Guest Post: Growing Up Italian (American)

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The Italian experience in America is something familiar to many of us third-generation Americans. We’ve heard the story from our grandparents and great grandparents. But, what is growing up Italian American like for someone that came over a little later? Some people today have an unfair impression of what it means to be a descendant of Italians in America. (think: the mafia, or bad Jersey Shore stereotypes of hair gel, fake tans, and the g-word, […]

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Happy Birthday to Me: 25 Things I Did Before 25

25 things i did before 25

Ciaone, everyone! I hope you’ll excuse the interruption of normal Italy content for a personal post. My 25th birthday is coming up (12 days!), and I wanted to do a special post. 25 is a milestone for anyone, and I can’t say I’m unhappy about how the years turned out. Despite the highs and lows, I’m feeling incredibly blessed and excited to see what the future will hold. Let’s get to it—here are 25 semi-random […]

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5 Tips on How to Vacation in Italy on a Budget

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One question I get a lot from friends and family who want to go to Italy or Europe on vacation is, “Is it expensive?” The answer: It doesn’t have to be! I spent less money in Italy on my last 2-week vacation than if I was going to take a 2-week long trip to Fort Lauderdale, where I was living at the time. Want to learn how to vacation in Italy on a budget, too? […]

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10 Cities to Visit in Italy that Aren’t Florence, Venice, or Rome

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When you’re planning your trip to Italy, do you find yourself flying into Venice, taking the train to Florence, and then flying out of Rome? When we’re restricted by time, we tend to choose these three cities to get a good “taste” of Italy. But, most people, after their first time agree that it’s better to visit, smaller, less-touristic cities to get the real experience. Until very recently (1871) Italy wasn’t even Italy as we know […]

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Where to Stay on the Cheap: 5 Cool Hostels in Rome to Try

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I love Airbnb as much as the next person, but when I’m traveling alone I prefer to stay in an inexpensive, boutique hostel. When you hear “hostel”, you might think of bed bugs, snoring neighbors, and shared dormitories. But, it’s 2017–guests expect a lot more than what they used to and boutique hostels are popping up in every city in the world. With a little bit of research, I’ve compiled this list of inexpensive, cool […]

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What should I pack for Italy in the summer? Your Ultimate *Essential* Packing List

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“He who would travel happily must travel light.” As Antoine de Saint-Exupery (who?) once said, you’re going to be dead-ass miserable if you overpack on your vacation to Italy. Especially if you plan on shopping. Especially in the summer heat. Lugging your bags around is not cute—and neither is the sweat stains on your back. Take it from me, it is better to underpack and buy what you need, than to never wear half of […]

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The Worst Italy Travel Regrets According to 100 People

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When it comes to your first Italy trip, you don’t have time for regrets. Even certified Italophiles have made their fair share of mistakes. I was curious about what the worst Italy travel regrets were, so I asked 100 of you guys what your biggest mistakes were. Check out the results below! Worst Italy travel regrets ranked Here’s the data from the survey. Not staying long enough (37.7%) Overpacked (23.5%) Going too fast (23.5%) Didn’t research enough […]

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