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San Gimignano, Italy

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Dubbed as the medieval Manhattan, the Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano is home to 14 medieval towers, survivors of the original 72. Some of these towers were chimney-like structures built to show off the wealth of noble families, others … Continue reading

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Montepulciano, Italy

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This medieval and Renaissance hill town is located in the province of Siena in southern Tuscany. It is well known for its wine, Vino Nobile. I first learned of Montepulciano from an episode of Rick Steves’ Europe. As one who … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Theodore Roosevelt!

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This day in 1858 Theodore Roosevelt was born. He became the 26th President of the United States. He was an advocate of conservationism which paved the way for the creation of the National Park Service. As a supporter of the … Continue reading

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Siena, Italy

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Siena is a well preserved medieval city. Smaller than the very popular city of Florence, it was as wealthy and powerful in Medieval Europe. Siena was the most powerful banking city on the continent. However, internal struggles among the noble … Continue reading

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Spoleto, Italy

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Spoleto is an ancient city once inhabited by Umbri tribes. The city is mentioned as a colony in 241 BC. Roman philosopher, Cicero described it as a Latin colony in 95 BC. Visitors go to Spoleto to see its ancient … Continue reading

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Half a Day in Perugia, Italy

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In my post, A Glimpse of Umbria, I mentioned that Perugia was one of the Umbrian cities that we visited. As Umbria’s capital, I thought it was a must to check it out. Perugia showcases its Etruscan and medieval past. … Continue reading

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A Full Day Excursion to Capri, Italy

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Of all the fun things we did on our recent trip, the Full Day Capri Excursion in a private boat was the most fun! My husband and I shared a private boat with ten other people. The boat brought us … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Naples, Italy

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Naples. Italy’s third largest municipality after Rome and Milan is located in southern Italy. It is the capital of the region of Campania, and its historic center is the largest in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Map of … Continue reading

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A Peek at Italy’s Amalfi Coast

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amalfi Coast located in Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula is a popular tourist destination. Its cliffside villages and rugged shoreline fascinates. Positano I thought it wasn’t a good idea for my husband and I to explore … Continue reading

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The Micronation of San Marino

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One of the things I was very excited about on our recent trip was visiting one of the smallest countries in the world- San Marino! Statua della Liberta The Republic of San Marino is surrounded by Italy. It was once … Continue reading

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