Category Archive: Italy

The Art of Gnocchi Making (And Recipe)

It’s practically a crime. I’ve lived in Italy for five years and had never taken an Italian pasta making class. The wonderful team at Castelfali, a Medieval Tuscan town that had fallen into neglect and was recently restored into a 2,700 acre resort, thought so too. They promptly invited me to attend their Castelfalfi Rosso …

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5 Must Visit Wineries for Cantine Aperte

  “And on the seventh day God rested from all the work he had done.” Twelve years of Catholic school has the Book of Genesis burned into my brain. But in America, not much is actually closed on a Sunday. As Americans our 24/7, go-go-go, need-it-now mentality makes us forget that time practically stands still …

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Venice’s First 7 Star Hotel: Aman Canal Grande

San Polo, one of the oldest parts of Venice and also the smallest of the six sestieri, is known for its beautiful palaces. Since 1097, San Polo has been the place to see and be seen in Venice. After all, the San Polo district is steps away from the Rialto and Venice’s main market scene …

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The Do-It-Yourself Tour of Pompeii

You know it. The tour with the guide holding up a sign, umbrella, or some other object so you don’t lose your group. Though it doesn’t really matter if you do lose your group – it’s so large, you have to battle your way to the front to even hear what the guide is saying. …

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5 Vino Vacations to Take This Summer

Enchanting wine regions with stunningly beautiful vineyards, colorful landscapes, and (of course) top notch vino are the essentials of a wine vacation. Winery tours and tastings are just a start though, so we’ve put together these 5 types of wine vacations to help you plan the perfect wine-lovers retreat for your travel personality. Each promises …

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10 Reasons Why Ski Holidays in Alta Badia Rock

Alta Badia. There’s snow business quite like it. Between the mouth-watering cuisine, stunning sun terraces with stellar panoramic views, and a plethora of winter adventure activities to do, we didn’t want to tear ourselves away. We’ll definitely be back to Alta Badia next season. But just in case you’re still not convinced, we’ve got 10 …

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Wine Ski Safari in the Dolomites

Recently on Twitter a follower tweeted me and professed wine tasting to be boring, with a capital B no less. “It’s all the same – swirl, sniff, sip. What’s adventurous about that?,” she wanted to know. Let me introduce you to Alta Badia‘s annual Wine Ski Safari, the most adventurous way we’ve gone wine tasting …

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20 Must-See Landmarks Around the World

From the Hoover Dam to the Hermitage, these 20 must-see landmarks around the world are a dose of travel inspiration. Whenever we travel, no matter to far-flung places or in our own backyard, we’re attracted to the world’s most famous buildings and landmarks. We’ve picked 20 of our favorites from our travels around the world. …

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Tips for Surviving Acqua Alta in Venice

Acqua Alta on January 31, 2014 in St. Mark's Square

Acqua Alta, which literally translates to high water, typically occurs in the winter months in Venice. Due to a combination of the amounts of rain northern Italy receives in winter, strong southerly winds, the tides, and even the movement of the sea, Venice is at risk for flooding when the water rises in the Venetian …

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Skiing in the Dolomites’ Civetta Ski Resort

The Dolomiti mountains in Northern Italy are world famous for their ski resorts. The 1956 Winter Olympics were held in nearby Cortina d’Ampezzo and they have hosted the World Ski Championships four times as well. While Cortina may be the most popular resort, there are some real gems nearby like the Civetta ski resort. Ski …

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