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Exploring the Marble Caves of Carrara, Home to Michelangelo’s White Marble

on Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:41
Carrara on a day trip from the Florence Untour
Used for the Pantheon, Trajan’s Column, and Michelangelo’s David in Rome, Carrara marble was valued above all other stone. The mountains were first exploited by Julius Caesar with origins from the 2nd century BC. Located in the northernmost tip of modern-day Tuscany, this blue-grey or white high quality-marble is coveted by artisans and used worldwide.  
The ruling Cybo and Malaspina families established the “Office of Marble” in 1564 to regulate the marble mining industry. By the end of the 19th century, the quarry workers were among the most neglected laborers in Italy.
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The 10 Most Romantic Places in Europe

on Tue, 02/06/2018 - 12:37
10 most romantic places in Europe

There's nothing like travel to stoke romance. The sights and sounds and smells and tastes of new places can stir your passion for living, and sharing those thrills with another is a perfect way to build your relationship.

Untours are made for love, giving you space to spread out in an apartment, autonomy to do your own thing, and a local host who can make suggestions for the perfect date night. Here are our favorite places in Europe for romance! Share these Untours with someone special.

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From the Scottish Highlands: Our Favorite Stops on the Speyside Whisky Trail

on Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:09
Single Malt Scotch, Whisky Trail, Scottish HIghland Untour
In Scotland, they don’t call it scotch but rather whisky, with no E. And there’s no better place to taste it than in the Scottish Highlands, with some of Scotland’s oldest and best distilleries easily accessible from our Scottish Highlands Untour. Here our Untours host Duncan outlines his favorites.
The Speyside Malt Whisky Trail is within easy reach of the Scottish Highlands Untour hometown of Inverness. Speyside is home to some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery and lush landscapes, as well as roughly half of the country's distilleries.
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Shock of the New: 3 Contemporary Sculpture Gardens in the Hills of Tuscany

on Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:04
Contemporary art sculpture gardens in Tuscany
Above: Tarot Gardens photo by s9-4pr, CC
Interested in contemporary sculpture? Tuscany is a surprisingly furtile place for it! See how the shock of the new and surreal commune with the deep natural beauty of the Tuscan landscape. There are some fantastic sculpture gardens to explore near our farm house apartments on the Tuscany Untour. Here are our favorites.

Site Transitoire

Set off the small road between Leonina and Mucigliani (near Asciano), you will find this monumental sculpture by Jean Paul Philippe, a sort of 1990s stonehenge that inter-
acts strikingly with its natural setting.
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Swiss Alpine Wildflower Walks Over Engelberg

on Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:18
Engelberg hikes in the Swiss Alps, Switzerland Untour
Nestled in the mountains south of Luzern, handy to our Swiss Heartland and Oberland Untours, the traffic-free village of Engelberg is surrounded by pure countryside and several mountain lifts. It’s packed with activities aimed at families, but placid enough for anyone. 
Here are a few hikes in the area that are accessible to most of our guests. 
Engelberg Valley Stroll 
Difficulty: This is appropriate for anyone.
Time and Distance: You can hike as long as you like, up to 4.6 miles round-trip
These two trails, both immensely popular with the locals, are easy enough for strollers and
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Vienna's 5 Best Coffeehouses

on Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:57
Guide to Vienna Coffee Houses

Vienna is legendary for its excellent coffee and cafés. Austrian coffee houses are something of an institution and a traditional meeting place. A café or Kaffeehaus is the best place to relax, read the newspaper, and enjoy the good things in life. Here you are alone with your thoughts and you can watch Vienna pass you by. Some people will spend all day in a café socializing and reading their way through a weekend newspaper. Soak it in—relax like a Wiener!

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St. Andrews: Sacred Ground for Golfers, Scholars and Pilgrims

on Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:07
St. Andrews, golfing on a Scotland Untour
There is so much to see on our popular Untour in Central Scotland. Edinburg and Glasgow are top of list, not to be overshadowed by Stirling's own castle. But one of our absolute favorite day trips is to St. Andrews, a must-see for golfers, of course. But it offers so much more than that!
St. Andrews is widely credited as the place where the game of golf originated. Indeed, the roots of the game here go back to the mid 16th century, and the town is home to the first known golf course, today called the Old Course. It is a gorgeous expanse, abuttng the coastline of the West Sands.
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First Person Account: A Barcelona Report on the Catalan Independence Vote

on Tue, 01/02/2018 - 09:56
Barcelona and the Catalan independene vote
Adriana Nadal coordinates our Barcelona Untour and welcomes our guests on the ground in Spain. She was born in Barcelona and works there as a journalist and in theater. Here she reflects on the movement for Catalan independence, its history, and what she's seen on the streets in her beloved hometown.
If I look back at this past year in my beautiful Barcelona, I can’t tell when exactly this situation made the click and how it did so fast.
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Meet the 2017 Hal Taussig Award Winner: Roshan

on Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:29

To honor Hal Taussig and acknowledge some of the best and brightest progressive businesses, B Lab awards the Hal Taussig Award each year at their annual retreat. This year's winner is a true inspiration: Roshan, a telecom company committed to bettering the lives of their customers, not just in communications, but in many other realms. The theme of this year's conference was interdependence, and founder Shainoor Khoja spoke eloquently about their work and the community support that works both ways in times of crisis.

Here is the amazing speech she gave at the conference in Toronto in October of 2017.

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Mystras, Greece

on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:29
Mystras on a Greece Untour
Greece is one of our most beloved Untours, largely because of the great diversity of things to do right in and around Nafplio. But there is nothing like hitting the open road and enjoying the countryside as you make your way to some of the farther flung corners of the Peloponnese.
On the outer edges of our day trip suggestions lies one of my favorite destinations, the historic ruins of Byzantium’s second capital, Mystras.

In the latter days of the Byzantine Empire, much of the Peloponnese was under Byzantine rule, and Mystras was a major seat of power—second in size and power only to