUR for 1 day or 40 EUR for 7 days).

Taxis are also plentiful and can be hailed on the street or ordered via the myTaxi app. Taxis (other than those booked through myTaxi) generally accept cash only so make sure to withdraw some euros from the cash point (ATM) at Dublin Airport if you plan to take a taxi into the city.

Aircoach and Airlink also provide bus service from Dublin Airport to points around Dublin City.

Where to base yourself for 2 days in Dublin

Hotels in Dublin City Centre can be expensive and noisy. I recommend avoiding Temple Bar which gets raucous late at night and is not amenable to a peaceful night’s sleep.

Instead, consider staying in Ballsbridge or Grand Canal Dock. You’ll still be walkable to Dublin City Centre but these neighbourhoods are quieter at night and it’s cheaper to stay there.

2 Days in Dublin itinerary

Day 1 of your 2 Day Dublin Itinerary

What to do in the morning on Day one of your Dublin Itinerary

In the morning, start the day off with breakfast and coffee at The Fumbally, a popular cafe in Dublin’s Liberties neighbourhood. The fresh local ingredients used in each dish are on display around the restaurant. Order Fumbally’s amazing eggs and avocado on toast or if you have a sweet tooth, opt for a chocolate wedge with cream.

Head to nearby St. Patrick’s Cathedral after breakfast (8.00 EUR per adult unless you are attending a service). St. Patrick’s Cathedral dates back to the 12th century and the interior feels very Medieval with suits of armour embellishing the walls near the altar.

Make sure to spend some time walking around the lovely park surrounding the cathedral before heading over to Marsh’s Library.

Famous for being the oldest public library in Ireland (dating back to 1701), Marsh’s Library is often overlooked by tourists. Renowned Irish writer, Jonathan Swift (of Gulliver’s Travels fame) was a regular visitor to Marsh’s Library. Steep in the atmosphere and have a browse of the dusty texts on display.

Time for a wee bit of day drinking before lunch. Walk over to Teeling Whiskey Distillery for a tour that just happens to include a whiskey tasting at its conclusion (15 – 30 EUR per person depending on which whiskeys you choose to taste).

dublin teeling whiskey distillery tour - a must do with 2 days in dublin

Dublin’s Liberties neighbourhood was originally home to a large number of whiskey distilleries but most closed down or moved outside Dublin City when the Irish whiskey industry tanked in the mid-20th century. It is only in the last decade or so that Irish whiskey has made a resurgence.

Teeling is the first distillery in decades to create whiskey distilled within the city limits of Dublin.

Whee to eat lunch on day one

Head over to Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library and eat lunch at Silk Road Cafe which serves a casual menu of Middle Eastern cuisine (think hummus and falafel) in a light-filled courtyard.

What to do in the afternoon on day one of your Dublin weekend

In the afternoon, explore historic religious texts dating back centuries at the Chester Beatty Library (free entry). Chester Beatty Library is a true Dublin gem that is often overlooked by tourists.

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Located on the grounds of Dublin Castle, the museum houses an extensive collection of religious manuscripts across Islamic, Christian, and Eastern faiths (e.g., Hindu and Buddhist). Stroll about the grounds and gardens of Dublin Castle (also free entry) before heading to the pub.

Walk across Dame Street to Temple Bar for a cheeky afternoon pint. Temple Bar tends to be a bit much after dark but is quite picturesque to explore during daylight hours.

Check out The Vat House or Old Storehouse and you might even get to hear some Irish traditional music to go with your pint.

While you’re in the neighbourhood, check out the fun street art on Icon Walk behind the Icon Factory on Aston Place. Icon walk features symbols of Irish pop culture like Father Ted.

dublin graffiti

Where to eat dinner on day one

Splurge for dinner and make a booking at Rustic Stone, which is run by famed Dublin restaurateur Dylan McGrath. Not surprisingly, steak on the stone is Rustic Stone’s signature dish.

The steak comes out lightly seared and then you slice up your meat and cook it yourself on the hot stone that it’s served on. Enjoy a lovely cocktail or glass of wine with dinner.

What to do in the evening on day 1 of your Dublin itinerary

In the evening, pop over to Dame Lane for a proper pub crawl. Having trouble finding Dame Lane? Listen for the strains of live music playing on the street.

You’ll be spoiled for choice of pubs to try. The Stag’s Head has a great atmosphere and is my personal favourite pub in this area. The Stag’s Head interior is wood-panelled and warm with various deer heads displayed on the walls.

Stags head pub crawl in dublin - one of the best things to do in dublin

Squeeze into a snug for a quiet pint or hang around outside and watch the world go by. Try not to go too crazy since you do have a busy day ahead tomorrow.

Day 2 of your 2 days in Dublin Itinerary

What to do on the morning of your 2nd day in Dublin

In the morning, board the DART train and head to Greystones, at the far southern end of the line. Note that some trains only go as far as Bray so make sure you look specifically for a Greystones bound train.

Fortify yourself with breakfast at the Happy Pear, a vegetarian-focused cafe with outdoor seating which is an ideal spot to soak up the sun on a nice day. From here, walk from Greystones to Bray along the Irish Sea.

This 5-mile walk is one of the most popular trails in Dublin. On one side, you’ll find fields often blooming with bright yellow gorse and on the other a sharp drop to the sea. Be on the lookout for seabirds nesting on the rocks near the water.

dublin coastal walk - a great thing to do in dublin in 2 days

Take a short walk on the beach in Bray and listen to the surf roll rhythmically across the wave-smoothed stones. When you’ve finished this short meditation, get on the DART again and head for Dalkey.

Where to eat lunch on day 2 in Dublin

Eat lunch at Dalkey’s quaint Corner Note Cafe featuring soups, sandwiches and more in a homey setting. Dalkey is a magnet for celebrities and both U2’s Bono and Pierce Brosnan call Dalkey home.

Afternoon activities on your 2nd day in Dublin

In the afternoon, browse the shops on the main street that runs through Dalkey Village and then take a guided tour of Dalkey Castle (about 10 EUR per adult).

dalkey castle in Dublin

Actors in period costume will guide you through the history of the castle during Medieval times. You’ll be regaled by stories of how the inhabitants would ward off attacks by pouring hot oil and fire onto would-be invaders through the Murder Hole.

The description of Medieval medicine and hygiene is also fascinating if not slightly spine-tingling. The actors really make the tour and take something that could be just a boring historical monologue and turn it into something engaging and fun.

After the Dalkey Castle tour, grab a pint of Irish Craft Beer at the Magpie Inn or seek out a more traditional pint of Guinness at Finnegan’s of Dalkey.

Where to eat dinner on day 2 in Dublin

Hop on the DART one more time and head north from Dalkey to Monkstown. Book a table and eat dinner at FX Buckley where you’ll enjoy some expertly aged and prepared Irish beef.

How to enjoy your last evening in Dublin

In the evening, watch cover bands perform at Monkstown’s Purty Kitchen. We’ve seen a Smiths cover band and Aja (a local Steely Dan cover band) is often in residence. You’re unlikely to find a single tourist in sight in Monkstown, a fitting conclusion to your two days in Dublin.


I’m Jennifer (aka Dr J), the avid traveller, writer, and photographer behind Sidewalk Safari. I’m an American expat and part-time travel blogger based in Dublin, Ireland with a busy full time ‘day job’. My goal is to show people who have a full-time job that it is possible to achieve work-life balance and travel extensively, by exploring your own city every day and using every work trip and vacation day to see the world. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.


Many thanks to Jennifer for enlightening us about how to spend 2 days in Dublin, her hometown. Dublin is still very much on my personal travel-bucket list so I know I’ll be using this 2 day Dublin itinerary to plan my own trip.

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Discover These 10 NYC Museums

From pop culture to history and even mathematics, New York City’s museums spotlight plenty more than art.

The Met and the Guggenheim are world-famous—worthy of a pilgrimage, some would say—but New York’s museums extend far beyond the 28-block stretch of Fifth Avenue that’s official recognized as Museum Mile. Smaller institutions throughout the city’s five boroughs bring various aspects of local history, industry, and culture to life. From Midtown Manhattan to Staten Island to the Bronx, here are 10 gems that shine.

Shining a light on maritime history: National Lighthouse Museum

Everyone knows that New York City has historically been a center of finance, art, and theater. It’s nautical history, however, remains a bit under the radar. That heritage comes to life at the National Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island, just a quick walk from the ferry terminal. Located in a 1912 foundry building on the former site of the once bustling US Lighthouse Service’s General Depot (one of the six remaining buildings from the original 18), the largely self-guided museum explains everything you never thought there was to know about lighthouse upkeep, the life of lightkeepers, and the physics of light projection. You’ll never look at nautical navigation the same way again.

Picture perfect: Museum of the Moving Image

It’s no stretch to think of the Museum of the Moving Image like a mini-Smithsonian Institute, what with its all-encompassing collection that represent American culture. The museum, which opened in Astoria, Queens, in 1981 in the former home of the once illustrious Astoria Studios, features about 130,000 objects relating to film, television, sports and news broadcasting, and even video games. Plus, there was a recent exciting development: A Jim Henson exhibit, once a temporary display of all things Muppets and Sesame Street, became a permanent part of the museum’s collection in 2017. Add that to everything from costumes from Gone With the Wind to vintage cartoon and comic book memorabilia to old-fashioned film and recording equipment and vintage movie theater furnishings, and an afternoon here presents a vivid portrait of America’s love affair with entertainment.

It all adds up: National Museum of Mathematics

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Algebra and geometry might not be part of your most riveting high school memories, but the family-friendly Museum of Mathematics, a two-story tech-forward playground that opened near Madison Square Park in Manhattan in 2012, wants to change your opinions of algorithms, physics and optics. Committed to showing how so many of the glorious things we take for granted are a direct consequence of an intricate natural numbers game, it offers interactive exhibits are designed to illuminate how shapes, angles, curves, and motion work. That’s no small undertaking, but with exhibits like a pixilated floor that reacts to movement and a rectangle-wheeled tricycle that moves smoothly along a corrugated track, odds are you’ll walk out excited to talk about paraboloids, catenaries, and tessellation. Logically.

Next stop: New York Transit Museum

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Between delays and overcrowding, the New York subway system gets a bad rap. But when you stop and think about the fact that the 150-plus-year old system with 472 stations—the most of any mass transit operation in the world—runs 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, delays are a small price to pay to ride on this remarkable network. The New York Transit Museum, located in a 1936 subway station in downtown Brooklyn, features vintage cars dating back to 1907 and permanent exhibits that pay tribute to engineering, construction, employees, and many other aspects that ensure the system keeps people moving. Historical artifacts, old signage, video footage, photography, and structures like vintage turnstiles collectively tell the dynamic story of this system that has helped define New York City. Temporary exhibits cover topics like the subway’s role in comic books. And yes, the museum is walking distance from four subway stations and six different lines, so be sure to take the train here.

Coming to America: Tenement Museum

Few images of late 19th- and early 20th-century American history are more iconic than those of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island. The Tenement Museum offers a snapshot of their lives once they settled in New York City. Located on the fast-gentrifying Lower East Side in two tenement buildings, a National Historic Site that housed an estimated 15,000 working class people between 1863 and 2014, the museum presents interactive exhibits and displays that tell vivid stories about families adopting new identities and making new lives for themselves. Throughout fives floors of exhibits, you’ll learn about garment factory workers, kosher butchers, and shop owners, transmitting a vivid sense of what it was like to be a stranger in a strange land. There’s also a variety of neighborhood walking tours, including one that samples the area’s ethnic foods and one that points out historic sites that played into the daily immigrant experience.

Be a part of it: Museum of the City of New York

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For a deep dive into the history of this ever-changing metropolis and work by some of its most renowned residents, the Museum of the City of New York is hard to beat. Housed in a 1932 Georgian Colonial-Revival building in East Harlem, the institution is a tribute to the city’s status as a hub of urban creativity. With an impressive collection of some 750,000 objects spanning photography and sculpture to costumes and theatrical memorabilia, there’s too much to display at one time, but with rotating exhibits drawing from such a varied collection, there’s bound to be something for everyone here. Broadway nerds will thrill to Eugene O’Neill’s handwritten drafts and Gershwin Brothers’ memorabilia, while those fascinated by the details will appreciate maps and ephemera from the 17th century on. You can even see hand-painted casts of famous New York boxers’ hands in the sculpture collection.

Northern exposure: Museum of Bronx History

Aside from pilgrimages to Yankee Stadium and the other Little Italy, Arthur Avenue, the Bronx doesn’t get much non-local love. And that’s a shame, because the Museum of Bronx History is well worth the trek north. Located in a 1758 house – the borough’s second-oldest – with original details like oak and pine floorboards and hand-forged nails, the building that holds the museum survived a two-day, one-block move in the 1960s and is now as much an attraction as its contents. Opened in 1968, the museum’s main level features two galleries with rotating exhibits and a permanent display in the front parlor that digs into the Bronx backstory, from the arrival of the Dutch to the booting of the British.

Get on board: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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It’s not often that you get the chance to live out your Top Gun fantasies and learn about America’s history of science and service at the same time, but at Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, you can do just that. A legendary aircraft carrier that faced kamikaze attacks and torpedo strikes during World War II, tracked Soviet submarines during the Cold War, picked up NASA astronauts on their return from space in the ‘60s, and served three tours of duty in Vietnam, the Intrepid is now docked on the Hudson River, where it hosts more than a million visitors a year. Explore the ship from top to bottom – or, to be specific, from the flight deck to the third deck – to get a feel for life as a recruit. And be sure to allow time for the rest of the museum’s collection, too. Featuring an array of carefully preserved and restored aircraft, there are plenty of superlatives to see, including the world’s first space shuttle, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier on its maiden voyage, and the plane flown by the first President Bush during World War II.

A family affair: Museum of the American Gangster

From Al Capone to The Godfather, little holds a place in the American imagination like the Mafia, and at the Museum of the American Gangster in the East Village, you can descend into the criminal underworld – for an afternoon, at least. A former speakeasy turned shrine to organized crime, the two-room museum investigates the role of illegal enterprise in the development of cities like New York and Chicago, from politics and culture to myths and urban legends. Plus, it boasts a collection of artifacts that would make even the most hardened mobster jealous, from the shell casings from the shootout that ended Bonnie and Clyde’s bank-robbing spree to the death masks of John Dillinger. No vows of loyalty required for entry.

Fun and games: Coney Island Museum

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Home to a world-famous hot-dog eating contest, a legendary boardwalk, a long-running, near-legendary sideshow, and a 91-year-old wooden roller coaster that’s earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, Brooklyn’s Coney Island has served as a respite from city life since its inaugural hotel went up in the 1920s. You can learn about its storied history at the Coney Island Museum. Founded in 1981 and located just across the street from a subway terminus, this small second-story establishment is like wandering into an eccentric uncle’s attic. Past the funhouse mirrors, you’ll find a treasure trove of vintage ephemera and antique collectibles – photos, ticket stubs, postcards, game signage, and actual cars from decommissioned coasters – as well as exhibitions detailing the amusement parks that came before, and the neighborhood’s evolution from upscale retreat to freak-friendly phenomenon to G-rated vacation destination. It’s the perfect place to embrace your weird side.

4 Days in Rome – A Perfect 4 Day Rome Itinerary

4 Days in Rome may be the most perfect European City Break. There are so many amazing places to see, experiences to have and foods to eat, you will likely want to return again and again. In today’s guest article written by Shelley Jarvis, she tells us how to make the most of 4 days in Rome with this fabulous 4 day Rome itinerary perfect for first-times in Italy’s capital city.

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A 4 Day Itinerary For Rome.

You could spend a month in Rome and not see all its treasures. Rome is rife with beauty, history, fashion, and food.  4 days in Rome will give you a taste of the city and hopefully entice you to come back again. This 4 day Rome itinerary will give you the best way to see the city’s highlights.

An Overview of this 4 days in Rome itinerary 

One must visit this iconic city at least once in your lifetime. As the old adage says, “all roads lead to Rome” as this city that was the centre of civilization for centuries.  Rome’s historic place at the crossroads of the trade routes, left an impression on the city and culture. Rome still bustles with vibrancy and influences from African, Asian, and European cultures. 

When you first arrive, Rome can be overwhelming. It is noisy and chaotic. After you get to know Rome though, you will discover that Rome is also home to quaint parks, hidden piazzas and alleyways, and spiritual havens.

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Day 1: Begin by exploring and familiarizing yourself with some traditional Roman neighborhoods.

Day 2: Dive in and visit ancient Rome. The Colosseum, The Forum, and Palatine Hill.

Day 3: Learn about the impact that Christianity and the Vatican had on Rome and the Roman Empire by visiting the Vatican Museums and Vatican City.

Day 4: Spend your last day savouring the Tridente neighbourhood with visits to The Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, Parco Villa Borghese, and Trevi Fountain.

When is the best time of year to spend 4 days in Rome?

The best time of year to visit Rome for a long weekend is in the spring or autumn. In the autumn the colourful trees contrast beautifully with the ancient buildings. Spring is also a nice time to visit, however, you may encounter spring showers so be sure to pack a travel umbrella just in case you have to explore Rome in the rain.

While the summer is the most popular time to visit Rome, I would avoid spending 4 days in Rome during the summer months if you can visit at another time of year. Summers in Italy are hot and humid and Rome is no exception. It is also incredibly crowded in the summer.

It is much nicer to visit the sites when there are fewer people and you are not spending hours waiting in line. 

Read more about visiting Rome in winter.

How to get around Rome

Standard transportation passes of varying lengths can be purchased at any metro station or a tabacco shop, which is a small store selling cigarettes, drinks, and snacks.

Transportation passes can be used for unlimited rides on buses and the metro within Rome and are sold for 1, 2, 3, 7 days, or a month. On a 4 day Rome itinerary, you can mix up the various days according to your willingness and ability to walk.

Another option, the Roma Pass includes free transportation, a Rome Transportation map, free entrance to some sites and reduced entrance fees to remaining sites. The Roma Pass can be used at more than 40 monuments, museums and archaeological sites.

You can purchase a Roma Pass at the train station, the airport, at museums or monuments or online here. The price for the 2-day pass is 28 euros and the 3-day pass is 38.50 euros.

Please note that if you buy individual transportation tickets you must validate your ticket before riding the bus or metro. You will see little machines at each stop. Stiff fines will be incurred if you have not validated your ticket. Also, note that bus tickets and transportation passes cannot be purchased on the bus or train. They must be purchased in advance.

Taxi cabs cannot be hailed on the street. One must find a taxi stand and wait in line for your taxi. It is not very convenient. You can always call and have a taxi pick you up at your hotel though.

Where to base yourself for 4 days in Rome.

Rome is a sprawling big city. The majority of historic sites, however, are located in a relatively small area in the old centre of the city on the eastern bank of the Tiber River. This city centre is where most tourists choose to stay due to the proximity to the sites.

I usually recommend, however, that people stay in the Trastevere neighbourhood. Situated just across the Tiber on the western side of the river, Trastevere offers an authentic Italian experience. 

Trastevere is walkable from the city center or is easily accessible on tram number 8 which will take you right into the center. An added bonus, if you walk, you get to cross the beautiful stone footbridge, Ponte Sisto. Standing on Ponte Sisto one feels like they are at a crossroads of ancient history and modern, über stylish Rome. 

If you happen to be in Trastevere on a Sunday, you can visit Porta Portese’s famous Sunday flea market which sells everything you can imagine to buy. This market is full of hidden treasures.

If you prefer to be closer to the tourist spots I would recommend staying near Piazza Navona. Piazza Navona is a large beautiful square teeming with life at all hours and it is smack dab in the middle of most of the top tourist spots.

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4 Days in Rome Itinerary 

Day 1 in Rome – Exploring Roman Neighborhoods

In The Morning

Italians don’t typically eat a big breakfast. They have a brioche and an espresso standing at the bar of their favourite café. Most hotels will provide a continental breakfast, but the breakfasts aren’t up to much and when in Rome, you should do as the Romans do.  

To make the most of your 4 day Rome adventure find yourself a café to start your day. The neighbourhood café is the heart of Italian life. Every Italian has their favourite café that they stop at on their way into work. 

Going to a café as opposed to a hotel breakfast, you will get to experience the Italian coffee culture up front and in person. Enjoy a strong cup of coffee and a brioche (or some other delectable) at a table with table cloth and a proper cup instead of a paper cup with your name written on it. Or you can stand at the bar to save money. The coffee culture is strong in Italy. Enjoy it.

In Trastevere, I recommend Le Levain Roma, Via Luigi Santini 22/23 +39 06 4754 3834. Delectable pastries and good strong Italian coffee.

After breakfast: Tour Trastevere.

Fueled with espresso, head over to the Janiculum Terrace. It is a bit of a climb, but the views are worth it. In Roman mythology, Janiculum is the name of an ancient town founded by the god Janus (the two-faced god of beginnings).

On the way to Janiculum Terrace, stop at Piazza di Santa Maria, and see the oldest fountain of Rome, in Piazza Santa Maria. Located in the square in front of the church of Santa Maria, the fountain dates back to the 8th century.  Take a quick peek at the Basilica di Santa Maria, which is known to be one of the oldest churches in Rome. It is adorned with incredibly detailed, intricate mosaics.

Finally, head up the hill to Janiculum Terrace. This is a climb, but the end result is sweeping views of Rome. You can stand there, view the city, and like a Roman Emperor, decide where you will conquer next.

Midday

Head over to Piazza Navona. This square is one of the larger squares in Rome. It is full of artists selling paintings, performers, and stalls selling tourist trinkets. It is also home to the famed Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, the Fountain of Four Rivers, designed by Bernini.  

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This fountain is a photographer’s dream. Full of drama, rushing water and beautifully carved animals, you literally cannot take a bad photograph here.

The Baroque church Sant’Agnese in Agone is also worth a visit. In addition to the architectural feast it offers your eyes, the church maintains an interesting history.

According to church lore, a Christian girl named Agnes refused to marry a man against her will. She was punished for her rebellious nature by being taken to a brothel where she was stripped of her clothes and her hair. Miraculously, her hair immediately grew back and covered her unclothed body. Sadly, despite this miracle, Agnes was killed. It is said that the church retains her head in its crypt.

After exploring Piazza Navona, it’s time to eat. 

Eat lunch at Caffè Peru – Via di Monserrato 46

This café is a hidden gem. A short walk from Piazza Navona, it is located behind Campo de’ Fiori, the next stop on your neighborhood tour. Caffè Peru is a local hangout and offers a variety of dishes and good Italian wine. Sit and enjoy a slow meal, the Italian way. 

In the afternoon

Explore Campo de Fiori.

Campo de’ Fiori is a lovely piazza that the locals refer to “Campo.”  The name Campo dei Fiori means field of flowers. The piazza acquired its name because, during the day, you’ll find one of Rome’s famous markets.

Campo de Fiori is vibrant in colour, noise, and atmosphere. You can find almost anything here – fresh fruit and vegetables, salumi and a wide variety of cheeses, clothes, tourist souvenirs. The Campo market opens in the mornings and closes late afternoon.

After the market stalls begin to close, there are plenty of other sites to visit in the Campo.

Bruno’s Statue.

In the centre of Campo dei Fiori, one finds a statue of a man donning a long dark cloak. This is Giordano Bruno. Bruno was burned alive at the stake on that very spot for the radical idea of embracing science.

Bruno’s scientific opinions were seen to be in direct conflict with the Church’s teachings and Bruno lost his life supporting his ideas. It is just my opinion, but I think that dying for science and the advancement of a society is worthy of a quick visit to pay respect to the great minds that have passed before us. 

Via Giulia

Via Giulia is one of the most quaint streets in Italy. Picturesque and charming, it runs for 1 kilometre from San Giovanni dei Fiorentini church to Ponte Sisto.

Via Giulia is best known for its architectural aesthetic, multiple antique shops, and stores that make custom made clothes fitted to your body. Also, look for the ivy-covered arch that was designed by Michelangelo (hint – it’s near Palazzo Farnese).

Via dei Giubbonari

This is one of the most popular shopping streets in the Campo area. Via dei Giubbonari is packed with independently owned shops. You can shop for antiques, custom made clothes, Italian leather shoes, trinkets, and food.

Late Afternoon

Find a place at one of the many in bars near Camp de Fiori and enjoy aperitivo. Perhaps a glass of Prosecco or an Aperol Spritz? Italian aperitivo is akin to Happy Hour in the UK or the USA, however, in typical Italian fashion, it involves a lot more food as Italian culture ordains that one should not drink without eating.

As such, one could literally eat dinner at some apertivos and Campo dei Fiori offers lots of options to enjoy this Italian tradition.

Eat dinner at Assunte Madre – Via Giulia 14, +39 06 68 80 69 72

This popular restaurant is known for its fish. A bit of a higher price point than most restaurants, but you will not regret it. It is popular though, so it is recommended that you make a reservation.

In the evening head to the Pantheon.

The Pantheon is a temple located at Piazza della Rotonda.  Built as a sanctuary to all the gods before Christianity, it was transformed into a Christian church in the 6th century. 

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Inside there are numerous tombs, the most famous being those of Italian painter and architect Raphael and Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of unified Italy. The most popular aspect of the Pantheon, however, is the spherical dome in the centre. Designed to provide natural light, it is magnificent to see in the early evening or even at night. 

Day 2 in Rome – Ancient Rome

You have spent a day familiarizing yourself with modern Roman life, thus, it is only fitting that on your second day you step in back in time to the Roman Empire to understand how Rome has evolved.

No matter what time of year you visit Rome, I advise booking tickets in advance for the Colossuem, The Forum and Palatine Hill. These historic sites are some of the most visited tourist destinations in all of Italy and they are crowded all year long. Booking tickets in advance allows you to skip the long lines. You can also determine if you want a guided tour with a local expert or an audio tour. Given the vast amount of history, I recommend that at the very minimum you do an audio tour.

Eat Breakfast at…

Eat Breakfast at Coromandel, Via di Monte Giordano 60. +39 06 68802461 (Closed Mondays.)

Coromandel does not provide a typical Roman breakfast as their breakfast menu caters to tourists. If you are looking to eat a hearty breakfast this is the spot. Coromandel serves pancakes, French toast, omelettes, bacon, and fresh juice.

In the Morning

Begin your day visiting Palatine Hill. Go early if you are visiting Rome in the summer, as once again, it is best to do outdoor activities in the morning before the heat and humidity set in.

Rome is known as the city of 7 Hills and the Palatine is one of the most famous hills. This archaeological wonder displays life in ancient Rome.

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Palatine Hill is also home of the legendary Lupercal, the cave where Remus and Romulus, the founders of Rome, were found by the wolf. This legend is the heart of the city lore and made Palatine Hill one of the most prestigious and important hills since the city’s beginning.

Touring Palatine Hill today, one sees the ruins of the Stadium of Domitian, Romulus’ Hut, Flavian Palace, the House of Augustus, and the House of Livia. The Houses of Augustus and Livia are worth visiting to see their incredibly well-preserved frescoes.

In ancient Rome, The Forum was the seat of city government. Most city events, such as elections and political speeches, military processions, and criminal trials, were held in this large piazza.

The Forum was where Romans went to get their news, pay their taxes, and shop. It was literally the heart of ancient Rome. One cannot truly understand Rome and its evolution to the city it is today without visiting its ancient history.

Eat lunch at…

I try to avoid eating anywhere near a tourist destination. The restaurants are usually not very good and overpriced.

Unfortunately, this area of Rome is one big tourist destination, and that being said, a restaurant that has been around for over 70 years must be doing something right. Angelino ai Fori, Via dei Fori Imperiali, 25, +39 06 679 1121, has been making simple, traditional Roman food since 1947. It is a nice place to refuel and is an exception to the “don’t eat near a tourist site” rule.

In the afternoon…

Visit the Colossuem. In the heat of summer it is best to visit the Colossuem in the afternoon because one can escape the heat under the porticos and inside the thick walls that keep the air cooler.

Again, I recommend booking tickets online so that you can skip the long lines. Find a guided tour or take advantage of the audio tour. There is so much history and you don’t want to miss out.

After your visit to the Colosseum, take a 15-minute walk will take to La Bocca Della Verità or the Mouth of Truth.  Known to locals for centuries, the Mouth of Truth was made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the Movie Roman Holiday. Legend has it that the Bocca Della Verità will eat the hand of anyone telling lies. It is a great photo spot.

colloseum at sunset a must on any rome itinerary

Eat dinner

My local Roman friend recommended Li Rioni. Via dei SS. Quattro Coronati 24, +39 06 70450605.

Only open for dinner, this restaurant is generally filled with locals despite its proximity to the tourist hot spots. In addition to fantastic pizza, according to my friend, one should not miss the ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers as she swears it is heaven in your mouth.

Li Rioni opens at 7:00 which is the best time to go because that is too early for Italians and you can get a seat. By 9:00 pm it is packed. This is inexpensive, authentic Italian food. A great spot to experience local Italian dinner customs, relax and enjoy a slow dinner. Note, it is closed on Tuesdays.

In the evening

Rest your tired feet and reminisce about your day. The American Bar at Hotel Forum is one of the best spots to reflect upon all you have discovered of the ancient city. This rooftop bar offers incredible views of the ancient part of the city.  

Sip a prosecco or choose from a full bar menu of cocktails and liqueurs. This is also a great spot to watch the sunset or to take in the twinkling lights of the city.  

The bar is open daily from 5 pm until late in the evening and is open to the public, not just hotel guests. 

Day 3 – Vatican City and Museums

Day 3 of your Rome Itinerary will take you to Vatican City and the Vatican Museums. These sites are crowded all year long and are another place that I strongly recommend you book tickets in advance.

Vatican City is a city-state with a population of about 1,000 clergies. Vatican City is the smallest sovereign state in the world by both area and population, but, it is one of the most visited countries in the world. It is a pilgrimage spot for Catholics as well a popular tourist destination due to its vast collection of art and religious relics.

Within Vatican City are the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

In The Morning

Make your way to Bar Nero Caffe Via Paola, 31, +39 06 9259 2621, at the beginning of the Ponte Sant’Angelo.

Offering coffee and Italian baked goods they are open early. After getting there early and loading up on caffeine and sugar, enjoy one of my favourite ways to greet the day, stroll the Ponte Sant’Angelo that leads to Castel Sant’Angelo.

This bridge dedicated to Saint Angelo is best known as the Angel Bridge due to the ten angels adorning it. On an early morning, it is a peaceful, spiritual place.

Angel Bridge rome

The bridge leads you across the Tiber to Castel Sant’Angelo. Castel Sant’Angelo is open to the public, but given you are only in Rome for 4 days, this mausoleum is one to visit another time.

Instead, make your way to the Vatican Museums. I like starting at the museums first, as it is less crowded and you and take as long as you need to see it all. Home to a multitude of art treasures, an amazing map room, and the spectacular Sistine Chapel, the museums open at 9:00 a.m.

spiral staircase in the vatican museum - essential on your 4 day rome itinerary

*Note: the Sistine Chapel is spectacular and really, really crowded.  If your budget allows, it is worth it to book first entry tickets through either Viator or Get Your Guide. This ticket allows you to enter the chapel before it is open to the public and you can enjoy it in a much more serene way. Check with tour operators for current prices. 

It is important to note when planning your 4 days Rome itinerary, that the Vatican Museums are closed on most Sundays. If you happen to visit on the last Sunday of the month, however, the museums are free to visitors who enter before 12:30 p.m. Get in line early though!

Eat Lunch  

The museum has a cafeteria and a nice garden one can eat in if you haven’t had time to see all the treasures that you wish to see in the morning. Honestly, the food is ok, but let’s face it, if you are there and haven’t seen all the treasures that the museum holds, then lunch is a sacrifice one has to make. And an added bonus, the gardens are really nice.

If you got to the museum early and are finished by lunchtime, I recommend eating at Dino e Toni, Via Leone IV 84, +39 06 68 39 22 27.

This trattoria is a local favorite spot. Not fancy, Dino e Toni serves fresh Roman fare at a decent price considering its proximity to one of the world’s biggest tourist attractions. Run by 2 guys, Dino and Toni, who have been friends since they were bambinos, the atmosphere feels like you’re eating in their home. And in a way, you are, as there is no set menu. You must be willing to take a risk and trust what they bring you.

In The Afternoon: St. Peter’s Basilica.

St Peter’s Basilica is the crown jewel of Vatican City. This cathedral is said to have been built upon the tomb of St. Peter, one of the 12 Apostles of Christ.

At. Peter’s is open daily at 7 a.m. and is free to the public. The lines are quite long, however, there are tickets available that allow one to skip the long lines. These special tours offer a fast track entrance and a guided history of the relics.

If you opt for waiting in line and free entrance, you can find an inexpensive audio guide available in multiple languages for a few euros. After you enter the basilica, immediately on your right is an information desk that rents the audio guides.

Please note that a strict dress code is enforced at St Peter’s Basilica. Men must wear long trousers (no shorts) and cover their shoulders. Men’s hats should be removed upon entry. Women must not have bare shoulders, bare midriffs or apparel that is shorter than knee length. Women are allowed to wear head scarves.

While the entrance to St Peter’s is free, there is a fee if you wish to climb to the cupola. You can walk the entire 551 steps or take an elevator part of the way leaving you with 320 steps to conquer. This climb is not recommended for those with claustrophobia, heart conditions or women who are pregnant.  

Once reaching the cupola, it is the best 360 degree view of Rome you will find. 

Note: Every Wednesday, with the exception of late July and August, the Pope holds an audience at St Peters Basilica. You can get tickets to see the Pope give a Papal Audience or Papal Mass for free. It takes place in St Peter’s Square.

Note: If you are visiting St. Peter’s on a Wednesday, you will have to wait until the Papal address is over before being allowed to enter. And the square is very, very crowded.

Top Tip! Unfortunately, despite being a holy place, Vatican City and St Peter’s Square are hot spots for theft. Countless pickpockets lurk about around Vatican City preying on tourists. They will bump you, follow you, talk to you, offer you a special tour. Anything to distract you. Be alert. And also note that if you take public transportation, bus # 64 is known to be a thief’s dream.

Eat Dinner: Osteria Fratelli Mori, Via dei Conciatori 10, +39 331 323 4399

As the name implies, Osteria Fratelli Mori is run by the Mori brothers. A casual atmosphere serving classic Roman recipes such as pasta, meatballs, fried artichokes, and pizza. Everyone in your group can find something they like on this menu. 

Day 4  – Explore the Tridente neighborhood – The Spanish Steps, Shopping, Piazza del Popolo.

In the Morning

The Spanish Steps

Begin your day at the Spanish Steps. This neighbourhood is very upscale and home to many restaurants, hotels and shops. It is one of the most photographed spots in Rome and as such, it gets very crowded.  I recommend visiting first thing if you want to get photos with the least number of people in them.

spanish steps Rome

Enjoy your last morning of Italian coffee. Make your way to Antico Caffe Greco at Via dei Condotti, 86, +39 06 679 1700

Piazza Del Popolo

From the Spanish Steps walk to the ever popular Piazza del Popolo or the People’s Square. In ancient times, this square was the main entrance to the ancient city of Rome. It was literally the place where all roads led to. Commanding your attention immediately is the Obelisco Flaminio, located in the middle of the square. This obelisk monument was brought to Rome in 10 BC. I stood there and pondered just how long the city has been bustling with people.  Also on the square are 2 cathedrals and statutes by Bernini.

View over Popolo rome

If you climb the stairs on the eastern side of the square you can get some great photos of the piazza and Rome.

Shopping in Tridente

If shopping is your thing, explore the Tridente neighbourhood. This neighbourhood got its moniker because it boasts 3 of the most important shopping stress of the fashion capital which form a triangular shape, Via del Babuino, Via Ripetta and Via del Corso.  If you want to shop, this is the area.

Eat Lunch at…

After shopping and exploring, you must be hungry. Stop for a bite to eat at Canova Tadolini, Via del Babuino, 150/a, +39 06 32 11 07 02. This café is a mixture of restaurant and museum. It is ornate, odd, and wonderful all at the same time.

In The Afternoon: Spend Your Remaining Hours Enjoying A Roman Park and Ensure Your Return Visit To Rome.

Spend your last few hours enjoying Rome’s largest park. Parco Villa Borghese is the perfect spot to people watch, relax and ponder your 4 day Rome Itinerary.

From Piazza del Popolo, ascend the Viale della Trinita dei Monti to the park. 

You can spend as much time as you like in the park. It is peaceful and lively at the same time. The park is flat and easy to navigate and as you walk, you will encounter children riding old fashioned bicycles, balloon vendors, refreshment stands selling gelato, food and cocktails. One can also rent single or tandem bikes. 

Following a map around the park, one can hit all the highlights. If you have time, a visit to either Villa Medici or Museo e Galleria Borghese is worth it. Both offer spectacular collections. 

Finally, descend the steps and arrive back at Piazza di Spagni. It is about a 10-minute walk to your final dinner.

Eat Dinner: Piccolo Buco, Via del Lavatore 91, +39 06 69380163.

This pizzeria serves fresh, amazing, pizza. Their ingredients are hand chosen from high-quality vendors and they use only Morolo fiordilatte cheese. Once you’ve tasted this cheese it’s hard to have any other.

In The Evening

From Piccolo Buco walk to Piazza di Trevi and the Trevi Fountain. This iconic spot is where one throws a coin over their shoulder to ensure a return visit to Rome. What a perfect end to your 4 Day Rome Itinerary.

trevi fountain rome

Shelley Jarvis is a travel writer and photographer who hails from the USA. She acquired her wanderlust as a child and has been exploring ever since. She currently manages Niche Travel Design, a travel blog and community featuring stories of life abroad, cultural experiences, recipes, ideas and tips for creating unique memories to last a lifetime. Niche Travel Design believes that designing the perfect vacation is as much an art form as designing a home’s interior or a garden’s landscape. Niche Travel Design curates travel to feed the soul. You can follow Shelley on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

Many thanks to Shelly for this fabulous 4 day Rome itinerary. It has me yearning to go back to Rome myself. I last visited in 2014 but only had 2.5 days to explore. I think 4 days in Rome sounds much better!

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6 Things to Know Before Buying a Timeshare

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​If you’re looking for a permanent vacation spot, buying a timeshare might be a smart move. Here’s what you need to know before taking the plunge.

The US timeshare industry’s sales volume hit a whopping $10.2 billion last year, up 7% from 2017, according to the annual State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry report

by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). That marks nine consecutive years of growth.

However, buying a timeshare isn’t right for everyone. Here are six things you need to know before purchasing one.

1. How timeshares work

Owning a timeshare can be a great way to have access to a vacation property that you love without having to shoulder the high costs of owning your own home, like property taxes and mortgage payments.

Traditionally, timeshare buyers pay a lump sum of money upfront, which allows them use of a specific unit at the same time every year. Some timeshare units are located at big-name hotels or resorts, while others are located at off-site communities. A one-week interval is most common – meaning there might be 52 people who share ownership of a property – but the time frame can be shorter or longer depending on the contract. Some timeshares, though, offer “flexible” or “floating” weeks that allow owners to choose when they want to stay at the property (subject to availability) from year to year.

2. Timeshare presentations often use grueling, high-pressure sales tactics

Timeshares are frequently sold during on-site presentations, and to attract prospective buyers, many timeshare companies will offering attendees freebies like dinner vouchers or discounted vacations. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, right? Not exactly.

These presentations are led by trained salespeople who know precisely what to say to persuade people to buy a timeshare, which is why many consumer advocates recommend people take time to mull things over – and do some comparison shopping to see if they’re getting a good deal – before deciding whether to purchase a timeshare.

Pro tip: if you’re the type of person who is especially susceptible to high-pressure sales tactics, you may want to avoid timeshare presentations altogether.

3. Watch out for high maintenance fees

Most timeshares come with annual maintenance fees to pay for expenses like landscaping, amenities upkeep, and business costs (like recordkeeping, scheduling, or staffing), and these fees can add up. According to the ARDA, timeshare maintenance fees cost, on average, $1,000 a year. Unfortunately, maintenance fees can increase over time. Thus, it pays to look a timeshare community’s maintenance fee history, and find out whether any large expenses (e.g., construction of a new fitness center) are coming up, before purchasing a timeshare unit.

4. Timeshares tend to depreciate…

Though timeshares enable buyers to freeze their future vacation costs, they tend to depreciate in value. Unlike buying a vacation home, which can increase in value as home prices increase, buying a timeshare doesn’t tend to yield a great return on investment. Why? Because timeshare owners face the uphill battle of persuading someone to pay more for a used unit, when they have the option to buy a brand-new timeshare directly from a resort or vacation club – making it challenging for owners to make a profit

5. …but they’re not always money traps

Typically, timeshare owners have the right to rent out their week(s) through exchange programs, such as Resort Condominiums International (RCI), Interval International (II), and Trading Places International. This gives owners the opportunity to travel to cities around the world and stay at rental properties that may cost significantly less than standard hotel rooms or resort rates.

The caveat? Most timeshare exchange programs charge an annual subscription fee (generally between $100 and $300), and some charge an additional fee for each transaction that can vary depending on the length of stay, unit size, and time of purchase.

6. Timeshare scams run rampant

The timeshare industry has been a target for fraudsters since it was born in the 1970s. Because scam artists have developed a number of deceptive practices to dupe consumers, it’s important to look out for red flags.

One common scheme is where a company calls to offer you an exceptionally low price on a timeshare if you book today; the only thing you have to do is pay a large upfront fee of say, $15,000 – except you learn later that no timeshare exists.

There are also resale scammers who target timeshare owners during tough economic times, promising that they have a buyer lined up who is ready to make them an exceptional offer in order to get the owner to send them money and then they disappear.

Your best form of protection is to stay vigilant. If a timeshare company contacts you, do your homework to make sure the business is legitimate. Contact local consumer protection agencies in the state where the company is located, as well as the Better Business Bureau (BBB), to see if there are any existing complaints about the organization.

The bottom line

Buying a timeshare is a good idea for some people, but it’s a bad idea for others. By understanding the pros and cons of owning a timeshare, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision for your travel needs.

3 Day Maui Itinerary: Get The Most Out Of 3 Days In Maui, Hawaii

Planning 3 days in Maui? If so, this 3 day Maui itinerary, today’s guest article written by Brittany, will help you plan your trip to make sure you get to sample some of the best bits of this beautiful island in Hawaii.

Maui is one of those places which can appeal to lots of different people. Whether you are looking to enjoy some volcanic crater hikes (like Haleakala,) want to chill on an exotic beach or fancy road tripping along the road to Hana, Maui has something to offer you. Maui has the most beaches with good swimming conditions in Hawai. It is also one of the best places to go Whale watching with one of the densest population of Humpback whales in the world!

So you may be wondering, is 3 days in Maui enough?! Possibly not as there is so much to see an do there. But it will give you a flavour of the island if you are planning to island hop in Hawaii or only have a short time to visit.

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How to Spend 3 Days in Maui


The island of Maui in Hawaii is the perfect blend of gorgeous beaches and green jungle, relaxation and adventure. If you have only 3 days in Maui, then read below to see which things you can’t miss on your trip. Below I have laid out a 3 day Maui Itinerary so you will know the best places to eat, sleep, and top things to do while you are in Maui.

Maui is home to some of the best and most beautiful beaches in the world. If you have 3 days in Maui then you are going to want to maximize your time so that you can see the top beaches that Maui has on offer. You can do this by trying to stay in the same area each day but trying out several different beaches. While the island is small, the lack of roads can mean it takes a while to get to one part of the island to another.

This 3 day Maui itinerary mixes 2 relaxation beach days with one day for adventure in other parts of the Island. Which is the perfect combination to let you have a taste of the beautiful island of Maui.

An Overview of this 3 day Maui Itinerary

Day 1  A beautiful sunrise and the best beach in Maui

Day 2 Adventure awaits

Day 3 End it all with relaxation on the beach and amazing dinner experience

hawaii maui volcano crater

Reasons you should visit Maui

Maui is an island in Hawaii that is home to beautiful pristine beaches and resorts but also has a whole other side to it beyond the beaches with jungle, plenty of hiking and waterfalls for you to see. It is the perfect island for people who want both relaxation and adventure. There are so many things to do in Maui.

When is the best time of year to visit Maui?

Maui is nice year round at about 80 degrees. Summer can be extra busy and a bit more humid with less wind which can make it feel hotter.  The rest of the year has a cool sea breeze that makes it very pleasant and the water is always warm. Visiting in December-March is the prime time to see humpback whales which is an amazing experience!

humpback whale breaching

How to get to Maui?

You need to fly to Maui – most major cities have a direct flight though with some smaller cities, you may need a connecting flight. If you are travelling to Maui from another island in Hawaii, there is the airline, Hawaiian air, that has regular flights between the islands.

How to get around Maui in 3 days?

Once on the island I highly recommend you rent a car. Maui is not the type of Island where you will want to just hang out at your hotel resort. It is an island where you will want to drive to many different beaches and to the other parts of the island.

Maui coastline on a sunny day

Where to base yourself for 3 days in Maui

There are 3 areas in Maui I recommend. The first is Kaanapali. Home to THE most popular Maui beach, Kaanapali has many great hotels and affordable condos for rent. Kaanapali is also close to many great restaurants and the old whaling village Lahaina which has great shopping opportunities. Kaanapali is the most popular place to stay on the Island.

Accommodation options in Kaanapali

The second area is Wailea. This is the fancier area of the island with high priced resorts. But what is so cool about Hawaii, is that the beaches have to have access for everybody, not just resort guests. So even if a resort sits right on the beach, everyone has access to it! Big Beach and Makena Surf beach are great beaches in this area. 

Accommodation options in Wailea

The third place I recommend is Kihei. It is located between Wailea and Kaanapali which makes it a good location to explore many different beaches and places. It also has many affordable condo options that are right on the beach. Kihei also has many great restaurants nearby.

Accommodation options in Kihei 

The Best 3 Day Maui itinerary

Day 1 of your 3 day Maui itinerary

In the morning…

One of the most amazing things you can do in Maui is watching the sunrise on Haleakala Crater. It is breathtaking and you really appreciate the beauty for the island from 10,000 ft.

Maui sunrise over volcano

I recommend doing this on your 1st day in Maui because the time difference makes it easier to get up at 3-4 am on for the 1.5-2 hr drive up the summit. Yes, it is early but SO worth it. It is a one of a kind experience that simply takes your breath away.

With limited parking at the summit, you must make reservations online prior to going up to 30 days in advance.

It is also a good 20-30 degrees cooler up on the crater so plan on bringing a jacket and even gloves and hat. This is an amazing photo opportunity spot so bring your camera! 

Eat lunch at…

You should eat lunch at Kimo’s Maui in Lahaina overlooking the ocean. The food is great and the views are spectacular. Get the fish and a blue Hawaiian to drink.

In the afternoon…

Spend the afternoon at Kaanapali Beach. For great snorkelling, head closer to black rock which also is great for cliff diving. Or if you just prefer to relax and take it all in, this is a great beach for everyone. You may want to go back to take a nap before heading out for dinner and your evening!

Eat dinner at…

Eat dinner at MonkeyPod in Whaler’s Village. It has great food and views. This is a popular place so it may be best to make a reservation. After dinner walk around at some of the shopping in Whaler’s Village which has a bunch of beachfront stores.

In the evening…

Take a sunset stroll at Keawakapu Beach. This beach offers a surprisingly isolated half-mile stretch of beautiful white sand, located in Kihei and is perfect to catch a beautiful Maui sunset. Bring a towel and have a beer on the beach if you prefer that to a walk.

Maui sunset

Day 2 of your 3 day Maui Itinerary

In the Morning…

Make sure you have snacks, lunch, water, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent and hit the road to arrive in Paia by 7 am.

Today you are going to one of the most unique and amazing experiences you can have – The Road to Hana.

The Road to Hana is less about the destination and more about the journey and experience. This road is only 64 miles long but will take you all day to visit and head back. This road trip is home to so many amazing lookouts, waterfalls, and hikes. I suggest downloading a Road to Hana app that will tell you the best places to stop and even narrate the Maui history.

Recommended stops along the road to Hana

Twin Falls

The first is Twin Falls at Mile Marker #2. Just past Paia, Twin Falls is a good place to stop if you’ve started the drive early. (Otherwise, you may want to skip it in favour of the bigger, more impressive waterfalls later on.)

The hike to the waterfall is easy and beautiful, and there’s a farm stand selling coconut water, banana bread, and smoothies at the entrance. It’s definitely worth a quick peek.

Garden of Eden Arboretum

The next is Garden of Eden Arboretum which is at mile marker #10. This one has a car fee but we found it absolutely worth it. It has amazing views and so many photo opportunities. They have a beautiful botanical garden with amazing eucalyptus trees and a 1000-year-old mango tree!

The Lava Tube

The Lava Tube is at mile marker #31. The Hana Lava Tube, also known as Ka’Eleku Caverns, provides a wonderful adventure. There are self-guided cave tours available seven days per week and take about 40 minutes. Plus, the handrails and comfortable temperature make this activity fun, safe, and easy for visitors of all ages.

Wai’anapanapa State Park Black Sand Beach

Wai’anapanapa State Park at Mile Marker #32. This is known as the “black sand beach”. It so unique and beautiful, you won’t want to miss it. This is a great place to spend some time and have a picnic lunch.

Halfway to Hana Banana Bread stand

Do not finish the Road to Hana without stopping by the Halfway to Hana banana bread stand. It is insanely delicious. The Road to Hana also has so many fresh fruit stands that you need to try. If you did not pack a lunch you can try Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill which is a food truck that has delicious traditional Hawaiian fare like BBQ chicken or fish tacos with rice and macaroni salad.

The Seven Sacred Pools

The last stop and the most popular is the Seven Sacred Pools aka ‘Ohe’o Gulch  This is an easy 1/2 mile trail to beautiful pools. After this stop, you turn around and head back and can stop at any of the spots you missed on the way back.

These are just a few of the many stops on the Road to Hana. But for your 3 days in Maui, you can’t miss driving the Road to Hana, it is a firm favourite for sure!

For Dinner…

After your day on the Road to Hana stop in Paia and eat at Paia Fish Market which has amazing fresh fish tacos. Paia is a super cool bohemian surfer town with tons of cool shops you can explore after dinner.

Day 3 of your 3 day Maui Itinerary

In the morning…

For your third day in Maui, I would start your day by visiting Wailea. Hit Big Beach AKA Makena Beach which has a mile long shoreline with pristine sand. Since it is so big it never really feels crowded. This is a great beach but can have rough waters so be cautious.

Maui beach drone photo

For lunch…

For lunch go to Ka’ana Kitchen in Wailea. This is a great elegant but casual option. They have great food and service. Get some shaved ice at Surfing Monkey Shave Ice.

In the afternoon…

Once you have had lunch I would go to my personal favourite beach – Makena Surf. It is absolutely gorgeous and usually less crowded than a lot of the other beaches. This is a great beach to see and swim with giant sea turtles and there may be humpback whales in the distance in the winter/spring months.

For dinner…

Another can’t miss for your 3 days in Maui is going to Mama’s Fish House. This is THE most popular restaurant in Maui so plan on making reservation at least 6-8 weeks in advance. This upscale restaurant has an amazing locally caught fresh fish centred menu.

I highly recommend Mama’s Stuffed Fish. You also need to try the famous Polynesian Black Pearl dessert which is chocolate mousse in a pastry shell. Perfect of Instagram.

The atmosphere is out of this world. Located right on the beach, it is a perfect way to end your Maui vacation. I recommend going before sunset so you can watch the sunset. After dinner, sit out on the beach and watch the waves in tiki light.


You can definitely spend much longer than 3 days in Maui but with this 3 days in Maui itinerary, you will hit all the top things to see and do in Maui. This itinerary has the perfect balance of relaxation, adventure and good food. After your taster of Maui, I am confident you will want to come back, it is just that amazing.


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​The 10 Most Beautiful Coral Reefs in the World

For snorkelers and deep-sea divers, coral reefs are the ultimate treasure troves. Also called the “rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs are rich ecosystems that are teeming with underwater gardens, colorful rock formations, and diverse marine life.

Coral reefs are found in more than 100 countries, according to Coral Reef Alliance, a nonprofit that focuses on protecting reefs around the world.

Need a little help narrowing down your options? Here is Budget Travel’s list of the most beautiful coral reefs around the globe.

The West Bay in Roatan, Honduras

The second-largest barrier reef in the world is a must-see. Only yards away from a one-mile beach of white sand and palm trees, the West Bay is filled with canyons and crevices, hard and soft corals, and vibrant yellow and purple sea fans. It’s also one of the best-preserved coral reefs in the Caribbean.

Raja Ampat in Indonesia

Located at the intersection of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Raja Ampat archipelago is home to one of the most colorful coral reefs in the world. Fed by nutrients from deep-sea currents, Raja Ampat – the most biodiverse coral reef ecosystem in the world – is known as the “Crown Jewel” of the Coral Triangle, an area of tropical marine waters in the western Pacific Ocean.

Gordon Reef in Egypt

Banner fish, parrot fish, cornet fish, and blue-spotted sting rays are just a few of the many marine animals that inhabit Egypt’s Gordon Reef. Keep your eyes peeled for sleeping reef sharks, and don’t miss the remains of the famous Loullia shipwreck, which ran aground on the northern end in 1981. Due to the shallowness of the water, the luminosity is exceptional.

Aharen Beach in Okinawa, Japan

Snorkelers and divers alike travel here to glimpse the beauty of this reef’s white-sand ocean floor, bright coral formations, sea turtles, and schools of tiny, colorful tropical fish. Underwater life thrives in this reef, which is notably well preserved.

Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea

Also located within the Coral Triangle, Papua New Guinea’s coral reef is dominated by stunning, rainforest-covered volcanic peaks that rise steeply from the water, some reaching over 2,000 meters above the surface. Spadefish, jacks, and barracuda roam the waters of these colorful corals. In addition to checking out the area’s diverse marine life, visitors should view some of Papua New Guinea’s aviation wrecks from World War II (the area sustained heavy Allied bombings), which are easily viewed through the Bismarck Sea’s clear blue waters.

Rainbow Reef in Fiji

Luminescent corals are the prized possession of Fiji’s Rainbow Reef. Home to millions of beautifully colored reef fish and sea anemones, these waters are brimming with 300 types of hard coral. Fiji is particularly famous for its butterfly fish, and the entire 27 species can be found swimming in Rainbow Reef, which is also home to Taveuni’s Great White Wall, a world-class dive site composed of soft, white corals and colorful sponges that stretches down about 25 meters below the water’s surface.

The Maldives

One of the best year-round diving destinations in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is also one of the most intricate marine ecosystems on the planet. The archipelago attracts more than 1 million tourists a year, and for good reason: its chain of 26 coral atolls are, put simply, a tropical paradise bursting with fish life, including manta rays, sea turtles, and giant clams.

The caveat? Since 2014, the Maldives have experienced widespread and, in some cases, severe coral bleaching as a result of rising sea water temperatures. The upshot: a number of marine life preservation organizations have banded together to address the reef’s coral bleaching issues.

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia

The world’s largest coral reef is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations around the globe. Indeed, it’s one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Its sprawling reef system, which stretches over 1,400 miles, supports a range of marine life, including endangered species like dugongs and green sea turtles. The Great Barrier Reef also contains more than 400 types of coral and around 240 species of birds.

Apo Reef in the Philippines

Spread over 13 square miles, Apo Reef is the world’s second-largest contiguous coral reef system. The channel is home to about 300 species of colorful marine life –including tropical aquarium fish, snappers, and yellowmargin triggerfish – and roughly 450 species of coral. Its pristine waters make for ideal snorkeling and scuba diving.

The Hawaiian Coral Reef

The Hawaiian Islands is home to more than 410,000 acres of coral reef in the main islands alone. Its clear waters feature over 500 species of algae and a dazzling array of colorful marine life, including the Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a, a triggerfish that is Hawaii’s state fish. One-quarter of its marine life is endemic to Hawaii, meaning they can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Planning The Perfect Weekend In Trentino, North Italy’s Secret Gem

If you are planning a weekend in Trentino then congratulations! You are going to have an epic trip to Italy!

Trentino in summer - green hills with snow capped mountains

Trentino wasn’t really on my radar until I attended a travel writing conference in Trento called Traverse. You can read more about Traverse here.

The very moment I arrived in Trento, I was smitten. Trentino is a stunning region of Italy and it’s capital Trento is the perfect base for exploring the wine regions, lakes and snow-capped mountains of Northern Italy. That is if you can tear yourself away from the charming old town of Trento with its castles, churches, gardens, cobbled streets and spectacular cable car views…

Spending a weekend in Trentino will not nearly be long enough to appreciate all that this wonderful region has on offer. But it will give you a good taste for Northern Italy and hopefully leave you wanting to come back and explore further afield.

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Where is Trentino?

Trentino is a region in northern Italy which borders with the tip of Lake Garda and is a gateway to the stunning Italian Dolomites Mountains. The region is packed with wineries, castles, old towns, mountainous and lake scenery offering lots of outdoors activities and fantastic hikes. Trentino deserves a place on any Northern Italy road trip!

LAGO DI MOLVENO trentino Carlo Baroni
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Trento is the capital city of the region of Trentino with a population of 117K, home to the extremely beautiful Buonconsiglio Castle. The old town centre is compact and easy to walk around with quaint cobbled alleys, old churches with restored baroque architecture and parks brimming with colourful flowers. Just outside of town is a cable car which will afford you gorgeous views over the valley. I would recommend making this lovely city, Trento, your base for your weekend in Trentino.

Why you should plan a weekend in Trentino?

You may be wondering ‘Why Trentino?’

As I’ve already mentioned, Trentino hadn’t been on my personal radar before this year. I hadn’t even heard of it! Places like Tuscany, The Amalfi Coast and Sicily were all high on my Italy bucket list as I’m sure they are for many travellers. But Trentino had never leapt out at me. I didn’t really know what to expect when I got there.

But now I find myself asking why it had never made it onto my radar before? How is it not equally as popular as Lake Garda, Venice or Cinque de Terre?!

Because Trentino is beautiful!

But not only is it beautiful but it’s friendly, affordable, uncrowded, authentic and there’s such a variety of things to do and places to see in this area. You will certainly not be bored on a weekend in Trentino! You are halfway between the Dolomites and Lake Garda so you will be indulged with some of the most beautiful scenery in Northern Italy.

view of Trento from the castle

There are so many places in Italy which have become overrun with tourists. It’s almost impossible to get good home cooked pasta without a hugely inflated price tag – lunch on Capri Island on the Amalfi Coast set me back a whopping €53!

Somehow, Trentino has escaped over tourism which has affected so many parts of Italy. The restaurants all serve delicious and affordable food – without exception! There are more locals than tourists and they smile at you as you walk by. You can afford a quality hotel room without needing to sell a kidney for the privilege.

Hiking in trentino in the summer

Things to do on a weekend in Trentino

Take a Hike to Lago Di Tret

Suggested by Philipp Ammon of CapturingWanderlust.com

Hiking to Lago di Tret, an old wooden jetty invites hikers to take a dive into the cool, emerald meltwater of this hidden forest lake. While you might not feel up to joining the locals on a traditional winter-morning swim, a sunny Trentino day during the warmer seasons could offer the perfect atmosphere for a picnic and a refreshing dip in lake Tret.

You can find a place to park next to the Hotel Scoiattolo in Val di Non. Follow the 512 Mountain Trail marked by a red and white flag and signs reading “Al Lago” for a relaxed 30-40 min uphill walk. The trail is lined with rushing creeks and colourful wildflower meadows.

You may work up a sweat, but as with most things in Trentino, the effort is well worth the reward.

Trentino lake by Philipp ammon
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Take a day trip to Bolzano

Suggested by Kate of OurEscapeClause.com

Nestled in the Italian Dolomites and the capital of South Tyrol, a day trip to Bolzano is the perfect getaway from Trento!

Whether you want to pay a visit to the 5,000-year-old man Ötzi (yes, really!), stroll through Bolzano’s many colorful streets, hit up the delicious food markets, marvel at the frescoes at Castel Roncolo, or board a cable car that will whisk you away to one of the many small mountain villages in the region, Bolzano has something for you.

If you’re looking for epic views, try heading to Santa Maria Maddalena Church–and don’t forget to go for a wine tasting at one of the many nearby vineyards while you’re out there!

If you happen to be visiting the region in the winter, don’t forget to add a visit to Bolzano’s Christmas market onto your itinerary–as the home of the oldest Christmas market in Italy, there’s no better place in the country to experience a bit of festive cheer.

Picture of countryside around Bolzano

Take the Hydrotour Dolomiti at the Santa Massenza Hydro-Power Plant

trentino hydro power tour

You cannot fail to notice on your weekend in Trentino, just how many lakes and rivers there are. Trentino has tapped into that water source to create clean energy across the region and supply it nationally be creating Hydro electricity plants. They created huge tunnels under the mountains and funnelled water at high pressure and speed into power plants where the water is processed through huge turbines and is turned into clean electricity without any negative impact upon our environment. You can now learn all about how they do this by taking the Hydrotour Dolomiti.

Visit Lago Di Toblino

Take a leisurely stroll around this stunning lake admiring the Castel Toblino, this ideally situated castle. This is a great location for photographers for sunset and blue hour pictures. Here’s mine below! The great thing is that it can be accessed by a 5-10 minute walk which is great when there is not much light!

castle near trentino on a lake lit up at night

Visit Lake Garda

Ah Lake Garda, such a beautiful location. Although the lake is huge, you can get around it in one day if you start early. Stop off at the many beautiful villages including Sirmione with it’s charming lakeside castle complete with moat.

sirmione lakeside castle

Try Tandem Paragliding

Suggested by Lucy of FarawayLucy.com

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at tandem paragliding, there is truly no better setting in which to do so than over Lake Idro. Boasting a view that is second-to-none across the majestic Chiese Valley, paragliding is a great opportunity to get a bird’s eye view over one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes.

Hop in the car which takes you up to the mountainous alpine pastures and soon you’ll be ready to fly! Whether you are after a relaxing ride or a more exhilarating experience, the friendly team at Trentino Adventures gear your flight towards what you want to get out of the experience.

While the time may seem to fly by (pun totally intended), the flight actually lasts around 20 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to soak up the scenery. The experience may set you back around £100 per person, but the views make it well worth every penny!

Paragliding in trentino

Visit a winery

Suggested by Andrea of HappyDaysTravelBlog.com

Cavit Winery, located just outside the city of Trento, is a cooperative of ten wineries
and their associated 4,500 individual growers. It was set up in 1950 and now employs 200 people and produces 60% of all Trentino wine. As well as supplying the home market, Cavit exports all over the world and is the leading Italian brand in the USA.

The main grapes used by Cavit are Müller Thurgau, Gewürtztraminer and Pinot
Grigio, but they also grow a small amount of the ancient variety, Nosiola. In 2018,
they produced just 6000 bottles of this delicious award-winning white wine, rich with walnut flavours. We were lucky enough to taste it during our visit.

Cavit also produce red wines, mainly Bordeaux blends, and, under their Altemasi
label, sparkling Trentodoc wines, the oldest appellation in Italy.

The winery is happy to arrange visits for groups of ten or more. Contact them by
email at least a month before ([email protected]). Individuals can visit the onsite shop for tastings and purchases. It is open Monday to Friday 9.30 – 12.30 and 2.30 –
6.45 and Saturday 10 – 12.30. I highly recommend you do – it was a highlight of my time in Trentino.

Wine tasting at Cavit, Trentino

Visit the Gorges of Ponte Alto

Suggested by Toti and Alessia of ItalianTripAboad.com

For centuries the main objective of the inhabitants of Trento was to protect the city from the danger of flooding. The most important engineers in the World were working constantly on dyke, embankment and docks with the only plan to protect Trento.

That made the amazing Gorges of Ponte Alto, a deep canyon carved in the rocks by the river Farina over thousands of years. This is one of the best experiences to have in Trento and beyond.

Trekking along the valley, you can get close enough to the gorge to touch with your hands the cold flowing water, breathe the breeze of the spring water coming directly from the top of the mountains in the canyons. I had an amazing experience roaming between the vineyards of Trento Doc. An adventurous journey inside the thick forest and climbing down the difficult rocks while reaching the pool where the gorge flows.

Thanks to a group of passionate inhabitants and professional climbers I had the chance to get in deep into the gorge, an experience that will be forever in my mind. 

Visiting the gorges of ponte alto

Go Skiing or Ski Boarding in winter in San Martino

Suggested by Ania of TheTravellingTwins.com

We spent a winter holiday in San Martino skiing and snowboarding in the region of Trentino and we had a great time.

Our family was pretty new to snowsports, and with a total of 60 km of pistes, about half of which were graded blue, we had a fantastic choice. Slopes are wide and long, but beside skiing San Martino has lots of winter activities for everyone like guided snow rackets walks, snow mobiles etc.

The location is beautiful right up there at the top of the valley in the woodlands just before the Rolle Pass. We will never forget the sight of the evening sun on the pink rocks of the Dolomite peaks behind the town.

Talking of woodlands, the Violin Forest was a fascinating place to explore. Stradivari used timber from these trees for his instruments. Today you can go and see the beautiful landscape, spot wildlife and hear fascinating stories on a guided tour of the forest.

San martino skiing in trentino

Things to do on a weekend in Trento City

There are so many things to do in Trento itself that you might be reluctant to leave the old city!

I’d consider starting with a walking tour to help orientate yourself. Here are some places you shouldn’t miss when you are in Trento;

Buonconsiglio Castle

This well-conserved castle dating back to 1239 has been lovingly restored. It was home to the Prince Bishops until 1802 and is one of the most important castles in the region. It is open to the public to browse between 9.30 AM and 5 PM. The hours are slightly altered in high season to 10-6. It costs €10 for entry and I’d recommend paying for an audio guide as I found it extremely informative. Please note it is currently closed on Mondays.

castle trento

Take The Trento Cable Car

If you wan’t a great view of the city, head up the cable car which is free with your Trentino city card.

views over trento

Visit the 3D Bronze Map of Trento to gather your bearings

Suggested by Larch of TheSilverNomad.co.uk

No matter how much you walk around a town or city and how well you know it, sometimes it is hard to envision just how it used to look many years ago. In Trento, on the right hand side of the Cattedrale di San Vigilio in Piazza Adamo d’Arogno, there is a 3D bronze representation of the city before the River Adige

was diverted round the city in 1850. The original bronze patina has mellowed over the years to a soft blue, though certain areas have been rubbed back to the bronze by many fingers.

The layout of Trento does not seem to have changed much in the last 160 years and you can trace the major buildings, duomo and palace around the city including, standing up on a bronze rock, the circular Cesare Battisti Mausoleum.

The main buildings are numbered and to the left side there is a key to tell you what each one is. However, for the visually impaired, next to the numbers on the map there is an explanation in Italian Braille, you may need an Italian speaker to translate!

3D Bronze Map of Trento 2

Visit a brewery

Suggested by Aga of AMatterOfTaste.Me

Passion Brewery is a craft brewery located in an industrial area on the outskirts of Trento easily reachable by bus #17 from the city centre. Their small tap room, adjacent to the brewery is also extended to the outdoor area where food trucks appear in the afternoons.

The beer they produce will satisfy every taste. There are the usual craft-classics like IPA, APA, Session, Mild and Stout as well as limited, seasonal brews. Their inspiration comes from trendy American-style beers combining fruity and hoppy notes into beautifully balanced brews.

Passion Brewery’s beers have fun names like Holy Moly or Boom Boom Shakalaka which you won’t be able to order with a straight face (especially after you’ve had a few).

passion brewery in trento

Stuff yourself silly with Italian food

The food in Trentino is delicious. A blend of alpine and Italian cuisine with influences from neighbouring Austria (think Apple strudel for breakfast and more cheese than an episode of ‘Glee.’) You’ll still find plenty of delicious pasta dishes and pizzerias as well as local specialities such as the Polenta with shitake mushrooms and local cheese.

Whilst you might be tempted by the Tiramisu on the menu, make sure you save money for gelato. There are so many gelateria shops, you’ll find it easy to get a sugar fix!

Wash down your meals with some local Trentodoc sparkling wine or the national cocktail, an Aperol Spritz. Be warned, they are stronger than they taste and I learnt that the hard way…

italian pizza

The Perfect Weekend Trentino Itinerary

If you’re arriving after work on Friday, take the opportunity to see the sunset over Trento and the surrounding valley by taking the cable car. There is a bar at the top where you can enjoy your first Aperol Spritz aperitif before returning to the town for dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants.

For your first full day in Trentino, spend the morning exploring the town itself. Visit the Buonconsiglio castle, enjoy the pretty gardens, visit one of the museums, look inside the churches and enjoy the shops. In the late afternoon, head out to one of the many wineries in the area for a wine tour and some tastings. After another delicious meal in one of the recommended restaurants (see below,) if you still have energy left, pop along to Accademia, a very cool underground bar which stays open late.

Top tip! There is a 2nd bar called Accademia in Trento! Confusing. Here’s the address you need: Via dei Ventuno, 1, 38122

View of Trento with the mountains in the background and a church steeple towering over the houses, the perfect base for a weekend in Trentino

I’d recommend for the 2nd day of your weekend in Trentino, that you escape to the countryside and either explore the lakes or the mountains in this beautiful region. To the South, you have the stunning Lake Garda and to the North, you have the snow-capped Dolomites. Take the opportunity on your 2nd day to take a hike in the Dolomites or visit some smaller alpine villages and make the most of the wonderful scenery in this region during your 2 days in Trentino.

trentino mountain scenery

The Trentino Guest Pass

The Trentino Guest Pass allows free access to many attractions including over 60 museums and 20 castles. If you stay with any of the partnered hotels for more than 2 days, you will get given one for free. If you stay just one night, you can still get a reduced price card. Otherwise, it costs €40.

I’ve listed a few accommodation options which are eligible for the Trentino card below…

Where to stay on a weekend in Trentino

I’d recommend basing yourself in Trento for your weekend getaway. You will be spoilt for choice with the many restaurants and bars in the evening and it’s the most central place in the region so is well positioned for making lots of day trips. It also has good transport links including a train station making it easy to reach from other cities in Northern Italy.

I personally stayed at Casa Degli Orti, a little guesthouse in the perfect position, right on the edge of the old town in Trento. All of the cities best attractions were within a 10-minute walk and there were bars and restaurants right on my doorstep. Trento also felt very safe at night when I was walking back to my apartment.

The guesthouse itself was very comfortable and the owner, very accommodating. I stayed in a triple room with two girlfriends. We had a bathroom to ourselves but a shared kitchen area. There was free wifi and there is also included parking facilities nearby (though I did not have a car with me.) It was great value and I’d recommend it for anyone looking for budget accommodation in a central location!

trento accommodation

Other Trento Accommodation you may want to consider

(All of which include free access to the Traverse Visitors Card – usually €40/week.)

Budget

Casa Lampone. If you’re on a really tight budget, Casa Mapone offers simple self-catered apartments just outside of Trento. There is a frequent bus which takes 10 minutes to reach the city centre and there is parking on site which is great if you have a hire car.

Mid-range

Agriturismo Locanda de l’Arguta. If you fancy staying on a farm yet also being close to the city, this is a great option. It has been rated very highly on booking.com scoring 9.2/10!

Best Western Hotel Adige. If you are looking for some rest & relaxation on your weekend in Trentino, then this mid-budget hotel with an indoor spa may be perfect. You can rest your weary legs in a jacuzzi after enjoying some hikes in beautiful Trentino!

Luxury

Villa Madruzzo. For a 4 start hotel, this one is actually very affordable and offers some peace and quiet, being located 4km away from the city centre. It has both modern and vintage style rooms as well as an indoor swimming pool and outdoor spa.

The Grand Hotel. If you’re looking for a fancy hotel (which incidentally is still surprisingly affordable) that is closer to the action, choose this one. It is right on the edge of the old town, opposite the tourist information centre and train station. It can’t get more central than this. I spent some time in the hotel bar/lounge area with friends and I must agree, it’s pretty ‘grand!’

The best places to eat and drink in Trentino

Pretty much every meal I had in Trentino was fantastic!

But the same rule applies here to all places popular with tourists – the best restaurants are not found in the central piazzas but rather tucked away down alleys and side streets.

Here are a few of my favourite places where I ate in Trentino;

Ristorante e Pizza Antico Pozzo

If you’re looking for fancy Italian A la ‘carte food, this place will suit perfectly. All the food was perfectly displayed and used some unusual ingredient combinations but it worked and was super tasty. Even the Asparagus flavoured ice cream…

Uva E Menta

I had the best pizza here and so went back a second time, this time sharing a steak and salad platter with a friend. It was incredibly tasty. Try and get a seat outside if you can but be aware this one gets busy even though it’s down an alley and not easily seen from the street – a sign of a great restaurant.

Green tower

I never actually made it here (damn you hangover) but I heard nothing but praise for it by many of my friends. I even heard someone say it was the best pizza they’d had in Italy…

Antica Trattoria Al Volt Trento

Serving up delicious local dishes, if you want to try something traditional which isn’t pasta or pizza, this is the place. I had a dish with polenta, mushrooms and a huge block of partially melted cheese!

Osteria Vineria San Martino

This little restaurant is about as far removed from a tourist trap as it can be! The staff didn’t speak much English and it had a real family feel to it. The food was delicious but it did take us some time to translate the menu with google translate…

How to get to Trentino

Unfortunately, Trentino does not have its own airport which can make it tricky to get to. However, it’s most certainly worth the effort.

Since it is best to have a hire car so you can get out and explore the region, you could fly into a nearby city and hire a car from the airport. This would be the best way to get to Trento. The closest airport would be Verona with Venice being the second closest.

I’ve hired many cars in Italy and so far my best experience has been with Europcar. I’ve certainly had some other less favourable experiences with car hire companies in Europe! If you want to know what it’s like to drive a car in Italy, read about my experiences driving in Sicily!

If you are planning to travel by public transport, you will find regular direct trains and buses from Verona and Venice. You can find prices and timetables using the Rome2Rio website.

I travelled to Trento from Naples and then onto Florence and managed to find direct trains for both that didn’t involve any changes. They weren’t particularly frequent but there were more frequent options which involved one or two changes.

Top Tips for visiting Trentino in a weekend

  • Hire a car – you will be able to visit many more places without relying on public transport.
  • Stay in central Trento, preferably close to the Old Town so that everything is in close walking distance.
  • Fly into Verona or Venice and drive to Trento from there. Alternatively train and buses are an option.
  • Spend time in the beautiful city centre but make time to explore the countryside.
  • Consider getting the Trentino Guest Card to get free access to many of the tourist attractions. This may be free if you are staying for 2 nights or more. Check with your hotel. Otherwise, it costs €40.
  • The best restaurants are always found away from the main Piazza’s. Look for restaurants found down little alleys and away from the centre if you want tasty authentic Italian food.
  • Eat Strudel for breakfast! Being so close to Austria, there is evidence of influence from the Alps including delicious Apple strudel wherever you go! (This got me quite excited!)
  • For some of the best views of Trento, make sure you catch the Cable car or visit The Castle.

Hopefully, now you have more of an idea of how to make the most of your weekend in Trentino. Trento and the surrounding lakes, wineries and mountains will no doubt have you falling in love with the region and next time, returning for longer!

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​The Most Romantic Things to Do in Paris

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It’s no secret why so many couples choose Paris as a destination for their honeymoon or anniversary trip. The French capital is overflowing with opportunities for lovebirds.

Obviously, the Eiffel Tower is the place to go take in the city’s aesthetic beauty, but it’s not the only spot for romance.

If you’re planning a trip to Paris with your loved one, make sure these activities are on your itinerary.

Picnic in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

On a sunny day pick up a fresh baguette, assortment of cheeses, and a bottle of wine and head to Buttes-Chaumont Park for a picnic. This beautiful 61-acre park, in northeastern Paris, offers stunning views of the city. Perched at the top of an artificial lake, the park also boasts caves, waterfalls, and a suspended bridge. The land is sprinkled with exotic trees, such as Himalayan cedars and Siberian elms, and numerous birds like seagulls, moorhens, and mallard ducks.

Stroll arm-in-arm along Canal Saint-Martin

This lovely canal, which connects the waters of northeast Paris to the Seine via nine locks, is the perfect place for a stroll with your partner. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many quirky cafes that flank the canal’s water and iron footbridges. Then, make your way to the nearby Parc de la Villette, an urban park that houses museums, concert halls, live performance stages, and theaters.

Sail down the Seine

No trip to Paris is complete without a river cruise down the Seine, which cuts through the heart of the city. We recommend taking a sunset cruise so that you can see the city’s lights glittering on the water as you sail past landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and Pont Neuf. To up the romance, splurge for a lamp-lit dinner cruise.

Catch a cabaret show at Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge is one of the world’s most famous cabaret clubs. After walking under the red windmill that gives the venue its name, you’ll enter the iconic theater, which hosts an outstanding cabaret show that features a troupe of more than 80 dancers donning costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins that were handmade in some of the most famous Parisian workshops.

Enjoy dinner for two at La Coupole

This grand restaurant, which features stunning art deco décor, is the perfect spot for fine dining at a French brasserie. La Coupole’s 450-seat dining room is dotted with 33 majestic pillars. The menu’s lauded lamb curry is served from a rolling cart. An added bonus: the restaurant is located in the historic Montparnasse district, a hub for bohemian painters, sculptors, and other artists.

Journey to the Temple of Love

Temple de l’Amour, or the “Temple of Love,” is a white-marble dome set on an artificial island in the center of a lake in Versailles. This hidden beauty, commissioned by Queen Marie-Antoinette, is part of the meticulously manicured English Gardens. The temple boasts a sculpture of Cupid cutting his bow from the Club of Hercules.

Indulge in decadent Parisian pastries

Couples with a sweet tooth should carve out time to visit some of the city’s artisanal chocolate makers. If you’re looking for a rich culinary experience, take a 2.5-hour walking tour (via Viator) of the acclaimed chocolate shops in Saint-Germain where you can sample an array of French delicacies such as chocolate eclairs, truffles, and other delectable sweets.

Get lost in the Tuileries Gardens

This 55-acre public garden, nestled between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, is the grand dame of Parisian parks – and it’s the perfect place for a long afternoon stroll. Statues of Maillol stand among those of Rodin or Giacometti in this French formal garden, which was meticulously designed by Italian Renaissance architect Bernard de Carnesse in 1564. More than 14 million people visit the Tuileries Gardens every year.

Sip your way through a tour of Paris wineries

Escape the city and make your way to some of Paris’ finest wineries, where you can taste incredible vinos from locally made wineries. France’s famous champagne region is an easy day trip away from Paris. Make sure to stop at the cellars at G.H. Mumm, a renowned winemaking house that has been producing bubbly for nearly 200 years.

Steal a kiss at the I Love You Wall in Montmartre

This off-the-beaten-path art installation, found in the northern suburbs of Paris, features the words “I love you” in over 250 languages. It’s the love child of calligraphist Fédéric Baron and mural artist Claire Kito. Fun fact: the wall is constructed out of 612 individual tiles made from enameled lava.

3 Day Dubai Itinerary – Make the Most of 3 Days in Dubai

Dubai, being on many flight paths between Europe and Asia, makes the perfect city for a short stopover. If you have just 3 days in Dubai, you’ll be wanting to make the most of the short amount of time available to you to see as much of the city as possible. This 3 day Dubai itinerary is written by Valentina Djordjevic and is packed full of the best things to do in Dubai.

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Planning 3 Days in Dubai

Dubai is a flashy travel destination overflowing with great restaurants, entertainment & shopping. It’s a modern city, built from the ground up only in the last few decades. Dubai is located in the middle of the Arabian Desert, and it’s bordered by the tranquil turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf.

You don’t need more than 3 days in Dubai to check off the bucket list, and we’ll show you how!

Use this 3 day Dubai itinerary and you’ll be able to take advantage of everything this great city has to offer. We’ll help you get to all of Dubai’s hottest attractions, dine at Dubai’s trendiest restaurants, hit up the best beaches and stay at the most luxurious hotels.

Dubai is one of the most unique places in the world. Almost like Las Vegas of the middle east. It’s where glam and excess meet old world history and Muslim culture. The service industry in Dubai is top-notch. It’s, without a doubt, the cleanest city I’ve ever laid eyes on! Also, it’s one of the safest places in the world with unbelievably low crime rates.

An overview of this 3 day Dubai Itinerary

Day 1. You’ll learn about history and culture at the Dubai Creek and experience the luxury of Dubai’s downtown.

Day 2. Visit one of Dubai’s best beaches then take a desert safari.

Day 3. Walk the Dubai Marina, tour the Dubai Miracle Garden and experience the Global Village.

abra dubai

When is the best time to visit Dubai?

The best time of year to visit Dubai is November through to April (in the winter months). Due to the desert climate, it can be excruciatingly hot in the summer!

Also, many of the top attractions like the Dubai Miracle Garden and the Global Village are closed during summer months.

You’ll especially want to avoid travelling during Ramadan (beginning of May through the beginning of June) because many restaurants will be closed or have odd hours.

Getting to Dubai

You can get to Dubai by flying into the Dubai International Airport (DBX). Emirates airline connects Dubai to major cities all over the world. It’s an absolute treat flying Emirates because they offer above-average legroom, free WiFi and 2 checked bags with every economy class ticket! Dubai’s downtown is only a 15-minute cab ride from the airport.

Check out Emirates flights to Dubai here

Getting around Dubai in 3 days

To get around Dubai, you’ll need to take quite a few cabs… or Ubers. It’s a big city, and many of the attractions are relatively far from one another. For example, it will take 25 minutes to get from Dubai’s downtown to get to the Dubai Miracle Garden.

Alternatively, you can opt for public transportation. Although, it will take twice as long to get around. Luckily, cab fare is reasonable. You’ll pay less than 10 USD for that 25-minute cab ride.

You might decide to rent a car. Roads signs in the UAE are labelled in Arabic and English making it quite easy to get around. Although, like in many big cities, you may struggle to find parking.

See where all the various attractions are located in this Tourist Map of Dubai.

Dubai sunrise cityscape

Where to stay in Dubai

There are many great places to stay in Dubai, but we recommend staying in downtown. You’ll be within walking distance to the Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountains, the Burj Khalifa and more!

The most luxurious hotels in Dubai’s downtown are the Palace Hotel and the Armani Hotel.

Sofitel Downtown Dubai is a great affordable luxury alternative. The Carleton Downtown is a top-rated budget option.

If you think you’ll want to spend every spare minute on the beach, stay at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel

the palm dubai

3 Day Dubai Itinerary

Day one of your 3 day Dubai itinerary

For breakfast on day 1…

Start your first morning in Dubai at the ‘Sum of Us’. It’s a 10-minute drive outside of downtown in the direction of the Dubai Creek attractions. The Sum of Us serves up some of the best breakfasts in Dubai! They’re a bread and pastry bakery, a gourmet coffeehouse and innovative restaurant all in one. With plenty of vegan and health conscious breakfast options, the Sum of Us won’t disappoint.

In the morning…

Continue to the Dubai Creek for some cultural and historical enrichment. Start at the Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort. The Al Fahidi Fort is one of the few historic buildings in Dubai. It was built over 200 years ago in defence of the ruling monarchs. Inside the museum and fort, you’ll take a step back through time and learn about how civilizations lived in the Arabian desert.

Next, you can take a traditional Abra boat across the river to the Souks. Abras are leaving every few minutes. You’ll pay a 1 dirham coin to your driver once you get inside the boat. Ideally, you want to take route 1: Bar Dubai to Old Souk. Then, you’ll only be 5 minutes away from the Gold and Spice Souks.

Colourful Souks in dubai

Visiting the Souks can be a challenge but I do not regret going. Although, I wish I had known more about what to expect.

The Souks are traditional markets where locally sourced goods like gold, textiles, spices and perfumes are sold. They are great places to shop for souvenirs or gifts for the family. However, the vendors are extremely aggressive with their sales tactics. This can be off-putting.

Get lunch at…

Once you’re done shopping, take the Abra back across the creek. Get lunch at the beautiful Arabian Teahouse restaurant. This is a Dubai must!

Not only does it offer a cute garden vibe, but the Arabian Teahouse is one of the best places to taste authentic, well-prepared, Emirati food. You can’t make reservations here, so expect to wait a few minutes. It’s worth it! Make sure to order some tea with your meal!

arabian tea house dubai

Early afternoon…

Finally, you’ll want to visit the Al Fahidi Historical District before you head back to your hotel. The neighborhood is set up like a labyrinth with traditional style buildings. Get lost inside looking for various art galleries, craft shops and museums.

In the Evening

Spend your evening of day 1 in Dubai in the downtown area. If you’re staying in downtown, walk to the Dubai Mall first. It’s huge and gorgeous. There’s also an aquarium and an ice rink inside!

The most impressive parts of the mall are the ones that house the luxury design brands. Walk towards Chanel, Burberry, Gucci and you’ll see what I’m talking about. This part of the mall is also less heavily trafficked. The basement of the mall is where you will access the Burj Khalifa.

dubai mall

You’ll want to book the SKY experience at the Burj Khalifa. This package includes access to floors 124, 125 and 148. Floor 148 is the world’s highest observation deck.

It’s a lot cheaper to purchase standard admission that includes only floors 124 and 125, but these floors tend to be a lot more crowded. Your SKY ticket will also include a refreshment at the top.

Be sure to check the time of sunset and book the tour that starts 1 hour before the dusk. Book early to avoid disapointment!

sky burj khalifa dubai

You won’t need a whole hour on floor 148. Take a few photos and then head back down into the Dubai Mall.

Exit the Dubai Mall in the direction of the Dubai Fountains. Explore this pretty plaza, view the stunning Arabian architecture of the Palace Hotel, and wait for the next fountain show to start.

After you’ve seen the fountain show, explore Burj Plaza just before dusk. There’s a lot of pretty lights that come on at night. This area is so scenic and picture perfect!

Have dinner at Em Sherif. It’s a Lebanese restaurant located across from the Dubai Fountains. Dubai is a cultural melting pot with a huge immigrant population. So, don’t focus on just Emirati cuisine here! Eat delicious Lebanese, Chinese, Japanese and Malaysian food! If you don’t feel like splurging on dinner, instead have middle eastern fast food at Filful’s downtown location. This is a local favourite chain!

After dinner, head to the Level 43 Sky Lounge rooftop bar. It is a 40-minute walk from downtown if you are feeling ambitious, but it’s only a 10-minute cab ride.

I love this place because it’s got a hip vibe, chill electronic music and an outdoor rooftop terrace with views of the surrounding skyscrapers. You can also make a reservation online in advance to ensure you’ll get a great table.

Day 2 of your 3 day Dubai Itinerary

Have breakfast at…

Start your morning of day 2 in Dubai with breakfast at Comptoir 102. It’s a 15-20 minute cab ride from downtown and a few minutes walk from La Mer Beach. Comptoir 102 is regarded as the best healthy cafe in Dubai.

All ingredients are locally and sustainably sourced to ensure the highest quality. The menu is focused on nutrition and flavour, with many low carb and dairy free options. You’ve got to try one of their famous smoothies that are infused with vegetables, fruits, vitamins and nut milk.

In the morning…

Next, walk over to the beautiful La Mer Beach. It’s one of Dubai’s newest and best-developed beachfront. You’ll find plenty of shopping, dining and urban art. It’s the perfect place to relax. You can rent lounge chairs, umbrellas and even towels. Spend the day basking in the sun & enjoying the crisp waters surrounded by luxury.

la mer beach dubai

Have lunch at…

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, walk down the beach to Salt. Have lunch or just their amazing soft serve ice cream! Their original softies are the best.

In the afternoon…

If you have more time and energy, the other neat attractions in this area are the Etihad Museum and the Jumeirah Mosque. The Etihad Museum is a 15-20 minute walk from Salt in La Mer, and the Jumeirah Mosque will be on your way.

etihad museum dubai

The Etihad Museum is a beautiful modern and interactive museum that documents the contemporary political history of the United Arab Emirates.

The Jumeirah Mosque is one of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks. Visitors of all faiths are welcome. Organized free tours are run most days at 10 AM. Rework this activity at the beginning of your beach day if interested. The cultural tours discuss holidays, traditions and customs of the Muslim faith.

Jumeirah Mosque dubai

In the evening…

In the evening of your second day, set out on a Dubai Desert Safari. This is a Dubai bucket list must! There are many different tours and operators to choose from. Most tours will pick you up at your hotel around 4 or 5 PM.

Safari tours include camel rides, dune bashes, falconry shows, traditional food, belly dancing performances and henna tattooing. Some include alcoholic beverages.

We did the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve Tour. Overall, it was a great experience. The food was excellent! The landscapes were stunning, and the entertainment was fun. Our guide took the time to help us snap amazing desert photos. Make sure to get a henna tattoo.

The only part I will caution against is the SUV dune bash. The dune bashing may be a lot more fun in an ATV than the 4×4 SUV. My experience with the 4×4 SUV was that it was too long and a bit nauseating in the end. We spent more than 3 hours of the night driving and dune bashing!

Some tours skip the dune bashing all together. Instead, they may offer longer camel rides and dune surfing. If I were to go again, I’d definitely opt out of the SUV dune bash and choose either ATVs or no dune bash at all!

Whatever you decide, make sure you take part in a desert safari! Also, bring a sweater or jacket. It gets surprisingly cold out in the desert at night.

Day 3 of your 3 day Dubai itinerary

Have breakfast…

If you’re staying in downtown, walk to La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie for breakfast. This French bakery serves up the freshest and most decadent bread and pastries in Dubai. It’s also one of Dubai’s top restaurants. Have breakfast on their stunning outdoor patio.

In the morning…

Head over to the Dubai Marina. It will be a 15-20 minute drive from downtown. Do the Dubai Marina Walk, and enjoy the surrounding skyscrapers. Then, head over to the Jumeirah Beach Residence area. It’s a beautiful commercial district. Have a Nutella butter bun at Pappa Roti. 

dubai marina

In the afternoon…

Next, you’ll want to get another cab. Head to the famous Dubai Miracle Garden and prepare to be amazed! This place has hundreds of thousands of beautiful flowers arranged in cute structures. It’s heavenly.

flower garden dubai

In the evening…

Once the sun sets, head to the Global Village. This is a great place to shop for souvenirs!  It’s a multi-cultural market theme park. It’s only open in the evenings. It’s a 30-minute drive from downtown and 15 minutes away from the Dubai Miracle Garden. 

global village dubai lit up at night

Finally, end your last night in Dubai with a fancy dinner. I recommend TOMO for Japanese cuisine lovers. Zheng He’s is a must if you’re feeling Chinese. The wonderful Uptown rooftop bar is walking distance from Zheng He.

If you are travelling with a significant other, read about more things to do in Dubai for couples.

Valentina’s Destinations was born from my obsession with meticulously researching, organizing and planning my travel itineraries. I’m originally from Nis, Serbia. My family moved to the US when I was young, and I’ve been living in Chicago for the last decade. My passion is travelling the world with my boyfriend, Remigijus. When we’re not travelling, I work as a physician assistant in the psychiatry field. The mental health field is as rewarding as travelling can be. Follow my travels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


Many thanks to Valentina for this great insight into how to explore Dubai in 3 days. I’m dying to book a weekend trip to Dubai now!

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The Best Resorts on the Jersey Shore for a Fall Trip

Summer might be coming to an end, but these resorts are making the Jersey Shore a worthwhile fall trip this year.

The kids are back at school, family holidays have come and gone, but the northeast isn’t giving up its summer glory just yet. And with a handful of hip, new and lovingly renovated hotels gracing the New Jersey shoreline this year, it’s not hard to find a fall getaway that suits your mood.

Though the lifeguards have abandoned their chairs, this stunning stretch of sand and surf remains a vibrant presence. The restaurants and bars are open for business and beaches and pools cater to locals, day trippers and tourists alike – allowing for discounted prices and easier booking at some of the region’s finest hotels and resorts. To be clear, this is not Snookie’s Jersey Shore.

Wave Resort, Long Branch, NJ

Just over 55 miles south of Manhattan sits Long Branch. Once a holiday haven for seven US presidents, this resort town recently underwent a seaside makeover with it’s gleaming new Pier Village retail center.

To take it up a notch and allow folks to spend more than a day at the beach, the chic Wave Resort opened to the public on Memorial Day weekend 2019. The six-story, 67 room hotel offers luxe, minimalist décor as well as a pool with swim-up bar and firepits, and stunning 180-degree ocean views. There are seven different restaurants and bars on the property and a kid’s area for the little ones. A fitness center, spa and blowout bar round out the amenities, and beach cruisers are available for local sightseeing.

Asbury Ocean Club and The Asbury Hotel, Asbury Park, NJ

Forget the Hamptons, Asbury Park is the new “It” destination for discerning beachcombers heading to NJ beaches. And though it may be best known as the springboard to Bruce Springsteen’s career, it is now home to two of the hippest joints lining the Atlantic Ocean.

Both hotels are owned by full-service hospitality company Salt Hotels, yet they cater to uniquely different clientele. For those craving a little peace and quiet, The Ocean Club, perched on the fourth floor of this gleaming new 17-story high-rise, offers a cocooned retreat with a secluded pool deck and bar overlooking the ocean, lavish rooms and elevated service – including a shiny silver button which automatically refills your drinks while lounging.

The rock n’ roll theme at The Asbury offers a more laid-back vibe, with a colorful, family friendly pool area, food truck and wine bar, and even a pool table and pinball machine in the lobby area. Rooms are more stripped down and comfortable, but include Quad and Octo rooms, with two and four bunk beds respectively – perfect for groups. Head to the rooftop lounge for craft cocktails and flawless sunsets.

Hotel LBI, Long Beach Island, NJ

Approximately midway between Philadelphia and New York City, this narrow barrier island has long been a favorite beach destination for locals in the know. Devoid of a boardwalk, LBI enjoys a marked lack of bar hoppers and party goers, making it a preferred destination for families – along with the 18 miles of relaxing, clean beaches and activities like mini golfing, surfing, parasailing and shopping.

Newly opened this season is the expansive Hotel LBI, with 102 deluxe rooms, an indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub with retractable roof, fitness room, salon and spa. Like most of LBI’s smaller hotels and motels, Hotel LBI is a few blocks from the beach itself, but you’ll be able to take in sweeping views of the ocean and the bay from its rooftop deck and bar. Want to take a closer look at what the island has to offer? Complimentary cruisers are available to pedal around at your leisure.

Ocean Casino, Atlantic City, NJ

No, it’s not Vegas, but Atlantic City exudes its own glittering swagger, luring a discerning collection of beachgoers to this shining city of Monopoly-name proportions. A certain president with a head for marketing no longer touts a hotel on the boardwalk, but the recently renovated Ocean Resort and Casino makes the case for celebrity sightings. The massive tower holds nearly 1400 guest rooms, many with views of the ocean or the bay, and relaxing is made simple at one of three pools, a full-service spa and a bathhouse.

Yes, there is the requisite casino with loyalty program and Ocean Rewards Club, for those who want to try their luck, but it’s the amenities that take this hotel above and beyond. Restaurants range from fine dining to quick casual, including eateries from Iron Chef Jose Garces and Marc Forgione, and a burger joint from Mark Wahlberg. There are also a handful or bars and lounges, including the Frose Daiquiri Lounge for frozen libations.

A Topgolf swing suite provides entertainment of a different kind with a virtual golf course as well as an indoor gaming suite with baseball, dodgeball, hockey, football and carnival games—open to kids as well as adults. Finally, check the calendar for events at the cutting-edge Ovation Hall, which has hosted the likes of Beyonce and Barry Manilow.

The Boarding House, Cape May, NJ

One of the oldest seaside resort towns in the country, Cape May is closer to Philadelphia than New York City, and is known for its stately Victorian mansions and cultural events, like its namesake Jazz Festival and the New Jersey Film Festival. But with the newly renovated Boarding House comes a little retro surf chic – giving a hip kick to this seemingly proper locale.

The hotel offers 11 unique rooms – each with a surfboard rack, original paintings and photography from local artists, a custom coffee blend from Cape May Roasters and handmade soaps by the village’s very own Shore Soaps.

The beach is about 12 blocks away, but your stay includes free access to the hotel’s sister Montreal Beach Club, which includes two loungers and one umbrella per room. A basket of local breakfast goodies can be delivered to your room for $25 if you want to sleep in and yoga mats are just a phone call away. And did we mention it’s pet friendly?

Seaview, A Dolce Hotel, Galloway, NJ

After an $18 million upgrade and full renovation, the historic Seaview Hotel is ready for its close-up. Though technically on the Jersey Shore, teetering on the bay, the Seaview is best known for it’s nearly 700 acres of woods and 36 holes on two sprawling golf courses, one designed by famed designer Donald Ross.

Stay in one of the nearly 300 art deco rooms and grab a cocktail in the iconic Lobby Bar and Lounge – all of which kept the architectural integrity of the 105-year-old resort. The indoor and outdoor pool are family-friendly, and if golf isn’t your thing, you can head to the tennis courts, hike the surrounding walking trails or make an appointment at the luxurious Elizabeth Arden Day Spa.

Grab a meal at the Main Dining Room or the Coastal Grill, and look out for the Seasonal Seafood Buffet every Thursday night at 5pm.