Category: Italy

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 […]

7 reasons to see Naples before you die

7 reasons to see Naples before you die

Naples used to be considered a “must-see” destination, essential for anyone who was interested in exploring Europe.  “Vedi Napoli, e poi muori,” they said – see Naples, and then die. Until you had been immersed in the rich beauty and history of Naples, you hadn’t really lived. The city’s reputation has been in decline over […]

The fabulous 5 in the Dolomites

The fabulous 5 in the Dolomites

The popular Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera are a cluster of five fishing villages perched on the cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Tourists from far and wide include a stop here on their visit to Italy. The vibrant colors of the ancient homes, the spectacular coastal hikes and the perpetual company of the […]

7 of the best properties in Europe for family travel

7 of the best properties in Europe for family travel

Traveling with young children and teenagers can often be challenging: finding the right place that caters to all ages may not always be simple. Still, there are properties that are, at the same time, ideal for toddlers, kids, teens and adults, properties that feature a vast array of entertaining options that will make everyone happy […]

5 of the most idyllic lakeside holiday destinations in Europe

5 of the most idyllic lakeside holiday destinations in Europe

Idyllic scenery, invigorating mountain air and refreshing pure melt waters are just a sample of what awaits those who choose a lakeside holiday. Whether you come to trek among the snow-capped peaks that ring these glorious lakes, cycle the lanes that wind along the roots of the mountain or recline on a vintage ferry, there […]

7 top tips for a weekend trip to Rome

7 top tips for a weekend trip to Rome

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it can’t be seen in one either. Many tourists find it frustrating only having a day or two at their disposal, but if that’s all you’ve got, here’s how to make the most of your time during a quick trip to Rome. Stay centrally You could choose to […]

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