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100+ Things to Know If You're Going to Italy

100+ Things to Know If You're Going to Italy
My friends often ask me for support in travel preparation when they plan to go to Italy. In fact, I think it’s a great idea- go to a country prepared to experience it at the fullest! I enjoy learning about the little idiosyncrasies that make a visit to a new country so interesting, the small traditions, the interesting customs… so, I thought I’d give you a cheat-sheet for Italy. If you’d like a personalized crash-course on Italian culture before your trip, please contact me at vanessa at Italyinsf dot com. I would be happy to schedule a time to help you out with your trip organization as well as give you some useful tips about culture and traditions! Part 1: GENERAL ADVICE AND TRAVEL TIPS Don’t go off the beaten path before visiting the “holy trinity”: Rome, Florence and Venice. Part 2: SHOPPING AND STORES When walking into a store, especially clothing or shoes, in most cases you will have a shop assistant with you at all times. Part 3: FOOD AND DRINKS Part 4: CULTURE

Nightvision: Europe after dark Nightvision, the work of Luke Shepard, is described as "a celebration of the brilliance and diversity of architecture found across Europe". It is the culmination of his three-month journey across the continent, to 36 cities in 21 different countries. The video strings together thousands of photographs and "aims to inspire appreciation for these man-made landmarks." Included are the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag Building in Berlin, The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, The Shard and the Houses of Parliament in London, Rome's Trevi Fountain and Colosseum, The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Each has been photographed over a long period of time, so that the final video shows pedestrians and vehicles coming and going, lights being switched on and off, and even the hands of Big Ben spinning round at a rate of knots. For more information on the project see

25 Boston Activities That Don’t Cost a Penny | Boston | iStopOver Magazine Savvy travelers are ever on the lookout for bargains. If you are feeling the pinch of a limited vacation budget, know that you can experience a lot of terrific Boston travel experiences for free. Here are just a few ! Take a free guided National Park Service tour of the Freedom Trail (15 State St., Boston , 617-242-5642)( Map) and find out why Paul Revere could not have said, “The British are coming” Watch the sunset from the Harvard Bridge (at Massachusetts Ave.)( Map ) which is really much closer to MIT than Harvard! Climb the 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument and check out the view of Boston and Cambridge (Monument Square, 617-242-5641)( Map ). Fly a kite at Castle Island Park (Off William J. Find the graves of the many famous “residents” at Mount Auburn Cemetary (580 Mt. See where Julia Child wrote”Bon Appetite” and her initials in the sidewalk in front of Savenor’s Market (92 Kirkland St., Cambridge, 617-576-6328)( Map ). Everyone likes free beer !

Europes Top 25 Castles - The Best Castles in Europe There is something about castles that inspires awe and at the same time touches a gentler, more romantic side in each of us. And if you want to visit and tour some of the best castles in the world, then Europe should be your destination as this continent certainly has more than its share. Here are the top 25 castles in Europe, in no particular order. 1. Neuschwanstein Castle For many of those that see this castle for the first time, they get a niggling feeling that Castle Neuschwanstein looks so familiar. 2. Peles Castle Known as one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, Peles Castle can be discovered in the majestic Carpathian Mountains, near the town of Sinaia, Romania. 3. Bojnice Castle Bojnice Castle is located in Bojnice, Slovakia and is one of the most delightful romantic castles in Europe. 4. Castillo de Coca Built in the 15th century by the Archbishop of Seville, the incredible Castle of Coca or Castillo de Coca is considered to be one of the best castles in Spain. 5. 6. 7. 8.

The Land Of Chocolate... Switzerland Switzerland officially the Swiss Confederation is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. The country is situated in Western Europe where it is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Architecture , Chocolate , Enviroment , Land , Places , Switzerland , Travel , World Wonders

Italy's Job Crisis: Why Young Italians Are Leaving It's not the type of advice you would usually expect from the head of an elite university. In an open letter to his son published last November, Pier Luigi Celli, director general of Rome's LUISS University, wrote, "This country, your country, is no longer a place where it's possible to stay with pride ... That's why, with my heart suffering more than ever, my advice is that you, having finished your studies, take the road abroad. Choose to go where they still value loyalty, respect and the recognition of merit and results." The letter, published in Italy's La Repubblica newspaper, sparked a session of national hand-wringing. The motives of those leaving haven't changed much since the last wave of economic migrants struck out to make their fortunes a century ago. Take Luca Vigliero, a 31-year-old architect. Italy doesn't keep track of how many of its young professionals are seeking their fortunes abroad, but there's plenty of anecdotal evidence that the number is rising.

RoadTrip America - Road Trip Planning for North America 20 Things I've Learned From Traveling Around the World for Three Years Gary Arndt is the man behind Everything Everywhere, one of the most popular travel blogs in the world, and one of Time Magazine’s “Top 25 Best Blogs of 2010.” Since March 2007, Gary has been traveling around the globe, having visited more than 70 countries and territories, and gaining worldly wisdom in the process. Today, I’ve asked him to share some of that wisdom. Enter Gary On March 13, 2007, I handed over the keys to my house, put my possessions in storage and headed out to travel around the world with nothing but a backpack, my laptop and a camera. Three and a half years and 70 countries later, I’ve gotten the equivalent of a Ph.D in general knowledge about the people and places of Planet Earth. Here are some of the things I’ve learned… 1) People are generally good. Many people are afraid of the world beyond their door, yet the vast majority of humans are not thieves, murderers or rapists. 2) The media lies. 3) The world is boring. 4) People don’t hate Americans. 6) Americans don’t travel.

Designers Spin Spidey-Worthy Webs From Packing Tape Packing tape has gotten MacGyver out of many a jam, but he never managed to make an entire home out of the stuff. So he could probably learn something from Viennese/Croatian design collective For Use/Numen. The team uses nothing but packing tape to create huge, self-supporting cocoons that visitors could climb inside and explore. Installed three times in the past year, the next deployment will be next week from June 9–13 at DMY Berlin's International Design Fair, which is now in its 8th year. The installations, which look like the work of horrifyingly large arachnids, grew in scale and scope as the year progressed, first deployed inside a small Croatian gallery, then an abandoned attic during October’s Vienna Design Week. At the last installation inside Odeon, a former stock exchange building in Vienna, the group used nearly 117,000 feet and 100 pounds of tape.

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