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This Summer's Unusual Beach Activities

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Posted in Activities, Beach Vacations, Destinations, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Maldives, Portugal, Seychelles, St Lucia

Moonlight Paddleboard Yoga, Greece The Skiathos Princess: Participants can awaken their senses by performing YOGAqua (Yoga on Stand up Paddle Boards) on the glistening, moonlit waters of Skiathos with stars sparkling overhead – a truly idyllic and unforgettable atmosphere. Days with a full moon are revered in the Ashtanga yoga tradition
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Can Upstart .italo Break Trenitalia’s Grip on Italian Rail?

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Independent travelers know that train travel is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to get from Points A to B in Europe. For decades, Italy’s Trenitalia has dominated the landscape for anyone looking to get almost anywhere by rail. But in the last two years, a new upstart
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A Tuscan Dream

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Driving from Parma, navigating a winding mountain road to Tuscany, I came across Castello di Compiano, a medieval castle embraced by fortified walls and built atop a rocky outcrop of a mountain village. The castle’s jaw-dropping views across the Taro River and the Apennines mountains make it one of the
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Lake Como – The Mystical Allure of this Italian Beauty

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While driving across the Italian border at night, I was completely captivated by the contrast between the infinite blackness of Lake Como and the sparkling lights of the surrounding towns. This was the beginning of my love affair with the Italian lakes, and it has led me to favor this setting above
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Drinking it up in Piedmont

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In northwest Italy, Piedmont (Piemonte in Italian) is home to some of the country’s best wines. And truffles. And food. Some might say this area bordered on three sides by the Alps is a little slice of heaven. It’s hard to disagree. View out to one of many hill towns
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Italy in the Summer: Creative Ways to Keep Cool

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Bale of hay. Photo: author They’ve told you not to go to Italy in July or August because it’s dreadfully hot. But if it’s the only time you could visit – kids out of school, work is slow, whatever your reason – you’re going to need to do everything possible
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Cappuccino after Lunch and Other Italy Food No-No’s

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Cappuccino - Photo by flickr user jamieanne Many tourists in Italy make the fatal faux pas of ordering a cappuccino at the end of a meal, like after a pizza at lunchtime (a bit of a no-no in itself). A good waiter will swallow his pride and allow the tourist
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A Regal Home for Cats in Rome

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Photo courtesy of Rocco: www.runningronin.com Rome has many famous historical squares but Largo di Torre Argentina is particularly unique for many reasons. It is probably best known as the spot where Julius Caesar is believed to have been killed in 44 BC. Here lie the remains of the ancient Pompey’s
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Putting Art at the Heart of Travel

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Posted in Activities, France, Historical travel, Holiday Travel, Italy, North America, Planning, Spain

A replica of Michelangelo’s David – the real one is inside One of the nicest things about the world’s greatest art galleries is that they tend to be in the world’s greatest cities – which is incredibly convenient. Once you’ve walked through kilometres of galleries and squinted at countless treasures
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Italy – An Insider’s Guide to Learning the Language of ‘Amore’!

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Italian has long been referred to as the language of love, and many great Italian authors, such as Dante and Petrarca, have taken inspiration from this enchanting land whilst writing their great poems and novels. The learning of this romantic language is therefore an enticing proposition and has encouraged many
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History in the Eternal City: Rome’s Architectural Wonders

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The poet Robert Browning said that “Everyone soon or late comes by round Rome.” True to Browning’s word, the Eternal City has seen its share of visitors. Whether it was the ancient empire that made Rome a household name in the four corners of the known world or the church
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Rome at your own pace

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Rome can not be seen in a day, a week or a year. No, a city with this much history takes centuries to get to know. It is literally a city of layers, one generation, one millennium building on top of the next. It is the “Eternal City”, and we
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