How to Pack Smartly on a trip

Packing is so important to a successful and enjoyable trip. When done correctly, you can use carry-on luggage only and have plenty of clothes to wear. By using the proper types of clothing, you can have lightweight, wrinkle free clothing that packs into a small suitcase. Taking only 3-4 outfits means you wash your clothes in the bathroom sink at your hotel and hang them to dry overnight.

Watch my YouTube video below on how to do this and stop lugging endless suitcases with you on your trip. Travel smart not heavy!

– Ciao
– George

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Gelato in Italy

Italy is the home of gelato. What is gelato? The italian-English dictionary translates it as ice cream but it is NOT ice cream. Gelato has less calories, more flavor, and is creamier. It is best served from a artisan gelateria where the owner has a passion for making great gelato. It is never made quickly, puffed up high with air. It should always be served in metal, not plastic, bins.

Watch the video below on my YouTube channel about gelato and hear what some Italians say about this great treat:

-Ciao
-George

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Smartphones & GPS in Travel

Smartphones allow us to stay in contact anywhere, look up information and get directions. There may be a cost to this when traveling. This BLOG helps you understand what alternatives you have like using wifi at your hotel, in a bar or a restaurant to have free access to email, FB, Messages and information.

GPS allows us to find points of interest, our hotel and restaurants, Looking up a name to get the GPS coordinates uses internet data and can cost you.

The video below helps you understand how to control these costs:

– Ciao
– George

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Movery – An Italian Travel planner

Movery is a platform designed for travel planning. It is an intuitive and easy-to-use portal where you can create your own journey by choosing the destinations to visit. On the website you can easily find all the information about the points of interest in the area, including the lesser-known ones that are outside the usual tourist routes. The content is created by authors who know the area well, so that using this portal is a bit like having a trusted friend who recommends to you the best places to visit, allowing you to experience the area as a true local.

Their claim is “Movery amplifies your travel experience”, and their intent is precisely to assist travellers in creating and managing their personal tour.
The first step is to create a profile with your travel preferences, so as to start immediately the search for the best points of interest to add to your itinerary. In this way you have the opportunity to optimize the time to organize your journey.
The recommended destinations on the portal can be viewed both on the map (in order to plan the itinerary also based on the distance between one point of interest and the other) and through the “Destinations” section, divided by city.
To give further ideas in the planning of the itinerary, the Movery Blog offers recommended routes divided by theme:
  • Travel for All: recommended routes for travellers with specific needs: those travelling with a 4-legged friend, those travelling with children or those who need information on routes without architectural barriers.
  • Typical Tastes: itineraries dedicated to the discovery of the food and wine excellence of the territory.
  • Settings of Endless Stories: collects paths inspired by films and books.
  • History Travellers: paths dedicated to history enthusiasts, in order to retrace the places that have acted as a backdrop to great events or the passage of great personalities.
It will soon be possible to share your itinerary created on Movery with your travel companions (and in general with friends, via social channels). At the moment the project is dedicated entirely to the Campania region, but they aim to gradually expand it to cover the entire Italian country.
My YouTube channel. My aim in my BLOGs and VLOGs is to provide quality information on Italy to make your trip easier and more fun. Movery meets these goals.
Movery Information:
Ciao,
– George
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Travel in the aftermath of the Coronavirus

The Coronavirus has hurt us all. Even if we are healthy, we are in lockdown. Lockdown is good because it keeps the spread of the virus to a minimum. We get depressed because we are social animals and need social interactions. The internet, FB and apps like Zoom allow us to socialize at a distance but it is not the same as being with family and friends.

In the US we are lifting some restrictions on the lockdown to get the economy going again. I do not agree with this since many needless people will die.

For those of us that are travelers, we have anxiety over not being able to travel to the countries we love so much. My YouTube VLOG below takes you through planning a vacation in 2021 if this fall proves that the virus is not on the rise.

– Ciao
– George

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The Most Interesting Man in the World

A fun spoof and how I miss travel to Itay so much.

– George

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How to See Italy – What to see First

Italy has large major cities, medium size wonderful cities and unlimited small villages. The major cities are a must to see. They have wonderful museums, sites and architecture. The medium ones also have things to experience. The small cities are wonderful finds to explore. This video tells you how to see Italy and enjoy it. The YouTube video below shows how to make a memorable visit to Italy.

-George

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City Passes & Skip The Line Tickets

I feel that City Passes are almost never worthwhile! They cost a lot of money and you have to visit a large number of places in  a day or two to justify the cost. If you are like me, you don’t want to have someone dictate what you must see and when. Visiting Italy is not about how many places you can see in a day but about the experiences of seeing places, meeting people and tasting the wonderful food & wine.

Skip-the-line Tickets are worthwhile for sites with very long lines. The major attractions can have lines of 3-4 hours long. I for one do not want to spend my vacation & visit to Italy waiting in lines. Skip-the-line tickets allow you to show up at a time and jump to the beginning of the line. They do cost more than the attractions cost of entry but you save the line time.

This YouTube video explains all about these two types of tickets.

-George

 

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Enoteca in Italy

Enoteca is a wine bar or library where you can taste several different bottles of wine. You can also buy wine but usually not large quantities. Some serve food with the wine. Italians typically do not drink on an empty stomach so many give free small plates of food.

Ciao
– George

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Why I Love Italy – 2

I have been to Italy more than 100 times and have loved every trip. Why do I love Italy so much?

  1. The People – are friendly and helpful
  2. The Food – is fantastic and healthy
  3. The Wine – is among the best in the world
  4. The Sites – are fantastic and bring tourists all the time
  5. The Big Cities – are fantastic and a must see
  6. The Small Cities – are worth exploring

When planning a trip to Italy don’t plan too much in a short time. Pick a few places and give yourself plenty of time. Always plan a return trip to see more.

Ciao,
-George

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