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Travel Movie Tuesday: Escapism and an Expat Life in 'Under the Tuscan Sun'

Where: Italy
December 9, 2014 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Expat life is quite a decision; you pack up your life and heading to a destination that's not only a new city, a new country, but possibly also a new culture and new outlook. Major life changes like new jobs, marriages (and divorces), or just the desire to immerse oneself in a new part of the world are usually the driving forces behind such a change, and a mild combination of all of them form the basis for "Under the Tuscan Sun."

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Venice is Tired of Noisy Rolling Luggage, May Fine Tourists Up to $620

Where: Venice, Italy
November 21, 2014 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember how we said that luggage is the worst? Yeah, well the whole of Venice, Italy agrees and may even be successful with a new proposal to outlaw rolling baggage.

As there are only two ways to get around Venice (by foot or by boat), tourists who haven't lined their pockets with enough cash for a private water taxi transfer typically have to hoof it along canals, down alleys, and over bridges to reach their accommodation, lugging their baggage the whole way.

2013 was a record year for Venice tourism; La Serenissima welcomed nearly 60,000 daily visitors on average. The Venice Times actually figured out that each Venetian who lives in the historic center (excluding the islands) is "'in charge' of about 354 tourists per day." Compare that to Florence's 22 tourists per resident, and it's obvious Venice is a little crowded. Each visitor naturally arrives with some belongings, and that's exactly the problem.

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The Jaunted Guide to the 12 Best Winter Holiday Markets in Europe

November 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: Heidelberg castle, with the market and ice skating rink in a Platz below

Christkindlmarkt, Weihnachtsmarkt or Marché de Noël—whatever the name, the game's the same. European Christmas Markets are several weeks of seeing cities at their best, festively decorated and with tasty seasonal specialties on offer. Travelers used to seeing Europe in summer are in for a shock, and perhaps a change of season preference, once the charm of winter takes hold of the historic city centers and the hot mulled wine is poured.

With so much magic in store across the continent, it can be difficult to chose just one or two cities for your winter market visit. Luckily we've narrowed it down, highlighting the most beloved markets for the 2014 holiday season, in the countries with the most tradition behind the events:

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'Summertime' in Venice with Katharine Hepburn

Where: Italy
October 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Planning for the trip of a lifetime can be just as exciting as getting on the plane to step foot in your dream city. 'Summertime" follows the story of Jane Hudson (played by Katharine Hepburn) as she squirrels away her wages from her elementary school secretary job to escape Akron, OH during summer break and head to Venice. A young and beautiful American woman traveling alone in La Serenissima, what could go wrong?

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Travel Contest Roundup: Get Yourself to Italy with These Four Contests

October 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are four Italy vacation contests to enter right now:

Stella D’oro Dunk Your D’oro Sweepstakes

If you like Italy and you love cookies—then this contest is for you. The grand prize will get you over to Florence for a full week, as well as some spending money and outings. Even if you don’t get to go to Italy you still might win a year’s supply worth of Stella D’oro—that’s a lot of treats. Just enter by October 26.

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Took Long Enough, But Italian Designers Now Making Furniture for Italian Airports

Where: Italy
July 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

A little bit of modern design is heading into airports across Italy in the form of new gate furniture. We’re used to the standard look and feel of the seats that fill the concourse and terminal, but now one firm is taking things to the next level with a simple—yet snazzy—"less is more" approach.

Poltrona Frau, whom you may remember as also having done the plush leather seats in Singapore Airlines Suites Class as well as Ferrari sports cars, are branching into airports. The seat has been dubbed "Flair" and it was launched in Milan last year. The first to score the swank seats is Bologna Airport, thanks to a little help from the architecture firm over at Progetto CMR.

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The First Italian Airline to Fly the 787 Will Be...

May 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re looking to catch a ride to Italy aboard a Boeing 787—you’re in luck—as a carrier from the country has signed on to lease a few of the new airplanes. The only catch is that you have probably never heard of the airline that plans to take these Dreamliner aircraft into the skies, or at least that was the case when we learned of things.

Neos is based over in Italy, and when it comes to a home base they operate many of their flights out of Milan-Malpensa. Most of their flights are geared towards the leisure market, so don’t expect nonstop flights New York or Chicago. Flights to the Caribbean, Middle East, and across the Mediterranean are some of their usual offerings.

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Eataly Dares to Dream of Building a Foodie Theme Park in Italy

Where: Bologna, Italy
March 3, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Your next trip to Italy might just include a little more theme park and a lot less museum, as what they’re calling the Disneyland of food might be arriving in Bologna. The folks behind the foodie supermarket wonderland known as Eataly are getting ready with their next big idea, and it sounds like Fico Eataly World will be arriving sooner than later.

Details are somewhat limited at this stage in the process, but we do know that the park will take over around 20-acres of real estate. Restaurants, grocery stores, and something they’re calling food labs will all be part of the place. They’re even going to bring in some fish—to eat?!—as there are also plans for an aquarium.

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Beyond the Movie 'Pompeii' and Into the Real Thing

Where: Italy
February 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

This year you can get a taste of ancient Rome on the big screen and in person.

Pompeii, starring Kit Harington as a slave-turned-gladiator trying to save his true love as the Roman city crumbles around him, open in theaters today. Or, if you'd rather get up and close and personal with the ruins of Pompeii, there are several Italian tour companies offering day trips to the city and the area around the volcano that buried it.

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Pack Your Galoshes, as 'Acqua Alta' Has Arrived to Flood Venice

Where: Venice, Italy
February 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

So you’ve been to Venice during the warmer weather—and it was great—but to see the city in a different way you might want to check things out during the late winter. After all, that’s when the Acqua Alta rolls into town, and makes a pair of waterproof boots essential for getting from point A to point B.

More often than not the Adriatic Sea gets cranky during the winter, and the tides strengthen. That’s especially the case for the waters in the Venetian Lagoon, and that means the lagoon becomes one with the lowest parts of the city—even more so than usual.

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French Riviera or Bust: How to Travel to Monaco

Where: Monaco
January 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The tiny Principality of Monaco just so happens to be both the world's densest country and its richest. Long a favorite of the cruise crowd and wannabe James Bonds, it's more than just Grace Kelly and gilded yachts; Monaco is one destination that deserves a prominent place on your bucket list and all week we'll be sharing why.

Despite the difficulty of locating Monaco on a map that lacks detail, traveling to the principality is remarkably easy from almost any major metropolis in Europe. There's no income or bling requirement to visit, and no special handshake to saunter up into its famous Casino. Monte-Carlo is actually fully connected to the rest of the world by air with a heliport, by rail with a lovely train station, and by its famous World Rally and Formula 1 roads.

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The 5 Italy Etiquette Rules Every Traveler Should Know

Where: Italy
January 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.

Italy has been a major destination for travelers since...well, forever. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was the building block of The Grand Tour, designed to "enlighten" and inspire foreigners. In the 20th and now, the 21st century, modern air travel has made a quick hop to Italy totally doable.

Despite centuries upon centuries and billions upon billions of tourists, some finer bits of Italian etiquette still escape visitors. Here, we'll share a few details we've been enlightened to, over our own many trips to La Bella Italia:

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