All posts by Pat Byrne

Taking a Vintage Vespa Tour of Tuscany

Italy Perfect Reservation Team member Kelly shares her fun experience of taking a vintage Vespa tour of Tuscany from Florence.

It’s no surprise to anyone that Florence is a marvelous city to explore. Famous for many things, including its outstanding museums bursting with treasures, a myriad of beautiful churches, gorgeous architecture, epic dining and world-class shopping, this capital of Tuscany has long been a favorite of travelers for generations.

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Making Restaurant Reservations in Italy

Good restaurants in Italy book up for dinner during the busier times of year, generally from mid-March well into November. Don’t hesitate to make reservations so you don’t find yourself stumbling into a restaurant that has a waiter out front waving in tourists. It might be a good restaurant, but usually the best ones don’t need that effort.

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Hidden Fantasy Rome Neighborhood – Coppedè Quarter

Take a delightful break from the dense history and architecture of the central part of Rome among the whimsical and strange architecture of the Coppedè district.  It is just east of the Borghese Gardens in an upscale neighborhood, filled with embassies. From the Spanish Steps it is a 15 minute taxi ride, 30 minutes by bus or a 40 minute walk.

This amazing district was designed by Gino Coppedè (1866-1927) an architect and designer who joyously designed buildings throughout Italy with Art Nouveau style. In Rome the homes and structures evidence styles from medieval, baroque, greek and just plain fantasy! Continue reading Hidden Fantasy Rome Neighborhood – Coppedè Quarter