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Italy Trip Planning: 24 Resources You'll Want

Italy Trip Planning: 24 Resources You'll Want
Italy is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, and it has claimed that status for many hundreds of years. We all know people who have visited and swooned over the country, and you’d think if everyone’s already been there (which often seems true) that the influx of visitors would slow down – but that’s clearly not the case. Anyone who has tried to take a leisurely stroll across a jam-packed piazza or wedge onto yet another crowded bus can attest to the fact that Italy is as swarmed with tourists now as it has been for decades. With all the collective Italy travel knowledge that’s swimming around out there, however, planning your own Italy trip can feel daunting. This is a country with more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other, and what feels like more world-famous historic and artistic attractions per square meter than should be allowable by law – not to mention the abundance of riches in the food and wine departments. You don’t have to throw in the towel. Related:  Italy

BootsnAll Travel Network :: Travel Community, Travel Stories, Cheap Tickets, Youth Hostels and all your travel needs $9 airfare and 9 other travel hacks - cheap travel Right now AirAsia is having a sale from Kuala Lumpour to USD $3 each way to Singapour, Thailand, Malaysia, some destinations in Indoesnia. USD $9 each way to Japan and some destinations in India. USD $17 each way to some destinations in Indoesnia, viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia. USD 72 each way to Some destinations in Australia, Taiwan, Some destinations in India and some destinations in China. USD$90 each way to some destinations in Australia, Korea and New Zeland The most expensive of them is USD $197 each way to London, Paris, Tehran Only thing not included is Airport fees and taxes. My wife is from Thailand and we fly AirAsia as much as possible when we are there.

Eating sunup to sundown in Bologna, Italy A typical Italian breakfast involves a simple coffee and pastries, often filled with custard, cream or chocolate. At the Fashion Cafe in Bologna, neighbors greet each other in the morning and peruse books at this modern coffee bar within a bookstore. This local Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, aged 30 months, presents complex flavors that can't be understood until tried -- and savored. Zucchini stuffed with meatballs at All'Osteria Bottega may remind you of your Italian relatives' cooking. The osteria is about a 20-minute walk from downtown Bologna on a quiet unassuming street. Freshly made rigatoni with a white ragout of cannellini beans, rosemary, small sausage meatballs and peas is a simple, yet unforgettable, dish. Molten chocolate cake with red currants provides a fitting feast's end. An espresso and a cup of delicious gelato provide a late-afternoon boost. A simple start Coffee and camaraderie Parmigiano Reggiano Stuffed zucchini A neighborhood osteria Rigatoni Molten chocolate cake with currants

12 Less Visited Countries and Why You Should Go There Now We travel to experience something different, to go places our friends haven’t been and regale them with our backpacking tales of far off countries when we get back, but these days everyone seems to be on the same trail. If you’re looking to get off the beaten track this year then maybe you should try one of these countries. Whether it’s due to geographical location or a turbulent history, the following countries have amazing sights and cultures to offer but have stayed under the radar. This isn’t an exhaustive list and they aren’t necessarily the least visited in the world (otherwise you’d be left with a list of tiny islands and Liechtenstein) but they certainly might inspire you! Want to plan a trip around these locations? North Korea North Korea is one of the most secretive societies and one of the few countries that are still under communist rule, so if you want to see the ‘last bastion’ of communism, now is the time to go. Myanmar Marshall Islands Bhutan Nicaragua Bolivia Algeria Lebanon

Green Lake - An Austrian Lake That Is Used for Hiking A rare natural phenomenon turns one of Austria’s most beautiful hiking trails into a 10 meter-deep lake, for half the year. Located at the foot of the Hochschwab Mountains, in Tragoess, Styria, Green Lake is one of the most bizarre natural phenomena in the world. During the cold winter months, this place is almost completely dry, and used as a country park where hikers love to come and spend some time away from urban chaos. But as soon as temperatures rise, the snow and ice covering the mountaintops begin to melt, and the water pours down, filling the basin below with crystal-clear water. Water levels go from one-two meters at most, to over 10 meters, in the early summer. The waters of Green Lake are highest in June, when this extraordinary place is invaded by divers, curious to see what a mountain park looks like underwater. Take a look at the amazing images of the Green Lake, shot during the summer season: via Daily Mail Reddit Stumble

What to Do in Rome Rome is one of those very special cities with so much history and culture that you could easily spend weeks there and still feel you didn’t want to leave. Rome is included in our best European cities to visit post. Our top tips for what to do in Rome is a collation of posts by the Europe a la Carte blogging team, with insider tips from local resident Kimberly Sullivan. Exploring Roman Architecture and Famous Sights When you’re planning your trip to Rome, do consider whether a Roma Pass might be of use to you – Arwa has provided a good summary and if you are heading to places like the Colosseum you can end up saving a lot of money. If you are curious about medieval Rome, take a look at the Basilica of SS Giovanni e Paolo along the small street named Via San Paolo della Croce. SS Giovanni e Paolo by Kimberly Sullivan Near the Colosseum, you can explore the remnants of what used to be Rome’s largest training school for gladiators! The Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners by Kimberly Sullivan

Best Places to visit in Italy (b4 u DIE!) Top selection of places in Italy to see at least once in life Top 10 places to see in Italy before you die! I have a long, endless list of places to see before I die. I think everyone has its personal list of places which have captured his interest. If Italy is in your top list of places to see before you die, I would like to suggest you some nice places to visit in my home country. Here’s the top ten of not-to-be-missed places in Italy .... 1. Photos of Florence - What to see in Florence, Italy - Flickr Photo Credits: rpkelly22Florence is the first one on my places-to-see-before-you-die list and it’s not by chance. 2. St. 3. Valley of the Temples, AgrigentoWhith its 1300 hectares it is the biggest archaeological site in the world and was named World Heritage by Unesco in 1997. 4. Cala Luna, SardiniaCala Luna is maybe the most fascinating cove of the Sardinia. 5. 6. 7. 8. The Sea Stacks of Capri, Campania Capri is located in the Gulf of Naples (to be visited as well!) 9. 10. Close

Eleven Etiquette Mistakes (Not) to Make at an Italian Meal When it comes to food, Italians love etiquette. It doesn't matter if you're at a fine-dining establishment with jacketed waiters or chowing down on pizza at a plastic table: There are some things that will always get you dirty looks. Or snide comments from the servers. Below, eleven ways to make servers into enemies and annoy neighboring Italians -- all while doing the seemingly-simple task of consuming food. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. ...Eating said bread before the meal. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. As a caveat: It's not as if I always adhere to Italian etiquette. So go ahead, break the rules. You might also like: Can't Find a Fave Italian Dish in Rome? The Demise of a Once-Good Restaurant in Rome: Taverna dei Fori Imperiali How Safe is Rome...

Glass Beach - The Dump You'll Want to Visit Before you say anything about the content of this article, I hate people who litter. I’ll judge you if I think you’re too lazy to recycle. I hate pollution and the death of our fragile ecosystems and all the rest. It’s like a little Inuksuk… I’ve been trolling around for lesser known landscapes to road trip to and explore, and stumbled across this chunk of multicoloured west coast paradise. These days, Glass Beach is a protected part of MacKerricher State Park, but in 1949, it was the site of an unrestricted dump. Eventually, California realized that dumping automobiles, appliances, toxic substances and razor sharp shards of glass into the water was probably a bad idea, and looked elsewhere for a dumping site. The beaches under the cliffs lay polluted, cluttered and ruined, and were basically treated as a forgotten ‘mistake.’

How to Make Your Love Last the Miles: Top Tips From Traveling Couples |... Welcome to Love and Travel Week on Almost Fearless! Tune in as we turn the second week of October into Lovetober (cue Barry White music). We’re celebrating the release of Swept: Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche—a true story about how one girl confronted her fear of deep water after she fell for a man with a humble boat and a dream of sailing the world. For the next five days, we’ll be featuring stories from traveling couples about taking leaps and facing challenges, as well as maintenance tips from experienced nomadic couples so you can make sure your relationship doesn’t break down in the middle of nowhere. Here’s the first article … How To Make Your Love Last The Miles: Top Tips From Traveling Couples Couples travel conjures images of romance and steamy make-out scenes on shorelines. Have clearly defined roles as to who does what and then stick to it – micromanaging doesn’t work in the office and it doesn’t work while traveling either. Nancy and John from Family on Bikes

Milan guide: the city's cultural secrets unveiled Milan is a city of secrets and surprises. Every time I go back for business or to see my friends and family, I am taken aback by its elegance, beauty and style. Milan is the city in Italy I feel closest to, because of its openness, its cosmopolitan outlook and its intense energy. Milan requires more effort and dedication than other Italian cities but, once discovered, the rewards are much greater than those offered on ‘easier’ trails through Rome, Florence or Venice. A place that epitomizes my passion for Milan and its sophisticated glamour is Villa Necchi Campiglio, a tour de force of 1930s design and architecture. Another private house, which has been converted into a museum and has the atmosphere of a 19th-century treasure trove, is the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, the equivalent of the Parisian Jacquemart-André or Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Bostonian mansion. Milan is also a city of secret gardens and courtyards.

How To Speak Italian And Not Sound Like A Tourist In Italy |Select Italy Blog If you’re heading to Italy, don’t be the person who doesn’t know a word of italian! Remember the old saying : when in Rome, do as the Romans do. That means that it’s worth the effort to try and fit in with the Italians and, like anywhere else, rhetoric is the key to getting things done – just as long as you know how to use it. “Allora” All-or-ah Not often used as a conversation starter, ‘allora’ is perfect for keeping interest during debate and discussion. “Boh” Bo Clearly, slang is one of the most important aspects of fitting in. “Andiamo” On-Di-Ah-Mo You’ll be rushing when you get to Italy. “Basta” Bas-Ta You’re tired, it’s been a long day, or your full and the waiters are still bringing out more food. “Quanto Costa” Ku-anto Cost-ah ‘Quanto Costa’ is how you ask for prices in Italy and it is an invaluable tool if you’re, well, purchasing anything. Was this small lesson useful?