Archive for the ‘Off the Beaten Path’ Category

  • 6 Hidden Spots in Capri

    on May 23, 14 • in Destinations, Off the Beaten Path, Travel Experts & Private Guides • with No Comments

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    Our custom travel planner Christina, former Italian touristic guide, unveils 6 hidden spots you should get to know for a perfect day on the Island of Capri

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  • 6 Amazing Italians Beaches to Dream About

    on Mar 26, 14 • in Off the Beaten Path • with 2 Comments

    Ponza Island Chiaia di Luna

    Shake off the winter blues with this list of incredibile beaches

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  • 8 Alluring Italian Destinations That Will Change Your Life

    on Oct 23, 13 • in Destinations, Off the Beaten Path • with 2 Comments

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    Our Select Italy experts have compiled a list of the eight destinations that have changed their life and will hopefully someday change yours!

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  • Your Best Meal in Italy…in an Unexpected Location

    on Jun 19, 13 • in Food & Wine, Off the Beaten Path • with 1 Comment

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    Empty tables in an Italian restaurant do not necessarily mean bad food...in fact, it's often the opposite! Here's the latest on where to find the best of Italy in the most unexpected of places

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  • A Sardinian Chef’s Unique Take on Traditional Cuisine

    on Apr 12, 13 • in Food & Wine, Off the Beaten Path • with 5 Comments

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    The taxi ride to Bosa from Alghero was enchanting. The winding roads through the seaside cliffs of northwestern Sardinia presented spectacular views that altered in breathtaking ways at every turn. I remained speechless from the stunning views as my taxi companion, a fellow journalist, chatted with our driver, who was more than thrilled to describe the particular food cultures of his hometown. As an island west of Italy’s mainland, Sardinia would seem to have a cuisine full of sea creatures and fish, but because of the mountainous terrain that blocks the sea from the inland, only the towns located on the water have a fish-based cuisine. Bosa is one of them

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  • Rome’s Musical Gem: L’Oratorio del Gonfalone

    on Dec 19, 12 • in Off the Beaten Path • with No Comments

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    First thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “Rome” and “music” together? Most will respond with a simple phrase, Teatro dell’Opera. As Rome’s primary venue for musical events, this opera house is often the choice of music lovers hoping to enjoy the harmonious sounds of Italian artistry while in the Eternal City. However, we’re going to let you in on a little secret: Teatro dell’Opera is not the only, and arguably not even the absolute best, place to experience the music of the Bel Paese.

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  • 5 Reasons Why You Can’t Afford to Skip Alto Adige

    on Dec 7, 12 • in Off the Beaten Path • with 1 Comment

    Rosen Garten mountains in the Dolomites in Alto Adige, Italy

    Visiting the Alto Adige province of Italy is stepping into another world altogether: this is an area in which the majority does not speak Italian; in fact, when asked, many of its citizens will not identify themselves as Italian. As a former southern piece of the Austrian region of Tirol until it was given to Italy in a treaty after WWI, Alto Adige’s citizens cling tight to their Austrian roots. Over the last hundred years, the region has gained autonomy and evolved into its own distinct entity, attracting Italian travelers that are looking for an off-the-beaten-path excursion that is truly unico

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  • The Wonders of Venice’s Biennale

    on Nov 23, 12 • in Off the Beaten Path • with No Comments

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    Dante wrote: ‘We paused to peer into another bit of hell and hear the usual lamentations. It was hot down there and black as your boot as in the Arsenal of the Venetians…’ Amazing to think of the industry that went on behind those old walls, the world’s first production line. They could build and fit a galleon in a day. It’s now a silent empty sixty acre site. Well actually not quite for its 2011 and the huge warehouses are full of modern art

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  • A Secret Roman Villa

    on Aug 6, 12 • in Off the Beaten Path • with 1 Comment

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    Travel thought for the week: it’s a secret if it’s new to you! And as an example of this, there is the Villa Oplontis, also called the Villa Poppaea, one of the most luxurious villas built by the ancient Romans and first excavated in 1839. But it wasn’t until the early 1970s that the lavish villa began to emerge from the dirt, rubble and ashes that rained down on it when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. This southern Italian villa was apparently part of a residential community called Oplanti which, unlike nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum, seems to have had no markets, shops, forums or houses of erotic indulgence.

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  • Top 5 Celebrity Hotels in Italy

    on Aug 3, 12 • in Off the Beaten Path • with 6 Comments

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    From the lakes region in the north to the Amalfi Coast in the south, Italy boasts a wealth of luxurious destinations which draw celebrities from the world over. The sky is the limit when it comes to pampering the rich. For those celebrities who do not already own property in Italy a la George Clooney in Bellagio or Sting in Tuscany, the following hotels can provide the seclusion and comfort necessary to satisfy even the most demanding of guests

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