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The Hotel Stay in Puglia That Still Bugs Me: 3 Tips to Help You Book Your Puglia Summer Accommodations

Otranto harbor

Planning a summer trip to Puglia? These three tips will help you avoid a hotel disaster.

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Puglia Has a New Tourism Website

Thinking about basking on a beach in Bari or visiting the newest shrine to Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo? The region of Puglia has announced a new tourism website at ViaggiareinPuglia.it. The well-designed, easy-to-navigate site has the usual practical details (weather, how to get there, etc.), as well as searchable hotel and restaurant info (with …

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From Foreign Language to Lingua Franca: Italian Immersion Programs in Italy

Torre di Babele (Italian Immersion Language School for Foreigners) in Rome

I have a confession. Despite having lived in Italy for nearly three years and having studied Italian off and on for a number of years, I have a long way to go before I can consider myself fully fluent in the language. There has been one time, however, when I felt really confident about my Italian …

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A Little Greek / Yogurt in Paestum

Paestum Temple

If you tell a Roman that you are going Paestum for the weekend, invariably he or she will tell you: “Make sure you pick up some mozzarella di bufala.” Paestum is a sight to see without the culinary pit stop. A city known as “Poseidonia” when it was part of Magna Grecia, Paestum is home to …

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Italy Recommendations

Following is a quick list of hotels (and, coming soon, restaurants, shops, and services) in Italy that I personally recommend. I will link to longer information posts where applicable. Hotels I have booked almost all of my (mostly modest) accommodations in Italy via booking.com. Click on the links below to learn more about these hotels from booking.com. …

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The Monumental Trees of Italy

  Have you seen this book? Many years ago, I found this book while browsing the clearance stacks at a used bookstore in Washington, DC. Published in 1990, Gli Alberi Monumentali d’Italia is a beautiful coffee table book full of color photos of legendary trees from Italy’s islands and central/southern regions. Roman pines, Holm oaks, …

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Map of Italy’s Earthquake Zones

Update: If you are looking for the latest news on the August 24, 2016 earthquake in Central Italy, please visit this post. — I just saw word on Twitter that northern Italy has suffered yet another earthquake,. A 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Modena area in Emilia-Romagna around 9:20 p.m. Italian time. This is the …

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