Italy

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Spring Break Vacation Deals Busting Out All Over

From the cabin fever-struck New England to the blizzard-battered Midwest and the snow-blanketed slopes of Lake Tahoe, many families are looking to plan a Spring Break getaway. So, which destinations are hustling to attract families this spring, and how? We have some surprising answers.

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Author: McKenzie Hartman

Tags: Europe, Finalist, Italy, Vacations

Italy: The Path of the Gods

The narrow, serpentine road hugs the hillside, rocks and vegetation to the left, a sheer drop to the Mediterranean to the right. We’re taking the Sita bus from Positano to Amalfi this morning, the third day since my family flew into Naples. The driver complains about the hulking tour busses that aren’t made for this sort of road; when we manage to squeeze past one, there’s barely a centimeter between the opposing mirrors.

Author: Sarah

Tags: Europe, Italy, Semi Finalist, Vacations

Pompeii Dreams

Young and hopeful, I dreamed of seeing the places from my "Who Was" books and History Channel documentaries. I wrote stories of going to Egypt and discovering King Tut’s tomb for myself. I wished I could go to India and return, having found the ghost of Mumtaz Mahal lingering in the Taj Mahal too. I wanted so badly to climb Mount Vesuvius, visit Pompeii and see the people who were left covered in volcanic rock. Over the years, I slowly began to visit the places that my 6-year old self had waited so patiently to see. London..Paris..Barcelona..Rome..until..

Author: Payton Chronister

Tags: Europe, Exploring, Italy, Quarter Finalist

When in Rome (Or Assisi)

There are those vacations that leave you with fond memories, and there are those that leave you forever changed; my trip to Assisi was of the latter. After enduring a grueling five-hour layover, a turbulent overnight flight, and poor quality airplane food, I arrived in this quaint mountain village, located in the region of Umbria in beautiful Italy. This was my first stop on my week-long tour of the country, and compared to my future stops in historical cities such as Florence and Rome, I didn’t expect Assisi to make much of an impact on my spring break trip.

Author: Nathan Card

Tags: Europe, Italy, Semi Finalist, Vacations

The Little Things Can Change a Lifetime

Winding cobblestone roads, with walls seemingly growing ever closer, until even the smallest Fiat can barely squeeze through. Frigid stream water, rushing down from the heights of the Alps. Old buildings, adorned with open shutters and the occasional lizard, worn down by the tides of time, lining the piazza. Such is the landscape in Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giulia region, situated between Austria to the north and Slovenia to the east. Outside Trieste and Udine, the region’s two largest cities, life is simple and the land is beautiful.

Author: Jeanelle Tanhueco

Tags: Europe, Finalist, Italy, Rome, Vacations

More Than a Memory

I have admired this city in countless stock photos and numerous travel blogs. I draw a deep breath as a futile attempt to calm myself. The van jumps around the cobblestone road and I clumsily juggle the camera in my hand. I breath again but it does not work. I leap out of the van, my arm and eyes wide open. The Eternal City greets me similarly.

Author: Chloe Johnson

Tags: Europe, Exploring, Finalist, France, Italy, Paris, Rome

Spiritual Experiences in Switzerland

Her hand rested comfortably on my shoulder as we watched planes take off into the inky sky like birds in a sporadic flock. "Before you know it, you'll be on the other side of the ocean," my mother whispered into my ear as she embraced me one last time before departure. I groaned at the thought of such a long plane ride, but she was right. In what seemed like a matter of moments, but was actually closer to 8 hours, I was whisked away to London.

Author: Jacqueline Frank

Tags : Blogs, Europe, Italy, Multigen, Museums & Culture, Weekend & Short Break

Falling for Flowers at Italy's Infiorata Festivals

If you are traveling to Italy in May or June, you should schedule a visit to one of the famous infiorata or flower festivals. The infiorata are religious festivals held in various towns in Italy, using flower petals to create large and fantastic floral decorations on the street.

We recently had the good fortune to attend the infiorata in the charming medieval town of Spello, found in Umbria near Assisi and Perugia.

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Author: Kyle McCarthy

Tags : Couples, Cruise, Europe, Food & Wine, Istanbul, Italy, Multigen, Museums & Culture, Turkey

My Family's Aegean Odyssey, A Cruise To Antiquity

"This is cool," said our son quietly, as he glanced around, dropping the magazines he'd borrowed from the library of the MV Aegean Odyssey. We were sailing along the coast of Montenegro, eyeing the medieval fortress of Kotor from a chaise lounge by the pool.

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Author: Allison Hyman-Tibaldi

Tags : City Break, Europe, Flee Market, Food & Wine, Italy, Kids, Multigen, Museums & Culture, Teens

Expo 2015 Promises Family Fun in Milan, Italy

The latest Universal Exposition, Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy will run until October 31, 2015 with the theme: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” Over 140 countries are participating, including 54 with their own self-built national pavilions.

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