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Italy is rich with so many things to do, see, and learn. And while there are the cliché things to do, some of those cliché things to do are worth it. You have to, for instance, take a gondola ride in Venice, take the thumbs up/thumbs down picture in the Roman Colosseum, rub “Il Porcellino’s” […]

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I have asked this question over and over again. Even when Italians move from Italy to America, their food changes! Why? Source: Why is Italian Food so much better in Italy

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When planning an itinarary for one of the biggest touristic destinations with unlimited places and things to do, you must be organized. It is always good to have a plan, even if you are a free traveler and want to have an open schedule, like I did, you know more or less what you want […]

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In March of 2015 I took my first solo trip to Florence, Italy — and as a result I highly recommend traveling solo at least once in your life. To make the trip that much more unique for me, and did something I always wanted to do — begin to learn the Italian language. Clearly, […]

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Traveling to different countries hopefully produces pleasant surprises at the differences in cultures. The result can be either a new found appreciation and love for these different cultures — as I have had for Italy — or a deeper appreciation and love for your own culture. But some customs are just flat out shockers. Here […]

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Whenever I click on a link about things to do in Italy, the list, 99% of the time, is pretty obvious. And also the suggestions on the list are things people have done already. For example, one recent list I read suggested visiting the Roman Colosseum in Rome and the Duomo in Florence. Really? The […]

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As The Grazie Girl, I’m always planning my next vacation in Italy. And where have I been? Well, I’m going to boast a little now. I’ve visited Venice, Florence, Rome, many towns and villages throughout Tuscany with my favorite being Lucca, Sorrento, Positano and several other towns along the Amalfi Coast, Sicily with my favorite […]

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Will Google’s new travel app be worth it? Will it be better than TripIt? That’s a tough one. As part of Google’s worldwide domination in all markets, they are in the testing process of a new app titled Google Trips. The travel industry has seen inventive, practical, and useful products that have changed the way […]

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The answer is easier than you think. And there are many aspects to consider when choosing hotel rooms on the cheap– from air conditioning in the summer to the cleanliness of the room and, more importantly, the bathroom. However, the one aspect that many might not think is possible for a cheap hotel room is […]

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“Travel Tips: The Concierge” originally appeared on the Travel Cocktail, a travel blog dedicated to “stylish travel, cafe life, and la dolce vita.” Published on January 20, 2016, this piece focuses on an important feature offered by hotels of which many people do not take advantage. And we all should. Enjoy. ***** The insider local […]