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Children’s Cooking Class In Italy

Italy is a great place for a family vacation.  There is so much to see and do, and Italians love kids!  That's why the towns are filled with parks, amusement centers, and other venues that are very family friendly.  Of course a trip to Italy would require visits to museums and churches, but when you've go kids you've got to add in some fun kid friendly activities.  What better way to add a bit of hands on fun than a children's cooking class!aLast week my grandson Jett and I spent half a day ...

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 ...

Things to Do in Bari & Quick Train Guide

Bari  located in south eastern Italy, the part we fondly refer to as the heel of the boot, is the second largest city in the region.  It is a port city on the Adriatic Sea and the capital of Italy's Puglia region. To be honest there isn't a whole lot to do in Bari, it's not a major tourist destination.  However it is an ideal base for those who want to explore the Puglia and Basilicata regions.  It's a major train hub with  trains heading to all the interesting places that one will ...

Matera Day Trip- A Step Back in Time

Matera.  Ancient city,  shame of Italy, or hidden gem, which describes Matera best?  The answer, all of the above. Matera is a city and a province in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy; the area we fondly refer to as the heel of the boot. The modern city like any other thriving city is filled with apartment buildings, businesses, and traffic.  But that's not the Matera people come to see.  They travel there to see the Sassi districts, the historical city center whose buildings are ...

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 ...