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Driving up to the Dolomites from Milan or Venice, it’s impossible not to be awestruck by the iconic snowcapped peaks rising from lush valleys dotted with sleepy ski towns. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique sawtooth limestone cliffs, the Dolomites are known for breathtaking natural beauty. The mountain range is also recognized as one of

Friday, November 10, 2017

We like to say our small group tours give travelers the greatest insider access at the greatest value. You explore Italy with a local Italian guide and a group of eight people or fewer, visiting the kitchens, homes and family businesses of real Italians. Each experience is authentic, off-the-beaten-path and carefully curated by your dedicated tour

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

You’ve booked your flight, your itinerary is set, and you’re ready to savor each and every day of beautiful Italia. But before you leave, there’s a few things you’ll need to prepare, from the language to your cell phone to power outlets. Here’s your guide to preparing for your upcoming trip to Italy! Parli italiano?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Italy is often summarized as the country of food, wine, history, and nature. But even more than any of these, family is everything in Italy. I had never known this to be more true than during the months that my team and I worked on a special trip to Italy for Joseph and Irene. Knowing

Thursday, May 11, 2017

As a Ligurian native, I’ve seen the Cinque Terre evolve over the years into the well-known Italian jewel it is today. Cinque Terre translates to English as “the Five Lands,” and during my childhood, I knew them as the remote fishermen villages, with friendly locals bouncing around small shops, booths of fresh vegetables, and the

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

My husband and I play a game whenever we travel – “spot the Italian.” Even in the middle of a crowded airport, we can always recognize another Italian by their distinct style. Italians pride ourselves on being fashionable, and travelers often ask us what they should pack in order to “fit in.” Beyond fashion, Italy

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Reading a menu at an Italian coffee bar can feel like more than just a foreign language – it’s a glimpse into Italy’s culture and identity. Unlike American coffee, Caffè Italiano revolves solely around espresso and the different ways it can be served. Here’s an in-depth guide to your options for all things caffeinated.  The Basics Caffè: A simple espresso.

Monday, May 8, 2017

My first visit to Sardinia felt like a dream. I was only 10 years old and visiting my cousins in the capital city of Cagliari. Their house was right on the beach, and my young cousins caught fish along the shore. The colors of the island are still vivid in my mind, the turquoise water against

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Planning a getaway to Italy? Whether it’s your first time to the bel paese or you’re a travel veteran, here are some pro tips to help you feel right at home in Italia. 1. Boungiorno Will Only Get You So Far (in the Day) Your guidebook may have told you that boungiorno means “hello,” but Italians use it to

Saturday, May 6, 2017

You land in Italy and are so excited for your trip to begin, but the jet lag has left you a bit sluggish, and you need your coffee. You make your way to the local coffee shop, situated more like a bar, but what now? Ordering coffee in Italy is taking part in an ingrained

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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