At Travels with Audrey, we believe there is a huge benefit to hiring a private guide and driver when travelling in Spain & Italy. You’ll feel safe and immersed in the destination after just a few hours with a local guide or driver, and you’ll gather a lot of invaluable information also. Audrey at Travels…

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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, private cultural tours and traveling off the main trail, are the reasons we…

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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, exactly, 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 term agriturismo, in…

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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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laundry tips for travel in italy

There are several ways to wash your cloths while on holiday.  As a Tour Manager being on the road for essentially several months at a time in Europe, I choose various methods depending on my needs. If I have time to stop in to see my sister in law in Italy, I am lucky to…

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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 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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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 a client of Audrey’s: Audrey, I just finished listening to the…

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Friuli travel guide

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 regions, but those in the know are…

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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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