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What Makes Brunello Wine So Special

Like many people, early on in my wine-drinking experience I inquired, “what kind of wine is this” after drinking a particularly lovely Italian red, only to get the response “it’s a Brunello”. From that moment on Brunello became of my favorites. But what makes something a Brunello wine, and why is it so special?

There are two very important factors in qualifying a wine as a Brunello: the first is where it is made. Brunello wine comes from the Montalcino part of Tuscany, where it is documented as being made as far back as the 14th century. The geography of it is very important, as Montalcino has one of the warmest and driest climates in Tuscany, and the grapes can ripen up to a week earlier than other nearby vineyards.

5 Favorite Florence Hotels

While planning your trip to Florence, you will doubtlessly come across a plethora of hotel options for your stay. But which ones are worth your time and money? It can be a little overwhelming to sort through all of the websites and travel guides, which is why we’re offering 5 great choices for Florence hotels.

Hotel Brunelleschi – History-lovers take note, this hotel is housed in a reconstructed 6th-century Byzantine tower! Now renovated to include a modern and airy look (without losing the classic history of the building), the building is well located, only one block away from Il Duomo cathedral and six miles from the Florence airport. The hotel has recently renovated for a more modern look.

5 Must-see Galapagos Animals

Darwin himself marvelled at the amazing animals found on the Galapagos Islands. Large and small, the islands are filled with unique species that delight the eye and capture the imagination. With that in mind, here are our 5 must-see Galapagos animals.

Blue-footed booby – A beautiful bird with a funny name, the blue-footed boobies are most easily spotted by the signature blue flippers. While the Galapagos Islands aren’t the birds’ exclusive home, it is the breeding ground for about half of the species’ population. Their courtship rituals are a highlight for anyone who sees them. With bowing, wing-spreading and some more clownish behavior, it’s a sight to behold.

5 Breathtaking Coastal Towns in Italy

There is nothing quite like spending time in a coastal town. Whether you’re smelling the sea air, feeling a breeze in your face or just enjoying the views, these towns are always a joy to visit. Italy is full of such wonderful places, and that’s why we’ve put together our choices for 5 breathtaking coastal towns in Italy.

Cefalu – With mountains on one side and coastline on the other, it’s no wonder that Cefalu is one of Italy’s more popular destinations. Despite being a small town (with a population of approximately 14,000), it is known for its idyllic views, great Sicilian restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Why You Should Go Birding in Italy

Sometimes known as Europe’s best-kept birdwatching secret, birding in Italy offers a wide range of fascinating species. With over 500 species (and counting) of our feathered friends currently found here, a visit to this beautiful country is sure to engage novice and experienced birdwatching enthusiasts alike.

If you are planning a birding trip to Italy, it is important to keep in mind the time of year you want to visit. While there will be something to see year-round, generally the best periods to visit are considered to be between April and July and again in October. During the summer months several species use Europe as their breeding grounds during this time of year and their vocal birdsongs will make them easier to spot. On the other hand, October sees the birds migrate back to the African continent, which leads to some spectacular spottings.

Best Spots for Selfies in Italy

The importance of a truly great “selfie” cannot be overstated. Luckily, for those traveling in Italy, the locations for a great photo, either of just you or with a loved one, are truly endless. Here are some of our location picks for great selfies in Italy.

The Path of the Gods – While exploring the Amalfi Coast, this beautiful hike will give you some of the best views you’re likely to get of this gorgeous area. Crossing over spectacular gorges and passing small villages guarantee that you’ll have some amazing spots for your photo. 

Why You Must Take A Sicily Tour

Known for its art, architecture and beautiful landscapes, Sicily is a must-visit destination with a rich and engaging history. Having been occupied by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Moores and Romans (to name a few), the island is bursting with cultural importance and amazing views. Here are a few reasons that we think you must take a Sicily tour.

Ruins – With such a long, rich history it’s only natural that Sicily would be a hot spot for beautiful ancient ruins. From the Villa Romana del Casale to the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, history buffs will be able to move from jaw-dropping site to jaw-dropping site.