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Emilia Romagna: Looking for Italy’s Prettiest Villages

Brisighella, one of Italy's prettiest villages

In Italy they say that all roads lead to Rome. My roads in Italy, however, lead to old villages that exist in all corners. At least I always find myself looking for Italy’s prettiest villages, every time I travel through the country. Italian villages are found on mountaintops, on the plains and by the sea. Historic medieval villages, well taken ...

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Lake Como Weekend from Milan Malpensa

Lake Como weekend: Villa del Balbianello garden

Looking for a weekend getaway? Lake Como in North Italy is the perfect place to go, just a 40 minute drive from Milan Malpensa airport. The fjord-like lake is the deepest in Italy, framed by mountains rising from the water. The highest mountains like Monte Legnone, 2600 m, are snow-capped most of the time. Lake Como lets you combine alpine ...

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Bologna: Arcades, History and Mediterranean Colors

Piazza Santo Stefano porticoes, Bologna

Bologna at the foot of the Apennine mountains is a less known travel destination that easily compares to Florence and other cities. Bologna’s 38 km of arcaded streets, red and ochre-colored houses and long culinary traditions make it the perfect weekend destination. Bologna arcades are listed in the UNESCO and so is the whole city, as a city of music.  ...

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Italy by Train and Car: Rome, Florence and Tuscany

Driving along Tuscan country roads

Italy, if any, is my favorite destination where I have to get almost every year. Last year we made a one-week trip to Italy by train and car: Rome, Florence, Tuscany. Yes, you can really see three different destinations in a week, just travel the long distances by train and then rent a car. I will show you how. Italy ...

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Rome Centro Storico in 25 Evening Photos

Pantheon after dark

Rome Centro Storico is a great place for an evening stroll. As the evening lights go on, they make the treasures of Rome’s historic center glow. In the evening Rome looks even more amazing than at daytime.  At night Rome’s attractions show their best sides when the lights help you see all fine details in them. When I was wandering ...

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Florence in One Day: Explore the UNESCO Listed City

Ponte Vecchio from Uffici, Florence

When visiting Rome or touring Tuscany, why not make a day trip to Florence? It’s a UNESCO listed city and a world class sight, and taking the train you can easily visit Florence in one day. The historic Florence is packed into a small area and is easily walkable. To help you explore Florence on foot I made a walking ...

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Top 10 Sights in Rome: a Walking Itinerary

Piazza Navona fountain, Rome

As Rome is a city packed with history and has sights at every corner, it’s hard to know where to go. I made a walking itinerary to see the Top 10 Sights in Rome and put the the sights on the map. My itinerary will take you to Rome’s UNESCO listed Centro Storico, to ancient squares, ruins, temples, fountains and ...

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Hiking Cinque Terre Trails between Five Villages

Hiking Cinque Terre Trails

This post will take you to an isolated part of Italy. We are hiking Cinque Terre trails linking five old fishing villages on the North Italian coastline. The five villages of Cinque Terre are in a location with no access by car. You can only reach the place by the train through tunnels. To see the five villages you have ...

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Italian Farmstay: Agriturismo Holiday in Tuscany

Agriturismo Casalpiano swimming-pool

We wanted to see what an agriturismo holiday in Tuscany is like. This post will show you our farm stay in the beautiful setting of the UNESCO listed Val d’Orcia.  For a long time already, staying on a Tuscan farm had been in my thoughts. Then, one May, we took a week off and went ahead. Flights to Italy, a ...

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Tuscany Scenic Drive: Pisa, Volterra, Siena to Pienza

Tuscany scenic drive view from Volterra

Tuscany is so packed with scenic, winding roads that it’s hard to choose which one to take. We searched for a long while and then planned our Tuscany scenic drive, starting from Pisa and ending at Pienza. The next step was to take flights to Pisa, rent a cute little Fiat – and hit the road. I really think we ...

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