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What to Expect from Italian Hotel RoomsPeople traveling to Italy from another country are usually aware they have to prepare themselves for a few differences – different language, different currency, etc. Hotel rooms, on the other hand, are cookie-cutter boxes that are the same everywhere – right?

Wrong.

It’s not about better or worse, it’s about knowing what to expect when you check into a hotel in Italy. Even if you’re staying in hotels that are part of chains you recognize – Hilton, Best Western, Marriott – the

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Indie Trips that Include ItalyLots of travelers plan backpacking trips around Europe, utilizing the Eurail and various low cost airlines to get around. But there are plenty of other travelers who are planning even longer, round the world type trips, and want to add Italy and other destinations around Europe to the itinerary.

For longer trips, it’s smart to use companies who sell multi-stop plane tickets. BootsnAll has Indie, which allows you to search, price, and buy all online, within minutes.

We chose three longer

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Italy Roundtable: A Decade With ItalyOne year ago, the Italy Blogging Roundtable published our first posts – and I’m thrilled to still, one year later, be sharing our thoughts on a chosen topic each month. It’s been interesting for the Italy Roundtable bloggers – Alexandra, Gloria, Rebecca, Melanie, and me – to read our different takes on the same subject, but we’ve especially enjoyed hearing from readers over the past year. For our one-year anniversary, we’re talking about – what else? – ANNIVERSARIES – and

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The Tuscan Maremma Travel GuideAlthough Italy isn’t an overly large country, there are still places that are still relatively undiscovered by the tourist hordes – even in arguably the most popular region of Tuscany. The Maremma is just such a place, and in this guest post by Elisa Scarton you’ll find out why it’s an area favored by many vacationing Italians (and why you should think about adding it to your Italian itinerary, too).

The Tuscan Maremma

If you have never heard of the Tuscan Maremma

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Naples Cruise Terminal: Where It Is & How to Get ThereWhile Naples remains a bit overlooked when it comes to cities people tend to visit in Italy, it is home to one of the country’s major cruise ports – so even if you’d be nervous about going to Naples on your own, if you book a Mediterranean cruise you’re likely to end up there at some point. And this? This is a very good thing. Because Naples is awesome.

Naples, like Venice, is right on the water – so the cruise

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Discounted Shore Excursions from Italy CruisesThere are lots of ways to get to Italy, and one popular method is by taking a Mediterranean cruise. Italy has several major cruise ports (and plenty more minor ones), some of which are very close to the big tourist attractions while others require a transfer to reach.

>> Italy Ports of Call: Where Cruise Ships Stop in Italy

Of course, cruise companies offer tour options for every port of call so that you don’t have to research all that stuff yourself.

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