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!
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!
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!
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, 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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
They say you never forget your first anything that makes a real impression on you. But I'll happily forget Hurricane Irma, my first hurricane encounter, and one of the biggest in history. Here's my personal experience as a newbie, and the valuable lessons I learned.
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.
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.
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!