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The Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena

Visiting the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena There are two Ferrari museums in Italy, one in Modena and one in Maranello, where the cars are actually built. The Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena is the perfect setting to combine food and auto touring…
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Staying in Lake Como

Lake Como in northern Italy is one of the most gorgeous places in the world; which helps explain why celebrities like actor George Clooney live in villas overlooking its aquamarine waters with the Alps forming a snow-capped backdrop. The lake…
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Staying at the Pineda Aparthotel in Bibione, Italy

The Venetian resort town of Bibione is a beautiful destination for a beach getaway. The gold sand beach hugs the crystal clear waters of the upper Adriatic Sea, providing a lush backdrop for a sun and surf vacation. The beach has been awarded…

Bravo! Visiting the Luciano Pavarotti home in Italy

I must confess that I am not an opera fan but I found visiting the Luciano Pavarotti Home in Italy to be fascinating; sort of like Graceland for opera buffs. Recently opened to the public, the museum is set in a bucolic setting on a one-lane…
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Our favorite restaurant in Rome: Hostaria Costanza

A restaurant is a favorite if it earns repeat visits. By that definition one of our top restaurants in Rome is Hostaria Costanza. We've been to Rome several times and on each visit we visit this small spot…
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Mangia: Eating at the Florence Central Market!

Guest post ~ Florence is well known for its museums and historical attractions like Michelangelo’s David. But amid the vibrant streets near the Duomo stands a building which no visitor should miss. It hosts a real temple of food: the Mercato…
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Free things to do in Venice, and a few cheap ones

One of the biggest misconceptions of travel is that everything to do in famous cities is very expensive. But with a little exploration, a visitor can find free things to do, cheap eats and low-cost stays, even on a long weekend in Venice. So…

Free things to do in Rome, if you want to

Guest post by Davide Vadalà ~ If you are traveling to my hometown of Rome on a budget you’re in luck because there many free things to do in Rome. It's an open-air museum where you can visit most of the “not to be missed” attractions…
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Free things to do in Florence

Beyond its main sights like the Uffizi Gallery, the statue of David,  and the Duomo, there are many free things to do in Florence. Here are five of my favorites. Mercato Centrale Don’t miss the Mercato Centrale, a huge indoor food market.…
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The surprising best pizza in the world

Pizza is our go-to food on the road, our favorite is New York-style. And when we return from a trip it's usually the first meal we eat. On our year-long journey we tried pizza on six continents, including at its birthplace in Naples, to…
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Learning how to make pasta in Italy

Despite all my efforts, I’ve never really learned how to make pasta from scratch. On a recent trip to Bologna, I was determined to change all that.  I took a pasta-making class at an agriturismo, a working farm and inn on the…
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Traveling with Mom in Italy

As a schoolteacher, my mother Marian has always had a natural curiosity about the world and a love of travel which she instilled in her two sons. When I was nine years old she took us on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Grand Canyon. For…
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Scenes from an Italian rest stop

When we think of Italy the first thing that comes to mind is delicious Italian food. However, we didn't think that driving on the Autostrada would yield such a fine dining experience. In Italy, just because one is driving it doesn't…
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Images of Pompeii on an ash gray day

When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD it buried the nearby Roman town of Pompeii. Layers of ash and pumice kept the village almost intact until it was rediscovered in the 1700s. We visited Pompeii with Michael's mother a few weeks…
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Another slice of Bologna (Part II)

We've already shown tasty pictures of Bologna, the food capital of Italy. But the city also makes for a great visit in its own right. It's the home of the University of Bologna, founded in 1088 it's the oldest university in the Western Hemisphere,…
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Truffle hunting in Italy

It was a dark and stormy day (it really was) the kind of day in late spring that makes you wonder if summer will ever come.  The wind was whipping across the hill, sending the chilling rain horizontally into our faces.  Umbrellas were…
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A tasty slice of Bologna

In our humble opinion Italy serves up the best food in the world, a belief that is shared by millions. Since the northern Italian city of Bologna is the food capital of Italy it is a must-visit spot for any foodie. While we were enticed…