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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Versilia Coast and the Cinque Terre 27 Jan 2015

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Versilia Coast and the Cinque Terre

When you hear about traveling to Italy, a lot of people would think of Rome, Florence, Venice, or Milan. These are some of the most popular cities to explore in Italy but the country has more regions to offer.

Italy is a very beautiful country filled with historical sites worth visiting. There’s Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, Naples, Verona, Turin, Bologna, Peruvia, and Genoa. These are considered the best places to go to in Italy being the most famous tourist destinations. However, there are smaller regions you can visit and explore while in Italy.

The Versilia Coast & the Cinque Terre are two interesting places just on the other side of Tuscany. The Versilia Coast has beautiful and expansive beaches while further south are the five cliff-sided villages of the Cinque Terre. You can enjoy these areas by traveling from village to village by train or by a walking trail.

Here are ten (10) things you probably didn’t know about the Versilia Coast and the Cinque Terre:

  • The name Versilia is derived from Vessidia, the ancient German word for water (Wesser/Wasser).
  • Climate in Versilia is usually temperate (mild). This makes it an ideal holiday destination by locals and foreigners visiting the city. Expect about 270 sunny days with pleasant warmth. During winter, it can be cold but you won’t experience any biting cold.
  • The most populated and most famous part of Versilia is Pietrasanta. It is located at the foot of the Apuan Alps, extending along the coastline, from South to North, starting at Stazzema and ending up to Marina di Massa.
  • The old or Historical Versilia consists of four places: Stazzema, Seravezza, Pietrasanta, and Forte dei Marmi.
  • Versilian territory includes both mountain and the sea. It boasts of the longest sandy beaches in Italy.
  • One of the impressive sights in Versilia is the whole range of mountains called the Apuan Alps. It spreads as far as the north-west of Tuscany. There are about 200 caves in the mountains and some of them tourists can visit with special guides.
  • Liberty Style in art is very much evident in Versilia. It started in 1905 but in 1917, Art Deco came to life. You’ll see examples of Art Deco style in Villa Arrighi and Villa Argentina.
  • You can enjoy a lot of local cuisines in Versilia: Luca, Pisa, Massa Carrara, and Genoa.
  • The Cinque Terre are situated in the region of Liguria. It is close to Genoa and the boundary of Tuscany. Cinque Terre landscape was formed by a series of folds that results when rocks were pushed, raised, and pressed together during the Tertiary period.
  • There are five villages forming the Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia, and Monterosso.

Want to visit Versilia Coast and the Cinque Terre? Contact Gateway Destinations and we’ll plan a custom tour just for you.

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Gateway Destinations 2014 Blog Roundup 07 Jan 2015

Gateway Destinations 2014 Blog Roundup

A lot of trends helped define the travel industry in 2014. This year, we expect to see a few changes but it will be bigger than ever as more and more people make it a part of their goals to travel and widen their horizons.

2014 was big for us here at Gateway Destinations. We’ve helped many travelers achieve their dream honeymoon, family adventure, girlfriend getaways, and specialty tours.

We have shown you reasons why you should travel, why travel insurance is important, and some tips on traveling light. Middle of the year, we shared with you some infographics about the state of the travel industry. We learned that fewer adults travel with children according to the U.S. Travel research department’s ‘Domestic Travel Market’ Report released in 2012. In the same report, it was noted that leisure travelers are usually older than business travelers.

There are many ways travelers plan their trips. They usually ask their friends and relatives, refer to past experiences, visit websites, turn to social networks, and access mobile devices.  And for men and women, traveling and vacation actually differ.

Your passport being ready is not enough. You must also study the travel sector and see the tourism trends and forecasts the past years so you’ll be able to plan your trip well. And once you are ready, you can now plan your trip to any of the Top 9 Destinations For Girlfriend Getaways (women-only tours). Of course, you need to read on our 7 Ways To Plan A Girlfriend Getaway before you go and know if you still need visa to travel to a particular country. Planning to extend your trip? That’s also possible.

For those who are going on their honeymoon, we have our Top 8 Luxury Honeymoon Destinations list and tips on how to make your dream vacation perfect. You can visit the Ancient Athens & The Greek Isles, the Bounties of Bordeaux Wine Cruise, Corfu & Crete, Greece, Italy’s Versilia Coast & The Cinque Terre, London Theatre & Shakespeare Country, Sorrento & The Amalfi Coast, Costa Rica for an Ultimate Yoga Bliss, and Venice, Verona & Lovely Lake Garda.

You can also travel to Provence, Paris, Tuscany, Peru, India, or try an African Safari. Feel free to bask in the beauty of Pays Basque and French Pyrenees or discover the Alsatian Wine Route.

So many places to go to, so little time. These luxury travel destinations will surely give you a grand time if you decide to go with family or friends.

This 2015, make it your goal to go to at least one place you haven’t been to. I assure you, you will have memorable experiences. Your horizons will be widened and you’ll gain not just knowledge but new friends as well.

Thank you for making 2014 a great year for us.

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Travel 18 Dec 2014

5 Reasons Why You Should Travel

They say traveling is a luxury. While it can be expensive especially when you’re going to the beautiful places in Europe, there are many ways you can save a lot of money.

Travelling can do many things to your soul. You can take a break from all the work and stress life brings. It’s okay to reward yourself from time to time because you’ve been working too hard. Sometimes, you need to clear yourself time out from everyday life so you’ll be refreshed and charged when you get back to your normal routine.

Here are some more reasons why you should travel:

1. You need a fresh perspective

Traveling will give you a totally new perspective on your life and many areas of it. If you need to make a decision about a confusing issue in your life right now, you have to go to a place that is different. It’s ideal to go to a different country where culture is completely different but you can still just go to another town or state. Visiting another place can put your problems in place. You can learn something new about other people, culture, and about your own life as well.

2. You need a timeout

There are times that you need to be free from all the stresses in life. Make an effort to clear time out from everyday life. Don’t wait for the time you’ll feel too stressed or trapped in your work. You need to get away from the familiar people, setup, or environment for a while. You have to spend some time alone too to just sit down and think about your life. Give yourself time to think about your direction in life.

3. You can meet new people

When you travel, you can meet new and interesting people. Talking to new people might give you a new perspective in life. You can learn a lot from them because of your many differences, you have a lot to talk about.

4. You have to go beyond your comfort zone

If you’ve been living in the same place or doing the same things over and over again, you need to break away from your routine for a while. Going beyond your comfort zones means veering away from the familiar people, places, and things that have made you too comfortable.

5. You need new ideas

Going out of your usual comfort zone will also give you new ideas. Traveling to a new place will show you that there are more things you have yet to know and discover. It’s nice to explore a place that you are not familiar with so you can get to know new things about the people, culture, traditions, or even new ideas and schools of thought that would help you in life.

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London Theatre & Shakespeare Country Tour 11 Dec 2014

London Theatre & Shakespeare Country

A London Theatre & Shakespeare Country Tour planned by Gateway Destinations promises to be a memorable experience for those who love literature and history. You’ll be able to learn more about London, the city’s beautiful sights and sounds, the charming pubs, historical sites, and incomparable museums.

Gateway Destinations can plan a group tour that will include infamous live theatre performances of the classics—not just in any ordinary theatre house but right in the Shakespearean countryside.

Such group tour has been designed to expose you to the vigor, richness, and beauty of British and England theatre where most of the popular plays were written during the Renaissance period.

We plan the tour with a sense of adventure and we’ll try to connect you to the past. Our goal is to make your London Theatre & Shakespeare Country Tour a happy one so you will go back to your home satisfied and exhilarated—full of knowledge and richness of the past.

London is a bustling city in Europe. Most travelers go there to have a good time. With Gateway Destinations customized packaged tour, you can discover the beauty of London Theatre and the Shakespeare Country. Explore this side of Europe that is rich in literature, history, and the arts. By visiting London, you can learn more about the past and watch some of the best shows in the world.

Gateway Destinations’ London Theatre & Shakespeare Country Tour is available as a specialty tour for women, family, or a private group. Gather your family and friends and allow us to plan an extraordinary adventure.

Gateway Destinations will listen to your needs. We’ll welcome your ideas in creating a more memorable and enriching vacation of a lifetime.

 

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Experience Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast 04 Dec 2014

Experience Sorrento and the Amalfi CoastIf you have plans to visit Italy for a vacation, make sure you drop by the southern part where the hillside of Sorrento is located. You can go here for your honeymoon, family vacation, or a women-only tour with your girlfriends.

You can do many things while in Sorrento: taste the regional wines and limoncella, enjoy a country cooking class, and learn about the wonders of olive oil. After a couple of days, you can visit Naples and Pompeii. Your local guide will take you there to explore the place. For the shopaholics, be ready to discover the secret shopping places on the isle of Capri.

For the entire week of your tour, you will stay at the lovely Hotel Bristol where you can enjoy the stunning views of Mt. Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. After an exhausting but fun week, drive to the amazing Amalfi coast and enjoy alfresco dining in the Ravello. It’s a quaint village overlooking the sea so it will be another great experience to end your tour. If you’re still up for more shopping, there are several boutiques in Positano.

Visiting Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast with your girlfriends is something to look forward. This trip can be the most exciting and memorable vacation you and your friends will ever have.

Contact Gateway Destinations if you want to travel to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.

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