Venice

12 Beautiful Views of Venice (Map, Helpful Tips & Photos)

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With its canals, iconic bridges, ornate cathedrals, towers, and piazzas, Venice is exceptionally photogenic. Whether you are looking for that perfect Instagram shot or you simply want to fill you camera’s memory card with the most picturesque views of Venice, we have a wonderful list of places to share with you. In this guide, we cover where to get the …

Lago di Braies Dolomites

How to Visit Lago di Braies (HELPFUL Tips & Photos)

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Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) is one of the most popular places to visit in the Dolomites. This crystal-clear aquamarine lake, with its dramatic mountainous backdrop, easy walking trail, and rowboats, has long been attracting visitors. Recently, it has become even more famous, since it is the filming site for an Italian TV show, Un Passo dal Cielo. If you …

Aiguille du Midi Chamonix France

Aiguille du Midi + Panoramic Mont-Blanc: The Ultimate Guide

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One of the best things to do in Chamonix, France is to ride the cable car to Aiguille du Midi. Once here, visit the viewpoints and exhibits at the mountain station, or continue the journey by riding the Panoramic Mont-Blanc to Italy. We have ridden cable cars to many mountain peaks in Europe and this is one of the best. …

Best Dolomites Hikes

15 Epic Day Hikes in the Dolomites (RANKED!!)

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The Dolomites are one of our favorite places in the world to go hiking. This area is truly a hiker’s paradise. Hike to the highest peaks, to picturesque alpine lakes, and to jaw-dropping viewpoints. In this guide, we list 15 of the best hikes in the Dolomites…15 wonderful adventures to add to your trip to this beautiful corner of Italy.About …

Geisler Odle Group Photo

How to Hike the Adolf Munkel Weg to Geisler Alm

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The Adolf Munkel Weg is a point-to-point hiking trail that runs along the Odle/Geisler mountain group in Val di Funes. This hike is on the longer side (13 km) and since it is point-to-point, you will have to use public transportation or do some extra hiking to get back to the starting point. We shortened the hike, turning it into …

Scaligero Castle Sirmione

9 Wonderful Things to Do in Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy

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Perched on the tip of a long, narrow peninsula, Sirmione is a medieval town surrounded by gardens, thermal spas, beaches, and the aquamarine water of Lake Garda. Explore an ancient castle, wander the narrow city streets, tour historical sites, and go on a sunset cruise around the peninsula. Here are the best things to do in Sirmione. Overview of Sirmione …

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Croda da Lago Circuit Hike (+ Lago Federa & Forcella Ambrizzola)

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The Croda da Lago Circuit is one of the most underrated hikes that we did in the Dolomites. With a beautiful walk through the woods, a visit to an alpine lake (Lago Federa), close up views of Croda da Lago, and panoramic views of the Dolomites, the scenery is constantly changing, making this one of the most interesting trails in …

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Best Things to Do in Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

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Riva del Garda is a picturesque town located on the north end of Lake Garda. With colorful buildings, medieval towers, and narrow alleyways, this is a wonderful place to go for leisurely stroll. From Riva del Garda, you can also take your pick from short hiking trails that lead up into the mountains, visit medieval towns and archaeological sites, and …

Best Dolomites Hike

How to Hike to the Cadini di Misurina Viewpoint (Map, Photos & Helpful Tips)

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The hike to the Cadini di Misurina viewpoint is one of our favorite short hikes in the Dolomites. This is a gorgeous hike every step of the way, with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, a unique view of the “backside” of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, and of course, an awesome view of the Cadini di Misurina. We did this …

Rifugio Nuvolau Hike

How to Hike to Rifugio Averau and Rifugio Nuvolau

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For jaw-dropping views of the Dolomites, and drinks (or a meal) with a view, it’s hard to beat Rifugio Nuvolau. The only way to get here is by hiking, and along the way, you will pass by Rifugio Averau and the Cinque Torri. Rifugio Nuvalou sits on top Mount Nuvolau. At an elevation of 2,575 meters (8,500 feet), you have …

How to Hike Cinque Torri

How to Hike the Cinque Torri (Map, Photos & Best Viewpoints)

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The Cinque Torri is one of the most recognizable rock formations in the Dolomites. It is a popular hiking and rock climbing destination, but it is also an open-air war museum, with trenches and bunkers that remain from World War I. Hiking around the Cinque Torri is one of the easiest and most beautiful hikes that we did in the …

Lago Sorapis Hiking Guide

Ultimate Guide to Lago di Sorapis: Trail Routes, Helpful Tips, & Photos

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Lago di Sorapis (Lake Sorapis) is one of the most popular hikes in the Dolomites. Located just outside of Cortina d’Ampezzo, this aquamarine lake attracts hundreds of hikers every day during the summer months. The vast majority of people hike out-and-back to Lago di Sorapis on the main trail. What many people don’t know is that you can turn this …

Venice Itinerary

One Day in Venice: 3 Different Ways to Plan Your Itinerary

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If you are planning to spend one day in Venice, there are several ways to do it. Do you want to spend the day visiting the top sights in Venice, such as St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and the Rialto Bridge? Or would you prefer to skip the crowded, touristy sights and instead, go on a leisurely stroll along the …

2 Days in Venice Itinerary

2 Days in Venice Itinerary: Best Itinerary for First-Time Visitors

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If you are planning your first trip to Venice, this Venice itinerary is perfect for you. With 2 days in Venice, you have just enough time to visit the highlights of this beautiful city and stroll the canals. Tour Doges Palace, visit St. Mark’s Basilica, drift through the canals on a gondola, and explore the quieter corners of Venice. In …

10 Day Italy Itinerary Rome Florence Venice

10 Day Italy Itinerary: Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre & Venice

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For first timers to Italy, Rome, Florence and Venice typically top the “must-see” list. On this 10 day Italy itinerary, you have enough time to visit these three cities and add in another spectacular destination, the coastal towns of the Cinque Terre. In this guide, we lay out a detailed Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre and Venice itinerary. We cover the …

Lake Como Day Trip

How to Plan the Perfect Day Trip to Lake Como

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Lake Como is a wishbone-shaped lake nestled in the foothills of the Alps. This is where the rich and famous vacation in luxurious villas and visitors flock to the colorful lakeside towns. It is one of Italy’s most scenic destinations and easily visited from Milan and Lugano, Switzerland. If you are planning a day trip to Lake Como, we have …

Things to do in Bellagio

8 Amazing Things to do in Bellagio, Italy

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Lake Como…a destination that is glamorous, romantic, and gorgeous. This lake is a slice of Italian paradise, and for many people, a visit to Bellagio is the highlight. Also called the Pearl of Lake Como, Bellagio is the perfect mix of photogenic streets, small shops, wonderful restaurants, and gorgeous views across Lake Como. If you are planning a visit to …

14 Day Italy Itinerary

14 Day Italy Itinerary: Best Way to Spend Two Weeks in Italy

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If you are planning your first trip to Italy, this Italy itinerary is a great place to start. With two weeks in Italy, you can visit the highlights…Rome, Florence, Venice, the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, and the Cinque Terre. Visit ancient historical sites, cruise the canals in Venice, dine on Italian food, go wine tasting in Tuscany, relax on the beach, …

Best Places to Stay in Venice Italy

Where to Stay in Venice: Best Hotels and Neighborhoods for Your Budget

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Choosing where to stay in Venice can be exciting yet challenging. Venice is made up of neighborhoods, also called sestieri (singular sestiere), and each neighborhood has its advantages and disadvantages for travelers. Some sestieri contain Venice’s most popular sites, but with that comes huge numbers of tourists and expensive prices. And in some sestieri, you will have a quieter experience, …