Cin Cin! A year in Review

Welcome to Tourist by Chance, if this is the first time you visit! Check out my year in review.

Cin Cin! is what you say when toasting in Italy and with Christmas just over, we are all looking forward to celebrating the start of the New Year. 2016 is not only the start of a new year, it is also the beginning of a new chapter for With my year in review, you will see over 3000km covered and 16 cities visited/written about and videoed (pretty sure that’s not a word…yet), I have only scratched the surface and look forward to exploring the south of Italy next year, as my first year as a blogger comes to a close!

Cin Cin! A year in Review tourists by chance

A big thank you has to go to those that have motivated me to keep going – to the Twitter followers (over 1800!), Facebook friends (over 220!) and Instagram followers (280 and counting!). Without your support, it would have been difficult to keep going. Your support has shown that maybe, just maybe, I am doing something right. 2016 will be the year I want this site to boom. I want to be able to provide you all with even better content, that can not only help you on your trip, but actually bring you here to Italy and experience the real Italian life. 2016 will also be the year I ask the followers and fans of, what part of Italy they would like to see and I will go there! So make sure to email me or write to me on social media and become a tourist by chance!

Tourist by Chance – A Year in Review

2015 has been a year of learning, a year of getting to understand my ‘voice’ as a writer, a year where I have met some amazing people and been able to share my love for Italy, while trying to bring some useful information. Take the discovery of new apps, the discovery of restaurants, wineries, trying new accommodation, and having fun creating videos of the cities I have been too!

I enjoyed being a tourist by chance, discovering my country with my camera and a glass of wine in my hand – oh and trying some pretty amazing food too! While hard to believe, all of this has been done with one scope in mind – to provide a real look at La Dolce Vita in Il Bel Paese. Of course, this includes the reasons not to visit Italy and even Rome.

A big thank you also goes to and for their awesome guest posts, along with the other bloggers that have kindly shared their love for Italy – Italy though the eyes of others. It has been a pleasure to virtually meet you all and collaborate on such a fun post like – 20 Reasons NOT to visit Italy – looking forward to more of these in 2016!

I leave you with a visual look at the various cities visited and written about on the blog in 2015 and the 3000+ km’s covered! I had to embed 2 maps so the first shows from January to May, while the second shows the cities visited from June to December.

What city would you like discovered in 2016 or do you recommend for other travelers? If I have not been there yet, I will make it a ‘To do’ city in the New Year!

Grazie for reading a year in review & Buon 2016 a tutti voi! 


To read the posts on each city, click the city name: Rome, Milan, Anagni, Orvieto, Matera, Civita di Bagnoregio, Caserta, Torgiano, Perugia, Montefalco, Santuario della Verna, Cortona, Siena, Monte Oliveto, San Miniato, Venice.


6 thoughts on “Cin Cin! A year in Review

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  2. It has been a great pleasure writing “How to Dress When You’re on Vacation in Italy” Blog Post. Congrats on your fist year! I can’t wait to see what the New Year brings. I wish you even more success and great travel adventures in 2016!

    1. Thank you for collaborating and look forward to working with you again in 2016 Justyna! I too wish you all great things in 2016 and hopefully you make it back to Italy soon! Ciao and Buon Anno!! Grazie ancora, Valter

    1. Thank you so much and hope you you can enjoy more of my new trips in 2016! 🙂 I see you have been to Italy too, would be great to collaborate with you in the New Year if you are back in Italy! Ciao e Buon Anno! Valter

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