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In the Shadow of an Icon: 3 Sights not to miss in Pisa, Fussen and Paris

In the Shadow of an Icon: 3 Sights not to miss in Pisa, Fussen and Paris

Your tour of Europe is likely to take in at least a few iconic sights. There are, however, few guidebooks which tell you that next to the tower or castle you traveled half a world to see is a sight that’s equally (or more) worth your time and money to visit. Here a few suggestions » Read more

The Most Serene Republic: San Marino

The Most Serene Republic: San Marino

Little San Marino, the independent republic in the Apennines, is a gem. And like most gems, you have to take time to appreciate it. Forget the overpriced day trips touted by bus operators, and instead plan to spend two or three days in San Marino. By day This diminutive polity, with its capital (also called » Read more

Ligurian Diversions: Santa Margherita Ligure

Ligurian Diversions: Santa Margherita Ligure

Yes, we’ve been traveling a lot of late. Over the last 40 days, our travels have taken us from Cadiz to Hamburg and from the Alps to the Apennines. We have paddled in the Atlantic and the Adriatic and taken in a few cities too: Florence, Madrid, Paris, Zürich, Poznan and more. It has, in » Read more

Naples Budget Tips: How to keep it cheap in Napoli

Naples Budget Tips: How to keep it cheap in Napoli

By Bryan Pirolli— Even Paris-based writers need a chance to escape the City of Light every now and then to experience something different. This year, this Cheapo flitted off to Naples to check out the pizza and coastlines that make this Italian port city famous.  I return to you tanned, relaxed, and full of tips » Read more

Wandering Cheapo: Postcard from Bordighera

Wandering Cheapo: Postcard from Bordighera

By C.H. Kwak in Berlin— When you pull into Bordighera’s train station, a shabby two-platform affair on the Italian Riviera, it might be hard to believe this small city of 10,000 used to be the stomping grounds of Queen Margherita of Savoy and Charles Garnier (as in that Garnier fortune). During its late-19th century heyday, » Read more

Padova, Italy: An art-filled day trip from Venice

Padova, Italy: An art-filled day trip from Venice

If you are visiting Venice and you have a day to spare, you should add to your travel itinerary the beautiful city of Padova (Padua). Padova is closer to Venice than many think—only about a half-hour by train or an hour by bus. Padova is famous for having been home to Saint Anthony, a Franciscan » Read more

Free music on the Tuscan Coast: Italia Wave Festival

Free music on the Tuscan Coast: Italia Wave Festival

Summer in Italy doesn’t have to be all about melting gelato, sticky clothing and the desperate search for air-conditioning. Don’t forget about the pleasant summer nights, the beach, and best of all: live music! If you’re visiting Florence or Tuscany this July, put away your guide books and hop on the train or rent a » Read more

Trieste, Italy: A European microcosm

Trieste, Italy: A European microcosm

Most of us are so utterly used to very territorial notions of citizenship that it is hard to get our heads around places that defy the norm. We have long noticed that citizens of southern Limburg, and especially in and around the city of Maastricht, seem considerably less Dutch (and conversely much more European) than » Read more

Go Green: Hanbury Gardens and Europe’s other garden gems

Go Green: Hanbury Gardens and Europe’s other garden gems

We know Cheapos want the best deals and aren’t necessarily keen about attractions that levy a hefty admission fee. But there are times when a modest admission fee is money well spent. And nowhere more so than in some of Europe’s finest gardens and parks, where visitors can often linger for an entire day, roaming » Read more

Agriturisimo With a Twist: One Cheapo’s Italian experience

Agriturisimo With a Twist: One Cheapo’s Italian experience

There are lots of creative ways to get to Europe and save money in the process. We checked in with Cheapo Reinhardt Suarez after he spent two months living and working on a farm in Grossetto, Italy, a small community in Tuscany. Read on for his take on this alternative to agriturisimo. Choosing the farm » Read more

Siena: Citizens fight plans to expand airport

One of the great things about visiting Siena, Italy, that quiet, sun-kissed Tuscan town, is that you have to work for it. You may arrive by car or by train, but you’ll still have a walk ahead of you, as the main train station is located outside the walled city, as are the parking spaces for tourists. » Read more

Latest Free Bike Program: Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy is the latest city to hop on the free/cheap bike-sharing phenomenon sweeping Europe, according to Budget Travel’s “This Just In” blog. Turin is reportedly ready to place 1,300 free bikes on city streets, docking them in 390 stations, in early 2008. Now that’s a great way for Turin’ the town! As our blog » Read more

Lucca: Open-Air Altos

Calling all Puccini lovers. It’s time to make a pilgrimage to Lucca to experience the 53rd annual Puccini Opera Festival, to experience opera as the master himself wanted to hear it. Started in 1930, following a 1924 letter from Puccini exclaiming his wish to hear his opera in the “open-”air,” the Puccini Opera Festival attracts » Read more

Bologna: Drogheria della Rosa

By Meredith Paslawsky in Bologna—Ethereal truffle ravioli that melt in your mouth. Heavenly mascarpone sprinkled with bitter dark chocolate shavings. Dreams are made of such things. At Drogheria della Rosa in Bologna, jovial owner Emanuele Addone keeps you smiling all night. After all he did take home the prestigious San Pelligrino Cooking Cup. If his » Read more

Santa Margherita: Fit for a Cheapo

Locals refer to Italy’s Santa Margherita Ligure as “Santa.” You can travel the winding streets and hills between between Santa, Rapallo, and Portofino (or Porto) by car or motorcycle, though these streets become congested during the summer months. If you want to avoid the traffic in high season, you can travel from town to town » Read more

Tuscany: Italian Linens for Less

You spend more than one third of your life in bed, the argument goes, so skimping on bedsheets is definitely not a good idea. The ultimate way to wake up is wrapped in some Frette linens. If your anti-monarchist sentiments aren’t moved or that Frette was commissioned for the tablecloth of “The Holy Virgin” for » Read more

Italy: We Heart Bellagio

Ciao Bellagio, where you can board boats for other Lake Como district hot spots and try to spot George Clooney as he leaves Villa Oleandra. We recently spent four nights here at the Hotel Centrale, a family-run place that offers its guests quiet clean rooms with free Wi-fi and breakfast. Hotel Centrale’s proprietor, Giacomo Borelli, » Read more

Bologna Cheap Eat: Pizzeria Altero

Photo by Panduh If you’re hunting down a cheap eat in Bologna, do as the locals do: head to Pizzeria Altero. A favorite of Bolognese locals since 1953, the Pizzeria Altero dishes up a piping-hot deep-dish slice of Margherita for just €1. For a mere 30 cents more, you can indulge in Salsiccia, a slice of sausage pizza, or Carciofini, an » Read more

Bologna: Lounge Hopping

Bologna: Lounge Hopping

If lively hole-in-the-wall pubs and rowdy discos are your thing, Bologna has an infinite supply of both. These joints cater to the large resident student population. If you favor something a bit more sophisticated and laid-back, we suggest these two hot spots. Nu Lounge is dark and candle-lit inside, with outdoor seating even in the » Read more

Bolognese Fast Food

Piadina is the fast food of choice for local Bolognese. Piadina is a delicious thin flat bread sandwich cooked in an iron grill and served warm. Our personal favorite combination is rucolo, proscuitto crudo, and and a soft italian cheese called squaquarone. Other top picks include spicy chili or the classic tomato and mozzarella combo. » Read more

Italy: Marche, Piobbico, and the Ugly Club

Italy: Marche, Piobbico, and the Ugly Club

Those in or headed to Italy this summer would be wise to pencil in a seaside stop in Marche, one of Italy’s loveliest regions. Marche boasts a refined cuisine and a Riviera all its own, yet remains more or less undiscovered by the tourist masses. Should your vacation plans lead you to Marche over the » Read more

Italy: Mini Me Too!

photograph courtesy of www.rosenbanjo.com Oh those tiny cars! You haven’t fully experienced life as an Italian until you’ve squeezed yourself into one of those micro-mobiles and sped around the city center at an altogether inappropriate 100 kilometers an hour. It’s a wild and risky experience in Rome, but driving as the Romans do can be » Read more

Dreaming of Living la Dolce Vita this Summer?

If you have plans to travel to Italy in August, you might want to think twice about sticking exclusively to the major cities in the north of the country. Many fashion boutiques and restaurants in Milan and Florence will be essentially shut down while Italians are on official holiday. If shuttered retail districts don’t encourage you to flee city for » Read more

Le Stanze for Apertivos

Le Stanze for Apertivos

Apertivo, the Italian term for happy hour, is an absolute dream for budget travelers. Grab a drink around 7 p.m. to 8:30 pm in most pubs in Italy and you will have the opportunity to enjoy an complimentary buffet. Aperitivo buffets range from a few bowls of potato crisps to impromptu dinners of salads, sandwiches, » Read more

Italy is for Lovers

Italy is for Lovers

And you thought your Valentine’s Day dinner was going to be expensive. Check out this £2,150 pizza (that’s €3,000 for those of you in the Eurozone) created to raise funds for the Fred Hollows Foundation, an agency that works to prevent curable blindness in developing countries. Glasgow-based restaurateur Domenico Crolla flew to Italy to make the pricey pizza » Read more