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Top 10 cycle rides in Europe - 3 in Italy

Top 10 cycle rides in Europe - 3 in Italy | Italy | Scoop.it

Piedmont, Italy: Acqui Terme to Relais & Chateaux San Maurizio - Just imagine cycling over the famous Langhe hills, an intimate landscape filled with vineyards, truffles, medieval towns like Montabone and Rocchetta Palafea, and stunning panoramas of an ancient landscape.Puglia, Italy: the coastal road to Leuca - This is one of the most stunning coastal roads in the world with breathtaking views of cliffs and bays. The ride meanders through the fishing village of Santa Cesarea Terme, famous for its Moorish architecture and thermal waters, and continues along the coast passing spectacular sea caves and the town of Castro, where Virgil claims the legendary Aeneas first made landfall in Italy.Hvar, Croatia: around Hvar Island to Paklinski OtociTuscany, Italy: through the Crete Senesi and the back roads into Siena - Have you ever been on a ride where you exclaim “this is the most beautiful view I have ever seen” and then your climb another hill, turn a corner and declare, “ok,no, actually this the most beautiful view I have ever seen”, and then you climb a little further, turn another corner and proclaim, “really, this is definitely the most beautiful view I’ve ever seen”. Well, that’s what this bicycle ride from Montalcino to Siena is like, especially the final 11k climb up these challenging hills into Siena. This route takes you along the bare ridges of the Crete Senesi through Asciano and Vescona to Arbia and then follows the timeless back roads up a series of challenging hills to enter Siena in truly evocative fashion. This is a definitely a ride worth taking!Switzerland: Lausanne – MontreuxMallorca, Spain: the ride to Cap FormentorKorcula, Croatia: Korcula IslandThe Alps, France: Tour de France stage climbsBurgundy, France: Haute Cotes du BeauneConnemara, Ireland: Clifden and the Boglands


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Travel To Escape Reality

Travel To Escape Reality | Italy | Scoop.it

Have you ever booked a last minute trip to a place that was several time zones away, where people don’t speak English, don’t use the same currency – and if you’re truly honest with yourself about the whole thing, you can’t afford it?

Have you ever spent a ridiculous amount of money just to get away from your life and all the things that go with it?

A place where sometimes all it takes is a complete stranger who smiles and says, “Ciao Bella,” –  or a cappuccino?


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Florence walking tour: Art & Craft workshops

Florence walking tour: Art & Craft workshops | Italy | Scoop.it
A Florence walking tour to discover the Fashion side of Florence, between art and craft workshops and Fashion Museums

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Art and Craft workshops in Florence.

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How to Order Coffee in Italy

How to Order Coffee in Italy | Italy | Scoop.it

This country is known for its coffee, however, if you don’t know how to ask for what you want, don’t blame the barista. Here’s a quick guide to getting your dream caffé in Italy.

Caffé (Espresso or Caffé Normale) The classic. Caffé Corto (or ristretto) Shorter than a normal caffé in the same tiny cup.Caffé Lungo more coffee but not as much as a caffé doppioCaffé Americano  a long blackCaffé Macchiato with a ‘stain’ or ‘macchia‘ of hot sometimes-frothed milk.Caffé Freddo chilled black coffeeCaffé Shakerato sugar and black coffee shaken over ice and usually served in a martini glassCappuccino Caffé Corretto it has been ‘corrected’ with a shot of grappa or liqueur.
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Let's go hiking: Cinque Terre and its rural side - Nomad TraveLLerS

Let's go hiking: Cinque Terre and its rural side - Nomad TraveLLerS | Italy | Scoop.it
There are plenty of hiking paths in Cinque Terre, easy and suitable to all ages with amazing views: hiking Cinque Terre.

 

Cinque Terre is the Italian expression for "Five lands" (Easier to say than to write for foreigners, I often see pages referring to "5 terre" "Cincue Tere", "Cinqe Terre", and other thousands variations): in fact they are five villages more than lands, scattered on less than 20 km of the ligurian riviera.[...]


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The Regions of Italy, From A to Z

The Regions of Italy, From A to Z | Italy | Scoop.it

Do you know Italy… by region? It might seem like a lot to ask, but if you’re planning a trip to Italy, knowing Italy’s regions is a great place to start!

The country is broken up into 20 official regions, which you can think of as districts—similar to states or provinces. What are the different regions, what are they known for, and which ones should you travel to? Here’s help!

(How many of the 20 regions have you heard of, or been to? Tell us in the comments!).

Abruzzo
Aosta Valley
Basilicata
Calabria
Campania
Emilia-Romagna
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Lazio
Le Marche
Liguria
Lombardy
Molise
Piedmont
Puglia
Sardinia
Sicily
Trentino-Alto Aldige
Tuscany
Umbria
Veneto


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Top 10 beaches on Elba Island in Tuscany

Top 10 beaches on Elba Island in Tuscany | Italy | Scoop.it

Everyone has her/his own favorite beach: some like sand, others prefer rocky coastlines; some seek wild, natural beaches, others want beaches with well-equipped resorts. The Island of Elba offers you all of these options – you just need to know where to go!

CavoliSansoneFetovaiaChiessiSant’AndreaLaconellaParetiLe ghiaieBiodolaBarabarca
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Tuscany: San Gimignano, town of towers and saffron

Tuscany: San Gimignano, town of towers and saffron | Italy | Scoop.it

San Gimignano is a small town in the province of Siena, rich in charm and history. It is located almost halfway between Florence and Siena. It was built on a hill about 300 meters high: there you can enjoy a privileged view of the typical landscape of the Val d'Elsa. [...]
The city is characterized by towers, which in the fourteenth century seem to have been seventy-two, when every well off family built a tower to show its economical power. [...]
The outcome is a very original and peculiar architecture! San gimignano was declared World Heritage of 'Humanity' UNESCO in 1990.
San Gimignano is a small agricultural town famous for its Vernaccia wine production and the cultivation of saffron. Vernaccia di San Gimignano is one of the finest white wines known and appreciated all over the world.
In the village you can visit the Vernaccia Wine Museum: do not miss it!


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The Scenic Amalfi Drive

With each visit to Sorrento, I book my favorite taxi driver, Raffaele Monetti (he's been in my Italy guidebook for years), and enjoy a day exploring the jaw-droppingly scenic Amalfi Coast. I can't imagine trying to enjoy the views while driving, not to mention worrying about parking in the spindly little towns along the coast. A driver costs some money. But what a luxury: You're dropped off and free to explore until you're ready to move on. This time, I also booked a local guide to be sure to wring the most value out of the day for the 2014 edition research. With all that help, it was a very productive day.


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