Monthly Archives: May 2016

Lake Como

There isn’t a whole lot to do in Lake Como, which is ideal because all everyone wants to do is sit, relax, gaze at the remarkable scenery, and think about how they are so lucky to be in such a beautiful place. … Continue reading

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Bologna

Overlooked by Florence and Venice, Bologna is a beautiful medieval city that sees only a fraction of the visitors that travel to Italy. As home to tortellini, tagliatelli with ragu sauce, and Europe’s oldest university (1088), the city offers delicious food and … Continue reading

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Abruzzo

Despite being only ~100 miles east of Rome, Abruzzo remains one of Italy’s most unspoiled regions. Marvelously unspoiled. With three national parks and the Apennine mountains in its interior and coastal sandy beaches along the exterior, the diversity of activities … Continue reading

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Pompeii and Around

I’m not going to blab too much history here. I’m going to keep it plain and simple: In 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying and destroying the Roman city of Pompeii.  And now everyone wants to see it. Thanks to the … Continue reading

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Gaeta

Gaeta was one of those hidden treasures nestled along the Italian coast that Americans would unlikely know about.  Had it not been our preference to drive the non-toll route from Rome to Pompeii, I would never have discovered the tiny gem. … Continue reading

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Rome and Vatican City

The whole world knows about Rome, which means getting even the most minuscule glimpse of a statue or building is comparable to high-level combat with amateurs. Despite all this, Rome still was and always will be remarkable. Her ruins, architecture, … Continue reading

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Orvieto

Orvieto is one of many (too many!) medieval towns snuggled within the Chianti wine region between Florence and Rome.  It is not uncommon for visitors to hire a car for a day of wine tasting, but we skipped the wine and simply … Continue reading

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Florence

In order to appreciate and enjoy Florence, one need not be an art historian or Renaissance buff.  Even with my disdain for art history after having spent years painfully scrutinizing art for my degree, I loved Florence. Florence is too beautiful … Continue reading

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Pisa

There isn’t a whole lot to do in Pisa except take the obligatory photo of the famous leaning tower.  Between our drive from Cinque Terre to Florence, Pisa was the perfect stop to kill a few hours. The Tower of … Continue reading

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Cinque Terre

“Do you know where you’re going in Italy?” We had just finished licking our mini plastic spoons at the city’s most famous gelato shop, Fenocchio, in Nice, France on a drizzly evening. Due to the abysmal weather, we planned to leave the … Continue reading

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