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Strada comunale Serra, 1, 14055 Annunziata, Costigliole d'Asti AT, Italy
Winemaker Renato Ratti recently opened to the public his family’s 18th-century, 13-room villa in the Piedmont countryside. An old cellar stores decades’ worth of Ratti wines. Guided tastings can be arranged upon request, and bottles can be shipped...
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Via Renato Birolli, 114, 19017 Manarola SP, Italy
Like so many touristy places, we found the food in Cinque Terre restaurants to be so-so, with one exception: the focaccia - and pizza! - from La Cambusa in Manarola. After sitting down with our selections, several locals came in to pick up their...
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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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Via Guidoni, 56, 19018 Vernazza SP, Italy
I was hungry and wanted to see the sunset. As a solo traveler, getting to do both -- eat well at a table with a view -- was tough. They wanted to save the best for duos. So after being given a lame table at a chic-chic (read: super expensive) spot...
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12060 Castellino Tanaro, Province of Cuneo, Italy
Four years ago, while driving aimlessly from Genoa, Italy toward Cuneo, Piedmont, I looked up on a nearby hill and saw a tower. I decided it should be explored. That glimpse changed my life. I found my way up the serpentine road covering two miles...
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Piazza Monsignor Grassi, 9, 12051 Alba CN, Italy
A guided walking tour of a city is interesting but if you combine history and art with the local food the experience changes completely! The food is the real soul of a destination so it gives you a better overview! In this three hours long...
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15066 Gavi AL, Italy
If it's possible to fall in love with a wine, it happened to me in Gavi. Rolling hill after rolling hill full of sunflowers and grapevines. Gavi is in the region of Alessandria, Piedmont and was named after a princess in the middle ages that...
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Via Vecchia Provinciale, 2B, 12027 Pradleves CN, Italy
Italy's northwest border region contains many things, stunning vistas are the least, native cheese is among the best. Especially Castelmagno which is sadly virtually unknown outside of the country. Get to know it and the other cheeses made by...
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Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, 2, 12025 Dronero CN, Italy
Another incredible Italian restaurant hidden away in yet another corner of the country. This one is in the start of an Alpine valley that features terraced gardens descending into a river forded by a medieval bridge. But Rosso Rubino is one of...
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Piazza della Consolata, 5, 10122 Torino TO, Italy
The Bicerin is a gastronomic speciality of Turin. I love both chocolate and espresso, and was delighted to discover this warming confection in a glass, also called a Bicerin. The drink is layered into the glass oh so carefully: espresso first,...
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Piazza Monsignor Grassi, 9, 12051 Alba CN, Italy
Leaving the city centre of Alba behind, you will be exploring the heart of the UNESCO Langhe hills. Enjoy breathtaking views over the medieval towers of Alba and find the roots of the local writer Beppe Fenoglio. Crossing vineyards and paved...
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Via Roma, 37, 14053 Canelli AT, Italy
This tour is a nice combination of fun, adventure, food and wine tasting. First there is the opportunity to ride a Segway which I got confident with as soon as I got on. Then the UNESCO landscape of the Monferrato hills. You ride across vineyards,...
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Piazza Castello, 10121 Torino TO, Italy
Piazza Castello glistens in the sun after a sudden downpour. Much of the historic center of Torino is pedestrianized and easily explored in a couple of days. For Roman history enthusiasts the aqueducts, arches and ancient city walls are a treat....
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12060 Roddi CN, Italy
The tiny hamlet of Monforte d'Alba in the Piedmont wine region south of Turin is so picture perfect and the views down into the vine-laced valley below so striking, it can feel more like a movie set than real life. That surreal feeling continued...
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Strada Micurà de Rü, 48, 39036 Badia BZ, Italy
Shuffling onto my balcony at Lagació Mountain Residencein Alta Badia armed with a cup of steaminglatte, I found an electric-green carpet spread before me. Plush with pines and dotted with medieval churches and tinyrifugi(mountain huts)clustered in...
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Compatsch, 62/3, 39040 Alpe di Siusi BZ, Italy
Looking for something a little different during our trip to Europe last September headed to the Alto Adige area of northern Italy. My wife and I both love the mountains for hiking and wintersports. We have been to very nice areas Austria an ...
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Piazza Cadorna, 15, 28838 Stresa VB, Italy
Clean, safe and centrally located: If these things are of importance to you when booking a budget-friendly hotel, I recommend Hotel Elena in Stresa, Italy. If I return to Stresa in the future, I'll definitely book a room there. It's a quick...
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Via Vittorio Emanuele, 23, 25030 Erbusco BS, Italy
This gorgeous dining room is the perfect place to spend an afternoon, with some of the most creative and exquisite dishes in northern Italy; my pasta course featured nine luscious ravioli. Just a half-an-hour drive from Brescia and Bergamo, and...
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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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16036 Recco, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
Rental apartments abound along the northern coast of Italy. Snag one for the night, or the week, and make an evening of cooking in! Peruse the local fruit/vegetable market for seasonal produce, and gather the freshest of fish from a local...
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10058 Sestriere, Metropolitan City of Turin, Italy
High in the Alps, teetering on the Italian/French boarder is the tiny ski resort town of Sestriere. Here the best thing to have with your cappuccino, and to ease the pain of your sun-burned raccoon face, is the warm apple strudel. It's a small...
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325 Galice Rd, Merlin, OR 97532, USA
In the late 1800s, a band of gold miners cleared a trail deep into southwest Oregon’s Rogue River Canyon, along the charging river and through old-growth Douglas fir forest. This is the route you’ll hike during Rogue Wilderness Adventure’s...