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Discovering Tuscany, even in autumn

Why go to Tuscany in autumn? So you can discover the elegant charm of an enchanting region. Summer is already a distant memory, and the monotonous daily routine is back with an arrogant air and an unbearable grin. Summer is also synonymous with holidays, relaxation, fun, travel, and so forth. But, who said that only in the heat of the day you have to leave? How about a few unforgettable days in one of the most welcoming and beautiful regions of Italy? Which? We are talking about the beautiful Tuscany, which in autumn seems to capture many tourists’ attention thanks to the elegance of the clothes they usually wear in this particular period.

It is dressed in a thousand pastel colors, with darker colors interspersed with brighter shades, and it usually sprays a sweet perfume on its necks, a refined mix of essences that can only be found here. There are many cities of art, villages, and the Italian regions of indescribable beauty, but Tuscany in autumn occupies the first place ever.

Autumn holidays in Tuscany: cities of art and villages

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In this region, where hospitality is one of the pillars of substantial tourism, it is possible to get lost in the alleys of suggestive medieval villages, where time is unknown and moving a few kilometers to dive into the wonders of big cities of art.
In autumn, large cities (Florence in the first place) are not besieged by the most spirited type of tourism, the noisy one, the stormy and impetuous one. No, in autumn, it is possible to stroll unhurriedly through the streets of the main cities and breathe a calm air in the small villages’ heart, becoming an integral part of every reference reality. Less confusion and slower rhythms allow the visitor to admire every detail that surrounds him.

Then, the shades of color of the rolling Tuscan hills embrace large and small urban realities (Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Volterra, Cortona, San Gimignano, Livorno, etc.), frame a picture that is impossible to imitate. Warm colors embrace everyone and everything: a unique spectacle, to be followed in the front row, that is, going to Tuscany in autumn.

A relaxing and tasty autumn in Tuscany

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Another reason to spend a few days in Tuscany in the months leading up to winter? Relax in the beautiful and renowned local spas (Montecatini, Chianciano Terme, and Bagni di Lucca) and give the taste buds moments of absolute pleasure with the autumn flavors of a land that loves genuine and straightforward cuisine.

Sources and thermal springs rich in natural elements to regenerate body and mind and seasonal products, cooked following the ancient local culinary tradition, to embrace a land that has something magical completely. And why not take the opportunity to spend the New Year in Tuscany (for more details check ariannandfriends.com) thanks to the many offers available and absolutely to try?
Then, autumn is the period of the grape harvest, the olive and mushroom picking: why miss the opportunity to taste the best dishes of the local cuisine made perfect by fresh and fragrant products? As we have seen, you can find many holiday packages in Tuscany, a region that, in addition to offering the possibility of tourism linked to art and history, has always welcomed tourists. It takes them by the hand to bring them along the long road of food and wine tourism excellence.

Art, nature, well-being, good food, and hospitality: this is Tuscany.

So let’s see what to eat or taste if you go to Tuscany

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Famous for its extraordinary natural landscape, from the countryside to the sea, but also for the historical value of its main cities, first of all, Florence, and beyond, Tuscany is one of the most visited Italian regions, thanks also to its renowned food and wine tradition. There are many possible itineraries for excursions with tasting in Tuscany, an area rich in dishes with an intense, full flavor and typical recipes loved by Italians and foreigners, to be accompanied by some of the most prestigious national wines, such as Chianti or Brunello di Montalcino.

Assuming that even vegetarians can feel in a culinary paradise in this region, which makes great use of soups that can enhance the fruits of the earth, such as cereals, legumes, and vegetables in general, from cabbage to beans, for a start to make your mouth water, as a lover of fresh pasta, we cannot fail to mention the pappardelle, usually seasoned with delicious sauces, based on sausage, wild boar or game in general, but also with mushrooms or minced of braised Chianina.

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From the crostini of livers to the classic “Florentine”, however, the meat is one of the great protagonists of the Tuscan culinary tradition, always able to conquer even the most demanding palates. Rare or cooked (only for diehards), the adult bovine’s quality in these parts is indisputable. It tasted on the grill, the inevitable steak is excellent throughout the region, but it is typical, as the name implies, of Florence’s city. Its preparation reflects precise and rigorous rules: the meat must be of Chianina quality or (the only alternative allowed!) Of bovine Maremma, the thickness cannot be less than 4 cm. It must be served very rare, generally cut and ready for consumed by restaurateurs, and consumed immediately, hot and juicy. An authentic and challenging dining experience!

Even bread, in Tuscany, occupies a particular place: according to tradition, it is entirely without salt, and there are at least two schools of thought on the meaning of this choice. There are those who argue that the recipe, now as then, provides for its absence due to a tax on salt, in force already centuries ago. On the other hand, others assert that the bread is bland to compensate for the creamy condiments of all the typical local dishes to balance the flavors, especially the delicious ones of the meats and cheeses. Mostly enjoyed in the cold season, with a base of bread, beans and black cabbage, one of the most traditional dishes of Tuscany is prepared, the famous ribollita, a tasty “almost” unique dish, halfway between a soup and a stew of beans.

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And speaking of cheeses, undoubtedly the best known in Tuscany is pecorino, with a more or less compact texture depending on the degree of aging. One of the most significant production areas is in the Pisan hills, not far from Volterra, with dairies that stand out for the excellent quality of both pecorino and ricotta and typical cocotte, often prepared with the addition of walnuts, pepper, or even truffle.
We cannot finish – even if there is still something to say and to taste! – that with desserts, in particular, two typical ones: the crunchy cantuccini, one of the greatest confectionery points of pride of Tuscan cuisine, to be immersed in vin santo, a classic sweet dessert wine, and the panforte, a typical Christmas cake that has very ancient origins, a sort of cake rich in honey and dried fruit.
It is appropriate to say “last but not least”!

Buying House in Italy as Investments: Short Term Rental Opportunities

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An old saying goes, “You are as rich as you travel.” Many people, especially those passionate travelers, will attest to this. With each new journey, a person develops, expands his horizons by getting to know a new culture and peoples. Also, everyone needs to change the environment from time to time and relax, not thinking about every day’s work and routine.

People choose different destinations. While some enjoy touring the world’s famous metropolises, others find pleasure in touring rural areas or less developed countries. Nevertheless, this country meets the criteria of even the most discerning. Of course, this is about Italy. From world-famous ski resorts, through incredibly beautiful beaches, to Rome and Venice, this country will satisfy the senses of everyone who visits it. Italian cities exude art and amazing architecture. Also, Milan is known as one of the capitals of high fashion, so we don’t have to explain why women love this city and this country.

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What we can say with certainty is that this is a country where you will certainly not be bored. For the more romantic, there is Verona where the house of Julia is located. There is no person who hasn’t heard of Romeo and Juliet, and by coming to this place, you’ll feel like you’re at the center of the story itself. You can continue a romantic weekend with a loved one by gondola ride through Venice. For art lovers, Rome, but also other cities have a lot to offer, because that is where many museums and galleries are located. We have already mentioned many beaches you should visit. This country is also known for its wines, so it is inevitable to visit Tuscany. Italy offers you much more, but to experience it, you have to visit this country.

Many tourists opt for hotel accommodation, but very often this does not prove to be the best solution. Why? While hotels offer full service, accommodation, food, and room cleaning, sometimes lunch or dinner is just what can “spoil” your plans. We have already listed a few places that every tourist should visit when they come to this country. However, for all this to arrive, it may happen that you will not arrive for lunch at the hotel at the planned time. This will also lead to additional costs, as you will have to order elsewhere if you want to go outside where you are staying, or to go back to the hotel not to miss the dinner.

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For real travelers, eager to visit as much as possible, the right solution is to rent private accommodation. This will not hinder your adventures, and on the other hand, you will not have to worry about cleaning and changing the bedding. You can prepare your food, and when you are already in Italy, you should not miss Italian cuisine and try some of the specialties. Staying in a rented house will make the time spent here more beautiful, you will feel relaxed, like at home.

For those who are thinking of buying a house in Italy, this could be a reason that will prevail to do so. In addition to always having a place where you can go on vacation and enjoy with family and friends, this will also be a great source of income, because when you are not there, you can rent it. With this, you are constantly gaining.

Before you realize this idea, it is important to think about the target group, whether you want your guests to be more family people who will enjoy nature with their children or young people who would rather go crazy and enjoy the nightlife and city tours. This will help you to decide what location to choose.

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As for the conditions you must meet to buy a property and start this business, you can find out more by clicking on Accountingbolla.com. Here you can find answers about taxes and your responsibilities to the country and much other useful information for starting a business. What we can say is that you, as a host, will have to meet some conditions: you will have to provide a check-in service, prepare a contract for the guest to sign, provide a cleaning lady who will clean the house and change the bed linen, and issue a service bill rentals.

Such kind of business is required as a business activity, and in case you want to provide extra service, you are required to operate as a business, which allows you to provide extra services, writing off costs associated with the portal fee, and also allows you access to public grants and loans. All those who stay longer than 30 days are automatically considered permanent residents, and as long-term tenants, they meet the conditions for schooling, voting, health care, and zone parking, while temporary tenants – tourists, cannot ask any of these benefits. In that case, taxes and utilities are the responsibility of the landlord.

To characterize your house as a furnished holiday let, it has to be available to tourists and not to be rented to family and friends, or to the long-term tenants.

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Also, if you do not file your taxes, it will cost you 250 € – 1024 €. One more interesting thing is if you rented via an internet portal, you are not obliged to pay taxes, but you are wrong if you think you can cheat the system. Every time, after somebody rents a flat via the internet portal, it automatically sends a recap return to the tax office.

You are probably wondering if foreign nationals can buy property in Italy. The answer is yes, but only if there is an international agreement between Italy and the country of origin of the potential buyer. Also, if the foreigner is an EU citizen and the agreement that allows mutually requested activities between Italy and foreigner’s country exist, you can buy a property.

Study all the necessary information well, and combine the pleasant with the useful!

How to Enjoy a Cup of Coffee During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Older people are especially in the risk of Coronavirus, and it is advised for them to stay in their homes until the pandemic is over, while younger people are struggling with them, because some of them are not willing to respect those measures and advice.

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Recently, a woman in Italy had a similar problem with her very determined father, who left his home for a cup of coffee, besides the fact that there are measures that restrict older people from leaving their apartments. However, her father was just making a prank with her, since he only went in front of their garden, and asked his wife, which was on the other side of the window, to make him a cup of coffee.

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Funny videos like this one are a nice way of distracting our thoughts a little bit from the current situation that the whole world is going through.

Lady Gaga’s New Single Starts Playing at a Meeting About Coronavirus

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Recently, a unique situation happened at a Coronavirus meeting in Italy. During a serious debate about how to prevent the spread of the infection, someone accidentally started playing Lady Gaga’s new song “stupid love” from their phone.

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Earlier, she retweeted a video of this strangely hilarious mistake and added: “and this is why I make music.”

The 33-year-old singer and actress released her new hit single and official music video last Friday, February 28th. In the video, Gaga stuns in several pink outfits. She combined her outstanding looks to her perfectly styled pink hair. The release of “stupid love” announces Gaga’s sixth upcoming album called “Chromatica.”

Tom Cruise quarantined in Italy Over corona virus outbreak

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, 57, and the crew of “Mission Impossible” which is set to be filming in Venice, have been quarantined over a corona virus threat, which is spreading through Italy, according to the Jerusalem Post, citing British actor Simon Peg.

Tom Cruise is said to have arrived in Venice on February 20th to film the seventh sequel to “Mission Impossible.”

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Due to the epidemic of the corona virus spreading through Italy, the entire crew is housed in isolation at the lavish Gritty Palace Hotel.
It is pointed out that no one of the crew members has contracted the corona virus, but they will be quarantined until at least the second of March.

Curiously enough, the shooting was canceled even before Tom Cruise arrived in Italy, so now the question that arises is whether he is in isolation at a luxury hotel or not.

The film was due to be shot in Venice over the course of three weeks, but the project was suspended due to the rapid spread of the disease.
According to the latest information, 1,188 people have contracted corona virus disease in Italy, and 29 have died so far.

Red Like Valentino

Known by his first name, Valentino Garavani is one of Italy’s most renowned fashion designers. Universally known for his haute couture dresses in luxurious and romantic red cloth, he has also created a whole line of accessories and a range of perfumes.

Valentino – The Couturier

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Valentino Garavani was born on May 11, 1932, in Lombardy, Northern Italy. At the age of 17, passionate about fashion, he moved to Paris to pursue his studies at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.

At the end of his studies, he went to Jean Dessès to design models, and then after a short stay with his friend Guy Laroche, he returned to Italy to create his own House in Rome with his parents’ financial help.

In 1960, like a Pierre Bergé for Yves Saint Laurent, he met Giancarlo Giammetti for a long-term relationship and a financial partnership that enabled him to ensure his development.

In 1962 he presented his first haute couture collection at the Pitti Palace in Florence. Acclaimed by critics, he quickly became the designer of choice for celebrities. After establishing himself as the leading designer of Italian haute couture, in 1967, he received the famous and prestigious Neiman Marcus Award in the United States for his “colorless collection” for which he resisted the trend for decadent color palettes. He opted for beige, white, and ivory tones. It was this collection that saw the omnipresent ‘V’ become the logo of its brand.

The same year, he designed Jackie Kennedy‘s dress for her wedding with Aristotle Onassis. Jackie O was a loyal customer and friend of Valentino’s.

Valentino – The designer

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In 1969, the designer opened his first ready-to-wear stores in Milan and Rome, before moving to New York, where he spent most of the 1970s in the company of famous personalities from the world of fashion and art

In the 1980s, he launched his first line of Valentino children’s clothing and a collection of clothing for young adults called Olivier.

In 1989, he opened the Valentino Academy in Rome, a cultural center, to present art exhibitions and cultural activities.

In 1998 he sold his company while remaining at the head of the brand’s design. In 2008, he presented his last ready-to-wear fashion show during Fashion Week in Paris. An incredible tribute from her colleagues and favorite models, including Claudia Schiffer, Eva Herzigova, and Naomi Campbell.

Although he retired for the Valentino brand, the famous designer is still working on special operations. He designed the actress Anne Hathaway‘s wedding dress at the end of 2012 and, the wedding dress which Princess Madeleine of Sweden wore for her royal wedding in June 2013.

Valentino – Perfumes

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The first Valentino fragrance was launched in 1979, Valentino for Women, an opulent floral scent with a superb gadroon bottle all in curves created by Pierre Dinant. This fragrance with

limited distribution was relaunched in 1986 without ever being able to demonstrate its exquisite quality.

The Vendetta lines followed successively with a feminine and a masculine fragrance in 1991, the Very Valentino lines in 1998, the Rock’ n and V lines in 2006, for each of the women’s and men’s fragrances.

In 2010 Valentino perfumes leave the Procter & Gamble fold for a partnership with the Puig group. All the old perfumes are removed from sale in favor of a new range that is more luxurious and more in line with Italian haute couture. In 2011, Valentina, a perfume inspired by Rome and Italian culture, will be launched, a delicate and elegant fragrance that will be the foundation of the new range. 

In 2012 Valentina Assoluto, 2013 Valentina Acqua Floreale, 2015 Valentina Rose, and in 2016 Valentina Poudre will follow.

At the same time, Valentino fragrances are launching their men’s scent: Valentino Uomo, a fragrance with a woody, classic, and casual character.  A tribute to Rome, and La Dolce Vita, with its sophisticated and graphic bottle.

Valentino fragrances represent an Italian, luxurious, elegant, and generous fashion. 

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The best Fountains in Rome

Rome is literally an open-air museum, so full of monuments and attractions that many of them could even go unnoticed. For example, not everyone is aware that Rome is the town of fountains.

Since the Roman Empire, Romans have developed a complex and yet efficient public water supply system, through their aqueducts. The result of this work is a capillary network of fountains that are still working and constantly enhanced, starting from the modest “nasoni” (literally “big noses”, because of their peculiar shape) to the biggest monumental waterworks highlighted in the most significant spots of Rome’s historic center.

Through the most famous Rome’s fountain, it’s possible to draw an itinerary through a millennial history and culture of the most artistic city in the world. You can check to click here to learn more about these wellsprings. Many organized tours propose a path through the Italian capital’s renowned waterworks, in order to outline some of its most significant periods throughout almost 3.000 years of history. Do you want an example? Try to follow this one.

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We can start our walk (because our trip through the best fountains in Rome could be experienced going on foot) from Piazza Della Repubblica, a square located a few meters from Termini Station, Rome’s most important railway hub. In the middle of it, we can find the Fountain of the Naiads (Fontana Delle Naiadi), a circular planned waterworks piece of art built at the end of the XIX Century. It features five statues: four nymphs and – right in the center – the fisherman Glaucus. Each figure is depicted while it’s fighting against a realistic or mythological animal: this is meant to symbolize the everlasting struggle between man and nature.

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Moving towards the historical center, we come across Piazza Barberini, in the middle of which we can find the Fountain of Triton (Fontana del Tritone), one of the most important pieces of baroque art bequeathed to Rome by the genius of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Just a few more minutes walking, and we end up in Piazza di Spagna, maybe the most popular and iconic squares in Rome. There, another Bernini’s masterpiece stands out in the middle, right in front of the equally famous stairway: the Fontana Della Barcaccia (roughly translatable in “Worthless Boat’s wellspring”), an object of admiration from hordes of tourists that every day crowd the square.

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Stepping towards Saint Peter, we finally find the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi), the largest waterworks in Rome, another magnificent example of baroque art. Not only a wellspring, but a real monument, Trevi Fountain is hidden in a small square, but it’s also the iconic Roman wellspring par excellence, at least from the time when Federico Fellini included in his masterpiece La dolce vita the notorious scene in which Anita Ekberg takes a bath inside its waters.

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In Piazza Della Rotonda, right in front of the Pantheon Temple, there is the Pantheon Fountain (Fontana del Pantheon), known for its six-meter obelisk placed (actually more than a century after its completion) in the middle of it. And finally we get to Piazza Navona, another iconic monumental square, with its three fountains: the Neptune (Fontana di Nettuno), designed by Giacomo Della Porta and located in the northern end of the square; the Fountain of Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi) in the middle, designed by Bernini; and the Fountain of the Moor (Fontana del Moro), located in the southern end and also designed by Bernini. This waterworks triptych can be considered the apotheosis of Baroque art in Rome and the clearest evidence of how much monumental fountains are an indivisible and unmissable part of its historical and cultural landscape.

Spend Your Holiday Days On Some At The Best Vacation Destinations

Traveling is a beautiful thing and one of the best investments you can make. If planning on the time, it will give you the opportunity to rest, have fun and meet new cultures. And it has never been easier – with traveling agencies offering cheap programs for destinations all around the world you can finally visit the place you have always dreamed of.

Whether it is a capital city holding a historical value, or a beautiful tropical island one thing matters – you should enjoy every second of it! Saying this, we came up with a list of the best vacation destinations out there covering more than few different yet equally attractive ones. Let’s take a look!

Paris, France

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One of the most attractive destinations for tourists around the world has to be the capital of France and the so-called City of Love –Paris. Once there, you will be able to experience the historical value of it while still taking a walk and enjoying the romantic suburbs of Montmartre and Champ-Elysees. You will see the famous Tour De Eiffel and get to take a ride down the Sena river that is especially beautiful at sunset. Whether you are traveling with your family, friends or a partner it is a destination that will never go old and one you will surely enjoy!

Rome, Italy

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Another capital city of Europe, Rome has been a staple of culture and civilization for a few thousands of years. Same as the rest of Italy it features amazing architecture, food and people that will be more than glad to take you for a tourist tour. Visit the Colosseum, eat some pasta and don’t forget to keep it cool and relax. As the old proverb says – all paths lead to Rome. And if you are already in Italy going ahead and visiting Tuscany (with beautiful vineyards, and medieval sighting) is an excellent choice!

Bali, Indonesia

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As Bali is slowly becoming one of the most famous tourist destinations be sure to experience all the treasures of it while it is still partially untouched. You will get the chance to meet the pesky yet funny monkeys, enjoy the white sand beaches, traditional shows, and fall in love with beautiful sunsets! Visiting the Indonesian gem will be one of the best decisions you ever made!

Crete, Greece

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Same as the above mentioned Bali but situated in Greece this is an island jewel. You will get to feel like a god as Crete is thought to be the birthplace of many Greek Gods as well as the European civilization. This beautiful island holds a huge historical value while still offering beautiful nature and the Mediterranean sea you will simply enjoy!

Marrakech, Morocco

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If someone has asked me what would be the best city to go and feel the mix of different countries and vibes I would certainly say Marrakech. This beautiful Morrocan city will take a special place in your heart, and you will be able to experience French, Arab and Spanish influence along the way. Beautiful buildings and even better-spiced food will make your stay a day or two longer than you have initially planned!

Phuket, Thailand

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The island covered with Buddhist temples, beautiful white sand beaches, and water sports options has to be one of the best destinations to spend your vacation days on. Once again the blue lagoons and beautiful sunset that you will be able to experience every day are just a few reasons why you should visit this gemstone. And taking a swim in the Andaman Sea is a must all day long!

Jamaica

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Jamaica is so special that whatever place you visit on the island you are sure to go back with beautiful memories feeling like you are born again. The people there are so nice and relaxed you will have no place for stress, and simply lying on the beach will seem like the most beautiful experience ever. Along with that, you have a variety of nice bars and clubs that you can visit and enjoy the positive reggae vibes that Jamaica has to offer. With forests and unique wildlife everywhere around it is excellent if you are a fun of hiking as well!

Hurghada, Egypt

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Last, but certainly not least is the beautiful place of Hurghada situated in the civilization’s cradle – Egypt. The turquoise water and beautiful beaches are just what you need when on vacation, and you will be able to scuba dive and enjoy the coral reefs everywhere around. Exploring the old town of El Dahar will be a fun thing to do in a day, and the politeness of Hurghada people is something you will be amazed about!

Summary

There are hundreds of beautiful vacation destinations out there, and we only listed a few life-changing ones. It is your choice where and when will you go, but remember to travel and experience life throughout!