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Puglia’s underground oil mills

Puglia’s underground oil mills

November 05, 2018

We arrived in the small Puglian town of Presicce on a wet October morning to meet our guide for a tour of the town’s underground olive oil mills. Puglia’s underground oil mills are easy to visit because many towns have…

The best way to visit Rome’s Colosseum

The best way to visit Rome’s Colosseum

May 17, 2018

When we create Italy itineraries that include Rome, our travelers always ask: “what’s the best way to visit Rome’s Colosseum?” As with all of Italy’s attractions, the best way to visit Rome’s Colosseum depends on the travelers and personal preferences….

Amalfi Coast Towns: where to stay

Amalfi Coast Towns: where to stay

February 14, 2018

If you drove along Italy’s Amalfi Coast from the city of Sorrento to the city of Salerno, it would take at least a couple of hours, one-way, with no traffic. During that drive, you’d pass the iconic Amalfi Coast towns…

Food tours in Italy: 5 reasons to book one

Food tours in Italy: 5 reasons to book one

January 31, 2018

When we recommend half-day food tours in Italy to our travelers, their first reaction is usually: What’s a food tour? A food tour is essentially a guided walking tour that lasts a few hours and centers around tasting local foods of…

Using cell phones in Italy: dos and don’ts

Using cell phones in Italy: dos and don’ts

December 11, 2017

After we finish booking the hotels, activities, and restaurants for our travelers, we send them a pre-trip checklist. This list includes advice on packing, technology, guidebooks, phrase books, travel insurance, driving, and more. We make sure that they leave for…

Local food in Venice: moeche

Local food in Venice: moeche

October 30, 2017

When it comes to food in Italy, we tell our travelers to focus on local and seasonal. Foods that are local are of course from the surrounding area but – just as important – they are often steeped in tradition and…

Eat like an Italian: a daily schedule

Eat like an Italian: a daily schedule

October 20, 2017

When we create personalized Italy itineraries for our travelers at Italy Beyond the Obvious, food usually plays a key role. We recommend where people should eat, of course. But also: what to eat, when to eat, and what to eat when….

3 secret places on the Eastern side of Lake Maggiore (and a local cheese)

3 secret places on the Eastern side of Lake Maggiore (and a local cheese)

September 21, 2017

The shores, towns, and enchanted landscapes of Lake Maggiore have inspired many great Italian and foreign artists. At Italy Beyond the Obvious, our most common Lake Maggiore itineraries are in & around the town of Stresa on the lake’s Western…

Italy in February: 7 great places to visit

Italy in February: 7 great places to visit

December 02, 2016

In many places in the world, the month of February is still the depths of winter. It’s cold, snowy, and often dark or foggy. In Italy, it’s low season, and while it is definitely chilly, there are plenty of great…

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