Italy Travel Blog

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It's nearly impossible to go wrong when planning your travel itinerary for an Italian vacation. One way or another, you will see the sights and experience the fabulous food. If you're visiting for the second or third time, though, you may be interested in activities that are a little more off of the beaten path. Take a look at these suggestions of hidden spots in Italy that you may not have considered visiting before. If you happen to visit, let us know what you think!

1. Procida

When it comes to Italian islands, this one simply can't be beat. It features petite, candy-colored houses on a picturesque coastline just a short boat ride away from Naples. It flies under the radar of its well-known neighbor, Capri and is the smallest of the Flegrean

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We've got a few links to rock your world (literally!) as we take you around what's buzzing in the international arenas of art, real estate, design, travel and more! Take a look for some mid-week inspiration and you just may find yourself practically feeling the breeze of the Riviera all while enjoying the comforts of your morning coffee. Ciao! 

1. When you need a break from NPR:

While we can thank NPR for giving our daily dose of "need to know" stories, sometimes we have to switch it up. For a commercial break, check out this podcast series called Travelogue from the minds of Conde Nast Traveler contributors. This particular episode schools us on the benefit of hiring a local tour guide to get a perfectly tailored travel experience. 

2. When

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Are you a snow bunny that is most content when racing down the slopes? Maybe lounging in the tropics with the breeze in your hair and a Pina colada in hand is more your speed? Prefer the sound of leaves crunching underneath your leather boots and adorned in this season's best outerwear? Or perhaps the smell of rain and the bloom of flowers from every color of the rainbow puts the biggest smile on your face. Whatever season you fancy the best, we have the top recommendations of where to welcome each of the seasons with open arms and adventures awaiting. 

Fall: Italy

Come explore Italy during the months where the stunning country hosts its truffle, prosciutto and wine festivals and feast your way through pasta puttanesca, gelato and so much more! The

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The work week is coming to a close and we are already thinking about how we will use up those days of R & R! Take a look at some of the fun things going on around the world and let them inspire your weekend! Or jet on over and stay here, here, or here!

1. Dublin -- this weekend's top picks include Dublin's rendition of Oktoberfest, the Theatre Festival and the Ha Penny Flea Market with rotating vendors that features a vinyl-spinning DJ as locals browse for the latest vintage find. 

Find out more about this lucky city and its festivities year-round here. 

 2. Capri -- for a seat with a view look no further than the chairlift that whisks you to the top of Mount Solaro, the island's flower, vegetable and vineyard laden mountain then head to the

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Is it the infinite selection of mid-day gelato and gnocchi? Or perhaps the serenity of the salty breeze of the mountains descending over Lake Como? The 20 different wine regions producing everything from Super Tuscans to Muscats? Buildings rich in history that have been beautifully resilient to aging?

There is something that Italy provides that never ceases to disappear; the intoxicating vibrancy of the people and culture that offer pure rejuvenation. The Italians have a saying that translates to "the pleasure of doing nothing." There is inspiration in the everyday components of life, from the food that utilizes fresh, local, delicious ingredients, the value of time to enjoy the company of family and friends, and constantly moving the body, walking

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Everyone is preparing for the fast approaching May 26th start date of one of the most famous and popular festivals featured in Charleston, the Spoleto art festival. The seventeen day event is a must-see summer experience when visiting in the summer. Some people may wonder what exactly Spoleto's name means and where it comes from. The event is named after Charleston's only official sister city, the Italian town of Spoleto. Like its American counterpart, Spoleto is a famed town filled with beauty and culture wherever you go. Here are five things to know about this Italian sister city

1. Great Location

This small city lies in the famed region of Umbria in the heart of Italy. It is conveniently located near places like Tuscany, which it borders, and

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When it comes to luxury, great travel, dining, and a fantastic place to stay, the Italian Riviera is unquestionably a destination that deserves recognition for its superb cuisines, hotels, sights, and cruises.  We've outlined some of the best places to go to the next time you're visiting the Italian coast, especially when it comes to eating, relaxing, and a little bit of leisure.  The Italian Riviera truly is a splendor of beauty mixing both the land and sea aspect when it comes to Italy and its coastlines.  We have outlined some of the greatest parts of the Italian Riviera just below that any visitor needs to be aware of when traveling abroad to this gorgeous area of Europe.  

Beaches 

The Italian Riviera has some of the best seaside towns and

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Florence, Italy is one of the hottest destinations known for its world famous architecture and breathtaking artistic masterpieces. This city is truly a place where it is impossible to see everything in just one trip. The sights, history, buildings, culture, and the people are all what makes Florence such a unique and desirable destination. However, the culinary presence in this city is one that is lusted over all over the globe. Come take a look at some of the hottest restaurants in Florence.

1. Caffè Florian 

The original Caffè Florian dates back to 1720 and is known as one of the oldest running establishments in the world. The restaurant just opened in 2013 with a huge change in the menu in 2015 as a new chef was brought on board in 2015.

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The Best 4 Vineyards to visit in France! 

1. Chateau Pape Clement: Bordeaux 

This vineyard is located in the region of Bordeaux, in Pessac, France and is named after the original owner, Pope Clement V. Dating back to 1252, it is known for being one of the oldest wineries in Bordeaux. Wine tastings are available for the public starting Monday and through Sunday. 

2. Chene Bleu, Provence 

This winery is located on a private estate just outside the town of Vaison-la-Romaine. There is a manor located on the property that dates back to the ninth century. Multiple experiences are available at Chene Bleu ranging from an overnight stay in one of the guest rooms or just a visit to the exquisite tasting room!  

3. Chateau Latour, Bordeaux

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Scuola del Cuoio—Leather School of Monastery of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy

People from all over the world travel to see the leather workshop, Scuola del Cuoio, live and in action and Handsome Properties International was lucky enough to visit the workshop on a recent trip to Florence! The school and boutique are combined in the original dormitory of the Monastery. When you walk in you feel as if you are stepping back in time, to a place where people cherished their craft and workmanship. Back to a time when it was honorable to dedicate one’s life to their profession—no matter how glamorous (or unglamorous) it was. The passion, education, and sheer dedication that goes into making these leather goods is truly incredibly and almost a humbling

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