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Travel Restrictions During Covid-19

Travel restrictions won’t last forever.   Where are you dreaming of going? Having to stay home during the pandemic isn’t easy for anyone. Even if you are getting good things from the slowed pace, or are finding unexpected joy in the quiet — this time can still be a...

You could live a lifetime in Rome and still have thousands of new things to discover. Planning a trip to Rome is something that you are never going to regret!

That’s why the eternal city is a destination to travel to again and again, and, while it’s definitely ancient, it will never get old! There’s something profoundly enchanting about Rome, something that seeps deep inside of you and binds your soul. And you can trust me to tell you this, because I’ve lived and travelled quite a bit around the world but, magically, there’s something that always takes me back to Rome.

What to do on a trip to Rome?

Rome is a large metropolitan city but the area most visitors are interested in, the historical center or Centro Storico, is pretty condensed. You can walk from the Colosseum to the Vatican, almost opposite sides of the historical center or “center” for short, in an hour.

The center is the place to be in Rome and each neighborhood is really great.  I prefer the northern sections like Piazza Navona and Spanish Steps.  I think they are classical Roman/Italian and super nice. Here are the best areas to consider:

Again, I really like anything near the Spanish Steps as I like being in the thick of it. It will come with a price tag but savvy travelers find deals. We have an article you can bookmark that goes much further into dept on each area.

There are literally unlimited things to do in Rome. From visiting the Sistine Chapel to an underground apothecary run by priests.  It is a limitless city.  This list should take you 5 or 10 visits to get through ( ;

Be sure to bookmark our article that goes more into depth on visiting each one of these monuments.

Top Museums

Top Monuments

Must-See Gardens & Parks

  • Villa Doria Pamphili
  • Villa Borghese
  • Park of the Acquedotti
  • Giardino degli Aranci
  • Vatican Gardens
  • Villa Ada Savoia
  • Villa Sciarra

Absolutely Free Things To Do on a trip to Rome

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You could live a lifetime in Rome and still have thousands of new things to discover. Planning a trip to Rome is something that you are never going to regret! That’s why the eternal city is a destination to travel to again and again, and, while it’s definitely...

When you travel to Italy, one thing that you should do is experience Gelatos in Italy.

First, let’s identify the recommended location to purchase your gelato. You have the obvious, gelateria, the bar, the pasticceria and even the supermarket. The gelateria is the place to be, where they specialize in just gelato, where you will find the largest selection, the freshest flavors and the most qualified staff to scoop you the perfect gelato.

Up next is the bar. Keep in mind that the “bar” in Italy isn’t selling you beer and wine, but it’s essentially a cafe. Their specialty is espresso, cappuccino and morning pastry. They all frequently sell gelato, especially in the summer months. Next is the pasticcerie. They specialize in pastries, such as rum babas, spogliatelle, paragine and so much more.

They are delicious and glorious, but they do not specialize in gelato. Like bars, they might sell some gelato in the summer, but it’s not the first place to go if gelato is what you’re after. Next is the supermarket. Picking up some gelato at the supermarket while doing your weekly shopping is a great option. Even the mass produced, packaged gelato is of great quality and far superior and tastier than what we know as ice cream here in the U.S.

So, with all that in mind, I highly suggest going to a gelateria for your best gelato experience. Bars are a close second option, and I should emphasize that while their flavor selection is perhaps smaller, the quality is still great.

If you are used to earting your food first, then paying for it, you’re going to have to change that mentality for the gelateria. You actually pay first. For most shops, when you walk in, you will see a beautiful window displaying their goods. Tucked in some corner in the gelateria, or perhaps in full view, you will see a counter clerk sitting behind a cash register. (Yes, cashiers sit in Italy.) It is there that you go and pay for your treats. Tell him or her what you want and how many, pay accordingly and he/she will hand you a receipt. If you aren’t sure yet what you want, it’s perfectly acceptable to take a peek first, before making your way to pay. Next up, take that receipt to the clerk behind the counter to be served. Keep in mind, gelaterie in the summer get very crowded and Italians don’t like forming lines, for just about anything! Be respectable, but do let them know when you are next (if in fact, you are). Usually, waving your receipt to the clerk will get their attention.

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Experience Gelatos in Italy

When you travel to Italy, one thing that you should do is experience Gelatos in Italy. First, let’s identify the recommended location to purchase your gelato. You have the obvious, gelateria, the bar, the pasticceria and even the supermarket. The gelateria is the...

If you’re a true tourist then you must visit Northern Spain. In northern Spain, there is a (spectacular) work of art signed by the famous Spanish sculptor, painter and designer: it is Villa Quijano.

Northern Spain extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, bounded by the Pyrenees Mountains at the border with France. With its diverse landscapes and distinct provinces, this beautiful area of Spain offers something for every type of traveler.

The energetic, culture-packed city of Barcelona has fabulous art museums and fantastic architecture. San Sebastián is an elegant beach resort with a quaint Old Town and an outstanding restaurant scene. The ultimate destination of the medieval Way of Saint James pilgrimage, Santiago de Compostela immerses visitors in the spiritual ambience that has animated the city for a millennia.

Besides Barcelona’s Gaudí monuments and Santiago de Compostela’s historic center, other UNESCO World Heritage sites are scattered throughout northern Spain, including a breathtaking cathedral in Burgos, the Roman ruins of Tarragona, pre-Romanesque churches near Oviedo, and the Ordesa and Monte Perdido Natural Park in the Huesca province.

Travelers searching for a soul-inspiring experience should take a journey to the remote Monastery of Montserrat. For picturesque fishing villages and coastal scenery, the Costa Brava in Catalonia is sure to impress. Thrill-seekers flock to Pamplona for its annual Running of the Bulls event, but the town itself is an interesting place to visit any time of year, and the nearby Navarra countryside has wonderful hiking trails.

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Visit Northern Spain, and See Beautiful Work by Gaudi!

If you're a true tourist then you must visit Northern Spain. In northern Spain, there is a (spectacular) work of art signed by the famous Spanish sculptor, painter and designer: it is Villa Quijano. Northern Spain extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic...

This country remains the absolute prime location of all those who love travel. We are sure you would love to have a trip to Portugal after Covid ends.

Highlights in Portugal

Planning a trip to Portugal is incomplete without knowing all the amazing facts about the place.

The Alfama

As far back as the 5th century, Alfama was inhabited by the Visigoths, and remnants of a Visigothic town wall remain. But it was the Moors who gave the district its shape and atmosphere. In Moorish times this was an upper-class residential area. After earthquakes brought down many of its mansions (and post-Moorish churches) it reverted to a working-class, fisher-folk quarter. It was one of the few districts to ride out the 1755 earthquake.

Nightlife in Lisbon

Lisbon’s ice-cool, must-see club, glammy Lux hosts big-name DJs spinning electro and house. It was started by late Lisbon nightlife impresario Marcel Reis and is part-owned by John Malkovich. Grab a spot on the terrace to see the sun rise over the Rio Tejo, or chill like a king or queen on the throne-like giant interior chairs.

Style policing is heartwarmingly lax but arrive after 4am at weekends and you might have trouble getting in because of the crowds.

Staying at Convento dos Loios

The former Convento dos Lóios, to the right of Igreja de São João, has elegant Gothic cloisters topped by a Renaissance gallery. A national monument, the convent was converted into a top-end pousada (upmarket inn) in 1965. If you want to wander around, wear your wealthy-guest expression – or have dinner at its upmarket restaurant.

Portugal strengths are many: the climate with 250 days and 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, the sea with its surfing,  the excellent food and wine products.  Need we say more?

Over the centuries, Lisbon has welcomed many cultures from distant lands that have melded together to form its historic districts. Lisbon is also a modern capital that looks to the future . The recently opened spectacular museum of art and technology (MAAT) is clear  evidence of this progression.

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Apart from historical places, historical shops in Rome are another thing that makes Rome popular among tourists and travel lovers. Experience the history of Rome with these amazing historical shops and restaurants.

The environs of Rome’s Spanish Steps and Via Condotti, while steeped in history and romance, are today a haven for global luxury fashion brands. From the monolithic Christian Dior store that overlooks the steps to the sumptuous Louis Vuitton boutique, the biggest labels in the world have made these cobbled streets their home. The prominence of these world-class major names, however, helps to make finding artisanal, handcrafted, labour-intensive, custom-made pieces all the more exciting. Finding these gems is the fashion equivalent of truffle hunting. In today’s fast-fashion world, under-the-radar artisan brands with a sense of heritage are the equivalent of gold dust and Rome, happily, has a rich treasure trove to offer.

Hidden riches

Near the bustling streets around the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti, one can find ivy-draped Via Margutta, where Roman Holiday was filmed, tucked away from the main streets and lined with sumptuous Roman townhouses in shades of buttercup yellow, sepia and tangerine. It’s here that Saddlers Union, established in 1957, keeps a discreet workroom and emporium, with no signage or window displays. Saddlers Union was founded when the city’s film stars made their way across the cobbles to seek out the brand’s expertly crafted leather pieces. Jackie Onassis made the distinctive Saddlers Union bucket bag an iconic style piece; Italian aristocrats such as Gianni Agnelli bought their custom-made travel bags here. When it comes to quiet, stealth luxury, no one does it quite like Saddlers Union.

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For many people the best part about any vacation is being able to try the local foods! When visiting Southern Spain, you might want to discover what would be the best foods to try and eat in Southern Spain. Here is what we came up with:

Best food to eat in Southern Spain

Here are the 5 must-have foods in Southern Spain:

1. Croquetas

This is possibly my favorite food from my time in Spain. There are different signature ingredients in croquetas like ham, black sausage, or just plain cheese, and they are all mouth-watering. Tears run down my cheeks as I write this, what I would do for croquetas. If you don’t love them, then you need to find a better tapas bar.

2. Patatas Bravas

You will never look at cheesy fries the same. The sauce that accompanies the potato cubes varies, but expect something between mayonnaise, ketchup, and hot sauce—only much better.

3. Jamón Ibérico

You will inevitably see the large chunks of cured ham hanging from the ceilings of bars and markets. Some restaurants will delicately cut thin slices of Jamón in front of you, and all you have to do is let it melt in your mouth.

4. Tortilla Española

I know I said I love croquetas the most, but Tortilla Española might be tied for first. It’s a very simple dish—just potatoes, eggs, onions, and of course olive oil. Like an omelet, but oh, so much tastier. It’s thick and crunchy while also soft and hearty. Have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three. Throw it in a bocadillo. You can’t escape Tortilla Española in southern Spain.

5. Pisto

Like a Spanish Ratatouille, but better. For all you vegetarians out there, afraid you can’t study abroad in Spain? Think again. My host mom had pisto ready to eat for dinner almost every day, and I never tired of the vegetables. It was filled with tomatoes, peppers, olive oil, and zucchini, to name a few. Sometimes there’s a fried egg on top, and that makes it even better.

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The favorite city by lovers, Venice is the ideal place to plan your romantic getaway. With our Honeymoon travel guide, we have brought together some amazing facts about Venice:

The favorite city by lovers, Venice is the ideal place to plan your romantic getaway. If you want to amaze your lover then treat yourself to a romantic holiday, where in every street, canal and corner of the city you can breathe a unique and beautiful atmosphere.

Venice Highlights for Honeymoon Travel Guide

*Stay 3 nights at the hotel Bonvecchiati in a Superior room and get the St. Valentine’s dinner at the restaurant “LA TERRAZZA”

* Stay 3 nights at the hotel Palace Bonvecchiati in a Deluxe room and get the St. Valentine’s dinner at the restaurant “LA TERRAZZA”

* Stay 2 nights at the hotel Santa Chiara and get Free Bottle of Prosecco in the room

* Stay 2 nights at the hotel Locanda Vivaldi and get Free Bottle of Prosecco in the room

Suggested Experiences

Romantic private Gondola ride

When romanticism and love are running through your veins and you cannot wait to see your sweetheart blinded by passion, here is your choice to demonstrate to your fiancée that you really care. A marvelous and enchanting gondola ride through the inner canals of Venice will let you discover the city from a different point of view. You will breath the atmosphere of the most ancient city in the world built on water. You will touch the sky when you will be served a romantic lunch or dinner in a lovely Venetian restaurant.

Private Excursion to Murano Island

Enjoy an excursion to the island of Murano by private boat with a personal tour guide. Murano is famous worldwide for its glass making since 10th century. Enjoy your visit admiring some of Venice’s best glass craftsmen at work! Your guide will accompany you through the discovery of the techniques of this ancient art, in a tour which includes a demonstration by real glass craftsmen! The glassblowing art is recognized in all the world such as synonym of beauty. After the glass-making demonstration, the guide will bring you around Murano narrating secrets and histories of the Island. You’ll visit also the marvelous Church of San Donato (if it is opened) a masterpiece of Venetian architecture.

Private Gondola Serenade

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a private serenade during a pleasant gondola ride! A cruise through the most charming canals and attractions of Venice.

Trip Highlights:

  • Your private serenade on the Gran Canal
  • Exclusive experience to live the real soul of Venice
  • Professional musicians will perform popular Italian songs
  • Romantic Dinner in a special location:
  • Romantic dinner for two on a sailboat in Venice
  • Dinner over the Venetian Rooftops

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Travel to Oberammergau

Every 10 years in a small German village, an amazing event takes place. Travel to Oberammergau to experience some of the most amazing and popular events in tourism. Oberammergau is home to the Passion Play. This Play originated in 1633 when the villagers promised to...