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Free Things to Do in Rome by National Geographic

Free Things to Do in Rome by National Geographic | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Find free things to do in Rome with this guide from National Geographic.
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24 things to do in Rome plus Restaurants and Theaters by the National Geographic

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Lucca, Italy: Tuscan taste of history, fine food and Puccini

Lucca, Italy: Tuscan taste of history, fine food and Puccini | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

One of the most scenic places to dine is San Colombano, an indoor-outdoor restaurant that sits on the city wall, on a particularly wide, tree-lined section, and incorporates some of its features (one of the restaurant’s windows takes up the space once occupied by a cannon). With views over the rooftops and out towards the stately cathedral, you can opt for cake and coffee at the cafe on one side of the entrance, or a meal at the restaurant on the other. The expansive menu of pizzas, calzone, salads and pasta reveals top quality food for a lot less than you’d pay in Australia. [...]

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The top 10 activity holidays in Italy - Telegraph

The top 10 activity holidays in Italy  - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Our experts' pick of the top 10 activity holidays in Italy for 2015, including recommendations for families, cycling, trekking and horse riding, in destinations such as Sicily, Sardinia, Umbria, the Dolomites, the Apennines
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  1. Trekking and zipwire, Matera
  2. Cycling in Piedmont
  3. World War I Dolomite treks
  4. Hiking in the Sorrento Peninsula
  5. Cycling in the Veneto
  6. Riding in Sicily
  7. Mountain spa, South Tirol
  8. Wild swimming in the Apennines
  9. Riding in Sardinia
  10. Umbria hike
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Blue Box's curator insight, January 18, 2015 9:30 AM

Bed and breakfast, on the island of Sant'antioco. Nature, culture and sport. Visit the illustrator and the fisherman who will try to let you have wonderful days. Bedandbreakfast Bed&breakfast

 

http://www.alcontecavour.it 

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The places in Italy among the 1000 Places To See Before You Die

The places in Italy among the 1000 Places To See Before You Die | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italy 6 of 62 + 1 (1 scratched)

  • Alberobello
  • Capri
  • National Archaeological Museum
  • Spaccanapoli
  • Pompeii
  • The Amalfi Coast
  • Positano’s Hotels
  • Ravello
  • Paestum
  • The Best of Sorrento
  • The Quadrilatero
  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Ravenna
  • La Posta Vecchia
  • Rome
  • The Hotel Hassler
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Cinqueterre
  • Portofino
  • Bellagio
  • Hotel Villa d’este
  • Palazzo Ducale
  • The Milanese Experience
  • Il Duomo
  • The Last Supper
  • La Scala Opera House (Teatro alla Scala)
  • Rocca Scaligera
  • Borromean Islands
  • Rossini Opera Festival
  • Urbino
  • La Costa Smeralda
  • Aeolian Islands
  • Valley of Temples
  • Mount Etna
  • Two Gems of Palermo
  • Taormina
  • Church of San Francesco
  • Florence
  • The Uffizi Galleries
  • Villa San Michele and Villa La Massa
  • Lucca
  • Montalcino
  • Pienza
  • Il Pellicano
  • Chianti and San Gimignano
  • Piazza del Campo and the Palio
  • Basilica of San Francesco
  • Palazzo Terranova
  • Gubbio
  • Il Duomo
  • La Passeggiata
  • Spoleto Festival
  • Crossing the Mont Blanc Massif
  • Asolo
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • Scrovegni Chapel
  • Venice
  • Carnevale
  • Cipriani Hotel
  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • Verona
  • Teatro Olimpico
  • +1 Leaning Tower of Pisa
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What to see in 24h in Rome

What to see in 24h in Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
There are crazy people who decide to visit a city just for one day, like if places were stickers in their album. T hen, there are crazier people who decide to do that mistake with a city like Rome!...
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What to see in 24h in Rome avoiding queues:

  1. Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè
  2. Pantheon
  3. Fontana di Trevi
  4. Via del Corso
  5. Piazza Venezia
  6. Fori Imperiali
  7. Forno da Milvio
  8. Colosseo
  9. Grezzo
  10. Monti
  11. Caffè Propaganda
  12. Ponte Garibaldi
  13. Antico Caffé del Moro
  14. Freni e Frizioni
  15. Mangiamò


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2 of Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter are in Italy

2 of Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter are in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

With the Easter weekend fast approaching you’ll no doubt be weighing up your travel options for this year’s holiday treat. What if you could be offered something different? Something personal, something more suited to a refined taste in travel and experience?

Grand Hotel San Pietro, Sicily, Italy
As the only Relais & Chateaux in Sicily this quiet and beautifully maintained retreat, a few minutes walk from the centre of Taormina town, is encapsulated by the glorious Sicilian flora that flourishes in this part of the World. From the Grand Hotel San Pietro, breathtaking views can be enjoyed over the Mediterranean seas and out to the ‘Isola Bella’ (beautiful island), a small emerald promontory that can only be reached at low-tide via a connecting bridge.
Stay during Holy Week and experience the fascinating Good Friday Procession along the main street Corso Umberto starting at 7pm. On Sunday morning the Holy Easter Mass at 10am in the S.S. Pietro e Paolo Church is just in front of the hotel.

Masseria La Raganella Celeste, Salento, Italy

What better way to celebrate ‘Settimana Santa’ or Holy Week than a trip to Italy and more specifically to the Salento area in Apulia, where this very important religious event is celebrated across the region.
Spend Easter at Masseria La Raganella Celeste, a luxury modern Masseria not far from Lecce, a perfect mix of contemporary design and traditional local craftsmanship. Tucked away in an extensive olive grove, this very spacious and tranquil villa with infinity pool and a plethora of amenities is equipped to offer you a magical holiday.


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Brittany Ortiz's curator insight, November 10, 2014 5:11 PM

So beautiful! I could only imagine myself laying by the pool and having dinner outside on the balcony at one of these amazing getaways. I wonder if these getaways are as beautiful and amazing in reality as they are in these pictures. 

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How to travel in Europe - Lonely Planet

How to travel in Europe - Lonely Planet | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:
Car

  • Budget: medium-high
  • Ideal time frame: 2-4 weeks.
  • So? Expensive flexibility.

Plane

  • Budget: low-high, depending on your booking nous 
  • Ideal time frame: 1-2 weeks.
  • So? Quick, but missing the point.

Train

  • Budget: medium-high
  • Ideal time frame: 2-4 weeks.
  • So? The scenic classic.

Bus

  • Budget: medium
  • Ideal time frame: 3-4 weeks.
  • So? Slow and steady.

Bike

  • Budget: low.
  • Ideal time frame: 1-3 months.
  • So? The best immersion.

Foot

  • Budget: low.
  • Ideal time frame: 3-12 months.
  • So? Epic – if you have the time.

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European Travel Skills: Packing Light

Packing light is essential for happy, hassle-free travel. Choose your luggage carefully — a carry-on sized convertible backpack/suitcase is the best bet for most travelers. As you pack, carefully scrutinize each item (clothing, electronics, toiletries, etc.) to see if it justifies hauling it around. The payoff is sweet mobility, freedom and a better trip. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visithttp://www.ricksteves.com.

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Why Sicily is “Italy” without Being Italian

Why Sicily is “Italy” without Being Italian | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
On our latest Sicily cycling tour, we saw many reasons why Sicily stands on its own in Italy. Learn what makes this region so special.
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The Griff Rhys Jones Guide to Venice

The Griff Rhys Jones Guide to Venice | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

It’s not just the crumbling palaces and the ridiculous churches (and, God knows, there are enough of those). It’s not just the punts laden with cement or cabbages, the ambulance boats, police boats and possibly even motorcycle-messenger boats. It’s not just the soggy steps, the arching bridges (more than 400 of them), the mysterious cracked doorways and the endless handbag shops. It’s the fact that all of this is crammed into such a small space. ...

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An ironic but accurate presentation of Venice for those who have even heard about it too much

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Italy’s 4 Best Food Towns by CittaSlow

Italy’s 4 Best Food Towns by CittaSlow | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italy is home to the Cittaslow movement which combines “Slow Food” with the art of leisurely good living. As delectable dining is one of the great joys of Italy, make time to discover at least one or two of the network’s 70 small towns.

Most Cittaslow communities come with historic treasures, but the big attraction is their strong sense of identity and spirit of place. To be accredited, they must have less than 50,000 inhabitants. With an emphasis on regional recipes, traditional agricultural practices and seasonal local produce, it’s an authentic taste of Italy guaranteed to make your tastebuds zing.  [...]

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  1. San Miniato (Tuscany region)
  2. Todi (Umbria region)
  3. Levanto (Liguria region)
  4. Termoli (Molise region)
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choi yu ri's curator insight, November 16, 2014 8:45 AM

Ital is already famous for its delicious traditional food and I have longed to visit there since  had heard about that. I really want to visit especially Levanto or Termoli as I love sea food.

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Hiking the Sentiero Azzurro: Cinque Terre, Italy

Hiking the Sentiero Azzurro: Cinque Terre, Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Along the mountain cliffs of the Italian Riviera’s Cinque Terre is a ribbon of trail aptly named the Azure Path that offers breath taking views of the coast, seaside towns, and countryside. [...]

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The Cinque Terre  is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. "The Five Lands" comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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An itinerary of the Amalfi Coast

An itinerary of the Amalfi Coast | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Perhaps one of Italy’s most memorable coastlines is often one of the least well explored. That is to say many travelers speak of the Amalfi coast, yet only end up exploring a simple section or seeing it from the vantage point of one town or a guided tour or even a ferry ride. The Amalfi coast in its entirety is something that can stun and impress at every twist and bend of its marvelous layout. [...]

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Dave Sumner at Dave Sumner.com's curator insight, May 3, 2014 1:52 AM

 

This article discusses the Amalfi Coast from the perspective of someone who rents a car. I have been to the Amalfi Coast several times and can highly recommend it as one of the most beautiful places on Earth. However, driving there is not for the faint of heart. If you are not familiar with Italian driving, road signs, or the language there are inherent challenges. Add to that the narrow, winding, and steep roads and the challenges go off the scale in my opinion.

 

Nevertheless, you should put places like Positano on your life list. My wife and I traveled the Amalfi Coast recently with a company named "Share-A-Shore Excursions" and had a wonderful experience (you can find them on the web). The vans were small (cozy), as were the groups, and someone else (who knew the roads and area) did the driving. Since then we have looked into returning and have found that it would be quite easy to fly into Naples and then take a combination of trains and buses, or hired drivers, back to Positano.

 

The views from high above Positano are breathtaking. The history of the area is unrivaled. The roads are excruciatingly terrifying for the non-native driver. Don't let that stop you. Book a small van or take the train as far as you can and then switch to a bus or taxi. After lingering in Positano I would highly recommend that you allow a day or so to linger on the beach and stroll the shops. The hills that you must walk are challenging so it will take you a day or two to stroll them without exerting yourself too much. And, this is not the place to rush - take your time and enjoy the once in a lifetime view. Cheers, Dave

 

Dave Sumner writes about the various networks that connect us, be they political, cyber, social, or transportation networks. He often writes about global events and world travel at his blog. You can read more at:

http://www.davesumner.com/blog.html

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Travel: 5 free things to do and see in Rome, Italy

Travel: 5 free things to do and see in Rome, Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
A list of worthwhile things to see and do in Rome that tourists may want to add to their itineraries, and the best part is that they won't cost a dime.
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  1. Glimpsing the Pope in St. Peter's square
  2. The Appian way: ancient Rome
  3. The Imperial Forums by night: a romantic stroll
  4. See three states in a keyhole
  5. Eur neighborhood
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European Travel Skills: Arrival in Europe

Upon arrival in Europe, getting settled and oriented is a snap. Your first stop should be a tourist information booth, where you can pick up a map and ask questions. Zip into town on the efficient local public transit system to reach your hotel. Conquer jet lag by staying active in the fresh air before going to bed at an early local bedtime.

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