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Some More Favorite Books on Italy

Literature is a wonderful way to know another culture. Don’t you think?? In the past few years, having read several books based in Italy and/or by Italian authors, I have managed to make a list of many books and will continue to do so. The thirst to read and learn doesn’t satiate and so continuing […]

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All in a Day: Belvedere Gardens to Austrian Library

The weather in Vienna is so unpredictable! I wasn’t lucky both the times and my clothing choices turned out to be poor because I didn’t pack enough layers. Being the last day in the city I was on the verge of finishing my cash but since I was in no mood to withdraw more euros, […]

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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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Learning Italian with Cinema- II

Its fun to share different ways to learn a new language and I am happy to say that watching movies has really helped improve my Italian. The last post on Cinema was useful to so many of you so here are some more movies to add to your kitty. Learning Italian has never been this fun! […]

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10 Photos to Inspire A Visit to Mantova

Mantua (Mantova in Italian) is a little gem in North Italy. It is one of Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and was also the European Capital of Culture in 2016. Only 2.5 hours away from Milan and 35 minutes from Verona, Mantua is a great base to explore other towns of Northern Italy. Visit Mantua […]

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Discovering Imperial Vienna with Context Travel

The first that pops in my mind for Vienna is elegant! Contrary to several people’s belief that Vienna is boring and dull, I found it to be quite the opposite. The Central European team at Context Travel helped me majorly in that regard. Context Travel is a company specializing in city tours/walks with local historians. Their USP […]

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Going Back in Time in Scicli

I have been watching the TV show “Inspector Montalbano” for more than a year now and can easily say I have a soft spot for Sicily. Based on the books by Andrea Camilleri, Inspector Montalbano has been shot in different Sicilian towns but the inspector’s main headquarters are shown to be in Scicli. A UNESCO World Heritage […]

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Postcard from Baroque Ragusa

I was in Ragusa only for a quick stop but the baroque town was nothing as I had imagined and seen on TV. Ragusa’s medieval styled architecture and piazzas with lack of tourists was enough to give me a high. It was raw and indescribable beauty. Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series is filmed in this […]

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Palermo: An Introduction to the Sicily You Don't Know

“To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.”- Goethe My contact with VisitPalermo -a team of enthusiastic locals from Palermo who promote tourism in their city triggered my trip to Sicily. Founder and Owner, Maurizio Giambalvo, told me to make […]

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A Historic Ride on the Opicina Tram in Trieste

If you are in Trieste and haven’t taken a ride on its famous Opicina Tramway then you missed something historic! The Opicina is a Tram+Funicular Railway that links the city to Villa Opicina. It was started in 1902 and runs from Piazza Oberdan to Opicina, a hill top town 5 km away. Tickets to the tram […]

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