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7 Reasons to Visit Napa Instead of Tuscany for a Wine Trip

The Italian region of Tuscany sits atop many travel bucket lists due to its historic cities, bucolic countryside, renowned wine, and world-class art collections. Meanwhile, the United States’ premier wine region — Napa Valley, California — has become increasingly popular with winos and foodies, but is often viewed as a weekend getaway rather than an…

The 12 Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Luxury Hotels in Italy

From the striking coastlines to the bustling metropolises, there are numerous luxury hotels throughout Italy. Offering high-end guest rooms, top-notch amenities, and consistently great service, it’s no wonder these opulent properties are in demand. While we’re all for splurging on a great getaway, we at Oyster want to make sure you get the most value…

The World’s Most Expensive Islands and Their Cheaper, Cooler Alternatives

If you’re anything like us, you’ve dreamt of jetting off to a far-flung island paradise, where the sand is soft and the sea sparkles as far as the eye can see. However, these idyllic destinations can be prohibitively expensive, due to their remote locations and high-end resorts. Do not despair, though, as we’ve come up…

The 11 Best Beach Towns in Italy

Beach at Grand Hotel Corallaro, Sardinia When you close your eyes and dream of Italy, what do you see? The massive Colosseum in Rome? The iconic marble David in Florence? Gondolas winding down the canals of Venice? Perhaps beaches don’t even hit your top 10, but Italy’s nearly 5,000 miles of coastline contain some of…

The Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine Regions

For wine lovers, few places in the world compare to Italy, a nation that boasts over 350 official vino varieties. Whether you prefer a crisp, dry white or a deep, full-bodied red, you’ll find your tipple of choice in this European country, where almost every region seems to have strong wine-making credentials. From the rolling…

The 6 Most Luxurious Hotels in Italy and Their Cheaper (But Similar) Alternatives

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como Between its culturally rich cities, charming countryside, appealing climate, and delicious cuisine, Italy makes a strong case for being one of Europe’s top vacation destinations. And when it comes to living the high life, the country’s vast array of luxurious hotels — from lakeside resorts to historic Roman villas…

Spain vs. Italy: Which Vacation Destination Should You Choose?

Both Spain and Italy conjure up images of sunshine, delicious food and wine, beautiful beaches, and a relaxed lifestyle. While the two countries have a lot in common, they are also wildly different. How, then, does one choose which country to visit if the budget doesn’t allow for both? We’ve put the two destinations head…

You Could Be Fined for Snacking on the Street in Florence

Florence, Italy/Oyster Florence, a city that’s known for its food — pizza, pasta, gelato — is prohibiting tourists and locals from pausing and snacking on some of its most popular sidewalks, roads, and doorsteps in the historic center. Effective September 4, the ordinance impacts streets near the Uffizi Galleries and the Palazzo Vecchio, including Via…

The Best Small Towns in Italy

Italy is much more than grand museums and Baroque churches. While Florence’s Uffizi Gallery and Rome’s marble-filled basilicas should be on any world traveler’s bucket list, the country’s small towns have plenty of homespun beauty that’s very different from the Renaissance masterworks and gilt-covered spires found in the big cities. Before the Boot unified in…

11 Charming Bed-and-Breakfasts in Europe

Bed and breakfast — such a simple formula can help travelers feel at home in big, unfamiliar cities. Though B&Bs might conjure images of New England hideaways or stately Southern mansions with rocking chairs set up on screened-in porches, Europe, too, is filled with these quaint, intimate retreats. So, if your idea of a special…