Category Archive: Italy

La Partita a Scacchi: Marostica’s Human Chess Game

The hilltop town of Marostica in the Veneto Plains is famous for two things: its special heart shaped variety of cherries that is the only Italian variety of cherry to earn P.G.I (protected geographic indication) and the Marostica Human Chess Game played on the inlaid marble chess board dominating the square. Related: Hiking to Marostica’s …

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Hiking the Belluno Dolomites

The Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi (The National Park of the Belluno Dolomites) has numerous hiking trails crisscrossing the two 2000 meter high mountains that rise up between Belluno and Feltre. Hiking Belluno offers nature lovers beautiful panoramas, particularly on the stretch of the Dolomites Alta Via 13 marked as trail 13 between Rifguio La …

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Hiking Italy’s Strada delle 52 Gallerie

My headlamp shines into the darkness ahead, barely illuminating the rocks as the tunnel twists upward like a spiral staircase cut into a mountain. Tim and I are in a tunnel on Italy’s Mount Pasubio that was built during World War I. In fact, this is just one of 52 tunnels that were built by …

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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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