Everyone knows, there are thousands of places to visit in Italy. But do you know how to discover the real treasures of this country?
Italy is one of the Countries you have to visit at least once in a lifetime. Normally the typical trip plan for Asian people in groups is going to the big sights in those so called famous cities (such as, Rome, Florence, and Venice) with a bus, take as many pictures as they can, and one of the most important things is to get a souvenir with the name of the city written on. So all of them have been to the place, have more than hundreds of pictures of the sights which you see all the time in the guidebooks. Did they really see Parma, Italy? We can say that they did, but maybe there are more, other than the historical sights or hundreds year-old churches. There is another way to discover Italy, starting from discovering the essence of Italian living style, the unpolluted sunflower fields, and the fresh vegetables. Tourism business in Europe has been well developed since years ago, with its own culture and old history attracts many people every year. Therefore, there are already a lot of temporary accommodations. As a first time traveler in Europe years ago, I’ve tried the youth hostels, it’s the cheapest, and it gives us chances to meet people coming from around world. Later on, I was able to raise my travel budget. I tried the “mid-budget level” hotels, usually the 3-star ones. It seems safer than the hostels, and usually clean, but it doesn’t give me much chance to meet people.
It always gives me an impersonal feeling. Although I was very lucky to enjoy the trips I did wherever I stayed, I discovered the “Bed and Breakfast in Parma” about two years ago. The first Bed and Breakfast I stayed was in the Italian region called Parma. It was nicely renovated from an old mill. The owners are one Italian and one Irish, very kind and nice. During our stay, we were offered wine and joined in the conversation with them and other guests in their yard after sunset, their cat also welcomed us with its hospitality. I still remember that mid summer night we were all sitting under the soft moonlight, the weather was refreshing with cool breeze. After that time I was always choosing the Bed and Breakfast for my accommodation while traveling in Italy. Many times I got even good travel advices from the Bed and Breakfast owners, such as where to go, what is special in the area, or which restaurants are typical and good. However, what is the good way to search a Bed and Breakfast suitable for your need? As far as I know there is no information of Bed and Breakfast on hard copies, searching online is the most convenient channel. After some experiences with plenty of Bed and Breakfast sites, it occurred to me that making sure the location of the Bed and Breakfast is very important. On some sites, directly searching on a map is the best option. With its special functions, such as direct search for bed and breakfast in Parma on map, and important sights (museums, restaurants, viticulture…) near by on map. It’s clear and easy to use. I found it as a great help while planning trips.