December 2013

best hostels in europe italy

Hostels in Europe have a bad rap.

They bring back college day hallucinations of bunk beds, polyester sheets and cheap beer.

But like you, hostels have grown up; they’ve bought a suit and got a job.

Hostels today don’t just cater to broke ass students and vagabonds: they are an awesome alternative to expensive European hotels.

If Europe is on your radar in the next few years then pocket these Italian addresses. Cause I want you to save money for more important things…like prosecco.

Luxury hostels: 5 beds under 100 bucks.

1) Venice: Generator Hostel

A brand new hostel is born in Venice. She’s part of the ultra-groovy Generator Hostel family (with digs in London, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg). A gorgeous room, lounge and a bar await you. And you can have a piece of this pie for around 20 euros a night. P.S. See my Venice kayak post here.

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italian christmas gifts

Ok, I admit it.

I’m not a big Christmas shopper.

I prefer gifting consumables: cookies, wine, bubbly and homemade sweets.

It’s simple, practical and always appreciated.

Below, I’ve made a list of simple but wonderful Italian inspired gifts to give to friends, family or co-workers who love Italy or love to travel.

You can easily buy, make or send them — even last minute!

Christmas shop like babbo natale . 6 Italian inspired gift ideas.

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1. Salute! Break out the bubbly with Organic Villa Teresa prosecco. Or soak your Christmas cantuccini in this beautiful Tuscan vin santo.

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Got winter? Want more? Then you’ll love these Italian mountain hotels. Ski legs optional.

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Get snuggly at Chalet Gerard. Get swanky at Lagació Hotel Mountain Residence. Get spa’d at Ganischgerhof Mountain Resort & Spa.

Baci + snowflakes,

Bianca

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