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What’s The Deal With the Acqua Alta in Venice?

Venice has a long and complicated history with water.  The city lies across 118 small islands in a swampy lagoon, separated by the Adriatic Sea by just a thin stretch of land. The islands are divided by narrow canals allowing boats in and out, as well as, ahem, the sea. When the tide rises, the seawater enters into… Read more »

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Refunds for Rainy Days on Elba Island

Good news, travelers: no more worrying about rain in paradise! This year the hotels on Elba Island, the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, have teamed up to guarantee tourists refunds for rainy days on their May or September and October trips. Based on the new Elba No Rain initiative, if it rains for more than two… Read more »

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A Part of The Crowd: Being a Tourist in Italy

Recently family travel blogger BigBraveNomad posted a story on Instagram highlighting the throngs of crowds filling the piazza along the Trevi Fountain. “Fact: this is what Rome is really like. Everywhere. It’s INSANELY packed,” it said, and then “Again: flooded with people. Ps. I am not complaining. Everyone deserves to visit all of these famous spots…. Read more »

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What’s The Deal With Adult Italians Still Living At Home?

Italian young adults have a terrible reputation. Absolutely babied by their moms, Italians basically remain children well into adulthood, enjoying the benefits of full-time emotional unpaid labor. I know many a 30-year-old who doesn’t cook, clean, do their own laundry or even, at times, buy their own clothes. Their mother’s grocery shop, make their appointments, cook three… Read more »

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Italian Pizza: Neapolitan vs Roman

My first experience with Italian pizza was at a touristy joint in Pisa. As my mother, grandmother and I rested our feet after a visit to the Field of Miracles (that’s actually what it’s called) we all three openly gaped at a young girl, maybe 13, as she polished off an entire pizza. AN ENTIRE PIZZA.  We were… Read more »

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The Truth About That Free Castle in Italy

Italy is selling off its public properties for pennies. Well, for a few euros, to be exact. In the past few years news articles abound with reports of entire villages up for sale in Tuscany and Abruzzo, properties for sale for one euro, entire islands in the Venetian Lido and even Medieval castles on the cheap. They… Read more »

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The Most Expensive European Summer Destination

 … is on the Amalfi Coast. Positano, the world-famous village on the Amalfi Coast known for its lemons, steep stairs and overwhelming beauty, also happens to be the most expensive European summer destination according to a survey by Cheaprooms.co.uk. Ok, Ok, I admit, the surveyors don’t instill a lot of trust, but without any scientific research at all,… Read more »

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The Secret to Happiness is Travel

Apparently travel makes us happier than love. Or at least, happier than a date out with our partner, having a child or even our own wedding! Online hotel booking website Booking.com held a 17,000 person study in 17 countries and found that travel gives us a stronger spike in happiness than some the most important moments of our… Read more »

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Italy’s #FertilityDay Failure

In America they’re happy we’re finally using birth control in a sort of “yay, poor people aren’t having kids anymore!” celebration. In Italy, they’ve launched a campaign encouraging Italians to get pregnant. Meanwhile, in the US#fertilityday https://t.co/fHgmivCqJu — Angelo Ghigi (@aghigi) August 31, 2016 They’re all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything… Read more »