Tantalizing Foods of Italy

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Italy’s culinary delights draw food enthusiasts in search of hands-on, edible adventures.

There are few places where food is more celebrated, more deeply rooted in the cultural experience, than in Italy. Hyper-regional and made with amore, this cherished fare reveals much about Italy’s landscapes and those who inhabit them, whether it’s Umbria’s tagliatelle with truffles, fresh-plucked seafood from the coast or rugged Abruzzo’s rib-sticking lamb with egg and cheese. Continue Reading ›

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See Tulips Where They Originated—Turkey—During Istanbul’s Annual Tulip Festival

Turkish Tulips

Experience the wonders of Turkey—and the tulip—where it was first cultivated, during the annual International Istanbul Tulip Festival.

Given its architectural wonders, rich history and cultural heritage, Istanbul’s wow-factor is already off the charts. But this becomes especially true each spring, when the annual International Istanbul Tulip Festival (Istanbul Lale Festivali) bursts on the scene with its more than 18 million vibrant blooms. Continue Reading ›

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Coffee Around the World

Coffee Around the World

Coffee Around the WorldCoffee’s reputation as a pick-me-up, coupled with its important role in our social and culinary lives, has ensured its coveted status across continents and cultures through the ages. Today, coffee cultivation, production and enjoyment are a deeply engrained in many cultures.

Each region has its own distinct coffee type or traditions, and you can experience many firsthand in Turkey, Italy or throughout Europe, not to mention Africa and South America. Delve further to learn about these cups of joe in store.

In Turkey, It’s About Style

“Turkish coffee” is less about origin and more about the style of preparation, which involves grinding beans into a very fine powder and boiling them over moderate heat in a small brass pot called a cezve — usually with sugar and sometimes with cardamom. The coffee is ready when it rises, bubbles, all-but-overflows and the grounds settle. Sipping the result is an experience no A&K guest should miss. Continue Reading ›

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Avoid the Crowds in Italy This Summer with These Insider Tips

Avoid the Crowds in Italy This Summer with These Insider Tips

While a drop in the Euro means a better exchange rate for you, it also means more Americans will be flocking to Italy this summer. We asked Liam Dunch, A&K’s Product Manager for Europe, for some of the insider info A&K’s local experts use to ensure our guests have a great experience in Italy.

  •  Steer clear of state museums like the Uffizi and Accademia on Tuesdays. There is always a backup of tourists from the weekly museum closures on Mondays. By the same logic, it’s best to avoid the Vatican on Monday since it’s closed on Sunday.

  • Check museum websites for evening openings.  Many tourists are unaware of these time slots.

  • Avoid visiting the Vatican on a Wednesday afternoon. People often linger after the morning’s weekly Papal audience.

  • Plan your Colosseum visit for the morning to beat the influx of cruise ship guests that arrive around 11:30 a.m.

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