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Learning a second language can be hard, even if said second language is that of our ancestors: when it comes to speaking fluent and flawless Italian, we all would love to, but sometimes –often!– taking regular classes can be a …

The end of summer can be sort of bittersweet and the arrival of the cooler months may not always be welcome. Yet, fall has a lot to offer, especially when traveling through Italy: October and November are two months filled …

A territorial dispute between Italy and Yugoslavia after World War II, two twin towns that are joined by a trans-border metropolitan zone, two languages, two countries, but many traditions that will forever link them: Gorizia (Italy) and Nova Gorica (Slovenia) …

There’s something enticing and quintessentially romantic about train travel: watching the landscape changing before one’s eyes, crossing remote areas, having time to relax and unwind and take in the views are just some of the reasons why many enthusiasts consider …

Efficient, fast paced and cosmopolitan, Milan is often misunderstood and underrated by tourists, who usually prefer to visit Rome, Florence and Venice. The stunning Duomo with its unique shape and look, and the Navigli, the city’s canals built by Leonardo …

Sure, Spring and Summer are the two most popular season with travelers that chose to spend time in Italy, but traveling during shoulder season can have some advantages too. Most fair and festivals, especially those geared towards a local crowd, …

Long gone are the days when a vacation in touch with nature meant sleeping in a tent and cooking by the fire. Not that there is anything wrong with old school camping, but in the past few years demand has …

After a quite disastrous 2014, a time when most wine producers in Italy lamented very poor harvests due to the inclement weather, it seems like 2015 will be the complete opposite: thanks to perfect weather conditions and high temperatures, the …

The average American commuter spends more than 50 hours a year stuck in traffic and the situation is even worse in cities such as D.C., L.A., San Francisco and New York. So why not considering a vacation that doesn’t involve …

When it comes to holiday sweets, each region in Italy has its specialty, from cakes to torrone, from panettone to nougat. And although nowadays most of this sweet treats can be bought in supermarkets and grocery stores, most Italians still …