Things to Do in Montepulciano,Tuscany
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by chrysoula
11M ago
Perched on top of a hill not too far from Siena, this lovely medieval town is one of the most charming places in Tuscany, other than one of the favorite destinations of national and international wine lovers! You’ve probably already heard about the prized Nobile wine, which is produced in the vineyards surrounding Montepulciano: you can have a glass of it anywhere in town, and you cannot miss a visit to a wine cellar, a wine estate, or a local winery offering guided visits and tastings! Montepulciano is mainly famous for its idyllic country landscapes, its scenic views, and its wine, but it al ..read more
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Things to Do in Montalcino, Tuscany
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by chrysoula
1y ago
Another Tuscan town commonly associated with wine is Montalcino, the homeland of the famous Brunello wine.  Its original recipe dates back to 1888 when Ferruccio Biondi Santi started to grow only one grape variety named Sangiovese to make a brand-new kind of wine. Tuscan winemakers usually mixed several grapes, but he thought selecting only one was the best option to produce an original wine. Brunello wine has to age for at least five years (and two inside oak barrels!) before being ready for consumption. Like many other Tuscan towns near Siena, Montalcino looks like a medieval settlemen ..read more
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Things to Do in Pienza, Tuscany
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by chrysoula
1y ago
Pienza is a charming small town located at the heart of Tuscany, only 50 Km away from Siena. It’s a popular destination for a day trip, both among locals and visitors. That’s because it’s located in the most picturesque area of the famous hilly Tuscan countryside (the so-called Val d’Orcia), and it’s also rich in historical buildings and churches. Unlike many other Tuscan towns, Pienza has no Roman, Etruscan, or Medieval pieces of heritage. That’s because it did not exist (at least in its modern shape) until 1459! Actually, it was all about an ambitious renovation project started by Pope Pio I ..read more
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The Ultimate Guide to Vernazza, Italy
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by chrysoula
1y ago
Nestled between the sea and the rocky hill dotted with orchards, vineyards, and olive trees, Vernazza is a charming village within the famous Cinque Terre National Park in Liguria. Its name has an uncertain origin: it was said it came from an ancient Roman family of landowners named Gens Vulnetia, but there is no official proof. Its first inhabitants lived on the slopes of the hill, but the tiny settlement got larger and larger, getting closer to the shore during the Middle Ages. Vernazza is a typical example of Ligurian architecture, featuring tall and narrow houses, bright colors, winding al ..read more
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A Guide to Portovenere, Italy
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by chrysoula
1y ago
Just a few miles away from Cinque Terre, another picturesque village is waiting for visitors to enjoy its colorful buildings and its natural landscapes that are protected by a Marine Reserve and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Portovenere overlooks the charming Gulf of Poets. Its municipal area includes a lovely fortified village, the island of Palmaria, a Marine Reserve, a few trekking trails, and the tiny isles of Tino and Tinetto. The village takes its name from a Roman settlement featuring a temple dedicated to Venus, but it was later conquered and ruled by several people and a ..read more
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Things to Do in San Gimignano, Tuscany
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by chrysoula
1y ago
Tuscany is rich in charming medieval towns, which are full of history and picturesque corners. While driving around, you’ll surely spot several villages scattered among the hills that deserve a day trip, or at least a stop, to take a closer look at their narrow winding alleyways, their old buildings, and their artistic masterpieces. San Gimignano is one of the most popular destinations in this area, and it’s located on top of a hill, just 43 Km away from Siena and 60 Km from Florence. Its location makes it one of the favorite spots of visitors planning a day trip in the countryside, and it’s a ..read more
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Bologna in Winter
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by chrysoula
1y ago
Despite Northern Italy’s harsh winter, Bologna is a charming city to visit in any season. It comes alive in December thanks to the popular festival of S. Lucia, the lights, and the Christmas trees decorating the city center, but it’s a vibrant place in any other month thanks to the presence of many Italian and international students attending the oldest university in Europe. When in Bologna, you’ll be able to spend some time outdoors even on the rainiest days thanks to its 38 Km of arcades allowing visitors to go sightseeing and discover the old town in any season. If it gets too cold to walk ..read more
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Naples in Winter
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by chrysoula
1y ago
Naples and Southern Italy are commonly associated with summer, hot sun, and beach holidays, but there are many other facets to discover! Naples is the third largest city in Italy, and it’s so rich in historical, artistic, and cultural heritage that it’s the perfect destination for a weekend getaway in any season. Thanks to its mild and sunny winters, it’s also one of the few big Italian cities where it’s possible, and even pleasant, to stay in the open air for several hours in a row, even in January! Dive into lesser-known Naples’ winter! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This me ..read more
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How Many Days Should You Spend in Verona?
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by chrysoula
1y ago
Verona is rather small when compared to other Italian art cities, and you can see everything in one single day. For this reason, Verona makes a popular day trip destination for people visiting Venice or the towns by Garda Lake. Anyway, spending a weekend in Verona is the best option to experience the local lifestyle and explore the hidden corners of this beautiful town. Taking it slow will allow you to go sightseeing at your own pace, take plenty of pictures, and taste all the local specialties! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means that should you click on certain links a ..read more
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How Many Days Should You Spend on the Amalfi Coast?
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by chrysoula
1y ago
The Amalfi Coast is made for a relaxing holiday, so don’t rush your visit and take your time to watch the sunset, sunbathe, go hiking in nature, or stroll along the picturesque streets of the lovely towns overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. If you’re visiting Naples, you can surely plan a day trip to the Amalfi Coast: you can either slowly drive along the scenic drive winding above the sea or join one of the many guided tours available. Anyway, the Amalfi Coast is best suited for a road trip of a few days or at least a weekend. In summer, you’ll be able to enjoy a traditional beach holiday with ..read more
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