Magna Who? A Brief History of Greeks in Southern Italy

You’ve probably seen the term “Magna Graecia” on travel sites or in guidebooks, but what does it really mean? Simply, Magna Graecia was the name given to the coastal areas of Southern Italy colonized by Greek settlers as far back as 8th century B.C. Italy was Greece’s “America”. They headed west to seek new lands and new opportunities and given…

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Our Top 6 Southern Italian Sites to Visit in 2016

It’s impossible to choose just one word to describe Southern Italy: rugged, historic, enchanting, captivating, mysterious, unforgettable…are only a handful that come to mind. It’s hard to believe sometimes that it’s still relatively unknown to many travelers outside of Italy. We know that the South of Italy has so much to offer travelers, and it’s finally starting to get more…

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Where to Stay in Southern Italy

Where you stay is a very important part of any travel plan.  Nowadays there are many options in terms of places to stay and depending on the type of vacation you are planning, your accommodations can play a huge role in making or breaking your traveling experience. Here’s a look at different types of accommodations you’ll commonly find in Southern…

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Stars of Southern Italy

The South of Italy has so much to offer travelers, although most don’t seem to venture any further south than Naples.  We all know Campania is famous for its impressive coastlines and magnificent sites but as you dip further south you will experience the rugged beauty and intricate history that the “deep south” has to share. So, let’s shine the…

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Simple Guide to Liquors in Southern Italy

In Italy, “si mangia bene” (you eat well) and it is very common for Italians to conclude their meals with an after dinner drink.  However, this can be overwhelming for those who are not well-versed in Italian liquors. What exactly are Italian liquors?  Well, they are alcohols infused with herbs or other aromas typically served after a meal as a…

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How to Hit the Beach in Southern Italy

Cute new swimsuit … check. Great summer beach read … check. SPF … check. (Hey, we can’t all be tanned and beautiful the moment we hit the beach!) Summer holiday to southern Italy … check! So you’re ready to do some serious relaxing along one of Italy’s beautiful beaches this summer? Before you head out the door with your beach…

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Travel Tip Tuesday: Summer Travel Tips for Your Trip to Calabria

Ahhh, the dog days of summer – hot days, cool beaches and if you are lucky, even cooler summer vacations to southern Italy. If you are planning a trip this summer, you’ve probably done your homework. You’ve narrowed your must-see list, settled on hotels, chosen beaches, mountains and villages you’d like to explore. But are you really ready? Here are…

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Driving in Sardinia: The Best Bits

Many of the greatest things in southern Italy are better experienced with a car. It’s true whether it is because you can see hard-to-reach ruins or castles, because you can experience the driving culture on our beautiful, albeit sometimes perilous southern Italian roadways or whether it is because a car offers travelers a certain freedom not guaranteed by public transport….

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Travel Tip Tuesday: Three Basic Tips for Traveling with an Itsy Bitsy Baby

You all know what a brave fearless silly girl I am, right? I moved to hole-in-the-bottom-of-the-boot Calabria, had a baby in italiano and most recently, traveled with said baby on six separate flights.

Reader Question: Best Villages to See by Train

I posted a note to my Facebook page last week inviting readers to send in their Calabria or southern Italy travel questions. I got a few fun ones that I’m looking forward to tackling over the next few months, but for today’s question we’re sticking to transportation.

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