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Puglia Day Trips – Martina Franca & Alberobello

Puglia or Apulia in Italian, is a region in southern Italy that borders the Adriatic and Ionian Seas on the east and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto on the south.  It's southern most portion of the country known as the Salento Pennisula which forms the "heel of the boot of Italy." Bari  the capital city of the Puglia region  has a population of 1.3 million residing within the city and it's suburbs.  It's a good place to base yourself while exploring the wonderful sites around ...

Naples, Italy – 5 Things You Can Do In a Day

Naples, Italy!  The birthplace of Pizza, home to a treasure trove of museums, an active volcano, and gateway to Capri, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast. I think many people consider Naples as just a city to pass through on their way to more glamorous destinations like Capri, Sorrento, Positano, and other towns along the stunning Amalfi Coast.  Of course all those towns are amazing, but Naples is a vibrant and amazing destination too!  You could spend a week in Naples and not see everything ...

5 Things to Do in Messina

Messina is a harbor city located on Sicily.  It is the third largest city on the island located just off the tip of the boot of Italy.  It is separated from the Itay's mainland by the Strait of Messina.  It has become a popular port of call for many cruise ships sailing the Mediterranean route. Colonized by the Greeks in the 8th. Century B.C. Messina was originally called Zancle because of its shape.  (Zancle means scythe in Greek.) Three centuries later it was renamed Messene in honor of ...

5 Must Do Things in Taormina

Taormina is one of my favorite towns in Sicily.  Situated 700 feet above sea level this cliff top town offers superb views of the Bay of Naxos and on a clear day glimpses of Mt. Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. The lovely village of Taormina has been a world renowned resort since Roman times.  Today it has many things to offer including an ancient historic site, beautiful churches, awesome views, interesting shops, and delicious food.  In short there's something for everyone! Here ...

A Day Trip to Siena – What Not To Miss

Florence is arguably the most famous city in Tuscany.  It's definitely one of the busiest tourist destinations in the area.  This reputation is well deserved, after all Florence is where the Italian Renaissance was born.  But less than 50 miles away is another famous tourist destination, Siena. Unlike Florence, Siena is not a Renaissance showcase. Siena is Italy BEFORE the Renaissance.  The town's soaring architecture, art, and narrow streets are parts of an open air museum dedicated to ...

Florence With Kids – 6 Family Friendly Activities

Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, is arguably one of the greatest cities of Europe. Walking around this city is like walking thru an outdoor museum filled with iconic sculptures, paintings, and architecture.  Every where you look I'm sure you'll catch a glimpse of something beautiful. Florence is definitely an art lover's dream.  Works by the great Renaissance Masters are housed within the museums in the city; the most famous being Michelangelo's David in the  Galleria ...

Bettoja Mediterraneo – Rome Hotel Review

If you're planning a trip to Rome, Italy then I'm sure you've checked out hotels there.  You're probably baffled  by the number of hotel and rentals available in the city, trying to located them on a map,  and  trying to fit hotel rooms in to your travel budget.  Rome is definitely not lacking in hotel rooms and the prices can be pretty high, even for a 2 star hotel in the city center. I know, I've spent hours comparing rooms, prices, and locations.  I remember finding this task daunting ...

Hilton Rome Airport – Very Convenient

Hotel rooms in Rome do not come cheaply, specially those located in the city center.  Depending on the season 3 star hotels in the middle of Rome can cost well over $200 a night for a small standard room.  An alternative would be to find a hotel in the outskirts where rooms can be less expensive and larger than those in the city center.  The Hilton Rome Airport is a great choice. The Hilton Rome Airport is connected to Rome's Fiumicino Airport and the train station via a covered walkway ...

Da Virginiello, My Favorite Capri Restaurant

Capri is one of my favorite places in Italy.  We try to go there every year when we're in the country.  It's an easy day trip when you're on a cruise ship or staying in Rome.  Of course you can spend your whole vacation relaxing on this wonderful island off the coast of Naples as well! But whether you're there for the day of for a week you still have to eat!  Believe me Capri does not lack for restaurants, many of them with a view, and if you can't find a place there that catches your ...