Italy

A Beginner's Guide to the Trails of Cinque Terre

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I feel most alive when I’m watching the sun rise from the trails above Vernazza, buzzed on espresso and munching on focaccia bread. Vernazza, as with the rest of Cinque Terre, is best described by one word: magical. For me, visiting this place was a life-changing experience, and I can’t help but return whenever possible. These villages have something special[...]

Travelettes Christmas Calendar Day 14: Hotel Relais del Maro in Italy

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We are happy to announce that Wan Ying will take home yesterday's amazing prize of 2 nights at the stunning Negresco Hotel in Nice as well as 2 tickets to take part in the Pop in the City race! An additional pair of tickets to the race go to Dorota! Didn't win yet? Do not fret, we have 11 more awesome give-aways to go and they will only get bigger and bet[...]

Travelettes Christmas Calendar Day 12: G-Rough in Rome, Italy

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A €400 voucher for Red Rooster goes to Inès! Congratulations! We are already half-way through our Christmas Calendar and time is flying! One more reason not to miss a chance to win one of our amazing daily give-aways. And today, here’s what we have to offer to a lucky reader: Two nights for two at the amazing G-Rough design hotel in Italy! Now, who wouldn[...]

The Travelette's Guide to Cinque Terre

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When the biggest problem you face in a day is selecting which gelato flavour will delight your palate, you know you've picked a good place for a holiday. Cinque Terre is a quaint portion of the north coast of Italy, literally translating to "The Five Lands".  Comprising of five seaside towns, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia and Monterosso each ooz[...]

Hotels We Love: JW Marriott Venice

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My Venice memories go like this: my family (six people!) went on vacation (a road trip) in Istria, Croatia in a (tiny!) two-bedroom apartment. One day we decided to hop on a boat and get our butts over to Venice. What followed was a day of chasing each other up and down the streets, bridges and squares. It was extremely hot, the streets were packed (surprise[...]

The Italian Alps: A serious case of mountain love

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Being in the mountains is a bit like therapy for me, and I don’t even need to speak to anyone about anything. I have developed a habit of running away to them when I need a reminder of the things that really matter in life. But really, I'd take any excuse. The second part of my week in South Tyrol last month led me to Sexten (yeah, not kidding), a picture[...]

Hiking and Feasting in Bolzano: A Four Course Menu

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I never knew what the buzz was all about. Katja and Kathi have been hooked on South Tyrol for a while and I refused to believe it would be all that different from the "other Italy" that I have been to so many times: Venice, Rome, Garda, Trieste, Milan, you name it. Turns out, South Tyrol really is different. There is something particularly stunning about [...]

The heart of South Tyrol

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I have probably said this in the introduction of every other Italy post I've ever written but I'll say it again, because it's such a striking sensation - traveling here always feels like coming home. The moment I step off the plane, Italy gives me a friendly pad on my back, as if to say "Good to have you here, Katja." It makes me feel welcome with every cup [...]

24 Hours in Florence – A Travelettes Guide

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Planning a regular holiday can be stressful, especially if it's a short one and you want to squeeze in as much as possible in as little time as you have. The epitome of this is when you have one day only somewhere. One night in Bangkok may have been enough for Murray Head, but is it for a Travelette? That's when you get a handy 24-hours guide that puts it al[...]

10 Things To Do in Lucca

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Do you remember when I took over the Travelettes' Instagram account and took you all with me to Tuscany for a long and lazy weekend near Lucca at the end of last month? We had fun, didn't we? Alright, I admit it's possible I had more fun than you but hey, you could have been somewhere warmer, sunnier and closer to more delicious foods than a girl can eat [...]