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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…

Four things to see and do in modern Milan (if you’ve been there and done that)

Four things to see and do in modern Milan (if you’ve been there and done that)

March 22, 2016

As someone who spent four years living and working in Milan, I don’t usually expect the city to surprise me upon return visits. I spend time with friends, return to my favorite places, and walk the streets that have so many…

The Turin Egyptian Museum

The Turin Egyptian Museum

October 20, 2015

Traveling to Italy to visit an Egyptian museum might sound a little too beyond the obvious for many travelers, but for anyone who is a fan of Egyptian art, I would argue that the Turin Egyptian Museum cannot be missed. The collection…

Milan fashion: Alta Moda tour with Context Travel

Milan fashion: Alta Moda tour with Context Travel

October 09, 2015

We met our guide Sarah of Context Travel for the 3 hour private look at Milan Fashion, the Alta Moda walk. Our meeting point was – logically – in front of the Armani Cafe, in Milan’s fashion district, the Quadrilatero D’Oro. Milan fashion…

Off the beaten path in Italy

Off the beaten path in Italy

October 23, 2014

Because of the name of my company, I get regular requests for itineraries that are at least partly off the beaten track. The definition of off the beaten path in Italy differs depending on how well you know the country….

Bardolino, Lake Garda: A lovely afternoon doing nothing

Bardolino, Lake Garda: A lovely afternoon doing nothing

July 11, 2013

What’s there to do on Lake Garda? a client asked recently. Although a significant percentage of my working hours are spent giving travelers recommendations on what to do during Italian vacations, sometimes I recommend not doing anything. Forget the checklist. Leave…

Visit Milan by bike, barge, or tram

Visit Milan by bike, barge, or tram

February 25, 2013

Milan’s main sights are fantastic, and most of them can be visited on foot, but the city is big and if you want to get off your feet (or are traveling with kids), take advantage of some of these fun…

Dinner at Milan’s Cracco

Dinner at Milan’s Cracco

October 16, 2012

    When my husband proposed marriage on the terrace of our Milan apartment 12 years ago, we celebrated our engagement with dinner at Milan’s Cracco-Peck restaurant, which had just opened. Every bite was incredible, and we said that we’d…

Ode to Ronchi (via San Maurilio 7, Milan)

Ode to Ronchi (via San Maurilio 7, Milan)

January 07, 2011

  I've been de-cluttering for the last few months to get ready to move to San Francisco. SF will be the eleventh city I've lived in and the fifth my husband and I have lived in together, so I've been-there-done-that…

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