Hadrian’s Villa, Villa d’Este, and Tivoli are Three Different Planets! The Last is the Worst!


The Neptune Fountain and the Water Organ Fountain, Villa d'Este, Tivoli, Italy.

The Neptune Fountain and the Water Organ Fountain, Villa d’Este, Tivoli, Italy.

By Irina.

How many rapturous reviews we have read in the Internet about the Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, Italy, but few described the town itself. Knowing how comfortable and charming tiny towns in Italy are, we decided not just to visit two world-famous attractions of Tivoli, but also to stay in this former Etruscan town. We booked a room at B&B Al Palazzetto for three days in early January. After those three days, we realized why no one comes to Tivoli for more than a few hours.

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Halkidiki Beaches, Greece: Where to Go and Where Not!

One of the Halkidiki beaches, Greece.

The Halkidiki Peninsula is “Poseidon’s trident” which consists of three smaller peninsulas: Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos. They are about 100 km from the Thessaloniki airport. Athos is the place of religious tourism, Kassandra is suitable for non-poor young people and tourists with children, which means it can be noisy. We hypothesized that the Sithonia Peninsula would be the perfect choice for relaxing holidays. It was a mistake.

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Zell am See, Austria: Après Ski instead of Ski Pass

Après-ski (French: after skiing) refers to any form of entertainment, nightlife, or social event
that occurs specifically at ski resorts.

 Feeding of swans. Zell am See, Austria.

Feeding of swans. Zell am See, Austria.

I must admit that my wife and I are mediocre skiers, and in our winter travels, we always spend more time on après ski activities than with ski passes in the mountains. If, like us, you don’’t feel very comfortable fastened to a pair of thin strips of slippery plastic at an altitude of 2500 meters in mountains, it does not mean that ski resorts are not for you. You wouldn’’t believe how many people come to the Austrian Alps not for skiing, but for the comfortable and enthralling après ski.

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