019: How to stay in a palace for $350 a month & We visit Bologna, Italy (Podcast)

Emilia Romagna Bologna

Bologna, Italy Podcast Episode 019 019: How to stay in a palace for $350 a month & We visit Bologna Listen NOW! Subscribe on iTunes WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK We love to hear from listeners about how we can improve the show or what you love about it already. You can email us using the contact form in the footer of this page or tweet @5dollartravel What do you want in …

Our best and worst value travel from 2014

What experiences were really worth the price tag in 2014? This is about value for money. Best quality for the lowest price. Value is that balance point in the middle. You can get a 4 hour train ride across India for $2… but you’ll be crushed in a sweaty box like cattle. That’s not value for money. That’s just cheap. Flying from London to Athens for $35 in a comfortable, …

10 Foodie Photos To Inspire You To Visit Emilia Romagna, Italy

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Italy? Food. Ok I’ll admit that’s also the first thing that usually comes to my mind in any country we visit… But Italy is different. Just the sheer thought of eating local made pasta, freshly cooked pizza. The light, fluffy gelato. It’s enough to get anyone drooling. But we are going to take it to the next level. …

How to explore the real Tuscany: by bike

There is a reason some 14 million people visit Tuscany, Italy every year. Unique countryside and a culinary tradition that lives up to it’s thousands of years of history… Not to mention, Tuscany is the home of Chianti wine. We believe, if you visit somewhere by car, bus or train, you often miss something. That sense of really being in a place. Inside a glass and metal bubble, you just don’t connect with …

Love Parma ham? Your world is about to get much tastier

The Italians have been holding out on us! While they have been happily exporting Parma ham to the world, they have been keeping a secret. A secret that all you meat eaters, and ham lovers of the world will want to know about… There’s another ham! Yes, I can hear your gasps of shock and see your instantaneous puddles of drool, at the idea. So, let me explain more. Cured ham …

Discover the secrets of Italian cuisine, in Florence

I never order margarita pizza. Something about only putting 2 ingredients on a pizza makes me think “How Boring” and “What a waste of pizza base”. Surely, the cheese and tomato is the foundation for the other toppings? Surely, the pizza is not finished until more is added? But, our recent trip to Italy sort of screwed up all my pizza perceptions. In a good way. The Italians have sent …

Top 5 things to do in Rome

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Our ROME top 5 experiences: This is going to be tough. Rome is literally filled with amazing attractions, great food and a vibrant atmosphere that is pretty hard to match elsewhere in Europe. Read our full Rome blog for a more in depth look at Rome. 1. BEST Attraction/experience no matter the expense! This is actually impossible to choose just one… So here is my top 3 in close order: …

How to see Rome in a hurry, our Two day sightseeing whirlwind!

Rome wasn’t built in a day… and you don’t have a hope of seeing the whole place in a day… So we tried to do it in two days, which is quite a challenge, but we did pretty well! It feels like no matter how long you walk around Rome for, there is always something new to discover. The history is intense! its everywhere, even for someone like me who …

How to Hold up the Leaning tower of Pisa with your pinky!

Hold up leaning tower of pisa with pinky finger

FUN FOR A FIVER: My guess would be, if you are heading anywhere near Pisa you may want to stop by and see the tower?? am i right? But did you know that you can hold it up? you don’t even need the strength of 10 tigers to do so, though it helps. Is the tree leaning too? this is really confusing! All you need is someone to acquisition for the …