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Pod Houses and Precious Pigs

June 10, 2017

pod päd/ noun …. 2. 2. a detachable or self-contained unit on an aircraft, spacecraft, vehicle, or vessel, having a particular function. “the torpedo’s sensor pod contains a television camera” Imagine yourself immersed in the Italian countryside. Your abode is a 1,000 sq. ft mini-dome -– a pod. Simply furnished…

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Sassi-Town: GO NOW!

April 25, 2017

Sassi-town. Cave-town. City of stones. I was astounded by the interest in Italy’s sexy “new” cave-city, Matera, at the huge travel trade show “BIT” a couple of weeks ago in Milan. I kept coming back to the Basilicata stand, inexorably drawn to a region that a few short years ago…

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The Most Brutal Sport on Earth

November 9, 2016

On June 24, Florence celebrates the feast day for its patron saint, St. John the Baptist, considered the “symbol of moral rectitude and political correctness.” Medieval Florence aspired to build its economic fortune and good government of the Republic based (at least in part) upon these values. All well and…

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FERRAGOSTO (AUGUST 15)!

August 14, 2016

To many of us, August is a month of relaxation and vacation, family and time together. Italians also share the same love of August – not only is it a time for fun and island escape, but it is also the height of the tourist season. Hotel rates jump 3…

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It Really Was Amazing

June 23, 2016

IT REALLY WAS AMAZING – Guest Blog from Helen Desai. Helen is an accomplished photographer and, as you can see, a delightfully engaging writer. We loved how her photos captured the essence of our experiences during those few days together…. Having returned from Italy just a few weeks ago, I…

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SOLO TRAVEL — YES!

June 11, 2016

To awaken alone in a strange town,” wrote British explorer and travel writer Freya Stark “is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” If you haven’t traveled solo yet, do yourself a favor-try it! It is one of the best ways to learn about yourself and challenge your interests….

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TSA Pre vs Global Entry – What’s Best?

February 28, 2016

Endless, winding lines and waiting, waiting, waiting to go through TSA and immigration checks at airports – who among us hasn’t sworn that this is absolutely the biggest downside to travel, especially international travel? Due to the growing numbers of passengers in transit and increased safety concerns, nearly all countries…

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Adagio Travel Debuts in the Heart of Italy

November 18, 2015

Great beauty, paired with great value. Need we say more? Come join us in June, 2016 for immersion into the food, wine and easy-going lifestyle of the heart of Italy. We’ll start our week in the countryside outside Bologna, the quirky left-leaning city where gastronomy rules. Says renowned food writer…

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Off to Italy!

September 19, 2015

This time of year is always hectic for our family. The kids are adjusting to new challenges at school. The volunteering for all kinds of things begins. And I always head to Italy. Next week, in fact. Here are some of the experiences awaiting me during the 15 days I’ll…

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CAPRI WALKS

June 8, 2015

I’ve just completed the 2015 Amazing Amalfi trips. While these weeks are always a series of highlights, this year for me the hike on the Sentieri dei Fortini (“Path of Forts”) on the Isle of Capri was without equal. You can begin the walk, which extends 4-5 km depending where…

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