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In the 10-mile drive from Positano to Amalfi, the celebrated corniche known as the Amalfi Coast Drive clings to rugged cliffsides and weaves tortuously in and out of gorges, passing lemon and olive groves, whitewashed villages and bursts of purple...
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53045 Montepulciano, Province of Siena, Italy
Montepulciano is a charming hill town in Tuscany. Walk the streets to get a feel for its appeal. On the outskirts of town visit San Biagio, a 16th-century church. This late-Renaissance building was constructed on the site of a pre-existing...
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Strada regionale 222 Chiantigiana, Italy
Iconic Tuscan landscapes all reside along this beautiful road, which goes from Siena to Florence. You will see signs for it from most towns in Tuscany, even ones more south of Siena. We started our roadtrip that day from Cortona (also worth a...
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02041 Casperia RI, Italy
Some ten minutes’ drive from Capena, across the River Tiber, lies the start of La Sabina – the Sabine Hills region. The hills themselves can be seen as you drive down the hill towards the Tiberina. Many of the unsung towns and villages in the...
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Via Lamole, 6, 50022 Greve in Chianti FI, Italy
If I had a choice, this is where I would have my final meal. The scenic drive past houses and wineries should not be missed, so be sure to arrive by daylight then.....the terrace view! We had dinner here but, if you have a trek back to your hotel...
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84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
In its ten miles from Positano to Amalfi, the celebrated corniche road known as the Amalfi Coast Drive clings to rugged cliffsides, weaving torturously in and out and up and down gorges, through lemon groves and olives, past whitewashed villages...
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Via della Rocca, 06081 Assisi PG, Italy
Around this time last year I made a trip to Assisi that still stands out as one of the best days of my seven months in Italy. It was a beautiful fall day in Assisi and my friends and I filled it by visiting the town's major churches, watching...
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Greve in Chianti, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
One of our favorite drives during our May trip to Italy was through the Chianti region in Tuscany, like this road outside Greve. It doesn't take that long to drive through the region - we did it in an afternoon and evening, stopping for an amazing...
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Corso il Rossellino, 16, 53026 Pienza SI, Italy
The town of Pienza in beautiful Tuscany is a must-see on any trip to the region. The drive to Pienza winds you through the famed Val d'Orcia, whose postcard-perfect views most people associate with Tuscany: rolling green hills, stately cypresses,...
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Piazza della Vittoria, 5, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy
I stayed in Sorrento on the Sorrento Coast. They like you to know that it is the Sorrento Coast not the Amalfi Coast which is further south and around the corner. I stayed at the Bellevue Syrene overlooking the water. It was a sweet room. The...
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Via Villa dei Misteri, 3, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy
we just couldn't help the knock-knock jokes when we got off the local train in Pompei. This beauty of a stand was just outside the park entrance. The area is known for citrus fruit. Aside from the obvious choice of touring Pompei, there is much to...
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Via Duomo, 61, 80138 NAPLES, NA, Italy
Due to a transportation problem, my wife and I had less time than expected to explore Naples. We took to the side streets to try to get a quick feel for the city, and our experience was truly memorable. The streets were alive with activity and the...
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53017 Radda in Chianti, Province of Siena, Italy
Not sure how La Petraia remains a secret. Set in the hills and surrounded by cypress trees, this property offers all possible Tuscan delights. Everything, from honey to wine, that Chef Susan Grant prepares, from the honey to the wine, is produced...
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Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 2, 01030 Calcata Vecchia VT, Italy
The village of Calcata, a 45-minute drive north of Rome, is sleepy during the week. But come on a Saturday or Sunday and you'll find a scene like this in the hill town's main piazza: Roman day trippers mingling around the marble-bench-lined square...
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Via Galileo Galilei, 101, 84047 Capaccio SA, Italy
People often tread to the Salerno province in Central-South Italy to see the graceful ruins at Paestum (a Unesco World Heritage site, which houses some of the most wonderfully intact Greek ruins). While you’re down there, you should also go...
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53012 Chiusdino, Province of Siena, Italy
A short drive from the charming wine-lovers town of Montalcino is the beautiful ruins of San Galgano. Once an abbey from the 12th century, the structure stands in ruin today. The church is well-preserved enough to get a sense of the Gothic...
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84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
Any first (or return) trip to Italy should include a drive down the Amalfi coast. Start in beautiful Sorrento, and make it all the way down to Amalfi (pictured above). Tours are available, but the experience of driving in the twisty roads is part...
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Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Food in Italy is still largely about seasonality, and never more so than in late fall when the new olive oil (‘olio nuovo’) begins to arrive in the shops. Take a drive into the Tuscan countryside anytime between late October and December and you...
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Palo Laziale, 00055 Ladispoli RM, Italy
Built on the ruins of an ancient seaside villa, La Posta Vecchia has a long history of noble ownership. The estate-turned-hotel was originally laid out in the 17th century. Then, in the 1960s, American billionaire J. Paul Getty purchased the...
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Salita Baratta 16, Via Roma, 2, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy
The Belmond Hotel Splendido is a classic Ligurian villa that presides over the pine-covered slopes and deep blue waters of the Ligurian Sea. The hotel began as a 16th-century monastery. Repeated attacks on the picturesque, if evidently...
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Via de' Guicciardini, 1/red, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
The city's only glove shop to produce its stock on-site, Madova’s exquisitely crafted guanti are made in a factory just behind the shop. There is a huge range of colors, with styles ranging from simple and unlined to silk- and cashmere-lined...
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Via dei Balestrari, 11, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Easily the best experience on our recent trip to Italy was our Vespa tour of Rome. We chose the self-drive option -- my husband drove and I rode on the back. Our very knowledgeable and fun guide led on his own Vespa. We had very limited time in...
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22, Piazza Cavalli, 19, 29121 Piacenza PC, Italy
Piacenza is a super easy drive (or train ride) from Milan. It sits near the banks of the Po river, just over the border into Emilia-Romagna. This small town is so charming and a little quirky in the best possible way. Dating back to 218 b.c., it...
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Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
The historic and central district of Bologna is a medieval masterpiece filled with amazing architecture, landmarks and attractions. Here's a nice overview and highlights of a visit to this beautiful city in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy...
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Via Santa Caterina, 51, 40123 Bologna BO, Italy
Once step in ask for Signor Daniele, host and owner of this foodie heaven. His home made pasta and Tortellini in Brodo are memorable, and the "Culatecca" at the main wall with different vintages of Parma Culatello it made a memorable place to be....