Italy

Lake Como on a budget

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It's no secret that Lake Como, situated in the Lombardy region of Italy, is one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. This is where impressive mountain scenery, lush greenery and deep blue water come together to form a truly one-of-a-kind panoramic view. It is also no secret, however, that vacationing here can be quite pricey. Throughout hi[...]

Bathing in ruins: a trip to Onsernone Valley

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  Carefully I dive my right foot into the hot pool, checking the temperature. It is not too hot and so I dive in with my whole body. A light smell of brimstone hangs in the air and darkness surrounds me. The little waves caused by my body break against the stone wall and make a quiet swashing sound. Hesitantly I advance towards the back of the pool, [...]

How to... make Italian pasta

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When I was browsing through the Internet this morning and found out that today was world pasta day, I could not believe it. What's so unbelievable about that?, you'll probably wonder. Well, keep reading. Following a generous invitation by the Emilia Romagna Tourism Board, I was lucky enough to spend this last weekend in the stunning area of Emilia Rom[...]

5 Things to Know About Italian Markets

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Better then any theater drama or movie comedy, the local market sums up everything Italy stereotypically stands for: the crowd, the noise, the friendly banter over espresso, the arguments about quality and pricing or the laughter by a glass of excellent wine and the infinite types of cheese, tomatoes and meat products. If you thought that Italians go to th[...]

Island-hopping around Venice - Burano

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The village of Murano is the typical choice when looking to island hop in Venice. Situated about 15 minutes from Venice and home to the glass blowing industry, its mini network of canals are dotted with incredible shops, galleries and workshops where you can buy one of a kind pieces of jewelry and art and watch the experts at work. But this isn’t a story a[...]

Aperitivo: an Italian institution

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If you've been to Italy, you'll be well familiar with a culinary phenomenon I have never encountered in any other country: Aperitivo. Aperitivo started to become trendy in fashionable Milan and was quickly picked up by image-councious bars and restaurants in Rome and other Italian cities. Every night, usually from around 6 to 9pm, every self-respec[...]

Live to eat - food tastes better in Italy

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Vivere per mangiare - live to eat, is a famous Italian saying which is a pretty important, if not the most important, aspect of Italian lifestyle. When I think of Italy I first think of the amazing food and, especially once I had actually visited this gorgeous country, the memory of creamy gelato, flavorful pizza and delicious pasta has forever left its mark[...]

Palermo dreaming

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Sicily is great. And I'm not just saying that because so far no one tried to steal anything from me. I found a great hostel where I've been meeting tons of nice people (Casa di Amici, more on that soon), have taken day trips to stunning beach towns, visited catacombs and of course had an overload of the local specialities which happen to be all sweet. Cannol[...]

A love for Italy

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Italia. Nothing to say about Italia that is not dipped in admiration, longing and pure love. Italy is the one country I can never get enough of. A place where I never get a feeling of "ok that was nice, and now i want to go back home". I think it's safe to say that one day I will purchase a beautiful apartment somewhere in Naples where I will spent those mon[...]

Vika - the metropolitan explorer

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It feels weird being back in Barcelona after not beeing here for over 2 years. But once I had come to grips with how much I had missed this city, I also started realizing, once again, how travelling really is the best way to meet interesting people - and in Barcelona, that's a given. At the hostel I stayed at, I shared a room with Viktoriya, 26 from Moscow, [...]

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