The ritual of Aperitivo

Aperitivo ritual is most certainly a must-try during your stay in Italy to enrich your food experience. It usually consist of pre-dinner drink and some salty snacks. The word “Apéritivo” comes from the Latin verb “aperire”, which means “to open.” It usually involves a beverage served before a meal to stimulate the appetite. Classic aperitivo […]

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Your Italian autumn

There is no bad time to visit Italy, however, autumn brings out a different and unique side of this beautiful country. There are also a few more practical reasons that make Italy your perfect autumn destination. Less crowds Sometimes it can be hard to appreciate beauty when you are standing in the line for hours. […]

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In search of the perfect gelato in Rome

Every Roman has its own favorite gelateria and they could spend hours arguing about it. You will find a gelato shop around every corner in Rome, however, remember that the most impressive display or most colorful ice cream rarely guarantee an equally amazing taste. Therefore for you not to get lost, we have prepared for […]

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3 stunning lakes in Italy

Besides having a 7,600 km long coastline which includes some breathtaking beaches, Italy also has 1,500 lakes some of which are pretty spectacular. We have picked for you 3 probably most amazing lakes in Italy. Lake Garda Not only it is the biggest lake in Italy but probably of the most spectacular ones too. Located […]

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Supercar museums in Italy

Italy is known for good food, fine wines, fashion, architecture and miraculous beaches… And even though that’s quite a list already –  that is not it. There is something that could make your husband book tickets to Italy sooner than you think! Italy is also home to some finest sports cars ever created: from Lamborghini […]

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Must-buy souvenirs from Italy

Have you ever been so immersed in enjoying your holiday that you almost forgot to buy souvenirs for your family and friends? Last-minute souvenir shopping can be way too stressful if you haven’t done homework. But not to worry! We have prepared you a small list of things worth bringing back home from Italy! Taste […]

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3 cities you should visit in south- east Sicily

Sicily –  largest island in the Mediterranean, offers plenty of things for you to see and experience! The province of Ragusa can indeed offer you everything: interesting history, architecture, amazing food and sandy beaches. In order not to miss out on what’s important, we have prepared a short of list of must-see places! Ragusa The […]

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Vegan & Vegetarian places to eat in Rome

Yes, you heard it right. There is more of Italy and Rome than just pizza & pasta or mozzarella & prosciutto.  And although it may not seem the most vegan/vegetarian friendly city at first sight, there is actually quite a few great spots to taste flavorsome Italian cuisine. Here is few of our suggestions for […]

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Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen

Hendrik Christian Andersen was a Norwegian-American sculptor, who was born in 1872 and died in 1940. Although his name is similar to another H. C. Andersen, then the two of them has nothing in common. Hendrik was born in Bergen, Norway and he is presumably the only Norwegian who has a museum in Italy. We […]

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3 places to see near Rome

There is much to see in Rome, but this time we will focus on some of the places you can see outside the eternal city. This is also perfect for those who want to stay in their own vacation home in one of the many cozy towns around Rome. Some days you can go on […]

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Florence

This wonderful city is both tiny and huge at the same time. The center is like an open air museum, which has become prettier and prettier through time, and today it stands as a treasure chest filled with art, architecture, lots of charm, all of it surrounded by ancient walls. Florence is located in a […]

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Five vacation homes at the Adriatic sea

The Adriatic is the sea that divides Italy and the former Yugoslavia. A long coastline beginning at Trieste in the northern part of Italy and stretches down to Puglia in the south. Along this long coast, there are many wonderful sandy beaches, lovely seaside resorts and a little inland where you can visit cozy villages. […]

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A great voice from Tuscany

Most people know Tuscany to be a wonderful place in Italy. But did you know that this part also has been the birthplace of several of the biggest personalities in Italy, including Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci, Amerigo Vespucci and today’s protagonist, Andrea Bocelli? Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli was born in 1958, not far from Pisa, […]

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Five beautiful villas near Rome

It is high season for the planning of this year’s summer vacation and some have even started planning the autumn holiday, that shows up a little later this year. It is nice to spend the holiday in a lovely villa, where there is ample space, a large garden and private swimming pool where the family […]

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Shopping in Rome

Rome has much to offer for those who visit the city. The attractions are queuing, and include such things as: Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum and the Spanish Steps. We could continue for ever. At times, however, it’s also nice to do something different than visiting attractions. A […]

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Apulia – Food, Architecture and Beaches

This area, in the far south at the heel of Italy, has long been a forgotten area for many. However, in the recent few years, several have begun to travel there and many people are planning a trip to Apulia to discover this charming region. A lot to see Many may already have visited Apulia […]

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A travellogue from Albano Laziale and Villa Olivella

On the 8th of October, we left a Norway bathing in sun and turned our noses towards Italy. We arrived in Rome three hours later, ready for an adventure or two. We had rented a villa, Villa Olivella, through Renate Villas. The villa was in a small town called Albano Laziale, and I cannot deny […]

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Five best villas near the beach

When we go on a vacation, then closeness to the beach is often one of our top priorities. Its a fantastic feeling just to enjoy breakfast at your terrace and then walk down to the beach and enjoy the sun. This is one of the reasons why many people is looking for vacation homes close […]

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Liguria – a little piece of the Riviera

Liguria is among the smallest regions in Italy. In fact, if we look at the geographical size, it is the third smallest region of Italy. It runs along a large portion of the coast, from the French border and down to Tuscany. As with so much else, it’s not the size that counts and Liguria […]

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Exciting things in store for 2017

We are at the end of 2016 and soon about to start a new year, which will be a very exciting year for us at Renate Villas. Many new things will happen in 2017, and we are looking forward to tell you more about this later on. Among other things, you will find a bigger […]

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Five Sicilian cities you must visit

This big island in southern Italy has so much to offer, and you will find many Sicilian cities which are worthy of a visit. We have identified those we believe are the most interesting; a mix of big cities, cities close to special attractions and a small city with a very special stair. One of […]

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Top five vacation homes with the finest pool

The swimming pool is often the most used equippemnt on a vacation, and this also applies when you stay in a vacation home. Most of our villas have their own swimming pool and this make them perfect for a family vacation. Can you imagine something better than sitting on the terrace with some good food […]

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Italian Christmas Food

In a few weeks, Christmas is here. Italy has its own traditions around Christmas food. In Italy, every region have their own specialities, which they enjoy during Christmas. At the same time, it’s common that the Italians eat a light dinner on Christmas evening and then a big lunch on Christmas day, the 25th. The […]

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Christmas in Italy

Christmas is not that different in Italy compared to the rest of Europe. The Italians like christmas very much and the christmas decoration of the streets and the shops begins even earlier than we are used to. By the end of October, most of the streets in many cities have been prepared for christmas with […]

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Top 5 vacation homes for the golfplayer

Do you enjoy playing golf and have you dreamed about a long weekend or a vacation where it’s possible to play golf? We do understand that. It’s a lovely thought to walk or drive a short distance, enter the golf course with some friends or by yourself after a nice Italian breakfast, while the rest […]

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Five reasons to visit Sicily

This big island in the south of Italy have so much to offer when it comes to giving you the perfect vacation, whether you prefer to go there for your summer vacation or just a long weekend. You will find that choosing Sicily as your destination gives you many advantages, one of them is that […]

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Norwegian of the month in Italy – vol. 3

Renate Hjelleseth is our next female participant in our series about Norwegians living in Italy. Renate is the master mind and driving force of Renate Villas, the company which offers amazing vacation homes for rent, and helps you fulfil your dream about your own villa in this beautiful country. Tell us about yourself and your […]

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Company housing Italy

Why buy corporate housing in Italy?

That’s a good question and we will try to answer it in the best possible way. Italy as a country has so much to offer everyone, either we come to eat and drink well, explore or just enjoy. Perhaps many of us prefer to spend our summer vacations in places such as Spain, Greece or […]

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Long-term holiday in Italy

You are probably not the only one who, during autumn or winter, has dreamed of staying somewhere with a warmer climate, where the sun is shining and you can relax on the balcony after a nice lunch. It’s not impossible to achieve this and it’s actually healthy to. We all need sunshine, some more than […]

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Food and Italy

If there are two things that belong together, it’s food and Italy. You won’t find many other countries in the world where the love of food and ingredients is so big as here. Food fills a large part of the daily life of an Italian, and this is maybe also one of the things we […]

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Five beautiful churches in Rome

Rome, also called the Eternal City, has many attractions to offer. From the magical Colosseum to the Spanish Steps, where people from all over the world meet. Since the Catholic church resides here, you will find many beautiful churches in Rome. And if you like to walk around, just looking at those beautiful, old buildings, […]

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Why buy your own vacation home in Piedmont

Having your own vacation home is a special thing for many people. A second home where you can have some privacy and get away from the busy everyday life, relax, enjoy yourself and enjoy life. Enjoying life is something Italians are very good at. Their whole way of living is about enjoying the one life […]

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Good advice about car rental in Italy

Italy is a country that many people have a very good relationship to. Here, you will find a nice and warm climate, especially during the spring, summmer and autumn. Lots of nice food, nice wines, beautiful landscapes, cozy villages and a friendly population. You will find many places to visit and you can either choose […]

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5 reasons why you should go to Italy for an autumn break

Summer is definitely over now that we welcome the month of September. For many it seems like an eternity since the summer vacation, and perhaps it is time to have another small vacation in October. In October it starts to get cold and windy, so what would be more perfect than an autumn vacation in […]

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Ten good reasons why renting your own vacation home is perfect when you travel with children

When the time has come to plan your next vacation, then you automatically begin the process of finding out where you wish to go, how to get there and where you will stay. Many families with children have opened their eyes to Italy as a perfect holiday destination. Here, you will find a beautiful climate, […]

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Why buy your own vacationhome in Tuscany?

There are many reasons why you should buy your own vacationhome here.Tuscany is among the most beautiful areas in Italy, with amazing nature, the best wines and many cozy villages. Tuscany belongs to the most popular areas for tourists and many have already been here on vacation several times and returns time after time. Tuscany […]

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5 wellknown Italian dishes!

The Italian dishes are known worldwide and very few people doubt that the Italians love food, good food and preferable a lot of it. They have a long tradition for beautiful dishes and enjoying a good meal. Even though Italy hasn’t been a country for that long (only since the 19th century), their traditions within […]

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4 lovely Italian beaches

There are many things that make us go to Italy on vacation or just a long weekend. One thing is the nice and warm weather, the friendly people, the fantastic history and last but not least, the nice food and the good wines. But Italy is also about beautiful beaches. Along Italy’s 7600 kilometer of […]

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4 Italian festivals you don’t want to miss

When you are in Italy on a vacation or a long weekend, then it is always fun to attend some special events. You will find many different festivals and events in Italy, which are worth attending. We have picked out four of them, which we reccomend that you visit. 1. Corsa dei Ceri – Gubbio […]

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Owning your own vacationhome in Italy

Many people travels to Italy or have been to Italy. This elongated country is one of the topdestinations for people from all over the world. A place where you can go all year round, enjoy the warm climate, the beautiful landscapes, the many attractions, the good food and the many fantastic wines. There is little […]

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Five beautiful golfcourses in Italy

Golf – has become a very popular sport over the last few years and many people has started to play. Today a lot of people has a membershipcard to one of the many golfclubs in countries all over Europe. A membership in a golfclub is often necessary, if you would like to play golf. Some […]

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Terracina

Not far from Rome, you will find this typical Italian holiday town, Terracina. It sone of these cities that the Italians love to visit on vacations or just a long weekend. Here you will find a great selection of vacationhomes and hotels. Terracina is part of the region Lazio, which stretches out on both sides […]

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Piedmont and wine

Many people have heard about the area Piedmont. And many people have probably tasted some of the wines from this large wine region. The area is the second biggest in Italy, with regards to square kilometres, after Sicily. You will find it far north in Italy, together with its around 4,3 million inhabitants. The biggest […]

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Five things to do with children in Lucca

Lucca is situated in Tuscany and is a great city, with lots of history. The city was founded in 180 B.C and back then, it was a roman colony. The city has played an important role throughout history and grown to become one of the biggest cities in Tuscany, with its 100.000 habitants. Around the […]

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Santa Marinella

This nice resort town is situated only 60 kilometre north of Rome. It therefore serves as a very good base for a vacation at the beach. At the same time, it’s only a short distance from the eternal city of Rome, which you can visit on several daytrips. Santa Marinella has been a resort town […]

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Take a vacation in Tarquinia, a city full of beauty and history

    When you rent a vacation home in the city of Tarquinia, you will have a holiday in a town full of history. The city is close to Rome, only 90 km away from the Italian capital. It is easy to drive here from the airports                   in […]

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Southwestern part of Sicily – Beautiful beaches, landscapes and history

The southwestern part of Sicily, is first of all known for the strong wine, Marsala, its beautiful beaches and the city of Agrigento, with its old temples. When you land in either Palermo or Trapani, it will only take you a short drive to arrive in Marsala. In the area around Marsala, as well as […]

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Cortona

Cortona – The movie and cultural city of Tuscany You will find this beautiful city on the outskirts of Tuscany, not far from Arezzo. The city is known as the number one film and cultural center in Tuscany after Arezzo, and has added streets and houses to a movie from  Hollywood.  The movie is called […]

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North eastern Sicily – Resort towns and historical gems

When you are going to visit this part of Sicily, then it’s easiest to fly to Catania. This city is also the biggest city on the eastern coast and the second largest city on Sicily, with its 300.000 habitants. It was founded in the 8th century B.C. The city has a violent history and has […]

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Asti

The city of Asti i situated in Piedmont. It is one of the most important cities there, when it comes to wine. The region of Piedmont is the second largest in Italy, with regards to square kilometres, only surpassed by Sicily. There lives a little bit more than four million people in Piedmont and close […]

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Five things you MUST see when you are in Florence

Florence is the official capital of the region of Tuscany. This well-known and famous city, is situated in the northern part of Tuscany and it is the biggest city of the area. It lives around 400.000 people within the city limit of Florence, but more than 1.5 million people in the area around the city. […]

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The north western part of Sicily – Historic places and beautiful islands

The north western corner of Sicily, is the most populous part of this big and wonderful island. It is the biggest island in the Mediterranean and with a population of about five million people. In this part of Sicily, you will find the capital, Palermo, which also happens to be the largest city on Sicily, […]

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The Amalfi Coast

This must be one of the most beautiful places in all of Italy and Europe. Here, you will find small villages on the steep mountainside, just like they were glued to the rocks, marvellous beaches and a view that is nothing short of breath taking. So, it’s not that strange, that this part of Italy […]

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Versilia

An exclusive vacation in beautiful Versilia and Forte dei Marmi Versilia is a part of Tuscany. To be more specific, it’s in within the county of Lucca, Tuscany. Versilia is in the coast and well known as an exclusive are with plenty of resorts, great vacations villas and luxurious apartments. All the local celebrities seek […]

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Lake Garda

Garda When you rent or own a vacation home in the beautiful area around Lake Garda, would it be nice to know a little bit more about this beautiful place.  We have therefore, a few recommendations about activities you should not miss. The Lake Garda itself, is 52 kilometres from north to south, a few […]

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Gubbio i Umbria

If you are renting a house or an apartment in Umbria, you should definately take a trip to Gubbio. The town has around 30.000 inhabitants and you will find it just beneath Mont Ingino, 70 km northeast of Perugia. Some Italians will tell you that Gubbio is Umbrias respond to the Tuscan town of Siena. […]

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Ponte della Musica

Roma design

5 places in Rome to love, see, breathe and touch Architecture and Design Rome, the Eternal City with an architecture that introduced the arch, the arena and the mausoleum. It has influenced the development of the entire world! Rome, this very particular place that is so, rich in history where the different eras of western civilization often have  been fused together with the ancient piazzas, streets and even homes. The city where […]

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Discover Abruzzo

Get Away from It All with an Abruzzo Adventure With stellar beaches and majestic mountains, there are plenty of reasons to holiday in Abruzzo. Primarily, because Abruzzo is the go-to Italian destination for those who love the great outdoors. From swimming to skiing, from hiking to horseback riding, from mountain to rock climbing – Abruzzo has exhilarating […]

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De 10 beste stedene i Roma for en “APERITIVO”

I Italia betyr “Aperitivo” god mat og en drink, alt til en fast pris. Nyt det sammen med vennene dine og de innfødte. Hva? Ja, i Roma og andre italienske byer møtes venner og kollegaer med nye mennesker hver dag fra kl. 18.00 til 21.00, for å nyte en appetittvekker som kalles “Aperitivo”. Faktisk tilbyr den evige […]

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Five of Italy’s most romantic places for you to celebrate Valentine’s Day

The most romantic day of the year is finally here.  What can be better than to celebrate this day with the one you love in a romantic setting? Italy is the home country of romance, and there are plenty of romantic places where you can enjoy yourself and each other’s company, while visiting some of […]

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Carnival of Venice

  The magic carnival of Venice Quite a few years have passed since there last was a carnival in Norway or Scandinavia. Other places in the world, the carnival is a great tradition. One big and colourful party, where everybody can put on a costume and dance all night long. Around the globe there are […]

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The Towns of Cinque Terre

If you ever feel like you need to just get away from it all for a little while and go somewhere where you can forget about whatever it is that’s bothering you and just relax and take in the beauty around you, you should come to Cinque Terre. This little portion of coast on the […]

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The Little-known Marche

Marche is a county next to the Adriatic Sea, in the northern part of Italy. The county borders to several other Italian counties. You find Tuscany to the west, Lazio, Umbria and Abruzzo to the south and Emilia-Romagna to the north. In addition to this, Marche also has borders to San Marino. The easiest way […]

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A vacation in the south of Italy with food on the menu

Down in the south Italian heel, there you have Apulia You might already have been there, if you have driven to Italy to catch the ferries to Croatia or Greece. The ferries leaves from the two big port towns of Apulia, Bari and Brindisi. The south of Italy has a good and warm climate, which you […]

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The famous Siena in Tuscany

Renting a villa close to Siena means that you are very close to plenty of exciting attractions. One villa close to town is Villa Perignola The city of Siena is on of the must famous city of Tuscany. Around 55.000 people live in the city. It is not among the largest cities of Italy, but […]

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7 things to do in the south of Tuscany

Pitigliano – the beauty of this village astounds you. It has a history that is 3500 years long. A city carved into the mountain in a way that makes it difficult to tell the difference between city and mountain. In addition to all the beautiful buildings, that you can rest your eyes upon, you can […]

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Italians love children

Paternity leave in Italy

Many of us are dreaming about a break from the stress of everyday life. For some it remains a dream, others choose to use parts of their paternity leave to fulfill it. So, where to go? There are many considerations to take, like climate, food, language, economy and distance. Italy is a very good alternative. […]

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From the Romans to the Etruscans … an exciting part of a holiday in Italy

Experience Lazio, where all the Romans call home The region of Lazio is not only about Rome. The Lazio coast has beautiful sandy beaches, along with the Great Lakes, making Lazio a wonderful place to rent a vacation home. The delightful cuisine of Lazio is known around the world both for meat and fish and you will […]

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Sicily, Marina di Ragusa

Vacation in Italy, in the south of Sicily

This large island has attracted visitors for thousands of years and actually has a “close friendship” with more than just visitors. Sicily, located on the tip of Italy, has long been inhabited by settlers of several civilizations. There were the Greeks whose presence gave rise to Aphrodite, because the landscape was rich and beautiful and was to be a […]

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Autumn holiday in Italy

  If you are planning a trip for the autumn holidays, there are several requirements that you have to put in place. We are a family of four: mother, father and two daughters, ages 12 and 13. Our youngest daughter may want to swim, the eldest daughter may want to go shopping in town, mother is interested […]

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The best beaches in Sicily

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is a wonderful holiday destination for its cuisine, its welcoming city and its history. Thanks to the geographical position of this large island, it offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. If you love the beach and want to plan a vacation, here is a list […]

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Sicily, Marzamemi

Travel and Baroque towns in southern of Sicily

    When planning a trip to Italy, Sicily is undoubtedly one of the regions that tourists cannot overlook. Being the largest island in the Mediterranean, there are several choices of cities to visit. If you are a lover of history and art, it would be appropriate to plan a trip to the baroque cities of Sicily. There are […]

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Umbria, Orvieto city

10 things to experience in Umbria

Like many places in Italy, Umbria has beautiful and interesting old towns and stunning landscapes. This county has long been visited by tourists from the Netherlands and the United States, and is certainly less familiar to us from Norway. There is much to see in Umbria in terms of interest and surrounding landscape; lush forests, green hills and […]

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Puglia, Focaccia

My best and easy recipe for focaccia

I want to share my recipe for focaccia. I ate my first Focaccia when I was 19, on holiday with my girlfriend Raffaella in Puglia and I have never forgotten. In the city of Altamura you can buy the Focaccia in a bakery and eat it on the street while drinking a beer. In this area of Italy […]

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10 reasons why Italy is perfect for a girls trip

There are trips that stimulate girls all year round, whether it is a short vacation on the outskirts of the city or a long journey in a foreign country. If you love traveling and visiting new places, you should definitely put Italy on the list of countries where you can do many things, you just […]

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5 things I learned to check before you book a vacation

For the seven years that we lived in Norway, we booked our holidays and rented cottages in Italy. We totally enjoyed these holidays. They are ideal for those with young children and also you cancook for yourself if you want to. We always tried a large outdoor area, but at the same time we also wanted to live more like […]

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5 recommended cheeses by a holiday in Italy

Italian cuisine is always among the best, and clearly the cheeses are one of my favorite dishes of any shape and texture. Some are good as starters, others as dessert. I wanted to make a personal list of 5 favorite Italian cheeses that you can buy at the supermarket and serve in the villas in […]

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