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The Pros and Cons of a Winter Trip to Italy

The Pros and Cons of a Winter Trip to Italy

June 21, 2022

Italy sees its lion’s share of tourists in the summer season, and there are certainly advantages to visiting Il Bel Paese in the longer, balmier days between April and October. When the mercury climbs sky-high and the top museums and…

The Best Fall Foods in Italy

The Best Fall Foods in Italy

June 02, 2022

You may be feeling the heat right now, but crisp autumn days will soon be here…and with them some of the best fall foods in Italy. The harvest season during the final months of the year is an optimal time…

Florence Itinerary: One Day and Three Days

Florence Itinerary: One Day and Three Days

May 17, 2022

Florence is among Italy’s most magnificent cities, capital of Tuscany and birthplace of the Renaissance. Its UNESCO-listed historic center is a treasure trove of artistic and architectural masterpieces, plus fascinating artisan workshops and a vibrant dining and imbibing scene. It’s…

Wine Tasting in Piedmont

Wine Tasting in Piedmont

April 29, 2022

The northern region of Piedmont is a foodie mecca, home to the worth-its-weight-in-gold Alba white truffle, heirloom Fassona Piemontese beef, a number of prestigious local cheeses, tajarin and agnolotti dal plin fresh egg pastas, and—of course—Barolo and Barbaresco, two of…

Celebrating American Thanksgiving in Italy

Celebrating American Thanksgiving in Italy

March 14, 2022

The Thanksgiving holiday are a great time to sneak in a trip to Italy! Here are five reasons why you should consider celebrating American Thanksgiving in Italy this year:.

Cinque Terre vs. The Lakes: How to Decide

Cinque Terre vs. The Lakes: How to Decide

February 27, 2022

About 20% of our clients kick off our first call by telling us that they’d like to see two of the “Big Three” (Rome, Florence, and Venice—and they usually know which two) but they’d like advice on the final piece…

A Guide to Private and Group Tours in Venice

A Guide to Private and Group Tours in Venice

August 30, 2021

Part of the joy of visiting Il Bel Paese is, of course, finally seeing those iconic sights you’ve admired for years in photos. But what really stays with you after returning home is less the blockbuster sightseeing and more the…

Brainstorming a 2-Week Italy Itinerary: An Actual Client Email

Brainstorming a 2-Week Italy Itinerary: An Actual Client Email

August 14, 2021

Are you considering booking our travel planning services but are unsure of how that service translates into a full, customized Italy itinerary? Here we share with you an initial email to a client that came out of our “first step”…

Top Italy Trip Questions: 60 FAQs We Answer

Top Italy Trip Questions: 60 FAQs We Answer

July 14, 2021

At Italy Beyond the Obvious, we’ve been creating custom itineraries for independent travelers for over a decade. In order to give the best advice to our travelers, we start by asking a few questions. But during our five-step trip planning…

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