• Italy,  Travel

    What to see in Florence: classic and unusual places

    What to see in Florence in a weekend? Plan the perfect itinerary for discovering its priceless treasures and unusual places! The classic tour in Florence Dome Square: Cathedral, Bell Tower and Baptistry. Every “classic” tour in Florence, in my opinion, has to start from Piazza del Duomo for seeing the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (and the dome designed by Brunelleschi), Giotto’s Bell Tower (designed by Giotto but realized by Andrea Pisano and completed by Francesco Talenti) and the Baptistry of San Giovanni (with the Gate of Paradise – Porta del Paradiso – dubbed by Michelangelo). In the square there is also the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Opera…

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    Oceania,  Travel

    Where to sleep in Auckland and New Zealand?

    During our two weeks in the Middle Earth (read How to plan a trip to New Zealand) we discovered that New Zealand has hotels and accommodation options to suit every budget and taste. In New Zealand, except Auckland and other big cities (Wellington and Queenstown mostly), you will find more family-type guesthouses, medium-high quality level, rather then hotels. They are often “dependances” or parts of wonderful villas inhabited by retired people. Our experience was excellent: kind and smiling people; spacious, clean and well-equipped rooms; superb english homemade breakfast. Where to sleep in Auckland? In the CBD (Central Business District) the area of largest concentration of attractions, skyscrapers and businesses. Here…

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    Oceania,  Travel

    How to plan a trip to New Zealand?

    How to plan a trip to New Zealand? What to see and how long should you spend in each stop? Useful tips for a journey into nature, in a pristine and incredibly generous land! New Zealand is the journey of life, from every point of view: an authentic immersion in unspoiled nature, an earthly paradise made up of long greens stretches, ups and downs wedged in mountains; a more unique than rare landscape. It’s the journey of your life because it’s on the edge of the world, far from everything and everyone. Its surface is roughly comparable to that one of Italy (270,000 square kilometers), but it is sparsely populated…

  • The tulips explosion at the Keukenhof
    Europe,  Travel

    Tulips in Amterdam 2019: useful info!

    Tulips in Amsterdam: 2019 flowering, Keukenhof opening dates, timetables and prices. How to get to Lisse from Amsterdam and Schiphol. The most famous park in Holland is located near Lisse (between Amsterdam and The Hague) and every year welcomes thousands of visitors enchanted by the colors and scents of nature awakening in the spring! Keukenhof is open from 21 March 2019 up to 19 May 2019 Thirty gardeners, each year in mid-September, plant around 7 million bulbs (including 800 varieties of tulips) by hand, on a surface of 32 hectares. In spring you can admire the results of their work. Keukenhof it’s not only the world’s most beautiful spring garden…

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    Africa,  Travel

    What to see in Essaouira

    What to see in Essaouira, the white and blue city, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean? We discovered it during our tour in the south of Morocco, in August: it was the last stop of the trip and we felt incredible emotions. Probably for the bright colors of the fabrics of the medina, the air of the port full of salt, the garrito of seagulls, the wind that mounts the waves. The Medina, become a part of Unesco heritages in 2001, is crossed by two main roads, the one connecting Bab Marrakech to the Ocean and the other connecting Bab Doukkala to the port. The tour that I suggest you, starts from…

  • how-to-plan-a-trip-to-Georgia-Tbilisi
    Europe,  Travel

    How to plan a trip to Georgia

    How to plan a trip to Georgia? With a guide or by yourself? What to see and how long should you spend in each stop? Useful tips for a journey of culture, nature, food, wine and spirituality in a still authentic and incredibly generous land! How to plan a trip to Georgia? Before leaving, I read tales of enthusiastic backpackers who lived Georgia day after day, planning little or nothing, moving by public transport or hitchhiking. I preferred to rely on an expert that allowed me to structure a trip to Georgia that has satisfied widely my expectations. The travel agency provided me a guide that accompanied me during the…

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    Europe,  Travel

    Where to stay in Amsterdam

    Where to stay in Amsterdam? Every time we go in the city, we never sleep in the same hotel to appreciate different neighborhoods, to experience their restaurants and bars and for having a better awareness of the best areas. Hotel V Frederiksplein 3-star Hotel V Frederiksplein (Weteringschans 136):  This hotel is located along the outer ring of the concentric canal network, near the Heineken Experience (half an hour walk from the Central Station). The structure is modern but, if you choose the classic rooms, you will have to deal with really small size ones. Ours was small but bright (being in the corner of the building, it had two windows!). Breakfast…

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    Italy,  Travel

    Best panoramic views in Rome

    Rome is a city without equal only by entering the streets, squares and alleys of the 22 districts of the historic center (including 20 within the Aurelian walls and 2 outside the walls) you can feel its greatness. But, if you really want to understand how majestic the eternal city is, then we suggest you to reach the most panoramic ‘belvedere’ (viewpoints) of the capital where you can hold, in a single glance, the magic of Rome! Among these, we recommend without doubt the viewpoint of the Gianicolo where you can enjoy a spectacular view: the hill is located between the Vatican and Trastevere neighborhoods, on the right side of…

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    Asia,  Travel

    Cappadocia Itinerary 3 days: things to do

    Cappadocia Itinerary 3 days: how to get there, when to go and what to see? The best balloon tour? Plan by yourself or with a travel agency?  In this first article we want to give you many useful tips to avoid troubles during your journey to Cappadocia and, if like me, you have included in the “100 things to do before you die”, you really can’t be wrong! How to get to Cappadocia? From Istanbul, daily nonstop flights to Nevsheir airport, the nearest airport to Göreme (the city where we recommend to stay) or to Kayseri, the most popular airport (we have also chosen it) because it guarantees a greater…

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    Latin America,  Travel

    Discover Rio de Janeiro, a cidade maravilhosa

    If I say Rio de Janeiro, the first thing that comes to mind are the beautiful Ipanema beach, populated by fascinating carioca (which means exactly “native of Rio”) women and then Copacabana beach, full of Brazilian kids playing football and dreaming of the famous city stadium, the Maracanã (the footie fan dreamed at least once to roam on the green-gold beaches like Ronaldo “O fenomeno” in the famous 90s Nike spot). And again Christ the Redeemer, located at the top of the Corcovado hill, one of the new 7 wonders of the world, rising above the bay (in my opinion the true wonder of the world) and giving a sense…