Showing posts with label Villas. Vacation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Villas. Vacation. Show all posts

Thursday, July 23, 2009 Launches New Travel Site With Insider Travel Guides To The Best Areas In Italy. is a fast growing Italian travel portal who offers the possibility to deepen your knowledge on Italy. Every region has a section filled with articles and travel guides, with the purpose to inform and help our visitors to organize the perfect vacation. Let’s say that you are going to Sicily this summer and you want to learn more about the island. What do you do? You go to our Sicily section and there you will find travel guides and articles on Taormina, Palermo, Cefalù, the Aeolian Islands, Sicily’s fascinating history and much more.

In addition to reading and insights, suggests a careful selection of hotels, with the possibility to book directly online in a fast and easy way. We are currently concentrated in the Southern Italy.’s main goal is to provide you the tools to create an unforgettable vacation in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. One cannot help but fall in love with the amazing history of Rome, the magnificent spas on the island of Ischia or the art history in Florence. Who hasn’t dreamed of going gondola in Venice or sit on a terrace in Amalfi and drink a glass of Limoncello? Our staff of Italian and foreign journalists has undertaken to update the contents of the portal to provide an information service that is always varied and to help you fulfill your dreams.

Visit for the latest and up to date information on travel to and within Italy.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Rick Steves Travels To Cinque Terre, Italy: Hiking in Corniglia

One of my favorite shows on public television is hosted by travel expert Rick Steves. In this episode you can see Rick travel to one of Italy's most amazing regions: Cinque Terre. The more I watch these segments, the more I realize I need to be in Italy. Enjoy and thank you Rick Steves for always doing such a fantastic job of showcasing the best of Europe.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Travel Guide and Founder Of My Far and Away Itineraries, Julie Gilley, Shares Expert Advice On"How To Be More Italian On Your Next Trip To Italy."

Have you always wanted to take a trip to Italy, but wanted help in planning and finding the best locations, hotels, etc. for your trip? Well, Meet Julie Gilley, Founder and Travel Guide of, My Far and Away Itineraries.

Julie is well versed in Italian travels and culture, she goes above and beyond to find the most interesting locations and details to ensure her clients experience the Italian trip of a lifetime, "As your host, I commit to planning every detail for you so that you may have the most worry-free vacation experience while focusing on the things that really matter, la dolce vita...the sweet life!”

Julie shares her tips and knowledge on "How To" be a little bit more Italian on your next trip to Italy. Its a great list!


When I journey into someone else’s country, I want to fit in. I want to experience life as it is for the locals of that region of the world. One of the ways this can be achieved is by adopting some of the characteristics, traits, and habits of the Italian culture every time I visit Italy. Here are a few you can try:

 Dress the part. Ditch the Nike’s, Bermuda shorts and fanny packs. Italians are fashion conscience. Yes, you will need to be comfortable touring the sites, but do it in style.

Guys: wear jeans or slacks, button-down shirts and a jacket
Girls: black is smack! And, so are pointed-toe, stiletto-healed shoes (OK, not so great for walking on cobblestone roads, but you get the idea!)

 Relax. Slow down and enjoy la dolce vita—the sweet life. Americans are all about instant gratification. We want quick service, fast food, and prompt response. Try it the Italian way: enjoy a 2-hour lunch; stroll through a piazza; sip wine in a local café. Relaxing will allow you to see and experience more of the local flavor—truly making life a little sweeter!

 Learn the language. A few simple key words or phrases spoken in the native tongue will go a long way in communicating with an Italian. Buon giorno (good morning), grazie (thank you) and per favore (please) are a good start. Don’t be afraid to try it—Italians are very gracious and forgiving if you botch it up!

 Plan for later meals. Americans tend to be programmed when it comes to eating: lunch at noon; dinner at six. Italians eat later. If you show up for dinner between 6:00 and 7:00, you may find the restaurant closed, or you’ll be eating by yourself (which screams “tourist”). If you can wait to eat later, 8:30-9:00 PM, your dining experience will be more exciting. The locals are out, there is a buzz in the dining room, and you will have more fun.

 Eat the local cuisine. Avoid the urge to order pepperoni pizza, stop in a nearby McDonalds (if there even is one nearby), or order your favorite addiction, Diet Coke. There are so many fabulously delicious Italian dishes that it makes my mouth water just writing about it!

Order an antipasti (appetizer) along with a glass of Prosecco (Italian champagne); order a primi (first course); order a secondi (entrée) together with a nice bottle of red wine (or carafe of vino della casa, house wine); order dolce (dessert). Then, top it all off with a glass of Vin Santo (sweet wine) or café (espresso).

Buon appetito!

 Follow the rules of the road. Driving in Italy is stressful, even for the best of us. On the freeways, drive in the right lane, using the left lane for passing only. When passing, turn your blinker on to indicate you want back in the right lane—this lets the drivers approaching from behind know that you intend to get out of their way. Have your money or credit cards ready when approaching a tollbooth. Following a few simple rules will bring about fewer honks, headlight flashes and nasty hand gestures.

Julie Gilley
Italy Travel Planner and Tour Guide

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Reggio Calabria, Italy-- The Top Vacation Destination in Italy.

Reggio Calabria, Italy is definitely one of the most unbelievable panoramic destinations in Italy. Its also incredibly untraveled by the vacation masses and receives a low turnout on popularity as opposed to other Italian hot spots such as Capri, Elba or any other coastal resort towns. Now, from experience, I can tell you there is a huge difference between northern and southern Italy. Northern, the landscape and overall social setting is more organized and probably resembles a more western (American) feel. As you travel to Southern Italy, you are surrounded by a more authentic, simplistic way of life. Now, this doesn't mean you have no modern day amenities but its definitely not Northern Italy.

I strongly suggest if you're looking for a less traveled and uncharted vacation this summer then Reggio Calabria is for you. In Calabria, you're surrounded by agriculture, open seas, emerald waters, fresh food, sea and mountain air. Its so indescribable. The area has endured many historical events and the people of Calabria are unique in the sense of pride and authenticity of their land. History and actual archeology have a great place in Calabria as well. Current excavations are underway, truly amazing. Calabria is also located in an area where taking day trips to Sicily are possible and visiting other resort areas on the water in Sicily are a ferry boat ride away. There are also volcanic islands like Stromboli and Lipari, which are also accessible by ferry. To vacation in Calabria is to vacation in paradise, villas are readily available in all areas of Calabria including near the beaches. Calabria is slowly evolving into a major destination for American and European jetsetters. Get a head of the game and plan your trip now! Visit these sites for further info on stays, villas, and overall Calabria.

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