The Amalfi Coast -The Scruffy Italian Traveler
Jan 13th, 2017
Last Summer I spent a weekend in this stunning part of Southern Italy, and I fell in love with it! Although not far from Puglia, the region where I live (a mere 3 and a half hours drive), I barely knew the area. I had visited it once with my parents when I was a kid, but I didn't have... read_more
Gay Italy: Five Romantic Things to Do
Dec 16th, 2016
We celebrate our 8 years anniversary in a few months. Each year we always make a point of doing something special to celebrate, usually going somewhere exotic and of course, romantic.
Our most memorable anniversary will always be our first year, when we visited Venice as this was our first trip abroad together. Of course Venice is a place you will... read_more
Corfu Island: A Greek Paradise
Dec 7th, 2016
I love Greece. I visited the country a few times in the past (especially the gay heaven of Mykonos). Last summer, as you know, I joined Saltyboys in their amazing gay nudist sailing cruise around the Saronic Gulf. In that occasion I appreciated also Athens and its fun nightlife.
From the Greek capital, before heading back to Italy, I took an... read_more
Interview With Finn Ballard - The Nomadic Boys
Sep 14th, 2016
A word that used to be used negatively, but now reclaimed by us to form one of the letters in our LGBTQIA umbrella – a word to describe individuals who challenge both gender and sexuality, who see gender identity & sexual orientation as overlapping and interconnected.
We met Finn Ballard during our adventures discovering the gay bars of Berlin in Germany... read_more
Alberobello Trulli, Puglia - The Scruffy Italian Traveler
Aug 31st, 2016
As you know, or as at least the name of my blog should suggest, I am Italian :) I actually come from a beautiful region of Italy: Puglia! Apulia (as it is often known abroad, from its original latin name), the so called heel of the boot is a gem full of wonders! Please let me show you one of... read_more
Salento Gallipoli, The Beautiful City - The Scruffy Italian Traveler
Aug 25th, 2016
If you have already been to Salento Gallipoli is for sure very familiar to you! Gallipoli in ancient Greek means The Beautiful City: and yes it is a beautiful city indeed! The ancient Greeks knew Gallipoli very well! Nowadays well known as the pearl of the Ionian Sea, and somehow the capital of Salento Gallipoli was one of the main... read_more
Gay Gran Canaria
Aug 18th, 2016
Gran Canaria is a notorious gay destination in Europe, specifically in Playa del Ingles in the South. The island has always been a beacon of tolerance whilst in the olden days, mainland Spain used to have an extremely hostile conservative attitude led by the Catholic Church. The Canary Islands were a popular place to exile people who broke social rules... read_more
Gay Amsterdam - The Scruffy Italian Traveler
Aug 17th, 2016
Amsterdam is not a huge city, so I was surprised by the amount of gay bars and clubs of the city: there is something for every taste! Yes Gay Amsterdam has a lot to offer! The city throws one of the best Gay Prides too! Its doesnt run on the streets, but on the canals: it is a procession of... read_more
Gay Hotels in Gran Canaria - Nomadic Boys
Aug 15th, 2016
Gran Canaria has long been a gay destination for the gay boys. The Yumbo Centre is made up of gay bars, clubs and shops and forms the base of the gay scene on the island.
Theres a variety of excellent gay friendly and exclusively gay accommodation in Gran Canaria, whether its bungalows, resorts or boutique hotels. Heres our 5 unique... read_more
Puglia Lecce, Italy - The Scruffy Italian Traveler
Aug 11th, 2016
As you will discover through my posts, all of Puglia is beautiful: I might be slightly biased in my judgement, of course, but I do really believe Apulia (the original Latin name, as it is worldwide known) is a gem just waiting to be discovered. To be fair, more and more tourists every year are heading her and enjoying the... read_more
Instagram Meet: Salento Up n’ Down - The Scruffy Italian Traveler
Aug 10th, 2016
At the end of May, I was invited to take part to an Instameet in Lecce. An Instameet is a meeting where Instagramers (that is, people who are part of the worldwide community of Instagram) are invited to take part of. The occasion was very special: the launch of the second edition of Salento Up' n Down!
Salento Up n' ... read_more
Five Things You Didn't Know About Gran Canaria - Nomadic Boys
Jul 30th, 2016
When we told our friends we were going to Gran Canaria for a summer break, the reaction went along the lines of...
"You'd better return with plenty of STDs otherwise it NEVER happened!"
"Oh yeah Gran Canaria... one of my mates came back absolutely RUINED - literally: he got pissed with a few blokes he met in the sand dunes and ended... read_more
Grand Old Venice - Dolly Travels
Jun 12th, 2016
Venice is like no other city in the world. The buildings are old and some in dire need of repair, yet these buildings seem to hold their grandeur from centuries ago, much like an aged dowager, wearing the same clothing that gave her a sense of glamour in the olden days.
Some of the old palazzos have been restored while others... read_more
Amalfi Coast - Carlos Melia
Jun 11th, 2016
My day took me from my base at Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento, all the way to Ravello and back along the stunning panoramic road of the Amalfi Coast, with stops in Amalfi, Praiano and Positano. From the distance, I was also able to catch a view of Maiori and Minori, and drive by Atrani, which I thought I... read_more
Exploring Pompeii in Two Hours - Carlos Melia
Jun 10th, 2016
Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples, in the Campania region of Italy. Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered one of the most visited atractions of Italy.
Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 13 to 20 ft of volcanic ash in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius... read_more
Ah, Firenze! - Dolly Travels
Jun 9th, 2016
Yes! We are in Firenze....that is Florence, in English. Florence is my favorite city in Italy. Although I do enjoy being in most of the other Italian cities, Florence is the place where I feel like I have come home again.
Florence is not as big as Rome, and its... read_more
Capri, Anacapri and Monte Solaro - In the Footsteps of an Emperor
Jun 6th, 2016
Emperor Augustus might have been the first to land in Capri, but I was determined to conquer my day experience exploring the Island upside down in five hours. so I had to commit to my pace, and have a quick glimpse of the main atractions. and of course, find an amazing local restaurant to enjoy true Italian flair. This was... read_more
A Layover in Milan - Carlos Melia
Jun 5th, 2016
I was invited by Emirates Airlines to try their new non-stop flight from New York to Milan, Italy on their Business Class, so I decided to pit together a 10 days itinerary exploring Italy, which took me to my first visit to the Amalfi Coast, onwards to yet another lovely visit to Venice and to London, aboard the overnight luxury... read_more
Eating in Italy - Dolly Travels
Jun 4th, 2016
Pasta is the queen.
As we were walking through our neighborhood the other night, we came upon this display in a kitchen store. I love it! Obviously, her hair is spaghetti, her skirt is made of penne pasta, the belt is coils of angel hair pasta, and her bracelet is red chili peppers.
In Italy, every region has their own pasta specialty.... read_more
Rome - The Eternal City
Jun 1st, 2016
Once again, we returned to Rome. We arrived on Sunday afternoon. We found our apartment, which is very near Campo di Fiori, one of my favorite places in Rome. This piazza has been a fruit and vegetable market area for centuries. Now there are more booths selling touristy spice packages, pasta and other food souvenirs, but the fresh fruit stands... read_more