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Most people are familiar with Pompeii, but perhaps not as acquainted with Herculaneum, a nearby city that was also decimated by volcanic eruption during Roman Times. Pompeii and Herculaneum were both ancient Roman cities that were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. While they share similarities regarding their fate and the …

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Trieste is the capital of Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in the northeast of Italy, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Taking advantage of its perfect location on the sea, Trieste used to be a very prominent port city. Remnants of the past can be seen in piazzas (squares) along the water’s edge. Present-day locals are more likely …

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There are so many things to do in Bologna, Italy. Attractions in Bologna (other than the divine cuisine!) include dozens of museums, landmarks, parks and gardens. In addition, UNESCO crowned Bologna the “City of Music” in 2006. The European Union declared it the European Capital of Culture in 2000. Bologna is located in northern Italy …

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Catania, Sicily is the second largest city in Sicily, an Italian island just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot.” It is situated on the east coast between the notorious Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea. A deep-rooted history, rich culture, and some of Europe’s most fascinating architectural structures combine to ensure there is never of …

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In Italy, about midway between Florence and Rome, there are a series of Medieval hill cities and towns. The region of great historical importance doesn’t receive as much attention. Travel sites and guidebooks tend to focus on areas in southern Italy, or even Tuscany, (such as Florence, Siena, or the town of San Gimignano). It …

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Villa Lante is a stunning estate in Bagnaia, Italy. Bagnaia is a little gem of a village just 78 kilometers (48 miles) north of Rome. There are several reasons to consider a visit to this small village in the Viterbo Italy province, including the important fact that very few people do. After fighting the crowds …

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Of course, we had to take a cooking class in Puglia, Italy. We have spent a significant amount of time traveling around Italy, but before this trip hadn’t made it to this region located on the “heel” of the boot that is Italy. Our Italian friends from the region wouldn’t let us forget this. We …

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