Category: Italy

Classic Elegance at the 4 Star Hotel Giorgione Venice Italy
Italy

Traditional Elegance at the 4 Star Hotel Giorgione Venice Italy

We were scrambling to find affordable accommodation during our trip to Venice for the famed Venetian Carnival. In the end we found a good deal at the 4 star Hotel Giorgione Venice. Located at the convenient end of Canareggio, we had a good experience and even managed to avoid the Carnival crowds (no mean feat

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Tips For Having The Best Experience at Carnival in Venice
Italy

Tips For Having The Best Experience at Carnival in Venice

Having just returned from Venice Carnival 2017, I have mixed feelings about visiting this city during this festival.  Many of the carnival outfits and the Venetian masquerade masks were truly beautiful. On the other hand, Venice is busy at the best of times and we found the crowds overwhelming. I do think it is an

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A Family Holiday with Massimo Villas
Italy

Why You Should Take A Family Holiday in Sicily with Massimo Villas

Arriving at night into the airport at Palermo, we did not see the mountains of Sicily which came to characterise our stay in the country.  Even in the dark we could tell this country was full of mountains because we soon found ourselves driving into and out of tunnels hewn through the stone.  From Cefalu,

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Clemens's famous line from The Godfather Part I
Italy

Teaching Kids About The Godfather Trilogy While in Sicily

If you are a movie buff, The Godfather Trilogy holds a special place in your heart.  The Godfather Parts I and II are two of the greatest movies ever made … and The Godfather Part III isn’t as bad as many people think.  While we were hanging out post-dinner at our villa in Sicily, my

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A photo essay of tiny Castelbueno in Sicily
Italy

Photo Essay: The Charming Town of Castelbuono in Sicily

When we first entered Castelbuono in the mountains above Cefalu, we thought it was the sleepiest town we had ever seen.  Not a person was on the street.  Most of the stores were closed.  Soon we realised, we had arrived in town for siesta.  Slowly around 4pm, the stores started opening and people started congregating

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Sicilian Street Food in Palermo with Children
Italy

Exploring Sicilian Street Food in Palermo With Children

When I heard that Palermo was ranked as one of the best places in the world for street food, I knew our family would have to check out the scene as one of the things to do in Palermo.  We love our street food and it’s a fast, easy and casual option for eating out

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Hotel Touring in Bologna
Italy

Why Hotel Touring in Bologna is a Hidden Gem

Who doesn’t like value for money?  I know I do.  Finding a good quality three star hotel is like searching for a needle in a haystack. In my experience, many independent hotels (except for the ones associated with a reputable brand like Small Luxury Hotels) are generously allocated their star rating.  We don’t tend to

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The Archignassio
Italy

The Archignassio: A Paean to Human Curiousity in Bologna

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton (1676) This expression is even older than Newton himself even though he was the first to popularise it in the English language. This phrase came to mind when I visited the Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio in Bologna Italy.  The Archignassio was

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Italy

Five Reasons to Visit Bologna with Kids

I was a little surprised when I heard our hotel concierge at Hotel Touring say that Bologna is not considered a particularly child-friendly city for tourism. Lots of families from the north of Italy pass through the town in the summer though on their way to the beaches and countryside of the south of Italy.

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Venice with kids the Olivia Way
Italy

Travel Tips for Visiting Venice with Children, the Olivia Way

My children have wanted to go to Venice ever since they read and re-read Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer.  In this charming book, Olivia, a precocious little pig with a passport and a passion for life gallivants through Venice with her family.  The book not only showed my children the Venetian landmarks but

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