Top 10 Reasons to Visit The Netherlands

Top reasons to visit the Netherlands

There are plenty of reasons to visit The Netherlands. And due to budget airlines like EasyJet, it’s cheap to get to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport from most major European cities. So why not plan a visit to the land of clogs, windmills, tulips, and cheese? Here are 10 reasons why you should visit this small but …

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Stunning S’Ardia horse race in Sedilo, Sardinia, racing for faith and tradition

S’Ardia, the wild horse race in Sedilo that takes places every 6th and 7th of July, never fails to attract thousands of visitors from Sardinia, Italy, and Europe. Sedilo, a quiet village of some 2000 people in Oristano province in central Sardinia, holds every year one of the island’s most reckless festivals. While I’m not …

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Things to do in Strasbourg, the beautiful capital of Alsace

Things to do in Strasbourg, France

Is Strasbourg worth visiting? The capital and largest city of France’s region Alsace and the official seat of the European Parliament, even though known for more political and business reasons, there are many things to do in Strasbourg if you are on vacation. Historically on a delicate balance between France and Germany, the beautiful Strasbourg will …

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Best Eastern European Tours – Explore Offbeat Europe

best eastern european tours

Slightly different, slightly more adventurous and slightly less-known roads is how these eastern Europe holiday packages could be described. Although “slightly” is a relatively mild expression of what awaits you if you decide to book one of these tours. These packages offer cycling adventures, as well as walking and sailing tours. When deciding whether to …

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Best 5-star Hotels in Budapest For A Luxury Holiday

Image: Parisi Udvar one of the best five-star hotels in Budapest, Hungary

Ever since Budapest emerged as a popular and affordable holiday destination, one of the reasons to visit Hungary’s capital, the palette of accommodation options grew avidly. Along with the great offer of budget hotels, there is an extensive number of 5-star hotels in Budapest located right in the heart of the Hungarian capital. Many of …

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Best Hotels In Budapest For An Unforgettable Holiday

Image: Hotel Moments one of the best hotels in Budapest

Whether you are planning a trip to Budapest for its attractions, events, rich and unique gastronomy, or work purposes, the first thing you need is adequate accommodation that will be a good starting point for any activity. It is vital to find a place that will provide a good night’s sleep, a convenient location, a …

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The Best Italy Tours To Build Wonderful Travel Memories

Image: Liguria cost in the best Italy tours

Italy. A country that is stereotyped by pizza, pasta and the Mario brothers. Yet, this boot-shaped piece of land in the Mediterranean has so much more to offer than these stereotypes would allow. Whether it is the alpine experiences of northern Italy, the rolling hills of Tuscany, the crowded city of Rome or the unique …

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One Day In Ljubljana, Slovenia – An Easy Itinerary

Image: Ljubljana in one day - Old Town

Ljubljana (pronounced more or less like ‘jubeljana’) is the capital of Slovenia. Usually, when you think of a capital city, you think a big city with a lot of people, but with Ljubljana that is not the case. Ljubljana is small, charming and the city centre is very walkable. It is a lively student city …

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One Day In Istanbul – A Simple Itinerary

Image: Istanbul Sultanhamet

Ideally you would be able to spend longer than one day in Istanbul to fully explore this beautiful city, but if you can’t swing it, then you definitely need to be very organised when planning your itinerary. Turkey is a fascinating place to visit and Istanbul the only city in the world that straddles two …

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2 Days In Barcelona – A Simple + Epic Itinerary

Image: Barcelona Cathedral

Are 2 days in Barcelona enough? Hardly. One of the most alluring metropolises in Europe, it’s a constantly developing city filled with art, music, endless sunshine and beautiful beaches. The harmony of all these together makes Barcelona a must-visit city in Spain! Imagine walking under palm trees, trying some amazing dishes, and enjoying the vibes …

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Best Things To Do In Bolzano, Northern Italy

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A Handy Bolzano Travel Guide Home > Italy > Best Things To Do In Bolzano by Angela Corrias • Updated: January 13, 2020 The cross-cultural reality of Italian and German traditions, Bolzano is a fascinating city that perfectly blends nature, history and culture. One of the cities to visit in Trentino Alto Adige, it makes …

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Best Day Trips From Florence, Italy

best day trips from florence siena

Find the best day trip from Florence to explore more of the beautiful Tuscany region. Medieval towns, thermal baths and cities like Pisa and Siena are only some of the the places to visit from Florence.

How To Plan a Trip To Porto, Portugal

Travelling to Portugal? Here are some great insider’s tips on how to plan a trip to Porto. From public transport to safety to where to eat, you will find all you need to organise a perfect holiday in Porto.

Things to do in Athens – Something for everyone

Top things to do in Athens, Greece

With so many great places to visit in Athens, the Greek capital is a top European travel destination and always included in the best tours to Greece. Whether you are a foodie, a history buff, or an adventure seeker, the things to do in Athens will make you enjoy your holiday and long for more. …

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Where to stay in Seville and where to eat

Where to stay in Seville, best Seville apartments and hotels

When planning your trip to Andalusia, you need to carefully decide where to stay in Seville. After reviewing several Seville apartments, budget and luxury hotels and also some hostels for some cheap accommodations, we are sure that here you can find the perfect option for you. Where to stay in Seville, the best hotels and …

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20 things to do in Cadiz, Spain

Things to do in Cadiz, Spain

One of the cities in Andalusia you are likely to enjoy the most, despite the unbearable heat if you travel in summer, is Cadiz, the ancient Gadir, one of the oldest European cities located on a peninsula near the border with Morocco. Founded by the Phoenicians and transformed by the Romans into Gades, Cadiz has always …

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Top 10 reasons to travel to Greece

Top reasons to travel to Greece

In very little need for introduction, there are a million reasons to travel to Greece. The cradle of Western civilization, ambrosial food, and fantastic weather are only some of the things that make Greece a wonderful destination all year round. Read on and get inspired to book a tour to Greece now! **Guest post by …

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Top 10 reasons to visit Granada, Spain

Top reasons to visit Granada

A fascinating and rich history, a stunning interplay of different architectural styles, beautiful natural landscape, and a lovely weather are only some of the reasons why you would want to visit Granada, in the charming southern Spanish Andalucia region, now. **Guest post by Chloe from Journey With Chloe Granada has and always will have a …

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Top 10 reasons to visit Sarajevo

Top 10 reasons to visit Sarajevo

The fascinating capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, visit Sarajevo for its tangled history, delicious food and its many things to see and do. From hiking Mount Trebevic to discovering its history in the many museums to having fun with the locals, Sarajevo can make your trip unforgettable. **Guest post by Gemma and Craig from Two …

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Capo Cubeddu and the unsung heroes of Italy’s Varignano

Capo Cubeddu, deep-sea diver from the Navy's Varignano to the seven Continents

When he was accepted at the Varignano, the famous diving training school of the Italian Navy in Le Grazie along La Spezia coastline, Domenico Cubeddu couldn’t even swim. Hailing from a small mountain village in central Sardinia, in 1954, when Italy was emerging from the debris of WWII, he was dreaming to join the Navy …

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Top 10 reasons why you should visit Berlin

Top reasons why you should visit Berlin now

Berlin, the capital of Germany, is a vibrant city brimming with multicultural communities and living a stylish, laid-back life. Boasting a long history and a very trendy contemporary art scene, there are countless things to do in Berlin. Have you made up your mind yet? If not, read on our top reasons to visit Berlin …

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Top 10 reasons to visit Andalusia

Andalucia holidays, reasons why you should travel to this beautiful Spanish region.

A fascinating stormy past, cities blessed with sunny days all year round and great food are only some of the reasons to travel to Andalusia, a wonderful region in southern Spain. If you are still planning your next vacation, read on and get inspired to visit Andalusia. ***Guest post by Silke Elzner of Happiness and …

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Tuscany tours: day trip from Florence to Siena

Day trip from Florence to Siena

Travelling to Florence is always overwhelming. The city might not be huge, but from the first moments wandering around its cobbled alleys and historical buildings, it’s immediately clear that its moniker of the cradle of the Renaissance wasn’t given by accident. However, if you are treating yourself with a longer stay in Tuscany, you can …

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Top 12 reasons to visit Italy

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For years Italy has been one of the most popular travel destinations for tourists from the world over. Culture, beauty, food, history, this small European country has it all and the reasons to visit Italy are endless. Thanks to its huge cultural heritage, the places to visit in Italy can keep you busy for a lifetime. …

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7 tips for a long solo motorcycle trip around Europe

Tips for a long solo motorcycle trip around Europe

Are you planning a motorcycle trip around Europe? This post, packed with useful tips and practical information, will help you do just that. Europe is a fantastic place for road trips, and if you are a passionate rider, you won’t be disappointed. Going on a solo motorcycle trip always requires some extra preparation than just …

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My top 6 reasons to visit Iceland

Why I want to visit Iceland: Skolaferdalag Energy Pool

I won’t deny that despite having traveled a lot, there are still quite a few places on my radar. I have been wanting to visit Iceland for a while now. Some eight years actually, when a friend of mine told me one of the things she liked the most about her trip was elves’ furtive presence. …

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Perugia city of staircases and arches in central Italy

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They wandered to and fro, accordingly, and lost themselves among the strange, precipitate passages, which, in Perugia, are called streets, Some of them are like caverns, being arched all over, and plunging down abruptly towards an unknown darkness; which, when you have fathomed its depths, admits you to a daylight that you scarcely hoped to …

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San Sperate, the world of bees and Sardinian honey

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Home to Pino Sciola’s sounding stones and great honey, San Sperate, near Cagliari, is one of the places you should visit when planning a holiday in Sardinia. What would happen if bees went extinct? From BBC to Business Insider, we’ve been warned many times about the catastrophic consequences of bee extinction. After reading and listening …

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Visit Seneghe, hidden gem in central Sardinia

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Seneghe, according to the local mythology, is the town that engenders crazy people. It boasts a beautiful mountain, natural spring water, mouthwatering local cuisine and fertile lands. Yet, it generates crazy people. If you are planning a holiday in Sardinia, Seneghe is definitely worth it. But you will need to rent a car in Sardinia as …

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Exploring Rome like a tourist with Marco Polo Guidebooks

With the extraordinary Jubilee, or Holy Year of Mercy, announced by Pope Francis and starting December 8th, from the very moment all sacred doors around the city will be open, Rome will be in the spotlight even more than usual, which is already quite a lot. While I sure am pretty confident getting around the Italian capital, …

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20 things to know before travelling to Sardinia

Are you thinking about spending a holiday in this beautiful Italian island? Here are some of the things to know before you travel to Sardinia. #1 It’s a desert island. Or is it? #2 Get ready to gain weight #3 If you are offered rotten cheese, don’t take it as an insult #4 Do we speak Italian or Spanish? #5 Are you ready to travel in time?

Discovering my hometown Sardinia with Marco Polo Guidebooks

If you’ve been following my Instagram gallery, you might know that I just got back from a blissful two-week holiday in my hometown Sardinia, which, to brag just a little, happens to be my hometown. This has obviously led me to write extensively about it, with a soft spot for the lesser-known places, customs and …

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Exploring Sicily with Marco Polo Guidebooks

Confession time: in all my wanderings, the country I have probably explored less is my own, Italy. This is why when I received a wedding invitation from a friend of mine from Sicily I grabbed my Marco Polo Sicily Guidebook, packed my new swimwear and summer dresses and got ready in a heartbeat to enjoy …

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Venice Ghetto, the stormy past of Europe’s oldest Jewish Quarter

It was the year 1516, to be precise March 29th, when the Senate of the Serenissima Maritime Republic of Venice declared official the institution of the city’s Jewish Quarter, known also as Venice Ghetto, Europe’s first neighbourhood of its kind. This is how I roughly translate the Renaissance Italian words issued by former Venetian rulers …

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Rural Finland, images from traditional village Vuolenkoski

Between an outdoor adventure and the other, alternated with the very much sought after sauna evenings, during my recent trip to Finland I had the chance to visit Vuolenkoski, a traditional village in the southern Häme region. Counting some 500 residents, Vuolenkoski is not a newly created village, but what’s remarkable is that its youngest …

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Hiking around Sammalisto Lake and experiencing Finland’s woodland

After our adventure around Päijänne Lake, we headed to the highly densely forested area blessed by Sammalisto and Lapakisto Lakes lapping its shores, and here, as one of the highlights of my recent trip to southern Finland, we went for a scenic and revitalizing hike immersed in the untouched greenery part of Nastola, municipality of Häme region. I was introduced …

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First time kayaking? In Finland’s second largest lake!

As anticipated in my previous post, I just got back from a great 4-day trip to Finland where I had the precious chance to soak in this northern European country’s most unspoilt corners. This is also the trip that introduced to the world of kayaking. Where? In Päijänne Lake. That’s right, since I usually like going the …

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Nature and fairy tales, dreaming of Finland

While I’ve always spent my school holidays on the beach (clear legacy of my Sardinian origins), recently I’ve been finding myself always more often craving greenery and wilderness, and this is probably why I’m so thrilled to be heading to Finland on two days from now to explore its fascinating nature with the guidance, support and precious insight …

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Stepping back in medieval Europe between Brasov and Rasnov

After enjoying the beauty of, and soaking in, the clean nature of the Prahova Valley, the following stop of our Romania trip was the (in)famous region of Transylvania, mainly known for the Count Dracula’s castle, even though, how I will have the chance to better explain in my next post, little he had to do …

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Peles Castle, eerie beauty and luxury in Sinaia

As promised in my previous post about my stay in the Prahova county, here I’m publishing a photo essay of beautiful Peles Castle, one of the main highlights in Sinaia, a maze of rooms and corridors, each with a different character, personality and nationality, as its owner, king Carol I, chose to adorn each space with different styles and decorations, both …

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Prahova county: soaking in Romania’s nature, royalty and spirituality

Picture yourself wandering around half-empty roads framed by slightly gothic houses with medieval features somehow resembling gnomes’ residences. Here a car passes by every two or three minutes, all in the backdrop of the dramatic, snow-covered peaks of the Carpathian range. You are in Romania’s Prahova county. Visiting Sinaia, the Carpathian Pearl I won’t deny it, I’m very …

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Colors and tradition, a photo journey around Dimitrie Ghica Park in Sinaia

After devoting a post to Sinaia’s pretty architecture, I thought it was only fair to show you also its green part, or some of it, since the whole region is surrounded by greenery everywhere. Sinaia is a charming little town nestled in the valley of Bucegi Mountains, dramatic snow-covered peaks part of the Carpathian range. Typical architecture …

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Delicacies from a traditional Sardinian meal

Now in July, just for a little summer break from Rome’s hustle and bustle, I came up with the bright idea to spend a long weekend in Sardinia to enjoy some good sun and beach time. Or so I thought. From last Thursday, day of my arrival, right until Monday, when I came back to Rome, …

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A photo stroll around Ghilarza, my hometown in central Sardinia

A photo-reportage from a typical Sardinian village, Ghilarza, which happens to be also Antonio Gramsci’s and my hometown. Stone walls, a persistent nature, colourful flowers and churches are possibly the main characters of most villages in the big Italian island of Sardinia. Being a small town surrounded by a huge countryside, houses in Ghilarza are …

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Uncovering secret Trastevere with Scopri Roma

Touristy yet traditional, Trastevere is one of the most famous areas of Rome. Even though most tourists like to linger here from morning to evening, the younger through the night, it may come as a surprise to learn that with so many hidden spots, there is much to discover about secret Trastevere. Who has been …

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A walk around Levanto, Liguria

On the day I arrived in Liguria, just before walking to La Francesca village resort, I decided to spend some hours and my first lunch of the region in Levanto, small medieval town a little more than an hour train from Genoa. Although it was cloudy and rainy, the city looked lovely already at a …

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Viterbo, beautiful medieval, shady City of Popes

Devoting an entire day to Viterbo, Italy, beautiful and mysterious city about 80 km from Rome is an experience everyone traveling to the capital should make at least once. Steeped in history and folktales, Viterbo is the City of Popes. Hardly one of those cities you stumble on naturally, for Viterbo you need a proper plan, …

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Eleonora d’Arborea, woman, daughter, mother, ruler in medieval Sardinia

eleonora d'arborea

I used to live about 40 minutes drive from Oristano, the town in central Sardinia where they run the Sartiglia equestrian carousel, and I’ve gone past the imposing statue of Eleonora d’Arborea, dominating the square named after her, probably a million times. Woman, mother, daughter, ruler, strategist, Eleonora d’Arborea is a figure of inestimable value …

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Listening to the Memory of the Universe with Pino Sciola

When I wrote the post on Pinuccio Sciola’s singing stones, I received many messages from readers asking me to post a video to give an idea of what kind of sound what we think of as dead matter was releasing. Pretty understandable as you don’t see many people making music out of seemingly silent rocks. …

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Resilient to globalization? Visit Sedilo, Sardinia

I can’t remember how many times I’ve been to Sedilo, one of Sardinia’s prettiest villages. Impossible to count them, really. It’s the village where my mom was born, where my grandparents grew up, met, got married and lived until their sixth child, when they migrated to France. After more than twenty years living beyond the …

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The best things to do in Granada, Spain

Best things to do in Granada, Spain

A trip to Andalusia won’t be complete if you don’t devote enough time to the best things to do in Granada. Sun-soaked southern Spanish city, Granada is famous for its Alhambra, and although the complex is truly stunning, it’s not the only reason that will keep you here for a couple of days. If you …

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Exploring Veio, Rome’s “last big enemy”

Who has read my previous posts about Rome knows that I love wandering about its ancient ruins and staring in awe at their majesty. This, however, should not lead my readers to believe that I agree with Romans’ foreign policies of conquering and invading, although, I admit, unlike today’s imperialist wars, at least they have …

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The wolf that made Rome possible

Many people gape at Rome’s monuments, their authenticity makes it incredibly easy to picture toga-clad muscular men busy organizing naval battles at the Colosseum, but how many have wondered how all this started? To make sure Rome’s foundation sounded as grand as its present and future, historians, writers and poets back in the BCs produced …

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Hitting the Sardinian wine trail between myth and tradition

There are two ways to get under the skin of a place: interact with its natives and unearth its traditions. How to achieve both is pretty straightforward: by trying the local food. And wine, that is. Thankfully, sampling Sardinian wine is quite a pleasant way to do that. Travelling the world made me somehow discover …

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Bulls, horses and roses to celebrate Saint Catherine of Alexandria in Sardinia

The smartest thing Catholic religion could possibly think of has been to incorporate pagan rituals into its own ceremonies. Banning ancestral cults all together might have provoked too many protests and caused general unrest, so why not take the lead? This is how many ancient festivals in Sardinia, especially the ones locals have always organized …

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Visit the Colosseum, Rome’s most photographed landmark

Hardly in need of any introduction, the Amphitheatrum Flavium, better known as Colosseum, is one of Rome’s most visited and photographed landmarks. One of those Rome must-sees no guidebooks would ever dare to forget. It must be its look, its majesty, its ancient wisdom overlooking whimsical modernity, what has been attracting thousands of people every day …

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Secret Sardinia, shelter of the Knights Templar

It’s easy to be seduced by Sardinia‘s irregular beauty. The island’s rugged mountains framed by sandy beaches and crystal clear waters make for a pristine landscape one can hardly forget. Most villages proudly boast a great resilience against the waves of globalization, and although some traditions do struggle to survive, locals are very jealous of …

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In Orgosolo, preserving the ancient silk art

I have already written about Orgosolo stunning street art and about its antimilitarist spirit. Orgosolo, however, is not only politics. This obstreperous town of inland Sardinia’s region known as Barbagia is home to an exclusive form of ancient silk art. Different from how they make silk in China, this is another way of producing and …

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In Cordoba to cast a glance at the cruel side of history

When I made the unfortunate suggestion to visit the Museum of the Inquisition on our last morning in Cordoba, just before catching the bus to Granada, my cousin didn’t show much enthusiasm. “Are you sure?” she told me in an evident effort to talk me out of it. But since I know about her passion …

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Pratobello, ghost town or breeding ground for revolution?

“Does anybody live here in Pratobello?” Smirk. “Who would want to live here?!” A shepherd from Orgosolo was guarding his sheep grazing early morning and didn’t seem to appreciate much our question, and due to Orgosolo reputation we opted not to insist. At first sight, from the road, that small cluster of wrecked buildings give …

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Journey through Roman Grandeur

Recently, I was invited by Context Travel to a cultural walk led by Dr. Francesca Barberini through the magnificence of Princess Isabelle’s Apartment in Palazzo Colonna, 66 Piazza SS. Apostoli, just beside Piazza Venezia, in Rome’s city center. As soon as I arrived, something looked familiar. True, I had lived in Rome for seven years, …

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Sardinia, land of mystery. Part 2: Atlantis’ lost civilization?

Last week I wrote the first of this two-part series about Sardinia‘s mysteries, and I focused on popular tales, legends and unexplained facts that from time to time still happen. This second and last chapter is devoted to some studies that academics, journalists and researchers are carrying out on the island’s most ancient history. Traveling …

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Sardinia, land of mystery. Part 1: Tales and unexplained facts

There are many places in the world that are known for their rich culture, oral traditions and unexplainable facts that happen on their soil. It goes without saying that so far, the most colorful country I’ve been to is Incredible India, with Her unbelievable religious tales, historical heritage and picturesque customs. I don’t know if …

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What to Do in Istanbul in 4 Days: Palaces, Spices and Bazaars

4 days in istanbul

“See Naples and die,” the phrase widely attributed to the German poet Wolfgang Goethe, can be reinterpreted and perfectly applied to Istanbul. Former Byzantium, the ancient capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, renamed Constantinople by Emperor Constantine, this fascinating Turkish city amazes visitors for its layers of history, hectic bazaars and friendly people. Are you …

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Su Gologone water spring, wonder in Sardinia Supramonte

One of the most visited places in Sardinia, Su Gologone water spring lies in the breathtaking Supramonte mountainous region within the territory of Oliena in Nuoro province. What is Su Gologone and how to visit The main wellhead of the karst subterraneous system of the Supramonte mountain region, Su Gologone attracts thousands of visitors every year. Its …

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Orgosolo Murals, Sardinia’s Controversial Side

Orgosolo is a small, apparently sleepy, town in central-eastern Sardinia. It’s very well-known both in the island and in the rest of the country for its stormy past. This was, in fact, the place where misunderstandings would be solved with blood feuds involving entire families for generations. Truth or legend, there is a whole oral …

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Glendalough lakes, Ireland

Located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, many are the things to do in Glendalough, Ireland. Around its lakes, many attractions entertain the visitors. Finding the top things to do in Glendalough, Ireland Utterly fascinating, Glendalough is a world-famous monastic site with a tower dominating the view of its scenic lakes and valleys in County Wicklow. A great …

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Tower Bridge in London, plan a perfect visit to one of the city’s most iconic landmarks

How to plan a trip to London

The epitome of architectural majesty, Tower Bridge in London has always been one of the favourite and most iconic landmarks of the English capital. Symbol of a glorious bygone past, this beautiful building attracts thousands of visitors every day and is being used by over 40,000 people (motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians) daily. A suspension engineering marvel …

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