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Venice Simplon Orient Express: Splendor on the Rails

Orient Express |

If stepping back into the era of Downton Abbey sounds alluring, a train adventure on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a must-do for your next trip to Venice. This bespoke luxury train service provides a timeless journey through snow-capped mountains and postcard landscapes. Travel From Venice to London (or vice-versa) in style during this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Travel Inspiration: The Festivals and Holidays of Italy Winter to Spring

Venice Carnival | Cultural Italy

While many travelers focus on summer travel, there are many different festivals and events throughout Italy that one can enjoy during Winter. From ancient folklore traditions to religious celebrations, traveling to Italy during this time period can be a fun-filled exploration.

Scary Monsters: Horror Films, Festivals and Eerie Destinations

Siena |

Whether it’s the release of dopamine and endorphins or something else, people like to be scared. The rising popularity of escape rooms and horror films receiving mainstream recognition indicates people enjoy fear in controlled dosages. Birthplace to famous horror directors like Dario Argento and Mario Bava, Italy has a dark underbelly with destinations and events for the fearful and fearless alike. If ghostly tours, ghastly sites or scary festivals tickle the ‘scary’ bone, give Cultural Italy a ‘scream’.

Hidden in a rock: Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso

S Caterina MN Maria Novozhilova 13 |

Sometimes I wonder if Italy became such an artistically illuminated country thanks to its devotion to religion, or if it was Catholicism to be lucky enough to be found and developed in this country constantly and densely populated by artistic geniuses.

The 1000 year old Castle of Dolceaqua

01 Dolceacqua Castello MN Maria Novozhilova |

Have you ever dreamed of being a princess living in a castle? Well, I actually never had but visiting magic Dolceacqua changes my mind.Everything looks charming in this town: thousand years old Doria Castle (named after the family that owned the fortress for centuries), cobble stone ramps, breathtaking views on the picturesque Nervia river and the valley.

Theatre under the Stars: the 9 Moons of Apricale in Liguria

Le nove lune

This year Teatro Della Tosse events in Apricale will take place from August 5 to August 15. It will be the 21st edition of the "E le stelle stanno a guardare" (And the stars are watching) entitled “Le 9 Lune” (The 9 Moons): the 11 fascinating nights bringing hundreds of guests from all over the world to assist the happening.

The Very Green of the Italian Flag

01 Brianza MN Maria Novozhilova |

Do you know the colors of the Italian flag and their meaning? Many maintain that Italian “fern green”, “bright white” and “flame scarlet” take their origins back in the Napoleon age and the French blue-white-red tricolor. And yet, why would the French blue be ever replaced by the Italian green?

A Fairy Tale Castle in the Aosta Valley

Castle and Parish Church of Saint Pierre near Aosta

Italy is a country of fairy tales, magic landscapes and fabulous architecture. Though perhaps it would not be that easy to meet a real princess or a white unicorn here, it is more than easy to encounter a real castle that looks exactly like the one of your last daydream.

The Number One Destination of 2016: “The Floating Piers” at Iseo Lake

Panoramic view of Lake Iseo

Walking on the water with Christo? Sure, and it’s not a joke. This summer Iseo Lake will host a unique installation designed by the Bulgarian-born and New-York-based artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff. Three kilometers of his striking yellow piers will link Sulzano, Montisola and San Paolo Island. It is better you come barefoot. The Italian summer is hot. The path is soft and smooth.