Category archives: Italy

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 [...]

It's a family portrait: Two weeks near Lake Garda

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Traveling with your family can be a roller coaster business: They’re the few people who have known you all your life, they are well aware of how you magnificent you look at 7am or when you have the flue, they've seen you achieve great things and they've watched you behaving like an idiot. No pressure. But it can also be an awesome, long overdue reunion when [...]

Opera for all - the Arena di Verona Festival

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When asked about their favorite love story I'm sure many people would pick Romeo & Juliet right off the bat. There simply is an irresistible charm of the idea of two young lovers in Italy that has people fascinated. Surely that love story was the main reason for my excitement when I first traveled to Verona a few years ago. I wandered the streets wonderi[...]

Hotels we love: Settecento in Presezzo, Italy

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Ever dreamed of staying at a place that combines modern comfort, a historic building and an art gallery at the same time? Well, then here’s the one to go for: Hotel Settecento in Presezzo, Italy! I recently picked this hotel by pure chance when I was looking for accommodation for a few days in northern Italy – more precisely the region of Bergamo and [...]

Active holiday in South Tyrol

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“Waterfall? No one said anything about a waterfall before.” My heart skipped a beat and my already compressed chest trapped in a neoprene suit felt even worse. I was sitting in a rafting boat with a group of people who had (like me) never done this before. With only 30 minutes to go on our tour we thought the worst was already over when they made us jump int[...]

The Lefay Resort and Spa - a wellness weekend in Italy

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I often get asked by friends and people I meet what would be a nice location to travel to for just a few days, one that, ideally, is not too far away or expensive to get to. My answer is always the same - Italy! Great food, wonderful landscapes, friendly locals, charming architecture - what's not to love? No matter how many times I travel there it never ceas[...]