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Bolzano -Italian Alps or Dolomites? – Winter or Summer?

You might as well admit it.  When you think Italy you probably don't think of tall snow capped mountains, skiing, or other winter sports, right?  Well you should.  Italy has some fine winter resort towns complete with ski runs, awesome mountain views, clear mountain lakes, and fresh Alpine air.  One of those towns is Bolzano, or Bozen in German. Where you may ask is Bolzano.  It's the largest city in northern Italy's province of Sudtirol or South Tryol.  Now is that part of the Italian ...

Noventa Di Piave Designer Outlet

I bet when you think Venice the last thing on your mind is an outlet mall.  And why should it be?  I mean you're not going to Venice to go shopping at an outlet mall right?  Well if you're a fashion lover and love discounts the Noventa Di Piave Designer Outlet should be on your Venice to do list! Most fashionistas and just about anyone else knows that Italy is one of the world's fashion hubs.  After all it's home to Versace, Dolce & Gabana, Fendi, La Perla, Cosabella, Cavalli, Prada,  ...

Sottomarina – A Venetian Beach Holiday

I bet when you hear Venice the last thing you'd associate with it would be the beach.  I know, when you think Venice you picture  San Marco, Murano Glass, Museums, Operas, Carnivale, and possibly even pigeons.   And I don't blame you!  Venice is all those things and more.  But what many foreign tourists don't realize is that Venice has beaches too.  I do not mean dip your toes in the Venetian lagoons, yuck!  (Seriously don't do that!) But think about it, Venice is surrounded by water, ...

Gardaland – An Italian Amusement Park

Located in the outskirts of Verona in the Veneto region of North-Eastern Italy is Gardaland Resort , an amusement park complex adjacent to Lake Garda. First opened on July 9, 1975 Gardaland Resort has grown and now is composed of Gardaland Park, Sea Life Aquarium, Gardaland Hotel, and Gardaland Adventure Hotel.  The hotels offer themed rooms such as the Prezzemolo room, pirate and princess rooms, and more. Although it's adjacent to Lake Garda the Amusement parks and hotels don't face the ...

Verona – Day Trip or Destination?

Verona is a city on the Adige River in Italy's Veneto region.  It is one of the seven provincial capitals of the region, and the 3rd. largest city in northeast Italy. The origins of Verona remains a mystery.  One theory is that due to the geographical position of the city, it was a key stop for people  traveling along the Via Claudia Augusta from Eastern Gaul across the Alps then onto to Rome.  The theory supposes that Verona is short for Versus Romae which means "In the direction of ...

Exploring the Venetian Lagoon – Murano and Burano

Venice, a city in northwestern Italy's Veneto region.  It's situated across 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.  It's a city of mystery, romance, culture, art, and so much more.  Not all of its islands are linked to the Venetian "mainland" by bridges, there are many islands including Murano and Burano that due to their distance are linked only by watercraft. Venice is one of our favorite cities.  We try to get there at least once a year.  So of course we've done ...

Tips for Train Travel in Italy

  Traveling Italy by trains is inexpensive and convenient.  Italy's train system has been said to be unreliable with trains that are constantly late and random rail strikes.  I'm not sure if this reputation is justly earned.  We've been traveling around Italy by train for over 10 years and have only experienced 2 train delays and 2 strikes.  The delays were never more than 10 minutes.  The strikes were inconvenient, but didn't really put a big dent in our travel plans. In my experience ...

5 Things To Do In Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena is a Spanish city in the Murcia Region of Spain.  Located on Mediterranean coast in south eastern Spain, Cartagena is a major naval station. Cartagena was founded by the Carthaginians around 227 BC.  It has been inhabited for over two millennia.  Over its long history it has been inhabited by Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Byzantines, and Moors.  Each culture left their mark on this city so you will see  ancient Roman ruins to art nouveau architecture. Cartagena is a small city ...

6 Things to See & Do In and Around Malaga, Spain

Malaga is a port city in Spain's famed Costa del Sol.  Founded in the 8th. Century BC, Malaga is one of the oldest Mediterranean seaports and one of the oldest cities in the world. Malaga has hosted a variety of civilizations starting with the Phoenicians who founded the first settlement they called Malaka.  It has been ruled by Romans, Arabs, and Christians.  Malaga's checkered past is reflected in the city's landmarks.  In Malaga you'll find the ruins of a Roman Theater, a 10th-century ...

Five Exceptional Adventures For Those Traveling Solo

Beyond The Box The first thing you need to figure out if you’re traveling solo regards your means of travel, and the “when”. It is December the 14th as of this writing. In about three or four days, Holiday commuters will clog roadways, airports, bus stations, and trains—in a lot of places this is happening already. If you don’t plan in advance, you could find yourself in the lurch—here are five holiday traveling tips.   Once you’ve got your travel ironed out, it’s ...