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February is a damp month in Italy. But on the plus side, I was able to avoid rubbing shoulders against other fellow tourists and saw the quiet (or true) side of the country. I spent three days in Rome and then headed South to join AFAR x Nikon World in Focus Photography Expedition. Besides the rich history and culture, heavenly food and wine, the unpredictable weather gave us a rare chance to witness the many different sides of Italy.
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Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
The best time to visit Vatican Museums is in the morning. Book your tickets online for the 8:30 AM slot to enjoy some quiet and quality time with some of the world’s best masterpieces. Complete your visit with a grand exit through the modern...
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Trastevere, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
This charming and picturesque medieval neighborhood is one of my favorite in Rome. It is perfect for a weekend lunch followed up by an afternoon stroll. The Gianicolo Hill above the botanic garden is worth the 15-minute climb for some of the best...
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Via della Croce, 25/26, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
If you happen to be nearby the Spanish Steps, take a break from your shopping spree at Venchi for some freshly made gelato. Besides the classic Chocolate, Hazelnut and Pistachio flavors, try a new flavor or two such as Coconut or Mango – both...
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Via Tor de' Conti, 3, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Located in the historic center of Rome between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, Nerva Boutique Hotel hides in a quaint cobbled street behind the Imperial Forum, making one feel that Rome is as much a village as a metropolis. The room is...
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70011 Alberobello, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
This old town was exceptionally quiet after three days of snow. We arrived in Alberobello in the afternoon and climbed to a terrace where we could look out over the town. Hundreds of Trulli huts, among which a few were dated back to 14th century,...
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Chiaia, Napoli NA, Italy
Overlooked by the majority of U.S. travelers, Naples is the place to get a true taste of Italy, from pizza to the hustling markets, to the spectacular coastal views. Head to Rontada Diaz on Via Francesco Caracciolo in Chiaia to see the back side...
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75100 Matera, Province of Matera, Italy
It was known as “a national disgrace” of Italy but now this historical city is becoming a hidden gem to visit in Europe in 2018. Carlo Levi’s book Christ Stopped at Eboli shed light on the desperate conditions people were living in the limestone...
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73100 Lecce, Province of Lecce, Italy
Known as the "Florence of the South" and "City of Baroque", Lecce is no doubt the most beautiful city in the South in my heart. When Lecce residents enjoy their siesta or snoozing hours from 2-5PM, it is the perfect time to take a stroll and get...
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73100 Lecce, Province of Lecce, Italy
Hidden in the many small alleys in Lecce, Arte dei Sapori has the best Sea Urchin pasta I’ve ever had - fresh, light, with a magical kiss from the sea. Dressed in citrus, basil and olive oil, the Swordfish Carpaccio melted in my mouth. Finish your...
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70044 Polignano a Mare, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
Poligano is the birthplace of the renowned singer Domenico Modugno, who became famous for his song Nel blu dipinto di blu (“In the Sky, Painted Blue”) - the perfect song to describe one’s mood when visiting Poligano a Mare. Blue...