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Just a few tips and tricks to using the trains in Italy like how to read the signs, what the abbreviations stand for, and how to plan your trip using a rail pass.
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I can live a happy and content life now. I've accomplished one of my lifetime goals in interviewing Italy Magazine on my little show. I'm excited beyond measure.
Georgette Jupe joined me to talk about Italy Magazine and why it's simply amazing. It is THE Italy resource, packed with glorious stories about all of Italy from Rome, Florence, and Venice to the nooks and crannies that all of us Italophiles yearn for everyday.
I remember when they were a printed magazine and I had them collected like prized novels on my bookshelf (still do). They've since gone green and are purely an online magazine to the benefit of us all. The content changes often, is packed with LOCAL insight, offers a community for all of us to tap into the collective braintrust of millions of readers and Italy experts, has a shop, and neatly organized content.
If you can't get enough of Italy Magazine at www.italymagazine.com be sure to follow them on all of their well managed, informed social network sites. You will discover a new Italy everyday.
If you Dream of Italy at Christmas then this segment is for you. Listen to Kathy share her love and experiences of enjoying the holiday season in Italy.
Papal Mass at midnight, Feast of 7 Fishes, La Befana, live Nativity scenes, and the Epiphany are only some of the topics.
If you visit dreamofitaly.com you'll find links with so many tips it will keep you busy through the New Year soaking in all of the savory information.
Speaking of the New Year you'll find out what color underwear the Italians wear for good luck on NYE.
Oh, and if you act now you can enjoy a holiday discount courtesy of Kathy and Dream of Italy for her marvelous newsletter.
James Martin has been going to Italy since the 70's and has witnessed the changes, he lives there a few months of the year, writes for About.com, created 2 wonderful apps: Tuscany for Foodies and Sardinia from the Inside Out, was an archeologist, and anthropologist, and has wonderful insight about the hidden treasures of Italy.
Peruse his blog and you'll see what I mean. I thoroughly enjoyed talking to James about the food of Italy and how different it is from town to town, his wonderful discoveries throughout the hidden spots that are rarely if ever visited by tourists, and how to enjoy Italy as a local.
First of all let me tell you how much I don't like tour. This may sound strange, but it's exactly at the base of how I design my own "tours for people who don't go on tours." I don't want my clients to feel like tourists when they are traveling with me. I was born and raised in the capital of the Renaissance, aka Florence Italy, so you can imagine how many "herds" of people I would see being dumped every day on my city's most historical streets, then "regurgitated" back into the big busses before dusk.
This is why I choose to limit my groups to 12. Travelers should be remembering beautiful experiences, not how many hours they spent on a bus and how many times they checked in and out of hotels. My trips open up a window into the authentic Italian lifestyle, our traditions, and our people.
Are you ready to experience the Italian lifestyle first-hand?
Some of us think about making changes in our life; few of us actually do it, Lisa Condie is a shining example of not only doing it, but doing it so well you can't help smiling each time you think of her. The best part is you can join Lisa on a tour with A Better Way to Italy through Tuscany and the Cinque Terre any time you'd like.
Imagine walking the beautiful streets of Cortona, horseback riding, yoga, shopping, wine tasting, or just relaxing at the most beautiful, hand-selected locations in Italy.
Lisa not only offers you the chance to tour with her and Sarah, you can read along with Lisa as a contributing writer at the Huffington Post on all things Italy.
Be sure to do the following: Visit A Better Way to Italy's site, book a tour directly on their site or on the Italy Travel Marketplace, and last, but not least follow Lisa on Huffington Post.
Susan Van Allen joined me to talk about her amazing book, 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go. From museums, to beaches, to villas, to spas, to gardens, to women run wineries, to the insight of other great women writers like Ms. Francis Mayes, we covered it all.
Her book is a glorious read filled with insight that can be used by both men and women for a great trip through Italy.
I was inspired by her perspective and her passion.
My favorite chapter title is Bernini's Beautiful Broads and the Galleria Borghese of Rome. Susan's ability to have fun with the content, yet deliver an insight that few books are able to will have you eager to run to enjoy all 100 sights in her book.
The best part is you can use it as a great read and a guide book. This is a great book to turn to when planning your trip to Italy and while you're there you can bring the printed copy or the ebook.
In addition to this great title you can also enjoy her other book Letters from Italy - Confessions, Adventure, and Advice.
Be on the look out for her soon to be released new title, 50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Women Should Go.
Visit Susan's Site and be sure to buy her book
You may also join Susan on a tour of Italy on her Golden Week in Southern Italy: For Women Only Tour this October. Go with her to experience the pleasure of Southern Italy, Magical Capri, Fascinating Pompeii, the Best Pizza in the World, and much more. Hurry though. There are only 4 spots left.
Enjoy the finer things in life (don't read expensive) and enjoy your time in Italy with Your Private Italy. They'll book all of the details from picking you up at the airport and scooting you quickly through customs, to a helicopter transfer, a private jet, cooking classes, wedding planning, car rentals, tours, scuba diving, kayaking, and property rentals.
Nicole and her husband offer a market experience in the rarely visiting by travellers Trionphale market of Rome. It's only steps away from the Vatican so you can enjoy the market, a privately enjoyed cooking class and lunch, then find your way to the Vatican.
The best thing to do is visit their site at www.yourprivateitaly.com or the Trionphale Tours facebook page (website soon to follow) at https://www.facebook.com/TrionfaleTours
From Sicily to the Dolomites Madeline can coach you in your trip planning to Italy or plan your entire trip. She even offers a concierge service to help you out of a jam if you run into one.
Through living and working in Italy as a tour guide, a nanni, and a ex-pat she knows the ropes, the tips, the tricks, the guides, the routes, where to park, and how to beat the lines.
Her goal is a balanced visit to Bell'Italia and she works with you to make your dream vacation a reality.
Visit her website at www.italybeyondtheobvious.com and let the coaching and planning begin.
Victoria DeMaio of www.postcardsfromtravelpizazz.com joins me to share her tips and insight on traveling through Italy with her organized groups and her independant travels.
We talk about the great things to do, how to get from here to there, and why indulging in getting lost is the way to go.
Even if you've been to Rome, Florence, and Venice 5 times there is always something to enjoy and a fun way to do it.
I'm inspired by Victoria and her passion for Italy and it comes through with her every word.
Think about enjoying the Sistine Chapel with no one else during regular visiting hours, using the new train option, tours with wonderful tour companies, and blogging about it all the while.
Victoria you put a smile on my face and I'm certain you'll help many others find their way in Italy.
Smart Tours in Italy is a cruise enthusiast's delight. Dedicated to shore excursions to all of the major ports with itineraries to make your dreams of Italy come true.
Imagine as you step of the pier from your cruise and there waiting for you is a comfortable, affordable, air conditioned luxury vehicle to whisk you into Florence, Rome, or Tuscany to enjoy a day sipping wine, enjoying the sights, or the wonderful Italian countryside all to have you back in time and in comfort to your ship? Too good to be true? It isn't.
They go beyond shore excursions to help you get to and from the port, or the airport, or train station too.
If you'd like to book them to drive you from sight to sight they're happy to do so.
The wonderful part is their experienced, speak perfect English, and are a much more affordable option than those delivered to you by your cruise line.
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