Overtourism in Italy has brought on a new set of rules in Rome & Venice. Recently (last month) in Italy, Rome has banned sitting on the Spanish Steps. It’s such a beautiful attraction, I usually recommend a hotel nearby that’s a short walk for my travelers. There’s so much to see in that one area. The Trevi Fountain is another landmark that has new ordinances, no eating near it but you can still throw coins into it. You can read more about both of these at Skift.
Last week the Italian government announced it’ll be rerouting cruise ships weighing 1000 tons or more away from Venice’s canals. In this article from Cruise Trade News, “…these large cruise ships will dock at Fusina and Lombardia terminals away from the centre of Venice, but still inside the city’s lagoon. By next year, a third of cruise ships will be rerouted.”
Last year the city of Venice decided to implement a ‘day-tripper fee’ which varies between 2.50 euros and 10 euros. There are exemptions for students and locals. Overnight visitors are also exempt, they’re charged a small nightly tax by the hotel. More about this at Skift.
Are you interested in visiting Italy off the beaten path? Call me to talk about what you have in mind…food and wine? Exploring the coastlines, an island hop to Sicily? There’s soooo much to see in this beautiful country and while ancient Roman architecture is probably the biggest attraction, there’s a whole ‘Old World’ that exists too. –Jodi
The Atlantic looks clear for the time being and we hope it stays that way. If your kids are at summer camp and you need/want something fun to do for yourself, Celebrity Cruises has limited space available on two cruises. There’s a 7- Day Eastern Caribbean on July 28 and a 7-Day Western Caribbean on August 4, 2018.
To book or for more information, call or use the ‘Request a Trip‘ form. Offers expire July 23, 2018.
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There are very few all-inclusive options in the United States, even fewer on a coastline. My family and I love Florida, we visit often (probably more me than them) for various reasons. Like most visitors to Miami, Florida, we go for clear blue waters and warm (hot, humid) weather but also for incredible food.
Not everyone likes to get out and be adventurous in their foodie finds like us though. The amount of traffic in Miami is enough to make you not want to leave the resort you’re staying in too. Several prayers have been answered…Now you can experience the gourmet food trends of South Florida at Eden Roc Miami Beach with their new all-inclusive plan. Yes, at a beach front resort surrounded by coconut palms and a chic vibe 🙂
Here are some of highlights of Eden Roc’s all-inclusive plan:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at select venues – Malibu Farm, Gitano, and hotel in room dining
Bar & Snack service by the pool
Alcoholic (select brands) and non-alcoholic beverages
Select in-room min bar items – includes soft drinks, juices, and beer
Eden Roc is the ONLY resort in Miami Beach to offer an all-inclusive package. The resort also has a spa, meeting space, and is a great venue for weddings as well as honeymoons. No passport needed and you’re a day trip away from my home away from home, the Florida Keys. I like to think the ‘Floribbean’ begins in Miami 🙂
Call me to plan this fabulous Miami Beach trip for you while you pack your bikini, speedos, and sunscreen!