Italy

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[...]

Tremosine: Picture perfect in every way

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Tremosine sul Garda. It’s beyond impossible to encapsulate the sheer beauty of this Italian getaway in words, or be able to really get across the crazy deliciousness of the local produce, but after spending a weekend in this mountainous commune beside Lake Garda in northern Italy, I swear I will try to do my damn best as it deserves recognition! Not only is [...]

Wine tasting deluxe: the Antinori winery, Florence

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Whenever I go to Italy I have two prime concerns. One is food, the other is wine. Both are often especially good in bella Italia and since my first visit to South Tyrol last summer I am becoming more and more intrigued by all things wine and have been known to appreciate many a tastings since. A growing trend has wineries compete for always better and mor[...]

Wining and Dining in South Tyrol

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Having lived relatively close to the ocean for most of my life, I'm used to flat landscapes, moderate coastal climate and a constant breeze. Even during my travels I stayed true to this pattern - with the sunny hills of California being the most unusual environment. With this in mind, you can imagine my amazement when we were approaching the mountains of [...]

See the Amalfi Coast: A Short Story (free download)

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Anybody who doesn't believe travel changes you - mostly and hopefully for the better - is probably reading the wrong website. I know that travel changes you. I think you do too. Here's one interesting way that travel changed me. Back in 1999, a family holiday to Naples, Italy, when I was an often moody, always day-dreaming seventeen year old change[...]