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  • Roof detail of Milan's Duomo
  • Agrigento
  • How to drive like an Italian
  • Val D'Orcia
  • View from Sirmione, Lake Garda

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A cooking class in the Dolomites

Taking a cooking class in Italy is a great way to get a more in-depth introduction to the local culture, so on a recent trip we decided to take a cooking class in the Dolomites. A group of 12 of us (we sent the kids off with a babysitter) spent a wonderful morning with chef…

Hiking and biking in Italy: an interactive map of favorite routes

Although Italy is more famous for its scenery, art, architecture, and food, it’s a fantastic place for hiking and biking. I pulled together a few of my favorite routes in an interactive map below. Some were chosen from my days working as a guide hiking and biking in Italy while some are client favorites –…


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