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How To Staycation Like A Pro.

How To Staycation Like A Pro.

Cue the heel-click because sometimes there is “No Place Like Home” and we’ve got the ruby slippers to get us there. Enter La Fiamma: the perfect answer to our call for a summer red (in silk form). Skip the transit and sit back. Because we’ve got our favorite staycation tips and activities.

  1. We’re thinking out of the box: the best tips on how to be a tourist in your own city
  2. Slow down a New York Minute: plan a little escape from the ‘concrete jungle’ at these local NYC beaches
  3. A must read: kick back and learn about the surprising history of Italy’s Spritz cocktails (+ recipes to make in your own backyard)
  4. Get your seaweed masks ready with the ultimate guide to the best Spas in the United States
  5. And for those of us with an eye for beautiful architecture and a bit of wanderlust, channel @psychodreaming for a little armchair traveling
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To Summer Is a Verb.

To Summer Is a Verb.

Memorial Day has come and gone, so if you haven’t already, it’s time dig out those white jeans and summer dresses (and boy, do we have the perfect shoe for those summer whites: meet La Bianca, the perfect silvery-white silk furlane to offset your white jean addiction). Cheers to the endless BBQs, the sun soaked Instagrams, and the drinks by the pool in our near future. 

  1. How to compactly pack everything you need for these sunny days and getaways.
  2. Consider this bookmarked: Europe’s Top 10 Cooking Classes. Everything from how to make kebabs and baklava in Istanbul to warm pillows of gnocchi in Bologna.
  3. Staycationing this summer? We’ve got you covered with the best American beaches to visit.
  4. Fire up the grill: our mouths are watering for these summer BBQ recipes
  5. In other news of “how did we not think of this ourselves?!”: The Beach Glass, perfectly designed to stand upright in the grass and sand. Cue the Instagrams.
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MDW (+all the good feels)

MDW (+all the good feels)

We would like to take this moment to praise the unofficial official start of summer. We’re already planning our summer Fridays, daydreaming of digging our toes in the sand and the endless escapades ahead. Need help getting inspired? We've pulled together our top five fun things to add to your summer to-try list:  

  1. Who says shoe shining can’t be glamorous? Italian shoe shiner, Elenora Lovo is making headlines with her chic shoe shining business completely run by women.

  2. Our caffeine addiction has hit a new level: Illy celebrates their 25th Anniversary of the Art Collection with an exhibition at the Venice Biennale which features espresso cups designed by artists including Jeff Koons, Robert Wilson, Pucci and more.

  3. Channel your inner Chef Edward Giobbi to bring a bite of Italy straight to your kitchen with this Spaghetti alla Foriana recipe.

  4. Not to be missed: Charles Ray debuts his sculptures at the American Academy in Rome where ancient motifs take on a modern twist.

  5. Maestro please! Here is your guide on how to dress (+sing) like a gondolier.

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If It's Friday, It Must Be...Italy!

If It's Friday, It Must Be...Italy!
The weather is beautiful, and we’re ready to fully embrace our summer dresses and our sleeveless tops, but instead of soaking up the vitamin D, we’re all stuck shivering in our air-conditioned offices. Never fear: we’ve got the cure!  Escape Italy-style with the help of our five favorite finds from this week:
  1. Take five and tour Venice’s breathtaking canals and architecture via National Geographic.

  2. Make a wish: over €3,000 each day are tossed over the shoulders of tourists from around the world. Here’s what else you didn’t know about the Trevi Fountain.

  3. In need of something sweet? We’ve got you covered: the best foil-wrapped Italian chocolates to satisfy any sweet tooth!

  4. Skip the jarred stuff: this is the ultimate pesto recipe you need to try next.

  5. There is literally no such thing as too many sunset pics with @NeuMarc’s picturesque Instagram. If you’re looking for a travel buddy, we’re available!   

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Your Spring Checklist, Delivered.

Your Spring Checklist, Delivered.

Those pesky April showers brought us not only beautiful May flowers, but also a gorgeous new line from your favorite Italian shoe brand. Designed to keep you exploring the newest adventures around town, we’ve mastered comfort, style and the perfect shoe to pair with your white jeans.  Kick back your gem tone shoes, pour yourself a glass of rose and check out our Top 5 ways to get ready for Spring:

  1. It’s time: purge your closet of all those tops you haven’t worn since before cronuts were a thing. Here are our favorite tips on how to let go.

  2. Spring weather calls for your favorite drinks by the pitcher. Break out your punch bowl - we’ll certainly be serving up more than just one glass.

  3. Coachella may be over, but our summer set list has just been posted. Here’s the 2017 concert tour dates we’ve been waiting for.

  4. Sign us up: we’re packing our bags and heading straight to visit Villa Rosmarino (though we could probably stay forever).

  5. College graduation is rapidly approaching, and so is every post-grad-trip-to-Europe-rite-of-passage. We’ve got the tips on how to travel with your best friends (and stay friends).

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The Friday Five

The Friday Five

We're stymied that December is here already: where did 2016 go?!?!  In an attempt to sit back and pause for a second (and try to get our bearings), we've decided this month to look back at the year, specifically at our favorite news stories and other things that made us smile.  So, without further ado, here are five of our favorite things from the 2016 archives:

1.  The most recent first: we're taking notes (and seriously rethinking our cookie consumption) from the oldest woman in the world.

2. We're a little bummed that we didn't make it to see this mind-boggling art installation this year, but we'll console ourselves by binging on all the videos documenting it.

3.  And if binging on all the videos in #2 doesn't do the trick, at least we've got more time to get our act together and get ourselves to Rome to see the recent restoration of the Colosseum: we do love a good archaeological facelift!

4. We're still waiting for this pasta packaging to become a reality (maybe we'll just have to ask Santa to lend a hand...).

5. This bewitching video was made for a shoe exhibit at the V&A, but if you're hailing from New England, you're in luck: the traveling exhibit recently opened at the Peabody Essex Museum!

A presto!
Team Idoni

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The Friday Five: Wanderlust Edition

The Friday Five: Wanderlust Edition

We're already dreading next week's traffic and crowds as we race towards the promise of Thanksgiving dinner.  To distract ourselves from the impending travel-induced headache , we've been daydreaming of new places to see and explore.  And, we've come up with quite the list (if we do say so ourselves).  So, without further ado, here are the top five from this week's wanderlust list:

1. North: well, north of Rome, that is.  We're packing our stretchiest pants in anticipation of all the restaurants and gelaterias on this food-tastic guide.

2. South: whether you're looking to indulge your inner beach bum, history nerd, or Godfather-super-fan, Sicily has you covered.  We love this insider's guide to the island (and can't get enough of the author's beach wardrobe: need, want, must have!)

3. East: near the coast of the Adriatic Sea exists a fountain of mythical proportions that pours forth wine instead of water.  All you need to do is pack a glass (or water bottle, we won't judge).

4. West: we love the idea of getting off the beaten [American tourist] track.  This island is now at the top of our list (there's more to read about it here too).

5. The Rest: whether Veneto makes your heart sing, Tuscany makes your soul smile, or Piedmont makes your heart go pitter-pat, this guide won't fail you in helping come up with yet another Italian town to add to your "to visit" list.

A presto!
Team Idoni

P.S. Looking for a daily dose of la dolce vita?  Head over to our Instagram page @idoniveneto to elevate your everyday!

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10 Carry-On Must Haves

10 Carry-On Must Haves

Gone are the days when air-travel was an elegant experience, when people got dolled up to the nines to take a flight.  Our current reality of cramped leg-room, seats that requires dexterous climbing skills to crawl to the bathroom mid-flight, and the need for patience of mythical proportions to wait for everyone to board/deplane, is a far cry from those golden days. 

But still we travel.  And, if you’re anything like us, you tend to over pack when it comes to the necessities that are stuffed into your carry-on.  Fed up with sore arms and backs from lugging the kitchen sink with us onto the airplane, we’ve come up with our 10 must have items in our under-seat carry-on (not including wallet, phone, and keys).

What do you think? Is there something we’ve left off this list that you can’t live without (or something on here that you think is superfluous?)?  We’re always looking for tips and tricks to make life easier, effortless, and that elevate the everyday hassles. 

Next up: we’ll be tackling our overhead carry-on luggage necessities.  

 Our 10 Carry-On Essential Must Haves

1. Socks

Perhaps this is a little “granny” of us, but we can’t fly without a pair of socks.  The artic temperatures of flights turns the act of putting on a pair of heavy duty socks a moment of pure bliss.  Who doesn’t like toasty piggy toes?!

2. Water

We know that free drinks are a given on flights (at least for the time being), but let’s be honest: those tiny cups are never enough.  Do yourself a favor and give yourself a fighting chance against the dry air: make sure you grab a bottle of water before you board. Your seatmates will be jealous.

3. Headphones

We were late to joining the noise-cancelling headphone train, but now that we have, we simply can’t imagine a life without them.  Between the free movies or just savoring the opportunity to listen to our favorite playlist uninterrupted, these are life-savers.

4. Book/E-reader

There isn’t much to beat having an opportunity to catch up on reading (magazines and trashy romance/thriller/mystery are always welcome).  Being stuck in that seat harkens back to days where the majority of travel was armchair travel.  It’s fun to be mentally whisked away to another world while you’re literally being whisked away to another place.

5. Wrap Scarf

Sorry, but we just don’t trust airline blankets (if you can even get your hands on one).  So we’ve taken to bringing a massive wrap scarf with us on all our trips (road trips too).  Whether we use it as a snugly blanket or as a makeshift pillow, we always put it to good use.

6. Gum

We’ve been known to gobble our free peanuts/pretzels/cookies like the best of them.  And we always end up with that horrible taste in our mouth afterwards because there isn’t enough water or free soda to wash them down.  So, spare yourself that feeling of gross, and make sure to pack some minty fresh gum.

7. Notebook and Pen

We know that most flights have Wi-Fi and you could easily pull out your computer/tablet/phone to clock in some work.  But we’ve started pretending we don’t have access to the internet and have started pulling out our old fashion notebook and trusy pen to allow our mind to wander without the distractions of online shopping.

8. Catch All Zip Pouch

We all love a little bling, but getting through security with jewelry is a pain and we’re always terrified we’re going to misplace something.  So to keep our neurosis at a low, we’ve started toting around a little pouch to act as a catch-all for our baubles. 

9. Lip Balm

We’re used to harsh winter air, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the creepy paper dry skin that descends upon you while flying.  Give yourself a spa moment and bust out that lip balm (brownie points if it does double duty as a hand balm).

10. Charger

Even on airplane mode, our phone drains of battery during a flight.  Having that charger is imperative so you can slip away into the universe of your favorite playlist (or add to your to-do list).

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What To Pack: The Ultimate Packing List (Fall/Winter Edition)

What To Pack: The Ultimate Packing List (Fall/Winter Edition)

Late fall and the dead of winter may be gloomy and grey, but they're also a magical time of year: you can often get fantastic deals on flights to Europe (and get to miss out on the high-season of tourists and the joys of elbowing your way through the crowds)!

We're all about planning.  So, while we'll leave the actual travel details to you, we couldn't help but share our tried-and-true packing list in case you need some help/ideas/inspiration/permission-to-leave-things-behind.  

Our packing list is designed for a 10 day trip to Italy in the Fall/Winter (but could just as easily work for another European city or even NYC!).  We're always refining and rethinking our packing methodology, and we love new opinions and ideas, so don't be shy: let us know what you think!

Download Our Ultimate Italy Fall Winter Packing Guide.

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The Friday Five: Feeling Like...

The Friday Five: Feeling Like...

It's Been Quite a Week.

We think we can all agree that it has been an exhausting week.  So in the spirit of needing a distraction (or two), our weekly roundup has you covered, whether you feel like you need to regroup, renew, reflect, or just relax.  And so, without further ado, and in no particular order, here we go:

1. Feel like you need to carbo load? Throw together this fantastically cheesy pasta, gobble it down, and enjoy a good old fashioned food coma.

2. Feel like you need a dose of something simply sweet to make you sweetly smile? The instagram account @notmynonni won't let you down.

3. Feel like you need to teleport somewhere? This stunning video of Venice will instantly transport you to La Serenissima.

4. Feel like you need a drink? We'd recommend trying one of these fantastic negroni variations.

5. Feel like you need to close your eyes for a minute and lose yourself in the beauty of it all? A little Verdi and Pavarotti are just the thing.

A presto!

Team Idoni

P.S. Still feel like you need something more? Perhaps to giggle with the silly abandon of a little kid? Bugs, Elmer, and Rossini always have your back (if you're super desperate for a laugh, we recommend you jump to 2:50).

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