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Three Unusual Activities Within Two Hours of Venice

Veneto (Italy’s 8th largest region) is well-known for its history, landscapes, beautiful cities and towns, and also for the Prosecco hills in the Valdobbiadene area, which recently became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This area is located at the bottom of the Dolomites Alps and offers great views, … Read More

The Best Pizza Al Taglio in Rome

So, you’re planning your Italian vacation, and looking forward to experiencing Rome. You’re getting ready, reading everything you can about how to get to the Colosseum, what to see in the Vatican Museums, how to toss the coin in the Trevi Fountain, and what specialties you want to dine on … Read More

Italian Film, from the Piave to Basilicata

From masterpieces of the Western canon to lowbrow comedies to meditations on power, Italian classics run the gamut emotionally. Geographically, they’re no less varied, set from the alpine Piave River to Basilicata in the south. We asked our Italian staff for films that help explain their beloved homeland, and got … Read More

The Best Wineries of Veneto & Friuli

Italy’s famous wine regions, like Tuscany and Piemonte, are mostly known for their red wines. In fact, some of the country’s best whites come from two regions that aren’t so synonymous with wine, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. As I’m from the Venice area myself, and keen on wine and visiting wineries, … Read More

Roaming Rome, Off The Beaten Path

We firmly believe that Rome isn’t a city you only visit once. Sure the first time you go you might want to hit the highlights: the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Sistine Chapel, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Maybe even the under-appreciated Pantheon. But Rome’s a city you … Read More

Venice, Italy - 01/04/2017: Gondola yard Squero di San Trovaso on sunny day

Venice’s Secret Spots

We are often asked about special places that only locals tend to know. This is especially true in some of our most famous destinations. As an example of the hidden spaces that our local staff know and love, here are some of Venice’s secret spots. Ponte Chiodo Mercifully far less … Read More

Zagreb's Croatian National Theater

Keep Your Heart Rate Up: Our Favorite Jogging Spots (Part II)

From stately villas and their parks in Rome to Croatian seaside promenades and parks littered with ponds and monuments in Ljubljana and Tirana, we asked our staff in Italy and along the Adriatic for their favorite jogging spots, which we present to you here. For our favorite places to go … Read More

Venetian view

Six Scenic Venetian Views

Venice is infamous for its crowds, which make getting the perfect shot difficult. So rise up and enjoy views of the city unencumbered by large tour groups and influencers taking selfies. Or wander to some lesser known areas popular with locals for their atmosphere and views. Fondaco dei Tedeschi Founded … Read More

Nine Memorable Party Spots

One reason we love East and Central Europe so much is its sheer diversity. In even a smaller city you can find endless options to party. Here are favorites we’ve encountered in our travels, or like to frequent and take our guests to.

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