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An Italy travel update from Madeline

As I write this, the US is about to head into the Thanksgiving holidays. The virus continues to spread quickly both here in North America and in Europe. News of a couple vaccines was recently announced, causing Zoom stock to...

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Italy Christmas Destinations

Italy Christmas Destinations

October 31, 2021

Christmas in Italy is festive, with markets, lights, Christmas trees, and music in the streets. Below we recommend seven of our favorite Italy Christmas Destinations. The Christmas season in Italy starts on December 8th (Immaculate Conception) and ends on January…

Christmas in Italy

Christmas in Italy

October 14, 2021

The Christmas season in Italy starts on December 8th (Immaculate Conception) and ends on January 6th (Ephiphany). Christmas in Italy is festive, with markets, lights, Christmas trees, and music in the streets. And the best part is that the Christmas…

Hiking In Italy

Hiking In Italy

September 30, 2021

Hiking in Italy: Five favorite destinations Walking and hiking in Italy can be a holiday in itself or a wonderful way to spend mornings before a long Italian lunch and an afternoon wine tasting or seeing amazing art and architecture….

Winter Getaways: Skiing and Snowboarding in Italy

Winter Getaways: Skiing and Snowboarding in Italy

September 14, 2021

One of the most beautiful and historical countries in the world, Italy is also one of the most traveled areas. Most people visit Italy in the spring or summer because of its pleasant weather and exquisite sites. But during the…

A Guide to Private and Group Tours in Venice

A Guide to Private and Group Tours in Venice

August 30, 2021

Part of the joy of visiting Il Bel Paese is, of course, finally seeing those iconic sights you’ve admired for years in photos. But what really stays with you after returning home is less the blockbuster sightseeing and more the…

Brainstorming a 2-Week Italy Itinerary: An Actual Client Email

Brainstorming a 2-Week Italy Itinerary: An Actual Client Email

August 14, 2021

Are you considering booking our travel planning services but are unsure of how that service translates into a full, customized Italy itinerary? Here we share with you an initial email to a client that came out of our “first step”…

Renting a Car in Italy: 10 Things to Know

Renting a Car in Italy: 10 Things to Know

July 30, 2021

If your Italy itinerary includes driving, you’ll need to rent a car. Here are 10 things to know about renting a car in Italy: Manual transmission reigns supreme Although automatic transmissions exist in Italy, and are actually gaining popularity, the…

Top Italy Trip Questions: 60 FAQs We Answer

Top Italy Trip Questions: 60 FAQs We Answer

July 14, 2021

At Italy Beyond the Obvious, we’ve been creating custom itineraries for independent travelers for over a decade. In order to give the best advice to our travelers, we start by asking a few questions. But during our five-step trip planning…

Get a vaccine? Easy. Get a US passport in the pandemic? Not so much.

Get a vaccine? Easy. Get a US passport in the pandemic? Not so much.

April 29, 2021

When things shut down over a year ago, we were all waiting for the vaccines. Now, it’s not hard to get a vaccine but to get a US passport in the pandemic? Good luck. I have spent many hours trying…

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