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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 and I go there almost every year. Last year we made a one-week trip round Italy by train and car: Rome, Florence, Tuscany. Yes, you can really see these fantastic destinations in a week, just travel the long distances by train and then rent a car. I will show you how. Italy by ...

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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 the architectural treasures of Rome’s historic center begin to glow. And you will see that they look even more amazing than at daytime.  At night Rome’s attractions show their best and you can clearly see all the fine details in them. I was wandering through ...

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Florence in One Day: Explore the UNESCO Listed City

Ponte Vecchio from Uffici, Florence

If you are visiting Rome or touring Tuscany make a one day trip to Florence. The UNESCO listed Tuscan capital is a world class sight and you will enjoy it. Since the historic Florence is packed into a small area you can easily see it in one day. To help you explore Florence on foot I made a walking itinerary ...

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Top 10 Sights in Rome: a Walking Itinerary

Piazza Navona fountain, Rome

Rome is a city packed with history. There are historic sights at every corner and it’s hard to choose where to go. I made a walking map of Rome that shows you the top 10 sights of the Italian capital that is a city of 3 million people. My itinerary shows you the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town and ...

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Hiking Cinque Terre Trails between Five Villages

Hiking Cinque Terre Trails

This post shows you a hidden gem in Italy, we are hiking Cinque Terre trails between five coastal villages north of Tuscany. The isolated Cinque Terre with its five villages is in a location where you don’t get by car, you have to take a train through many coastal tunnels. To explore the Cinque Terre villages you have to walk between them, or take ...

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Italian Farmstay: Agriturismo Holiday in Tuscany

Agriturismo Casalpiano swimming-pool

We had a perfect agriturismo holiday in Tuscany. This post presents our farm stay near Pienza and the beautiful Tuscan scenery in the area south of Siena.  An agriturismo holiday in Tuscany had been in my dreams and then there was a chance to take a short break in May. We bought flights to Italy, rented a car and a booked a ...

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Tuscany Scenic Drive

Tuscany scenic drive view from Volterra

Tuscany is full of scenic roads and it’s hard to choose which one to take. We took a flight to Pisa, rented the cutest little Fiat and hit the road. And I think we found the best places Tuscany, Italy has to offer. You can follow our Tuscany scenic drive and absorb the beauty – and then start planning your ...

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