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Italy in the Rain

It’s not always sunny in Italy. We asked our local staff in Rome and Venice for some suggestions for things to do when it rains in Italy’s top 3 destinations: Rome, Florence & Venice

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Florentine Vistas: Florence’s Best Views

Florence is an undeniably scenic city, but the best way to get oriented is to find a good view. We asked local staff and guides for some favorite vistas. Below you’ll find a variety of places for photos and plotting, from rooftop bars to historic towers and gardens. SE·STO on … Read More

The Best Spa Towns in Central and Eastern Europe

Some very relaxing news for visitors to Central and Eastern Europe: a new international project has united the best spa towns in Central and Eastern Europe in an effort to earn UNESCO recognition. The Great Spas of Europe project is the result of eight years of collaboration between the Czech … Read More

The A-Z of Driving in Italy

After six months living in Italy and traveling from the top to the bottom and back again, I think I can safely say I’ve seen it all when it comes to the Italian way of driving. Italy’s North – South Divide First of all, it’s fair to say that the … Read More

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Explore Italy on Two Wheels: Rent a Vespa

Stylish, practical, innovative, classic… descriptions of the Vespa, the iconic Italian scooter, are endless. These vehicles aren’t just nice to look at, they’re also a very unique way to explore Italy. You can rent a Vespa in many cities. Doing so just might be the highlight of your holiday in … Read More

Exploring the Cinque Terre in Style

We’ve organized small group gourmet and culture tours throughout Italy for several years, but only since last year have we begun to offer guests classic JayWay style tours here. Once you get outside the larger cities like Rome, Venice and Florence (which are wonderful in their own right), there are many … Read More

Visiting San Gimignano in Tuscany

In the heart of Tuscany, the hilltop village of San Gimignano is one of our favorite day trips from Florence or anywhere in Tuscany. This charming little hilltop hamlet not only has some of the best-preserved architecture in the region, with churches and signature towers rising from the rural landscape, … Read More

The Uffizi Florence

The Accademia and the Uffizi: Florence’s Finest Museums

Every city in Italy feels like an open-air museum, and Florence in particular has much to offer in the way of breathtaking buildings and atmospheric plazas. But the concentration of wealth here during the Renaissance means that there are several museums with outstanding collections of art—some of the most famous … Read More

Da Vinci's Florence

Discovering Da Vinci’s Florence

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), renaissance man and genius inventor, may have spent most of his life in the halls of Milanese palaces, but he hailed from just outside of Florence, a place still famous for its sublime art and architecture. You’d have to go out of your way not to spend … Read More

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