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Travel stories + tips from seasoned explorers

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Who likes Italian Trivia?

May 12, 2015

Here are some fun facts I’ve come across over the last few weeks: • The name “Italy” comes from the Greek “italos”, which means calf. It was originally given to the region of Calabria by Greek settlers in the 8th century BC, and was extended to the whole peninsula under…

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Why Use a Travel Consultant for Your Custom Trip to Italy?

April 30, 2015

“I am totally capable of planning and booking my own trips. I have the tools and the tricks. What I don’t have anymore are personal contacts and boots on the ground.” Paulette Hurdlik, as reprinted from International Travel News, November 2014. Paulette sounds like many of my travelers. Savvy, sophisticated,…

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Say “Si” to Florence – Wine and Food

April 21, 2015

Final days of my stay in Florence I decided to travel a piedi (by foot) to meet Chef Marcella on my last day in town. This is the best way to make your own discoveries in Florence, especially as you put a little distance between yourself and the Duomo. After…

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Tuscan Cioccolato

April 10, 2015

Wine and Chocolate Pairing in Florence Okay, you’re all waiting for my review of the wine and chocolate pairing lesson, right? First, even if you don’t partake in this amazing experience, make the Ballerini Chocolate Shop a stop on your next trip to Florence. It’s only a block from the…

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Say “Si” to Florence

March 30, 2015

Are the Florentine crowds worth the stop? Preparing to leave for Italy a few years ago, I wasn’t so excited that the last few days of the trip would be in Florence. On my last stay there, in October 2008 for just a night, I told myself: it’s just not…

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“Chiesa”? “Duomo”? “Cattedrale”? “Basilica”?

March 20, 2015

Have you ever wondered what in the world the Italian guidebook is talking about when it uses these terms? For years I sort of lumped them all into the same category — “house of worship” — and moved on to more interesting topics. But the distinctions are actually worthwhile information….

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