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Italy for First Timers: How to Plan Your Trip

Italy has everything. It has the sea and the mountains, the hills and the plain. It has lakes and rivers and forests and national parks. It has incredible ancient borghi and larger cities that have managed to enter the modern age with a firm hold on their ancient pasts. It has Medieval castles, Renaissance art and even contemporary… Read more »

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The One Thing You Should Do Before Coming to Italy

Before coming to Italy I went out and bought new, “Italy appropriate” clothes; I read about the culture, studied the language and devoured “insider’s tips” that promised to help me blend in with the Italians. I packed and repacked and imagined things I had yet to see. There’s always a certain amount of trepidation that… Read more »

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Travel to Northern Italy: Mantova, Verona and Padova

I love northern Italy. I love the location: just two hours in any direction and you can move from plains to jagged Alps to warm sea. I love its mixed-breed history. I love the hardworking nature of the people, the efficiency, the food.  And while Milan and Venice are breathtaking, there are plenty of towns that don’t share the same… Read more »

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Why You Absolutely Have to Do Research Before Traveling

For those of you too busy to read this I’ll make it brief: You have to research before traveling to know what the hell you’re doing. Woo, I already feel better. Now if you’re still with me, allow me unfold: Why would you spend thousands of dollars on an overseas trip without preparing beforehand? Far too often… Read more »