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Vickie Kelber, Renaissance Woman

on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 11:42
Amalfi, Untours, Untourist of the Week

How is taking an Untour different from other ways of traveling?

"Fifteen years ago, I was so impressed with Untours that I wrote a letter to the New York Times travel editor and it was published. The things I liked enough to write about then have not changed; they’ve only gotten better."

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Caffé rules: Feel at home in the Italian coffee bar

on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 09:28
How to feel at home in an Italian coffee bar, by the Untours blog

Italian coffee rules. We don't need to tell you that. We've gotten much more sophisticated as a coffee-drinking people ourselves. Surely most of us know our cappuccino from our macchiato well before we set foot on a plane. (We may have even gotten a twenty ounce latte at the drive-thru coffee shop on the way to the airport!) But in Italy, there are some important differences to note. As with all rules, the Italians love to make exceptions. But here are some guidelines to aid in the quality of your Italian coffee bar experience.

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A roadmap for some of Italian culture's more noteworthy features

on Thu, 09/06/2012 - 11:45
Festival in the village of Murlo, Marlene Hench, Untours
A festival at one of Untours' home villages, Murlo is one way that you can see the strong bonds of community that are typical in an Italian community; it's one hallmark of the Italian culture.

In an attempt to better understand Italy, today's culture clue is an overview of some of Italian culture's more famous features. Of course I begin with the usual caution and caveats, as there is no "typical Italian" so much as there are overall tendencies in a culture. Understanding some of these unspoken attitudes and common prespectives may help you understand and appreciate your experience, on your

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Untours Featured Property: Domenico

on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 09:33

The next time you vacation in Florence, make sure you stay in the Santa Croce section of the city. Here, you'll not only find our lovely Domenico apartment, you'll also find some relaxation - if you want to avoid the hub bub of Florence, while still being close to the action, Santa Croce is the place to stay.

Staying in Santa Croce gives you easy walking access to the great sites of Florence, while offering a more local experience as well.

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Travel Takeaway: Our Favorite Hotel in Florence

on Tue, 01/24/2012 - 09:29

While I, and many of our Untourists, recommend you spend at least a week or two in Florence, I realize that such a timeframe doesn't work for everyone, for one reason or another. Because of that, I want to make sure that your brief stay in Florence is at a place that I'd recommend to my own mother. That place is Hotel Pendini.

Hotel Pendini is a quaint hotel in Florence with an excellent location (it's in the historic center, just a short walk away from the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce and Ponte Vecchio) and superb staff. When our Untourists are looking to add a few days on to their stay in Florence, we always send them to Hotel Pendini because our experience has always been positive there and we hear the same feedback from our Untourists.


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Untourist of the Week: Thomas Evans

on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 10:39

We're not typical Untourists because our last tour was our seventh consecutive visit to South Tuscany. Being in a familiar place, we didn't feel compelled to visit every museum, inspect every basilica, and hike up the main street of every hill town listed in the guide books, but we did cover some ground because we enjoy motoring over the Tuscan hills and torturing the locals with our inclination to obey the speed limit.