Sardinia Steals

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

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I love the things you can count on. You know, like the restorative power of sleep, the contagiousness of laughter, and lighthouses that bring brightness to the night. This kind of reliability is a lifesaver. So why not combine all of those things and stay at a hotel that’s been providing 160 years of dependable illumination? Located on the rugged headland of Sardinia’s southernmost point is Italy’s only lighthouse hotel. Capo-Spartivento Lighthouse is 1 part history, 1 part luxury, and 1 part wild. With 2 outdoor pools, an underground cinema, and close proximity to archaeological sites (as well as pristine beaches), this hotel is – quite literally – a beacon for travelers who enjoy exploring remote coastlines. And at this atypical inn, you’ll sojourn in style.

Image: Capo-Spartivento

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Glamping and Grottos

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

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Imagine a day exploring on the Tyrrhenian Sea. You’ve hired your own private boat charter and you’re circling the island of Capri. You’ve likely heard the word ‘grotto’ in mystery novels and spy films. But now that you’re venturing inside a small cave glowing with blue light, the term becomes unforgettable. Formed by countless waves over countless years, these picturesque caverns and inlets are magical. This boat trip in Capri is offered by a local who grew up on these waters. He’ll take you to grottos that match the colors of his watercraft – green, blue, and white. The blue grotto is especially unique because of the way the light casts a cobalt hue. You’ll have a stop to swim, dive, and sunbathe in tranquil waters. Hiring a boat is a wonderful way to escape the crowds and personalize your adventure. Not to mention, salty water and salty air are super good for your mood. Beachy waves and sun-kissed skin will feel good on you. And so will a vacation. I promise.

Image: Boat Trip in Capri by Vincenzo

 

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A Feast for the Senses

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

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Etna

There are lots of reasons to visit Mount Etna, number one being geologic curiosity. It’s thrilling to get up close and personal with Sicily’s giant. At a lofty altitude of 10,810 feet, this is Europe’s tallest volcano. She’s got a base circumference of 150 km, four nested stratovolcanoes, and 300,000 year old lava flows. Etna is many things: beautiful, fiery, massive, legendary, and accessible. Yes! You don’t need to be a chiseled mountaineer to spend time on this peak. There’s a cable car system operated by Funivia dell’Etna, which has a series of lifts to take you to varying heights and views. Or, If sweating less appeals to you, we have another option for stratovolcano vibes: Our Italian Fix Sicily tour! We spend time on the slopes of Etna-at an iconic Sicilian winery. This exclusive experience is included in our itinerary as a beautiful way to appreciate Etna’s presence in the region. Our guests love this stop. In fact, guests who toured with Tommaso on our Sicily Tour in May gave us across the board 10/10 reviews!

One guest wrote, “During the tour, we were wined and dined and very much taken care of. It was so nice to enjoy being in Italy without worrying about any of the logistics. The hotels were welcoming and the transportation was comfortable. Tommaso was wonderful. I felt like he would absolutely go out of his way and do anything to make sure our group had a good experience.” (-Kara)

Wow, I have to admit, I don’t even have to summit Etna, because reviews like this already have me at sky-high happy!

 

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