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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…

Two Palladian Villas of the Veneto: Villa Rotunda and Villa Emo

Two Palladian Villas of the Veneto: Villa Rotunda and Villa Emo

September 04, 2008

If you’re spending time in Verona, Lake Garda, or Padova, consider visiting two Palladian Villas of the Veneto region. The Villa Rotunda and the Villa Emo are examples of architecture by Andrea Palladio, widely considered to be the most influential…

Fields of Sunflowers in Italy: where and when to find them

Fields of Sunflowers in Italy: where and when to find them

September 03, 2008

    If you’d like to plan an itinerary that includes fields of sunflowers in Italy, it’s important to know where and when to find them. We took the photo above just outside the Tuscan town of San Gimignano at the end…

Hiking in the Dolomites

Hiking in the Dolomites

August 06, 2008

I grew up hiking in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, and I must say that hiking in the Dolomites is at least as spectacular and more hiker-friendly: no bears! Dolomites lifts are open in the summertime The reason it’s so easy for…

The Verona Opera Festival

The Verona Opera Festival

August 05, 2008

So many people beeline from Milan to Venice, but there is a spectacular event en route worth a stop. The Verona Opera Festival goes from the end of June to the end of August every year, and is held under…

Wines of the Veneto

Wines of the Veneto

August 05, 2008

Everyone knows that in Italy, the Chianti region of Tuscany is wine country. But some of my favorite wines of all time are from the Veneto, and I'd recommend the three wines below to anybody. In the order I'd drink…

Climbing the Stromboli Volcano, Sicily

Climbing the Stromboli Volcano, Sicily

August 05, 2008

Climbing Sicily’s Stromboli volcano was absolutely spectacular, and my Italy trip planning clients I’ve sent up the volcano concur: it’s definitely a bucket-list hike. But the logistics are not insignificant. My husband and I climbed the volcano during our two-week…

What’s “The Obvious”?

What’s “The Obvious”?

August 05, 2008

The name of this blog is “Italy: Beyond the Obvious“, because in my years of guiding, organizing, and coaching people on trips and travel to Italy, I’ve noticed there are a few things that pretty much nobody wants to miss,…

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