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Chasing Raphael: Rome-Urbino-Delhi

You know Raphael?? (Raffaello) Of course you do! One of the greatest Italian painters from the 15th century, Raphael is a name I associate from my 7th grade history book. Well it seemed I followed his footsteps this year…..Or he followed mine…. Chasing Raphael: Rome-Urbino-Delhi ROME I was in Rome where Raphael is buried. The […]

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Caffè al Bicerin dal 1763

Want a little slice of heaven in Turin?? Consider having “Bicerin” from Caffè al Bicerin. What is Bicerin?? Bicerin is quite simply a drink of espresso, chocolate and cream. This sinful drink topped with a secret ingredient from Caffè al Bicerin is what makes it so special! This drink was invented by Caffè al Bicerin centuries […]

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More Charming Towns in Italy

As if we needed more towns to fill our lengthy Italian list (we actually did, right??) here are some more Charming Small Towns in Italy: Alba: Alba is nestled in the region of Piemonte and is a perfect getaway from Turin/Milan. It is another charming town full of small shops selling a wide variety of truffles […]

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The Bookstores of Vienna

Vienna…. I love this city too. You would think that I probably love every European city…It is true to some extend but there are some that you would really love to go back to. Vienna is one of them. Whether it’s art, culture or food, Vienna will charm you away!! Today I am taking you […]

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Testaccio, Trapizzino & Tram Depot

I didn’t know all of Rome’s districts until recently so one morning I decided to take a walk in the lesser known neighborhood of Testaccio. It was local life at its best! Romans going about their businesses, shopping at Mercato Testaccio, nonni playing with their grandchildren, women chatting with the butcher. It was essentially Rome without the […]

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Dear Readers: Never Stop Dreaming

Cari Lettori, On the 5th of March I wrote this post about missing Italy. I had no idea when I would visit the land of my calling. Many of you reached out to me, empathising with me, understanding my feelings; some of you were responsive with the same thought while others asked me when would I go. Trust me […]

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The Medieval "Festa dei Ceri" in Gubbio

Every year on May 15, the town of Gubbio celebrates La Festa dei Ceri. This festival is as old as 8 centuries and loosely translates as Festival of the Candles. But there are no candles in this festival. Instead, you will see huge long wooden sticks or “Ceri” that are part of a wooden base or […]

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Szabó Ervin Library: Every Reader's Dream

Every person has a different traveling style and we should respect that. I’ve honestly learnt this in this in the past 2 years more than ever. Not only am I often criticized by people for traveling to Italy too often (why do they care??) but also judged for traveling too much (like that’s a thing??). […]

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Italy Travel: Things to Know

Italy is a country full of wonderful people who go out of the way to help you. I have so many instances where I have been assisted by complete strangers. Incidences like these make travel memorable and also makes Italy the prime reasons for return. But traveling to any country = understanding a new culture […]

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5 More Charming Small Towns in Italy

A couple of months back I wrote this post on 10 Charming Small Towns in Italy. I loved all your suggestions and comments on it and would like to add a few more to the ever expanding list. PIN IT 😉 5 More Charming Small Towns in Italy Murano: The glass making island, Murano, is […]

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