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Visiting the Cinque Terre

Visiting the Cinque Terre

October 13, 2008

  Picture this:  You’re walking along a narrow dirt and rock trail several hundred feet above the blue, blue Mediterranean sea. You are surrounded by fig, lemon, and olive trees, flower gardens and vineyards. Several hundred feet up the slope is the road where, yes, there…

Valley of the Temples, Sicily

Valley of the Temples, Sicily

October 06, 2008

You’ll swear you’ve been unknowingly teleported to Greece when you see the ancient Valley of the temples in Agrigento, Sicily.       The outdoor archaeological park Valley of the Temples, or Valle dei Templi, has 7 spectacular Greek temples from the 6th and…

What to see in San Gimignano Italy

What to see in San Gimignano Italy

October 01, 2008

Even if you had no idea what to see in San Gimignano Italy, you’d immediately notice its unique skyline. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, this walled Tuscan city was founded by the Etruscans and then became prosperous in the middle ages…

Pavia

Pavia

September 26, 2008

The small university town of Pavia is just a 25-minute train ride south of Milan, and is a great daytrip.  Check out these suggestions for more great short trips from Milan. The town itself has a castle, some gorgeous churches,…

What to do on Ischia island

What to do on Ischia island

September 24, 2008

The island of Capri is pretty well-known. But less well-known to foreign tourists is the island of Ischia, less than an hour by boat from Naples, and equally worthwhile. Take my recommendations below for what to do on Ischia island. Natural Hot Springs Ischia…

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…

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