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An Italy travel update from Madeline

An Italy travel update from Madeline

November 24, 2020

As I write this, the US is about to head into the Thanksgiving holidays. The virus continues to spread quickly both here in North America and in Europe. News of a couple vaccines was recently announced, causing Zoom stock to…

A Note Regarding the Coronavirus in Italy

A Note Regarding the Coronavirus in Italy

March 29, 2020

This has been a challenging few weeks, and I thought I’d take a minute to share an update. There’s a lot of information out there about COVID-19, aka the coronavirus in Italy. I don’t want to add to the noise,…

Italy trip costs: Planning Fees vs the Travel Agent Model

Italy trip costs: Planning Fees vs the Travel Agent Model

October 03, 2019

“How much should I expect my Italy trip to cost?” is a question we get from most of our clients. My answer (as with most Italy questions) is that it depends. But also: our trips are completely custom, so we…

A two week Italy itinerary: highlights

A two week Italy itinerary: highlights

August 11, 2015

When Italy Beyond the Obvious new client Betsy first contacted us about their trip to Italy, she wrote: My father would like to take us on a big adventure and we decided Italy is the place to go! Our family…

Italy train travel: top 15 client questions

Italy train travel: top 15 client questions

January 29, 2015

When I create a custom Italy itinerary for a new client, one of the most important parts of the initial discussion revolves around logistics, and the conversation quickly moves to Italy train travel. Clients want to know: what’s the best way…

Tips for multi generational travel in Italy

Tips for multi generational travel in Italy

December 05, 2014

Regardless of the specific destinations included in an Italy itinerary, multi generational trips require a unique approach to planning. This type of trip needs to work for different energy levels and different schedules (naptime!) while allowing quality time together and an amazing…

23 Beyond the Obvious Destinations in Italy (slideshow)

23 Beyond the Obvious Destinations in Italy (slideshow)

November 18, 2014

Sometimes the best way to get ideas for your next Italian vacation is to look at gorgeous photos, so with that in mind, I created a slideshow of some of my favorite beyond the obvious Italy destinations. This slideshow does…

Italy top 10: where my clients went in 2013

Italy top 10: where my clients went in 2013

December 12, 2013

Next summer’s Italy itineraries are already in full swing here at Italy Beyond the Obvious (currently: Puglia, the Dolomites, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast and Liguria) but this is the time of year when I crunch the numbers and take stock…

Why I’m getting rid of my Italy guidebooks

Why I’m getting rid of my Italy guidebooks

September 04, 2013

Last week I needed some space in my office, so I got rid of a stack of Italy guidebooks that I haven’t referenced in several years.  They looked pretty and had nice memories attached to them, but office shelf space…

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