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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...

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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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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Summer in Italy

Ever experienced a summer in Italy? Well, we've a way that you can bring the sunshine and happiness of an Italian summer home with you.

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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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Which is the Best Way To See Italy

Planning on visiting Italy? Should you do a tour, what should you see etc. etc. Well, now we've the answer for you...

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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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Tourist Snaps Toes Off Centuries Old Italian Sculpture

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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Time For Italy

The Venice Italy Beach Guide

Come summer I can only take so much history before I need a beach. That's what the Venice Italy Beach Guide is all about. Discovering the best beaches near Venice.

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Is it Safe to Visit Italy?

Were you thinking of visiting Italy? Before you make a single plan watch this video! Italy is full of hidden dangers, dangers that you need to be aware of before you even THINK of visiting.

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Rialto Hotel, Venice

 Rialto, Venice

Discover this incredible hotel....

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๐๐”๐ˆ๐™: WHERE DO YOU BELONG IN ITALY

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Inside Castello in Venice Italy

Castello in Venice is a get away from the theme park feel of St. Marks Square. In some ways this is small town Italy, old ladies gossiping in the squares and kids playing in the lanes.

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The WRONG Way to Visit Italy versus the RIGHT Way

Horrific Floods Hit Sicily

Italy in Your Mail Box

The End of Cruising?

Gorgeous Southern Italy

This is Why I LOVE Italy!

The Heart of Italy

The 9 Most Beautiful Towns in Italy

We would like to share a secret with you: the 9 most beautiful towns and villages in Italy.

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An Insiders Guide to the Best Hotels on the Amalfi Coast

Fragrance of jasmine & lemons in the air, colorful cottages tumble down to azure seas far below. This convent is the best hotel on the Amalfi coast...

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