Reasons to Visit Turin, the Italian Center of Innovation

Reasons to Visit Turin, the Italian Center of Innovation

With boulevards elegantly lined with trees, you'll find Turin, even more appealing with its in its stately art nouveau cafes. The industrious Turin culture has paved the way to first saleable hard chocolate and Italy's most iconic car, Fiat. Today, contemporary Turin is booming with art and architecture with its live-music scene just as exciting as its innovative food and wine culture. Download the Turin Travel Guide and Offline Map and discover Turin in your next adventure to Italy.

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1.     Castello di Rivoli

Established in 1984 Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Arts to help build a new identity for the city. Its permanent collection has a sizeable number Arte Povera works are beautifully displayed in the historic setting, along with pieces from the Transavanguardia, Minimal, Body and Land Art movements. So it comes to no surprise that it is the envy of Milan, Venice, and Rome's art worlds.

2.      Museo Egizio

This Turin institution houses the most important collection of Egyptian treasure outside Cairo. The museum officially opened in 1824 and among its many highlights are the statue of Ramses II and the world's largest papyrus collection. There are also 500 funerary and domestic items from the tomb of royal architect Kha and his wife Merit, dating to 1400 BC and found in 1906. Both coffins are incredibly beautiful, but Merit's image, rendered in cartonnage, gold leaf and glass inlays, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful ever displayed.

3.     Basilica di Superga

Built on a hill across the Po river, the basilica was built by Vittorio Amedeo II in the 1700's as a promise in honor of the Virgin Mary if Turin was saved from besieging French and Spanish armies. The Basilica is also the final resting place of the Savoy family whose lavish tombs are displayed for viewing. The Basilica made recent news when a plane carrying the entire Turin football team crashed into the church in thick fog, killing all on board.

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Adventures in Sintra, Portugal's Most Exotic City

Adventures in Sintra, Portugal's Most Exotic City

Sintra is a city to behold with its outstanding mountains, lush forests, exotic gardens, and glittering palaces. It's no surprise why it's become so popular among tourists--it's literally a fairy tale dream come true. The World Heritage Site, Sintra-Vila, is among its most notable attractions. Download the Sintra Travel Guide and Offline Map, but make sure to plan your travels early in the day or midweek to avoid the crowds.

1.     Palácio Nacional de Sintra

The palace's most iconic twin conical chimneys and the lavish interior is just part of Sintra-Vila's appeal. Its interior is a mix of Moorish and Manueline styles, with arabesque courtyards, barley-twist columns and 15th- and 16th-century geometric azulejos that figure among Portugal’s oldest. Highlights include the octagonal Swan Room, adorned with frescoes of 27 gold-collared swans; and the Magpie Room.

2.      Convento dos Capuchos

The hobbit-hole-like convent that was originally built in 1560 is hidden in the woods, which makes it even more appealing for adventurers. The convent was a house for Friars. Its cramped condition and tiny cells lined with cork having low narrow doors have gained it its nickname, the Cork Convent. Visting here will make you feel like you've been transported into Alice in Wonderland as you squeeze through the narrow cells, chapels, kitchen, and cavern.

3.     Parque da Pena

The romantic garden that is the Parque de Pena is filled with tropical plants, huge redwoods and fern trees, rhododendrons, and lakes that are lined with castle-shaped duck house. The gardens are filled with hidden gems and as crowds litter the palace, you might want to escape into the Chalet da Condessa d'Edla. It is an Alpine-inspired summer getaway cottage commissioned by King Ferdinand II and his future second wife, Elise Hensler.

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Three of Positano's Most Remarkable Must-Visits You Should Know About

Three of Positano's Most Remarkable Must-Visits You Should Know About

The iconic colorful houses tumbling down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink, and terracotta makes Positano the most photogenic town on the Amalfi Coast. Flanked by wisteria-draped hotels and restaurants makes the town even more appealing to any social media savvy tourist. It is also rich in fashion history as moda Positano was born here and the town was first in Italy to import bikinis from France. So what are you waiting for? Download the Positano travel Guide and Offline Map now!

1.     Spiaggia Grande

You've most likely seen the picturesque beach umbrellas amidst the outstanding cliffside houses in the background. 300-meters long, the beach is one of the largest on Amalfi Coast and one of the most glamorous as well. So glamorous that it attracts artists, actors, and celebrities alike. If this grand beach is too crowded for you and you're looking for a more peaceful spot to enjoy the Mediterranean sun and sea then head over to Fornillo Beach, which can be reached via a coastal path from Spiaggia Grande.

2.      Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta

The beautiful church and its majolica-tiled dome can be seen from every corner of the town. It's most known for its Byzantine-inspired Icon of a black Madonna, dating back to the 18th century, is conserved inside the church. As an important part of Positano's culture, religion, and architecture, it is considered the towns most prominent and photographed sites. It is also considered the town's most iconic symbols.

3.     Island of Sirens

The three islets of Li Galli is the stuff of legends and it is said that Sirens once inhabited the islets just off the shores of Positano. The Sirens attempted to seduce with their song all those who sailed nearby. Among those who are caught in the spell of enchantment by the islets' allure is the famous ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev who spent his last years on the islets.

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Why You Must Visit Siena, the Epitome of Tuscan Culture

Why You Must Visit Siena, the Epitome of Tuscan Culture

The city of Siena is where architecture shines most in Tuscany. Everywhere you look you'll be greeted by great Gothic architecture, spectacular secular monuments from the medieval times, and extraordinary art collection from the same period. As one of the most well-preserved 17th-century villages, you can expect it to be as colorful and vibrant as it once was. Explore the beautiful city of Siena with the Siena Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     Duomo

Built over a former Roman temple in 1179, Siena's iconic Duomo was constructed over the 13th and 14th centuries. The majestic cathedral showcases the talents of great medieval and Renaissance architects and artists. From Giovanni Pisano who designed its intricate white, green and red marble facade to Nicola Pisano who carved the elaborate pulpit just to name a few. Its intricate flooring took over 200 years to finish with 40 artists working on the depiction of the historical and biblical scenes.

2.      Piazza del Campo

Popular known as "Il Campo", the sloping piazza has been the city's civic and social center since the mid-12th century. What once was a Roman marketplace is now divided into nine sectors representing the number of members of the consiglio and these days acts as a carpet on which young locals meet and relax. Enjoy the view and marvel in its grandness by sitting in one of its cafes and have some popular Italian coffee or apertivi.

3.     Libreria Piccolomini

Commisioned by Cardinal Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini, archbishop of Siena who later on became Pope Pius III, in 1492, it houses books of his uncle, Enea Silvio Piccolomini Pope Pius II. But the books aren't the only things that draw in the crowds. Its vividly colored narrative frescoes by Pinturicchio that depict the life of Pius II is a thing to behold. In the center of the hall is a group of statues known as the Tre Grazie (Three Graces), a 3rd-century Roman copy of an earlier Hellenistic work.

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Top 3 Chateaus You Must Visit in Loire Valley

Top 3 Chateaus You Must Visit in Loire Valley

Loire Valley is considered so beautiful that kings, queens, dukes, and nobles came to establish castles and palaces in its fertile river valley. So it comes as no surprise that you will be greeted with extravagant fortresses in every corner of this jaw-dropping valley. These fortresses are surrounded by villages and vineyards so expect sumptuous food and wine to go with the great agrarian views.  Download the Loire Valley Travel Guide and Offline Map and see the entire splendor yourself.

1.     Chateau de Chenonceau

Spanning the Cher River the Chenonceau is one of France's most elegant châteaus. Sitting atop a gracefully arched bridge it is surrounded formal gardens and its magical architecture reflecting its colorful history of being shaped by a series of powerful women. As a result, it is nicknamed Le Château des Dames. Fabulous art fills the interiors. Works by Tintoretto, Correggio, Rubens, Murillo, Van Dyck and Ribera are among the many artworks.

2.      Chateau de Chambord

One of the notable achievements of the French Renaissance architecture, the Château de Chambord boasts 440 rooms, 356 fireplaces, and 84 staircases. It is by far the largest and grandest château in the Loire Valley. Construction began in 1519 by François and was initially built as a weekend hunting lodge. But it quickly grew into more than just that and turned into one of the most expensive architectural projects by a French monarch.

3.     Chateau Royal de Blois

Blois is indeed the epitome of royal living as seven French kings lived in the chateau. Its four grand wings were built during the four distinct periods in French architecture: Gothic, Flamboyant Gothic, early Renaissance, and classical. Make sure to set aside half-a-day to be able to truly immerse yourself in the chateau's dramatic and bloody history and its extraordinary architecture. One of its features that you must visit is the richly painted Hall of the States-General, from the 13th century.

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Visiting Liverpool: Musically Iconic and Oh So Historical

Visiting Liverpool: Musically Iconic and Oh So Historical

Liverpool, and no we don't mean the famed football club, but the stunning maritime city in northwest England. It is nestled in a confluence where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. Asides from being a key trade port in the 18th to the 20th century, it is also known for being the hometown of The Beatles. Enjoy picturesque port views, fresh seafood, and of course, some music history by heading over to this iconic city. Don't forget to download the Liverpool Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     Beatles Museum

Liverpool's most popular museum will leave any Beatles fan giddy. Here, you'll be able to enter an impressive full-size replica of the Cavern Club and the Abbey Road studio where the awesome foursome recorded their first singles. There's definitely a whole lot of memorabilia to see, like George Harrison's first ever guitar that's now worth 500,000 quid that will surely inspire fellow musicians and fans alike.

2.      Speke Hall

Speke Hall is the epitome of an Elizabethan half-timbered hall filled with awe-worthy timbered and plastered rooms. Its aesthetics isn't the only feature that draws crowds, but its rich history as well. The house contains several "holes" where priests hid during the anti-Catholic 16th and 17th centuries. The diagonally patterned Tudor house built in the 1400's and what once was surrounded by thousands of acres of land is now only surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens.

3.     Liverpool Cathedral

How can one miss visiting Britain's largest church AND the world's largest Anglican cathedral? And the Liverpool Cathedral is exactly just that and so much more. In fact, the central bell is the world's third largest with the world's highest and heaviest peal while the cathedral's organ and its 9,765 pipes is most likely the world's largest operational model. But this cathedral is not just about breaking records it is also home to a collection of artworks.

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Reasons that will Compel You to Visit Palermo, Italy's Most Flamboyant City

Reasons that will Compel You to Visit Palermo, Italy's Most Flamboyant City

The capital of Italy's picturesque island paradise is equally as stunning as the rest of the entire island itself. Here, you'll get to venture in 12th-century royal tombs, huge neoclassical theaters, and stroll around a 9th-century royal palace. But history and architecture aren't the only things that Palermo has to offer. Explore busy street markets and get lost in its endearing culture that will surely perk up your senses. Download the Palermo Travel Guide and Offline Map now and start your next adventure!

1.     Cappella Palatina

Palermo's extraordinary chapel is the city's top tourist attraction. And it's no wonder having been designed by Roger II in 1130. Located on the mid-level of Palazzo dei Normanni's three-tiered loggia, prepare to be awestruck with its glittering gold mosaics, inlaid marble floors, and wooden muqarnas ceiling. The latter is considered a masterpiece Arabic-style honeycomb carving reflecting Norman Sicily's cultural complexity.

2.      Teatro Massimo

Can you imagine walking into a palatial neoclassical opera house that took 20 years to complete? Well, imagine no more. At Europe's second-largest opera house located in Palermo, you'll get to visually experience first-hand it richly decorated interiors. And if you're a fan of the Godfather series of movies then you'll be extra thrilled to know that the ending scene of The Godfather: Part III was filmed within its walls.

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3.     Mercato di Ballarò

What better way to experience the culture of a certain city than to explore its markets? Several blocks southeast of the Palazzo dei Normanni is Palermo's busiest market. It's so busy that you literally it comes alive with its throbbing vibrancy from the early morning to the evenings. Mercato di Ballarò is a fascinating at best and the certainly the epitome of street life. Here you'll find everything you need for cheap, from Chinese products to fresh produce.

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Make Your Way Through Manchester, Locally Hailed as the Greatest City in the World

Make Your Way Through Manchester, Locally Hailed as the Greatest City in the World

You'd probably think Manchester is just another stereotypical metropolitan city, but don't be so quick to brush it off your bucket list. It may be a major city in England, but did you know that it has rich industrial heritage? It's a rich blend of history and culture that is evident in its museums, galleries, and art centers. But what makes Manchester even more interesting is the ability to dine, drink, and dance into the night with its very active nightlife. Download the Manchester Travel Guide and Offline Map to help you guide your way through this fabulous city.

1.     Manchester Art Gallery

Where can we witness the most spectacular show of British art? We're pretty sure that handful of answers will point you to the Manchester Art Gallery. A hefty number of European masters are on display at the city's top gallery. It houses an impressive selection that includes 37 Turner watercolors as well as the country's best showcase of Pre-Raphaelite art. A newer gallery is home to 20th-century British art starring Lucien Freud, Stanley Spencer, and David Hockney to name a few.

2.      MediaCityUK

There is nothing as impressive in the broadcasting world than this 81-hectare site dedicated to hosting BBC and its six departments. It is also home to the set of the world's longest-running soap opera, the ever-popular Coronation Street. Although you can't tour the Corrie set just yet, you'll have plenty to see as you make your way through the rest of BBC's impressive set-up. This is the place to be to see the sets of some of TV's most iconic programs.

3.     People's History Museum

Not many tourists might know about Britain's 200-year fight for democracy and there is no better place to learn about it than in the People's History Museum. In this refurbished Edwardian pumping station, you will be taken deep in the heart of Britain's struggle for basic democratic rights, labor reform, and fair pay. You will come across an array of beautifully made and colorful union banners and even the desk where Thomas Paine wrote Rights of Man in 1791.

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There's No Better Place to be Than in Bordeaux, the French Wine Hub

There's No Better Place to be Than in Bordeaux, the French Wine Hub

Experience Bordeaux and all its vibrancy amidst great wineries and 18th to 19th-century mansions. This dynamic city is known for its Gothic-style cathedral, art museums, and public gardens that line the river quays. The city is so impressive that half of the city is UNESCO-listed making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Explore its world-class architecture and stunning landscapes with the Bordeaux Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     La Cité du Vin

Whether you're a wine aficionado or an occasional wine drinker, there is no better place to learn about the art of making and consuming win than at the groundbreaking La Cité du Vin. The building itself will leave you in awe, as it is a stunning piece of contemporary architecture resembling a wine decanter on the banks of the River Garonne. There are 20 different themed sections covering everything from vine cultivation, grape varieties and wine production to the ancient wine trade, 21st-century wine trends, and celebrated personalities.

2.      Miroir d'Eau

Covering an area of 3,450 square meters, the Miroir d'Eau is the world's largest reflecting pool. This fountain of sorts made with black granite is set on the quayside opposite of the equally impressive Palais de la Bourse. the 'water mirror' provides hours of entertainment on warm sunny days when the reflections in its thin slick of water--drained and refilled every half-hour--is amazing. Every 23 minutes a dense fog-like vapor is ejected for three minutes makes one of the best photo opportunities.

3.     Cathédrale St-André

The imposing Cathédrale St-André stands high over the city of Bordeaux. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site even before the city's classification. The cathedral's oldest section dates from 1096, but most of what you see today was built in the 13th and 14th centuries. What makes the cathedral even more imposing than its size is its gargoyled, 50m-high Gothic belfry, Tour Pey-Berland, erected between 1440 and 1466.

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The Ultimate Foodie Guide to San Sebastian

The Ultimate Foodie Guide to San Sebastian

Oh, San Sebastian, one of the dreamiest cities in the world. It's so dreamy, that it's definitely very hard to resist falling in love with it at first glance. Its charm doesn't only lie in its spectacular landscape, but in its culture of indulgence--especially in food. Its tapa culture is unparalleled anywhere else in Spain and Michelin stars being given left and right to its restaurants. It is often a city that tops lists of the world's best places to eat. Foodie or not, download the San Sebastian Travel Guide and Offline Map and expect to be blown away.

1.     Parque de Cristina Enea

The hustle and bustle of San Sebastian might be too overwhelming for the faint hearted--there's just so much to see and so much to eat! Thank goodness, there is the Parque de Cristina Enea. Created by the Duke of Mandas in honor of his wife, the park is the considered to be the local’s favorite escapes. It is home to a variety of plants and even ducks and peacocks roam the open lawns. It is definitely an oasis in the middle of busy San Sebastian.

2.      Playa de la Concha

Probably the most iconic beach in San Sebastian and rightfully so. All summer long, a fiesta atmosphere prevails in Playa de la Concha. Asides from sunning and swimming, here you can also marvel at the beautiful beachside sceneries. On one side of the bay you will find the Urgull Mountain and on the other side of the bay, you will find the Igueldo Mountain. How many beaches out there can give you such magnificent views?

3.     Pintxo Bar Hopping

San Sebastian is known to be the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants per capita. And for good reason, culturally the people of San Sebastian enjoy food so much that you’ll literally find Pintxo Bras in every nook and cranny. The streets of the Old Town of San Sebastian are packed with these bars and it the best place to start your Pintxo tour. Each bar offers several different plates; after all, like everything else, Pintxos are never created equal.

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The Only Guide You'll Ever Need On Rotterdam, Europe's Rising Star

The Only Guide You'll Ever Need On Rotterdam, Europe's Rising Star

When we say Rotterdam is Europe's rising star, we are not kidding. The city is filled with the most spectacular initiatives by the locals themselves. Amidst the futuristic architecture lie these exhilarating initiatives such as inner-city canal surfing, a proliferation of art, and a busy drinking and dining scene. It is also the most diverse and multiethnic and so it comes to no surprise at how forward thinking the city is. Download the Rotterdam Travel Guide and Offline Map and explore Rotterdam now!

1.     Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen is considered among Europe's finest museums. It has a permanent collection spanning all eras of Dutch and European art imaginable. Among the many highlights are The Marriage Feast at Cana by Hieronymus Bosch, the Three Maries at the Open Sepulchre by Van Eyck, the minutely detailed Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, and Portrait of Titus and Man in a Red Cap by Rembrandt.

2.      Toko 51

As they say while traveling, do what the locals do. And one of the most happening places for the locals of Rotterdam is Toko 51. Not only is this concept store a melting pot for local creatives that showcases modern art, hosts live music events and sell vintage clothes, but it also is also a supermarket of sorts with Mexcian tacos from Sabor Sabor. And even makes rooms for aspiring barbers that offer haircuts.

3.     Kralingse Bos and Plas

The wooded park of Kralingse Bos and Plas lies just outside the city center and is the perfect combination of shaded forests, sparkling waters, and manicured grass. It's the perfect spot where locals go for their laidback excursions. Here, you'll find a variety of activities to enjoy such as cycling, sailing, rowing, and even barbecue with friends and family or work on your suntan on the sandy beach.

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Three Best Things to Do in Lake Como, the Understated Italian Wonder

Three Best Things to Do in Lake Como, the Understated Italian Wonder

Just below the snow-capped, gigantic Rhaetian Alps and nestled in between lush, green hills lies one of Italy's understated wonders--Lake Como. It is considered as one of Lombardy region's most picturesque lakes Shaped like an inverted Y, its shoreline is dotted with spectacular medieval villages and as you would expect of any Italian water-side town, colorful villas. If that doesn't make you dream of visiting Lake Como then download the Lake Como Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     Lakeside Village Hopping

The region's capital, Como, in its self, is a spectacular city that's famous for their silk products. Revel in its historic center where their impressive Duomo that dates back the 15th-century stands. To see an impressive view of the lake from above, you can take a cable car up to the quiet village of Brunate. A trip to Lake Como would never be complete without a visit to its most famous town, Bellagio. Its breathtaking view of the lake is considered the best in all the towns.

2.      Stroll Around Beautiful Villas

Lake Como is definitely a contender for having the most beautiful villas in the world. A short walk from the Bellagio town center is the gardens of Villa Melzi, a traditional English-style garden. It stretches along the lakefront and is home to a wide variety of plants and sculptures and even has an orangery and a small museum. Villa Carlotta is also a notable villa for its rhododendrons and azaleas that bloom in spring. The villa itself serves as a setting for art exhibitions and musical events.

3.     Enjoy Relaxing Boat Cruises

Taking a cruise in Lake Como itself is one of the best ways to marvel at the beauty of the lakeside houses owned by one of the most famous people in the world like Richard Branson and George Clooney. Going on a cruise not only gives you a glimpse of the lifestyle of the rich and famous, but it also gives you a grand view of the towns and villages. There's a wide variety of cruises to choose from as well. If you opt much more romantic scenery then a sunset cruise will be perfect for you.

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Top Three Spots to Visit in Nice, the Epitome of the French Riviera

Top Three Spots to Visit in Nice, the Epitome of the French Riviera

Do you have a trip planned to France during the European Winter, but can't take much cold weather? Then Nice is the place for you where the sun shines all year round. This 19th-century picturesque coastal city has everything you could ask for. It is filled with great markets, a bewitching old town, and of course, beautiful architecture. There's no better way to enjoy what the French Riviera has to offer than in Nice. So what are you waiting for? Download the Nice Travel Guide and Offline Map and head over to Nice!

1.     Vieux Nice

Nice' Old Town is such a treat for any explorer. With its well-preserved buildings from the 1700's, you won't mind getting lost in its narrow, winding alleyways. For all its delis, restaurants, and bars, there is one place that will instantly draw you in--the Saleya. A huge market square that's divided into sections. The most famous being the food market filled with fresh produce and foodie souvenirs and the flower market for all your fresh blooms and fragrances need.

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2.      Promenade des Anglais

In 2015 this famous 4-kilometer stretch of the Baie des Anges was submitted as a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status. And rightly so, the sweeping promenade is filled with historic landmarks including the Hôtel Negresco, the art-deco Palais de la Méditerranée (1929) and Niçoise sculptor Sabine Géraudie’s giant iron sculpture La Chaise de SAB (2014), which pays homage to the city’s famous blue-and-white beach chairs.

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3.     Musée Matisse

The brightly colored museum in the heart of the Cimiez quarter is home to a multitude of works by Henri Matisse. The fascinating art pieces range from oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, tapestries, and his most famous paper cut-outs. They are displayed as a permanent collection in a red-ochre 17th-century Genoese villa surrounded by an olive grove. Matisse himself is buried in the Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez cemetery, across the park from the museum.

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Three Compelling Reasons to Visit Bologna, a Foodie's Dream Destination

Three Compelling Reasons to Visit Bologna, a Foodie's Dream Destination

Bologna is rich in food history and culture that we're sure the city's name sounds familiar to you. Bolognese sauce? Bologna sausage? Yes, they all originated from Italy's 7th most populous city. Its rich history comes to no surprise as the first settlements date back to at least 1000 BC. It has withstood four periods from the Etruscan period and Celtic period to the Roman period and the Middle Ages. Learn more about Bologna through the Bologna Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     All'Osteria Bottega

For foodies out there All'Osteria Bottega is the place to be while in Bologna. The owners themselves, Daniele and Valeria lavish attention on every table between trips to the kitchen. Enjoy plates of culatello di Zibello ham, tortellini in capon broth, Petroniana-style veal cutlets (breaded and fried, then topped with Parma ham and parmigiano reggiano and pan-sauteed in broth) and other Slow Food delights.

2.      Torre degli Asinelli

The leaning towers are the city's main symbol. The taller tower, the Torre degli Asinelli is 97.2m-high and is open to the public. However, be prepared to climb up and down 498 steps. It was built by the Asinelli family between 1109 and 1119. The shorter tower, the Torre Garisenda is 47m-high and leans 3.2m off vertical. If you wish to climb up the shorter twin, you'll have to purchase tickets in advance from the official website as there are no tickets sold onsite.

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3.     Basilica di Santo Stefano

The Basilica di Santo Stefano is such an interesting religious site to visit. Its unique atmospheric structure is like a labyrinth filled with interlocking ecclesiastical structures. Its architecture dates back centuries of Bolognese history and incorporates Romanesque, Lombard and even ancient Roman elements.

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Expect to Be Wowed by Belgrade, the Bustling Capital of Serbia

Expect to Be Wowed by Belgrade, the Bustling Capital of Serbia

When you think of Serbia you probably think of cold winter nights and sleepy cities, but the country's capital and largest city is a far cry from what you'd expect. Belgrade's exuberant nightlife should not be missed and its adventures atmosphere not to be taken lightly. It is considered one of the most happening cities in Europe. But it's not just a city of the future, it is also rich in history. Watch as the past unfolds before your eyes socialist blocks are squeezed between art nouveau masterpieces and remnants of the Habsburg legacy contrast with Ottoman relics. Download the Belgrade Travel Guide and Offline Map now and start exploring!

1.     Kalemegdan Citadel

The Kalemegdan Citadel is a testament to strength and power. After 115 battles it was destroyed more than 40 times throughout the centuries. Much of what stands today is the product of 18th-century Austro-Hungarian and Turkish reconstructions. The fort's bloody history is discernible despite the abundance of today's modern time cafes and funfairs, only making Kalemegdan all the more fascinating.

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2.      Great War Island

Don't let its name fool you Belgrade's Great War Island is considered a peaceful reprieve to many from the city's bustling lifestyle. It was one a defense point during various battles for the city. Today, the lush greens run wild and is a haven for almost 200 bird species. At the Northern tip of the island, you'll find its famous swimming spot the Lido Beach. Located at the confluence of Sava and Danube during Summer, a temporary bridge is set up between Zemun and the island, though getting here by kayak is a lot more fun.

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3.     Nikola Tesla Museum

Considered as one of Belgrade's best museums, here you'll meet the man the 100DIN note. Watch your sci-fi dreams unfold in the museum as even Tesla's ashes are controversially kept here in a glowing, golden orb. Dedicated to the life and work of Nikola Tesla, the museum houses more than 160,000 original documents, over 2,000 books and journals, over 1,200 historical technical exhibits, over 1,500 photographs and photo plates of original, technical objects, instruments, and apparatus, and over 1,000 plans and drawings.

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Top 3 Reasons to Visit Versailles Palace, the Home of French Royalty

Top 3 Reasons to Visit Versailles Palace, the Home of French Royalty

If you think France can't get any more romantic and scenic then you have got to visit Versailles Palace. Not only is the palace located in Versailles a picturesque site filled with outstanding artworks and architecture, but it also holds five centuries of history. What used to be home to the French royals until the French Revolution dates back to the 11th century. Today, It is now open as a museum and is a very popular tourist attraction. Set forth to the beautiful château with the Versailles Palace Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     The Grand Palace

The Palace has been listed for 30 years as a World Heritage and is considered one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art. What used to be Louis XIII's old hunting pavilion was transformed and continued to be embellished by France's succeeding kings. Starting from his son, Louis XIV, who installed the Court and government within the pavilion in 1682. At present, the palace contains 2,300 rooms and its area expands to up to 63,154 square meters.

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2.      The Estate of Trianon

When the Royals needed a break from the prying eyes and ears of the public they sought refuge in the Estate Trianon. Although its construction began under Louis XIV, it's more famously for Queen Marie-Antoinette. She was known to regularly visit the Petit Trianon, where she had beautifully landscaped gardens commissioned creating a rustic atmosphere for intimate moments. Here you'll be able to see many of the estate's architectural gems.

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3.     The Royal Stables

Construction of the Great and Small stables was built under Louis XIV rule and is considered the greatest royal construction project for housing horses ever. Situated across the Palace, both stable stand at the edge of Place d’Armes. The placement and size of the Royal Stables is a testament to the importance of horses in the Ancien Régime.

 

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Adventures in Santiago de Compostela, Spain's Famed Pilgrimage Site

Adventures in Santiago de Compostela, Spain's Famed Pilgrimage Site

Situated in the far north-west of Spain in the region of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela is a famous pilgrimage site. It symbolizes the Spanish Christian's struggle against Islam. At the end of the 10th century, the Muslims destroyed the city and was later rebuilt in the following century. It is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site not only for its rich history but also for its Gothic and Baroque architecture. Pack your bags and head over there with the Santiago de Compostela Travel Guide and Offline Map.

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1.     Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

The city's cathedral plays an important role in Christianity. It is said to be the burial place of Saint James the Great himself, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. The cathedral has been a place of pilgrimage since the early Middle Ages and marks the end of the pilgrimage route. The architecture itself is marvellous in its own right with a Romanesque structure, with later Gothic and Baroque additions.

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2.      Museum of Galician People

The former 17th to 18th-century Convent of Santo Domingo de Bonaval house the Museum of Galician People that opened in 1977. The museum showcases the Galician culture with different rooms dedicated to the sea, trades, the land, clothes, music, the living environment, and architecture. It also has two sections dedicated to archaeology, painting, and sculpture. The museum owns a great collection of traditional costumes, laces, even musical instruments.

3.     Monte do Gozo

The Hill of Joy or what locals call Monte do Gozo is a hill in Santiago de Compostela and it is the first place where pilgrims get their first view of the spires of their final destination--the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. By tradition, this is also where the pilgrims cry out in rapture upon seeing their final destination. Monte de Gozo is about three kilometers outside the city and you may hike up to the top or alternatively and the more popular choice among visitors, cycle to the top.

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Museum Hopping in Paris, the Art Capital of France

Museum Hopping in Paris, the Art Capital of France

Paris, the city of love, but did you also know it's hailed as the capital city of art in France? This city alone is home to about 200 or so museums. With that being said any art lover would never be able to resist Paris' charm. But with that many museums and not enough time to spend in this lovely city, we give you three absolutely unmissable museums. So what are you waiting for? Get that itinerary ready and don't forget to download the Paris Museums Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     The Louvre

Probably the most iconic museum in Paris and for good reason. It's the world's largest museum and considered a city within the city. Not only is it filled to the brim with artistic glories the museum itself is a masterpiece in its own right. It houses over 35,000 works of art and artifacts from the Egyptians, Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans. The main draw of the museum is its painting and sculpture collection. It is in fact, home to the famous Mona Lisa.

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2.      Musée d’Orsay

Imagine a museum set in an old train station dating back the 1900's. Well, imagine no more because Musée d’Orsay’s is exactly just that. This quaint museum houses an enormous collection of works by Delacroix, Monet, Courbet, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and many others. In 2011, the museum reopened its most important rooms that are dedicated to the artworks of Courbet and Van Gogh. If you ever need a break from walking around stop by its submarine themed cafe tucked behind a clock designed by the Campana brothers.

3.     Musée du Quai Branly

If you've already gotten your fill of European art then head over to the Musée du Quai Branly. This museum is uniquely surrounded by lush greenery and nestled on the banks of the Seine. It's dedicated to the ethnic art of Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas. Artifacts on display include a tenth-century anthropomorphic Dogon statue from Mali, Vietnamese costumes, Gabonese masks, Aztec statues, Peruvian feather tunics, and rare frescoes from Ethiopia.

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Enjoying Oslo, the City of Vikings and Ice

Enjoying Oslo, the City of Vikings and Ice

Imagine a coastal city that sits atop a fjord in one of the most picturesque countries in the world. Well, imagine no more and start planning your trip to Oslo, the capital of Norway. Famously known for its picture-perfect green spaces, museums, and rich Viking history. Visit the Viking Ship Museum which is home to Viking ships from the 9th century or go ski-jumping and enjoy a panoramic view of Oslofjord. Whatever you do don't forget let the Oslo Travel Guide and Offline map be your travel buddy!

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1.     Viking Ship Museum

What's a visit to Oslo without taking a trip to the Viking Ship Museum and learning about Nordic culture? Some 1100 years ago Vikings used longships as centerpieces for grand ceremonial burials and along with these ships many items such as jewelry, furniture, weapons, and even dogs and servants. In the late 19th century three ceremonial ships were discovered and now wonderfully restored to give us a glimpse into the world of Vikings.

2.      Holmenkollen Ski Jump

Even when you're not a dare-devil ski jumper Holmenkollen is still a great place to add to your Oslo bucket list. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the entire city, it offers a panoramic view of the city and has tons of other attractions you can enjoy. If ski-jumping just isn't for you, but you're still up for that adrenaline rush, try out their zipline which is 361 meters of pure adrenaline. And if you're up for something more relaxed visit the ski museum that has documented over 4,000 years of skiing history.

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3.     Magic Ice Bar and Gallery

If you're itching for a drink to keep warm in Oslo's cool temperatures why not head over to Magic Ice and enjoy your drink in a truly unique setting. From the seats and glasses to the illuminated sculptures almost everything is made out of ice at this bar and gallery. Have a walk around and revel in the amazing ice installations with colorful LED lighting.

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Three Great Places to Visit in Lake Tahoe

Three Great Places to Visit in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is more than just your average lake. Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains it offers a myriad of activities and attractions in and around the lake itself. Pick one of the nearby ski resorts and enjoy a snow-filled visit or go for a picnic by the beach. There's always something here for everyone from wooden trails and stunning lake views to Vikingsholm, a 1929 Nordic-style mansion. Be sure to download the Lake Tahoe Travel Guide and Offline Map for your lake-side adventures.

1.     Van Sickle Bi-State Park

Nestled at the border of California and Nevada, the Van Sickle Bi-State Park pays tribute to Henry Van Sickle, a key member in the founding of Genoa and the surrounding areas. This public recreation area offers trails for hiking, mountain biking, and even horseback riding. You can also enjoy beautiful historical buildings, which include the historic Van Sickle farm barn, a 1917-era log cabin

2.      Fannette Island

Nestled in Emerald is the only island in Lake Tahoe. Fannette Island was the home of Captain Dick Barter, the Hermit of Emerald Bay, from 1863 to 1873 thus earning it the name Hermit's Island. The eccentric captain built his own tomb and chapel on the island. Accessible by boat, canoe, or kayak you enjoy a different perspective of the lake from the granite islet. On top of the hill lie the ruins of a small stone building, the "Tea House".

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3.     Vikingsholm

Vikingsholm a 38-room mansion on the shore of Emerald Bay was built in 1929 by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight as a summer home. The Nordic-style mansion was inspired by Mrs. Knight's travels to Scandinavia and some parts of the structure contain no nails or spikes as a result of old-fashioned construction methods. Today it is now on the National Register of Historic Places while most of the building was made from materials found at Lake Tahoe.

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