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The views of the Tuscan countryside from the main square

A peek into village life in Tuscany

  Civitella Marittima is a quaint village, perched on the top of a hill with grand views over the Tuscan countryside as we know it: gentle rolling hills, row upon row of vines, stately villas and the quintessential cypress trees. This centuries-old village, located just off the main highway that links Siena and Grosseto, is […]

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The colours of Camogli

Camogli is a fishing village at the foot of the Monte di Portofino (Portofino Mountain) in the heart of the Italian Riviera. Located about a 2.5-hour drive from Milan and a short distance away from Genoa, Camogli is a favourite weekend getaway for many Italians in this part of the country. Hemmed in by the […]

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Picture perfect Portofino

Portofino is a colourful seaside village on the Riviera Levante, located about a 2.5 hour drive from Milan. Tucked in between the surrounding hills and a gorgeous little harbour, the village, with its brightly-coloured houses and quaint alleys is absolutely picture perfect. Probably because of its relative seclusion and its incredible beauty, Portofino has been […]

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Back to my love

My love affair with Italy began in the early 1990’s. I think it started the moment I had my first meal at a cozy trattoria in Florence. The food was absolutely divine. Simple, fresh and cooked with a passion that was almost tangible. There are so many reasons to love Italy: its food, wines, language, […]

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A day trip to Capri

Capri is a rocky island situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Naples. I visited the island on a day-trip from Positano on the Amalfi Coast and it was truly memorable. It’s really easy to get to Capri from Positano. Ferries ply between these two tourist hotspots several times a day and it takes […]

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Mt. Vesuvius near Naples, Italy, seen from the air. This volcano is famous for its eruption that destroyed the ancient city of Pompeii.

Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Mt. Vesuvius

Mt. Vesuvius, near Naples, Italy, from the air. Read the accompanying post: ‘Plane Views: Mt. Vesuvius‘ See other Velvet moments: Murals of Valparaiso, Chile Floating villages, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Zanzibar, Tanzania Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile Pompeii, Italy Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Iguazu Falls, […]

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Places that inspire: Rome

A guest post by Annemarie a.k.a. @TravelingAnna Rome It isn’t difficult to become inspired by Italy. From the beautiful people, amazing food, and fantastic architecture, it’s a rare person who isn’t charmed. However, my trip, 26 years in the making, brought tears to be eyes for a different reason. To me, my Rome getaway meant […]

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Enchanting spots: Palazzo Ducale Mantua, Italy

This post is an excerpt from the book “100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go” by Susan Van Allen. The book is filled with gorgeous descriptions of some of the most enchanting spots in Italy as well as lively anecdotes and fascinating historical insights. The chapters are arranged according to themes, such as Gardens, […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Pompeii

An erotic fresco in Pompeii, Italy. Read the accompanying post: The Faces of Pompeii. See other Velvet moments: Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina Valle de la Luna, Chile Positano, Italy Buenos Aires, Argentina Seminyak, Indonesia Lang Tengah island, Malaysia Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Positano

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy. Read the accompanying posts: Breathtaking Positano and A Glorious Day at Adolfo’s. See other Velvet moments: Buenos Aires, Argentina Seminyak, Indonesia Lang Tengah island, Malaysia Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina The Great Ocean Road, Australia Angkor Wat, Cambodia Laguna Chaxa, Chile

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