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How to prepare for your trip to Italy | Foot Care Advice and Getting into Shape

There are many steps you can take prior to leaving that will make your trip more enjoyable and successful.  Some...

Understanding Italian Culture | Breaking the Ice and Saving Money

BREAKING THE ICE The Italians are incredibly warm and friendly people who will try hard to communicate with you, but...

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Understanding Italian Culture | Manners, Bella Figura, Siesta and Passeggiata

Part of enjoying Italy comes from understanding and embracing the differences in our culture.  I have tried to put together...

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Understanding Italian Culture | Toilet Basics

TOILETS I could probably dedicate a whole book to my adventures with Italian bathrooms.  It could almost become a game...

Understanding Italian Culture | Dining, Tips, Gelato and Coffee

DINING In Italy, the food is an experience.  Lunches and dinners last at least two hours; you linger over your...

Understanding Italian Culture | Handling Money, Shopping, Computers and Staying in Line

**I will be re-blogging my Understanding Italian Culture Series this week.** HANDLING MONEY Italians love correct or almost correct change. ...

Travel to Italy Tip #8 | Use a consolidator for car rental

Mention renting a car in Italy and most people get shaky and their palms sweat.  Yes, I am always on...

Travel to Italy Tip #7 | Purchase train tickets in country

Travel to Italy Tip #7 | Purchase train tickets in country

Italy’s train system can be frustrating to say the least.  Between delays, cancellations and strikes a traveler can lose their cool. ...

Happiness depends more on inward disposition

Happiness depends more on inward disposition

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Travel to Italy Tip #6 | Travel second class when riding the trains

Now that we have gone through some important big money-saving topics it is time for a few nitty gritty travel tips.  Today I will...

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Travel to Italy Tip #5 | Support smaller family run businesses

I talked in previous posts about finding a home base and staying there for an extended period of time and...

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Travel to Italy Tip #4 | Travel to lesser known areas

Another way to help save money and make your dream of travel to Italy come true this year is to...

Travel to Italy Tip #3 | Find a home base

Travel to Italy Tip #3 | Find a home base

Now that you have Committed to Travel (if you missed that post, read about it here) and have looked into the benefits...

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Travel to Italy Tip #2 | Travel Off-Season

Last post I talked about the importance of the first step in making your dreams come true this year: Committing to...

Travel to Italy Tip #1 | Commit to Travel

Travel to Italy Tip #1 | Commit to Travel

I decided to re-blog this series as travel planning begins to heat up! I am in the same financial boat as...

Family travels

Family travels

While I wish every trip could be an Italian getaway, I’ll take some Arizona sun any day. Here’s to family...

Get lost in the right direction

Get lost in the right direction

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We travel not to escape life

We travel not to escape life

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Friday Funny | Europe vs Italy by Bruno Bozzetto

Just a little chuckle for your weekend from Bruno Bozzetto.  For anyone that has driven, taken public transportation, tried to...

Travel doesn’t become adventure until….

Travel doesn’t become adventure until….

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Having seen the moon on the other side of the world

Having seen the moon on the other side of the world

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Italy is a dream

Italy is a dream

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Give her a lifetime of adventures…

Give her a lifetime of adventures…

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You may have the universe if I may have Italy

You may have the universe if I may have Italy

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