Category: Italy

5 gorgeous photo locations in the Tuscan countryside

5 gorgeous photo locations in the Tuscan countryside

The beautiful countryside of Tuscany, Italy is a popular subject for glossy travel magazines, wall calendars, and coffee table photography books. When we start working with travelers at Italy Beyond the Obvious, we always ask how Italy won the jackpot for their dream trip. Quite often, the answer includes a desire to see the iconic […]

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11 places to see street art around the world

The term ‘street art’ was coined during the 1980s, when graffiti began to transcend spray-can tags, becoming a specialised craft. Much of the artwork is unsanctioned, but communities around the world have begun to see the value in these visual bursts of life. We’ve compiled some of our best recent street-art discoveries across the globe, […]

7 luxury destinations best reached by private jet

7 luxury destinations best reached by private jet

More and more people are being attracted to the idea of flying by private jet and all of the unique benefits it brings. It’s perfect if you’re someone who dislikes the massive queues and constant delays at major airports, enjoys having more time to spend in your favoured location or just wants to arrive in […]

Top 5 destinations for the wine connoisseur

Top 5 destinations for the wine connoisseur

After the excesses of Christmas, it’s usually time to hide away the chocolates, refrain from that double helping of Beef Wellington and avert your eyes when a glass of wine is offered. It’s all too tempting…but I like the idea of spending this time thinking where we can retox! As you get over your ‘dry’ January […]

6 Sicilian villas to fall in love with

6 Sicilian villas to fall in love with

Unique, diverse and unforgettable, Sicily is a great holiday destination for many different reasons. Rich in history and culture, gifted with nature beauty, and always entertaining, the island is a land full of colors, sounds and scents. No matter what you are looking for: Sicily has a lot to offer to everyone, whether you are […]

Genoa

Top 7 ways to experience the true heart of Genoa, Italy

Located in Italy’s northwest corner, the small city of Genoa is a fantastic under-the-radar destination. Italy Beyond the Obvious travelers frequently tell us after a visit that Genoa is an undiscovered gem! Below, our seven top recommendations for the visitor who wants to connect with local culture. Explore the small streets and beautiful squares of […]

5 incredible places to utter the words… will you marry me?

5 incredible places to utter the words… will you marry me?

With love in the air it seemed appropriate to get thinking of those incredible moments when couples all over the world try and find ‘That special place’ to utter the words…Will you Marry Me? Surely this is one of those moments that is truly remembered and savoured forever and the pressure to get it right […]

A Sicilian gem: Donna Coraly Resort

A Sicilian gem: Donna Coraly Resort

An hour’s drive from Catania airport in Sicily sits the Donna Coraly Resort. A hide-away with just five suites, it’s the ideal escape from the hectic pace of life, and it is ideal for a group of best friends to book the entire resort and make it home. Run by Lucia Pascarelli, the designer and […]

5 historical features you shouldn't miss in Ferrara

5 historical features you shouldn’t miss in Ferrara

Ferrara is one of Italy’s lesser known but very significant cities. A city which historically was as important as Florence and Venice, recognized by Unesco as The City of the Renaissance. A visit to Ferrara is a Journey of discovery into the world of medieval and renaissance architecture and art. The Estense Castle The Castello […]

Where to get the best hot chocolate in Rome

Where to get the best hot chocolate in Rome

When traveling to Rome with children, there is nothing better for them than to stop in a local caffè and drink a delicious hot chocolate. The great thing is: Rome has got some of the best hot chocolate in the world. The chocolate powder you use to make your own hot chocolate has nothing to […]

4 of the coolest neighbourhoods in Rome

4 of the coolest neighbourhoods in Rome

Of course you want to see the sights – the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain – but it’s only when you explore the neighbourhoods that you really get to know Rome. These are four of the most vibrant, all located in or near the city centre. Monti The tangle of streets stretching across the […]

Top 5 secret (and best!) experiences in Rome

Top 5 secret (and best!) experiences in Rome

Taking a scenic stroll to the Pope’s Summer residence, viewing Rome from the Colosseum’s upper rings, visiting Vatican Museum’s many secret rooms, preparing seasonal dishes from a Roman farm house…Even in Rome, one of the world’s oldest touristic cities, there are still genuine experiences known to only a few. Many foreign tourists ask me the […]

Get me to the church in time, Santa Catherina del Sasso, Italy

Get me to the church(es) on time!

Churches, abbeys, monasteries – whatever you call them – played a very important part in people’s lives through the ages. Whether used for a wedding, a funeral, a religious ceremony, meditation or even as a refuge in times of war, it stood out as a place of consolation and comfort. Up to this day people […]

5 of the best art stops in Rome, Italy

5 of the best art stops in Rome, Italy

Over 2,000 years ago, the Roman poet Ovid spoke of his city as the ‘Urbs Aeterna’ (‘The Eternal City’), foreseeing an unprecedented urban culture that would indeed survive the ages. Today, Rome’s nickname is a fitting tribute to almost 3,000 years of art and architecture, ranging from the idealised sculptures of the ancient Romans to […]

Recipe of the week: Steamed tentacles with vegetables and organic lemon juice

Recipe of the week: Steamed tentacles with vegetables and organic lemon juice

This is a simple Mediterranean recipe for a light, fresh and delicious dish. It’s great as a Summer meal but can also serve as an entrée in the colder months: simply make sure to always use your local seasonal vegetables. Ingredients Octopus tentacles Rosemary Garlic Pepper grains Seasonal vegetables (such as asparagus, zucchini, carrots and […]

4 stunning national parks in Italy

4 stunning national parks in Italy

Italy has virtually every type of scenery one can imagine, from bucolic countrysides with rolling hills to majestic mountains to spectacular coastlines. The country preserves much of this beauty in its 25 national parks, which receive many millions of visitors every year. The stunning national parks featured below are Italy’s Top Four in terms of […]

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