Where Have I Been: A Visual Tour 5

Hello my friends in the bloggosphere, sorry for my absence these past weeks. I’ve been on tour, guiding four tours for Rick Steves. I have been busy with some very exciting projects that you will hear about soon. Until then, I thought I’d give you a visual, rather than verbal, survey of my weeks in Italy. Enjoy!

Rome is always my home, but there’s always more to learn, and new people to learn from.

Sicily was one of my main destinations this fall, and is always a passion of mine.

Byzantine mosaics are a passion of mine, and so is Sicily. I spent time investigating both in October.

Naples is not my favorite city, I’ll be honest. But I’ve made a point to get to know it better this year, and guess what? It’s pretty cool.

I’ve seen the Vatican Museum more than 100 times, but I always find something new that I’ve never noticed. Guiding is like being a permanent student in the world’s best classroom.

Even the rainy days can bring surprises, like a double rainbow!

Im always looking for ways to bring people to an authentic slice of Italy. Here, I did a wine tasting and lunch at a farm where the family cooks with ingredients from the field. We even met the cows!

Keeping up on my art history also includes staying current. Venice is a playground of modern art, this year I loved the Biennale and the Damien Hirst show.

Some experiences are classic. Yeah, I’ve done this a million times but it’s always a great experience to watch my tour clients light up on a gondola.

Exploring deeper into Italy has been a recent hobby. Vicenza is one of many gems I’ve been researching. And the architect in me swoons over Palladio.

Lake Como is always a favorite, I enjoy doing nothing there, la dolce far niente, as we say.

Off-beat museums are a pleasure. This one, about the Italian colonies in Africa, was a surprise, hidden in Ragusa, central Sicily.

Always looking for a way to develop my knowledge and skills, I’ve been taking food tours in cities. Fun and educational! (Burp!)

I’ve made some wonderful new discoveries, I can’t wait to tell you about them, like beautiful islands off the coast of Sicily.

Possibly the best part about travel for me, the new friends I meet and the old friends that I continue to have adventures with. My travel family is wonderful!

About sarahinitalia@yahoo.com

Sarah Murdoch is a tour guide and guidebook writer for Rick Steves Europe. Her blog, Adventures with Sarah, focuses on packing tips, travel stories and advice for planning the best trip possible.

5 thoughts on “Where Have I Been: A Visual Tour

  • Kathy Noll

    Ouuu I am most intrigued by the photo of Vicenza. Where is that photo taken? It looks like the outdoors is indoors. I love architecture and am really interested in learning more about this area. Also the islands off of Sicily – love that photo too! I see perfect square blocks of stone near the water. Is that a natural phenomena? Striking photo!

  • Ann Campbell


    Really hope you will be our guide on our Rick Steve’s Sicily tour starting Oct 14 next year!

    You are my “packing guru” and love your blog too.

    Thanks for these beautiful pictures.

    Ann Campbell

  • Ronda

    Love your blogs and pictures! We started taking food tours in cities, also. Great way to experience the culture.

  • Cindy B

    What fabulous experiences. Looking forward to our next trip to Italy. Took notes of some must see locales, thanks!

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