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If you're planning a trip to Milan, Last Supper tickets should be a top priority in your travel preparations. Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece is one of the most recognizable works of art in the world, and obtaining access to view it in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is tightly limited and controlled.

My article on visiting "The Last Supper" in Milan will provide you will what you need to know to plan a trip: historical details about Leonardo's work, how to obtain tickets in advance (and at th last minute) and resources to learn more about the painting before you go.
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Siena, Italy is one of Italy's top tourist destinations, although it is not nearly as large as Florence, Rome, Venice or Milan. A small yet historic hilltown in Tuscany, Siena has a rich heritage of art, culture and political power, although in many ways it remained frozen in Medieval times. Any many visitors to Siena only spend the day, missing much of the city's quiet charms once the tourist throngs have disappeared.

My Guide to a Weekend in Siena is a brief introduction to the city: how to get there, how to get around, notable sites to see and how to best enjoy your travels. In three days' time you can see much of Siena's top attractions, while still feel compelled to return again in the future to discover more...
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Sometimes you think you're starting to get a handle on Italy, and then someone introduces you to somewhere completely different, new and magical.

Like Isola Bella.

This tiny island on Lake Maggiore, with its incredible palazzo and captivating terraced gardens, is an absolutely wonderful place to spend an afternoon in peaceful beauty and contemplation. It's an easy day-trip from Milan as well.

Curious? Read more in my article Beautiful Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore, Italy.
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Looking for a new vacation destination? Consider the island of St. Kitts. I have been visiting St. Kitts and sister island Nevis for over two decades and am well familiar with the island's history, culture, hotels, food, tourism industry and beaches. St. Kitts has long been an "undiscovered gem" in the Caribbean, although the government's current push toward developing the tourism industry will likely have a huge impact on the island in coming years. Now may be the time to visit St. Kitts, before too much changes, if you wish to enjoy a relatively quiet and completely unique vacation in the Leeward Islands.

Visiting St. Kitts: A Guide for Tourists

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Eat as the Venetians do by trying these small plate specialties. What to order, how to order, and where to find the best cicchetti bars.

Read more: "Venetian Cicchetti: The Small Plates of Venice, Italy"
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Traditional meals and delicacies to savor in the Eternal City. These dishes are a must to sample to experience true Roman cooking.

Read more: "10 Authentic Dishes to Enjoy in Rome, Italy"
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Whether you are looking for a leisurely vacation or an active getaway, Nevis has plenty to offer. Read on for interesting attractions, activities and historical sites to see on this Caribbean island.

Read more: "Top 10 Things to Do when Visiting Nevis, West Indies."
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How bad winter weather nearly cost me a vacation trip to Italy. The story of one of my worst travel nightmares, and why I never want to spend the night at an airport ever again.

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How to stay safe and stay sane during the busiest travel days of the year.

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This hotel provides adequate accommodations for travelers coming to the area between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington DC. However, some facilities and amenities at this Holiday Inn leave something to be desired.



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Nicole ("sockii") Pellegrini

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