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  • View from Sirmione, Lake Garda

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This is a guest post with photos by Jessica Coup and words by Scott Bergstein. Thanks to both! From the rugged hills of the Gargano to the broad plains of the Salento to the sun-drenched, white sand beaches of the Adriatic and Ionian coasts, Puglia provides visitors with a vast array of experiences. The heel of…

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When Italy Beyond the Obvious new client Betsy first contacted us about their trip to Italy, she wrote: My father would like to take us on a big adventure and we decided Italy is the place to go! Our family has never been to Europe before, although my dad is well-traveled. There’s a lot of…


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