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    Italy: Hiking Monte Baldo (Lake Garda)

    Monte Baldo in Northern Italy is a spectacular place for hiking. It’s 23 mi (37 km) long and 7 mi (11 km) wide. Located in a town called Malcesine around Lake Garda. Lies between the provinces of Trento and Verona.   GETTING THERE If you don’t have access to a car, you can reach Malcesine by bus or ferry depending on where you are coming from. A bus ticket from Peschiera del Garda to Malcesine was 10 euros ($11.50 USD). The ride time was 1.5 hours. If you are driving and need to find parking in Malcesine, click here. For bus routes, click here (for anywhere within Lake Garda) and…

  • Sapori e Saperi Seafood Cooking Class in Tuscany, Italy
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    One Day Cooking Class in Italy

    Maybe it’s just me, but I noticed how oversaturated the cooking class business in Italy is. Too many to choose from depending on what you’re looking. And the cuisine varies from region to region. Sapori e Saperi, in my opinion, was worth every nickel and dime. Disclaimer: This was self-sponsored. All opinions expressed are my own.     Our chef’s name was Gabriella. She is Italian and has lived all her life in Italy. Class Location: Gabriella’s house, near Viareggio in the Tuscany regionClass Date: May 2017Duration: Approx. 6 hoursStart time: 9 AM We first met up at the pier. Spent approximately 20 minutes there. Gabrielle brought some freshly caught seafood from…

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    Lake Garda Hostel Review

    I have to admit that after last year, I started to dislike hostels. It was a hit-or-miss experience. Some hostels made it easy to socialize with fellow guests. There were some in dire need of renovation. Some had high reviews but left me disappointed. And the list goes on. But Lake Garda Hostel, located in Northern Italy, along with another Italian hostel gave me renewed hope. I had such a pleasant time here that I returned back for an additional day on my way from Bolzano. Stay Date: May 2017 (6 nights)   ATMOSPHERE The ambiance is inviting and friendly. They make it easy for you to meet guests by having a communal dinner…

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    18 Interesting Things About Italy

    If you’ve been to Italy, you cannot say it isn’t beautiful, but it sure is an interesting place. It has been high on my list for a while and I’m pleased I was able to visit. But I have to admit that I knew very little about the culture, history, or food prior to booking my flight. I, however, did a lot of reading before embarking on this trip. Disclaimer: Many of these statements are general observations based on the places I visited as a first-time visitor. Places I visited are: Rome, Palermo, Catania, Peschiara del Garda, Malcesine, Venice, Viareggio, Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Cinque Terre villages, La Spezia, Porto Venere,…

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    Top 10 Beautiful Places In Europe

    They say nature does wonders for the soul. Would you agree? I can definitely attest to that. Europe has its own natural beauty just like the other 6 continents. Waterfalls, trees, flora, variety of mountain ranges, beaches, rivers, birds, caves, and I can go on! Read: My thoughts about Europe Below are 10 beautiful places in Europe I highly recommend you see.   LAKE BLED Where: Bled, SloveniaWhy: No explanation needed. Go on a sunny day and you will not regret it. It is so picturesque as you can see! You can walk or bike around the lake. It’s 1.7 miles (2 km) long and takes about an hour to…