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Italy in August: What to Expect

August in Italy is steaming hot, jam-packed and expensive. It’s high season in an already popular destination, and it’s not always pretty.  Buuuut… It’s not always so bad.  I advise everyone to avoid August if at all possible, but my first two biggest trips to Italy were both right in the middle of August, when… Read more »

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Wine Regions of Italy: Veneto

Italy is known for its wine, but Italian wine is more than just Chianti. It’s more than just Tuscan vineyards. It’s more than just a house red. And though the house wine is often delicious and well-made, and though the wine is cheap and sometimes does, yes, flow like rivers, Italian wine also comes with a… Read more »

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The Best Day Trips From Milan

Lombardy is a region unfairly overlooked by international travelers. I know, I know, Tuscany’s charm is far-reaching, Venice’s (because few go beyond the city) fame international, but Lombardy has cosmopolitan Milan and tiny villages dotting the mountainside. It has Alpine peaks and undulating rice fields. It has university towns, thermal spas, ski resorts and world-class cuisine. Though… Read more »

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Where to Go Instead

Though they may be drab, winters are the perfect time for trip planning. It’s time to read, research and place your dream trip to Italy. Where do you want to go? What do you want to see? What Italian experiences do you dream of? A first-time visit practically requires time in Rome and Florence, Venice and Tuscany… Read more »

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Why December is a Great Time to Visit Italy

Everyone comes to Italy in summer. Mediterranean climate, Mediterranean sea, Mediterranean men. Summer has its benefits, but it’s not the only time worth visiting.  Of course the shoulder seasons (fall and spring) are great for lower prices but they also have unpredictable weather (fall in Northern Italy tends to be rainy) and the winter should, in general,… Read more »

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A Sweet Sip of Soave

A perfect day-trip from Verona, Soave nevertheless sits nearly completely unknown in the rolling green hills of Veneto. Pronounced “so-AH-vey”, like the Spanish “smooth”, it means “sweet, pleasing to the senses.” And isn’t it though? We stopped for lunch in the fortressed town on our way home from a weekend in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Just another name on the… Read more »

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Along The Coast: Camogli, Liguria

Along the Italian Riviera is Camogli, a tiny town of founded by sailors and fishermen. The port can hold a maximum of thirty ships, yet it’s said there were hundreds in the early 1900s. They simply weren’t at home. Always out in a different port on a different exhibition. The city’s name, in fact, is… Read more »

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Hiking in the Dolomites: A Brief Guide

If the Alps splay across northern Italy like a crown atop a queen, then the Dolomites in the northeast are the crown jewels.   They’re known in the news for the difficult WWI battles described in Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, for the caveman recently found frozen in its glaciers and for the challenging via ferrata, an iron spiked path guiding intrepid hikers… Read more »

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A Guide to Bergamo Alta

Bergamo is a city with two unique city centers. There’s lower Bergamo or Città Bassa and upper Bergamo, or Città Alta.  In general, Città Bassa is the commercial heart of Bergamo and Città Alta is the touristy centro storico. Bergamo Alta is the oldest part of the city, dating from the Middle Ages, with 16th-century Venetian walls fortifying the… Read more »

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A Timeline of Trieste: The Story of a Border

Trieste is a striking city. Though I only had a few hours to explore it, it was enough to hook me. Unlike any other Italian city I’ve ever visited, I knew it was a city I had to get to know more. Trieste’s history oozes out of the gray stone buildings, fills its enormous Austrian-style… Read more »