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Can Upstart .italo Break Trenitalia’s Grip on Italian Rail?

Can Upstart .italo Break Trenitalia’s Grip on Italian Rail?

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

Lake Como – The Mystical Allure of this Italian Beauty

Lake Como – The Mystical Allure of this Italian Beauty

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 …

Italy in the Summer: Creative Ways to Keep Cool

Italy in the Summer: Creative Ways to Keep Cool

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 …

Cappuccino after Lunch and Other Italy Food No-No’s

Cappuccino after Lunch and Other Italy Food No-No’s

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 …

A Regal Home for Cats in Rome

A Regal Home for Cats in Rome

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 …

Putting Art at the Heart of Travel

Putting Art at the Heart of Travel

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 …

Italy – An Insider’s Guide to Learning the Language of ‘Amore’!

Italy – An Insider’s Guide to Learning the Language of ‘Amore’!

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 …

Embracing the “B” List

Embracing the “B” List

Basel, Brussels, Bologna: these three European cities may appear near the top of the list alphabetically. Yet they seldom top travel itineraries. That’s good news for vacationers who prefer lower-profile, less crowded — but no less charming — destinations. So go …

Rome at your own pace

Rome at your own pace

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 …

Step Back in Time: The 5 Best Places to Relive History

Step Back in Time: The 5 Best Places to Relive History

Is normal travel becoming a yawn? Well why not try a new era as well as a new place. Head to the Roman ruin of Jerash to experience gladiators battling it out or joust-it-up with the knights of Kaltenberg Castle; …

Feeling the heat in Italy

Feeling the heat in Italy

There isn’t a single wisp of smoke curling out of the top of Mount Vesuvius as we walk up its stony brown slopes.

A few birds are twittering in the bushes, but we leave we them behind as the path …

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