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Like many people who have visited Italy, our first visit has not been our last. In fact we’ve been to Italy three times so far, and are now spending a few months slowly touring our way through the country. This has given us the opportunity to explore beyond the top destinations that come to mind, …

Read More about An Insider’s Tour of Italy’s Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia Regions

One thing you can be sure of when you visit Venice is….crowds. People flock to the city of canals during the high season, and for good reason. Venice is like no other place on earth, with the maze of waterways, crooked streets, and fascinating history. But the crowds can be stifling too. Massive St. Mark’s Square (Piazza …

Read More about Getting a Local’s Perspective in Venice

Anyone familiar with Italy knows that Parma is a foodie mecca. The region is well-known as the home to Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham). The city of Parma has also recently been named a “City of Gastronomy” by UNESCO, further highlighting the region (and the city) as a food destination. So, …

Read More about Exploring Parma – A Culinary Road Trip

Gelato is synonymous with Italy. While some Italian food dishes are very regional, you’ll find gelato shops throughout all of Italy. On a sunny afternoon in any Italian city, I challenge you NOT to find someone walking along, eating a few scoops out of a cone or cup. And, you’ll be drawn into shops by …

Read More about Becoming Certified Gelato Experts at the Gelato University

Palermo, Sicily may not be the first place that you think of when you’re planning an island getaway. But if you are looking for a place where you can enjoy crystal blue water and white sandy beaches, comb through historic sites and indulge in world-class cuisine, then Palermo just may be the place for you.  …

Read More about Things to do in and Around Palermo Sicily

The Park of the Monsters, or The Sacro Bosco, is the oldest park that we’ve ever ventured into. But with a name like the Park of Monsters, you’d expect nothing less.  The Park of Monsters is a dark, forested, and moss-covered expanse of land. The stroll inside is actually quiet and serene until you happen upon …

Read More about The Park of Monsters – Il Parco dei Mostri di Bomarzo, Viterbo, Italy