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Digging Deeper for Day Trips in Tuscany

on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:36

The next time you're in Tuscany and you're looking for a unique day trip, head to Murlo. If you're like most people, you've probably never heard of Murlo.

Heard of Siena? Sure. Tuscany? You probably saw the movie. But, Murlo? Probably not. And that's through no fault of your own! Murlo is so off-the-grid and Untouristy that its website doesn't even have an English-language option. Now, that's local!

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Veni, Vidi, Validate - The Key to Italian Train Travel

on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 09:38

When it comes to taking a train in Italy, think real estate. Only, instead of "location, location, location," think "validate, validate, validate."

Validating your train tickets may well be the biggest money-saving activity you can do when it comes to Italian train travel. If you don't validate your ticket, you could be forced to pay fines in excess of 100 Euros.

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Untourist of the Week: Janice Beck

on Mon, 01/09/2012 - 15:09

"My most memorable experience from the Amalfi Untour was a guided "walk with the Gods" hike hike that we took over the mountain tops. The guide arranged a lovely lunch in the mountains at a small shepherd's cottage. The whole experience was wonderful. The hike was challenging, but exhilarating. To add to the experience, a few days later, a number of us in the group decided to visit the home town of the guide as he had spoken so lovingly of his home village. We gave him a call and he met us, showed us around and then took us to a local restaurant where they prepared a traditional Italian feast. We were treated like long time friends and honored guests."

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Welcome to The Untourist!

on Mon, 01/09/2012 - 14:54

Welcome to The Untourist, the Untours blog. Untours is a travel company that offers unique independent travel experiences (smartly named Untours!) and has been thriving since our founder, Hal Taussig, dreamed up the idea! An Untour lets you live like a local by giving you the freedom to experience your destination on your own time & schedule with support (both before and during your trip) to help you navigate the intricacies of your new, temporary home. Here's a more thorough explanation of an Untour.