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Hidden Gems in Italy

Hidden Gems in Italy

Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world and tourism continues to grow and captivate tourists with its breath-taking ruins, culture and internationally renowned food. When tourists think of Italy, they picture the gondolas of Venice or the iconic Coliseum of Rome, yet Italy is much, much more than Rome, Florence and Venice. Italy is full of hidden gems if you want to get away from the well-trodden tourist path we will show you how to escape and explore the places that Italians themselves go to on holiday! From the rolling hills of the Italian countryside in Tuscany, the brilliant turquoise water of the south, we will show you how to have an unforgettable holiday in Italy and travel as Italians do to visit the best-kept secrets of this captivating country. Read more on Italy: Weird, Unusual and Unique Things to do in Rome for First Time Travellers…
Where to stay in Florence

Where to stay in Florence

The capital city of Tuscany is an amazing vacation destination for those looking to plan an Italy vacation. Home of Renaissance art and architecture, as well as deliciously simple Tuscan cuisine, Florence is a cultural destination for everyone. The city is fairly small, with a robust public transportation system, however the countryside must be seen as well, so keep this in mind when planning your visit. Finding the best place to stay in Florence will depend on many factors, including your budget, party size and how close you want to be to the main attractions of Florence. Some travelers choose to rent a country villa, while others want to be in walking distance of the historical center of Florence. To help you get started, we’ve rounded up the best Florence neighborhoods for visitors, and are able to recommend Florence hotels for every budget. We will cover off all types of…
48 Hours in Rome - 2 Day Itinerary

48 Hours in Rome – 2 Day Itinerary

Rome, the jewel of Europe with its rich history and breath-taking architecture is the perfect long weekend getaway. The city is said to date back to 735 BC and its name comes from Romulus, a baby abandoned along with his brother, Remus, on the banks of the River Tiber by his mother. The babies were said to have survived because they were suckled by a she-wolf and the image of Romulus and Remus presided by a wolf is immortalized in sculpture in Piazza del Campidoglio. The Roman Empire was once the most powerful empire in the world and a wealth of architecture, sculpture and art can be found in every corner of the city. Rome is also the seat of the Catholic Religion and Vatican City and its museums is a highlight of any visit to the city. Be transported into ancient history whilst wandering the ruins of the Roman…
Best Day Trips from Florence

Best Day Trips from Florence

Tourists have been flocking to Italy’s Tuscany region for generations. Lush, rolling hills bear the olives and grapes that produce some of Italy’s finest products. Florence is the capital of this region, and a great place to base yourself for a Tuscan vacation. The city of Florence has much to offer to it’s visitors: some of the world’s most famous Renaissance art and architecture is found here. Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and a cultural hub for Renaissance art and architecture. You will see many references in Florence to the Medici Family, a political dynasty that ruled Florence for 300 years and used their banking fortune to help foster the Italian Renaissance. Florence is also a hub for delicious and simple Tuscan cuisine. Florence is relatively small and easy to travel by foot and/or public transportation. The major airport is in nearby Pisa, and you can then…
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Hidden Secrets in Milan

Steeped in history, arts and culture, there’s certainly no shortage of things to see and do in the magnificent Italian city of Milan. Whether it’s soaking up the amazing and unique examples of Gothic or Neoclassical architecture, or marveling at the modern skyline of towers reaching for the clouds, there’s plenty to catch the eye. Milan is also considered one of the fashion capitals of the world, offering one of the most famous shows on the fashionista calendar, thanks to being the home of world-famous brands such as Gucci, Versace and Prada. Sports fans will also be familiar with the capital of the Lombardy region and Italy’s biggest stadium, the San Siro, which is home to soccer clubs Internazionale and AC Milan, two of the most successful clubs in the world. Beyond the hustle and bustle of the main tourist attractions and the biggest crowds, however, there are plenty of…
12 Things to do in Florence

12 Fun Things to do in Florence

Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and a cultural hub for Renaissance art and architecture. You will see many references in Florence to the Medici Family, a political dynasty that ruled Florence for 300 years and used their banking fortune to help foster the Italian Renaissance. Florence is also a hub for delicious and simple Tuscan cuisine. Florence is relatively small and easy to travel by foot and/or public transportation. The major airport is in nearby Pisa, and you can then catch a train into Florence. Being just 3 hours from Rome by vehicle, Florence is also a popular stop for an Italy road trip, and while Florence does see crowds in the summer, you won’t have to contend with cruise ship crowds as in other cities. To help you start planning your Tuscan vacation, we’ve got a list of all the fun things to do in Florence.…
13 Things to do in Venice for Everyone

13 Things to do in Venice for Everyone

Venice is one of the world’s most romanticized cities, built on more than 100 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon, along the Adriatic Sea in Northern Italy. In place of roads, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has water canals, lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. Venice has also become a popular stop on Mediterranean cruise ship itineraries, adding to an increasing overcrowding problem in Venice. Venetian officials are currently seeking ways to manage crowds and still allow visitors to enjoy all the things to do in Venice. Despite the crowds and tourist management programs, Venice is a beautiful city worth a spot on your Italy vacation. Here are some ideas for things to do in Venice. Read more on Italy: Weird, Unusual and Unique Things to do in Rome for First Time Travellers (Plus a Few Classics) Where to Stay in Rome – Close to Famous Attractions An Artist’s Playground:…
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Jesolo: Enjoy a Beach Holiday close to Venice!

Jesolo is the ideal choice if you want to combine the pleasure of a beach holiday and the opportunity to visit cultural attractions, reaching Venice. Located at the northern end of Venetian Lagoon, Jesolo is well-known for its 15 km long sandy coastline that gently slopes down to the sea, and its clean and safe water, winning the “Blue Flag” award for 13 years. It is great news for those who want to (or have to) visit Venice in the high season: a real oasis in summer, with wonderful beach and comfortable services, possible to reach Venice in short time but staying totally out of the crowd. Read more on Italy: Weird, Unusual and Unique Things to do in Rome for First Time Travellers (Plus a Few Classics) Where to Stay in Rome – Close to Famous Attractions An Artist’s Playground: Top Attractions for Art Lovers in Rome Hotel Review of THE FIRST…