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Mason’s Labyrinth (Labirinto della Masone) in Italy – Visiting the World’s Largest Maze

Updated on January 14, 2024 Out in the countryside near Parma, Italy, you’ll find the world’s largest labyrinth – Mason’s Labyrinth, or Labirinto della Masone.  It’s set on the property of Franco Maria Ricci, a famous designer, and editor from Parma.  Onsite, you’ll also find Ricci’s personal art collection, temporary art exhibits, a restaurant, and …

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Side street in Parma, Italy on a sunny autumn day.

The 16 Best Things to Do in Parma Italy – Prosciutto, Parks, Piazzas & Parmigiano!

Fun things to do in Parma, the best things to do on a short visit to Parma, our favorite activities in the city of Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese! Colorful Parma was Italy’s 2020 Capital of Culture and the designation even went through 2021 (due to the pandemic’s freeze on travel).  Here’s our …

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Forte dei Marmi Beach – What’s the Beach Like & Should You Use a Beach Club?

If you’re heading to the luxe Tuscan coast town of Forte dei Marmi, you’re probably thinking of spending some time at the beach. The Forte dei Marmi beach isn’t the most spectacular in Italy, but it is clean and beautiful, and the backdrop of the Apuan Alps is dramatic.    Forte dei Marmi has consistently …

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View of Sassolungo and Sassopiatto in the Dolomites in northern Italy.

Traveling to the Dolomites from Venice – Modes of Transport, Access Cities, Our Recommendations

Updated on November 19, 2023 Are you planning on trading the summer crowds and heat of Venice for the fresh air, mountain cuisine, and stunning scenery of the Dolomites?  Maybe you’re itching to visit the Dolomites on your trip to Northern Italy but aren’t sure how to fit them in?  If you’re visiting Venice, you’re …

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View of the Cinque Torri Italy, in the Dolomites on a gorgeous summer day.

Visiting the Cinque Torri (Italy) – Things to Do, Best Rifugio for Lunch, & Overview Map

Updated on January 14, 2024 Visiting the Cinque Torri Italy – Our Favorite Things to Do, Best Place to Have Lunch, Visiting the Cinque Torri with Kids, and more Helpful Tips! No, I’m not talking about the popular coastal villages – the Cinque Terre.  These are the Cinque Torri (the 5 towers).  I’ve been visiting …

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Italian Toll Roads – Complete Guide to the Autostrada (Tolls, Navigating, Traffic, Speed Traps)

Have you rented a car but are feeling a little nervous about driving on Italy’s toll roads (Autostrade)? Maybe you heard that the Italian Autostrada (singular for Autostrade) is full of cars driving 200 km/hr. Perhaps you’re wondering if you should even use the Autostrada, or just stick to country roads during your time in …

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How To Pay Tolls in Italy (Autostrada) – Step-by-Step With Photos

If you’re planning on renting a car and driving in Italy, you’ll probably end up driving on Italy’s toll roads – the Autostrade (singular: Autostrada).  It helps to be prepared for entering and exiting the Autostrada and paying the toll for using it.  If you know what to expect, you’ll feel more confident using Italy’s …

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Woman cycling on Passo Gardena road in the Dolomites in northern Italy. You can see the high mountains on the left and green grass on either side of the road. It's a sunny day with some whispy clouds.

Our 20 Favorite Things to Do in the Dolomites (+ Tips for Your Visit)

If you’re headed to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Dolomites in Italy’s South Tyrol, you’re in for a treat! The area’s combination of gorgeous mountain scenery, outdoor activities, incredible food, and three distinct cultures make it a destination for all interests. I’ve been visiting the area multiple times a year since 2004, for …

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Piazza della Repubblica in Florence, Italy during the Christmas holidays. The buildings are lit up in colorful lights.

Where to Spend Christmas in Italy – Best Destinations + Things to Keep in Mind

Christmas in Italy is a magical time.  Cities, towns, and villages are lit up with twinkling lights and light shows, Christmas trees decorate piazzas, and Christmas markets pop up throughout the country.  Italy definitely has its popular destinations during the busy tourist season (May through September), and many of those places are also worthy of …

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