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    SINE QUA NON: ROME

    Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it’s not to visit in a day. Follow #vacanzeromane to see how endless and timeless Rome really is, but if you have but a weekend or a few days for the città eterna, this is what to absolutely do and the “grazie, però no”. 1. The Spanish Steps and Trinita dei Monti Piazza di Spagna is high on the must list, but what you are really looking for is the scalinata (the Spanish steps) in fiore, and the classic climb up to Trinita dei Monti. Take your time in the Piazza della Trinita dei Monti and then some more time to visit the…

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    SINE QUA NON: VENEZIA

    1. Off-season Venice: by all means, travel outside summer season or Carnival week (unless you have tickets to one of the official balls, then you simply have to throw it all in). Venice is so full of tourists that you can hardly call any time of the year “off season”, but I discovered that La Serenissima is only serene in winter, and maybe some blissful days in early spring or late autumn. Check this out for Venice in winter. 2. A room with a view: definitely look for that when you book your accommodation. Don’t ever make Venice an economy trip. Don’t fly to Treviso and do not stay on…

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    SINE QUA NON VERONA

    The city of Romeo and Juliet can become a love story, and not necessarily a tragic one.  Of all the things to love here, the house of Giulietta and the famed balcony are the least lovable, while the tons of heart and Cupid and flashy red souvenirs are maybe the only real tragedy  that happened to this place.  So forget about that story, and bear in mind that Shakespeare wrote two more Verona-related plays: Two Gentlemen of Verona and the wonderful Taming of the Shrew.  I very much  wanted to see the house where Katherina was tamed, but no reference to that, I’m afraid. There is still the house of…

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    SINE QUA NON: FIRENZE

    There are only 9 absolute musts, but thousands of other reasons to Florence The view from San Miniato al Monte. Let everybody stop at the otherwise wonderful Piazzale Michelangelo for the view over the city. While good for the pictures, it is so over-crowded it loses aura. Go uphill, Via delle Porte Sante, at San Miniato Monastery. You’ll see the aura there. This is the church with the most beautiful view in the world.  Take your time to enjoy the rooftops, it is a magical skyline to dream on to. Ask for a room at a superior floor or a penthouse. Have a late breakast on the roof.  Catch the colors…

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    SINE QUA NON: VALENCIA

    Last day in Valencia and here are the likely and unlikely musts in this gorgeous and happily (and thankfully) underrated city – besides paella and the old city center. ‪Random order, you really have to try them all 1. Bioparc – you can call it a zoo, but you’ll be grossly inaccurate. This is the most wonderful “zooimmersion” you’ve seen. The concept of immersing the visitor into the animals’ habitat – and not the other way round, the way a classical zoo does – is magically re-creating  Africa in Valencia downtown.

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    SINE QUA NON: TOSCANA

    1. Take two weeks for it. You will want it to last forever anyway, but at least you won’t waste it. there are places you can fast forward, and there are places you can resist temptation. Toscana is not one of them. You have to take it in, breath it, live in it, not just visit it. You have to have the time to: 2. Rent a car. If you are not a driver, travel with one. or hire one. Toscana has the most beautiful cities in the world, and the most wonderful country roads. If you don’t have the freedom to move between vineyards and stop in any small village or…

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    SINE QUA NON: Andalusia

    Remember her as a mala mujer or a bruja (witch); get to know her but never tame her. Andalusia will paint your fantasies hot, the color of those wretched blood-boiling impulses. SINE QUA NON: Ronda, Strait of Gibraltar, Tarifa, Cadiz, Sevilla, Granada, Cordoba, corrida, Andalusian horses, flamenco Andalucia is no place to go with a purpose or a timeframe. Don’t ever judge her: it is as intense as its flamenco rhythms and as savage as its corridas. It is also mute and dry at times, but at those times so are you. A world so simple and powerful with such a tremendous pull that is able to dismiss the rest of the universe…

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    Vacanta in Portugalia sau Mai e timp pentru revelatii

    Soare. Vant. Plaje  salbatice, nesfarsite. Oceanul cel mai albastru, rocile nepamantene, hipnotice. Un inegalabil sentiment al libertatii. O revelatie categorica si iremediabila a lucrurilor esentiale. Portugalia devine repede o istorie personala. Nu va fi un concediu, va fi o vacanta. Nu va fi all inclusive cu trei mese, pat si plaja cu sezlong, ci va include tot ce nici macar nu iti dadeai seama ca iti lipseste.  Nu va fi doar o calatorie intr-un loc frumos, ci un voiaj uluitor de firesc inspre tine insuti. Si nu va fi descifrabil pentru amatorii de cinci stele la resort, pentru ca aici oceanul, soarele, stancile si vantul au darul sa te dezbrace…