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Traveler Review: A Romantic Couples Trip in Cinque Terre

Traveler Review: A Romantic Couples Trip in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre was all that Donna Baird-Horne and her husband dreamed of — and maybe even a little more. Between the cooking classes, train journeys, hikes, and wine tastings, their couples trip was an unforgettable adventure. Donna recently sent us an email saying how much she loved the trip, and we thought we’d share it with you, too.

The Best Late Season Ski Destinations in Europe

The Best Late Season Ski Destinations in Europe

Winter has almost passed, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed the opportunity to go skiing this year! There are still some stunning ski resorts with good snow conditions for those craving a last-minute snowy easter break. And what’s more, you’re much more likely to enjoy relaxed sunny days on the slopes, rather than getting stuck in nasty February white-outs. Here are some of the best late season ski destinations in Europe.

An Art Lover's Guide to Italy

An Art Lover's Guide to Italy

Jetting off to the Italian peninsula is every traveler’s dream. Experiences such as relaxing in a Venetian gondola, sipping fine wine in Tuscany, and tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain can all be categorized as “bucket list.” For art lovers, though, Italy holds a special place in their tourism fantasies. It seems as though every city is bursting with artistic history and talent. Each area of Italy tells a different story, so planning travel to Italy can be daunting.

7 Things I Learned from Traveling Overseas on a Foreign Basketball Tour

7 Things I Learned from Traveling Overseas on a Foreign Basketball Tour

This year I had the chance to travel with the BYU Women’s Basketball team to Europe on their Foreign Basketball Tour, visiting the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, and Italy. Here are 9 Things I Learned from Traveling Overseas on a Foreign Basketball Tour:

Hiking Italy's Cinque Terre

Hiking Italy's Cinque Terre

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) lists Cinque Terre as one of 845 culturally significant sites in the world. With its natural and manmade beauty working together to create breathtaking views over the course of 7.5-miles, it is no wonder why this part of Italy is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the region and country.

Best Boutique Hotels in Italy

Planning a trip to the beautiful country of Italy? Need suggestions on the best boutique hotels? Well you have come to the right place! Featured boutique hotels will be in Venice, Florence, Bologna, and Umbria. Boutique are small hotels with anywhere from 10 to 100 rooms. Most have unique settings with individualized and upscale accommodations. Each boutique hotel offers a distinctive experience filled with history!

10 Essentials You Need for Your Italian Adventure

10 Essentials You Need for Your Italian Adventure

Packing for a trip can be so stressful! You can make list after list and still forget something. We are here to help with 10 packing essentials to make your trip to Italy comfortable.  Italy has seasons so make sure you know the season you are packing for. These ten essential are for all seasons of travel and any region of Italy you will explore.

Best Time to Travel to Cinque Terre, Italy

Best Time to Travel to Cinque Terre, Italy

Italy is always a great idea, and the Cinque Terre is sure to steal your heart.  The Italian Riviera will enchant you with her brightly colored cliffside houses that cascade down to the Ligurian Sea, walking paths with soaring views, otherworldly sunsets, and delectable cuisine.  While we believe that anytime is a good time to visit Italy, certain times of the year will be more rewarding and memorable based on your travel style, and the type of trip you are seeking.

10 Ways to Get Off the Beaten Path in Italy

10 Ways to Get Off the Beaten Path in Italy

When you think of Italy, what springs to mind? Rome, home to one of the current Seven Wonders of The World, The Colosseum. Venice, with its Plaza de San Marco, infamous canals and gondolas. Milan, the fashion capital. Pompeii, the roman city preserved by a volcanic explosion. Each of these destinations are without doubt breathtaking, but with this reputation comes an abundance of tourists. Here’s our list of hidden gems in Italy where you’ll avoid the crowds!

What to do in Venice, Italy

What to do in Venice, Italy

The enchanting city of Venice is a unique destination full of overwhelming beauty, tremendous history, and rich culture. It’s comprised of over 100 islands resting in the Venetian Lagoon off the Adriatic Sea, linked together by bridges and canals. With all Venice has to offer, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most visited cities in Italy—for first-time travelers and returning visitors alike. The possibilities are endless, so let us help you narrow down the must-see sites. Keep reading to learn about what to do in Venice!

The Best Places to Eat in Rome

Trattoria Perilli is an authentic, old-school Roman dining experience. You are quite likely to be served by the 90-something year old owner who not only makes authentic Roman carbonara, but will serve you wine that you can only get in Italy. You won’t find many tourists inside these walls, but you will need to make a reservation to make sure you have a seat at the table.

Top Culinary Destinations Around the World

Top Culinary Destinations Around the World

Nothing brings people together quite like food. It’s at the heart of so many cultures, and learning about the local cuisine is the perfect way to immerse yourself in a new environment. There are countless destinations across the globe that offer mouthwatering dishes and rich culinary diversity, but some countries reign supreme. Keep reading for the top culinary destinations around the world!

Food, The Universal Language

Food, The Universal Language

Food creates a world to share our love, sorrows, dreams, and experiences. Eating together is a time of laughter, tears, and reflection, and it affords us the opportunity “to open the door” and share our lives with one another. Traveling to far and not so far away destinations entices us to taste new flavors, and it lures us to engage with those with whom we dine.

The Seven Wonders of the World

The Seven Wonders of the World

The Seven Wonders of the Modern Day World are Petra (Jordan), Machu Picchu (Peru), Taj Mahal (Agra, India), The Roman Colosseum (Rome), Chichén Itzá (Mexico), Christ the Redeemer Statue (Brazil), and The Great Wall (China). Each monument earned a deserved spot on the list—as all are UNESCO World Heritage sites and some of the most visited places in the world.

The Best Time To Travel to Italy (According to Your Travel Style!)

The Best Time To Travel to Italy (According to Your Travel Style!)

What is the best time to travel to Italy? No matter the season, Italy’s winding streets, colorful villages, delectable cuisine (hello to all the carbs and cannolis), and romantic atmosphere are charming and intoxicating at any time of the year. Yet, depending on the type of trip that you are planning (and on your budget!), certain times of the year are actually better than others to travel to this famously beautiful destination.

The Best Foods in Italy You Must Try

The Best Foods in Italy You Must Try

Italy is known for many things—rich culture, breathtaking views, and above all else, mouthwatering cuisine. Italy’s cuisine is like nothing else, from traditional Italian food to more recent classics. The country’s regional diversity means there’s an endless variety of delicious specialties to indulge in. Although many dishes were originated in specific towns, it’s easy to find different takes across the country. Any selection you make is guaranteed to please your taste buds, but with so many options it can be hard to choose. Keep reading for our list of the best food in Italy!

UVU Culinary Arts: Brooke's Journey from Venice to the Vatican

UVU Culinary Arts: Brooke's Journey from Venice to the Vatican

My Culinary Trip with Acanela Expeditions was worth every Penny! Acanela had connections with people and places I could have never found on my own. In fact, many of the cities we visited I had been to before but still felt as though I was visiting a new city. My dreams came true being able to learn to cook at a real Italian Farm To Table Restaurant! We were able to attend many food tours at try some of the most famous foods at some of the best restaurant venues! I loved my Culinary Trip to Italy and would highly recommend that everyone visit Italy!