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19017 Riomaggiore, SP, Italy
Having been to Italy before, I knew I would likely enjoy my maiden visit to Cinque Terre; I had no idea however, just how much. Riomaggiore is one of five picturesque villages that sit perched high above the Lingurain sea and make up what is...
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Riomaggiore SP, Italy
Hiking the Cinque Terre is an extraordinary way to explore the Ligurian Coast. Five villages connected only by hiking trail and rail with breathtaking coastal views and colorfully quaint villages. The trails can be challenging at times and it is...
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Via Milite Ignoto, 30, 16038 Santa Margherita Ligure GE, Italy
If you are coming to Genoa to find a luxurious seaside escape, get out of the urban city and make sure you stay at least one night at the Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita Ligure (roughly 45 minutes from Genoa by train). With a full service...
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Piazza Martiri della Libertà, 30, 16038 Santa Margherita Ligure GE, Italy
While it may go without mentioning, the fish along the Ligurian coast is some of the freshest in the world (as most restaurants source from small local fishermen, they get their supplies within minutes of the catch). Most of the fish here is of...
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Via Garibaldi, 16124 Genova GE, Italy
This lovely boutique, placed on the ground floor of one of the historic Palazzo di Strada Nuova, sells traditional artisan Genovese food products alongside gorgeous handmade pottery, textiles, and papers. Enjoy the knitted scarves, grab a jar of...
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Via Giacomo Leopardi, 4, 40100 Bologna BO, Italy
This is the new location of the Osteria senza nome (Cesare Marretti), a new modern setting, but the same concept: you choose between three kind of surprise menus a) meat, b) fish or c) vegetarian. Each dish costs 8 euro (incl. coperto), they keep...
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Castello di Poggio alle Mura, 53024 Montalcino SI, Italy
For nearly three centuries, workers serving the nobility at Castello Banfi in Tuscany lived in a small hamlet within the castle grounds. In 2007, however, the stone houses within their tiny village were completely renovated under the direction of...
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Via S. Zanobi, 33, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
There are many excellent restaurants in Florence, but this one was recommended to me by a local, and I'm so glad it was. Alessandro, the chef, recently returned after working in New York City for eight years. Located on a small street near the...
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16123 Genoa, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
Did you know that Pesto originated in Genoa, a historically rich city on the Liguria coast of Italy? If you ever find yourself wandering in this beautiful city, you are in for a gastronomic delight. The street food in Genoa is to die for, and it’s...
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Strada Pedemontana, 58, 58011 Capalbio GR, Italy
A quiet flat road, a little inland from the beach, brings you to this exuberant, hidden treasure of Tuscany--Niki de Saint Phalle's Tarot Garden. It was her dream project--to create life size mosaic sculptures representing the figures of the Tarot...
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Really cool, lesser known mountain town in Maremma in Western Tuscany. Built on top of the tufa rock. Very few tourists (at least in October)
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Via della Fonte, 58043 Vetulonia GR, Italy
Cucina di Andrea, in the Etruscan hill town Vetulonia, offers both private dinners and cooking classes. The meals are prepared in Andrea's rustic alfresco kitchen and served on a breathtaking terrace surrounded by groves of olive and oak trees—and...
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Via Corsica, 4, 16128 Genova GE, Italy
One of the very few five star hotels in Genoa, the Melia Genova is a lovely modern option close to all the highlights of the city (the ancient area, shopping, access to the port, etc). With 99 rooms, the Melia is quite large for Genovese hotels,...
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Via di Porta Soprana, 27, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Perched directly between Porto Soprana and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the location of Hotel Colombo cannot be beaten. Recently renovated and decorated with bright colors throughout the guest rooms and public spaces, this 18 room hotel has a...
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Piazza di Pellicceria, 2-4, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
While not a 'hotel' per se, the B&B Quartopiano offers luxury accommodations in a bed and breakfast setting in a lovingly restored ancient palace - a wonderful way to get a feel for the 'real' history of ancient Genoa. Located just steps from the...
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Via Arsenale di Terra, 5, 16126 Genova GE, Italy
She sits overlooking the harbor, and the train station; from her rooftop, the view of Genoa at sunrise or sunset, both, please the viewer immensely. Inside, she gleams with not modernity but a traditional elegance that hasn't lost its shimmer to...
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Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
The Italian word ciao has crossed borders and is a popular greeting all over the world, so "why shouldnt I use it in Italy?", (even Rick Stevens is using it) you could argue. Youre right, ciao is heard all over Italy, but its used by Italians to...
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Via Monte Grappa, 11, 40121 Bologna BO, Italy
When I travel, I visit places only once because I want to try everything. I went to Gelateria Gianni twice during my day and a half in Bologna. The map outside points out that all the ingredients used in their gelato come from the regions known...
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Località Castelfalfi, 50050 Montaione FI, Italy
Who doesn't dream of escaping to the Tuscan countryside? Now you can at Castelfalfi resort. La Tabaccaia is a boutique hotel inside a former tobacco factory, in Castelfalfi, Italy. While technically a 3-star property (mainly because the restaurant...
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Località Castelfalfi, 50050 Montaione FI, Italy
Back in the days when the Medici family owned Castelfalfi, servants did the cooking and gardening. But since 2013, when the estate’s former tobacco workshop was turned into a 31-room hotel, guests have helped out in the kitchen, garden, and...
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Via Fulceri Paolucci Dè, Via de Calboli, 11, 58100 Grosseto GR, Italy
Castello di Vicarello is the dreamy 12th-century castle-turned-hotel of Aurora Baccheschi Berti and her husband Carlo. Set on vineyards in Maremma, Tuscany, it's the perfect setting to live like an Italian and perfect the art of eating, drinking,...
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Edificio Millo Porto Antico, Calata Cattaneo, 15, 16126 Genova GE, Italy
If you have had pasta al pesto genovese (the delicious combination of fresh or dried pasta, potatoes, green beans, and pesto sauce) anywhere other than in Liguria, I challenge you to come to Il Marin for chef Enrico Panero's play on the Italian...
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56r, Via di Canneto Il Curto, 54, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Turn down the little Via di Canneto, and you can't miss this focacceria on your left. The line will literally always be out the door, especially in the morning hours. But the wait is worth every minute (and the amazingly kind women working inside...
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Calata Cattaneo, 15, 16128 Genova GE, Italy
There are but few 'grocery stores' that live up to the title 'eatery'. Eataly, the Italian food market concept (headed up by Oscar Farinetti and Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini), certainly deserves all accolades poured upon it. With outposts...
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Vicolo dell'Oro, 6r, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
This sky-high rooftop bar (a rarity around the area) can be found at the Lungarno’s Hotel Continentale. It received a redo in 2013, preserving its classic cocktails and views of the Arno River, church domes and steeples, and adding new...
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Borgo Santissimi Apostoli, 40r, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Alternating shows by artists emerging and established, this seven-year-old contemporary art space represents a roster of talents both Italian and international. It hosts frequent performances, openings and events in its verdant courtyard so check...
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Alzaia Naviglio Pavese, 286, 20142 Milano MI, Italy
The café Erba Brusca sits on a plot of land at the city’s edge, where concrete blocks meet grassy meadows. Italian staples such as buttery white polenta and roasted speziata sausage are made with herbs and greens grown on-site. Reserve a table on...
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19018 Vernazza, SP, Italy
If you find yourself on the Mediterranean Sea or in Italy then be sure you make your way to Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre, or "The Five Lands" (in Italian), is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and...
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Piazza San Michele, 30, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
This town was amazing. On the outside, it looked like any bustling metropolis. But when you moved in towards the center, all you saw was a massive wall. This wall surrounded the older city center. This picture is of the very center of the old part...
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Piazza Antelminelli, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
Dedicated to St. Matthew, Lucca’s beautiful cathedral was built in typical Romanesque style in the 12th century and has a curious asymmetrical, tiered façade covered with fantastically complex carvings. The dim interior houses one of the town’s...
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Piazza del Duomo, 8, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
One of my favorite things in Sienna, Italy, when I visited this May was the gorgeous duomo. While every town's duomo seemed more beautiful than the one before, Sienna's duomo topped them all in my mind, with its ornate black and white stripes....
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53024 Montalcino, Province of Siena, Italy
There are a few places in this world that I return to time and time again due to their magic. Montalcino is one of those places for me. From its sweeping vistas of the surrounding countryside to its peaceful medieval ambiance, the little village...
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53024 Montalcino, Province of Siena, Italy
One recent trip through Tuscany I made the day trip from Siena to Montalcino and it was incredible. A small, historic little town, set up on a hill, Montalcino is of course famous for their red wine: brunello di montalcino. Stroll around, take...
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Via Mangiavacchi, 37, 53026 Piennza SI, Italy
One of the most delicious towns in Tuscany - and most beautiful - is the charming Pienza. Situated between Montepulciano and Montalcino in the scenic Val d'Orcia, centuries-old Pienza is best known for its rich pecorino cheeses. Many feel that the...
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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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53026 Pienza SI, Italy
Don’t let the very Victorian materials that jeweler Anna Porcu uses throw you off: She’s future-thinking—so much so that she has found a way to make cameos, those pendants with carved silhouettes your grandmother may have worn, fresh again. The...
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It was a gorgeous spring day, perfect for an ice cream cone. So, I decided to take a little bike ride to get one! I started my ride in the little town of Sarteano and made my way on windy, cypress lined roads through the countryside to Pienza. You...
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Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy
The layout of the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery of the Miracle Square in Pisa is not accidental but reflects the shape of the constellation of Aries. Why? Because the first day of the Pisan calendar started on March 25th, the day of the...
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53100 Siena, Province of Siena, Italy
I am a sucker for architecture. Especially old architecture...Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque. And churches are the best representation of these styles. Europe is filled with cool churches and Italy takes the cake. I got up close to the cathedral in...
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Il Campo, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
Considered one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares, the Piazza del Campo—or, simply, Il Campo—has been at the heart of life in Siena since it began as a marketplace and meeting spot for the area’s villages; the...
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Via Roma, 2, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy
I have seriously high standards on romance, and I'm telling you, this place is oozing romance. The antique charm, the intimacy of the port, the Italian Riveria lapping at the sea wall, fine Italian wine, authentic margherita pizza, the list goes...
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16034 Portofino, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
Portofino, the romantic and glamorous stomping ground of the rich and famous including Grace Kelly, the Duke and Douchess of Windsor, Clark Gable, Ingrid Bergman, and where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton got engaged. This colorful and post...
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55100 Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy
There is much to be said for Lucca. The buccellato bread with raisins and anise that smells sweet and green, with dots of juicy dried fruit. The storied history. The inviting restaurants. Perhaps most unique are the walls. The walls you'll hear...
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56040 Castellina Marittima, Province of Pisa, Italy
My husband and I visited Italy in May, and one of our favorite stops on our 12-day trip was the charming Tuscan town of Lucca. There were so many things to love about Lucca, from the friendly people to the colorful buildings. One of the best...
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Piazzetta del Teatro, 4, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
The store may overwhelm you at first—there are handcrafted copper items covering every surface—but spend a little time here and you'll see each piece serves a purpose as a tool for the Italian kitchen. There are sauce pans in every size, wine...
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Via Ciarliana, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
A walk on the vineyards, after the harvest, enjoying the sun of October. You don't need really a car, you can simply walk for a couple of kilometres out of the historic center and you will see the vineyards used for producing the famous Vino...
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Via dell'Opio Nel Corso, 34, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
[CLOSED] A Gambe di Gatto is a tiny restaurant in Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy with fabulous food. The service is very slow as it just a husband and wife team. Laura cooks, Emanuel serves. Using only local products, mostly organic, they do a...
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Via Talosa, 8, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
There are several enotecas in Montepulciano to get your file of Vino Noble, the local varietal. The tasting room at Talosa is special because of the friendly and knowledgable hosts - Christian and Andreas. These two are so enthusiastic about their...
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53045 Montepulciano, Province of Siena, Italy
We chanced upon the Osteria Aquacheta while exploring the lovely hill town of Montepulciano. Chef Giulio Ciolfi, the owner, specializes in the Tuscan specialty, the Bistecca al Florentia. Basically, the porterhouse cut from the local bred of...
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Via dei Georgofili, 11R, 50100 Firenze FI, Italy
If you weren't sure what you were looking for, you might miss Marco Stabile's Ora d'Aria restaurant on Via dei Georgofili. The hint of a large birdcage peeking through a tall window in an expansive and otherwise-unadorned wall is all that alerts...