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Carrara Marble Mine

Touring the Carrara Marble Mines

Carrara Marble Mine

It’s safe to say that Italy has been blessed with more than its fair share of greatness. Exploring Italy really makes you realize how plentiful the country is in terms of culture, art, landscape, history, and, of course, culinary excellence. And if that’s not enough, they even make something like marble mines incredibly interesting …

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Agritourismo in Italy

A Farm Stay in the Umbrian Countryside

Agritourismo in Italy

To say that Italy is full of charming sites would be an understatement. From its chaotic capital to its off-the-beaten-path villages such as Orta San Giulio, this country nevers ceases to amaze travelers. If you’re planning a trip to Italy and looking for an authentic Italian experience, while not try out the country’s agriturismo options?  […]

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View from Bell Tower

Exploring Florence

View from Bell Tower

They say that you haven’t really seen Italy until you’ve seen Florence. This gorgeous town is where the Renaissance period began and today, Florence is very much a work of art in itself. Sure, it’s an incredibly popular tourist area, but its full-on Italian splendor and sophistication will leave you breathless nonetheless. Today’s guest contributor, […]

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Boats in the harbor at San Domino in Italy's Tremiti Islands

Tremiti Islands: An Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventure in Italy

Boats in the harbor at San Domino in Italy's Tremiti Islands

Want to go off-the-beaten-path in Italy? The Tremiti Islands off Italy’s Gargano Peninsula qualify. Okay, I’m sure that most Italians and Western Europeans know about these tiny islands near the Adriatic coast but how many Americans visit? We’re raising our hands, here, and giving you reasons to add them to your next European road trip. Most visitors arrive at Italy’s Tremiti […]

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Il Lavatoio offers charming lodging in Castel di Sangro.

Staying in an Italian Wash House in Castel di Sangro

Il Lavatoio offers charming lodging in Castel di Sangro.

“You’ll be staying in a converted wash house, but it’s quite charming,” Claudio Fontana of A La Carte Italy Tours told us in an email discussion about Il Lavatoio, our lodging choice at Castel di Sangro in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. It would be the first night of a ten-day Southern Italy road […]

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The Basilica of Sant'Andrea in Subiaco, Italy

Stopping in Subiaco

The Basilica of Sant'Andrea in Subiaco, Italy

Updated: 10.01.2014 Walking along cobblestone alleys that twist and turn down the hillside from Subiaco’s old town to the commercial center, Alan looks at me and says, “This is the real Italy.” Ochre-colored buildings with stone accents line the narrow streets. The delicious smells of lunch preparations waft through an open window. Is this how […]

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Sassi settlement in Matera

Walking With History in Matera, Italy

Sassi settlement in Matera

Updated 05.01.2014 This article is part of a paid series that I’m writing as a brand ambassador for Michelin Guides. On a visit to Matera, Italy, history grabs us by the hand and says, “come walk with me.” And it’s not hard to do. Peering from the edge of the historic center in modern-day Matera, […]

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Breakfast view of Livorno, Italy

Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 1

Breakfast view of Livorno, Italy

After 12 days touring Southern Italy, Alan and I have boarded the Silversea ship, Silver Spirit, for our ride back to the U.S. On this first week’s segment, we’re exploring Mediterranean ports from Rome to Barcelona. We hope you’ll enjoy our photo essay of Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 1. And stay […]

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Alan and Donna Hull in Trani, Italy

Scenes From the Road: Southern Italy Week 2

Alan and Donna Hull in Trani, Italy

Authentic food, small town ambiance and off-the-beaten-path discoveries best describe this week’s photo essay from our visit to Italy’s heel. During southern Italy Week 2, Alan and I experienced slow travel at its best. Enjoy our photos as a teaser for articles to come: We couldn’t stop smiling in Trani. Beautiful weather added to a […]

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