The Abruzzo region in central Italy is often overlooked by tourists, although the region made the international news in 2009 when a massive earthquake reduced several historic cities to ruin. The city at the center of that earthquake and which suffered a huge amount of damage was L’Aquila. L’Aquila has […]

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Visitors to the Cinque Terre will be familiar with the name La Spezia, as it’s the largest major city near the collection of five small fishing villages. La Spezia isn’t a very large city, however, and it can serve as a good homebase from which to explore the region – […]

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Lecce is the capital of the southern region of Puglia – the heel to Italy’s boot – and a city of great importance to the region. It’s certainly not a small town, and in addition to the historic monuments and attractions the city also offers visitors some of Puglia’s famous […]

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There’s something appealing about old walled cities, and the town of Lucca in northern Tuscany is no exception. It’s by no means off the beaten path, in that it’s been popular with tourists for many decades, but it’s a small enough town that many people still use it as a […]

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The hilltop city of Macerata in Le Marche is, like many historic cities in Italy, two towns in one. On the hill you’ll find the historic city itself, and further down the hill you’ll find a more modern version of the city. Macerata isn’t a huge place, but for the […]

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The region of Basilicata may be overlooked by many visitors to Italy, but those who do go to Basilicata most often do so in order to visit Matera. It’s a place somewhat caught in time – so much so that it’s been used as the backdrop for several films that […]

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When you see pictures of the rolling hills of Tuscany, complete with pretty hill towns, chances are pretty good you’re looking at the area that includes the town of Montepulciano. And if you’re a wine lover, chances are also good that the name Montepulciano is familiar to you. The town’s […]

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The city of Parma is familiar to foodies as the birthplace of some of the most famous edible Italian exports – especially parmigiano-reggiano cheese and prosciutto. But the city is also home to one of Italy’s big universities and has a pretty historic center that’s absolutely worth a visit. Perhaps […]

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While much of the Abruzzo region is mountainous, it does have a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea – and the most populous city in the region, Pescara, is located on the coast. Pescara is an important industrial port city for Abruzzo and Italy, and it’s also a well-known seaside […]

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The Emilia-Romagna city of Piacenza lies in the far north of the region, nearly in Lombardy. Because of its location, Piacenza has been an important strategic city for many hundreds of years – although today it’s more of a main transportation gateway than a wartime crossroads, and it’s a gorgeous […]

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The town of Pienza is in beautiful central Tuscany in the famous Val d’Orcia, and the region surrounding this pretty town is incredibly picturesque. Pienza itself is a UNESO World Heritage Site, as is the whole Val d’Orcia, and just in the town there are churches, palazzi, and gardens to […]

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If the first place you think of when you think of Liguria isn’t the Cinque Terre, chances are very good it’s Portofino. This similarly small fishing village is further north along the Ligurian coastline, almost unreasonably picturesque, and a popular stop for smaller cruise ships that can anchor offshore and […]

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