How Brexit Will Affect International Tourism

Britain is close to the Brexit which is likely to be a no-deal ending. It has become a great concern for the people of the region, especially the people concerned about business, jobs and holidays. This is the main concern of the Brits planning to travel around the EU. They have questions about the travel conditions, things they will need while traveling, what would be the limitations, etc.

Recently I was on a holiday in Morocco, where I met with a lot of British travelers concerned about traveling after the Brexit. Some of them were optimistic and thinking that all will be settled down soon after the Brexit. The others were finding ways to help each other with the situation. Here are things which will be affected by the Brexit:

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Brexit for some people is for the good of the United Kingdom, while for some it will lead the country towards bad situations. Our concern here is to know how Brexit will affect the things already running.

1. Air, Train Prices Will Go Up


This has a reason. Although the air and train traffic will remain functional even after the Brexit, the fairs will be raised by the time. If you are traveling via air or train, you will be charged slightly higher because currency literally matters. I reserved a package with the travel company through which I have traveled and am literally concerned about when the traveling fares will rise.

Traveling will become more difficult this way. With time, maybe it will adjust but just after the Brexit, it will definitely affect the travelers.

2. Concern About Nationality Question


You should be because it is a valid question. If you are from the European Union region and living freely in London, you will need a passport. People from other nationalities will have no effect because they must already have the resident permit of the UK. But the Europeans will need to solve the question of dual nationalities.

If they want to live in London, or anywhere in the UK, they will inform the embassy and will start with the new documentation from Zero. The same case is for the citizens of the UK. If they are living anywhere in Europe will be needed to contact the embassy and start the process of documentation. For travelers, there would not be such restrictions but they will also need some more documents to contact the Home Ministry or Embassy.

3. Blue Passports Coming Back


Once there were the blue colored passports for the citizens of the UK to travel across the world, but after that, when London decided to be part of the EU, passports turned to maroon. Now you will see the change in the color of the passports as your new passport cover will be of blue color.

4. European Union Medical Insurance Card


If you are British and traveling to any of the countries under European Union, you will need to recheck if you are okay with your EU medical insurance card? Because there is a policy that your EU medical card will not be valid after the Brexit. You will have to solve this issue to contact your travel company before leaving for the holidays.

As you will have to take the other card, it will cost you. Better is that you book the travel package which is inclusive of all insurances and services. It will benefit you and your company will be liable to provide you every facility and avoid any difficulties and hurdles. You should take care of yourself and family and confirm your medical and travel insurances in advance.

5. Travelers British Driving Licenses Will Not Remain Valid


If you were relying on the UK's driving license in the states of European union, you were lucky. But now you will have to get the international driving license to drive in the EU states. For this, you will have to pass through a process and have to contact the relevant department regarding driving. Take care of the right things done in documentation. You will need the right document in the right place.

6. Pets Will Need Extra Documents to Move With You


If you are getting somewhere and want to accompany your pets, this is what you normally do. But this time, after Brexit, situation will not be the same. You have to take the permission, for which you have to be in contact with the vet at least some 3 to 4 months before to tell him your goals. The vet will guide you the right way.

Brexit is likely to be coming on the end date of this month but the travelers are scared, confused about many things they are concerned with. The fares hike should be taken into account and should be resolved. People are confused about the new developments and the documents required for traveling. The governments should ease the confusion as early as possible.

7 Reasons Campervans Are Best for Road Trip In Australia

Have you ever planned a long campervan road trip with your friends or family in Australia? If you have, then you might know why Australians prefer campervans. However, if you haven't done that until now, you won't have any idea of how a campervan road trip is different from a regular road trip. But don't worry, in this post, we are planning to throw light on that.

Whatever doubts you have about campervans will be cleared up. But for that, you will have to go through this post until the last word. Driving in Australia is amazing fun and camping in Australia is truly the essence of freedom. There are very few restrictions except be self sufficient, clean up after yourself, and don’t set the place on fire. But it requires effort, stamina, planning and experience.

Campervans Are Best for Road Trip In Australia

Here are the reasons why campervans are ideal for road trips in Australia.

1. You Get Amazing Facilities


Believe it or not, but campervans provide incredible amenities to holiday makers. From comfortable berths and washing facilities to kitchen tools and sufficient space for loading luggage, campervans are perfect for road trips. If you plan a road trip, you can't rely on your regular car. It's not only about you not getting the necessary facilities, but the fact is those cars are not suitable for long road trips.

If you travel by them on dangerous roads, they might stop performing effectively. Whether you talk about the engine power or the capacity of the tires, campervans are far ahead when compared to the vehicles you use for daily purposes.

2. You Can Relax In Your Vehicle


People who opt for road trips, often drive continuously for hours, which makes them tired as well. However, since a campervan comes with comfortable sleeping berths, you can pull over it to relax every time you feel exhausted. No matter how long or short a trip you are planning, a campervan is always an ideal option for you.

3. You Can Scale Down the Cost


As we have already discussed that campervans have comfortable berths for sleeping, you can cut your accommodation cost in a big way. Yes, you got that right, you don't have to spend an extensive amount of money on booking your accommodation in expensive hotels. Why do that, when you can use your vehicle for the same.

4. You Can Stay Healthy


Most people fall sick during their road trips because they rely heavily on outside food. However, when you travel by campervan, you can avoid all that. You can use the cooking facilities that you get to cook mouthwatering and healthy meals. It is not only an effective way of staying healthy but also helps in saving money considerably.

Also, when you are on a road trip, you might not always reach a destination on time where you can get good restaurants. What will you do then if you feel hungry? Well, if you have no option, you will have to wait for the restaurant to arrive. But when you travel by campervan in Australia, you can cook your food immediately as you start feeling hungry. You don't have to wait for the arrival of anything.

So if you are on a tight budget, make sure that you prepare yourself to cook your food during your road trip. Learn quick recipes that do not demand too much time.

5. You Can Reach Remote Places


In case you are planning to explore Outback destinations for which you have to take dangerous roads, 4WD campervans are best for that. You will hardly confront any issue, no matter how difficult the route is.

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6. You Get Flexibility


One of the most crucial reasons for people preferring campervans over other vehicles for road trips is, they experience colossal flexibility. As a traveler, you not only get the freedom to drive wherever you want but also get the luxury to pull over your vehicle for relaxing. Isn't that awesome? Of course, it is.

7. Unparalleled Privacy


When you opt for a campervan road trip, you enjoy unparalleled freedom as well as privacy. One of the most vital parts of saying yes to a campervan road trip is that you don't have to share your journey with strangers. And when nothing like that happens, you can be yourself all the time.

You don't have to be quiet all the time or restrict yourself from performing crazy activities. You can have all the fun with your loved ones. In short, the kind of privacy that you get during a campervan road trip helps you enjoy every bit of it.

To summarize, no matter whether you are planning to explore Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia or Victoria, stick to a campervan road trip. It is the best way to explore any destination in Australia. And the best part is that it's not even expensive. If you travel by flight and stay in luxury hotels, you will have to save a lot for your holidays.

You can't think about enjoying sophistication on a tight budget. So if you don't want to burn a hole in your pocket, but still want to explore beautiful places, stick to a campervan road trip.

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17 BEST Places to Visit in Mexico

Mexico is a country that will surprise you. In every way possible. There will be so many things to see, visit and explore. However, if you aren't planning on spending a large amount of time in it, you will have to pick your destination. The coasts of Jalisco, Nayarit and Colima are dotted with tourist destinations that offer endless activities and beautiful hotels for all budgets.

Riviera Maya from the south of Cancun to the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve, is the most important tourist destination in Mexico and a favorite of travelers when it comes to travel to Caribbean. Here we will give you the best tips to travel to the Riviera Maya on a budget and best places to visit in Mexico.

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Here are some of the most popular travel destinations in Mexico:

1. Cancun


Ever heard of underwater museums? At the Cancun's underwater museum, you'll not only find a submerged Volkswagen car on the ocean floor, but also strange statues of humans that form an artificial coral reef, that are crucial towards preserving the ocean's marine ecosystem.

The best time to visit Cancun is during its peak season – from December to April. Traveling to Cancun somewhere between December and April will allow you to experience its near-perfect weather. And at an affordable rate, since the flight and accommodation rates are cheaper during the winter.

In Cancun you can also camp in the Isla Blanca area. You cannot miss a traditional and economic dish from the Yucatan Peninsula, which is the cochinita pibil. It is very common to see places of cakes and cochinita tacos, both in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Seeing the beaches of Cancun and the Riviera Maya has a very great disadvantage.

You will not be dazzled by any other beach in the world. In Cancun, hotels are located in the center of the city. Among things to do in Cancun, Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is held every year at the Mamita's Beach Club in Playa del Carmen. Cancun has very nice hotels, attractions, and nightlife. It does that very well. However, if you want an authentic Mexican experience you will be disappointed. Cancun is not that.

The best thing you can do if you have time is exploring the Mexican Caribbean. This includes Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Holbox, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Bacalar, etc. This region is awesome and has so much to offer. Cancun is just the gateway to much more interesting places.

2. Mexico City


Now this is a city oozing with European charm. The downtown area, the district with the major colonial monuments and giant palaces built for the Viceroy’s court and viceregal aristocrats, feels a lot like Barcelona. The city authorities have done a remarkable job of preserving most of the European-inspired buildings for blocks and blocks all around.

You can easily pick up this district, put it in some random corner of Spain, Italy or Portugal, and it wouldn’t look that out of place. And that area is enormous, easily swallowing up half of Manhattan in sheer acreage. Mexico City is laid-back, and has a very European vibe.

It definitely doesn’t feel all rush-rush, busy-busy like NYC usually is. Mexicans, like the Spanish and Italians, take their time to savor the smaller moments in life. Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world. It is famous for its renewed art scene and, as many people say - the best cuisine in the world. This crowded city is popular all around the globe and promises its visitors an unforgettable stay. Once again – at an affordable rate.

Santa María Cuautepec colony, in the municipality of Tultitlan is a few hours north of the federal district of Mexico, and they say that it has the largest statue of Santa Muerte in the world.

First up, Centro Historico shouldn’t be missed. Not only is it historic and there’s tons of museums, those streets were the first “outdoor department store”, of sorts, and it still works as such. One street is all wedding and quinceañera stores; another street, all electronics, all the time, another one for writing implements and art, the next one clothes, one for photography fans, another for used bookstores with hard to find things, and so on.

There’s even a guide online. Excellent street food in the area, too, tons of museums, and zero of the pretentiousness of Polanco. If you’re not into shopping, there’s also museums there, and of course the Cathedral and National Palace. If you go in winter, there’s Christmas decorations there and an enormous tree.

Some of the museums in these same busy streets beyond “Templo Mayor” which is a must can be quite niche and interesting. Mexico City has the most museums than any city in the world. You should take advantage of that. The Soumaya museum is a place you have to go to and it’s in the Ampliación Granada neighborhood, although its extension Casa Guillermo Tovar de Teresa is indeed in the Roma). But the Granada building is breathtaking.

Chapultepec park and the museums there are also important to visit. It is one of the largest city parks in the Western Hemisphere. For “down and dirty” counterculture (go with a local who knows it or use a guided tour), Tepito, the “barrio bravo”, has some very interesting art, boxing, transvestites, and a series of “down and dirty” things that many find appealing.

And also has some great food. A neighborhood that went from a set of black market stands where cops were afraid to go to a fixture of the city and a part of the culture, its motto is “Tepito exists because it resists”. You can also go eat and see the wonderful produce the country produces by going to the Merced central market. Go hungry as there’s places to eat there. All are delicious.

On a trip to Xochimilco it’s nice to float around the trajineras and the other boats sell you delicious food, which you eat right there at your “table”. You can also visit some silly but fun attractions, like an island of scary dolls and things. Many of these chinampas still work, after 700 years, as agricultural land.

It’s quite different, and it’s traditional. It’s not fancy, but it’s peaceful, and a lovely stop inside an otherwise hectic city. BTW if anyone in your group likes anime type stuff do not miss the Frikiplaza (in Mexico, the term Friki is a little bit like the term “Geek” or the Japanese term “Otaku”). So go there for Anime, Cosplay, Comics, MCU and so on (they do Geek Pride day, which they call “Día del Orgullo Friki”, on May 25th).

Tlaltelolco is another place you can go. You can also travel to the Southern part of the city - “Ciudad Universitaria” and see this UNESCO World heritage central campus and the oldest university in Continental America. The building below is “Humanidades” (so you can direct your driving, as “C.U.” is itself a city) and it’s gorgeous to look at.

Culture includes architecture, markets, food, music, behaviors and a series of things, and there’s something for everyone. All cities have an “underside”, but Mexico City is not afraid to show it to you. And at the end you decide what kind of trip you want to have and how you talk to others about the place and what you saw when you go back.

And above all, have a lot of fun. Do what you gravitate to, and know there are many other “Mexicos” waiting for you if you change your mind.

3. Tulum


Once a Mexico’s secluded getaway, Tulum became a coveted vacation spot for luxury travelers. This tucked-away jewel has some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins and other wonders that will make you feel like going back in time. If you are looking for an affordable way to spend your vacation in Tulum, we advise you to plan your trip for the next spring since it is the season when the rates go down.

Sac Actun River has eleven cenotes, natural cavities of crystalline water in the calcareous soil, considered as the entrance doors to the underworld by the Mayans. One of the best is the Ecological Xel-Ha Park. In some beaches of Tulum you can also find ecological cabins at a good price, there are even areas for camping.

4. Akumal


Very close to the park, specifically in the Akumal Bay, we can practice underwater fishing with a bottle, surrounded by lobsters, corals and balloon fish. Riviera Maya in Mexico is one of the best places to go on family holidays. It offers a great mix of ancient ruins to explore and also beach and water activities to enthral the young ones.

This place is best for children aged between 4 and 14. Most important of all, the fresh natural pools provide magical snorkelling experiences to remember for life. The kids can safely swim with beautiful and friendly herbivorous marine mammals, manatees. In addition, this region has family-friendly hotels equipped with theme parks and kids clubs.

5. Playa del Carmen


Make sure to check out its renowned beaches. Nohoch Mul pyramid built in honor of the descending god Ah Muu Zen Caab is the highest in the entire Yucatan Peninsula. The ruins of Coba surround it. The Ecological Xcaret Park has in its interior a great variety of fauna of the area distributed in different spaces where jaguars, spider monkeys or manatees, among other species, campan at ease.

But the main attraction offered by this park is the possibility of diving among sharks. In Playa del Carmen, the most expensive hotels are those that are next to the beach. Among things to do in Playa del Carmen, 20 kilometers from Playa del Carmen is the one known by the ancient Mayans as Las Golondrinas, an ideal place for diving due to its unique coral reef.

Recognized until very recently as the spiciest chilli in the world, the red pepper variety Savinas Roja is a challenge for diners. But the cuisine of the Riviera Maya offers much more.

Mexican cuisine is famous throughout the world and that of this area, specifically, offers specialties such as tikinxic (barbecued fish), the pan de cazón (cazuela de fish) or the curried shrimp. As for drinks, the most typical cocktail here is the cocoloco, an explosive mixture of five different liquors served in a coconut. The best time to visit Playa del Carmen is between April and May.

6. Cozumel


Another thing you should do if you decide to spend your vacation in Playa del Carmen – explore the nearby Cozumel and the Caribbean Sea. To get to the Cozumel Island you can take the ferry that leaves every hour from Playa del Carmen. In the center of Cancun, in Playa del Carmen and Tulum there are many hostel options.

7. Valladolid


Two hours from Cancun, in the State of Yucatan, is Valladolid. There is also a tequila tour and another Chocolate tour.

In the middle of the city of Valladolid there is a beautiful open-air Cenote Zaci. The Xkekén is one of the most famous cenotes in the world since it has been photographed by National Geographic. But on the other hand the Cenote Samulá that is 100 meters away from the Xkekén also has its own. To see both cenotes you have to descend stairs, you have to be careful not to slip, because they are always wet and there are rocks around.

If you want to swim you can take your swimsuit and in the craft markets that are next to these cenotes you can rent the life vests if you want to use them although it is not mandatory. The food is simple, not for demanding, but if you want to taste typical Yucatan food here you can do it, for example, some motuleños eggs, cochinita pibil, papadzules, salbutes, lime soup.

8. Mérida


Mérida in Mexico is a city with its own identity very different from other places in the country. A cross between the Mayan culture and the Spanish culture, the capital of Yucatan is known for having the second largest historical center in Mexico. Walk or rent a buggy to tour the historic center and the Paseo de Montejo, noticing the architectural contrast of its buildings or to the Mayan ruins in Yucatan peninsula.

Try the delicious dishes that have made Yucatan cuisine so famous. You will be astonished by the Plaza Grande, which offers significant sixteenth-century cathedrals and art museums. If you stop by the Plaza on weekends, you can be involved with the fervor as it turns into a prominent spot of dance exhibitions and street parties.

9. Chichen Itza


Chichén Itzá and Ek Balam, are about 30 minutes from Valladolid and are the best places to go in Mexico. In Chichen Itza we can discover the great knowledge that this culture had of the stars, highlighting the ball game and the observatory, among others, without forgetting the Kukulkan pyramid, where each equinox can see the serpent ascending its steps.

10. Guadalajara


Besides being one of the closest beaches to Guadalajara, Manzanillo is also the most convenient option in many other ways. Manzanillo has dozens of beaches suitable for bathers. The most traditional are Olas Altas, Miramar, Santiago and La Audiencia. San Patricio - Melaque is a paradisaical destination with calm waters, natural environments and a typical Mexican fishing village.

The town of San Patricio - Melaque, is located in the extreme coastal south of the state of Jalisco. It is 4 km northwest of Barra de Navidad, on the Costa Alegre, within the Christmas Bay in the municipality of Cihuatlán. Here it forms the trinomial of conurbated towns of San Patricio, Melaque and Villa Obregón, and is better known as San Patricio Melaque.

This quiet and traditional town, in its center has the small church with its spiky tower, the typical square with its kiosk, the clock tower and the fountain of the dolphins, all shaded by palms and ornamental trees. In the surrounding streets you can find most of the craft shops, beachwear and products for tourist use.

The main beach called Melaque has soft, golden sand, and it is bathed in gentle waves. The coast is adorned with umbrellas and coconut trees, and small rocky cliffs line the ends. Towards the continent it looks high mountains of brown tones during the dry season and green in the rains. In front of the beach, restaurants abound, where you can enjoy fresh fish and seafood.

Tequila is also the name of the a small town not far (about an hour by car, or you can take a Tequila Train and arrive already, well, served) from Guadalajara, the state Capital. Like Champagne can only come from the Champagne Region in France, Tequila is an alcohol made out of agave plants that must be grown in the Tequila Valley, in Jalisco (any other drink made the same way, even elsewhere in Mexico, must be named Mezcal, its generic name).

Like Napa in California with its famous wineries, lots of Tequila plantations exist, which not only make and bottle tequila but have tasting rooms. Many people who like the drink make it a point of doing a day trip to Tequila and do some tasting and touring so they can learn the process of making their favorite drink.

Parangaricutirimícuaro is a Purépecha name for the town better known as Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro, after the old town of San Juan Parangaricutiro was buried by lava from Parícutin volcano in 1943.

11. Palenque


Chiapas is one of the most exciting states while travelling in Mexico that offers its visitors the warm treatment of its people. The magic of its places and an extensive culture are aspects that can easily be appreciated in each city or town that make it up. Discover its majesty by exploring its archaeological sites and let yourself be conquered by its natural beauty.

During the last decades, Chiapas has presented an intense development due to its tourist and commercial activities, having sites like Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Tapachula, Palenque and Comitán. You can enjoy quietly while planning a vacation with your family, or, practice sports extremes, hiking, rappelling and rafting, among others.

Thanks to the enormous projection and investment derived from its versatility, Chiapas is the venue for events such as the Tapachula Mesoamerican International Fair and the Sumidero Canyon Marathon. In addition, it has first class spaces for the realization of congresses, including the Convention Center and Polyforum, which makes this destination a wide range of options for the traveler to travel Mexico.

The natural beauties of Chiapas are definitely one of the main reasons why people set their sights on this destination when planning to travel to Mexico. The biodiversity with which this land has been endowed makes it an ideal place for those who travel in search of adventure and spectacular landscapes.

Examples of the above are the Sumidero Canyon, a geological fault whose rock walls flank both sides of the Grijalva River, and the Tacaná Volcano, which rises to 4 thousand meters above sea level, in addition to the Lagunas de Montebello, the Agua Azul Waterfalls and the Lacandon Jungle.

12. Tijuana


Tijuana is a city located northwest of Mexico, on the border with the United States. It is the most diverse city after Mexico City, making it an important cultural center of the country. In addition, it is the headquarters of hundreds of maquiladoras of international companies.

Tijuana is an important tourist city and the most well-known attractions are the Tijuana Cultural Center, the Municipal Institute of Art and Culture, the House of the 9th, the Place of the Nopal, among others. Also, visit the Playas de Tijuana and La Mesa delegations to enjoy nature.

The Tijuana International Airport is located about 10 minutes from the city center. Its surroundings have various service centers such as hotels, restaurants and land transport terminals to different destinations in Mexico. Tijuana is a destination to visit throughout the year, although in summer temperatures can rise considerably.

Take advantage of the Tijuana Interzona and Mexican festivals like Expoterquila Festival in October, the Northwest Literature Festival and All My Friends Music Festival in November.

13. San Juan Teotihuacan


Visit the Teotihuacan pyramids, known as the City of the Gods, with a specialized guide. Being early in the morning you can avoid the crowds of tourists and the long queues, which will allow you to enjoy the squares, the murals and the majestic atmosphere in the morning's tranquility. You can visit the famous monuments, such as the Mexican Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.

You can also make a stop at an obsidian factory, where you can taste a wide variety of liquors. Mexico remembers its dead in style in one of the most unique and representative festivals of its popular culture. Skulls, flowers, and a lot of color stain every corner of the country in a mixture of Aztec traditions to celebrate the Day of the Dead, from October 31 to November 2.

In the Mayan culture, the skulls embody rebirth and, far from generating fear, have positive connotations. In states like Guanajuato, Morelos and Mexico at this time sugar skulls are sold everywhere like alfeñique sweets, a kind of candy based on cane sugar, and filled with chocolate.

14. Cabo San Lucas


Cabo San Lucas is a popular holiday destination at the tip of the Baja peninsula, with luxury resorts, trendy restaurants and miles of beaches. Cabo San Lucas is the southernmost city of the peninsula of Baja California and is one of the places with the best beaches in Mexico. It has excellent boutique hotels and world-class restaurants, but the most beautiful is its collection of lush beaches.

To travel by car to Cabo San Lucas, the ideal is to take the Trans-peninsular highway that goes from Tijuana directly to Los Cabos. If you do not have a car, you can take a bus in Tijuana that will take you directly to your destination. Los Cabos International Airport is one of the busiest in Mexico. This air terminal connects with many domestic and international flights from Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Toluca, Monterrey, Culiacan.

To enjoy a complete maritime experience, you must board a ferry that travels across the Sea of ​​Cortez from the ports of Topolobampo or Mazatlan, in Sinaloa, to the port of La Paz. From there you can travel by bus to Los Cabos. Although it seems strange, the summer in Cabo San Lucas is not as crowded.

Among things to do in Cabo San Lucas, it is ideal to go with family, make sandcastles and play volleyball. There are beach umbrellas available for rent and cold beers throughout the day. It is the favorite place for surfers because the big waves abound and the currents are unpredictable. This is NOT an ideal beach for swimming because you could suffer an abrupt fall, and also for tropical storms that originate in the south.

Playa del Amor has a stretch of beautiful sand and some impressive rock formations. The beach offers an impressive view, with its turquoise waters dotted by these peculiar rocky structures. The beach faces the Sea of ​​Cortez, famous for being the aquarium of the world, by the French explorer Jacques Cousteau. The area surrounding the beach is brimming with marine life and is popular with divers.

On the contrary, Playa del Divorcio is extremely dangerous for swimmers. However, it is highly recommended for its sunsets, which are truly spectacular. This stretch of clean white sand is located on the Pacific coast, a few steps from Playa del Amor. Divorce Beach or Playa del Divorcio is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing, but is often dangerous for swimming. There are strong currents and waves breaking.

Playa Solmar is known for its majestic golden stretch of sand. It has strong and unpredictable currents which means that swimming is not always an option. Undoubtedly, the most famous beach in Cabo and the safest to swim is Playa Medano. It is characterized by calm, transparent waters and impressive views. The beach has designated bathing areas and a wide selection of hotels, bars and restaurants.

The beautiful Médano beach is an excellent beach in Mexico that looks towards the rock formations of Land's End and the famous Arco. The gentle waves make this beach perfect for water sports. You can also rent equipment to enjoy kayaking and jet skis. The Sea of ​​Cortez has incredible species that you can see when you dive or snorkel . There are excellent places that are accessible to dive like El Chileno Bay.

Among things to do in Cabo, popular activities include surfing, kayaking, sport fishing, whale and sea ​​lion sightings. In addition, you can have a fun adventure in Canopy so that you can enjoy, from the heights, the beautiful flora and fauna of the region. In addition, it is there where the best bars are concentrated, therefore, the best nightlife in Cabo San Lucas.

You will also find restaurants with international food and typical Mexican food.

15. San José del Cabo


In addition to Cabo San Lucas, there are also Los Cabos (San José del Cabo). The main tourist places of San José del Cabo are Plaza Mijares, the Town Hall, the House of Culture, Mission Church, Puerto Los Cabos, the San José Estuary and the Art District. Also known as the Aquarium of the World, the Cabo Pulmo National Park is located 2 hours from Los Cabos and is one of only three living coral reefs that are North America.

Los Cabos is one of the main tourist destinations enjoyed by golf lovers. In addition, many of them were designed by important characters in the sport such as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. Only a very few places can compare to the beauty of Los Cabos. Spectacular weather all the year long together with wonderful natural settings make this paradise a dream for travelers who visit.

Los Cabos is an amazing contrasts between mountains, arid deserts and the sea create simply fascinating landscapes, and it is exactly this diversity what prepares the terrain to enjoy as many activities as you can think of. Here is a list of some must do places while you are in Los Cabos.

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16. San Miguel de Allende


San Miguel de Allende is a popular destination among Mexico city inhabitants and a place where foreigners love to live, but mostly a delicious little city painted in warm colors.

17. Santiago de Querétaro


Santiago de Querétaro is a rising tourist destination in Mexico, a fast growing metropolis with a colonial heart listed by UNESCO.

Don’t know where to start? You can visit websites such as easymovekw.com and explore their blog. It’s rather easy to find many useful tips and tricks for packing, and perhaps even some suggestions on how to move to Mexico hassle-free if you happen to enjoy it during your trip!

Holiday With Jersey Shore Vacation Rentals

One of the biggest components of an enjoyable holiday is the food. The chance to explore different cuisines, discover local delights and perhaps even shop for local produce that you can take back home, are some of the reasons why some holiday destinations are more popular than others. It is no different in the famous New Jersey Shore in USA. A holiday here can see you enjoying things such as:

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1. Great Jersey Shore beaches


  • Fabulous amusement parks and boardwalks
  • Historic sites and attractions of different kinds
  • Some of the best possible food in New Jersey
  • Planning a holiday in New Jersey Shore

The best possible way to enjoy your holiday in The Jersey Shore, as it is known, is by looking for the best vacation rentals by owner. You are bound to get a really good deal if you start planning early and compare different locations and different types of accommodations as well.

Once you have booked your Jersey Shore vacation rentals, you can get down to enjoying the various sites and attractions of this location. You can also enjoy the various kinds of cuisines and food that is available here.

2. Variety of Food


If there is one thing that distinguishes the cuisine of New Jersey Shore from most other tourist destinations, it is the sheer variety of every possible dish and cuisine. For instance, some things that you can get to eat when you are holidaying here are:

  • Cuisines of almost every major country and region across the world
  • Vegetarian and vegan as you desire
  • Dishes made of meats of different kinds
  • Traditional American cuisine
  • The food at different prices and budgets from the extremely expensive to the economical

There are also some traditional dishes that have been made famous because of their association with the New Jersey Shore. So do make time to try out everything.

3. Traditional dishes


Most people associate pizza of different kinds with New Jersey Shore cuisine. Probably the biggest advantage of this “dish” is the fact that you can order it even when you stay in the various Shore vacation rentals.

Do take the time to try out salt water taffy which is said to have originated from Atlantic City. There is also the pork roll which is a traditional breakfast of the Jersey Shore. There are plenty of stores and restaurants that serve amazing food and food items which you can pick up and take back your vacation rental.

4. Jersey Shore Boardwalk food


If there is one thing that is associated with Shore vacation rentals, then it is the access to boardwalk food. Considering the fact that the New Jersey Shore is lined with plenty of boardwalks and amusement parks, you are likely to get foods such as sandwiches of various kinds, ice cream of various kinds, something known as funnel cakes and even crab cakes and other seafood dishes.

5. Why you should choose vacation rentals?


An ideal vacation rental can offer a better experience than hotels in Jersey Shore or other accommodation. If you book a hotel you will get limited space but if you book vacation rentals, you will get lots of space that can give you a real vacation experience. Below we have shared some important points why you should choose vacation rentals:

  • Vacation rentals also save your money, and most of the vacation rentals are kids friendly
  • Most of the vacation rentals are pet-friendly too. So you can travel and stay with your pets during vacation
  • Ideal vacation rentals provide you lots of amenities, such as private pool, lawn, car parking, BnB and more
  • Many vacation rentals provide free Wi-Fi facilities
  • If you book a hotel room, you are not able to cook your own food, but if you book a vacation rental you will get these facilities
  • You can save money! Yes, it is possible to book a budget vacation rental.

One of the easiest things that you can do if you are a total foodie and want to try everything when you stay in Jersey Shore vacation rentals, is to ask locals for their suggestions. For instance, you may never hear of something known as Uptake but this is a cake with a difference found in Ocean City and known best to the locals there.

12 Best Things to Do in Shimla in 2020

Make your trip to Shimla more memorable by doing adventurous things. Even machines want some rest so why don't humans? Naturally, you cannot bear continuous work pressure and daily work routine for long. To make itself energetic and stress-free man need some environmental changes.

And when it comes to a calm and beautiful places, the first name appears in mind is Shimla in India. No need to be worried if you are travelling for the first time in India or you are a regular traveller, you will simply love it. Peak time to visit Shimla and Manali is winter, so you should pack some warm clothes and jackets along with yourself.

The mountainous terrain and lush greenery added with chilly weather make Shimla one of the best honeymoon places in India. Shimla was regarded as the summer capital of British India courtesy a pleasant average summer temperature 22°C. However, the ideal time to spend a honeymoon in Shimla can also be the winter for the snowy weather and the skiing experience in Kufri.

Though there are lots of historical and amazing cities in India, undoubtedly, Shimla is top of them. Its breathtaking views, sunsets and dawns are second to none. There are so many adventures things you can do here if you don't want to sit and enjoy the fresh air.

Shimla is the Queen of Hills, and it offers a romantic getaway. You will also be able to enjoy utmost peace here if you stay away from crowds. The foods that you will find here include Madra, Dhaam, Sidu, Thukpa, Mash Daal, Chicken Anardana and more.

Among the best places to visit in India in December, Shimla is called the Queen of the North. Shimla is one of the famous hill tour stations which is flocked by many tourists every year from all around the world. This place is surrounded by heavenly snow-capped mountains and green plains. It is 2215 meter above sea level and provides the best climatic condition for the people to visit this place.

If you are a person who loves to visit mountains then Shimla needs to be in your to-do list in India. Shimla used to be the mid-year capital of the British Raj when they ruled India. Now it's the capital of Himachal Pradesh. This town spreads along a mountain edge and is known for its antiquated design and railroad.

This place has been done to death numerous times by travelers and non travelers across. It has become overcrowded and commercial as complained by many fellow travelers. Indeed. But yet strangely there is this charm that is so unique to it that it can be only experienced. Yes it is crowded, commercial, messy congested and so on. But yet, it is so uniquely beautiful!

Things to do in Shimla

Shimla has so many things to entertain its visitors. Following are few of them:

1. Trekking to Chail Sanctuary


Shimla is spread over a huge territory in various mountain ranges of the Himalayas along with some astounding treks. The best piece of trekking in Shimla is that the alternative options range from simple walks around the forested areas to excessively long, elaborate treks.

To have a simple trek that takes you through the lavish green jungle, a trek to the extremely well known Jakhoo Temple is a magnificent option, which is additionally the highest point in Shimla. Or you can take simple yet energizing treks to Chadwick Falls or Kamna Devi Temple while taking the fresh air in the stunning surroundings of Shimla.

Shimla also brags of some more adventurous treks. The best among those are Snow Line Trek to Chail, Shoghi Trek and Shali Tibba Trek. One gem of a trek that you can take from Shimla is Banjar Valley Trek. One must take these treks on their trip to Shimla to enjoy the genuine magnificence of Shimla, and to know why it is deservingly the capital city of Himachal. Chail is another place you can visit during your stay at Shimla.

Accessible from Kandaghat or Shimla, Chail is at an altitude of 2150 meters. Here is the Maharaja Palace, built in the 19th century, together with the houses of its staff that are, today, a beautiful tourist center. Chail is a beautiful hill station located in the Himachal Pradesh region and extends over three mountains of Rajgarh, Pandawa and Sadh Tibba.

It overlooks the Sutlej valley and enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year. Chail boasts of the highest cricket ground in the world, overlooking the Sutlej valley, with a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas.

Chail together with Kufri and Shimla form the golden triangle of Himachal Pradesh and offer breathtaking views of the mountains and a fascinating natural beauty that makes it a great place to visit. Many trekking trails go from Chail to Shimla, Choor Chandni Peak, Kali Ka Tibba and other places. Fishing is a popular activity carried out on the Giri River, a few kilometers from Chail.

The Chail Wildlife Sanctuary attracts a large number of wildlife enthusiasts and wildlife photographers. Inside the park you can admire a great variety of flora and fauna that includes animals such as the black deer of the Himalayas, langur, sambar, goral, wild boar, among others. Numerous hiking trails cross the sanctuary like Kandaghat-Chail, Chail-Shimla via Junga, Chail Rajgarh.

2. Dorje Drak Monastery


Sanjauli is the main suburb of Shimla. It has many inhabited places nearby like Cemetery road, HB colony, Bhatta Kuffar, Sanjay Van, Dhingu dhar, Shanan, Navbhar, Chaulanti and areas other side of the Sanjauli-Dahli tunnel. Sanjauli is situated just below the Jakhu Hill. Sanjauli has the famous Sanjauli-Dhalli tunnel made by British government during that time when Shimla was capital of British India.

Shimla is not only known for its beauty and weather but also loved by all those who like offbeat adventures sports as well. Rock climbing is one of the most loveable adventurous sports people try and enjoy in Shimla. For those who like rock climbing, guys, Shimla is like a heaven for you.

You can see your actual inner adventurous side here. Climbing hills though is not an easy task but who is looking at ease here? There are different levels of rock climbing here in Shimla, go with the one with which you think and feel safe during your adventurous time. It is suggested to hit a try rock climbing at least once during your stay in Shimla.

The Dorje Drak Monastery, which is of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, is also very popular and admission is free.

A bustling little town on the banks of the Pabbar River is Rohru. However, it is the valley near Rohru that is an attractive place. An important place for fishermen who come here for trout fishing, Rohru is a decent destination to get rid of the stress of the hectic week and subdue the beauty of virgin nature. Shikru Devta Temple, Chirgaon, Chanshal, Dodra and Kwar are some of the places you would like to see in Rohru.

Trek the Buran Ghati. Its a single trek that serves up a buffet of all other great treks put together. The starting point of this trek is village Janglik in Rohru. The trek trail comprises of dense forest of oak and pine trees. The sacred Chandranahan Lake is another attraction of this trek. The flowers and herbs are in plenty along the trail.

The beauty of numerous glistening streams of water will keep you amazed. The panoramic view from Buran Pass is one of the best you can get. For the adventurers and sportsmen, treks through the local mountains are recommended, such as through the meadows of Annadale, 5 kilometers from Shimla. Glen, which is further west and is a popular place for picnics and further north to the Wildflower Hall, which was the place of Lord Kitchner's retreat.

Hatkoti is famous for the ancient temple of the Mata Hateswari in the middle of the rice fields on the right bank of the Pabber River. You can reach Chindi on the highway via Mandi and Tattapani and the beautiful Karsog Valley. One can also visit the Mahunag Famous Temple, Mamleshwar Mahadev Temple, Kamaksha Temple Devi, Pangna Killa and Temple and Shikari Devi Temple.

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3. Mountain biking in Prospect Hill


Experience the adventure of Shimla by browsing the list of this amazing and best adventurous games in Shimla and attempt mountain biking in the slopes of the Himalayan mountains and enjoy the task. Get an opportunity to ride through the surprising slopes and valleys and enjoy the cool mountain breeze as well.

Feel the adrenaline rush as you ride through the snowy valley and the peaceful surroundings of nature. Wonder about seeing the oak trees and the snowcapped mountain on this superb mountain biking adventure and witness the astounding touring. In only a couple of days, this stunning activity is a hit among the people. These bikes are intended especially for the off-road and rough tracks so that you feel great while you ride.

Prospect Hill is crowned by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi. It is 15 minutes walk from Boileauganj on Shimla Bilaspur Road. The hill offers a spectacular view of the area.

4. River rafting in Naldehra


For the adventure lovers, this sport is nothing less than a heaven, you can never pass up the best opportunity of this exciting and best adventurous games in Shimla. Stream boating is one of the most loved activities in Shimla. The Sutlej River which keeps running at a high pace makes the sport all the more exciting.

Feel the rush as you attempt this extraordinary adventurous sport. One of the renowned river rafting ways is almost at a distance of 12 km which starts from Chamba and finish at Tattapani amid the water of the Sutlej river. Rafting through the forceful and angry River Sutlej for around two hours and feel the adrenaline surge as you overcome the waves.

It is not only in India but Shimla's ice skating club is famous all over Asia as well. It is Asia's only open-air ice skating spot. I guess this is enough to put this place on your To-Do List. December is the best time to enjoy this amazing sport. During the season the circular road is block for traffic and all you can see there, people enjoying themselves by skating around the rink.

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5. Sightseeing in Ridge


The Ridge is the large open space in the heart of the city that presents an excellent view of the mountains. Enjoy playing a snowball fight at the Ridge of Shimla in the evening. Its winter time and winter provoke us for some adventurous sports and when it is for Shimla adventures than nothing can beat skiing. Head out for this as this is a standout amongst other adventurous sports in Shimla and float through the snow as you move and turns while Heli-Skiing.

The best thing about this game is that you will be dropped by a helicopter on the peak and you ski right down in the mountain. The mountain inclines are simply designed for the ski lovers.

Narkanda and Kufri are two of the best places in Shimla where you can enjoy this adventure sport. It is the dual-threat for the ski lovers where they can appreciate the beauty of nature while skiing.

6. Sightseeing in Christ Church


Shimla's landmarks of the neo-Gothic structure of the Christ Church of and the New-Tudor Library building are worth seeing. The old Christ Church, with its superb re-shaded glass windows, is amazing among most prominent places of interest in Shimla.

7. Shopping in Mall Road


You can stroll on the HP university road. A passenger elevator from HPTDC can take the road cart and the Mall. The Mall is Shimla's main shopping center with restaurants. Strolling on the mall road and gorging on to the momos or hot gulab jamuns feels simply divine! Lakkar bazaar next to the Ridge is very popular for its wooden crafts and souvenirs.

8. Sightseeing in Kali Bari temple


Kali Bari temple is a few meters from the scandal point near the General Post Office. It is believed that the idol of the goddess Shayamla is enshrined there.

9. Hiking to Jakhoo temple


Take a short hike amidst the dense forest to reach Jakhu Temple and seek blessing from Hanuman. This temple has the world's largest Hanuman statue, which is visible from most parts of Shimla. Jakhoo temple offers a panoramic view of the city from an ancient Hanuman Temple. From Ridge Road, near the church you can go on foot or on horseback or by taxi to visit the temple.

10. Sightseeing in Viceregal Lodge


Another is on Observatory Hill named Viceregal Lodge.

11. Visit Summer Hill


Summer Hill is a magnificent scenic place on Shimla-Kalka railway line that offers shadow walks in a quiet environment. Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to Shimla lived in the elegant Georgian house.

11. Visit Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex


It’s a cliched answer but Shimla is much more than just the Mall road! You can stay at a nice hotel. Go to Gaiety theatre at mall to enjoy plays, art exhibitions etc. There is always something or the other going on there. The Gaiety Theatre, which is a reproduction of an old British theater is a center of cultural activities.

11. Visit Indian Institute of Advanced Study


For architectural beauty, you can spend a day at the Institute of Advance Studies. Go out for dinner and feel the colonial vibe of the yore!

12. Photoshoot in Chadwick Falls


Other popular tourist attractions in Shimla include the Chadwick Falls. Shimla could be visited at any time of the year, but from December to February, there is snowfall in Shimla that attracts the newlyweds.

All the Delhizens will know that Shimla is not just a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, but it's an emotion that they always wanted to explore with someone special. With plenty of activities like camping, trekking, shopping, you must visit Shimla if you are residing near the NCR Region.

Located roughly around 340 km from Delhi, couples can drive on a private vehicle to reach Shimla for a relaxing romantic weekend! Hire a professional wedding photographer to click your fanciful romantic pictures in Shimla. This activity sounds usual in city life, but in the hilly town where snow bunny mountains smashing greenery is laden as far as your eyes can stretch, a romantic photoshoot with your spouse on Himachal honeymoon will do half of the work!

How to Reach Shimla


By Air: The terminal at Shimla is at Jubbarhatti, 23 km from the city. There is a daily flight service from Delhi, Chandigarh and Kullu. Jagsons Airways flight service is very good.

By Train: Kalka (96) is connected to Shimla via Shimla Narrowage Line. Let us know that Kalka station is connected to Howrah, Delhi, Amritsar and many big cities. From here, Shimla can be reached by a short train via the Heritage Rail Route. The Kalka-Shimla route consists of 107 tunnels and 864 bridges. 4 trains run daily from both classes.

By Road: Shimla is connected by road to many cities in North India. Several buses of Himachal Road Transport Corp are running every day from Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ambala, Dehradun, Saharanpur, Patna.

Apart from this, there is an AC Valvo bus service from Shimla Bhavan to Shimla every night in Delhi, which can be booked through Himachal Turism Department website. Explain that the distance from Delhi to Shimla is 380 km and from Chandigarh is 113 km.

10 Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe

You may have just booked a family tour from the USA to Europe for the next vacation. Europe is a place that is endowed with extraordinary natural beauty and is home to different and vibrant landscapes. Beaches, mountains, diverse cultures and people, Europe can offer the best holiday for any family. The very idea of travelling with kids in Europe may not be appealing to some parents.

Europe is huge and very diverse which makes it great to see. France, Germany, Spain, Italy are all fantastic countries to see but they are not underrated or unknown, rather they are well known tourist destinations.

Do not worry that your Europe tour will be an expensive one. If you have booked a family tour package, then they are to be planned and enjoyed accordingly. Perhaps your kids will show you new ways to make the best of your vacation in Europe. However, knowing a few tips while travelling with kids in Europe would help you have the best possible family holiday in Europe.

Here are things to note while traveling with kids.

Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe

Now that you have already booked your tickets, you can avoid most of the frustration and exhaustion if you keep in mind the following handy tips for travelling with kids in Europe.

1. Pack and travel light


For this to be hassle-free, ensure that one parent does the entire packing and makes the list. Packing depends on age of the kid. If you have a baby under 3 years, you will need to carry more clothes as they get soiled frequently, diaper bag, diapers, disposable covers, feeding bottles, kettle, instant foods etc. If your child has a favorite toy/book, you can pack them.

Don’t over or under-pack. Pack what is actually required. Usually plan with a 2-day buffer. What if there comes a need to extend the stay? Google the weather conditions in the destination, pack clothes accordingly. Have a note on your phone, to keep adding things as and when you remember- this way you wont miss any. For every point on your note, mention if you have to buy them. A day or two before you start, it will help you to shop quickly.

If your baby is on diapers, and you are travelling to a remote place with less availability of shops - carry more of them. If you are travelling to a city/town - carry just one pack. You can buy again once they are used up. Lessen the burden on your suitcases with unwanted stuff, and stuff that you can easily buy at your destination.

Do not make the mistake of over-packing. In many places in Europe, strollers are not welcome and so it may be better to leave the strollers at home. Ensure that all the important stuff is there (a baby carrier if you need one) and you are not at a loss when you reach your destination in Europe. Carry a list of all the items you are carrying and in which bag they are located.

2. Book your tickets with a family-friendly airlines


Book your Europe tour package from USA with an airline company that understands the need for kid-friendliness and comfort when families travel accompanied by children. From large comfortable seats to storing infant toiletries to offering nanny services in the sky, they offer a host of services.

You can even pre-order your kids' meals. They offer activity packs for the children while on the flight to keep them from bothering you. All kids get to do fun things and to say the least the vacation starts on a truly enjoyable note.

Some of the airline companies offer additional services like fixing up your accommodation, airport transfers, and sightseeing packages at very reasonable rates. This will save from all the hassles of having to do all of this on your own in a new country. Also, it is a good idea to book the entire itinerary on the same airlines as any delay in flight timings of one flight may lead you to miss the connection flight and add up to your woes of troubles.

3. Keep your documents ready


From printing your boarding passes at home before the flight, double-check that your passports are available and are valid for travel to Europe (they should be valid for six months after your trip). If by chance your spouse is not accompanying you for the trip, you must possess a letter of consent on your person. Make sure that you load a copy on a safe and secure Internet location and another set with a family member.

4. Location is of prime importance


Choosing the right location for your holiday with kids in Europe plays a large part in whether it turns out to be a success or not. Switzerland advertises child-friendly holidays for the visitors. Paris and Amsterdam, Rome and Paris offer dedicated locations for entire families. Choose destinations for your Europe tour that will make everyone happy.

Just in case you are visiting more than one country, ensure that you enjoy one place fully well before you move on to the next one. If you have the luxury of a few weeks, then it is best to enjoy a few countries. In this context, allow yourself a little more time than is needed. With kids around, unexpected events are almost sure to happen.

A 12-days’ Europe tour package would be refreshing and would allow you a little more space and time in place of a 6 days’ trip.

5. You may pack any finger foods, snacks


Kids/adults of all ages will love snacks while on a trip. If you have smaller kids, its better to carry healthy stuff like rice cakes, nuts, energy bars, sweets, crackers rather than buy junk and unhealthy stuff. Pack a lunch whenever possible. With kids around, food and drinks turn out to be huge expenses. Stock up water, fruits, breakfast items, and snacks so that you end up spending only for lunch or dinner.

6. Medicines


Pack basic medications for - fevers, cold, cough, vomiting, motions. And if your child is on any other medications - pack them too.

7. Light sightseeing


On the day you reach your destination, keep a light routine and finish off all the sleep that is due to you and others. Unpack, relax and explore local sights. Use booked tours to see the different places of tourist interest. It may not be possible for you to cover long distances on foot when the children are around.

8. Schedule time for rest


Getting exhausted and not being able to see what you wanted to can be depressing. Therefore ensure that you set aside time for unwinding and taking rest. This is for the kids too.

9. Having no control over your children in public spaces


Letting your children run, scream or play around in restaurants, cafes, etc. You will be judged harshly if you let your children be a disturbance to others. Of course, tolerance applies for new-borns and babies crying or fussing. Teeth gritted when in close quarters with hysterical toddlers. To sum up, a public space is shared. Be mindful and considerate of others’ enjoyment, space and peace.

10. Prepare in advance


Ensure that you give the children an idea about the place they are going to visit. Books and movies about France or Rome will be helpful. You can even invest in books about these places to make your Europe trip a big hit. Make sure that visits to natural history museums, aquariums, and sound and light art shows that are typical of the land are a part of the travel itinerary. Most of the museums in Europe allow free entry to children.

There are sites that keep you informed about local festivals and celebrations in different places. Going through them beforehand can help you to time your visits and ensure that they are children-friendly. Make space for enjoying everything that is offered free to families.

Endnote

Travelling with children teaches us quite a few things about new cultures and different ways to explore countries. A Europe tour with the children will surely be a fulfilling travel experience for the whole family.

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Bristol Tour Guide: 8 Tips for Thrifty Travellers

Aside from the prominent cities of London and Paris, the vibrant continent of Europe has a lot more towns that the world should see with their eyes. Nestling in the grounds of England, the city of Bristol is always free to satisfy its visitors’ travel desires at any time of the day.

Bristol is a glimmering place that’s jam-packed with amazing variations of restaurants, fun-filled choices of activities, astounding art collections, eye-popping views, rich culture, interesting history, fascinating pubs, friendly and humbled locals, and a lot more! This city is a fantastic collage of modern Banksy art (his home town) and historic monuments, museums, the first suspension bridge and early industrial sights.

It’s beauty and serene ambiance can touch even the iciest hearts. And if you’re wondering what could convince you more to travel in this lively city, well, you might want to know that Bristol is a great friend to thrifty travelers! But remember that even if you're on a tight-budget, Bristol still assures to feed your travel cravings during your entire stay in the city.

best things to do in Bristol

So, check out these tips and ready yourself for this once in a lifetime Bristol trip on a budget!

1. Get along with the students


If you wouldn’t mind knowing, Bristol is actually a college city for having a huge population of students. And that makes this city home to affordable sandwich stores and restaurants to make it more student-friendly. So, if you want to save a few more pounds, you can get along with the students and go where they go.

They surely know where to find the cheapest foods and drinks in town. And if you want, you can also ask the locals for some recommendations. Don't worry because it works 99.99% of the time - and don’t forget to show them your curviest smile, okay!

2. Check out the best hotel stay alternatives


Of course, you can’t travel far away from home without finding a comfy place to stay. Well, thanks to Bristol for having different choices of accommodation for you to choose from. But since you're a thrifty traveller, you may want to check out the perfect hotel stay alternatives such as a serviced apartment in Bristol Cabot, or cheap hotel accommodation in Bristol city centre.

Though these recommendations are way cheaper than a luxurious stay in one of the hotels in Bristol city centre, it’s guaranteed that you’ll have the cosiest, comfiest, and safe nights while touring Bristol.

3. Try free-of-charge activities in the park


Whether you’re on a tight budget or not, you can still go out and about in Bristol city. And that will only be possible if you’ll let yourself get out of the box and meet some new friends out there in town. Well, if you do not know, this city is literally like one huge park - and that opens an enormous place for you to play and wander around!

So, just imagine what variety of activities you can do here - don’t worry because the activities are free-of-charge. Yes, you definitely read it right. You can enjoy people watching while sitting pretty on the green and freshly mown grass, get sweaty with Frisbee, talk and make friends with the locals, have a picnic, and more!

4. Take a look at the variety of museums


Next on the list something that’s also free. For thrifty travellers like you, don’t hesitate to take a look at the variety of museums available in the city. It’s so nice to think that you can now learn and contemplate about the fascinating history and facts of Bristol city just by visiting its free-of-charge museums. You’re also free to gather for your gram since the museums are exceptionally architectured!

5. Do not order cappuccino with lunch


The whole no cappuccino after 11 is a big pile of crap. Cappuccino is a common snack also in the afternoon, and it’s served whenever you want. With one exception. Cappuccino is perceived as a milk product. You don’t eat cappuccino after a meal because you don’t eat after you have just eaten. If you want a hot drink after your meal order an espresso (or even an espresso macchiato as that tiny dash of milk is just an embellishment), not a cappuccino.

6. Travel light


Travel light but not excessively so, carry protection from all the elements, especially rain, you can’t know for sure when to expect what in a foreign country. Suddenly you’ll realize a 5 Euro umbrella being sold to you for 25 at a world heritage site.

The clothes you are travelling in already count as one outfit. Bring small travel bottles of your essential toiletries. Pack light, and carry clothes that you can layer up and layer down depending on the weather in the country. Also, always check the weather forecast right before flying. You would know if you need more sweaters or more shorts. Never ever wear socks with sandals.

Don't travel with bespoke watches like Rolex, Breitling, etc. Don't travel with gold or silver neck chains, gold or silver earrings with diamonds, or semi-precious stones or other posh jewelry. It just makes you a target. Leave all that at home. Keep your wallet in the front pocket. Risk of losing it reduces. Don’t keep all the cash at same place. Distribute it in 2-3 parts.

Do the same if you have multiple cards. If you lose your bag/purse, you will still have some cash/card left. Try to stay between 3–7 floors if it’s a high rise building. Anything below 3 is easier to climb to and rob, and anything above 7 could be disastrous in the event of a Fire. Most fire fighter ladders extend to around the 8th floor so it’s just a lot easier to be rescued from a window within reach.

7. Do not tip


Never. If you had an outstanding service at your hotel you may offer discreetly a tip (in an envelope), but do not just throw bills around carelessly. In restaurants you may leave a few coins as tip (say, your total is 47.80 euro, you pay with a 50 banknote and leave the rest), but do not make a production of it.

8. Save money by sharing rides


Of course, if you got money-saving hacks for choosing a place to stay, and on how to get affordable foods and drinks, have fun while enjoying free activities, there’s also a tip on how you can cut off your transportation expenses. And it’s very much easier than you thought. By not hesitating to try rideshares, you can save money as fast as lightning.

You might want to know that Uber is way cheaper than taxi cabs. Plus, with Uber rideshares, you can tapper off your transport expenses while getting around the city on a simpler basis.

So, what are your thoughts after reading these overly helpful tips? Can you agree that this is a kind of guide that thrifty travellers must live for?

If you got more money-saving tips, just give us a heads-up and don’t think twice sharing with our readers!

27 Best Places to Visit in Italy

Italy is full of tourist attractions as it is so beautiful. Every small town in Italy tells a story of its own and tourists love that kind of vibe. For that reason, Italian towns and #culture attracts many tourists from all over the world, all year round. And if you are spending just a few days in Italy, you won't have the time to visit them all.

Nobody really needs an excuse to visit Italy, home of some of the most iconic destinations in the world. Rome, Milan, Venice in Veneto are places that everybody should try to visit at least once in their lives. Roman architecture abounds. The works of great masters adorn churches and galleries, and the rich culture of this ancient country has touched much of the civilised world. Italians feel part of the same country only when it comes to soccer.

Is food an important part when you travel? Italy is the country that we rank as the country we are going to, because of the food. Perhaps not surprising given all the good that is served there. When the Italians sit around the table, it is not just the food and wine to be enjoyed without the party, conversation and life.

That culture includes the famous Italian cuisine. When you think about how many food and drinks use Italian names in the English language it really emphasises how omnipresent Italian food has become. However, there is no substitute for sipping cappuccinos in Rome or eating Neapolitan ice-cream in Naples while visiting Italy. The best time to visit Italy is April to June or September to October.

Best Places to Visit in Italy

Even a month or two won't be enough. For that reason, you should choose to visit only the best Italian tourist attractions.

1. Pompei


Pompeii is located in the Bay of Naples, south of the Neapolitan city, and on the way to the Sorrento peninsula. You can see diverse and interesting samples in the house of Octavius ​​Quartio or the House of Venus in the Shell. However, the most spectacular frescoes in the Pompeii enclave can be found in the Villa of the Mysteries, located outside the old city, to the northwest.

2. Verona


Veneto is another big region in the north-eastern part of Italy. It has lots of art cities (for example Venice, Verona, Padova, Vicenza) and wonderful neoclassical villas. It also has wonderful peaks in the Dolomites and includes the eastern part of the Lago di Garda. Veneto is the most chosen Italian region for holidays by the tourists.

Verona has something special that one will fall in love with this city from the first moment in the country of pizza and pasta. Even if you do not have a partner, do not worry, Verona is much more. There is life beyond romanticism and the city hides a great proposal of attractions to visit in Italy at least once in a lifetime. We start?

Thanks to its privileged position between Milan and Venice, it is among the interesting places in Italy to get away for a couple of days if you are making a route through northern Italy. It is the place in which Shakespeare set his tragic novel Romeo and Juliet. Forget about the public or private transport, put on some comfortable shoes and go around the streets waiting to see the Juliet's House, the Arena of Verona, the Lamberti Tower.

Here you can find Juliet's house, complete with balconies, statues, and thousands of Love letters inserted in a wall on Valentine's Day, an expression of love written from the Verona community. Not far from Juliet's house about 200 meters there is also Rome’s House, which is separated by Piazza delle erbe and Piazza dei signori.

Take a break to sip a delicious cappuccino or hold back with your partner in that part of the bridge to watch the beautiful views or take a picture. If you decide to travel in the time of Valentine's Day, if you are not accompanied by your partner, doses of romanticism and love samples can hurt your sensibility if you are without your better half.

Throughout the month and especially over 4 days the city becomes the epicenter of the ideal of love and many activities are held in it. You could always be eating pizza, pasta and ice cream without getting tired, because in Italy there are a thousand and one possible combinations of all of them. In Italy, each region has its own variation on the classic Italian cuisine.

Italy borders on the Mediterranean and has ideal growing conditions for all kinds of vegetables and spices that do not grow in northern Europe. As a result, its cuisine is much more varied. Italian cuisine has a great variety of different ingredients, including fruits, vegetables, sauces, meats, fish, potatoes, rice, corn, sausages, pork, and different types of cheeses.

Pizza is a thin layer of bread dough made with flour, water, yeast, and a pinch of salt, topped with a large tablespoon of tomato sauce (made with tomatoes and that’s all), a few pieces of fresh fiordilatte cheese (cows milk mozzarella), a teaspoon of extravirgin olive oil and a few leaves of basil.

The pizza Margherita is said to be the mother of all pizzas, and when it comes to wine, there are over 350 approved grapes in the country. Tip is to visit a winery or a cooking class so you can relive the good flavors when you come home. If you are passionate about pizza you must make a mandatory stop at one of the best Neapolitan pizza houses in the city.

Traditional Italian recipes are simple and tasty, but varies greatly depending on the region you are visiting. Bring someone you love to travel and experience the earthy Italian culture. Eat delicious pasta, pizza, and cheese with good wines. You can accompany them with tasty starters such as carpaccio with arugula and cheese, pasta, gelato!

The baci di giulietta or Juliet's kisses, is the most representative sweet of the whole city, which, as it is more than evident, has created a whole business around the history of Shakespeare lovers. But the best part is that they are delicious! It is a recipe that can be found in most bakeries in Verona made from almonds and hazelnuts. If you are a sweet lover, you cannot leave without trying it.

Italy has such varied cities that the differences between all the Northern Italian cities, starting from Trieste to say, Torino, are comparatively small if one compares it with say, Trieste and a city like Bari or other Southern cities.

In the far north-eastern part of Italy there is the small region of Friuli and Venezia Giulia, actually similar to Veneto but with some differences such as the language (people speak Italian, Friulian and some Slovenian too) and some influences of the Slavic culture. Famous cities are Trieste and Udine, but also the little town of Palmanova. It is very nice to see the Collio area with the enormous vineyards.

Trieste is full of buildings that could as well be in Vienna. That gives Trieste a very distinct look, but still as one of the many varieties of a beautiful Northern Italian city.

3. Lake Garda


There is a montainous region between Lombardy and Veneto: it is Trentino-Alto Adige, with its spectacular mountains (the Dolomites), breathtaking views, mysterious lakes and nice chapelles. The biggest city is Trento - capital of the Trentino - and the second is Bolzano - capital of the Alto Adige.

Among the best places while traveling Europe on your own, many people miss out on the beauty and charm of Lake Garda. Pay a visit and you won't be able to come back soon enough. And while you are there, stop in at the Osteria Gatto d'Oro for a meal. This quirky dining establishment is not to be missed. It is compulsory to study German, which is the second official language.

Even the cuisine is highly inspired by Austria. This is for saying that you shouldn't expect to eat an authentic pizza over here. One of the typical meal is Strudel. Basically, it is a cake roll with apple.

The horizon of the Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige is dominated by the impressive chain of the Dolomites, the friendly face of the Alps. The region confines with Switzerland and Austria. There is a continental and alpine climate and winters are very cold. It is known for its mountains (Alps and Dolomites) and its lakes.

Its wide valleys covered with forests and meadows open to the south, so they are warmer than those of the north, warmth that is reflected in the character of those who attend the bivacchi, typical mountain huts that serve meals to skiers in winter and hikers in summer.

Head to Bolzano, the main town in the Italian Tyrol, where you can admire part of the Dolomites, beautiful views, and the journey will become less heavy seeing that you already entered the Alps (South Tyrol) Austria by the Brenner pass, where you can see the fascinating bridge of Europe, immense viaduct that offers unique views.

The central part, the Brenner Pass proper, occupies the land between Sterzing and Matrei, through the village of Brenner itself. But above all, the route from Trento to Bolzano means knowing two cultures, since here the airs of the Mediterranean and the Tyrol mix.

The beautiful and characteristic Merano is a city of different denominations. It is a city of gardens, city of well-being, historical and modern city, mundane but at the same time calm. After Bolzano, it is the second largest city in the Trentino Alto Adige region. The name of Sissi, queen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is linked to the story of Merano.

Very important is also the wonderful Trauttmansdorff Castle, where the empress stayed twice during her stay in the area. Merano is an excellent city to stay to visit the Christmas markets of the area, to enjoy the thermal baths, to see Bolzano, Trento, and the Dolomites, including Val di Non and Val di Sole (if you travel by car).

Merano is a lively city, of international events of great importance with the horse tours, the Merano Forst Grand Prize, the Merano Jazz Festival and also the Musical Weeks of Merano, international symphonic music event, the traditional Grape Festival and of course the Christmas markets. In other words, the city is enriched throughout the year with cultural, sporting, enogastronomic and traditional events.

The period of the Christmas markets is one of the most exciting in the city. In the air you can smell the perfumes of the hot wine (Vin Brulé), the spices and the typical pastry. The Christmas songs are heard through all the downtown streets. The Merano Christmas Market is the largest in the area, with its 83 exhibitors.

Another particular drink of Merano, which is also typical of the German Christmas tradition, is the Feuerzangenbowle, a sugar loaf soaked in rum, which is dripped in a copper pot filled with red wine!

Time to hit the east coast. From Merano you can take a pretty scenic drive through Ortisei, Cortina d’Ampezzo and S. Daniele to Trieste. From there, if you really want want to avoid Venezia, you can at least walk around the small village of Burano in the Laguna.

Corvara, situated in a sunny plain at the foot of the Sassongher mountain, can be defined as the cradle of tourism in Alta Badia. Pastry shops, after dinner bars and pubs and fashionable shops offer enjoyment and variety without altering the calmness and pleasantness of the small Alpine town.

In summer several lifts allow you to easily reach altitudes of over 2,000 meters where you can enjoy incomparable panoramas - the view sweeps from the Dolomites peaks of Alta Badia up to the Marmolada glacier and the Austrian Alps. Trails, from the easy ones at the valley bottom and on the plateau of Col Alto-Pralongià, up to the longer excursions in the Puez-Odle natural park or the more difficult ones on the Sassongher peak and Piz Boè are the joy of excursionists and climbers alike.

4. Milan


Arguably the cultural hub of not just Italy but all of Europe, Milan is where trends are set and fashion is pushed forward. While it might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of must-see cities for your first time in Europe, perhaps it should be, particularly if you enjoy being on the leading edge of fashion. The café and restaurant scene of the city is also world leading – foodies and coffee lovers will be in heaven.

Go to Milan if you’re a fan of coffee, you like to keep up to date with the latest fashion, you want the Italian experience without the hordes of tourists.

Less than 300 kilometers away is the elegant Milan, a city with an important cultural heritage that goes far beyond fashion. Italians have a keen sense of fashion. For the uninitiated, bella means beautiful and figura means figure. Bella Figura is a way of life in Italy, and they take their style and grooming really seriously.

Fashion metropolis of Milan is perhaps best known for shopping, but also to all football fans bucket list. Visit the beautiful Milan cathedral and hip Isola with street art, vintage shops and cool restaurants.

The cotoletta alla milanese is a thick cut piece of veal on the bone. Occasionally, cotoletta is served in a pelt, which means topped with a salad of finely diced tomatoes. In supermarket you can find breaded chicken cutlets (which are indeed chicken breast), but they are a recent development. Breaded meat is a traditional dish of Milan.

In no case in Italy meat is served over a layer of pasta (a partial exception is risotto alla milanese with ossibuchi, but even in that case you are supposed to eat the risotto just topped with some of the sauce produced by the ossobuco, and the actual meat as second).

In northern Italy, pasta is made with regular wheat flour and it require egg to stand being boiled. In the south, where durum wheat is grown, fresh pasta is made with durum wheat semolina (not flour) and water. Central Italy is a bit of hit and miss with these two types of pasta. Fresh pasta is then shaped, but this is done differently.

Egg pasta is usually rolled in sheets and cut, while semolina fresh pasta is cut in small pieces and shaped by hand, using simple tools like knives or knitting needles. Dried pasta is made in a yet different way. The dough for fresh pasta must be quite soft and pliable, while the dough for dried pasta is extremely tough and can’t be kneaded by hand.

Even in the old days it was kneaded with a wooden machine operated by hand and called gramola. Then this kind of pasta isn’t shaped by hand, it’s extruded. Dried pasta, which was the original product and still is the best quality product, has a completely different texture and flavor from handmade pasta, which was originally the pasta substitute for those families who could not afford the dried pasta.

In the area north of Milan people also used to eat what is called pan giald or pan de mej, which is a bread made with a mixture of wheat and either corn meal or millet flour. This is a proper leavened bread that tastes like bread should, that is not sweet like cake.

Minestrone Milanese, Campari and Gorgonzola all have their origins in Milan. City tour with wine tasting or historical tour with a taste of the top local restaurants recommended. Eat like a local in the Brera area.

5. Lake Como


Lombardy is the most populated region in Italy (10 mln inhabitants) and overall the economy leader. However, except for the metropolitan area of Milan, Lombardy has spectacular landscapes (Lago di Como, Lago d’Iseo, Lago di Garda, the Alps) and very nice cities (such as Mantova, Bergamo, Cremona).

Lake Como, in the Lombardy region, is one of the most beautiful areas of Italy and also one of the most unknown, although it seems incredible. It is sometimes eclipsed by tourist areas such as Tuscany, Cinque Terre or the Amalfi Coast in Southeast Italy. Focus on the most touristic towns and places like Lenno, Bellagio, Brienno, Cernobbio, Varenna, Menaggio and Nesso.

There are several historic villas on Como Lake, where they have lived from aristocrats to writers or artists, since the sixteenth century. Today, these villas have been adapted and converted into hotels or museums and many of them can be visited. Fish, pasta and sweets are some of the protagonists of the most recommended restaurants in the area.

The cassœula or in its different insubric dialects cassœûla, cassoeura or casöra is a typical food from Lombard tradition, prepared in Winter. The most important parts are the verze (savoy cabbage) and pig meat as the costine (ribs) and cotenna (the thick skin of the animal).

The name comes probably from a particular type of spoon used in the preparation of this food (the casseou) or from the name of the pot (casseruola). It is interesting to notice that in German tradition there’s a similar dish called Kasseler. The Cassœula is even better if served with polenta, the famous typical food of the nordic tradition (talking about Italy).

Keep going towards Franciacorta and Lago d’Iseo, again less touristy than Lago di Garda. Como is the main town of the lake. It’s a smallish historical town with quite a few things worth visiting, loads of nice shops, restaurants. and it’s also the main transportation hub of the lake.

From Como you can easily reach Milano from the Como Lago station (right in front of the lake) and in one hour you can reach the center of Milano (Cadorna station). Besides, Como is the main hub for all of the bus and ferry lines that connect Como with the various towns along the lake shores. From there it will be easy to pick a different destionation every day and visit one or two villages or enjoy one of the lake’s beaches.

Como is nonetheless a relaxed medium-sized town. But if you want to be closer to nature and relax in a village where nothing will disturb you, there are dozens of options. Villages where you may even be the only tourist.

Near Mantova, Sabbioneta was built by Vesapsiano Ist Gonzaga as his new capital. The small city retains a carefully planned grid and a series of monumental palaces. It’s one of the first creations of the Renaissance.

6. Turin


Piedmont is a big region in north-western Italy. It has multiple and various landscapes, such as Alps, the Langhe hills and the plains of the river Po. Piedmont is famous for its marvelous wines and for Turin. Piedmont was the most important region of the Reign of Sardinia (even if the name tells other tales), so there are lots of royal palaces and gardens. I think that the best place in Piedmont is Lago Maggiore.

Turin, the capital of Italian Piedmont is famous throughout the world for protecting the Shroud and for being the cradle of solid chocolate and Fiat. Let yourself be seduced by this beautiful Italian city, with the Alps always present and the great river Po embracing the center.

Get to know its baroque and modernist architecture, its distinguished boulevards, its charming paved squares, its interesting museums and its cozy cafés. And, of course, do not miss its great nightlife and its transalpine gastronomy.

But there are many Piedmontese towns, full of cultural, gastronomic and historical richness as it happens with the charming town of Ivrea. Ivrea Cathedral (Duomo), crowns the sky of the area, being very visible from almost any point. Ivrea was the headquarters of the Olivetti typewriter company and the mark of this brand in the population is more than remarkable.

The Ivrea carnival is extremely popular as well as its orange festival where people throw oranges. Head on the motorway and take the exit at Finale Ligure, where you shoot up north through the Alta Langa, which is not as packed as Alba and Barolo, but equally beautiful. Murazzano and Dogliani are nice villages you can stop by for some cheese and wine shopping.

Then, take a long drive to the Lago d’Orta, possibly avoiding the motorway until Asti and pass through Santo Stefano Belbo. One of the smallest of the northern lakes, Lago d’Orta has a unique timeless feeling. The village of Orta San Giulio does not allow cars into its center, the nearby San Giulio island hosts a Benedictine nunnery and an imposing church.

Aosta Valley is the smallest region in Italy. It is located in the north-west of the country. It is a typical mountainous region of the Alps. Aosta Valley is hometown to lots of medieval castles and wonderful peaks and cliffs. The only city in the valley is Aosta. Aosta Valley is really famous for its skiing stations, but there is lot of history beyond the wonderful nature.

7. Genoa


Liguria is the favourite place to stay in holiday for Northern Italians: it is a coastal region with plenty of harbours such as Portofino and the Cinque Terre. It is also nice to see the San Fruttuoso Abbey and the ancient city of Genoa. Even if near to the sea, Liguria is a mountainous region and has lots of little towns such as the gorgeous Apricale. Liguria is highly crowded during the summer but it is worth a visit.

Chiavari was for centuries, a major world-class trading port. The medieval old town is rich in carrugi (narrow streets leading to large squares) and historic buildings. The best way to discover all the treasures of this Ligurian jewel is to walk along the central street, the Via Martiri Della Liberazione or to lose yourself in the many small streets that are home to countless treasures.

You can buy and enjoy a wide variety of Ligurian specialties, enter the antique shops and also go shopping even in bad weather in famous fashion or design shops nestled under the ancient arcades of Caruggio Dritto.

Sanremo is located on the west coast of the picturesque Italian Riviera in the blue Ligurian Sea and is surrounded by high mountains. The classy seaside resort on the famous Riviera dei Fiori, has a large marina and can absorb Nice in terms of glamor. In the charismatic historical center of the city, let yourself be lost by La Pigna in the labyrinth of narrow streets.

Above the old port you will find the Corso Matteotti shopping district with its elegant boutiques. In the flower shops of the dawn they sell fragrant and carnations. Close to the market you will find the Corso degli Inglesi, a street where elegant villas and a Russian Orthodox Church decoration can make you enjoy a pleasant walk.

At night, its inhabitants go for an aperitif or a drink in restaurants, inns and bars or play their luck in the casino. Drive to Mortola and Giardini Hanbury. You can also take a detour to Dolceacqua. In general, the inland of Liguria is beautiful and forgotten by the masses of tourists.

Seborga is a small principality in nortwestern Italy. When Italy was united in the 1800s they missed out on some paperwork and Seborga was never properly incorporated into Italy. It is still there, a micronation with 300 inhabitants.

8. Cinque Terre


If you are someone who would rather spend their vacation by the sea than in the center of a crowded city, Cinque Terre is the place to visit in Italy for you. Truly one of the most beautiful places by the sea in Italy, it consists of five seaside villages on the Italian Riviera coastline. It is centuries old but colorful houses make it look very new.

If you want to relieve some stress, Cinque Terre will be the perfect place to do just that. You can spend a few days enjoying the view and the sunny warm weather and you will be as good as new once your trip is over. It is a very romantic place and the prices aren't even that high, so this also makes a perfect place for your honeymoon on a budget.

Levanto, an Italian coastal city, is pleasant, although it lacks the charm of its illustrious neighbors. In May the Festa del Mare is celebrated, which pays homage to the sea through numerous activities. Levanto is located a few kilometers north of the Cinque Terre National Park, composed of five historic towns anchored on cliffs located on the edge of the Mediterranean.

Although some tourists take advantage of the somewhat lower prices of Levanto, most of them head a little further south when they visit this region of exceptional landscapes. Among all the towns of Cinque Terre, Monterosso is the one with the largest accommodation offer. One of the activities that you can not miss if you visit Cinque Terre is a boat trip along the coast to enjoy the wonderful views of the villages from the sea.

The boat makes a stop in each of the towns, with the exception of Corniglia which has no port as it does not face the sea. This seaside destination known for it’s hills and hiking trails can fine you anywhere from €50 to €2,500 for wearing flip-flops. Apparently the villages got bored of having to rescue tourists from footpaths without proper footwear.

9. Monterosso al Mare


Monterosso al Mare, is the largest town with more services, restaurants and hotels of the 5 that make up Cinque Terre. It is also more aimed at sun and beach tourism because it has the best in the region. At the end of the beach, there is Il Gigante, an enormous sculpture that represents Neptune the god of the seas.

10. Vernazza


Vernazza is one of the most beautiful villages of Cinque Terre and the one that has best preserved the appearance of a marine citadel. Another place to visit in Vernazza is the Doria Castle, an imposing bastion that extends at the end of the town and ends with a long boardwalk from which you can see the entire citadel. In the highest part of the castle is the Belforte, an imposing cylindrical tower from where you can get a panoramic view of the whole town.

11. Pisa


There is no trip worthy of Italian Tuscany that does not include the visit to Pisa. Seeing the inclination of its famous tower is an attraction that will be difficult to resist at a stone's throw from Florence. It is a huge green meadow on which extends the impressive monumental complex whose center is the Duomo cathedral, although its most popular corner is the famous leaning tower of Pisa.

The Duomo is an emblem of the ingenuity and determination. Designed by Brunelleschi, the structure is comprised of two domes, an external one that is visible in the above image, and an internal one that provides support, and which is frescoed with episodes from the bible.

12. San Gimignano


Dreaming of Tuscany for honeymoon! The big stars of Hollywood choose Tuscany for their honeymoon. The magnificent natural landscape, the magnificent Tuscany in the high castle will surely win your heart. Among the places to visit are the Leaning Tower of Pizza, the Uffizi Gallery, Lucca, Cartana, Florence, etc.

With a capital city that was founded in 753 BC, it's obvious that this nation has a deeply-rooted history that permeates through in everything that makes it what it is today. Beyond the awe-inspiring ancient Roman ruins and mouth watering foods, is a nation of absolute beauty, both naturally from the earth and artistically through the many creative geniuses that have emerged over the centuries.

Probably the most famous region in Italy, Tuscany is famous for its marvelous Renaissance art and stunning countryside. You have to see Tuscany once in your life: wonderful cities such as Florence and Siena, the leaning bell tower of Pisa, Elba island are only some of the multiple attractions over there.

Hidden between Florence and Lucca, Pistoia does not get as much tourism as it should diserve. This quaint town has an intricate medieval center, churches with unusual ceramic decorations, and a handful of small but interesting museums and a relaxed lifestyle that contrasts with the more hectic Florence.

For a break on the beach Monte Argentario is an Island that is not really an island. Extremely close to the mainland, it’s connected to it by a bridge and two strips of sand (with wide and long beaches) that surround a lagoon. The island has also a number of smaller coves where to relax.

13. Florence


Florence is known for its architecture, Italian cuisine, romantic charm, art galleries, and beautiful sunsets. If you are looking for cultural tourism, head to the Uffizi Museum. Shop at the famous Italian fashion brands like Prada and Gucci, etc. Don’t leave the city before trying the tasty wine and mouth-watering cuisine at the towns in Tuscany.

As gelato for the soul, Florence is the Tuscan capital, full of art, gastronomy, history and culture. Explore everything on foot. Do you also want sun and beach? The beach town of Viareggio and the exclusive Forte dei Marmi is only 1.5 hours away by train. For so many reasons, this is a place that you cannot leave off of your travel bucket list.

The capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, which is known as the center of Italian high culture, Florence perfectly encapsulates that reputation. Here you’ll find famous artworks like Michelangelo’s David, stunning architecture like the incredible Florence Cathedral (or Duomo), and the creative centers of some of the world’s most famous fashion brands.

The food of Florence is another of its most celebrated exports – if you want Italian food at its very best, look no further. Go to Florence if you appreciate an artistic or architectural masterpiece, you want to see how Italy’s other half live, you like to keep up to date with the latest in fashion.

About 250 kilometres south of Venice is the wonderful Florence, where the splendor of the Renaissance is present in monuments, fountains and buildings but also in hidden corners of the city. Florence is a cultural and gastronomic hot spot with delicacies on every corner - perfect to take with your mother or daughter.

Even though you will need months to discover all the exciting things about Rome, Florence is the most exciting place in Italy. And it is also considered to be the most beautiful one. It is a big city but it is definitely not as big as Rome. This means that finding your way through Florence would be much easier.

Florence is located in Tuscany and it is also one of the most important cities when it comes to art and history. The Uffizi Gallery is located in Florence. If you visit this gallery, you will be able to stand face to face with some of the world's most meaningful art pieces.

Florence is also known for having amazing ice cream shops. So while you are there, make sure you try at least one flavor because we are sure you will fall in love with it. Pizza is available on every step you make and plates of pasta are even easier to find if you are feeling hungry. The shopping district in Florence looks so good that you won't feel sorry if you spend more money than you expected.

Italy is a fashionable place so their shopping districts must look good, but shopping in Italy surely isn't for those who are traveling on a budget. Tuscany is a famous place in Italy for making wine and cheese. Italians thought that tourists might want to try these specialties so they have plenty of organized tours to vineyards where you can try the wine and eat the amazing cheese.

Florence passed an ordinance which bans people from eating on four streets that run through the historic city centre. You could be fined €500 for doing so. Torta al sangue di maiale is a Tuscan specialty, made with pig blood, milk, eggs, breadcrumb, cheese and bacon. In some regions it's made also with cocoa, pine nut and orange. Cibreo is a chicken soup, but is made with crest, liver and balls.

Lampredotto is a traditional Florentine food made with one of the four stomachs of the beef. It’s cooked slowly with tomatoes, onions and celery and it’s served with bread.

Florence is smaller, but it possibly offers even more daytrip options. It alone will still keep you busy for a lot of days. But then you can grab a train and easily reach Bologna, Lucca, Pistoia, Montecatini (for the spas), Arezzo, or catch a bus to Siena. Do not forget to rent a car for a few days to explore Chianti, the Appennine mountains.

From Florence you may consider taking a train to visit Lucca (about one hour by local train, no need to reserve) and renting a car to drive across the Chianti area, which is hugely popular, or Casentino. If you feel like having an extra daytrip there are many destinations you can consider, like Arezzo, Pistoia, Siena, or even Bologna or Ravenna for an out of region trip.

14. Bologna


Emilia-Romagna is a big region in Northern Italy, famous for its cuisine (tortellini, Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano come from here) and its art cities such as Bologna, Ferrara, Parma. It is nice to see the Comacchio Lagoon, at the border between Romagna and Veneto. Romagna is famous for its beaches and nightlife. Visit the Byzantine churches in Ravenna.

The two towers of Bologna, the tower Garisenda and the tower degli Asinelli, are the great icon of the city, although they are only two of the more than one hundred that came to be in the Middle Ages.

The second largest city of Emilia Romagna and seat of one of Italy’s oldest universities, Parma is known to food and opera lovers alike. The center is compact and easy to walk and hosts some stunning works of art. In the surrounding area lots of very interesting small towns and villages and a lush agricoltural scenery.

15. Rimini


Rimini is the symbolic city of the Emilia Romagna Riviera and summer tourism in Italy. It is the goal of thousands of Italian and foreign tourists who fill its sandy beaches every year and has the reputation of being the Italian capital of fun in summer. Between the hills and the sea, near the wonderful towns of Emilia Romagna, also full of tourist and cultural attractions.

Rimini houses along its coastline quiet family pensions, large hotels and apartments that satisfy all tastes. The wide and varied offer make it the ideal place for all types of summer vacations, both for those who seek tranquility, as well as for those who are more inclined towards fun, sports or entertainment and culture.

Perfect for a family holiday, equipped even with everything necessary for the four-legged members of the same and full of opportunities for the little ones, its main characteristic is still the impeccable welcome of the tour operators that during the whole year renew the initiatives with always new offers, from wifi on the beach to the wide range of water sports and various sports under the umbrella and in the sand.

Here is Riccione, the most visited city on the entire Adriatic coast. The oldest that can be visited dates from the 13th century, it is the Agolanti Castle. It is currently dedicated to various exhibitions. Another place of interest is the so-called Museo del Terreno. It is a geological museum that illustrates the transformation that the Misana coast has undergone until it becomes what it is today. It is very entertaining, since it uses interesting didactic methods.

An interesting collection that you can see in the gallery consists of objects from World War II and later. And the Riccione theater is also worthy of one of the unique places to visit in Italy. There is a water park for nature lovers. This is the Oltremare dolphinarium, but in addition to dolphins you will have the opportunity to observe all kinds of birds and aquatic animals, such as the curious seahorses.

It is amazing to see the shows starring birds of prey, most surprising reptiles and various exotic animals. Aquafan and Indiana Golf are also famous parks for receiving thousands of visitors each year. The shows are also an integral part of life in Riccione. In the Odeon the cinema and the theater come alive every night. The beach of Riccione is known as the Playa del Sol.

16. Siena


Then there is Tuscany. It is hard to avoid anything touristy, but maybe you can drive to Volterra through La Spezia, Forte dei Marmi and Lucca. It skips Firenze and Siena, but with a short detour you can visit either.

On a tour of this region of Italy it is mandatory to travel to Siena. Among the most visited Italian cities as a tourist destination is Siena. Located centrally in the attractive region of Tuscany, it brings together art, history and nature in a powerful combination difficult to resist. In this post we will tell you the things to do in Siena and how to get there from Florence.

The Piazza del Campo in Siena is considered one of the most attractive European urban places. In the Piazza del Campo twice a year a famous horse race called the Palio di Siena is held. By bus, from Florence to Siena, it is a journey of a little over an hour. If you want to go by train from Florence to Siena you have to take an hour and a half trip.

17. Rome


Rome is the essence of European culture. Rome is popular for its beautiful architecture, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Colleseum. Visit the Pantheon and the Roman Forum to learn about history. Art lovers can praise art at the Vatican Museums. Rome is a modern city with luxurious hotels, designer shops, and many cafes and restaurants. Foodies can also enjoy the delicious Italian cuisine at various restaurants. Seek help from travel guides to travel around the city and enjoying attraction sites.

In Central Italy, Lazio is the region of Rome, the capital city. No comments, you must visit it. However, even if the Eternal City is one of the best cities in the world, Lazio has also other nice things to see: the Subiaco monastery, the Lago di Bracciano with the town of Anguillara Sabazia, the city of Viterbo, the Ponza islands, and this is only the top of the iceberg.

They say Rome wasn't built in a day. This means that to see and experience Rome, you definitely need to spend some time there. And experiencing Rome could be one of the best things that happen to you. Rome is a very old city. It is rich in art and history. Painters, sculptors, kings, singers, and many other very meaningful and well-known people have lived and worked here throughout time.

Rome is a city that will take your breath away and win your whole heart over. The museums are filled with famous paintings of celebrated artists. Galleries, restaurants, and shopping districts are located in small, Italian streets. Cafes are filled with people who enjoy Italian coffee. Anywhere you go, you will be able to learn something new and exciting.

Rome truly is an amazing city as it is the capital of Italy. It is simply one of those Italian tourist attractions that you can't and shouldn't miss if you find yourself in Italy. And the best part about Rome is that it is suitable for people of all ages so you can plan your dream family vacation to Rome. It is a great way to bring art and history closer to children.

Not to forget to mention the sights and the hundred-year-old buildings that you are going to fall in love with as soon as you start exploring this amazing city.

If you like castles or have kids or and want to enjoy an awesome view from the top, visit Castel Sant'Angelo! In summer, they open up the passetto - the walkway leading to the Vatican City - and you can get an extra ticket to the dungeons as well. It’s pretty neat, and highly undervalued.

Visiting the Vatican Museums is one of the 'obligations' inherent in any visit to the city of Rome. This small state embedded in the western bank of the Tiber River is, in itself, a work of art. They say there are more than 80,000 works of art in the museums guarded by the Peter's in Rome.

Everything fits: archaeological remains of the greatest civilizations of antiquity; Greek and Roman sculptures; works of art signed by the greatest geniuses of humanity; old floats; frescoes signed by Miguel Ángel or Rafael; Ethnographic artifacts sent by missionaries from all corners of the world. Seeing everything as it deserves is a task that takes weeks.

Abruzzo is a region located in the east of Italy, about 2:30 hours from Rome. Abruzzo is more or less the Trentino-Alto Adige of Central Italy: it has undoubtedly the best - and highest - mountains of the Appennines and some nice lakes, for example Lago di Barrea. There is a lot to discover, from the gorgeous medieval villages - such as Scanno and Santo Stefano di Sessanio - to the coastline. Visit the Caldoresco Castle in Vasto.

Abruzzo has a coastal area where you can enjoy the beaches and the sea and another mountain area. The villages are usually located high up in the mountains which makes some spectacular photos. Each one is more photogenic than the previous one. Go to Pescara, capital of the region or to Vasto to bathe in the Adriatic Sea.

To eat San Vito Chietino is very good and it is the cheapest in Italy. There are bars next to the sea where you will find pasta dishes. They also make grilled fish. Coglioni di mulo are a traditional dish from Umbria, Marche, Lazio and Abruzzo. In fact this dish is just a salami with two pieces of lard inside!

Pajata is a typical dish in Lazio, especially in Rome. It's usually eaten with pasta. Go for a walk in the area of ​​the Fossacesia abbey. It is a very quiet place with a nice view of the area.

After a short walk relax with a spritz in a bar just in front of it. Have your first contact with the arrosticini, lamb skewers that are very typical in the area. It is best to give yourself a treat and go to a Trabocco. You have to book in advance because they are always filled but we are sure that it is an experience that you do not forget.

To sleep the places of the coastal area where you will have more variety are Ortona and Vasto. Visit a town like Roccascalegna, a small town like Sulmona. In the month of August there are some medieval whips in the Garibaldi square that make the city wake up a little and fill with people for a few days. From Sulmona take the road (do not go on the highway) to Scanno. On the way you will stop a few times as the landscapes are spectacular.

Anversa degli Abruzzi is a village town that you cannot resist having a beer. Just after leaving Anversa degli Abruzzi you will pass through the Gorges of Sagittarius, from where there is a beautiful view of the town. It is the typical town of the area, with brown houses and (almost) always on top of the mountain. A little further on you will find lake Scanno that at sunset gives you some beautiful colors.

Once you have visited the town, take the little walk called Sentiero del Cuore to take your picture with the lake in the form of a heart in the background. It can be done from the lake in an hour and a half and from a road that is on the way out of the town itself in only half an hour. If it is summer we recommend that after the walk you have a good swim in the lake.

Go to Rocca Calascio and Santo Stefano de Sessanio, two towns that are very close to each other. Go hiking through Campo Imperatore. It is an idyllic place where many films have been filmed and where Benito Mussolini was imprisoned even after his fall from power until being released by the Germans a month later.

Today there is a ski resort, famous as it is only an hour and a half from Rome. The place is also known in the world of cycling since it has been several times final stage in the Giro d'Italia. As a part of a clampdown on inappropriate behavior or noise pollution in Rome, the council has prohibited singing on the city's buses, metro and trams.

Circus Maximus was a huge building in antiquity. There is a large field covered with grass. The contours of the landscape reveals that something was there once, but it is not there anymore. At one of the two short ends (the semi-circle) the seating is partially preserved, but the area is fenced off. Place this item at the bottom of your list of attractions in Rome.

If you wish to see a Roman circus (aka a hippodrome), there is a much better way to do it: go to the south of Rome. Go to via Appia antica. As you walk along the ancient road, the monument will be on your left hand site. It is smaller than Circus Maximus but better preserved. There is much more to see here.

The city is huge and it could be enough to keep you busy for the whole month. But you may also make easy train daytrips to Naples and Pompeii (or maybe make it an overnight stay in Naples and visit Pompeii too), to Bracciano (if you like cycling consider renting bikes and going all around the lake), to Florence, and to Ostia antica.

By bus you could visit Tivoli with its stunning Villa Adriana, Villa Gregoriana, and Villa D’Este. You may work in an overnighter in Venice too. Then you may consider renting a car for a daytrip to Calcata, and maybe for a couple of days on the coast at Argentario.

Molise is the second smallest region in Italy. Curiously, it is famous for being not famous, since lots of Italians cannot localize it in the maps and don’t know what are the attractions in Molise. This is due to the fact that Molise has been for a long time under the “Abruzzi and Molise” region: it was not independent.

There is not a lot to see, but some monuments are of course underrated, such as the Basilica of Castelpetroso, the Saint Vincent on Volturno abbey, the towns of Termoli and Agnone, then some of the best mountains of the Appennines such the Mountains of La Meta.

18. Assisi


Umbria is one of the best regions with its luxuriant green countryside and its awesome medieval boroughs, Umbria is one of the most stunning and underrated areas in Italy. Umbria is famous for being the region of lots of saints. The Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi is worth a visit, but also the city of Perugia and some towns as Trevi and Orvieto. Excellent the Marmore Waterfalls.

Coratella is eaten in Umbria and is made with lamb’s lungs, heart, guts, liver and spleen.

Another underrated region are the Marches: actually they are similar to Umbria, but there is also the sea (Marches coastline is on the Adriatic sea): one of the best beaches in Marches is Sirolo. In the Marches the landscape is always green and full of nice medieval towns. One of the best churches to see is the hilltop Ancona Cathedral. Visit the cities of Ascoli Piceno, Macerata but most of all the wonderful little city of Urbino, one of the best in Italy.

19. Capri


A beautiful island located in the Tyrrhenian off the Sorrento peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. Major attraction of this island includes marina piccola an harbor of an island, Blue Grotto an sea cave in the cost of Capri, sunlight passing through the cavity and shining through sea water creates blue reflection.

Monte solaro an mountain in Capri which is the highest point in Capri and it gives panoramic view of Capri being at an elevation of 598 meter. Many tourist visiting Capri are fond of wearing Capri pants named after Capri.

The Capri island is one of the best summer destinations on the coast of Naples, can reach from Positano, Amalfi, Maiori, Minori, Sorrento, Salerno, Naples, with ferry or private excursions. It is one of the most beautiful islands of this coast, with its famous Blue Grotto. Vietri sul Mare is the village of the Amalfi Coast closest to Salerno.

Versailles of the south, the Reggia di Caserta was built as the residence of the Neapolitan royal family. It also includes an interesting collection of paintings and Terrae Motus, a collection of contemporary art

20. Sorrento


The first town that appears in the Sorrento Peninsula is Castellammare di Stabia, located a few kilometers south of Vesuvius, at the southern end of the Gulf of Naples. Castellammare di Stabia is defying fashion by banning miniskirts, low-cut jeans as well as too much cleavage.

Next to this town are the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Stabiae. Take your first bath in one of the magnificent lidos or Palombara beach.

21. Naples


Known in all the world for pizza, Campania is one of the most representative regions of Southern Italy. There is the breathtaking Costiera Amalfitana, the islands of Capri, Procida and Ischia. You have then to visit of course the crowded and funny Naples, the Royal Palace of Caserta and then the archaeological site of Pompeii. You will not be disappointed.

22. Positano


There is no direct ferry from Palermo to Salerno, so you can head towards Milazzo, embark to Lipari, tour the beautiful aeolian islands, and from there take another ferry to Salerno. Salerno is the best option to base if you want cheap hotels.

From Salerno, the Costiera Amalfitana and Pompei are a must see, even if they are not exactly off the beaten track. Positano is one of the most internationally known towns on the Amalfi Coast. You can get to Positano by car, bus or public and private ferry. Praiano is a small fishing village, lies between Positano and Conca dei Marini, and is usually ignored by most tourists.

23. Bari


It is famous for holding the body and relics of St. Nicholas in a majestic church in the center, and for this reason it attracts many worshipers from East Europe. If you want to vacation in Apulia, popular destinations are the Salento area (the southernmost part of the Region) and the Gargano (the spur of the Italian boot). Apulia is also famous for its masserie, old farmhouses that have been converted into fancy hotels. Some are really beautiful.

Apulia is one of the nicest regions in my opinion: its countryside, full of little white-tarred towns such as Locorotondo, Polignano a Mare and the wonderful Alberobello (with its trulli, typical apulian huts), is fantastic, awesome. The baroque city of Lecce is breathtaking. The southernmost city of Apulia has an incredible baroque center built in white and light cream colored stone. The uniqueness of the urban scenery served as the set for a number of films.

Visit the capital city of Bari and then Castel del Monte. Then, the cuisine is simply excellent! Southern Italy transcends the concept of a getaway and is one of the great journeys that still persist in Europe. Apulia, the region without rain, the heel of that geographical Italian boot was, for centuries, an inhospitable and distant region. If you go by flight, Brindisi and Bari are the gateway to the region. First coral reef in Italy was discovered on Adriatic coast near Monopoli, in Puglia.

Puglia preserves still virgin places and a unique humanity in the Mediterranean. Places like Alberobello with its spellbinding Trulli, towns like the white houses of Otranto, beaches like Maldive del Salento, Punta Prosciutto or Baia dei Turchi are just the beginning of a trip to Puglia. It is a country inside another in which people spoke a kind of Greek, direct heir of ancient Magna Grecia, a Greek territory before the birth of Rome itself.

Bari is a magnificent base of operations to get to know the north of the region, including the essential Matera - although it is in Basilicata and Alberobello. The ideal is to take as strategic bases Bari to the north and Lecce, the Florence of the south. With a rental car everything becomes easier. Drive along the coast of Puglia to Lecce, passing through Trani and off to the Ionian cost, passing by Gallipoli and Porto Cesareo all the way to Matera and its Sassi.

The distances are short and allow to make day trips to see several of the suggested points and explore the interior of the region, famous for its olive groves, its orchards and its charming villages. Lumache crude are a typical dish in Puglia and Sicily and sometimes they are cooked just a little. Pulpo crudo is generally slammed up against a rock and then washed, before it's eaten.

24. Matera


Time to head south to Calabria. The highlights are Santa Severina, Tropea and Scilla.

Matera belongs to a region of southern Italy called Basilicata, located between Campania, Apulia and Calabria. The most well-known image, a title shared with the Bulgarian Plovdiv, are the Sassi, a group of caves excavated in the volcanic tuff. Among the oldest and most important areas, the Civita neighborhood, with its Romanesque cathedral, is a natural fortress located in the heart of the old city and, together with the two hollows of Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso, is the most fascinating part of the city.

Torre Guaceto is a small watchtower located next to a lush forest underbrush and old farmland. Otranto has a small but impressive historic center around its Aragonese Castle. Ostuni is a beautiful white city. The city of Gallipoli is, in fact, a small island defended by impressive walls and another of those castles that the Crown of Aragon planted throughout the region to shore up its dominion over southern Italy. Taranto is another of the interesting points of the region.

Basilicata is probably the most underestimated region in the whole Italy. It is between Campania and Apulia, but it is a not densely populated region. In my opinion the best discoveries in Basilicata are the wonderful city of Matera, sculpted in the rock; then, there are lots of little cute towns such as Rotondella and Ferrandina; I like also the Christ of Maratea, with its wonderful view, and the abandoned village of Craco. Then the extinct volcano Monte Vulture, with its springs, is worth a visit.

Calabria is the southernmost peninsular region of Italy. Famous for its chili peppers, the Tropea red onions and the ‘Nduja sausage, Calabria has also beautiful cliffs and coastlines, such as the one in Le Castella and Marasusa - in Tropea - but also some nice cities such as Cosenza and towns like Morano Calabro and Scilla. Another nice thing to visit in Calabria is the byzantine Cattolica di Stilo.

25. Padua


Instead of Venice try Treviso. Treviso offers lovely water canals, beautiful churches and cobblestone lanes. The city is less crowded than Venice. To protect public security, the coastal city of Eraclea (near Venice) has made building sandcastles on it’s beaches a criminal activity. So if you’re planning a beach holiday with your kids, you might want to go somewhere else.

26. Bergamo


The traditional dish of the area, tortelli cremaschi is completely unknown to people living outside of the Crema area. The dough is the standard one for all Italian dumplings (made with flour, water and salt), but what makes tortelli cremaschi so weird is the stuffing. Yep, you guessed it—this sweet, high-calorie dish is strictly a main course, and not a dessert as anyone would have thought.

27. Palermo


The Aeolian Islands deserve an exclusive week-long trip. Pretending to go and return in a day does not make much sense. Halfway between Europe and Africa, and bathed by calm and turquoise waters, Sicily is a world apart. Despite the attempts and plunges of modern life to erase the customs and traditions that have covered the Italian way of life for centuries, Sicily remains firm to its principles.

Sicily is one of the most famous regions of Italy. Its fame is due to the various and tasty cuisine, the Greek temples in the Temples Valley, the mafia. However, Sicily has more and more things to discover, from the wonderful beach of Scala dei Turchi, to the outstanding baroque cities in Eastern Sicily (for example Ragusa).

There are the marvelous Arabic churches in Palermo (for example the outdoors of the cathedral; the indoors are not arabic), and, about volcanoes, the Aeolian Archipelago and of course Mount Etna. Sicily is probably one of the regions that offers more to the tourists.

Sicily is not an ideal destination for those who want to visit historical remains or great works of art, but for those who want to soak up folklore, fascinating food, an addictive way of life, happy inhabitants and a different way of understanding time. And it is that the clock, in Sicily, slows down, everything goes to half gas, the urgency disappear and the hurry vanishes.

Enjoy the mix of Norman, Arab and other civilizations that fell in love with the city in the Norman Palace and throughout the historic center in Palermo.

The proximity to the center of Palermo makes Mondello Beach a very popular and easy to navigate beach destination. They have plenty of facilities when it comes to restaurants and shops, but there are also stretches of the beach that anyone looking to escape the crowds can appreciate. The water is amazingly clear and blue, and during the summer months it is almost like swimming in bathwater. It’s hard to find a beach in Sicily that won’t impress most visitors.

The inland of Sicily has more human presence, and you’ll find many interesting towns like Piazza Armerina and archeological sites like Segesta. Coast the southern edge of Sicily and stop by Modica for its chocolate, Agrigento for its temples, then up north all the way to Segesta, and, finally, to Palermo. If you like laying your back on razor sharp lava rock, Pantelleria is heavens for you, and the colour of Favignana’s waters is indescribable.

It is an island at the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Winters are mild and summers are extremely hot. It is known for its breathtaking beaches. Capuchin Monastery Catacombs is an unusual place that came about when Palermo’s Capuchin Monastery had maxed out its cemetery in the 1500’s. The Capuchin monks started to excavate catacombs below it.

If you like seeing centuries old dead people, some of whom still have hair and some of their skin, and many wearing their earthly garments, this place is for you. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in Sicily.

The cuisine has Italian, Arab, French, Greek and Spanish influences. The fresh products from the land are oranges and olive oil. Worldwide it is famous for the Cannoli.

They consist of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta. It is said that the Italian food originated from Sicily. It is traditionally eaten vegetables, seafood and lean meats. Visit Palermo food markets; Vucciria, Capo, Ballaro and Borgo Vecchio, all close to cultural attractions. Meusa is a sandwich made with veal’s lungs and spleen, and seasoned also with cheese.

Far from giving off the grandeur of Palermo, the corners of Catania, or the elegance of Syracuse, Trapani seduces for other reasons. Its pedestrian historic center, its quiet environment, the gastronomic proposal, the famous salt mines, and the proximity to the Egades make it worthwhile to stop on our route through the west of Sicily.

Both the Annunziata Sanctuary and the Pepoli Museum deserve to delay the visit to the city center. The historic part has streets of great beauty such as Via Garibaldi with its baroque palaces or Via Vittorio Emanuele with its route of churches, pedestrian routes where suddenly appear wonders such as the Senatorial Palace and the Clock Tower.

One of the southernmost islands of Italy, Pantelleria is easy to reach from Trapani in Sicily. Its rugged volcanic territory, the wite houses, and the “panteschi gardens” (round walls that protect from the wind the orange trees) makes it one of the most fascinating destinations of the Mediterranean.

Opposite, on the island of Colombaia, the Castello di Mare guards the entrance to Trapani by sea. On the south coast there is the marina and the docks where the excursions to the Egadi depart, while in the northern part we find the beaches, from the urban coves of Porta Ossuna or the Tower of Ligny, to the Litoreana or San Giovanni, immense beaches.

The itinerary called salt road runs along its irregular row of windmills that draw a landscape that Cervantes already evoked. The salt mounds, covered in terracotta tiles, look like blankets that safeguard the salt. In Nubia, in the territory of the salt pans of Paceco, visit the Salt Museum, located in an old mill.

The boat trip to the Egadi that leaves in the morning and returns in the afternoon after visiting Favignana and Levanzo is one of the most popular attractions.

South of Trapani, after leaving behind the pink salt pans that face the Phoenician island of Mozia, the road takes us to Marsala in Sicily. Take the ferry, pass the straight, and land in Sicily, where you continue your journey until the southernmost part of Italy. Do not miss Taormina and Siracusa.

The almost always present sun encourages to buy a piece of cheese, open a good Marsala wine, and eat Lazarillo de Tormes in the quiet Marsala. From Roman times the wall and some porticoes of access to the city are still preserved.

The vines grown there produce white and red wines with an exceptional flavor and aroma. Since the 19th century these wines are exported all over the world. As you can imagine, there are numerous wineries where you can taste this wine jewel.

Did you know that Italy accounts for one third of all wine production around the world? As the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has the best conditions to grow fine wines, and is in fact the region with most wineries in Italy. Perfect for those who love food and wine on the go!

In the town of Salemi, the dilapidated and often crumbling buildings are put up for sale for 1 euro. The buyers only spend symbolic 1 euro to buy the building, but they need to sign a document in which they agree to fully renovate the building, making it habitable anew.

Until not very long ago, cotoletta was known only in Lombardy, but in Sicily you could find cotoletta alla Palermitana, a similar dish of breaded veal, but in this case the meat is first drizzled with a little bit of olive oil, then covered with a panè made with breadcrumbs and fresh herbs, and finally grilled, not fried. This can be served with a salad, certainly not covered with a thick tomato sauce.

Another dish that seems to have some relationship with Chicken Parmesan is scaloppine alla pizzaiola. Proper prepared, scaloppine alla pizzaiola are a delicious dish of thin, lean slices of veal in a fresh tomato and capers sauce. Parmigiana is a dish of layered fried eggplant (just fried or first dipped into flour and egg and then fried, not breaded and fried) with tomato sauce and cheese.

It’s a vegetarian dish that does not include any meat (although some people enrich it with a few slices of ham.