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    Mysteries Of Matera: Italy’s Stone-Age City Of Caves

    Exploring the Cave City of Matera Matera, Italy The town of Matera, Italy has a long and fascinating history. And I mean . It is one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world, estimated to be settled in the 10th millennium BC (that’s about 10,000 years ago!). And sporadically settled for … So […] More

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    20 Magical Photos From Venice Carnival (When Masks Were Fun!)

    Photos from the Carnival of Venice Venice, Italy Typically, people wear masks during Venice Carnival to celebrate an annual tradition of lavish parties and parades in the ancient Italian city of Venice. Italy’s Carnevale di Venezia would have started this week, if it weren’t for the devastating worldwide pandemic. Last year, Carnival was canceled after […] More

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    Where To Stay In Venice: Best Neighborhoods & Hotels

    Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy Venice, Italy Plan your Italy trip with my advice for where to stay in Venice! Learn which neighborhoods, hotels, and hostel options are good depending on your budget & goals. Italy is certainly one of the most romantic and historic travel destinations there is. And perhaps no Italian […] More

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    Getting Lost On Burano: Italy’s Rainbow Island

    Tips For Visiting Burano Island near Venice Burano, Italy Hidden away just 40 minutes North of Venice Italy is the small fishing island of Burano, with houses painted in bright colors like a beautiful rainbow. A magical place to explore! While traveling through Venice last year, Anna and I decided to take a public water-taxi […] More

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    Tips For Renting A Gondola In Venice (Plus Some History)

    How to Rent a Gondola in Venice Venice, Italy Evocative of the beauty and romance of Venice’s waterways, riding a traditional Venice gondola is sure to be on most people’s bucket list. Here are tips to have a great time! With a rich history spanning as far back as the 11th century, the gondolas of […] More

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    30 Best Things To Do In Venice (Italy’s Floating City)

    Best Things to Do In Venice, Italy Venice, Italy Venice feels like it shouldn’t exist. Beautiful floating palaces of stone surrounded by a network of canals. Here are some of the best things to do in Venice for your first visit! Venice is one of the most popular Italian cities for tourists, even with all […] More

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    Hiking The Tre Cime Di Lavaredo Loop (Italian Dolomites)

    My Hiking Guide to Tre Cime di Lavaredo! South Tyrol, Italy Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks) is a famously beautiful and pretty easy alpine day hiking loop in the Italian Dolomites that winds through jagged limestone mountains. The Dolomites are a range of mountains in the Italian Alps covered with hundreds of hiking trails, […] More