When in Rome, Roam as Savvy Travelers Do.

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

Although there is no real off-season in Rome, fall is known for decreased tourist crowds with plenty of sunshine for walking around. The challenge is to experience all the city has to offer. Here are a few picks of essential attractions to get you started.

Being over 2700 years old, the Eternal City combines ancient, baroque and modern eras, which can be both magnificent and overwhelming. A testament to the architectural skills of the ancient Romans – the Coliseum, Pantheon, and Roman Forum never cease to impress and are a must-see for anyone.

Many other historical, architectural and artistic treasures are scattered around the city. You can find some of them on the street in plain sight, others – in world-renowned museums and galleries like Borghese, MAXXI and Doria Pamphili to name a few.  

To round up your dolce vita experience remember to soak up some of the cultural scene. Eating out is one of Rome’s great pleasures.

Restaurants and open-air cafes line Rome’s numerous charming squares (piazzas). They offer plenty of opportunities to mingle with locals, or simply for people watching while enjoying local cuisine.

In Rome, no square seems to be complete without a fountain, each with its own artistic value and history. Trevi, Triton, La Barcaccia, the Four Rivers – the list of beautiful fountains (as well as squares) goes on and on. Legend has it that you can help your chances of returning to Rome by tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain. 

When it comes to roaming connectivity, there is no need to toss coins at local mobile operator.

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Strolling in Nice? Enjoy fast and affordable mobile service.

Nice, France. Photo by Arno Smit

Many consider the city of Nice to be the capital of the French Riviera. From year-round sun and famous blue chairs to Art Deco architecture, museums and evolving restaurant scene, Nice, unlike its glitzier coastal rivals, has something to offer for every budget. The city is a popular destination for vacationers of all ages.

Castle Hill (Colline du Château) lets you enjoy a beautiful panorama of the Bay of Angels with the dramatic backdrop of deep blue waters of the Cote d’Azur. Fringed by the famous Promenade des Anglais it offers miles of the loveliest urban sea-front in Europe. Many events take place there including the annual Carnival and the Battle of Flowers. One can spend an entire vacation hanging out at the Prom (as the locals call it).

Museumgoers will enjoy the choice of over twenty museums and municipal galleries in addition to a large number of private contemporary art galleries and artists’ workshops. The most popular ones include the Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, the Matisse and Chagall Museums.

Nice’s center is easily walkable. Enjoy the architecture of old city quarters, main square Place Massena, food and flower market Cours Saleya and the main shopping street Avenue Jean Medecin all within walking proximity. However, don’t fret if walking is not your thing – the city has a great public transport system or you can explore by bicycle.

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Croatia: European travel best kept destination secret?

The Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik, Croatia

As Schengen zone countries are still figuring out their border reopening plans for the 2021 summer season, some European destinations are already welcoming qualified travelers.

Croatia is currently open to US leisure travelers with access requirements in place. More entry details at the US Embassy.

Croatia is located at the crossroads of Central Europe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean. The country is blessed with a beautiful coast, which stretches over 1100 miles on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea.

Located near the very south of the coast, the city of Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. For centuries, the city’s prosperity has been attributed to its role as a major seaport in the region. Today Dubrovnik is also one of the most elite destinations in the Mediterranean.

Some 1200 islands are located near the shores of Croatia. In the 19th century dozens of lighthouses were constructed to improve the safety of the waters amid those islands. In recent years, many lighthouses and the apartments that were once home to the lighthouse keepers’ families were converted into inns. Tourists can book those apartments to experience the isolated life of a lighthouse keeper (and enjoy social distancing at an entirely new level).   

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Planning to Travel to Europe this Holiday Season? Check Out the Top 5 Christmas Markets

Christmas market, Deutscher Dom and konzerthaus in Berlin, Germany

The holiday season is a favorite time of year to travel for many people around the world, and we are convinced there’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season than a visit to Christmas Markets in Europe.

Thanks to the many Christmas Markets, towns in Europe look like scenes straight out of your favorite movie during this festive season. The snow-capped cathedrals, the wooden chalets, the different twinkling lights, and other street decorations are quite a sight to see. You also can’t miss the seasonal cookies and cakes that are on display in stores all around the town.

People from Europe undoubtedly know how to do Christmas in style, and if you are there during this period, be sure to check out the markets. They often open at the end of November, so we thought it wise to give you a headstart of the best Christmas markets.

Are you heading to Europe this season? Don’t leave before you check out these top 5 Christmas markets.

1. Berlin, Germany

If you are looking for a place to buy some trendy gifts, the artsy Berlin scene should be your first stop. The city gives a modern approach to a long-standing tradition in over 80 Christmas markets. The markets are open from November 25th through December 31st this year.

Covering the 80 markets won’t be easy, so here are a few tips. Spandau is the biggest, so there are plenty of activities to occupy your time. Weihnachtszauber, in Gendarmenmarkt Square, is the prettiest with the Charlottenburg Palace in the background. With the decorative fences and lights in the market, you are sure to enjoy a warm festive glow. Your toddler could even try some arts and crafts in the Fairy Tale Tent at Gendarmenmarkt. That’d make a great souvenir of your adventure!

Are you bringing your kids along? The winter forest, Winterland at Potsdamer Platz, is an excellent place for them. They could get free lessons at the ice-skating rink, head over to the small railway, or the air swing, which are just a few of the activities there.

2. Vienna, Austria

Are you looking to have some magical Christmas time with your family or spouse? Then you should head over to the Vienna Christmas markets.

From 15th November to 26th December, the beautiful squares in Vienna will transform into delightful Christmas markets.

Belvedere Palace will leave you in awe, thanks to the handmade gifts and the traditional wooden toys in the stores around.

The City Hall is home to Vienna’s Christmas Dream and is the ideal market if you are bringing your family along. The kids could have some time in the Ferris wheel or on the ground floor where they learn how to make Christmas candles.

Be sure to visit the market at Vienna’s old general hospital for some lovely Christmas gifts. Try out the traditional Gluhwein while there. You’ll love it.

3. Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is also known as France’s Capital of Christmas, and it is clear why once you visit. Dating back to 1570, Strasbourg is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Christmas Markets began in Strasbourg, so the historic center gives a magical feel. You can get some wooden Christmas decorations in the 300 traditional chalets lining the city’s central square.

The Strasbourg Cathedral is a sight to behold. The Gothic towers and the famous astronomical clock will make your visit worthwhile.

If you want some uninterrupted Christmas shopping, avoid the markets in the evenings and during the weekends. Try out the gingerbread bakery and other delicious treats that are available all around the markets.

Christmas in Strasbourg is a magical event. If you are ever in France anytime between 22nd November and 30th December, visit the place. If you are lucky, you could be part of a street parade.

4. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague’s Christmas markets run into January, so they are ideal for some after-Christmas shopping when there aren’t as many people. Open-air concerts, dance performances, and beautiful Christmas decorations in the streets give the city an unforgettable atmosphere.

The live animal stable scene at the Old Town Square is quite a sight. If you are bringing your kids, this will undoubtedly capture their imagination. The gingerbread cookies will also be a great treat for them.

You can try out some of the renowned Czech Beer from the stalls in the streets. There’s also plenty of mulled wine to go around, but why not mingle with the locals over a glass of grog? The drink, which is made of rum, water, lemon, and sugar, is a favorite for many around here.

If you want to catch the lights at the city’s marvelous Christmas tree, head over to Wenceslas Square at 5 o’clock every evening.

5. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen boasts of several Christmas markets, but the heart of all the buzz in the city lies in Tivoli gardens. From November 16th to January 5th, the gardens will be lined with Christmas trees and decorations that bring the city to life. The markets create a cozy atmosphere for travelers and locals to enjoy a special time with their loved ones.

The mouth-watering aroma of roasted almonds and mulled wine in the streets will bring you joy as you walk through the markets. Be sure to have some before heading over to the ice rink. For the ultimate spectacle during your visit to Copenhagen, be sure to visit Kronpinsensgade and see the floating ceiling of Christmas lights.

If you need a break from all the festivities, you can head over to the Meatpacking district and spend some time in the bars, clubs, and restaurants.

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Whether you are in Europe for just a few days or the entire holiday season, the Christmas markets are a must-see. Bring back your loved ones some souvenirs from the magical cities and get to experience Christmas in the European style!