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The London Riots and the Lost Art of Conversation
Europe / Family/Kids Travel / Italy & Greece / Senior Travel / Terrorism / Travel News / Travel Safety / Travel Tools

The London Riots and the Lost Art of Conversation

The London riots caused a stir in the world news, but have they damaged the city’s tourism industry? Matthew Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso, sits down with Peter to discuss the… Read More…

The Cruise Industry Post Oslo Attacks and Carnival’s Magic Rescue
Cruise Travel / Europe / Italy & Greece / Scandinavia & the Baltics / Travel News

The Cruise Industry Post Oslo Attacks and Carnival’s Magic Rescue

From the Olso attacks to a creative rescue in the Mediterranean, the cruise industry is in the headlines this news cycle. Peter spoke with CruiseCritic.com‘s Carolyn Spencer Brown about the… Read More…

Travel Deals: Hotels Helping Japan, Winter In Italy & Event Ticket Discounts
Italy & Greece / Japan / Travel Deals

Travel Deals: Hotels Helping Japan, Winter In Italy & Event Ticket Discounts

When Japan was hit with an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown this spring, many travelers from around the world looked for ways to help. Now, some travel companies are devising… Read More…

Happy Birthday, Italy: 150 Years Since Risorgimento
Culture / Destinations / Italy & Greece / Travel News

Happy Birthday, Italy: 150 Years Since Risorgimento

Did you know that Italy is celebrating its 150th birthday this year? Guest blogger Kathy McCabe, editor of the award-winning subscription travel newsletter Dream of Italy, fills us in on special… Read More…

Flexible Itineraries: Group Travel With A Personal Touch
Budget Travel / Italy & Greece / Luxury Travel / Travel News

Flexible Itineraries: Group Travel With A Personal Touch

If the thought of escorted travel conjures visions of coach buses and tourist-trap restaurants, it’s time for a tune-up. Travelers are growing increasingly sophisticated, eschewing the “If it’s Tuesday, it… Read More…

Image Credit: Alessio Nastro Siniscalchi
Christmas / Culture / Festivals / Italy & Greece

Christmas In Italy: Last-Minute Travel Deals

Are you dreaming of an Italian Christmas? It’s not too late! There are still some great last-minute holiday hotel packages available for Christmas and New Year’s. Guest blogger Kathy McCabe, editor of the… Read More…

The Acropolis, Propylaea and Athens Travel, Greece
Culture / Europe / Italy & Greece / Museums / Stories & Personal Journals

The Acropolis, Propylaea and Athens Travel, Greece

If history is any guide, one country’s economic collapse, civil unrest, or natural disaster, usually unveils a silver lining for travelers: better deals and fewer crowds. Opportunistic? Maybe. But traveling… Read More…

Norwegian Epic Review & Italy’s Odd Towns – Hour 2 – PGW Radio
Cruise Travel / Italy & Greece

Norwegian Epic Review & Italy’s Odd Towns – Hour 2 – PGW Radio

On Saturday July 3, 2010, Peter will be broadcasting from aboard the Norwegian Epic, NCL’s newest cruise ship. Featured guests include: Jonathan Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels, chatting… Read More…

Tourism Union Strikes: Greece Travel Disrupted Further
Cruise Travel / Europe / Italy & Greece

Tourism Union Strikes: Greece Travel Disrupted Further

Tourism workers in Greece announced on Friday that they are staging a 24-hour strike on the last day of the month and a four-hour strike on June 16. The Panhellenic… Read More…

Athens, Greece: Protests, Strikes Continue Amid Travel Warnings
Europe / Italy & Greece

Athens, Greece: Protests, Strikes Continue Amid Travel Warnings

The violence in Athens has worried many tourists traveling to Greece this spring and prompted several countries to issue travel warnings on Thursday. The British Foreign Office issued a travel… Read More…

Deadly Riots & Strike In Greece, Athens In Chaos
Europe / Italy & Greece

Deadly Riots & Strike In Greece, Athens In Chaos

Strikes in Greece turned deadly on Wednesday as three people were killed in a bank fire set by protesters. The victims died in a central Athens branch of the Marfin… Read More…

Italy’s Aeolian Islands Travel Guide
Adventure Travel & Sports / Europe / Italy & Greece / Water sports

Italy’s Aeolian Islands Travel Guide

If you’re not familiar with Italy’s Aeolian Islands, don’t worry, you’re not alone. This volcanic archipelago north of Sicily is a popular summer getaway for island-hopping Europeans, but its less-then-accessible… Read More…

Cool Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Italy
Christmas / Culture / Festivals / Italy & Greece

Cool Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Italy

If you find yourself in Italy for Natale (Christmas) this year or if you’re planning a holiday trip for next year, you’ll surely experience the holiday in a new way…. Read More…

Luxury & Budget Hiking Adventures in Italy’s Dolomites
Adventure Travel & Sports / Budget Travel / Europe / Hiking & Biking / Italy & Greece / Luxury Travel / Winter Sports

Luxury & Budget Hiking Adventures in Italy’s Dolomites

“Signoreeeeena. Learn to lean out! You’ll never see anything with your face in the rock.” My alpine guide is truly baffled. By the kung fu grip I’ve asserted on the… Read More…

FAA Fatigue Rules, Flight 3407, Air France, Swine Flu and Magic Italy
Europe / France & Belgium / Italy & Greece / Plane Crashes

FAA Fatigue Rules, Flight 3407, Air France, Swine Flu and Magic Italy

There are a lot of hot stories in the world of travel today. So here’s a roundup of the main travel news stories from around the world. FAA asking airlines… Read More…

Suzy Gershman’s Postcard from Italy: Driving, Parking and Shopping in Florence & Venice City
Europe / Italy & Greece / Luxury Travel / Shopping

Suzy Gershman’s Postcard from Italy: Driving, Parking and Shopping in Florence & Venice City

Dear Peter, It’s a miracle that I can even write this postcard since we have been driving all over Italy … and let me tell you, I’m not sure which… Read More…

Fatal Earthquake Strikes Blow to Italy’s Historical Monuments
Culture / Europe / Italy & Greece / Natural Disasters

Fatal Earthquake Strikes Blow to Italy’s Historical Monuments

Last night’s devastating earthquake, which killed at least 92 people in central Italy, also struck at the heart of Italy’s historical legacy, ruining dozens of ancient historic buildings and monuments… Read More…

An Expat’s Travel Guide: Turin, Italy
Cultural Immersion / Culture / Europe / Festivals / Italy & Greece / Olympics / Restaurants / Shopping

An Expat’s Travel Guide: Turin, Italy

One of the greatest joys of being a foreign expat is ditching the guide book and experiencing life as the locals do. No longer a tourist, you are a part… Read More…