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Feast, Fireworks and a Million Lights: 72 Hours at Italy’s Notte delle Luci

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One of the coolest thing about modern travel is being able to fly thousands of miles in just hours. Take for instance our trip to Europe this summer. One moment we’re walking among giants in Amsterdam (the Dutch are among the tallest in the world), and the next we are sipping cappuccinos with a grey-haired singing barista in Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci (or, as it’s more commonly refereed to, Rome-Fiumicino Airport) killing time until our…

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Europe, Italy, Must Love Festivals, Puglia

8 Amazing…Things to Love About Puglia, Italy

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Whenever I get asked about my favorite places we’ve visited in our travels, Italy is always at the top of the list. I feel like its my second home–I get the people, I love the food, and the climate definitely suits my clothes. A lot of my love for the country also comes from meeting and developing a good friendship with Beth’s relatives in Lacedonia, a small hill town in southern Italy, where her nonnie…

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The Venice Apartment Guide Books Won’t Tell You About

A truly venetian bed in a Venice Flat in San Marco.

The magnificence of Venice smacks you in the face as soon as you step out of Santa Lucia railway station. The city’s magic lies in the fact that Venice feels like its floating, thanks to the wood pilings used to keep the infrastructure above water. These now-petrified pilings are set across 118 submerged islands, which are connected by hundreds of pedestrian bridges and boats canals, making Venice one of the best walking cities in the…

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Going to Italy this Spring? Then Check Out These 3 Cities

Tuscany Vineyard in Spring.

There are only 47 days until spring and I couldn’t be happier about that. It’s been a cold winter. Heck, it’s even cold right now in Florida, where we’re at the moment with Beth’s parents. So my thoughts have turned to the spring, and inevitably to Italy. Last year, we had a chance to visit Italy in April and May, and it was fantastic; spring accents, pleasant weather and hardly any crowds made our travels…

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3 Tuscan Hill Towns to Add to Your Bucket List

Chianciano Vecchia a hill town in central Italy.

We’ve been extremely fortunate to travel all through Italy. Beth and I love the country. We get it. We get the people. We get the food. And most of all we get the passion. Beth still has family there, most of whom still live in Lacedonia—a small hill town in Southern Italy where her grandparents lived before coming to the United States. During our first trip to Italy in 2010, we spent a weekend in…

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Heart of Viscid Darkness: Our Guide to Buying Balsamic Vinegar

Traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena.

Things came full circle for me in Modena, Italy, this year. I finally caught the syrupy dragon I had been chasing for years. In the early days of our blog, we took an incredible food tour in Boston led by Chef Jim Becker. It was during that stroll through the city’s North End (Little Italy) that I tasted traditional balsamic vinegar for the first time. Its flavorful complexity gripped me on that spring afternoon and…

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The Florence Apartment Guide Books Won’t Tell You About

A modern apartment in Florence, Italy.

  We love markets. We love apartments. We love Florence. Our last trip to the Renaissance city only confirmed these things further. Homemade lunches gave way to exploration. Cheap vino sunsets slunk into after hour kebabs. With only 72 hours in the city, we were bent on showing Beth’s cousin Billy the proverbial “heart of Saturday night,” all beginning and ending with our GowithOh Florence apartment. Once the soul of Europe’s cultural and intellectual scene,…

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