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We choose our Italian Fix tour guides very carefully. They are actual friends of ours, people whose taste, sense of humor, warmth and inclusiveness we admire. We have this pic of Gina and Tim on our dreamboard right now, as we get ready to launch our 2022 season. They’ve hosted our June Cinque Terre tour together for years now and embody the Italian Fix philosophy to a tee: that travel should be about truly experiencing the essence of the place you’re visiting, not checking a bunch of sites off a list. Sign up here so that you can get an Italian Fix tour on your dreamboard too — we’re releasing our 2022 dates very soon!

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Glamping, Glass Elevators, and Gold

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

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Once upon a time, all of our Italy-based girlfriends spent their summers getting foot massages on the beach at Bonassola, trolling the markets for a new pair of designer sunnies, and sourcing the coolest new hotels to spend a weekend at. The last couple of years, everyone has been making a beeline to Albatros in July and August, so we had to find out what this hot spot was all about!

Turns out, times have changed — our fashionista girlies are mamas now, and Albatros is all the rage because it’s perfect for families with young kids. Think glamping in a pine forest in Tuscany, but decked out with amenities like super shallow pools, so even very young kids can splash and play safely while mom and dad enjoy an Aperol Spritz on a deck chair (there are deep pools for real swimming too). Air conditioned mini cabins come equipped with a kitchenette and BBQ so that you can cook your own meals (there’s a well-stocked supermarket on-site), or eat out at one of several restaurants. A great place for families to chill out between high-octane cities like Florence and Milan, and an excellent base for day trips to Tuscan towns.

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Of Saffron and Santa Margherita

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

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One of the things I’ve loved best about being a mom, and especially as Flora has been growing older, is traveling with her — just the two of us. Most of our trips are as a family, which is wonderful too, don’t get me wrong (love you, Ale!). But there’s something about just her and I taking off for a weekend, a week, hey, even several weeks if we can swing it! And how special would trips like this be if you had multiple children? What a beautiful way to spend some one-on-one time with each of them, discovering a new country, culture, or even a neighborhood nearby, and getting to know each other in a whole new way.

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