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So, you think you know Rome?

Usually, most tourists that are heading to Rome, the Eternal City, stay nearby the city and historic center where one can find the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and many more of the iconic sights. But – there is much more to Rome then only the city center. If you want to discover the cities less-known but much more authentic neighborhoods, we have go the right guide for you!

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Attention – These Stunning Places Will Increase Your Wanderlust

Need inspiration for your next trip? What about a ski trip to the Swiss alps, a jungle adventure in China or a snorkeling getaway in Australia this winter? Whatever you would love to do, we have got 8 hot spots for you that for sure make you want to travel right now! Mother nature created […]

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Top 5 Of The World’s Most Spectacular Views Ever

In our every day life we see photos of amazing places everywhere: in magazines, on facebook or on some travel blog. As beautiful amazing places may look through a lens, it will never be comparable to the view you got once you really visit the breathtaking landscape yourself! The views you will experience induce more than wanderlust, they make you feel alive.

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A Way to a Nation’s Heart is Through its Stomach

Tours such as ‘Oxfords: Mad Hatter Themed Tea Parties’ and ‘Paris: Advanced Macaroons Class and To-Go Box’ are gaining more popularity each year! We have selected the best tours in Europe for you that are all about the culinary side of travel.

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So, you think you know Rome?

Usually, most tourists that are heading to Rome, the Eternal City stay nearby the city and historic center where one can find the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and many more of the iconic sights. But – there is much more to Rome then only the city center. If you want to discover the cities less-known but much more authentic neighborhoods, we have go the right guide for you! Get lost in one of the charming streets and explore Rome the different way, off the beaten tourist tracks!

So, you think you know Rome?

TRASTEVERE

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Nearby the ancient Roman ruins you will find this hip neighborhood that has a very mixed variety of people living there: 2 American universities make the district very young, lively and also international. But at the same time, Roman hipsters have settled to Trastevere as well since the many trendy bars, clubs and restaurants opened their doors there.

If you are less into dancing the night away and hanging with the young crowd, go to Trastevere on a Sunday. Here you will find the biggest flea market in Rome which offers anything ranging from antiquities to flowers  and books. While you are there, enjoy a tasty Italian meal at the Piazza Santa Maria!

Our tip: See the Baroque architecture of Rome under the magic of moonlight on a 3-hour sunset walking tour of its piazzas. Experience the famous “La Dolce Vita” in the city’s public sitting rooms, such as the Piazza di Spagna, Piazza di Trevi, and Piazza Navona.

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Much more hidden away and not too hip yet, this is THE neighborhood if you are looking to mingle with locals and sit on piazzas, eating amazing ice cream with no other person being foreign but you. Other then Trastevere, you get a feel for this former ‘slum’ which has developed to a chic district, with nice restaurants for alfresco dining and many boutiques that will make you want to spend an entire afternoon in the small tucked away shops near the Piazza della Madonna. 

This small village just next to the Colosseum but yet so far away allows you to spend a quiet evening away from the tourist trouble! 

Our tip: Climb aboard a vintage Vespa for a 4-hour tour of Rome and experience the essence of Italy’s “La Dolce Vita.” Admire some of the Eternal City’s top attractions and neighborhoods, such as Trastevere, the Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, and more.

TESTACCIO

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Here, it is all about food. Again, not quite popular with tourists yet as there are none of the famous attractions to find in Testaccio, the neighborhood was established around the Monte Testaccio, an artificial mountain build out of terracotta tiles. What is really exciting about this neigborhood though is the food. The real, Italian cuisine was born here! 

From delicious mouthwatering pasta to sweet treats – Testaccio has got the best restaurants to offer when it comes to authentic meals with fair prices. But not only restaurants like Flavio al Velavevodetto are popular with locals, one of the best deli’s called Volpetti, can be found here. Whatever your heart wishes for, you find it here: meats, cold cuts, cheese and other specialities will make each food friend fall in love with this charming neighborhood.

Our tip: Enjoy world-famous Fettuccine Alfredo at a true restaurant of the stars in the heart of Rome’s old city. Choose between a lunch with or without an aperitif, a full dinner, or a cooking class before signing Alfredo alla Scrofa’s illustrious guestbook.


PIGNETO

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This is the place when it comes to urban street life mixed with suburban chaos and a bit of artistic flair throughout – Pigneto has it all: From its inhabitants ranging from young hipster to immigrants or real Romans that have been living here for decades, the neighborhood will make you explore every corner of it. In its pedestrian only zone (isola pedonale) you will find so much to see as the crowd buys delicious goods at the nearby farmers market, poets sit in coffee shops and families eat their gelato in one of the many gelaterias.

Our tip: Explore Rome like a Roman emperor on a 1.5-hour walking tour of the imperial sites, and discover ruins that date back more than 2,750 years. Then, experience the city’s La Dolce Vita with a pre-Ancient Rome aperitif of olives, cheese, wine and more.

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Attention – These Stunning Places Will Increase Your Wanderlust

Need inspiration for your next trip? What about a ski trip to the Swiss alps, a jungle adventure in China or a snorkeling getaway in Australia this winter? Whatever you would love to do, we have got 8 hot spots for you that for sure make you want to travel right now! Mother nature created outstanding spots all over the world…let’s go explore these stunning places!

1. Swiss Alps

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2. Great Ocean Road – Australia

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3. Stone Forest, China

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4. Marble Caves – Chile

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5. Cape Greco – Cyprus

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6. Preikestolen – Norway

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7. Antelope Canyon – United States

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8. Tegalalang Rice Terrace – Bali

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Top 5 Of The World’s Most Spectacular Views Ever

In our every day life we see photos of amazing places everywhere: in magazines, on facebook or on some travel blog. As beautiful amazing places may look through a lens, it will never be comparable to the view you got once you really visit the breathtaking landscape yourself! The views you will experience induce more than wanderlust, they make you feel alive. 

Even though the next 5 photos were captured by film but will leave for sure a compelling impression, so that you will want to visit the cities and attractions yourself for sure! In addition, we also got the best tips for you of where to find the best spots to enjoy these amazing views from above and when to go since bad weather could spoil the unique experience. 

1. Paris Skyline 

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Why Paris: Ahh, Paris! The City of Light. No other city has such a reputation for romance. From the Eiffel Tower you will for sure create unforgettable images in front of million charming rooftops, green parks and the La Defense skyscrapers. This time it will be you showing off these wonderful photos to your family!

Best viewing spot: Get the best views of Paris from the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower. Enjoy the extraordinary city panoramas from the highest open-air roof terrace in the French capital.

When to go: Even though it is really cold in Paris in winter, you should go in December. The Eiffel Tower twinkles at night and the cold breeze along the Seine as well as the many charming christmas markets make it even more romantic! 

2. Great Wall of China

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Why: Travel back in time to see the Great Wall of China as it was when it was built hundreds of years ago, and walk the peaceful Mutianyu section for panoramas of sprightly streams and lush greenery. Less busy than the more touristy Badaling and Juyongguan sections of the Great Wall of China, the Mutianyu section is ideal for those looking for a more peaceful day exploring China’s most famous attraction.

Best viewing spot: Admire the spectacular scenery and peaceful surroundings as you trek along the Gubeiko part  & escape the tourist crowds by going to see a less-visited part of the Great Wall.

When to go: Less people and still quite warmer weather make the month of October the perfect time to visit the Great Wall! 

3. Manhattan Skyline 

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Why: The city that never sleeps. The Big Apple. Whatever you call it, NYC has almost as many names as it has sights. The Empire State Building offers views of Manhattan all the way down to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The New York Skyline is one of the most famous sights in the world and you must have seen it for yourself at least once. 

Best viewing spot:The sky is the limit everywhere but in New York City and on this cool rooftop tour you will reach for the stars at some of the best-kept secret Big Apple lounge bars above the sidewalks while enjoying the best views the city has got to offer! 

When to go: During spring or fall you get the best view with the most blue skies. 

4. Matterhorn

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Why: Zermatt is the most picturesque of the Alpine villages and is completely pedestrianized. Experience a journey further up into the mountains on the Alpine Metro or enjoy your free time exploring Zermatt and basking in the dramatic splendor of the Matterhorn.

Best viewing spot: Ride on the Alpine Metro and marvel at the views from the Sunnegga Paradise viewpoint

When to go: Between July and October when the Alpine Metro is opened. The later you go the less people will be on their way to the Matterhorn. 

5. Golden Gate Bridge

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Why: Say hello to San Francisco! City of sunlight, golden hills, and the Pacific lapping at your toes. Stroll Chinatown’s lively streets, then ride the cable car up high to watch the fog tumble over Sutro hill and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Best viewing spot: Cruise along San Francisco’s waterfront and sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, and around Alcatraz for spectacular views

When to go: Best views guaranteed are in September & October, when you have the least chance of fog.

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A Way to a Nation’s Heart is Through its Stomach

Guest author this week is Victoria from our PR agency Diffusion in London!

Off the back of the Great British Bake Off’s fifth series airing we have seen Brits go baking mad for cake and food related tours. Tours such as ‘Oxfords: Mad Hatter Themed Tea Parties’ and ‘Paris: Advanced Macaroons Class and To-Go Box’ are gaining more popularity each year the Great British Bake Off goes on – showing us that we are becoming a nation of foodies. We will provide you with the best foodie tours in Europe! Bon appetit:

United Kingdom Foodie Tours

Oxford: Mad Hatter Themed Tea Parties 

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Go Mad as a Hatter in Oxford, and learn the insights and history of Lewis Carroll’s famous tale as you recreate the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You’ll be hosted at an Alice-themed and illustrated café near Christ Church, which was home to both Lewis Carroll and his muse, the real life Alice.

Edinburgh: Whisky, Ale & Afternoon Tea Self-Guided Tour

Discover 3 favourite Scottish drinking traditions on a 4-hour self-guided walking tour of Edinburgh, and taste malt whiskeys at the Scotch Whisky Experience, enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in a luxury hotel, and sample craft ales in a local pub.

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Celebrate London’s cosmopolitan flavours on a 4.5-hour walking tour through Soho. Stopping at least 10 restaurants you will eat and drink your way through one of London’s most unique, historic and diverse culinary landscapes!

Scotland’s Culinary Homecoming 5 Night Luxury Tour

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Discover the secrets of Scotland’s world respected larder with this unique culinary based itinerary. Uncover our distinctive regional food & drink traditions. From iconic seafood to craft ales & malt whisky, this is a truly authentic flavour of Scotland.

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Paris: Advanced Macaroons Class and To-Go Box

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Impress your family and friends and add a new skill to your repertoire at a 3-hour macaroons making class in Paris. Learn fool-proof techniques for making macaroons based on both French and Italian traditions. Hear tongue-in-cheek tea time stories, and more.

Food Tour of Roman Neighorhoods:3.5-hour Walking Tour

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Explore Rome’s delicious side on a walking tour with a local Roman guide. Visit colorful markets, legendary artisan grocers and family-run restaurants, where you will be stopping at Campo de Fiori, Jewish Ghetto, and Trastevere to taste some of the region’s best.

Traditional Dalmatian Cooking Class from Dubrovnik

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Learn the secrets of the popular Dalmatian cuisine in the Croatia’s beautiful countryside on this cooking tour from Dubrovnik. Spend the day in a country estate cooking traditional dishes like “peka” and then enjoy the fruits of your labor over some wine.

Mexico City: Half-Day Markets and Street Food Tour

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Get an authentic taste of Mexico City on a 4-hour food tour of local neighborhoods, and sample dishes away from the tourist traps. Immerse yourself in 3 of the best markets in the city, experiencing exotic sights, sounds, and flavors like no other.

A Taste of Marrakech: Evening Food Tour + Dinner 

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Wander through the souks of Marrakesh sampling olives, dried fruits, nuts and pastries on this evening tour of the bustling city. After a vibrant evening of exploring the spices of Marrakesh, sit down for a delicious dinner in the iconic Djemma El Fnaa