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11 Reasons Why Caltagirone Deserves Some Love on Your Next Trip to Sicily

May 7, 2015 at 3:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everybody wants to go to Sicily. It’s a beautiful Mediterranean island boasting a range of experiences fit for any tourist. As a major Italian destination, Sicily sees heavy foot traffic from globetrotters in search of virtually anything: wine tours, lounging on the beach, brushing up on history, hiking in the mountains, authentic Italian dining, the list goes on and on. From architecture to sporting events to a vivacious art scene, it seems like Sicily has it all…

But maybe that’s a problem. When a city offers so much, tourists usually miss out on some of the deeper cultural influences there.

Which brings us to Caltagirone. This relatively small Sicilian comune flaunts some of Italy’s most worthwhile experiences – and we think it deserves at least an entire day on its own. So next time you’re planning a trip to Sicily, step away from the cookie cutter guidebooks and take the alternate route to Caltagirone.

Oh, you need a reason why Caltagirone is so appealing?

Here are 11 of them:

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Movie Fans: This Is the Must-Visit Filming Location Featured in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Where: Bard, Italy
May 4, 2015 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

POW. BAM. Avengers: Age of Ultron is on track to be Marvel's biggest movie — ever. And for good reason. Everything about the movie is bigger: the cast, the special effects and even the filming locations.

Shooting for Age of Ultron was based at Shepperton Studios in the UK, but its on-location shoots took place all over the world. Frequent travelers will recognize Seoul, Korea's Gangnam District, Johannesburg, South Africa, the Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard in Bangladesh, parts of London and the Hawley Woods in Hampshire, England, among other locales.

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The Tourists of Rome Have a Selfie Stick Problem (But It’s Not What You Think)

Where: Rome, Italy
April 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (3)

Selfie Sticks are without a doubt the most polarizing travel gear on the market today. People either love them and use them for selfie opps at major landmarks or they hate them and make fun of the folks who carry them, usually by posting a shot of the selfie stick users on social media.

The love-hate also extends to businesses as many music festivals and events, such as the Kentucky Derby, have banned selfie sticks while British Airways sells them out of their Duty Free catalog.

But in Rome, selfie sticks, whether you love them or hate them, are a real problem.

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Why It's Important To Be Right When Flying to Venice

Where: Venice, Italy
February 26, 2015 at 10:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

What’s this? Well, if you could see through the thick cloud, you’d have a prime view of La Serenissima, beautiful Venice curling out like a snail below to your right.

We often talk about which seats are best on a plane – aisle, bulkhead, premium economy, business class. But forget all that. All you need to fly to Venice is a seat on the right hand side.

Three out of three times we’ve sat on the right, now, and seen Venice. We checked with our pilot this time, and he confirmed that it is almost always, if not always, Venice to the right.

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The Best Travel Movie of 2014

December 31, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

In a year with so many great travel movies, from Wild to Chef and the final movie in The Hobbit series which has inspired thousands to visit New Zealand, it was hard to narrow it down to just one. But, after much consideration, a little movie derived from a BBC comedy series is our winner.

In The Trip To Italy, comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon take a largely improvised road trip through Italy, from northern Piemonte to the Amalfi Coast, following in the footsteps of Percy Shelley and Lord Byron.

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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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