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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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Our 13 Best Travel Moments of 2013

As another year comes to a close, we all tend to look back and reflect. We’re blessed to be able to look back upon another fabulous year of travel that took us to 21 countries in which we created countless memories we’ll treasure for a lifetime. With that much travel, it’s not the easiest of …

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The Christmas Goose Festival

In the very north of Italy where we live, the Dolomite mountains practically rise up from our backyard and the borders of Austria and Slovenia are a mere hour away. Winter time is much colder and more harsh here than most of the Italian regions to the south. It might surprise you that while pasta …

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A Romantic Weekend at Castello Chiola

Abruzzo is a region of Italy I’ve wanted to visit long before we moved to Italy. I read the book Italian Lessons by Peter Pezzelli years ago and part of the book is set in the mountains of Abruzzo. Pezzelli’s descriptions about this beautiful region lured me in and I definitely wasn’t disappointed on our …

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Wine Wednesday: The Prosecco Road

We love wine, but that wasn’t always the case. Neither of us really had much of a taste for wine until we moved to Italy. Part of the appeal of wine was visiting vineyards. They’re just so atmospheric! In spring, the new leaf shoots start appearing on the vines that had been cut back after …

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Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale: A Family Affair

Oil and balsamic vinegar have become a staple in our home. Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, that is, which is very, very different from Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena is known around the world as black gold and I was kindly invited into the home of Marisa Barbieri Giuliani near the …

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