Italy


Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and a very popular holiday destination in Northern Italy. It is located half way between Brescia and Verona and right in between Milan and Venice, on the edge of the Dolomites.

In Summer Lake Garda is normally extremely crowded, as it is a popular holiday destination for many people, not just Italians. With a worldwide pandemic, and still many travel restrictions in place, we thought this would be the perfect time to visit Lake Garda and avoid the numbers of tourists that normally visit this famous Italy tourist destination. It turned out to be a pretty good decision.

 

Italy was our first destination ever since Corona had put the world on hold. From our Dutch government there are many travel restrictions in place, which leaves very few destinations, all within Europe, open for us to travel to. Early September, Italy was one of the few places we could freely travel to. That plus the fact that we had never properly explored Italy before, made us decide to choose Italy as next destination.

I have said it before, travelling the Dolomites and South Tyrol in particular, it often feels like you’re travelling through Austria. It’s the mountains combined with the traditional alpine chalets, and red geraniums hanging from the balconies.

Arriving at Hotel Winkler Sport & Spa Resort we were slightly confused. It was again a classic alpine chalet we arrived at. We had checked the hotel online, and photos showed a very luxurious and modern hotel. Walking up to the entrance of the hotel, we honestly thought we were at the wrong Winkler Hotel. But then, walking through the entrance it’s like going through a time machine, from traditional alpine to extremely modern and luxurious. Absolutely fantastic!

 

When we travelled the Dolomites early September 2020, we picked several stops to cover most of the Dolomites from west to east. So after starting the trip in Merano, we made our way east, having our next stop north of Merano.

A beautiful family-run hotel near the town of Mühlbach, about 50km north of Bolzano and 30km north of the amazing St. Magdalena. We made Nature & Active Hotel Rogen our next stop, which turned out to be a pretty sweet decision.

 

After 6 months of staying at home and exploring only our own Netherlands, it was finally time to cross borders again and have our first trip abroad since the Corona pandemic. With still many travel restrictions in place, our destinations were limited. But nevertheless, we managed to pick an awesome destination for this first trip after Corona.

Forget about the ocean, plan your summer holiday in the mountains! The Dolomites are the ultimate playground for those looking for an active vacation. Alta Badia has not only amazing things to do it also offers fantastic gastronomy and very laid-back and welcoming people.

This summer on my roadtrip through the Germany, Austria and Italy I ended up in the mountain villages around Alta Badia. I stayed in Natur Hotel Miraval in La Villa and explored the nearby towns of San Cassiano, Colfosco and Corvara on foot, by bike and took several gondolas. Alta Badia is sincerely a great summer destination to visit!

Rooftop pools with views over the Dolomites, chirping birds as my wake up call and a brand new hotel were the ingredients that lured me to a little village up in the hills in Bolzano, South Tyrol. The next coming nights I was staying in Hotel Saltus in San Genesio, a new eco friendly luxury hotel.

Some of my friends were telling me for a couple years now to visit San Genesio. So when this summer I was on a road trip in the Dolomites I figured I could finally see what the fuzz was about. While staying at Hotel Saltus I found the relaxing time that I craved so much after my already 2 week road trip in the Dolomites.

 

My summer trips to the Alps had never been this luxurious, but Hotel Chalet Mirabell made me realize that the serenity of the mountains and the luxury of a beautiful chalet are together combined the ultimate ingredients to make me smile from the moment I wake up until I fall asleep.

Happy as a kid when I walked in, very sad to leave, but a fabulous experience, one I won’t quickly forget about. Staying in Hotel Chalet Mirabell in Merano, South Tyrol was a dream coming true.

Traveling to the Dolomites? Don’t miss out on the fairy tale lake of the Dolomites: Lago di Carezza or the Karersee, how it is actually called in this German speaking region of Italy: South Tyrol. This is a must-do in the Dolomites, the rainbow lake that you have seen many times on Instagram with the iconic and majestic backdrop of the mighty peaks of the Latemar Mountain Range.

Here is a complete guide to visit Lago di Carezza with: how to get there, best time to visit, hiking trails, the legend, storm Vaia, the facilities, parking space, where to stay and much more.

 

Who does not want to go road tripping in Italy right? The food, the people, the coastline, the landscapes and the cheap Italy data sim cards! LOL. Anyway when traveling to Italy you want to share your romantic getaway with the world so here buying a sim card in Italy is the best way to avoid high roaming cost. In this article I will show you where you can get an Italy sim card and how much it costs. If you want to order one online I can also help you.

 

Flying to Venice soon? Get yourself a local sim card for Italy and don't get stuck with high roaming costs on your trip to Venice. Don't be fooled by slow overseas data roaming packages. In 2021 we want 5G, not 3G speed! Is there 5G in Venice? Yes sure...

In this guide for buying a sim card in Venice you will read where to get one, the best network and the up to date prices as per January 2021.

 

Flying to Milan Malpensa Airport soon? I sincerely recommend you to buy a local sim card to share the beauty of Italy with your friends and family? Overseas data roaming bundles? They are slow as their speed is limited. Don't get stuck with high roaming costs! This is your complete guide for buying a sim card at Milan Malpensa Airport in 2021.

 

All the information in this article is based on my own experiences. For this article I made my way to the international Airport to find out everything you need to know for buying an Italy sim card at Milan Malpensa. Updated with the latest information and prices as per January 2021.

 

When we say Dolomiti Superski first thing that comes up on our minds is skiing in on of the most magical landscapes: the Dolomites. The iconic mountain range in the north of Italy is a world famous tourist destination in summer and winter. Although I have never been in summer, Im blessed to have experienced this winter wonderland a couple times. Beginning of January 2019 I got the chance to discover some amazing places to visit in this massive ski area on the Dolomiti Superski Experience 2019.

 

Flying to Rome any time soon? Enjoy this extraordinary magical city, but don't get stuck with high roaming costs. Local sim cards in Italy are affordable so I strongly recommend you getting one. This is your guide for buying a sim card at Rome Airport on arrival. Where to go, prices, best network and more... read it all in this article.

Touristy or not! Who cares this is Rome, one of the most awesome cities in the world. I have been to Rome multiple times and even after visiting more than 100 countries and uncountable big cities, still saying that Rome is a world apart. GORGEOUS!