Umbria vs. Tuscany: Which Region Should You Travel To?

Each Italian region is unique. For such a small peninsula, the diversity of history, art, culture, and cuisine from region to region is remarkable. At first glance, Umbria and Tuscany seem to have a lot in common. Both are celebrated for their medieval hilltop towns, spectacular scenery, and delicious food and wines; but each has…

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8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Emilia Romagna

How many of you have heard about the region of Emilia Romagna in Italy, or know where it is? I bet not many. This area is often overlooked, although there are many reasons to travel Emilia Romagna. Italy’s region of Emilia-Romagna, home to Bologna, Modena and Ravenna. Everyone traveling from Florence to Venice (or the…

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A Private Tour is one of the Safest Ways to Travel

As everyone navigates the ‘new normal’ of travel, there is a surge of interest in private vacations across the industry. Travelers are re-imagining future travel, with a renewed interest in discovering smaller, authentic and off the beaten path locations. At Travels with Audrey, we believe that a private tour is one of the safest ways to…

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What Is An Agriturismo?

what is an agriturismo

For a long time, agriturismi (Italian “farm-stays”) have been Italy’s best-kept accommodation secret, at least until now. But what is an agriturismo? Well, yes — it’s a “farm-stay.” But it’s also much, much more… and, we think, the best way to experience Italy’s countryside! Here’s why — plus three myths, and one often-forgotten truth, about Italy’s farm-stays. The…

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Carnival in Venice

Costumes of the carnival in Venice

“Carnevale” is one of the most colorful celebrations in the world! Carnival in Venice is a one-of-a-kind celebration suspended between past and present with a traditional local allure featuring many events. Among these, the two-day ‘Festa Veneziana’ with its typical masked regattas, the ‘Best Masked Costume Contest’ and the ‘Festa delle Marie’. Each year, Carnival includes…

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European Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions in Europe

Buon Natale, Joyeux Noël, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Fröhliche Weihnachten Winter is a wonderful time to visit to truly immerse yourself in the culture of Christmas. Glühwein or Glögg? Gingery Lebkuchen or torrone? The festive period, and the season of Christmas markets, is upon us. Large or small, each market reflects the culture of the…

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The Lesser Known Gems of Italy’s Lazio Region

the hidden gems of the Italian region of Lazio

Among all of the top most visited cities in Italy is Rome, which of course simply cannot be missed especially for a first time visitor to Italy. At Travels with Audrey we certainly understand the need to visit the places you have heard so much about and for good reason. Its rich history can be…

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Travel to Friuli Venezia Giulia

Amateur podcast on Friuli

My husband Manlio and I recently were invited to do a podcast with Chris for an Amateur Traveler episode #723 discussing travel in my husband’s region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Enjoy! Travel to Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy – Amateur Traveler Episode 723 Review from one of Audrey’s clients: Audrey, I just finished listening to the…

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Travel Guide for the Italian Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia

Friuli travel guide

Travel Guide for the Italian Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia: Exploring The Northern Border Region Writers Hemingway, Rilke and Joyce all found inspiration in the tiny, Friuli Venezia Giulia region, tucked away in the far northeast of Italy. Today, despite being just a couple of hours from Venice, FVG is one of Italy’s least touristy…

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Ultimate Guide to the Regions of Italy

ultimate guide to the regions of italy

Do you know Italy… by region? It might seem like a lot to ask, but if you’re planning a trip to Italy, knowing Italy’s regions can prove quite helpful and beneficial. For those dreaming of a holiday in Europe, Italy certainly needs no introduction. For a country that’s slightly smaller than the state of California,…

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