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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…

What to budget for an Italy trip

What to budget for an Italy trip

April 08, 2013

“What should we budget for 2 people for 12 days in Italy – is $10,000 enough?” asked new clients recently. After talking to them about their interests, we discussed a few possible Italy itineraries I thought they’d like, and the…

How to find a perfect hotel in Italy using online reviews

How to find a perfect hotel in Italy using online reviews

March 13, 2013

When planning an Italy itinerary for a client traveling with three teenage boys recently, I sent hotel recommendations for Rome: the three hotels I recommended were all available for his dates, all within his budget, and all in excellent locations….

Five tips on organizing a seaside summer day in Italy

Five tips on organizing a seaside summer day in Italy

February 13, 2013

New trip planning clients often tell me they want to include a few hours of doing nothing in their summer itinerary. For example they’ll say: “We want to sit in a cafe in the sun, by the water, with a…

The secret to creating a fabulous Italy itinerary

The secret to creating a fabulous Italy itinerary

January 02, 2013

  Italy has kicked my butt more than once. More accurately, Italy has torn me down, stomped on me, left me stranded and frustrated, and then called “ha!” over her shoulder as she’s walked away, uncaring. Then, beckoning me to…

10 Reasons To Vacation in Italy

10 Reasons To Vacation in Italy

December 18, 2012

Here are, in no particular order, ten reasons to choose Italy for your next vacation. Already agree? Let me help you plan that vacation!   Italy has something for everyone’s interests. When I start working with new clients to plan…

By the numbers: Italy Top 10 in 2012

By the numbers: Italy Top 10 in 2012

December 03, 2012

I’ve already started working on spring Italy trips for 2013, but I sat down to look at where my clients went in 2012, and created this list of top Italy destinations for 2012 based on number of hotel nights per…

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