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.




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

Baci + snowflakes,



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