Under the Tuscan Sun at Castelfalfi, Italy

La Tabaccaia Castelfalfi

In Italy’s financial crisis, it is entirely possible to buy entire villages and islands to own a piece of Italy all your own. German travel giant TUI has done just that, scooping up the rural Tuscan village of Tenuta di Castelfalfi. Into what was once a ghost town in a state of decline, TUI has […]

My Weekend a Napoli

WAN windowsill

The trending opinion from Italy is that the only attractions my beloved Naples has to offer her visitors are crime and graffiti. My mission is to correct that myopic notion. In a city that dates back to the 2nd millennium BC—and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO—Napoli demands to be viewed from a wide-angle […]

Travel Video of the Week: Walter the Dog in Sicily

Dog

How much do dogs love the water? You’ll find one answer to this question watching this video of Walter, a Labrador, who has a GoPro camera strapped to his back in Siracusa, Sicily (Italy).

Monograms, Part II — Lake Maggiore, Italy

Room with a view at the Grand Hotel Bristol in Lake Maggiore, Italy

Monograms is an international travel company and part of the award-winning Globus family of group travel brands. Check out more on the company in Arthur’s introduction and Part 1. Whether you’re a traveler that likes to see all you can see or a traveler that likes to watch your feet grow roots as you stare off into […]

Monograms, Part 1 — Venice, Italy

The Hotel Bonevecchiati by water taxi. There's nothing more fun than arriving to your destination by boat!!

Monograms is an international travel company and part of the award-winning Globus family of group travel brands. Check out more on the company in Arthur’s introduction here. Accommodations Hotel Bonvecchiati is one of the Monograms selected hotels for Venice—and now I understand why. Located in probably one of the most romantic settings I could imagine, the 4-star […]

Monograms: A scientific approach to happy travel

In Venice, a Monograms rep awaited us at our arrival gate to take us to our water taxi

What is Monograms? Monograms is an international travel company and part of the award-winning Globus family of group travel brands. Monograms is different in that it’s geared toward independent travel, and taking the planning, coordinating and arranging out of your travel equation so you can just show and go! Let’s face it: Traveling is great, planning […]

Travel Contests: Week of June 4, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines

This week’s travel contests include: Win 120,000 HawaiianMiles plus a two-night stay at The Modern Honolulu! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win one of five Hollywood experiences valued at approximately $10,000 in IHG’s summer movie-themed sweepstakes Win a family vacation to Atlantis in the Bahamas from Cartoon Network Win 500,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles from American Win a […]

The Best Hotel View in Rome

Palazzo Manfredi Hotel Rome Italy May 2014-026

My dad and I topped off our incredible trip to Europe, which began in Barcelona on the inaugural voyage of Windstar’s Star Pride, with a stay in Rome. Rome is without a doubt one of my top 10 favorite cities in the world and my favorite hotel there is the Palazzo Manfredi (Via Labicana, 125; […]