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Off the beaten path in Florence

Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Florence is a must-see city when traveling to Italy with its iconic art, beautiful architecture and cathedrals, and impressive history. The birthplace of the Renaissance is a city you can return to time and time again and still feel inspired to explore it further. While there are many popular things to do in Florence, there

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Halloween traditions around the world

jack-o-lanterns

Happy Halloween, witches! Did you know that we Americans spend about two and a half billion dollars on candy for this spooky holiday and another three billion on costumes? At least according to the National Retail Federation we do.  From visiting our neighbors yelling “trick or treat” to get some candy (I see you, people

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24 hours in Rome

Colosseum in Rome

The Eternal City, or the city we can return to for eternity. Seriously, there’s never a bad time or bad reason to visit Rome. Even if you only have a day to explore it! There are so many things to do in Rome and with being able to walk between major sights or hopping on

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Best photography locations in Venice

Venice, Italy

Love taking Insta-worthy pictures as you travel? Well get ready for a real treat when you visit Venice! I couldn’t stop taking pictures of all the canals, stunning Italian architecture, and lively action in the piazza and out on the water. There are many fantastic Venice photography locations scattered throughout this labyrinth-like city, but some

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Free things to do in Venice

Venice, Italy

There’s no city quite as enchanting (and overcrowded) as Venice, but it’s worth battling the people to see this iconic Italian city. It’s almost magical in a sense, as you wander across the bridges over the canals, relax with your grande amore on a romantic gondola ride complete with sipping some chilled prosecco, and indulge

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24 hours in Verona

Verona, Italy

Only have a day to spend in the romantic city of Verona? No problem! This Italian city is known as the setting for Romeo & Juliet and offers plenty of charm on its own outside of the two star-crossed lovers. From beautiful Italian architecture to hidden alleys with fantastic restaurants and gelaterias, there’s plenty to

Food and Drink

What to eat and drink in Florence

Ponte Vecchio in Florence

It shouldn’t be a surprise that you’ll be dining well when you visit Italy, but if you’re off to Florence and want to dig into something traditional and local, you’re in for a real treat! With the rich soil of the rolling hills in the Tuscan countryside, it’s easy to see why Florentine food is

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A two-day Rome itinerary

I know it seems impossible to see the Eternal City in just two days but if the opportunity comes along to visit Rome, even just for two days, you take it! Rick and I certainly did with our most recent trip to Europe and it was worth the long days to explore this amazing city.

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Best gelato in Florence

It seems impossible to imagine strolling the streets of Florence without a gelato in hand! Especially after a delicious meal of bistecca fiorentina paired with a lovely chianti. While Florence is home to classic art, a Renaissance culture, and stunning architecture, it’s also home to some wonderful gelaterie as well. It’s possible I’ve tried every