Little Venice at night

Livorno’s Little Venice

There are many places that call themselves the “Venice” of their geographic area – but even within Italy, there are some places that feel a bit like the famous canal city. In the coastal Tuscan city of Livorno there is a neighborhood known as the Venezia District, or (more colloquially) “Little Venice.”

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April 13, 2015 by
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Some of the flags bearing symbols of the Siena contrade on display during Palio

The 17 Contrade of Siena

Many Italy visitors have heard about the Palio of Siena, that centuries-old bareback horse race that occurs in the Piazza del Campo. It’s easy to understand it’s a race between rival teams, but you may not realize the race is actually between neighborhoods.

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April 9, 2015 by
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Pisa Cathedral: Always the Bridesmaid

Interior of Pisa's Cathedral

For all the recognition the Leaning Tower of Pisa gets, it’s easy to forget this famous tower was originally only meant to be the bell tower of the adjacent cathedral. In most other Italian cities, it’s the cathedral – not the bell tower – that gets all the attention. That’s not the case in Pisa, which is a shame – because the Pisa Cathedral is spectacular.

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February 11, 2015 by
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Tuscany from Above

In a helicopter, you'll be able to see both the scenery & the hot air balloons below

When we think of Tuscany, one of the enduring images is that of the region’s rolling hills. Those hills, often topped with medieval villages or covered in acres of grape vines, are pretty when seen from nearly any angle. But to get the ultimate bird’s eye view, you’ve got to take to the air and see Tuscany from above.

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December 9, 2014 by
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A Trip to the Wine-Making Region of Chianti

Dinner in the castle – Bruschetta to start off the meal

Florence is arguably one of the most crowded cities in Italy, aside from Rome and Venice. Reservations are needed for everything, but even so, it’s best to arrive before opening to beat the queues. Fortunately, there is another option to escape the hustle and bustle of Florentine tourists. We chose to escape the city itself, on a wine and olive oil tasting Vespa tour of the famous Chianti region.

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November 11, 2014 by
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Basilica of San Domenico in Siena

The massive Basilica of San Domenico (left) overlooking Siena

After the Duomo in Siena, the city’s most important church is arguably the Basilica of San Domenico. The austere Dominican church is perhaps most famous for having the head of St. Catherine of Siena on display.

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November 4, 2014 by
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