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The Travel Detective: Beyond the Headlines of the Costa Concordia Disaster
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The Travel Detective: Beyond the Headlines of the Costa Concordia Disaster

The tragedy of the Costa Concordia is dominating the headlines. We know the facts, but what does this incident mean?  The Travel Detective breaks down what’s to come for the… Read More…

Papandreou Steps Down but Greek Tourism Stays Steady
Italy & Greece / Travel News

Papandreou Steps Down but Greek Tourism Stays Steady

Greek Prime Minister George A. Papandreou announced on Sunday that he will resign once an interim government is in place, leaving many to wonder if the country’s growing political and… Read More…

Mozzarella cheese is a typical Italian appetizer, shown here at Marche Locanda Ca’ Andreana restaurant.  Photo credit: Bob Cooper
Culinary Travel / Destinations / Europe / Italy & Greece / Specialized Travel / Travel News

Food & Wine of Italy’s Adriatic Coast: Exploring Marche, Pt. 2

Tuscany is renowned for its food and wine, but the culinary traditions of the Marche region just next door have yet to be discovered by international tourists. While naturally delicious,… Read More…

A replica of the Greek statue, Victorious Youth, discovered by Fano fishermen, is at the end of Fano’s seawall promenade. - Photo credit: Bob Cooper
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Art & Culture In Italy’s Marche Region

While most tourists visiting the Italian countryside head to Tuscany, a few smart travelers aim for the region next door. It’s called Italy’s Marche region (or “Regione Marche” in Italian)…. Read More…

The London Riots and the Lost Art of Conversation
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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…