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The origins of ‘Italia’

There are several theories about the origins of the word Italia, but they all seem to point in the same direction. If you can stretch your linguistic skills a bit, you might see that there is a similarity between the … Continue reading

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Today’s Italy Travel Tip: Consider Travel Protection Insurance

Travel protection insurance is a good way to get some peace of mind when you book a villa in Italy.  This kind of policy can cover a number of unforeseen events that could prevent you from traveling, and can help … Continue reading

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Today’s Italy Travel Tip: Pick the Right Season

Italy is a joy to visit any time, but there can be certain advantages to choosing the time of year you go. The most popular time to visit is during July and August, the height of summer.   This is … Continue reading

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Today’s Italy Travel Tip: Italian Wine Classifications

When you buy a bottle of Italian wine, it will have a code on the label that indicates the class of wine that it is.  Here’s a quick summary: VdT – Vino da Tavola – This is the lowest and … Continue reading

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Today’s Italy Travel Tip: Get There by Fast Train

For getting around the countryside, there is nothing better than having a rental car.  But if you are going from one city to another, the train is the way to go. Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.com) is the site to check for schedules … Continue reading

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Today’s Italy Travel Tip: Have Some Fun Watching Italian TV

Recently, we were visiting the town of Gubbio in Umbria and came upon a production company making a TV series.  After asking a few questions, we learned that they were filming an episode of “Don Matteo”, a popular series on … Continue reading

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Today’s Italy Travel Tip: Check the Average Temps at Your Destination

It’s always helpful to know how warm or cool it will be at your Italy accommodation. To find the average temperatures for your travel dates: – Visit http://www.weather.com – Enter your destination city in the search box and select Search … Continue reading

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Sentiero degli Dei – The Path from Praiano to Positano

In Praiano, you can walk up the steps from the Portapenta apartments to the small piazza where the Hotel Margherita is located.  We weren’t staying there, but we found them to be really helpful for carryout pizza and giving us … Continue reading

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Eating Well in the Heart of Umbria

Umbria is a special place to us. We started our business with Umbria villas and have made some close friends there. We’ve gotten to know it well. Inevitably Umbria gets compared to its neighbor Tuscany, but that’s not even necessary … Continue reading

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The Cinque Terre Will Be Healed

It was just one month ago, on October 17th.  We took the short train trip from Manarola to Vernazza in the Cinque Terre.  It was a warm and sunny day and the main street of Vernazza was alive with visitors, … Continue reading

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