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Capri: A Guide to Italy’s VIP Island

The island made famous decades ago by icons and celebrities like Bridget Bardot and Jackie O certainly hasn’t lost its VIP feel and style. Capri is truly the playground of Italy and the world’s rich and famous. Here, taxis take the form of luxury convertibles, days are spent aboard private boats and luxury yachts and evenings in the Piazzetta are made for people watching. As you sip on a cocktail,

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Where to eat & drink in Gallipoli (in Italy!)

Many of my Australian followers, upon hearing I was traveling to Gallipoli, thought of the Turkey one (Australia and Gallipoli, Turkey have a long and quite emotional history and connection). I did the same thing about 10 years ago when a friend first told me about it. She said to me: it’s all white buildings and amazing beaches. It’s the south of the south; where all the Italians spend their

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A week at sea: Cruising the Mediterranean

Big cruises aren’t my thing. I wouldn’t generally choose one as my first choice for summer travel. But last year I went on one with my parents. They wanted to explore the Mediterranean and had limited time so this was the perfect way to spend a week. With MSC Cruises we cruised for 7 nights from Civitavecchia through Palermo, Cagliari, Marseille, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Genoa. I have to

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A guide to Rovinj: the turquoise jewel of Istria

Located a short two hours’ drive or ferry from Trieste in Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giulia, Rovinj is the pearl in Istria’s sparkling turquoise coastline. Istria is the most north-west region of Croatia and was once a part of Italy (for about 30 years between the first and second world wars), and was part of the Venetian republic centuries before that. This influence can be felt and seen to this day,

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The beaches in Italy that only Italians know about

…until now! Before moving to Italy in 2011, I’d been enjoying an Italian summer almost every year for about 10 years. I’ve lived the waves of tourist movements through the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre and parts of Sicily. But after travelling extensively around these areas, I felt the need to continue exploring and wanted to beach with the locals. So Puglia and Sardegna and even Lazio started making my love

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30 Places to Travel to in Italy in Summer

Ahh Italy in the summer time! Long hot days, the beach, cocktails under the warm night sky and it’s socially acceptable to eat more than one gelato a day. Sure, Italy can get quite crowded at this time of year, but I actually don’t care!  Growing up in Australia, I’ve always been a beach girl at heart and throughout the summer months in Italy, the smell of the sea and

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Melbourne… it’s Goodbye Again

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. Nobody ever said living in two countries would be easy. It’s by no stretch, the worst thing that could happen to you either! As I prepare to fly out of the city I was born and bred in, I can’t help but feel sad. Like for many of us, family is important to me. I come from a close-knit Italian family and

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Formentera Fun & Food

I spent my ferragosto – the week in Italy, and many parts of Europe, that coincides with the religious holiday of 15 August – with my sister and dear friends in Formentera, Spain. One of the Balearic Islands, Formentera is the tranquil cousin island of party-central Ibiza. While it still packs a real punch if nightlife is your thing, it’s predominantly a haven of hippy markets and shops, quaint towns

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5 Things Not to Miss in Corfu

To be perfectly honest, Corfu didn’t exactly feel ‘Greece’. If it’s white washed buildings hanging off breathtaking cliffs you’re after, then perhaps Santorini is for you. And if it’s partying and nightlife that tickles your fancy, Mykonos should be on your list. But the island has its own charm and Corfu Town particularly, is a beautiful example of a seaside, old walled town with winding alleys, tavernas and shops. It’s

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HeartRome hits the Beach

It’s that time of year again. HeartRome is heading to the beach! My sister is joining me from Australia in a couple of days and the end of this month signals my August holidays. To say I’m excited to see her, to be having a long earned break and to be exploring new places would be a gross understatement. My 2014 August break will go a little something like this:

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