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Milan: The Perfect Day

Milan Duomo

I lived in Milan for more than two years and despite its reputation as a high powered business destination, there really are a few great sites to see. For most, it’s just a layover destination as they connect to Venice or Florence. But here are a few reasons why spending a day in world’s fashion capital is worth it.   Coffee Start your day at an authentic Italian coffee bar. If you want to blend in with the locals, order…

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Tuscany Farm Accommodations: Consider an Agriturismo

When I was living in Italy as an expat, Tuscany became our escape from the hectic and hurried life of Milan. After a few visits, we considered ourselves “locals”, so staying in a tourist hotel was beneath us. That’s when I discovered the Tuscany agriturismo culture.    Agristurismi are accommodations on a working farm in Italy. The agriturismo program was codified by the government in 1985 as a way to increase agricultural tourism for the countryside farms in Italy. Land owners…

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Italy Travel: 4 Reasons to Stay in a Private Villa

As much as I travel, I still find it very taxing to wade through all of the hotel reviews to really get a feel for the comfort of the accommodations. And the catalog of Italy rentals is overwhelming. On this last trip to Umbria, we decided to rent a private villa in Italy for the week since we were traveling with another family. Unlike most tourists who think “I won’t be in my room that much”, we’ve been to the region many…

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A Toast to Travel: Tuscany Food and Wine Trips

wine travel in Tuscany

A Toast to Travel is proud to announce the launch of two new travel experiences, offering uniquely curated wine and cooking-focused trips throughout Tuscany. Catering to travel enthusiasts, wine lovers, foodies and adventurers alike, A Toast to Travel is a one-stop-shop for those who want to truly live like a local but may not have the time or knowledge to experience a destination from a deeply rooted “insider” perspective. After living in Italy and researching, scouting the best regional offerings…

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36 Hours in Milan

Since I lived in Milan, I often get asked, “What are the top attractions I should see in Milan?” Milan may be the world’s fashion capital but there’s much more to this city than haute couture. Milan is home to some of Italy’s most famous architecture and art. On your next European trip, opt for a two-day layover and experience this Northern Italian gem. Read more in my article on LuxeGetaways.…

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Lake Como’s Breathtaking Rival: Lago Maggiore

When I lived in Italy, my favorite day trip was to Lago Maggiore. While most of our visitors begged to visit the iconic Lake Como, I always insisted a trip to Lake Maggiore would not disappoint. And it never did. While most visitors to Northern Italy flock to Lake Como in hopes of catching a glimpse of the island’s most famous resident, George Clooney, many are missing out on what is truly the region’s most impressive lake, Lago Maggiore.  Surrounded…

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