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The ItalyMammaMia Blog shares with you all that I love about Italy: news (with lots of good news stories too), our latest articles (featuring beautiful Italian places, recipes and travel advice). Then we've also things like Italian songs, great videos and essential information for those planning to travel to Italy.

Join me, Maria, and my family in discovering Italy together...

What to See in Sicily

Wondering what to see in Sicily? We've a lot of fabulous suggestions that you will absolutely LOVE!

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Why Travel to Italy?

People often ask us why they should travel to Italy? Why not the UK, France, Thailand or Florida? This is the answer I give them...

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Things to Do in Bari & Reasons to Love Bari

In many ways it is in Bari that the heart and soul of Puglia is to be found. Bari is real, Bari is vibrant and Bari is enchanting. Watch out for flying wooden spoons though!

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Earthquake Risk in Italy: These Are the Most Dangerous Areas

We are often asked where the earthquake risk in Italy is at its most dangerous. We've the answer for you: not only the most at risk but the least at risk regions too.

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Why Visit Venice and the Veneto

Why visit Venice and the Veneto? This is the Italy of the imagination...except it's real. This is the Italy you've seen in the movies....but you're the star. Organize your trip in 12 photos...

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Where In Italy Do You Belong?

Where In Italy do you belong? Take this short quiz to find the answer! Then start planning your next vacation or big move.

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Italians Take Their Sauce Seriously ;-)

If you don't understand Italian watch with subtitles.

P.S. If you'd like REAL Italian recipes click the link below...

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What to do on the Amalfi Coast?

Wondering what to do in Amalfi & on the Amalfi Coast? We've the very best tours, towns, itineraries, moments and magic of the Amalfi Coast all in one place

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Venice Holds Back the Tide. An Incredible Story!

Venice Holds Back the Tide

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Considering Visiting Positano & the Amalfi Coast?

What about visiting Positano for your next vacation? Let me explain why that is an absolutely fantastic idea.

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The Enchanting South of Italy

What is it about the south of Italy that makes it so special. This story will provide the answer....

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How Italy is BEATING Covid -19

An inspiring story for us all!

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Missing Italy?

Summer in Italy... and Christmas too?

Ever experienced a summer or Christmas in Italy? Well, we've a way that you can bring that joy and happiness home with you...

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Italy AVOIDS 2nd Wave

Italy Is NOT all Chaos, Tourists and Noise. There IS another Italy.

Looking to escape the tourist madness of cities like Venice and Rome? Longing to spend time in a quieter Italy? We have EXACTLY what you need!

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Should you visit Italy yet?

I hear from so many people frustrated about not being able to return to Italy. I feel for them. I know it is tough.

It is tough for us too. Our main source of income was hotel bookings and advertising. That has all gone :-(

Despite the fact that I need you to return to make a living I want to be honest with you. I would not recommend visiting yet.

Our personal feeling is that Italy, Spain, France and others opened too soon.

That has led to a spike of cases.

Many will tell you to return, some genuinely believe that.

Others have a vested interest in your returning, because your not returning is costing them money.

It is costing our family money as well. We have no income too.

Yet, I cannot think only of my own selfish interest. I feel there is too much selfishness in this world as it is.

I truly believe this will eventually pass, perhaps by the end of this year or maybe by next spring. Whenever it does pass I can promise you the return will be that much sweeter. Things we all took for granted will be appreciated that much more.

See you soon (but not TOO soon) in Italy.

Love
Maria & family

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Now Venice Goes Silent: this had me in tears

This is incredible! Who would ever have believed that Venice would ever look like this. Gone are the tourists, gone is the noise, the chaos. The stores are closed and the only sounds now are the sounds of nature.

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Venice Tourism - Getting Away From the Crowds

Venice is not only the Bridge of Sighs and St Marks Square. There is a whole lot more to this great city. Join me, Maria, exploring the Venetian wonders few ever discover.

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Things Never To Do in Italy... NEVER... EVER!

You want to make a good impression in Italy right? You don't want to be that typical tourist do you? Well then, make sure you NEVER do any of these things when in Italy...

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Fiat 500 - Symbol of the Italian Dream

To many a Fiat 500 is just a car. To me it is way more than that. It symbolizes another world. A simpler time. A time when life was far less complicated, a golden age in the memories of most Italians.

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Italian Baby Names - For Girls

Modern Italian Aqueduct's

Greetings, I spent a month traveling in Italy May 15 through June 15th of 2019. My GPS led me from Milan to the Eastern coast, around Sicily, then up

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No Mask in Venice. Tourist THROWN OFF boat

Tourist refuses to wear his mask properly on crowded Venice water bus. Becomes violent when captain asks him to disembark. Passengers then throw him from the vessel physically.

Italian Baby Names - For Boys

Which are the stores in Venice you really don't want to miss?

In Venice, the touristy parts of the city are filled with tacky souvenir stores. If you know where to go though you'll discover stores in Venice that are truly wonderful. We'll help you to find them.

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Videos of Venice - That First Moment You Meet Venice

It's a dull old day in a station and then at 1 minute 30 seconds it all changes. The scene before you causes you to shake, sometimes, that first time, you will cry.

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What is the Amalfi Coast?

I often get asked "what is the Amalfi Coast?" The answer I give it to refer them to this page of my blog, I tell them to watch a few of the videos and I warn them that once....

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Amalfi Coast: Where to Stay?

Wondering where to stay on the Amalfi Coast? Well, we've somewhere that is pretty much close to heaven on earth that we would like to recommend.

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Ever Thought of Moving to Italy?

With the world in so much turmoil we are receiving more and more requests asking about moving to Italy. Is it a good idea? This is what we respond...

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Is it Safe to Travel to Italy?

Is safe to travel to Italy? Read on to discover the answer, it is an answer that I think it might well surprise you.

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When is the Best Time to Visit Italy?

When is the Best Time to Visit Italy? That is a question we get asked everyday. In reply I like to tell a story...

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Most Beautiful Villages in Italy

Which is the most beautiful village in Italy? I will let you in on a secret: the village you are looking for is very old, it....

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Are These The Most Beautiful Regions in Italy?

Are These the Most Beautiful Regions in Italy? Watch the video, read the stories and then, I think, you will agree that these are indeed........

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THE Biggest Mistake Tourists to Italy Make

THE Biggest Mistake Tourists to Italy Make is ... well, read the article for the answer and discover how you can avoid making the same mistake.

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The Most Beautiful Places in Italy

People often ask me which are the most beautiful places in Italy? My answer to them is this...

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12 Reasons to Move to Italy Now

Need a push to get going? Here are 12 Reasons to Move to Italy now and start living your life the dolce vita way.

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Discovering the Best of Venice

The best of Venice - 6 experiences you simply must have if you are visiting Venice. Here is the list...

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Need an Itinerary for Italy?

There is so much to see in Italy so how do you decide where to go? You do not want a cliched itinerary for Italy, the same one the tourist hordes follow like sheep. You want something unique..

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Spaghetti Bolognese Does NOT Exist in Italy.

Spaghetti Bolognese does not exist in Italy; however, you'll be delighted to know that the real Italian version is far more delicious... and we have the recipe just for you.

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Your Morning Cappuccino Cost HOW MUCH!!

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7 Things NEVER Eaten, Seen or Done in Italy

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Aperol Spritz - an Italian Summer in Every Glass

Can't get to Italy? Then bring a little Italy to wherever you are in this great big wonderful world with our Aperol spritz recipe: it turns anywhere into Italy!

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