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Visiting San Gimignano in Tuscany

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, it has an interesting history

The Accademia and the Uffizi: Florence’s Finest Museums

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 masterpieces in the world, to

Visiting Venice’s San Michele Cemetery

Visiting Venice’s San Michele Cemetery

Venice is a city of wonder, where something magical and unexpected seems to be hiding around every corner. But many visitors miss one of the most unique things to see here. Venice’s San Michele Cemetery is located on the Island of San Michele, just a short vaporetto ride from the heart of the city. The final resting place of many

Discovering 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 some time admiring Florence’s famous artwork when

Where to Find the Legendary Lipizzan Horses

Where to Find the Legendary Lipizzan Horses

Even if you’ve never heard of Lipizzan horses, you probably know what they look like. These beautiful white horses are practically the stuff of legend. The breed dates back to the 16th century, when they were intended for the Hapsburg royal family. A village in modern-day Slovenia, Lipica, or Lipizza in Italian, provided the name. While both

The Best Oft-Overlooked Museums in Rome

The Best Oft-Overlooked Museums in Rome

When you’re strolling through the streets of Rome, it can sometimes feel like the whole city is one big museum. But the best museums in Rome aren’t all on the well-trod tourist paths. With astonishing collections of art housed in remarkable masterpieces of architecture, from 16th century palaces to unapologetically modern designs, these five museums are

Lake Iseo: A Gem Of Northern Italy

Lake Iseo: A Gem Of Northern Italy

It’s no secret that we love Italy. That’s why we’ve created tailored holidays in Venice as well as our splendid Gourmet Tours. But even seasoned visitors to this land of fun, fine dining and fantastic scenery might not be aware of one of the gems of northern Italy, Lake Iseo. Located about an hour from

Traveling between Venice and Marco Polo Airport

Traveling between Venice and Marco Polo Airport

The geography of Venice, a collection of islands in a shallow lagoon threaded with narrow canals and split down the middle by the Grand Canal, doesn’t always make for a simple, low-cost journey from airport to hotel. Road vehicles can cross the long bridge that connects Venice to the shore and can get as far as

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