Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites: Sardinian Style in Golfo Aranci [Review]

The sublime style of Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites melded perfectly with the surroundings of northern Sardinia. Read more of my review…

Palazzo Colonna: A Hidden Palace in the Heart of Rome [Review]

Although I have spent years exploring Rome, I am often surprised by little things I have never noticed. A spider decoration above a door or a hidden flood marker on the side of a building can fill me with glee. “Ahhhh, how many others have noticed that?” I muse.

But on a recent tour with Context Travel I found that there are still several very big things in this city that I have overlooked, places that have been hiding in plain sight that I just hadn’t bothered to check out.

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Visiting the Colosseum Dungeons on a Guided Tour [Review]

One of the things you need to know about touring Rome (and many other places in Italy) is that if you want to see something really special, then you’ll have to pay extra for it by going on a guided tour. While tours can certainly eat into your travel budget, they can also transform a trip into something extraordinary.

There are a number of reputable tour companies that can take you down into the dungeons (in groups of 12 or fewer). Last month, I was lucky enough to join The Tour Guy, a small but growing tour guide company, as a guest on its Colosseum-Dungeon tour.

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