Category: Italy

Autumn city breaks: Europe's greatest capitals

Autumn city breaks: Europe’s greatest capitals

It’s that time of year again: uncertainty over whether to pack the umbrella (do it), doubt over whether to cycle in the rain (don’t do it), and the annual household argument over central heating (it’s definitely cold enough). Yep, Autumn is here. The onset of our third season also means that we can start deliberating […]

7 climbs to get stunning scenic photos in Florence

7 climbs to get stunning scenic photos in Florence

Cameras have evolved into a permanent must-have part of our mainstream culture. Whether it is a part of a smart phone, or a high-end DSLR, we use them to communicate online and off, for email and social media, for business and education. When traveling, cameras have become as ubiquitous as a passport. Even more so, […]

Stunning scenery in Sicily

10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit on a Mediterranean yacht charter

A luxury yacht charter is the ultimate way to visit the great UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Mediterranean. Disembark by day to wander the villages of Amalfi, hike Sicily’s volcanoes, or walk the walls of Dubrovnik, before returning to your yacht, chatting excitedly about the wonders you’ve seen, dining on deck as the yacht […]

5 of the most popular attractions in South Tyrol

5 of the most popular attractions in South Tyrol

This year has seen a large influx of tourists visiting the Italian UNESCO Dolomites – the main reason being to escape the extreme heat which enveloped the rest of the country. Most of these tourists are Italian as this spectacular region is still off the beaten track for the international traveler. So why should one […]

A perfect day in Italy's Dolomites mountains for ages 2 - 72

A perfect day in Italy’s Dolomites mountains for ages 2 – 72

Located in Italy’s northeast corner just a few hours north of Venice, Italy’s Dolomites mountains are known for spectacular scenery and a distinct culture that seems more Swiss or German than Italian. When we work with self-described scenery junkies at Italy Beyond the Obvious, the Dolomites are one of the first places we recommend. In […]

San Giulio Island, Lake Orta

5 stops you mustn’t miss when visiting Lake Orta in Italy

In Northern Italy, west of Lake Maggiore, you will find Lake Orta. Though not the biggest egg in the basket, it is surely one of the most beautiful lakes. It appears as if all the charm and memories of the larger lakes are found in this small sub-Alpine lake. Definitely a place for awe-inspiring moments! […]

5 great reasons to visit Little Venice

5 great reasons to visit Little Venice

The Italian Adriatic coast stretches along 90 kilometers of shoreline which lie on the Adriatic Sea. Mostly made up of very busy seaside towns like Rimini, we will explore the lesser touristy side of this beautiful and historical area of Italy. Little Venice The small town of Comacchio lies 3 kilometers from the coast on […]

Top 5 villas for practising wellness

Top 5 villas for practising wellness

For most people, every day life can be stressful. A holiday should be about relaxing and reconnecting with yourself. Wellness holidays are on the rise, but what better way to unwind than in your own private villa with no one to interrupt you? Sungai Bali’s Villa Sungai is a five star traditional village escape, and […]

Perugia main square

Top 5 ways to experience the true heart of Perugia, Italy

Located in the central Italian region of Umbria, the small city of Perugia remains somewhat under the radar for many international travelers to Italy. We frequently send Italy Beyond the Obvious travelers to Perugia for history and culture, and because its a perfect city to explore on foot. Spend a day or so in Perugia […]

Top 5 luxury family friendly foodie holidays

Top 5 luxury family friendly foodie holidays

Food glorious food – never such a true statement written. I find food so important in life, but especially on holiday. So many times I’ve arrived in paradise, but one mouthful of the so-called hotel’s or restaurant’s delicacies have been such a disappointment and really tainted my holiday experience. Like for so many this is […]

Specialist holidays with Authentic Adventures

Specialist holidays with Authentic Adventures

There appears to be a growing trend for travellers to look for holidays that match either their existing interests or hobbies or take up new challenges. I have just returned from one such holiday organised by Authentic Adventures who specialise in walking, singing and painting tours with specialist tutors in those fields. I travelled to […]

Photograph of the week: Flamingos at Molentargius Saline Regional Park, Sardinia

Photograph of the week: Flamingos at Molentargius Saline Regional Park, Sardinia

It’s not just the tourists that flock to Sardinia each year, leaving flushed by the summer sun. Large colonies of spectacular pink flamingos are now a regular sight along the lagoons of Molentargius Saline Regional Park in Cagliari where thousands come to nest and raises their young in the lagoons. Oristano on the west coast […]

Gelato counter

How to order gelato in Italy like a local

Like ‘fish and chips’ is to the English, and tapas is to the Spanish, gelato is a national dish that is savoured by Italians and enjoyed regularly. For two or three euros you can enjoy a cone or tub throughout the day or whilst joining the locals on their evening stroll, the passeggiata. You may […]

6 luxury resorts with their own private airstrips

6 luxury resorts with their own private airstrips

One of the main benefits of flying privately is the unrivalled comfort and convenience that it provides you with. What more convenience could you want than flying directly into the stunning luxury resort youre staying in using their own dedicated airstrip? Here are 6 luxury resorts with their own airstrip. Las Alamandas, Mexico Arrive in […]

5 historical reasons to visit the Dolomites

5 historical reasons to visit the Dolomites

The Dolomites were proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 not only for being among the most spectacular mountain landscapes in the world, but also for the geological and historical vital role they portray in revealing the past of our planet. From the sea to the sky While walking amidst the high peaks of […]

5 places in Italy with amazing mosaics

5 places in Italy with amazing mosaics

Italy’s museums and churches are full of incredible masterpieces: oil paintings, sculpture, centuries-old frescoes, and more. But mosaics, in particular, are a unique and durable art form steeped in history. Mosaics are made of colored stones or glass (often with a gold leaf sandwiched between two layers) therefore vibrant colors can last many centuries and resist […]

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