It's summer, y'all, and if you couldn't tell by the constant beads of sweat dripping off my forehead, you would know based on the ridiculous amounts of people flocking to Italy. Why folks travel during the hottest time of the year, where they have to crowd their sweaty bodies together in ridiculous queues, I'll never know (okay, I do, it's because of school schedules). But if you're fortunate enough to live in Italy like we are, you may have noticed an uptick in the amount of people asking to stay with you around this time of year, whether you've got that Italian villa or not.
Even for our most low-key guests, I get a bit of anxiety playing tour guide. I want everyone to love Vicenza, to feel like they got their money's worth for their travels, that they didn't come all the way to Italy for no reason, and to have the best time ever. And yes, I'm putting a ridiculous amount of pressure on myself, especially because I'm trying to cram two years worth of Italian experiences into someone's very short stay. But, that doesn't mean I'm going to stop trying!
But if you've had a few guests, your brain might just be fried. Between work and chores and figuring out what to eat every night and doing all the other errands that are expected of you, it's hard to also play travel agent, and sometimes you need a little refresher. Or, perhaps you've had your fair share of guests already, and if you have to do the same walk to St. Mark's Square and back in Venice in this ridiculous humidity, you will seriously lay down and die.
So, I'm here to help. After three summers and countless guests, we've been through the ringer on showing folks a good time, because we truly do love having visitors and exploring with them. And we've learned a few hot spots in our time here — favorite restaurants, favorite wineries, and now, favorite day trips. Now get to exploring! Whether you have guests or not, these trips are easy and low-key, and sure to provide many photo opportunities that will leave you de-stressed and your guests happy.