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5½ Misconceptions About Italy

It’s easy to misjudge a country. You hear a lot, you see a lot and you imagine even more. Some of it is true but much of it isn’t and it’s up to travelers to get beyond clichés and discover what’s authentic.

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Your Guide to Italy: Moon: Rome, Florence & Venice

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Flashback to Bevagna

There’s something special about Bevagna. Unlike most medieval Italian towns it’s not situated imposingly on a hill but lies in a vast plain in the center of Umbria far from major roads and the sights that attract tourists to the... Continue Reading →

Florence in 12 hours or Less

High speed rail makes Florence accessible from Rome and Venice but if you think you can visit David, climb the Duomo, admire the Uffizi and stroll through Palazzo Pitti in a single day you need to rethink your plans. Cramming too many... Continue Reading →

Introduction to Puglia

Puglia has tempted travelers since the Greeks discovered the area and decided to export civilization to its rocky coast line.

Arrivederci Totti

The numbers are impressive: 250 goals, 92 assists, over 600 games played but the most extraordinary number is 1. Throughout his 24-year career Francisco Totti only played for a single soccer team. Totti grew up in Rome supporting AS Roma... Continue Reading →

Introduction to Umbria

You can tell an Umbrian town by the steepness of the climb. The walls are in good condition and the gates date from Etruscan or Roman times. There’s usually a stunning piazza and the wide steps of a palazzo on... Continue Reading →

Understanding Italian Menus

Eating out is a little different in Italy and if you want to understand how Italians do it you'll need to master the menu.

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