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The Historic Charm of Turin

For almost two full years, I have happily been calling Turin (Torino), Italy home! I have a cozy little apartment in a building that dates back to the late 1800’s. It is comfortably situated in the heart of the city. Every morning, I take the dog for a walk, and still every single time I step  ...

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“3 Reasons to Visit Bologna”

There are many beautiful cities in Italy but only a few that are pin pointed on a map by visitors. You might think of Rome, Florence, Venice or maybe Cinque Terre, Milan or Sicily. These locations are popular around the world, and when planning a trip to Italy they are always at the top of the  ...

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Day Dreaming of Summer and Puglia

If like me, you have been getting a bit of the winter blues and are craving some warm weather, let me just take a minute to day dream about spectacular beaches and try to convince you to start planning your summer vacation to one of my personal favorite places: PUGLIA!! In some English texts it  ...

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Venice: Real World Disney Land

The first birthdays my husband and I celebrated together we agreed that instead of buying presents for one another we would gift each other trips! It is one of my favorite traditions!! It is not just a present I love receiving, but also one I spend almost the whole year excited to plan for  ...

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What I packed for a weekend in London

Recently, I went for just a weekend trip to meet Emily in London. I love weekend getaways and finally after many trips I have mastered packing minimally with a good variety of options for a short vacation! Here is my general checklist for a three day trip: Two pairs of pants (or one pair of  ...

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Rome-ing! (top 3 favorites in Rome)

In February of 2015, in fact on valentine’s day, I took my one giant suitcase filled with my life, hopped on the train from Puglia and moved to Rome! Rome turned into a beautiful, fun, young, artsy and party filled home. I made amazing friends, which was fairly easy as the city is full of  ...

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Florence, Italy

Every new city I visit in Italy gives me a new and improved flavor of Italian living. A better grasp of culture, language, and even a small glimpse of what daily life might look like for a local. For me, a place could be absolutely breathtaking and full of life and constant stimulation, but if  ...

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