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  1. J

    Slow Masters Small-scale producers in Piemonte, Italy

    There are many good things to experience in this region of Italy. One of them is the abundance of small-scale producers of all sorts. Our emphasis when traveling there is generally on foods and gastronomy - there is some of the best food on the planet here - but it seems that the region is...
  2. G

    Campagna & Amalfi Coast Traveling Along the Amalfi Coast

    AMALFI COAST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast is one of the most visited areas of the country, not just by Italians but also by persons from all over the world. The area also has a very extended tourist season: from April (or Easter) to the end of October. Driving is...
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    Transportation Rome to Naples Train Choices

    I. THERE ARE NOW TWO RAIL COMPANIES BETWEEN ROME AND NAPLES The most significant change which has occurred in the past few years is that now there are two competing rail companies between Rome and Naples: Italian-state controlled TRENITALIA and privately-owned ITALO TRENO. Many people have...
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    Transportation Ferries to Sardinia

    A Few Introductory Observations 1. There are five "ports of call" on Sardinia which have passenger car ferry service from the Italian mainland: Porto Torres (useful for Sassari and Alghero), Golfo Aranci, Olbia (these two useful for the Costa Smeralda and La Maddalena Archipelago), Arbatax, and...
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    Transportation Milan Malpensa Airport to Venice

    One of the most common questions raised in travel forums is how to travel from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Venice quickly and cheaply. This posting addresses this issue. Since there is no direct transportation, I break the journey into its two constituent parts: MXP Airport to Milano...
  6. Ann R

    Tuscany Best Day in Chianti Classico Region

    Days in Florence are full and rich in art and history, but in this city of stone it is difficult to find the soothing color of green provided by plants and trees. After a week in Florence you may wish to rent a car and take off for the Chianti Classico Region. Only minutes out of the historic...
  7. Valerie

    Le Marche Ascoli Piceno Travel Guide

    Ascoli Piceno is a provincial capital in a pretty setting. Nestled at the foot of a few mountains which encompass two national parks, it has a picturesque valley location surrounded by hills, yet is just a short distance from the sea. Its medieval heart beats proudly and resonantly. View of...
  8. Valerie

    Rome The Roman Holiday Tour

    Movie: Roman Holiday, 1953 Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn Director: William Wyler Rent the movie and watch this charming classic film! Setting the Stage On a visit to Rome a few years ago, my husband Bryan and I spent a day strolling around the city finding the scenes used for the...
  9. Valerie

    Miscellaneous Doing the Beach in Italy

    The summer sun-worshipers arrive at Italy's beaches in search of a patch of sand, a splash in the surf, and loads of seafood, though the prime activity in these beach resorts is toasting oneself to a deep brown. Surrounded by coastline, the allure of the sea can prove irresistible. If your trip...
  10. Valerie

    Transportation Car Rental Locations in Rome

    Instead of picking up your rental car when you arrive at Rome Airport (FCO) after an overnight flight, consider spending a few nights in Rome and picking up your rental car in the city before you leave. This lets you avoid driving when jetlagged and many times your rental rate is lower when you...
  11. B

    Umbria The Umbrian Sagra Survival Guide

    If you really want to see how the Italians in rural Italy live, your best bet is to head to the nearest sagra. A sagra is a festival organized by a community, either an entire town or a smaller subdivision within a larger municipality, which almost always centers around a specific food or dish...
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    Umbria Umbria Music Festivals

    Umbria hosts over 20 music festivals each year, an astonishing number given this region's tiny size and population. Even more surprising, however, is the world-class quality of the music festival scene - belying the otherwise sleepy, provincial character of these bucolic rolling hills and...
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    Slow Masters Giuditta Brozzetti, weavers

    It pains me to admit it, but the times, they are a-changin’, even here in Umbria. When I arrived here in 1993, this is how you did your grocery shopping: You left your house early in the morning with a net bag, and first you headed to the outdoor market in the piazza where you picked up your...
  14. Madonna del Piatto

    Umbria One Day in Assisi

    Assisi is a small town in central Umbria about 20 minutes east of Perugia. In this article, Letizia, who lives in the countryside near Assisi, tells you how best to see Assisi in one day. The first sight of Assisi, perched halfway up the slopes of Mount Subasio is extraordinary. Virtually...
  15. Madonna del Piatto

    Puglia Puglia and Matera in 10 Days

    This travel note was written in 2005. We have updated it and checked all hotels and restaurants (February 2018). Puglia is a region in southern Italy, at the "heel" of the boot. Puglia is sometimes called "Apulia". We visited Puglia in the last half of January 2005. The region is very large and...
  16. Shannon

    Venice Venice Sestieri (Neighborhoods)

    This is a guide for visitors who plan to rent apartments in Venice. It points out what neighborhoods are like in terms of people and life and food shopping rather than major sights (though I have pointed some of those out too.) There are unique features in each location, and hopefully these...
  17. Cristina

    Northern Italy Recommended Restaurants and Wineries in Piemonte

    RESTAURANTS Cascinalenuovo Statale Asti Alba, 15 Isola d’Asti A one star Michelin restaurant with very personable chef/owner, Walter Ferretto. Is brother, Roberto, handles the front of the house. They are great friends and it is always a must for visitors from the states. Ristorante I Bologna...
  18. Sandrac

    Slow Masters Brozzetti Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano

    The National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia is so tightly packed with artistic treasures that, it has been said, if the gallery were located in so popular a city as Rome or Florence, it would be on every tour guide's Top 10 list. That said, it has one, huge gap. Strangely, the National Gallery...
  19. Valerie

    Basilicata Basilicata in a Nutshell

    TASTES The region’s most iconic foods – Bread. The bread is made with semola flour, often cooked in a wood oven. Crunchy on the outside, firm but tender on the inside and delectable, it’s what bread ought to be! Peperoni Cruschi. Long, thin sweet peppers that are dried in the sun then fried...
  20. GailS

    Venice Venice Transportation Options

    Each time I visit Venice I evaluate options for how to get from my arrival point to where I am staying. Depending on a number of factors (my arrival/departure points, where I am staying, how much I want to spend, what the weather will be like on travel days) I choose my method or combination of...
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