Backpacking in the Vatican City State: Top 5 Sights in This Mini-Country

Whether The Vatican City State is a real country or not is very much up for debate. While the TCC recognise it, FIFA, the UN and UEFA don’t. All that aside, most travellers to Rome will be keen to visit this unusual religious state out of curiosity. A country within a country. I’ve added its Read more about Backpacking in the Vatican City State: Top 5 Sights in This Mini-Country[…]

World Borders: How to Get From Italy to the Vatican City State

The border crossing from Italy into the Vatican City State has to be one of the most peculiar from my journeys. I’d say it was really similar to the crossings from England to Austenasia, from Lithuania into the Republic of Uzupis and from Denmark into Christiania. The reason being, despite crossing into a new country, Read more about World Borders: How to Get From Italy to the Vatican City State[…]

Backpacking in The Vatican City State: The Complete Vatican Tour with Walks of Italy

When backpacking in the Vatican City State, I decided to get a full grasp over what on earth this mini-country within a country is all about. It has to be one of the oddest places I have visited and so I decided to do a complete Vatican City Tour with Walks of Italy. Visiting the Read more about Backpacking in The Vatican City State: The Complete Vatican Tour with Walks of Italy[…]

Backpacking in Italy: Staying at the Hotel Papa Germano in Rome

My recent adventure backpacking in Italy saw my return to this country for the first time since my Venice trip in 2009. It was a long overdue visit to a country I have dipped in and out of some six times now on my journeys. However, I hadn’t yet been to Rome and it made Read more about Backpacking in Italy: Staying at the Hotel Papa Germano in Rome[…]

jonny blair in pisa

Backpacking in Northern Italy (and San Marino)

I had avoided Italy until 2008 but have since had three blasts at it and loved every moment of backpacking through it, even though I do slag Venice off below. It’s a big country though so I have more plans to head to the centre and south of Italy at some point on my next Read more about Backpacking in Northern Italy (and San Marino)[…]

World Borders: How to get to San Marino from Italy

In my ongoing series of World Borders, I aim to provide essential tips for crossing borders and immigration checkpoints all over the world. Today we look at the “border” between Italy and San Marino. Yes, San Marino is a landlocked country which is completely inside Italy. Italy seems to like these types of places as Read more about World Borders: How to get to San Marino from Italy[…]

Jonny Blair pushing the leaning tower of pisa

Visiting The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

It’s sometimes a cliché in life to “tick off the major sights” but like a lot of other travellers, I do them too. It would also seem a bit ludicrous to end up in Pisa in Italy, without actually visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I was there, 4 years ago to the day, what’s Read more about Visiting The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy[…]

Top 5 Scenic Bus Journeys

As a traveller, long distance buses become a way of life and part of the travel routine. I personally love them – a great way to sit back, relax and let someone else drive you to your destination. Almost every bus journey I take becomes a real chance to see unique scenery from a distance. Read more about Top 5 Scenic Bus Journeys[…]

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