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What to Eat in Puglia


Flavors from Italy’s Breadbasket

Often referred to as the breadbasket of Italy, Puglia is where 80 percent of Europe’s pasta originates. This fertile region, situated in the southern ‘heel of the boot,’ is the source of much of the country’s produce as well as a large amount of its fish supply. In addition, the area produces more olive oil than all the other regions of Italy combined and more wine than the entire country of Germany. With so much flavor abounding here, eating is more than just a casual affair -- it’s a treat to be savored and an indulgence best approached with gusto. Here are some of the top foods to eat when you travel to Puglia:

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Topics: Italy

Small Wonders


Boutique Hotels in Sicily

Big doesn’t always mean better. On Italy’s island of Sicily, boutique hotels are proving that good things often come in small packages.

Boutique hotels are intimate properties of between 10-100 rooms -- small enough to provide guests with the comforts of home while still offering all the perks today’s sophisticated travelers have come to expect. These luxury properties frequently have a greater staff-to-guest ratio than their large-scale counterparts, making hospitality and service among the top selling points of this type of stay. Individualized attention, beautifully-appointed guest rooms, and a commitment to capturing the essence of their surroundings are just some of the reasons these small hotels are making a big impact.

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Topics: Italy, Sicily

The Italy of the Past


Puglia: A Slow-Travel Must

As one of 2015’s top travel destinations, Italy is without a doubt one of the world’s best places to visit. But for savvy world travelers, it can also be chock-full of tourists clambering for their space at the papal audience or their souvenir Bellini at Harry’s Bar. That’s why many in the know are looking further afield for more authentic Italian experiences -- small-group encounters in quaint villages where life is blissfully slow and behind the times, in the very best sense.

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Topics: Italy

Sicily's Fiery Furnace: Mt. Etna


Planning a visit to Mt. Etna

Mt. Etna got its name from the Phoenician word for chimney. This smoldering furnace towers 11,000 feet above the eastern coastline of Sicily and is Europe’s largest live volcano and one of the planet’s most active. The peak of Etna is a series of pock marks created by craters that constantly reshape the landscape with every new eruption. If you’re looking for things to do in Sicily, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a great day trip for everyone from adventure travelers to Italy to nature enthusiasts. Here are our tips for planning a visit to Mt. Etna:

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Topics: Italy

Best Ways to Use Balsamic Vinegar


"Italian Nectar"

Traditional balsamic vinegar, or aceto balsamico in Italian, comes from the small city of Modena located in between Parma and Bologna. While it has been treasured in Italy for centuries, it’s only now having its heyday in other parts of the world. You can sample the original in restaurants and home kitchens throughout the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. In fact, a favorite excursion of travelers and luxury tour groups to Italy is a visit to one of the area’s acetaia where guests can explore the old world facilities where the vinegar is made and aged. For some ideas of how to best savor this treasure of Modena, here are our top 10 ways to use balsamic vinegar:

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Topics: Italy

Free Things to Do in Bologna, Italy


The Best City for a Stroll

One of the best things to do in Italy is also free. The passeggiata, or evening stroll, is the quintessential Italian experience and nowhere is it more revered than in Bologna. Virtually every evening, and especially on Sunday, the entire city seems to take to the streets. Thanks to a culture that enjoys the slower things in life and miles and miles of shade, this nightly ritual has as much to do with exercise, socializing, and architecture as it does with history.

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Topics: Italy

Italy’s Ghost Town: Craco


Why should you visit one of the world’s top 10 abandoned cities?

Abandoned and almost apocalyptic, the Italian town of Craco has long been fodder for filmmakers, travelers and theorists. Like the former gold rush towns of California and the cities surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site is an eerie reminder of what remains after large-scale population loss and begs the question of just how a place can go from a flourishing settlement to a ghost town.

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Topics: Italy

7 Wonders of the World in Travcoa Style


Explore These Unique Travel Destinations in Luxury

In 2007, travelers across the planet voted to declare a "new" Seven Wonders of the World. The list represents the pinnacle of human achievement and aims to showcase our diverse global heritage. But by no means is this list of seven exhaustive. There are a host of other treasures, perhaps not as familiar, that may not have made the list but certainly are worthy of wonder from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia to the Potala Palace in Tibet. Following is the list that our world has selected as being most worthy of our wonder. 

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Topics: India, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Jordan

Italy's Art & Architecture By Region


Italian Diversity on Display

With some 21 separate regions featuring their own distinct cultural influences and myriad sites hosting important works of art and architecture, cuisine and wine, it’s no wonder Italy is one of the world’s best-loved travel destinations. Know for it's love of la dolce vita, Italy offers a great deal to those visitors who wish to push for a little more out of their travel experience. Every region of Italy offers both well-known attractions, as well as off-the-beaten-path surprises. Here are a few of our favorite tidbits:

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Italy's Il Dolce Vita: Journey to the Sweet Life


Every Region Has A Specialty on Offer

For those who love art, architecture, history, fine cuisine, good wine, cutting-edge design, sybaritic pleasures or simply the art of il dolce vita (the sweet life), Italy offers more than any other single country on Earth. In fact, the region of Tuscany alone is home to more artistic treasures than the entire country of Spain, which ranks as the second country in the world for cultural heritage.

With such an enormous amount of to do and see in nearly every region of the country, a flexible travel itinerary can truly make an enormous difference with any journey to Italy.

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Topics: Italy