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Milan the Capital of the Western Roman Empire

Milan is the second-most populated city in Italy, located near Lake Garda. The capital of the Western Roman Empire in previous centuries, the city had an artistic boom during the Italian Renaissance and is now one of four fashion capitals in the world. Since a day trip to Milan from Lake Garda is not far…


Beyond Bubbly: Things to Do in Champagne

When you consider the best places to visit for vino fans, Tuscany, Italy often comes to mind. And likely, Burgundy, France. Or even the North Island of New Zealand and Napa, California. But a hidden gem — and rarely discussed — is Reims and Epernay, France. These two cities are the home of champagne and…


Parisian Phrases: Language Tips for Travelers to Paris

When planning a trip to Paris, there’s a million things to put on the to-do list. But well before worrying about daily plans or the packing list, it’s important to take time to learn helpful French phrases to ensure that you can get around the City of Light with as little trouble as possible. While…


Verona, Italy: Top Stops to Visit

Verona is an Italian city just 30 minutes outside of Lake Garda. It’s easy to see in a day and accessible by train. Founded by the Roman Empire on the banks of the Adige River in 89 C.E., the town flourished under Roman rule until the collapse of the empire in 476 A.D. Verona is…

Grand Canal in Venice, with Santa Maria della Salute Basilica in the background

Venice is a Must-See in Italy: How to Spend a Day There

Venice is a city situated on a lagoon in northeastern Italy. Known as the “Queen of the Adriatic,” Venice uses a canal-based transportation system, and as such, gondola boats have come to represent the inescapable romance of the city. Whether you’re a foodie, photographer, history or architecture buff, Venice is a must-see in Italy. If…

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Sicily: Explore Off-the-Beaten-Path in Italy

Sicily is the largest Italian island, located just off the tip of Italy’s boot. Made famous by the classic 1972 Sicilian mafia movie, The Godfather, the island of Sicily has so much more to offer than fascinating mafia stories. Its idyllic seasides and verdant landscape offer the opportunity for visitors to explore the complex history,…

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The Magical Manna Ash Trees of Sicily

“If someone should spend just one day in Sicily and ask; What should I visit? I would answer without hesitating… Taormina… This small village is only a landscape, yet a landscape where you can find everything to seduce your eyes, your spirit, your imagination.” ~ Guy de Maupassant, French writer, on Taormina The largest island…


The History of Champagne: How it Changed the Wine World

The concept of popping open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate new beginnings, toast to loved ones, or cheers to making it through the week seems as old as time. And, if you dive into the history of Champagne, it pretty much is. While this celebration-worthy sparkling wine has been modernized to feet today’s top…


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