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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 ...

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 ...