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June 2015

Don’t Just Drive Through Tuscany – Secrets from our experience

If it’s a trip to Italy that’s on your mind, a drive through Tuscany probably ranks pretty high on the list of things you want to do. And sure enough, when we were planning our trip, we were both very sure we wanted to drive through the little hills and villages we’d seen during our research. We later discovered that there’s little that actually matches the experience of discovering these magical hill

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Top 10 Things to do in Florence

It’s tough picking the top 10 things to do in Florence, Italy. There’s so much to do and see/ feel/ experience/ taste, that a short stay in our favourite Italian city can be overwhelming and leave you feeling disappointed. The thing about Florence is, underneath its sophisticated modern-day veneer lies a medieval town full of secrets and a Renaissance epicentre brimming with beauty. Peeling back these layers takes time, and

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The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour by City Wonders, Rome

Driving around Rome, we got a sense of the ancient city that was once the centre of the civilised world almost immediately. Ruins lie exposed within archeological excavations almost everywhere. But the nowhere comes as close as the Roman Forum. This was literally the centre of the centre. The business, political and religious district. The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour Via Sacra, Arch of Titus and Temple of Jupiter To get

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The Most Magical Hill Towns in Tuscany

Tuscany. Cypress trees lining winding driveways that ascend mossy velvet slopes leading to sumptuous wine cellars, where you can sip the wine as you look out on the vineyard it came from. If that’s the only picture you have of Tuscany, you’re in for a surprise! Embedded across the region’s hilly landscape, you’ll find delightful towns that still revel in their medieval splendour. Car-free zones, steep and narrow cobbled lanes, red

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5 Must See Piazzas in Rome

There’s something wonderfully magical about the outdoors in Italy. No wonder then, that each evening brings out the crowds, all dressed up to see and be seen in squares across town. Historically, in Rome it was the forums where people came out to discuss religion, politics and economy but today these squares called Piazzas cater to a more fun environment – hanging out, eating gelato, watching buskers do their thing

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The best souvenirs from Tuscany

Wondering what to bring back from Italy? They don’t call life there La Dolce Vita for nothing, for when it comes to bringing back a piece of it, Tuscany offers up a whole collection of souvenirs, and like us, you’re going to be spoilt for choice. Thankfully, we’ve trawled a whole lot of shops and boutiques, to find the best souvenirs from Tuscany! 1. Alcohol The Wines. We absolutely love

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Guest Post – Cinque Terre, Rio Maggiore, Italy

Riomaggiore is one of five small towns and communes in the Cinque Terre National Park area of northwest Italy’s Ligura region. Despite its French name referring to the ‘five lands’, Cinque Terre is as Italian as pasta and is one of Italy’s most beautiful locations. Riomaggiore, dating from the 13th century, is known for its pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. Nestled between rugged cliffs and the seashore, it’s also well-known for

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St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City – The Greatest Church in the World

St. Peter’s Basilica. The very centre of religion for Roman Catholics around the world. Charles comes from a very Catholic family. So this was in a way a big, big deal. All the things he’d heard and read about over the years, would finally be before him. I, of course, couldn’t wait for my exclusive guided tour (this is one of the many topics about which Charles knows far more than

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Helium – Now you can be a travel blogger!

This one’s specially for you dear readers! We love how you guys respond when we ask questions, especially when it’s for recommendations to someplace we haven’t been before. As travel bloggers, we’re so glad it isn’t a one-way conversation, and why should it be, when you guys as travellers have this wealth of information to share from your own experiences! Now we know it isn’t possible for everyone to up

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