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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 Craft Beer to Street Food: 11 Things to Eat and Drink in Rome

on Mon, 11/14/2016 - 12:44
Food is one of my primary motivations in travel. And to know a city well, I want to savor its signature dishes, discover its street food, and imbibe its most typical beverages. Aside from the sensory pleasures, I enjoy the shared experience of loitering in a city’s cafes, following the suggestions of the proud vendor at market, and being part of a noise in a crowded dining room.
Afterall, food connect people. And local dishes can be a window into the soul of a place and its people, its traditions, and its history. In Rome, Jewish history, ancient butchery, and new food and drink trends
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A Cat Sanctuary and Other Roman Secrets: Q & A with Mary, Untours Rome Staff

on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 11:50
Mary, Rome Untour local host
Mary heads our Rome Untour, working and living on the ground in Rome. Recently she took some time to fill us in on her hometown.

What do you love about living in Rome?

Apart from the very obvious art, architecture, history, food and wine, the climate definitely cannot be underestimated. All the seasons show the wonders of this magical city in different perspectives and shades, so it's never boring.   

What are some of your hobbies and passions? 

Growing my own vegetables is pretty high on the passion list. There is something so exhilarating about producing your own veggies year round.
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Sue Tells All: Favorite work and family memories from Untours

on Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:59
Sue on the Umbria Untour

It was a VERY cold spring day (the kind of day you never quite pack right for) in Umbria for the olive oil tasting group event. It was held in an unheated stone walled building on the farm. It was a great event. We learned so much about extra virgin olive oil. But nothing ever tasted so good as the warm grilled bread with garlic and new olive oil. It really warmed all of us in the group.

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Your Italian Bucket List: See These 12 Places Before You Die

on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 21:27
Montalcino on the Tuscany Untour

So much to see and do in Italy. Of course you will likely start with Venice, Florence and Rome, what we knowlingly call The Big Three. (Wink. Nudge.) You may have gotten to Tuscany or the Amalfi Coast. If you're lucky (and/or savvy), you've dug more deeply into these places. Or you've ventured a little further afield. Check out our Italian Bucket List, places you really shouldn't miss. Some are little towns that might not make the main itinerary. Some are special neighborhoods in our favorite popular cities. Others are big cities in their own right, but ones that tourists tent to overlook. Either way, we hope there are some wonderful places on our list that you might not have considered or even heard of.

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Our Favorite Places

on Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:41
Sonia on the Barcelona Untour

I feel lucky to work with a small but dedicated crew of globalists. Our staff is worldly, broad minded, and very well traveled. They've elevated my thinking, stoked my curiosity about new parts of the globe, and helped me grow into a citizen of the world. I recently asked them a simple question: What's your favorite Untour? Some of their answers surprised me. Below, read their responses, and my own two-part answer to what I actually found to be a very tough question.


Sonia (Specialist, France, Spain, the Americas): Since I haven't actually "done" any of our French Untours (I was there in

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Top 10 Rome: Where to Begin in the Eternal City

on Mon, 02/02/2015 - 12:00
Bernini sculptures throughout Rome

You could spend a lifetime in Rome and just scratch the surface. Rome is a generous city, bustling with sights and offering something for everyone, from fashion and contemporary art to some of western civilization's most important antiquities, grand baroque churches to quaint cobbled neighborhoods and cozy trattorie. There are so many ways to do Rome, and so many things to see.

If you are just starting out, here are some of our favorite spots.

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Italian Cities Q&A with Andi: Venice, Florence and Rome from the inside

on Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:53
Andi at Trevi Fountain, Rome Untour

"My favorite spots are always places a little off the beaten path. Or sometimes so on the beaten path that you would think that they are tourist traps. For instance, the little cafe just across from the Trevi Fountain makes a fabulous cappuccino. One of my Italian friends who was with me nearly died when I suggested we have our morning cappuccino there. I had been so many times before I knew that he’d be wowed by the little hole in the wall’s coffee and pastry selection. He was pleasantly surprised. The trick is to keep an open mind."

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Jim and Claire Graves, Untourists of the Week: and their wine is so good

on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 09:22
Untourists Claire and Jim Graves recount their experiences with Untours in Tuscany, Umbria and Rome

We had been to Poggiarellino twice before, with friends each time. Anna and Lodovico Ginotti are so nice and the farm is so relaxing (and their wine is SO good), that we wanted to go back again. We had never been to Umbria or Rome, so we decided to include these while we were in the country. We had studied Italian a bit and wanted to use what little we had (this turned out to be a lot of fun, and the Italians seemed to appreciate our efforts). The first sentence we learned in Italian was "I am an American tourist, please speak more slowly."

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Ted and Margaret Ricks, Untourists of the Week, join up with their "Roman son"

on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:17
Untourists Margaret and Ted Ricks share their experience with Untours in Rome and Florence

We learned quickly that you will never outdrive Italians on the byways and highways for not matter how fast you go, they will pass you often and quickly and so we let them. We spent a week in Tuscany and then drove to Rome to meet our son, Jim, who, as an artist, became our docent for a week. Rome was incredible, a living museum where there are churches on every block, a Bernini fountain seemingly everywhere, and enough Roman history to satisfy any historian in you.

We loved learning from Untours about the "slow food" restaurants in Rome and took advantage of as many as we could find; also, the bargain of the week was the on/off bus/metro tickets that we used daily to get around the city as driving would be more than entertaining. We intend to return to Rome as you can not possibly see it in a week.