Authentic Venice: Savoring Dinner with Locals at Home

Authentic Venice: Savoring Dinner with Locals at Home

If you really want to get to the heart of a culture, try the food. And what better way to experience the local food culture in Venice, Italy than by dining with locals at home, enjoying Venetian food specialties prepared by them with love!

Authentic Italy: An Off-the-Beaten-Path Venice Walking Tour

Authentic Italy: An Off-the-Beaten-Path Venice Walking Tour

Get off-the-beaten-path in one of the most beautiful and visited cities in the world - Venice, Italy. This self-guided Venice walking tour with downloadable Google map takes you through some of the less crowded sites, markets, and hidden alleys of the City of Bridges and Canals for a glimpse into authentic Venezia! 

Authentic Venice: Exploring the Traditional Food and Wine of Sant'Erasmo, the Garden of the Doge

Authentic Venice: Exploring the Traditional Food and Wine of Sant'Erasmo, the Garden of the Doge

Despite being overrun with tourists, you can still find authenticity and tradition in the world's most beautiful places like Venice, Italy - you just have to know where to look. We recently experienced the rich Venetian history and tradition by tasting it in the local foods grown on the island of Sant'Erasmo, the Garden of the Doge in the Venice lagoon. A perfect slow travel and slow food experience in Italy!

A First Timer's Guide to Costa Rica, The Happiest Country in the World!

A First Timer's Guide to Costa Rica, The Happiest Country in the World!

The Central American country of Costa Rica is an amazing and diverse place, but can be challenging to get around to some of the more remote regions. Here's a breakdown of what to eat, when to go, where to stay, and things to do in Costa Rica especially if this is your first trip. The ultimate first timers guide to Costa Rica, unofficially The Happiest Country in the World! 

San Gimignano, Tuscany: Why You Should Eat, Play & Stay Longer Than a Day

San Gimignano, Tuscany: Why You Should Eat, Play & Stay Longer Than a Day

San Gimignano, the medieval Italian "city of beautiful towers", is an easy day trip from Florence, but it really deserves more time. Here's a start on things to see and do in San Gimignano and the perfect intro to this historic Tuscan hilltop town. 

Discover the Authentic Tuscany Through These Slow Travel Experiences

Discover the Authentic Tuscany Through These Slow Travel Experiences

Travelers today are looking for a deeper, more local, connection to the places they visit - to really experience a place. Companies like Km Zero Tours in Tuscany are redefining what it means to see Italy. They're introducing visitors to the local community and the producers who make it all come alive. 

Top 10 Movies To Watch Before Traveling to Italy!

Top 10 Movies To Watch Before Traveling to Italy!

Dreaming of Italy? It's no secret that travel moves us, and so does a good film, novel, or epic TV series. Cinematographers make Italy look irresistable, and these 10 movies are no exception - old favorites and new ones I guarantee you'll love - to get you dreaming and scheming of your next trip to la bella Italia! 

Truffle Hunting in Emilia Romagna: In Search of the World's Most Exquisite Food

Truffle Hunting in Emilia Romagna: In Search of the World's Most Exquisite Food

The delicate and intoxicating flavor of truffles is reason alone to want to go on one of the coolest food tours in Bologna -- truffle hunting in Emilia Romagna -- for the black summer truffle or white. But if you also like knowing where your food comes from, this is one of the most interesting foodie things to do in Bologna! 

Fun Things to Do in Bologna: A 2-Hour Bike Tour of the Historic City

Fun Things to Do in Bologna: A 2-Hour Bike Tour of the Historic City

Bicycling is as much a part of Italian culture as cafe life and wine in the afternoon. So what better way to see one of our favorite Italian cities than by bike. A 2-hour Bologna bike tour is just one of the many things to do in Bologna, Italy.

Balsamic di Modena: Why Is This Authentic Italian Food So Darn Expensive?

Balsamic di Modena: Why Is This Authentic Italian Food So Darn Expensive?

Why is traditional balsamic di Modena so expensive? It's one of the most authentic foods of Bologna and Emilia Romagna. Here's why you should invest in the best, and why you no longer need a plane ticket to get the good stuff! 

Larger Than Life: Inside The Modena Home of The Great Italian Tenor, Luciano Pavarotti

Larger Than Life: Inside The Modena Home of The Great Italian Tenor, Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti was undeniably the world's greatest opera singer of our time, and visiting his home in Modena, Italy gives you a rare glimpse into the Italian artist who reshaped opera and pop music as well. This popular tour is one of the many things to do in Modena, Italy.

A First Timer's Guide to Bologna: The Very Best of What to See, Eat, & Do

A First Timer's Guide to Bologna: The Very Best of What to See, Eat, & Do

To first time Bologna visitors, there's a curious nickname to this medieval Italian city. “La Rossa, la Grassa e la Dotta” sums up the very best of one of the most underrated cities in the world. This First Timers Guide to Bologna highlights the best of what to see, eat, explore, and fall in love with in just a few days or more. 

Where to Eat the Best Key Lime Pie in Key West, Florida

Where to Eat the Best Key Lime Pie in Key West, Florida

Key lime pie is the official pie of the state of Florida, and no place does it better than the Conch Republic of Key West. The next time you're there, take a self-guided tasting tour of some of the best pies in town, and see if you agree with me who has the best Key lime pie in Key West!

Podere Il Casale: A Slow Travel Tuscany Tour For Cheese Foodies

Podere Il Casale: A Slow Travel Tuscany Tour For Cheese Foodies

Looking for an authentic food and wine experience in the heart of Tuscany, Italy? Local pecorino cheese producer Podere Il Casale should be high up on every foodie's bucket list! 

Tasting the Best Chilean Wines: A DIY Tour Through Chile's Casablanca Valley

Tasting the Best Chilean Wines: A DIY Tour Through Chile's Casablanca Valley

Chile's Central Valley, sandwiched between the cool rocky coastline and Santiago in the Andes mountain range, is ideal for growing grapes and today produces some of the best Chilean wines. Three wineries in the Casablanca Valley not only produce great wines, they make excellent DIY wine tours and day trips from Santiago and Valparaiso. 

A Cinque Terre Boat Tour: The Perfect Way to See Italy's Colorful 5 Lands

A Cinque Terre Boat Tour: The Perfect Way to See Italy's Colorful 5 Lands

What better way to see the stunning seaside landscape of the Cinque Terre than from the water. Skip the tourist ferry and take a boat tour instead, on a brightly painted Italian wooden fishing boat, or gozzo. They're as colorful as the cliffside houses of the Cinque Terre themselves.

A Foodie's Guide to Chile: 15 Delicious Foods You Have to Try

A Foodie's Guide to Chile: 15 Delicious Foods You Have to Try

Chilean cuisine offers so many unique options from traditional dishes to haute cuisine. From the atacama desert to Patagonia, whatever you do, don't be shy when it comes to trying Chilean food. 

4 Fun & Easy Day Hikes in Southwest Florida

4 Fun & Easy Day Hikes in Southwest Florida

Looking for nature trails in southwest Florida? There are unique eco-niches and public land to explore. Here are just four fun and easy hikes to get you started.

CHECKING IN! Villa Mazzi: The Montepulciano Agriturismo That Feels Like Home

CHECKING IN! Villa Mazzi: The Montepulciano Agriturismo That Feels Like Home

Wondering where to stay in Tuscany, Italy? A Tuscan farmhouse - or agriturismo - is a popular option. If you want to explore the picturesque Val d'Orcia and stay in an authentic and family-friendly place, Villa Mazzi is a Montepulciano agriturismo that feels like home!