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Visiting Trieste: A City Combining Cultures

DATE : February 20, 2019

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Trieste is a city like no other. A true mix of cultures, Trieste exudes Italian, Austrian and Slovenian influences. That’s what makes visiting Trieste so special: you can experience different cuisines, architectures and cultures all on one holiday in a single destination. This has always been a city in-between. Let’s take a look at how you can make the most out of your visit!

Austro-hungarian nobility, Italian charm It’s no surprise that Trieste’s origin story sounds like a who’s-who list of mighty civilizations. Back in 178 BC the Romans founded a colony here called Tergeste. Due to its favorable location on the sea it became a wealthy and powerful port almost immediately. Over the next centuries everyone from the Byzantines, the Goths and the Lombards as well as the Venetians ruled here. Finally, in 1382, an independent Trieste submitted to Austrian rule, ushering in the cultural heyday of the city.
But the volatility didn’t end there. After World War I and the disintegration of t..

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5 Tips to make your trip to the Vatican that little more enjoyable!

DATE : February 20, 2019

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0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 StumbleUpon 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 Email — Filament.io 0 Flares × Visiting Vatican City and it’s museums for the first time can seem a little overwhelming, even for the more seasoned traveller. However, do not fret, follow my simple pointers and you’ll come away with a truly memorable experience which is like no other. Rome #1 Where to start
My recommendation would be to do the museums first and then the Basilica and St. Peters square afterwards. If you’re getting the metro in, then Ottaviano and Cipro stations are equally placed, I prefer Ottaviano as you don’t have 60 or so steps to climb on route, and believe me, in the hot Roman sun, it can ruffle your feathers a little and it’s just a little more tricky to get from. Grab some water on the way too, although there are coffee shops and eateries inside, you don’t want to be delaying things further by having to find these places before even seeing the goodies. Also a great thing I’ve learned..

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5 Most Romantic Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

DATE : February 20, 2019

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What better excuse to head to some of the planet’s most romantic and exotic hideaways? How about taking a trip to faraway places with your loved one in pristine, undisturbed environments that exude nothing but romance? here is a list of some of the world’s most romantic destinations that make for a perfect Valentine’s Day trip.

1 – Rome, Italy

Rome has romance in the first three letters of its name, and sure enough, it reverberates with romance at every nook and corner. From its captivating sunsets that melt into stunning church structures (while lending them a shiny gold tinge) to quaint piazzas to the Ponte Sisto (locally referred to as the kissing bridge), Rome is synonymous with love. Enjoy frescoed ceilings, private balcony views and four poster bed luxury at the Hotel Camp de’Fiori.

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2 – Seville, Spain

Seville is everything you hoped for in a fairytale-like city and much more. It has aesthetically brilliant archi..

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20 Things to Do in Rome

DATE : February 19, 2019

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Rome just might sell itself. No blog post in the world can really do justice to the city that conquered the world by force in antiquity and built a never-ending string of sites, sounds, masterpieces, and even tastes that conquer tourists at present day. You need to see it and here’s your head start: Here are 20 things to do in Rome.
Check out the Pantheon The ‘Temple of Every God’ is arguably the best building in the city and almost two thousand years after being built is still the world’s largest un-reinforced concrete dome.

Go People Watching at the Spanish Steps This monumental 135 step stairway is not only one of the most picturesque locations in a city of picturesque locations, but it’s the city’s meeting point and dominated by pedestrians going every which way.

Eat Gelato It’s very simple: the ice cream here is outstanding and you wouldn’t dare not grab a couple of scoops and go for a passegiata (‘walk’) after dinner.

Hit the Campo dei Fiori Markets This daily food market ..

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Say What?! Italian Slang and Phrases

DATE : February 19, 2019

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These Italian colloquialisms are come il cacio sui maccheroni Learning local slang is one of the most fun parts of traveling. It provides insight into the culture and personality of a place, and it allows you to connect with local people. Even if you’re not fluent in a language, learning a few words and phrases can open the door to conversation, and native speakers will always appreciate your effort to traverse the language barrier.
Here some phrases that can help you experience la dolce vita during your trip to Italy.
Phrase: Ahó
What It Means: “Hey”, an informal greeting that you’re likely to hear on a daily basis. Pronounced like “Ah-ooo”. The “o” is sometimes drawn out for emphasis.
Phrase: Allora
What It Means: Fans of the Netflix show Master of None will recognize this one. It’s a filler word, similar to “um” or “so”, when you’re pausing to think.
Phrase: Ammazza!
What It Means: Just like it sounds in English—an exclamation that can be used to express amazement, disbelief, e..

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How to spend a perfect weekend in Florence

DATE : March 1, 2017

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How to spend a perfect weekend in Florence November 26, 2016 by Heather Cowper

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While the summer may be over, autumn can bring clear, sunny days in Italy. Just the time for me to nip off to Florence for a weekend break with Citalia, to get a quick fix of culture and good food. My challenge was to strike the right balance between seeing the sights (and there are plenty!) while taking the time to soak up the atmosphere and charm of this ancient city set in the heart of Tuscany. Read on to discover how I spent my 48 hours in Florence.

Arriving Friday lunchtime Flying from London City Airport direct to Florence, I arrived at lunchtime to be whisked away by private taxi transfer, arranged through Citalia. Driving through the narrow streets, we arrived in 30 minutes at Hotel Balestri, where I was to stay for the next 2 nights. The hotel was well located by the river, close to..

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Fox reveals 10 incredible volcanoes that are great to climb

DATE : February 21, 2017

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Travel's Biggest Bang: 10 incredible volcanoes that are great to climb 17th February 2017
Ever wanted to know what it's like to hike up a volcano and peer into its crater? Wonder no longer. These ten behemoths offer all that excitement and some are easier to scale than you think …
1: Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland Walking on top of Eyjafjallajokull (Shutterstock)
Eyjafjallajokull caused thousands of flight delays when it erupted in 2010, so it may not sit happily in many people's memories. Today, however, it offers a spectacular hike across an Icelandic ice cap.
Take some time to admire the Skógafoss waterfall, a thundering cascade, at the base of Eyjafjallajokull. Before long, you'll be trudging through snow and ash, past glacier streams and the site of the 2010 eruption.
This hike takes between 8-10 hours and puts you in an ideal position to spot some of Iceland's most spectacular sites, ncluding glaciers, canyons and mountain valleys. Upon reaching the ..

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Italy Accommodations: Villas, Hotels and Agriturism

DATE : January 1, 2017

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Congratulations! You've decided to take a trip to Italy. Now, where to stay? Since tourism is one of the country's largest industries and a major contributor to the economy, your choice of where to stay in Italy is just about endless. Consider your personality, budget and the kind of experience you want to have while visiting Italy. You can even mix and match: stay at hotel in Milan or Rome for a few nights and then rent a villa in Tuscany. Italians are warm, welcoming hosts.
Following are some Italy lodging options to consider.
The traditional choice when visiting any new place is a hotel. Italy has tens of thousands of choices all over the country, which come in all shapes and sizes from a small pensione to a seven-star hotel (the Seven Stars Galleria in Milan).
You're most likely to choose a hotel if you are staying in a city. Most of Italy's hotels are small, family-owned enterprises, but there are also outposts of American hotel groups like Hyatt, Hilton and..

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Tuscany’s Powerful, Towerful San Gimignano

DATE : December 30, 2016

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San Gimignano is an amazingly preserved hill town in Tuscany, with 14 medieval towers still standing. (photo: Rick Steves) Today's tourists hang out at San Gimignano's Piazza della Cisterna, by same well that locals used a thousand years ago. (photo: Cameron Hewitt) San Gimignano is the epitome of a Tuscan hill town. About 25 miles from both Florence and Siena, it's the region's glamour girl: Visually striking and perfectly preserved, it gets all the fawning attention from passing tour buses. But despite its tourist-trap feel, it's still worth slotting into your Italian itinerary — especially if you can sidestep the hordes who descend during the day.
San Gimignano is beloved because of its skyline of medieval towers. Though a unique sight today, pointy skylines were the norm in Tuscany in the Middle Ages, when feuding noble families ran the hill towns (think Montagues and Capulets). Each family had its own private army that would periodically battle things o..

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