Italy

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Dawn at Duomo di Milano

< “It’s 4:35 am in Milan, and I haven’t slept in 2 days. I’ve been sitting in the kitchen of our airbnb apartment all night long, not being able to sleep thanks to no A/C, while its it’s 35 degrees out, humid as hell, and on a loud busy street. Now the sun is rising. It’s…

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Siena Spring Style

I have such a special affinity for Siena. The beautiful walled city perched atop an Tuscan hillside in Italy was my first foray into Europe when I was younger. A good friend of mine had relocated there, and I visited with my family one Spring. I hadn’t been back since until recently, when I was fortunate enough to…

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Italy Agriturismo: Masseria Agnello

I don’t normally write about places we’ve stayed, as there have been so many hotels/bnbs/apartments that I couldn’t possibly do a review of them all. But every once in awhile one accommodation stands out among the rest, and I feel obligated to sing its praises. This year that place was Masseria Agnello Azienda Agricola Relais,…

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Scala dei Turchi

This summer sure has been a busy one for us, with many visitors coming to Malta, lots of travels, and enough miles logged in road trips to last the rest of the year. One such road trip recently was along the southwestern coast of Sicily with my girls and my guy. I won’t lie, I planned…

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Hidden Gems of Venice

Venice is like Disney World for adults. I stil can’t get over the sights I saw and the sheer beauty of the city. The moment I stepped out of the train station and caught my first glimpse of the main canal, it took my breath away. The city itself doesn’t feel real, but more like…

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One Day in Florence

Ah, Firenze. I’ve visited this infamous city 5 times now, and each and every trip has been completely different. From first visiting with my family when I was a teenager and falling in love with the city, to coming with a large group of friends for a whirlwind trip, and most recently with J where a full…

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Southern Sicily

Sicily was such a pleasant surprise. Just a short hop from where we were living in Malta (less than a half an hour flight!), it was a no-brainer. We flew into Catania Airport, but focused the majority of our time in the area of Ortigia, within the city of Syracuse, upon recommendation from a friend….

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Postcard from Taormina

Taormina, in Southern Sicily, is the quintessential Italian town perched high upon a hill with unbelievable panoramic views of the sea below. Albeit, it is Sicily’s most popular vacation destination, and completely engulfed by tourists. For us, it was perfect to just spend the day there. However, the town of Taormina is completely charming with its…

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Mount Etna

An excursion to Italy’s beloved Mount Etna was definitely a highlight of our trio to Southern Sicily. There are many guided tour groups with prearranged activities that will pick you up and drop off at your hotel in Catania. Here were the highlights of our trek. Alcantara Gorges Otherworldly rock face formations with the clearest coldest water…

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Catania, Sicily

Oh, Catania. You really are not my favourite city I’ve been to, but you do happen to be the central starting point for excursions in Southern Sicily. If you do happen to find yourself in this rough-around-the-edges city, don’t fret (like I did). Fortunately, there are a couple of gems hiding amongst the rough lava-covered,…

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