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Florence, Italy aka: Firenze

Just one hour from Camp Darby.  Airports at Pisa and Florence.“A day in Florence…”  If you’re starting out your trip like this, you’ve already missed out.  Florence is worth seeing if only for an hour, but the beauty, art, and culture that fills this city is so much more than even the most disciplined tourist […]

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Siena, Italy

Siena sits in the heart of Tuscany amid rolling hills and grape covered hills.  Close to San Gimignano, it’s easy to see both in a summer day with long daylight hours, but to enjoy Siena, I suggest spending a full day there at least. Flights/Lodging:  The Pisa airport is just 1 hour away.  Camp Darby […]

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San Gimignano, Italy

A poor lodging situation robbed us of a day in our recent Tuscany trip and thus robbed us of a proper visit to San Gimignano, so I can’t convey with any sort of authority what exactly you should see or do, but I can tell you that this town isn’t like the others you’ll see.  […]

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Tarquinia, Italy

Within an hour of Rome and Rome’s small Ciampino airport lies Tarquinia, an Etruscan town which had been a flourishing city already in 655 BC. By following the signs off of the freeway towards the city center, you’ll end up at a large parking lot just outside the walls that circle the oldest part of […]

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Cinque Terre, Italy

La Spezia is just an hour from Camp Darby and Marina di Pisa. Riomaggiore from the narrow highway that connects all five towns. Getting there:   The best ways to get to the Cinque Terre is by boat or by train.  The road linking these 5 towns is narrow and windy and there is little to […]

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Venice, Italy

Venice. A name that conjures up images, smells, and sounds burned into our minds through literary references both old and new, travel shows, and a reputation that stands on its own – an irrefutable definition of life and love and all things Italian. Venice. Romance, beauty, color, culture, life. Go now:Of the hundreds of reasons […]

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Kid-friendly Rome?

So happy to have found this.  Written by an Italian-American momma living in Rome, this blog is all about what’s “kid-friendly” in Rome from restaurants to fountains, playgrounds and transportation.  Very fun little guide.

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Ca’ Maddalena

Recommended by an Italian reader who stays there… Ca’ Maddalena Bed and BreakfastLoc. Pigno 2Villafranca di Verona 37069T: 39-045-6302943W: Close to a lake, amusement parks, and a myriad of other activities. See the website for complete details – in English. Here you’ll find hospitality at its best.

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Lucerne, St. Tropez, Monaco, Milan

Trip Report and photos by Bobbie Banda In June 2008, we loaded up the mini van and headed off on a road trip with two of our kids, a 19 and a 5-year old. We started in Gangelt and headed for the Cote d’Azur! We spent the night near Spangdahlem Air Base, so we could […]

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Tutti A Tavola Cooking Holiday, Tuscany

Courtesy of the American Spouses of Brunssum Travel Information Guide Time of year: Spring Lodging:La Casa53013 Gaiole, Chianti, SienaTel: 0039-0577-738-707 Cooking Holiday: The class included a welcome reception, three evening cooking classes, a day time wine tasting/vineyard tour, and a daytime trip to the market. The evening meals were included after you cook it. The […]

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