Explore Italy

ALOR provides a photo-centric way to explore Italy's top destinations. Venice, Tuscany, Puglia, Rome, Sardinia, Umbria, Italian Lakes, Piedmont, and more. Plus travel tips on Italian food and culture.

La dolce vita. Dolce far niente. Mangia! Between Italian culture, Italian food, Italian wine, and Italian charm, it’s not hard to see why Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world. For first-time tourists, the only hard part is deciding, where to start! That’s where we come in.

We’re Paolo Ferraris (Italian American Photographer) and Brandy Shearer (American Italian Writer) and together we share our love for everything Italian right here on ALOR.blog. Who better than two Italians with serious cases of wanderlust to show you around Italy. Where would you like to go?


Italian Vacation Destinations

Sardinia, Italy

Best beached Sardinia Cala Goloritzé Beach Gulf of Orosei
Cala Goloritzé Beach Gulf of Orosei

Craving a relaxing beach vacation? Dreaming of eating your way across Italy? Then Sardinia needs to be on your travel bucket list.

Sardinia is an Italian Mediterranean island with 1,242 mesmerizing coastal miles, and over 100 beautiful beaches.

The combination of everything Sardinia has to offer makes it one of the best places in Italy to strike a balance between a trip and a vacation.

Venice, Italy

Molino Stucky by Paolo Ferraris Colors
Molino Stucky by Paolo Ferraris Colors

Venice, the floating city captures the hearts and imagination of tourists. A series of islands separated by canals, linked by bridges it makes for the ultimate romantic getaway.

Our series of Venice is unique in that it focuses on art inspired by our time there. Our most popular post on Venice answers questions about whether or not Venice is really sinking. Plus it provides tips on ways to get around Venice, staying safe in Venice and of course, where to eat in Venice.

Puglia, Italy

Explore Italy, Vieste in Puglia
Vieste in Puglia, Italy

There is a special beauty and magic to Puglia. Nature is bathed in resplendent color, people are kind, it’s safe, wine is delicious and the food is among the best in the world.

Puglia is one of Italy’s more economically challenged areas that relies heavily on tourism. Tourists are often surprised how inexpensive this Italian paradise can be.

Puglia does Italy proud.


Rome, Italy

Explore Italy Rome Piazza San Pietro
Piazza San Pietro, Rome

Our series on Rome focuses on traveling through one of Italy’s most popular tourist locations, on a budget. We share tips on how to see all the most popular attractions in Rome including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and St. Peter’s Basilica without entry fees.

Plus, find out where to eat in Rome like a local. From the best breakfast to the heartiest lunch to romantic dinners, we’ve got you covered.

Piedmont, Italy

Saving Money Wine
La Langhe home of Barolo in Piedmont, Italy.

Piedmont is known worldwide for it’s wine, but to Paolo it’s home. This is where Paolo was born and raised. With family in Torino, this is also where we spend much of our time.

There will be more posts coming about Piedmont in the future since as of April 2020, it’s where we currently live, work and play.

The Italian Lakes

Swimming in Lago Maggiore, Italy
Borromean Islands, Lago Maggiore, Italy

The Italian Lakes are a series of lakes in Northern Italy nestled in the Italian Alps and they are stunning! So far we’ve seen Lago Maggiore and Lago d’Orta but rest assured, there are more to come.

July, 2020 we’ll be visiting more in the Veneto region which we are eager to share!


Umbria, Italy

Explore Italy, Umbria, Spoleto Cathedral
Spoleto Cathedral, Umbria

Umbria is one of Italy’s less touristy locations and is therefore, more affordable! It’s no less beautiful with lush rolling hills, vineyards and some of the best food in Italy.

It’s growing as an expat community thanks to a more affordable cost of living than Tuscany and more efficient services than the south.

Tuscany, Italy

Florence, Italy as seen from the Tuscan Countryside

Loved for vineyards and rolling countrysides lined by Cypress trees, Tuscany is a popular tourist destination in Italy.

Florence, wine country and the leaning tower of Pisa are just a few of the things to love about Tuscany.

Liguria, Italy

Liguria, Italy. Moving to Italy blog. Find out how to retire early in Italy with ALOR.blog/Italy
Liguria, Italy.

Home to the Italian Riviera. Liguria is one of Italy’s most popular coastal region. A series of small coves and bays lined with brightly colored homes make this one of Italy’s most iconic regions.


Italian Food & Wine

Pizza in Italy vs America
Pizza in Italy vs America

Italians are a resilient, stubborn, vocal and loving people. Take for example Cucina Povera, the food of the poor. Peasant food is one of the most enduring parts of Italian culture. A celebration of ingenuity and determination. Italy makes scraps revelatory. Pasta. Salumi. Grappa!

Italian Culture

Stories of Moving to Italy Church Bells Ringing
Church Bells Ringing in Italy

Did you know that only about 13% of Italian’s speak English? As one of the lowest English speaking populations in all of Europe, visiting small towns in Italy can be a bit intimidating.

Thankfully, Italians are very welcoming to tourists. Showing them you know a little about their culture will go a long way! Here are a few other tips to keep in mind while traveling through Italy.

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