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48 hours, American in Italy, art, culture, italy, restaurant, tips, tours, travel, uncategorised, Uncategorized

Five Unmissable Experiences in Rome

There never manages to be an end to really beautiful ways to discover the city of Rome, it’s way too big and dynamic for the likes of finality. I’ve been coming pretty regularly of the last four or five years and each time, thanks to the generosity and insight of friends, I am starting to see a completely different side to Italy’s capital city. One with 3,000 years of history that can’t easily be ticked off your average travel bucket…

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24 hours, American in Italy, art, culture, day trip, history, italy, one perfect day, restaurant, tips, travel, tuscany, uncategorised

Why Winter Is The Best Time To Visit San Gimignano

Ask anyone their favorite place in Tuscany and without a doubt you’ll hear the hilltop Italian town of San Gimignano pretty high up on the list. Unique, it is. Its 13th century walls hold a wild berth of stories, walk along them and you’ll be treated to breath-taking views of the valley below encircling it’s charming medieval alleys.   It doesn’t really surprise me that it has all of the components for a Tuscany “wow” factor. That being said, I’ve…

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36 hours, American in Italy, art, culture, food, italy, opinion, restaurant, tips, tuscany, uncategorised

Discovering Rome’s Trastevere Neighborhood: A Few Finds

I have to admit, I didn’t know much about Rome’s districts until much more recently, at least in any real depth and I probably still don’t. It’s a big city, a place where most people stay in their preferred quarters and with big cities, come big opinions. The last time I visited I stayed for a week, a lot longer than normal (Florence is just an easy hour and forty-five minute train hop to Termini- hence short trips are totally…

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24 hours, art, culture, day trip, food, restaurant, shopping, travel, uncategorised

24 Hours in Salzburg, Austria

It might come as no surprise that Salzburg is as picturesque a town as they come. You’d sort of expert it from the place that brought Von Trapp’s “The Sound of Music” to our fantasy-driven brains. I’ve only been to Austria once (Vienna) —  but, I was completely charmed in our short 24 hours pretty Salzburg, the fourth largest city in Austria, and it had nothing to do with Mozart’s chocolate balls. Though I’m sure those are good too. It’s got…

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What To Expect in Florence This Winter 2016

15th century Italian poet Pietro Aretino once said “Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.”   This may seem rich coming from a guy who apparently invented pornagraphy in the literary sense and who some of said died of suffocation/asphyxiation from laughing too much. But he had a point with that quote even if his incorrigible lifestyle certainly raised some eyebrows and caused him to be kicked out of his hometown of Arezzo and then Rome.  A lot…

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The Czechia Town Straight Out Of A Fairy Tale: Český Krumlov

You almost can’t believe that this town was the backdrop for one of the cheesiest horror movies of my youth. But it is. Think back to 2005. It was one of the most important years of my life, I had just got done teaching English to middle school students in a southern city in China, about to embark on a year’s study abroad adventure in Florence. It was before I had a Facebook account, when people still sent long personal emails and…

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