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Slow down, shape up and take your time: traveling by bicycle can be a real treat and the best way to explore and get to know many areas of Italy. In the past few years all major cities and many …

A maritime town on the sunny shores of the Ionian Sea, Taranto is often overlooked by tourists who flock to more mainstream areas of Apulia, such as the Salento or Lecce. Still, Taranto, the third largest continental city in Southern …

Although fairly small, the town of Bolzano in Trentino Alto Adige, has a lot to offer: beautiful, quaint, bilingual and sophisticated, it brings together two very different lifestyles – the Mittel European and the Mediterranean, and often showcases to its …

Italy’s most beautiful villages: so many to chose from and all very different from each other.  After taking a virtual trip to six Northern Italian borghi last week, in this second installment we’ll visit six borghi located in Central Italy: …

Beautifully located on the northeast shore of Lake Como, the small town of Bellano strikes a chord with those who enjoy the picturesque charm of lake side villages. Although linked by ferry boat to famous towns like Bellagio, Cernobbio and …

An ancient Catalan town by the sea, Alghero is one of Sardinia’s hidden gems, far and different from the glitzy shores of Costa Smeralda. Rich of history and characterized by unique architecture and style, Alghero offers an incredible variety of …

Sunshine, calm waters, green landscapes and picture perfect towns: Lake Maggiore is a favorite destination for those who enjoy quiet holidays and historical sites. One of the highlights of the lake are the Isole Borromee, three stunning islands located right …

From North to South, from East to West, Italy is dotted with quaint little villages -some perched on hill and mountain sides, some overlooking lakes or on the seashore, some surrounded by the countryside- villages that are truly unique and …

Roman poet Caius Valerius Catullo once called it “the pearl of the islands and peninsulas” and, in the last 2000 years, many other, famous and less so, have fallen in love with this gem on Lake Garda: Sirmione, well known …

In this third and last installment of the “Italy’s most charming villages” series we visit six amazing small towns in Southern Italy and the Islands, villages that are unique and quaint in different ways and that are worth visiting to …