Guide to Lazio and Tuscany’s Thermal Roman Baths

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If are in Rome or Florence during the cooler months of the year, warm up the Ancient Roman way: head to the hot springs. Terme, as thermal baths are known in Italian, are peppered throughout southern Tuscany and northern Lazio, where the earth was once a shifting hot bed of volcanic activity. Rising up through the ground, the hot, often sulfur-based, water has gathered into pools where you can sink into and relax. Thermal baths in this part of Italy come in two varieties: the natural and wild or the centro benessere or spa type. The natural hot springs are free, while the spas vary in price from the pricey to the affordable. Because we’re an adventuresome lot, most of the thermal baths in the list below are natural, though where there are terme a spa is never far away. Getting to the natural terme requires a car, come with no opening or closing hours (go at night for a dip below the stars) and are amazing. The first time you come across a glossy white terrace filled with opaque water steaming in the forest will be a moment you won’t forget. And there is an etiquette for terme going: Keep reading this post...

15 Places to Visit in Italy

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As you probably already know, Italy is a spectacular country to visit (and live in). From the top of the boot to Sicily, there’s such a wide variety of Italian towns, cities and landscapes to see that you could spend a lifetime seeing them. To help you choose (or to overwhelm you even more), we’ve Keep reading this post...

The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Markets in Italy

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The Christmas period is one of the most magical times of the year to visit Italy. Ancient monuments and architectural masterpieces are adorned with twinkling lights and the smell of roasting chestnuts permeates the air. Traditional Christmas markets take place throughout the country and are the perfect places to pick up unique gifts and local Keep reading this post...

Food in Florence: Where to Eat & Drink

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Most people steer their first thoughts of Florence towards the Renaissance: the Medici family, the paintings in the Uffizi, the spectacular piazzas, the statues. But to believe that Florence is only about art would be a mistake because you could miss out on some of Italy’s best food. Florence shares its specialties with its region, Keep reading this post...

Cooking Classes in Florence

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If your idea of a great Italian vacation includes a kitchen, look no further than Florence. Taking a cooking class that will teach you how to make your favourite Italian recipes is one of the best souvenirs to take home from your trip. A cooking class in Florence or its nearby countryside will teach you Keep reading this post...