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The best way to visit Pompeii: 5 tips

The best way to visit Pompeii: 5 tips

September 21, 2008

The excavated archaeological site of Pompeii is unlike anything you’ll ever see. Yes, you should visit! But the site gets 3 million annual visitors, so we have some tips to help you make the most out of your visit. What’s…

Aperitivo in Italy

Aperitivo in Italy

September 18, 2008

Aperitivo in Italy is a thing. The word aperitivo means a pre-dinner drink, which Italians have been doing for years, but in the past decade or so the term has broadened to mean a drink that comes with a pretty…

Isola Maddalena, Sardinia

Isola Maddalena, Sardinia

September 17, 2008

Sure, one can go to the Emerald Coast, aka the Costa Smeralda of Sardinia (between Palau and Olbia on the northeast side of the island), vacation with the Who’s Who of Italy, and do some yacht-watching. One could even stay at the famous…

Gubbio, Umbria

Gubbio, Umbria

September 15, 2008

The Umbrian town of Gubbio is worth a visit and I suppose could be done in a daytrip from southern Tuscany. But personally I'd take 10 days in Umbria and hit Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Todi and Orvieto – more or less in…

What to see in Lake Como

What to see in Lake Como

September 12, 2008

My recommendations for what to see in Lake Como are written below as a daytrip from Milan, but it’s not possible to do all of this in one day. Take the short train ride from Milan to Como (check timetables at www.trenitalia.it) and…

What to do on Lake Maggiore

What to do on Lake Maggiore

September 10, 2008

  Usually when people refer to “The Italian Lakes”, they mean Lakes Maggiore, Como and Lugano. Sometimes they also mean Lake Garda but that is several hours to the east. The three most famous lake, along with many other small…

Locanda Dell’Amorosa

Locanda Dell’Amorosa

September 08, 2008

When I travel as a tourist, I usually choose a hotel that is purely functional: comfortable and quiet, so I can get a good night's sleep; and centrally located so I can maximize tourist time. This means that in Italy I…

The Mosaics in Ravenna

The Mosaics in Ravenna

September 08, 2008

  The mosaics in Ravenna are world famous, so if you like mosaics or early Christian monuments, consider including a stop in this lovely town in your Italy itinerary. The 2000+ year old city of Ravenna, located on the Adriatic…

Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, Sicily

Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, Sicily

September 05, 2008

Mosaics depicting bikini-clad girls exercising? A scantily clad couple very involved in each other? African animals and a boar hunt? A man holding a large bird? Where are the saints, angels and religious motifs? Answer: there aren’t any. If you’ve…

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