Arrivederci! My Upcoming Epic Travels!

By Cacinda Maloney

I thought I would let you guys in on a little preview of my upcoming travels.  I am getting ready for a whirlwind trip to Italy and Ireland, countries I have been to before, but honestly they are two of my favorite … and ones I always look forward to going back to.

It all started out when I was going to a travel conference in Dublin, Ireland, called TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange), which this will be my 3rd TBEX to attend.

Map of Ireland, Cork on the plane

Map of Ireland, Cork on the plane

From that, I decided to tack on or string together a few of the other opportunities I have received as a travel writer/blogger and enjoy a little  extra time in Italy (my all time favorite country in the world).

"Italy is a dream that keeps
returning for the rest of your life." 
Poet Anna Akhmatova
Map of Italy Destinations

Map of Italy Destinations

And don’t forget that I am getting there using my frequent flyer miles!

First, I will fly into Genoa, Italy.

Genova, Italy

Genova, Italy

I loved it the last time I visited it and this time I am sure will be no exception.  I got lucky and will be staying at the #1 TripAdvisor Rated hotel in all of Genoa, the Best Western City Hotel .  I have been here before, as they hosted the final party for the TBE (Travel Bloggers Elevator) an Italian travel blogger conference when I was there last year.  They were gracious enough at that time to give us private tours of their amazing suites, with their very own panoramic terrace and the best view of the city hands down.  The place is upbeat, modern and located in the heart of downtown.  It s a rare gem, with 5 star boutique service and is THE place to stay when you arrive in Genova.  They are into indulging our five senses and dare I say, they do it amazingly well!  One of which is taste, so I will be dining at their lovely LaRune restaurant.  I will tell you more later about this fabulous find!

Genova, Italy

Genoa, Italy

From there, I am meeting fellow writer/travel blogger Anna Merulla of Beautiful Liguria, for what is going to be a good time of catching up while walking the cities of Genoa and Boccadasse, the fisherman village close by.

My travel partner for this trip will also be none other than my fellow #Bloghouse roommate Megan Smith of, she will join me  for a bit on her whirlwind trip around Europe.

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

We will then travel by train to one of the most stunningly amazing places in the world, Portofino. If you haven’t been there, you are missing out.  We will be staying at the luxurious Hotel Splendido.  I have written about this place before, but hopefully, I will get the grand tour and bring back even more hidden gems, as it is spectacular!

On the path to Portofino, Italy

On the path to Portofino, Italy

Next, we will hop the train to Milan and move on to Bologna where our fellow Italian travel writer/blogger of 21Grammy,  Alessandra Catania will pick us up and take us to our amazing castle in Bertinoro for the Bounvivere Blog Tour.  This week will engage our senses with promises of a private sitting with chef Carlo Cracco, one of the most famous chefs in Italy.  I had to look him up and wow!  What an amazing career he has had, but I especially liked his cover of Vanity Fair and GQ magazine, we are in for quite a treat!

Italian Chef Carlo Cracco

Italian Chef Carlo Cracco

As well as a personal trainer at the Technogym, beauty treatments at Castrocaro Hotsprings, and grape harvesting!  I have been informed to bring a dress as we will participate in a gala and shoes for stomping grapes, so they have quite the week planned for us!  My fellow travel bloggers on this trip will be Alicia Bea, Alessandra Catania,  Lanora Mueller, Penny Sadler, Megan Smith and Catherine Sweeney.

BuonVivere Blog Tour

BuonVivere Blog Tour

From there, I will stop off by train to my beloved Venice.  I can never resist her.  So close, I just had to spend only one night there, but hopefully I will enjoy the “Hidden Venice Photography Tour” by Viator and stay in an amazing GoWithOh apartment in Castello.

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Then it is off on Aer Lingus to Dublin for 2 days of TBEX conferences and my stay at the HRS  Cassidy’s Hotel.  TBEX will have parties and events nonstop and it will be good to meet old friends, make new ones and intermingle with brands and industry people.

Cork, Ireland

Cork, Ireland

Afterward, I will be going on a tour of Ireland, where I will finally get to kiss the Blarney Stone!

Map of Ireland Destinations

Map of Ireland Destinations

Blarney, Ireland

This way to Blarney!

(I was there before, but my  husband thought it was too cheesy to even stop by, and I will let you know if he is right or not!) I am taking the Atlantic Way Southwest Tour with TBEX where we will go to Killarney, The Ring of Kerry, the Skellig Islands, Portmagee, Dingle, and Cork.

Ireland's Ring of Kerry

Ireland’s Ring of Kerry



Whew!  I am excited and exhausted all at the same time!

Disclosure:  This trip is courtesy of all the companies listed:  Best Western City Hotel – Genoa, Hotel Splendido, Municipalities of Forli-Cesena,Italy; Viator, GoWithOh, Hrs, Cassidy Hotel and Tourism Ireland.











  1. Cathy Sweeney September 18, 2013 at 7:23 am

    What an itinerary! Glad I’ll get to be along on part of it in Italy and Ireland — two of my favorite countries, too. Thanks for the mention! 🙂

    • admin September 18, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Cathy, I look forward to meeting you and all the gang in Italy! It will be a week to remember, I am sure!!

  2. Alícia Bea September 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Thanks for the mention, Cacinda. It will be a great week!!

    • admin September 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Can’t wait to meet you and the other travel bloggers, we will have the time of our lives!!

  3. Deanna September 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I have never been to either country, your itinerary has me drooling!

    • admin September 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      They are a MUST, especially ITALY! You must move it up the bucket list!!! And you with the Greece post! I have never been there, but it is high on the list!

  4. Linda Bibb September 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Great, we’ll see you at TBEX! Looking forward to it. 🙂

    • admin September 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Yes, let’s connect! Say “hi” if you see me or my name tag!

  5. Lindsay September 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    We didn’t make it to the Blarney Stone either when we were there! Love that Ring of Kerry though! I agree, Italy is one of the best countries in the world… I’ve never been to Genoa or Portofino or Bertinoro… sigh. Maybe I can go with you next time!

    • admin September 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Yes, I have been to all these regions before in Ireland, but the islands are new for me… and of course, Blarney. Now Italy, Portofino is not to be missed! Put it on the list, I loved Liguira area, it was amazing!

  6. GowithOh September 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Waoo! What a tour! We wish you and fellow travellers lots of joy!
    Can’t wait to host you in Venice!

    • admin September 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Yippee!! me either!! Lots of fun and work coming my way!

  7. Amanda September 25, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Wow! Your travels sound like a dream come true. Can’t wait to read about it on your blog/twitter/facebook/etc. whew! A private sitting with Chef Cracco?! Amazing. Too bad our social networks aren’t multi-dimensional enough so you could share a taste with me through the screen. 😉

    • admin September 25, 2013 at 11:04 am

      I know, it will be like a dream come true!! Taste-o-gram is coming next!

  8. Ariana September 25, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Wow I hope you’ll have wonderful time together and I’m sure you’ll enjoy your trip! ..I always dream visiting Venice someday and I hope it’ll be a dream come true…

    • admin September 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

      I am here in Italy and can’t wait for my time in Venice! It will be grand, thanks for the well wishes!

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