Travel News: Holland America Line Partners With Rolling Stone Magazine

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Holland America Line Partners With Rolling Stone Magazine for Rock Room Music Venue
Cruise Critic reports Holland America Line continues to show its commitment to live music at sea with the announcement of its latest venue, Rolling Stone Rock Room. At a live-streamed event in Seattle yesterday morning, Orlando Ashford, president and CEO of Holland America Line, spoke about the new partnership. “We are so excited to tap into Rolling Stone’s incredible expertise to create a new live entertainment venue that will appeal to all our guests,” said Ashford.”Innovative and authentic music experiences are at the heart of all our entertainment offerings and is what distinguishes us in the industry. Classic rock appeals to people across generations because the music is universal, and Rolling Stone Rock Room will bring another incredible live music venue to our ships.” The rock ‘n’ roll-style space joins the Music Walk lineup of Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard onboard the line’s Pinnacle-class ships. The Music Walk concept first debuted aboard Koningsdam in 2016, but individual venues have rolled out to other ships over the past two years. The space will feature a live band playing the greatest hits from four decades of classic rock. It will also feature its own themed drink menu. The Rolling Stone Rock Room will make its debut aboard Holland America’s upcoming cruise ship Nieuw Statendam in December when it launches and will be added to Koningsdam’s Music Walk that same month. 
 
Longest Nonstop Flight In America Announced
Travelwirenews reports Hawaiian Airlines announced the launch of “the longest regularly scheduled domestic route in US history, weekly between Boston and Honolulu ” which flies five days. Flight time from Boston to Honolulu will need around 11 hours, 40 minutes, the airline says. How far is that? 5,095 miles, challenging for most passengers, but doable according to the kind of seat and airplane configuration. Hawaiian Airlines Flights HA90 and HA91 will undoubtedly be flown by an Airbus A330, a wide-body twin engine that may typically seat about 275 passengers. Hawaiian said this flight could have 68 Extra Comfort seats in the primary cabin with a 36-inch pitch and 18-lie-flat leather seats in high grade, measuring 76 inches long and 20.5 inches wide in a 2-2-2 configuration. Later this season Singapore Airlines plans to start a flight that spends almost 20 hours in the air between Singapore and NY, about 9,500 miles. 
 
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Kenya Receives Formal Approval to Facilitate Direct Flights To The USA 
PR Newswire: Kenya Airways has received the Last Point of Departure (LPD) confirmation affirming that Jomo Kenyatta International Airport JKIA meets the Transport Security Administration (TSA) security standards. The US Ambassador, Robert Godec presented this letter to Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO, Sebastian Mikosz at a ceremony held at the Pride Centre, Embakasi. The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, James Macharia witnessed the handing over of TSA’s Last Point of Departure security standards letter. This letter enables Kenya Airways to operate direct flights to the United States of America. “We are indeed delighted that JKIA has been granted the Last Point of Departure status. This will now permit us to fly daily non-stop flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) New York as scheduled on October 28, 2018,” Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz said.
   
Tons Of Marine Litter Removed In Arctic Cleanups
Seatrade reports as the Arctic cruise season draws to a close, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators looked back on the results of the summer’s efforts to combat marine plastic pollution. AECO’s environmental agent Sarah Auffret has been working with cruise operators to identify ways to reduce the use of disposable plastic on ships. AECO’s UN-affiliated Clean Seas campaign also focuses on enhancing the involvement of expedition cruise passengers in Arctic beach cleanups. According to Auffret, people are becoming more and more aware of the problem of marine litter. ‘The project is about cutting down on single-use plastic and cleaning up litter that has already found its way to the ocean, but it’s also about educating people. Photos of polar bears chewing on Styrofoam send a strong message about how important it is that we change our habits,’ Auffret said. AECO’s efforts to change attitudes and address the problem are already yielding results. Auffret is impressed with what has been achieved in a just few busy months. ‘I’ve visited 21 ships and witnessed the changes they are making, for example by installing water dispensers to get rid of disposable water bottles. We’ve also seen that our members are making great contributions on the cleanup side of things. We know that at least 127 cleanups were completed by expedition cruise ships this summer, often in remote coastal areas where they can make a big difference. Fishing nets and other debris can have devastating effects on local wildlife and every cleanup counts,’ Auffret said. 
 
Delta Joins United, JetBlue In Raising Checked-Bag Fees
Associated Press reports Delta Air Lines is joining two rivals in raising fees to check a bag on a flight within the United States. Delta on Wednesday posted new fees of $30 for checking a first bag and $40 for a second bag, increasing the previous fees by $5 each. The changes match increases recently imposed by United Airlines and JetBlue Airways. By midday, American Airlines had not increased bag fees. Southwest Airlines lets passengers check up to two bags free. Airlines have been pulling in more revenue from extra charges for several years. Last year, US carriers raised $7.4 billion from fees on checked bags and ticket changes, led by American, Delta and United.
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The World’s Biggest Airport Will Open in 2019
Reuters reports Beijing’s new airport is set to be the world’s biggest. The Beijing New Airport, opening in the southern Daxing district in 2019, will serve as a way to meet the growing needs of air transport in Beijing and enhance the country’s civil aviation presence. It will become the new base for China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines, according to China’s National Development and Reform Commission. This will put the SkyTeam alliance members under one roof, allowing for easy flight connections for passengers. According to BuroHappold Engineering, part of a consortium team that won the competition to help design elements of the space, visitors will find an array of open and expansive interiors. The late architect Zaha Hadid designed the Beijing New Airport Terminal Building, which will be filled with civic gardens and include separate passenger areas for international and domestic flights to create a more compact building and reduce travel times. 
 
Some European Cities Don’t Want Tourism Caps
Skift reports attitudes over tourism have been boiling over across Europe’s hotspots in recent years, some of the findings in this report, such as residents not wanting tourism numbers to be capped, are very surprising. More than 1.3 billion people took an international trip in 2017, a record high, and much of that growth was centered in Europe. Yet 30% of residents in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lisbon, and Munich said “there should be no limitations to the growth of visitor numbers” in their particular city, according to a new a United Nations World Tourism report. What’s more, the survey released Tuesday found that 23.8% of respondents believed “that there is still room for visitor numbers to grow further” in their cities, and only 2% (the lowest total) saying that “all tourism development should be stopped”. While this seems largely like good news for tourism-related businesses in these cities, those surveyed did express some concerns. Notably, the 13% who thought “the growth rate of visitor numbers should be slowed down,” the 12.7% who felt there was “still room for visitor numbers to grow further, but not in holiday flats,” and the 13.8% who said there was “still room for visitor numbers to grow further, but not in the peak season.” Taken together, more than half (54% percent) of those who responded had a positive response to tourism growth in their city, with no caveats.

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The Thorns & G Adventures in Portland

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In Portland this Saturday? Treats lie in wait!

They DID it!
The Portland Thorns beat Seattle Reign 2-1 in National Women’s Soccer League Semifinal playoffs last Saturday at Providence Park in Portland!!
Go Thorns!
This means they will be playing the finals at 2018 NWSL Championship Game THIS Saturday, September 22 at Providence Park.
Our friends over at G Adventures have shared a wonderful post on their blog about the Portland Thorns. Read up on their post on the quirky Rose City neighborhood blocks around Providence Park Stadium to stay on the loop!

In town October 16? You’re all invited to our exclusive G Adventures Event!

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It will be a night of G Adventures fun, lectures, snacks, to learn all about one of the world’s leading travel organizations.
G Adventures is a small-group adventure travel company known for their authentic, down-to-earth tours and philanthropist offshoot Planeterra.
Reservations are a MUST! RSVP as soon as possible for your spot!
G ADVENTURES EVENING
6 p.m. doors open, appetizers/drinks
6:30 p.m. presentation begins
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Kara, our representative from G Adventures, will be in attendance
Call 503-224-0180 to Reserve your Spot Today
Dreaming about the Inca Trail? G Adventures’ flagship itinerary along the Inca Trail is one of the best and most-talked-about tours. They also offer 700+ different tours in 100+ countries. Come to our October 16 Event to learn more about this and other exciting tours.
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An Unsung Hero in Kenya

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Unsung Heroes in Tsavo West National Park…! What a great story from Kenya!

 

More Reading on Elephants & East Africa: 

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Conscientious Traveler: Iewa Wildlife Conservancy and Iewa Safari Camp

A Closer Look: Ithumba Safari Camp in Kenya

The Elephants that Came to Dinner

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Travel News: Will the EU End Daylight Savings?

Will The EU End Daylight Saving? 

The Associated Press reports The European Commission decided Friday it will push the EU parliament and member states to ditch the system of twice-yearly changes to the time following a citizens’ consultation. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the German ZDF network on Friday that “the people want that, and we will make it happen.” EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said that 84% of the 4.6 million people who took part in the consultation “do not want the clocks to change anymore.” Participation among member states varied widely with 3.79% of Germans taking part compared to 0.02% in Britain. Juncker said that it would make no sense to disregard people’s wishes, indicating the European Commission proposal would go in that direction. The European Parliament and the EU member states would still need to approve the abolishment of the time change and could still impose further changes to the time system and, for example, decide whether it would be constant summer or winter time. Since 1996, the EU nations have moved the clock forward by one hour in March and backward again in October. It was harmonized across the bloc to meet concerns of the transport and logistics sectors in the single market. There are three standard time zones in the EU.

Latest on upcoming Chicago’s Hotel Strike

For the first time, UNITE HERE Local 1, Chicago’s hospitality workers union, has called a citywide hotel strike. Thousands of housekeepers, doormen, cooks and other hotel employees at 25 hotels began picketing on Friday, and plan to do so around the clock until an agreement is reached.

United Airlines Increases Baggage Fees In Step With JetBlue, Air Canada And WestJet 

Forbes reports United Airlines has become the first US legacy air carrier to raise its baggage fees in what has become an expensive week for North American air travelers. The week started with news that JetBlue was suddenly increasing baggage fees by 20% for most passengers for flights booked after August 27th. Mere hours later, both Air Canada and WestJet, the second largest carrier in Canada, followed in JetBlue’s footsteps. All three carriers ended up raising first-checked-bag fees to $30 from $25 while second-bag fees went to $40 from $35. JetBlue, alone, raised its third and later checked baggage fees from $100 to $150 while oversize and overweight bags saw a similar increase. JetBlue, Air Canada and WestJet pointed to increasing operating costs and tighter competition as justification for the increased fees, saying that it had been several years since the fees had gone up.

Santorini To Impose Limits On Cruise Arrivals As Infrastructure Comes Under Strain

WSJ reports on most days from March to December, thousands of tourists spill out of cruise ships and onto Santorini, where they pump money into the local economy as they eat, drink and make their way to the Greek island’s northern tip to watch the sun slipping into the Aegean Sea. Some officials here say they have seen enough. “The island is saturated,” Mayor Nikos Zorzos said. “We can’t handle anymore tourists.” Starting next year the island will cap daily cruise arrivals at 8,000, hoping to curb a flow of day travelers the mayor said is putting too much strain on infrastructure and supplies. The move has rankled cruise operators and business owners, who say such a move would choke off their economic lifeblood and that the onus is on the island to do more to accommodate the crowds.

Travel to Mars For A Day In All New Program at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex 

Travelwire news reports on a New Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida: Travel to Mars For a Day by NASA. In this all-new program, students travel to the Red Planet for a day to live and work on Mars Base 1. Set in a landscape of the future, Rookie Astronaut teams have the unique opportunity to travel to Mars through the Mars Transporter Vehicle. Once there, work through the challenges of living on the Martian surface: manage the Base Operations Center on Mars, grow and harvest plants in the Botany Lab, and collect and analyze data that will be sent to real NASA scientists. Rookie Astronauts will also need to optimize energy intake for the Base by programming robots to clear debris from solar panels. Students will leave Mars with a better understanding of how to adapt to life away from Earth. It is an experience unlike any other on the planet! View available dates below.

Italy’s Florence Bans Eating In the Street

Italy might be the home of al fresco dining, but in the tourist mecca of Florence street-snacking has become such a problem that local authorities have introduced fines of up to €500 ($581) to combat it. The four streets affected by the ban — Via de’ Neri, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Piazza del Grano and Via della Ninna — are among the busiest in the city and the restrictions are in place during peak eating times: noon to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hungry sightseers often loiter here to feast upon some of Italy’s finest carbs and dairy. This, supporters of the measure say, exacerbates congestion in an already crowded city and also adds to a litter problem. CNN has the full story.

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8 Alternative Attractions in Paris you shouldn’t miss

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1. Auld Alliance in the Marais

This cozy Scottish bar is a must-see for any scotch aficionados. Yes, it might be known for its strong Scottish personality, but even if you’re in Paris, it’s a worth a visit. Sample a range of top-shelf whiskies or come for the cozy, intimate atmosphere. The name Auld Alliance refers to a historical agreement (we’re talking 1295) between Scotland and France against the English.

80 Rue François Miron. 

2. Pomze Paris

This quirky Parisian restaurant has been called a hidden gem, and is the only eatery in town to focus squarely on apples. Choose from the finest French ciders or order from entrées that know how to seduce the apple flavor right… duck, smoked salmon smoked on apple wood, foie gras, pan-seared cod fish… the tantalizing menu goes on and on.

109 Boulevard Haussmann.

3. Musée des Arts Forains

The private Musée houses a collection of funfair objects, curated by actor and antiques dealer Jean Paul Favand. Among the artifacts include 14 amusement rides, carousels, bicycles, Japanese billiards, a Hooghuys Organ, and so much more—all from 1850-1950. Open by reservation only, it also includes a Italian opera-based automata show and a glimpse into early 20th century world fairs.

53 Avenue des Terroirs of France.

4. Musée de Cluny

Though a bit on the beaten track, the de Cluny is a unique museum that shouldn’t be missed. Also known as the National Museum of the Middle Ages, the de Cluny is housed in a medieval structure, and stores illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, and most famously the 15th century tapestry cycle La Dame à la Licorne.

28 Rue du Sommerard.

5. Le Louxor Palais Du Cinema

Lovingly restored in 2013, this historic picture house is the perfect attraction for any cinephile. Watch French films in the company of breathtaking Art Deco and neoclassical staircases and columns.

170 Boulevard Magenta. 

6. 59 Rivoli

Marvelous 59 Rivoli was once a well-known artists’ haunt back in the 1800s. Recently renovated, it’s a celebration of creative and artistic spirit. The six stories are free and open to the public. On Saturdays and Sundays starting at 6 p.m. there are free concerts in the ground-floor gallery.

59 Rue de Rivoli.

7. Dodo Manège

This grandiose Art Deco carousel might look like a historic relic, but it was only erected in 1992. Located close to the Natural History Museum, you can hop onboard to ride a dodo, panda, or even an aepyornis (once the world’s largest bird, now extinct).

Jardin des Plantes, 57 rue Cuvier. 

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8. Montmartre Vineyard

It’s a wonder how it’s managed to survive so long, but the Montmartre Vineyard is Paris’ last active vineyard and a beautiful staple of the neighborhood for the past 800 years. Be sure to be in town in October, when the annual Fête des Vendanges kicks off in full force.

Rue des Saules.

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Travel News: Taking Holidays Can Prolong Life

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A New Study Suggests Taking Holidays Can Prolong Life 

Travelmole reports three weeks’ holiday or more each year is the most important factor to a long life, according to researchers. The findings of a lifestyle study that began 40 years ago claim taking vacations is even more beneficial to following a healthy lifestyle. The study, which began in the 1970s, involved 1,222 middle-aged male executives, born between 1919 and 1934, who had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, overweight or smoking. Half were told to exercise, maintain a good diet, stop smoking or keep to a healthy weight, while the other half were given no advice. According to the findings, those given the regular advice were more likely to die young, possibly because they suffered extra stress by trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Among the same group, those who took less than three weeks off each year were 37% more likely to die young over the next 30 years. Professor Timo Strandberg, of the University of Helsinki, said: “Don’t think having an otherwise healthy lifestyle will compensate for working too hard and not taking holidays. “Vacations can be a good way to relieve stress.

National Car Rental Chosen By Travel + Leisure Magazine As ‘World’s Best’ For Fifth Year In A Row  

Travelwirenews reports vehicle selection, customer service and overall value were just a few of the categories for which National Car Rental received praise, taking the top spot for the fifth year in a row in Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards. This recognition marks the 23rd year that National has qualified for the prestigious “World’s Best” list. In addition to the National brand, Enterprise and Alamo placed among Travel + Leisure magazine’s “Top 5 Car-Rental Providers.” This is the fifth consecutive year that all three brands have been named among the top rental car operators. Business Travel News magazine also recently recognized National and Enterprise for their mobile app technology, quality of data reporting and consistent communication, naming them as the top two car rental brands in its annual Car Rental Survey for the fourth consecutive year.

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Record Cruise Year For Northern Europe

Cruise Industry News reports cruise ships will be in record numbers in the waters of Northern Europe this summer, with 129 ships set to offer cruises in the region. Capacity will also move to a record high, with more than 2.5 million cruise guests expected, up from 2.3 million in 2017, and way up from just under 2 million in 2014. 

New Zealand To Abolish Departure Cards

New Zealand will follow Australia and abolish “bothersome” departure cards from November in a move pitched as bringing seamless travel between the close neighbors one step closer. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway and Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri announced the document’s demise Sunday but have yet to announce an exact date. The removal is in line with an international trend as countries rely on more sophisticated records to track traveler identity information. Australia axed its onerous green departure cards in July last year. New Zealand estimate it will save departing travelers 100,000 hours as they complete more than 6.5 million cards a year.

Air Yachts: The Next Big Thing In Yukon Luxury Tourism? 

Hybrid Air Vehicles of Britain has built a modern blimp with a passenger gondola that looks more like a luxury yacht than a platform for filming football games. Branded as the Airlander 10, it is a self-contained unit for transporting guests and everything they want. It has glass floors and 360-degree windows, a cocktail bar and bedrooms. Guests can stroll around the 20 metre-long cabin as they watch the landscape roll by underneath. The airships cruise at up to 150 kilometres per hour. The Whitehorse to Dawson run becomes an afternoon outing instead of a week-long saga. The Airlander 10 is designed to carry fuel for five days so, unlike a river boat, side excursions to land on a glacier or watch a herd of caribou on a distant mountainside are possible. You can also fly low and quietly hover. Unlike the infamous Hindenburg, the German hydrogen-filled airship that burst into flames spectacularly in 1937, today’s airships are filled with helium, which doesn’t burn. They have sophisticated multi-directional propeller systems that allow pilots to control them much better, even in high wind. In the off-season, you can fly it somewhere else and generate cash flow all year long. An Airlander 10 might do trips in the Yukon in the summer and spend the winter floating its cargo of people, money and champagne around California and the Caribbean. It’s an intriguing idea. However, the catch is the cost. Hybrid Air Vehicles is reported to be planning to charge about $40 million per airship. That’s not far off what a new Boeing 737 costs. So don’t expect to see a fleet of luxury airships hovering over Dawson City any time soon. 

Delta Is Adding New Seatback Screens While Other Airlines Get Rid of Them

In a press release last week, Delta Air Lines announced that it had installed a seatback entertainment system on its 600th aircraft. Delta now says it has more aircraft with seatback screens than any other airline in the world. The figure underscores Delta’s desire to keep passengers entertained in multiple ways. “With seat-back screens, customers don’t have to choose between using their phones or watching a movie,” Tim Mapes, the airline’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “Whether they want to work, relax, or a little bit of both – we want to give our customers the ability to choose and make the most of their time in flight.” Delta Studio, the in-flight entertainment system, works on seatback screens and personal devices. Last year, Delta introduced free messaging via Wi-Fi on board. 

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Fiji Increases Departure Tax 

The Fiji Government is hiking its departure tax by more than US$25, but players in the tourism industry don’t believe that will stop tourists visiting the popular travel destination. As part of its budget, the Government has announced its airport departure tax will increase from US$81 to US$108 from January next year. Fiji’s new departure tax is far higher than its direct competitors, including Samoa and the Cook Islands. Nearly $US3 of the tax will go to the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji and five dollars will be given to Airports Fiji Limited. The tax, which is included in the price of the ticket, will also include a five-dollar environment levy.  

Cruise Line To Avoid Swamping Small Towns With Thousands Of Passengers

Visits by the 3560-passenger Majestic Princess are expected to inject $100 million into the New Zealand economy over the coming summer cruise season. A cruise line bringing almost 100,000 passengers to New Zealand this coming summer says the industry needs to be careful not to swamp smaller ports as vessels get bigger. Princess Cruises largest and newest ship, the Majestic Princess, which carries almost 5000 passengers and crew, will make its maiden voyage here at the end of September. Akaroa residents have complained about the small port town being swamped by cruise visitors and tour buses, and some have called for an end to “two ship” days at the height of the season. Princess Cruises’ senior vice president for Australia and New Zealand Stuart Allison said they were mindful of the impact ships had on smaller centres such as Akaroa, and they had worked hard to increase shore excursions getting guests off the beaten track.

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Caffè: When in Rome

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The Art of Espresso is well-documented in Roman cafés. Order a tiny cup, guzzle, head out the door. But what if you want to soak in the flavor of a place? Here are Four Caffè you’d do well not to miss when in Rome.

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Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè

Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè has been a Roman institution since 1938. Historic, laidback, simple yet elegant, this caffè brings the best beans from Brazil, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Dominican Republic to your taste buds. Probably one of Rome’s most famous coffee bars, drawing the throngs of tourists and once, the likes of Henry Kissinger and Mikhail Gorbachev, this coffee is still well worth a stop. The staff roasts the beans in a wood-burning stove that’s been operating since 1948. If you’ve a sweet tooth, baristas will add a touch of the saccharine to your coffee in the form of a sweet, frothy foam.

Piazza Sant’Eustachio 82.

Antigua Tazza d’Oro

Antigua Tazza d’Oro is a well-respected café just a few feet from the Pantheon. Open since 1946, they claim to have an award-winning taste, among the best in the world. Grab an espresso or order a slushy granita al caffè. If it’s a souvenir you’re after, take home a tin can of roasted coffee beans.

Via degli Orfani 84.

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Antico Caffè Greco

Open in 1760, Antico Caffè Greco is one of hte oldest coffeeshops in Europe. And it seems to have lost none of its lustrous Renaissance charm. Order a cold caffè fredo on a hot August day from a very ceremonious waiter in formal tux. This caffè boasts an illustrious clientele, from Goethe, Stendhal, Casanova, Wagner, Keats, Byron and dozens more. Don’t miss the 300 works of art on the walls – the largest private gallery open to the public – all available for admiration at the cost of a cup of espresso.

Via dei Condotti 86.

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Panella

Though its claim to fame lies in its delicate pastries, from baklava to amuse-bouches, this coffeeshop charms visitors and locals alike with an outdoor patio dressed in colorful flowers. Though of course you can’t leave without indulging in at least a croissant, it’s best paired with a caffè con panna.

Via Merulana 54.

The Italian Glossary of Coffees

Caffè Corretto: shot of espresso with a small amount of liquor—usually grappa, sometimes sambuco or brandy.

Caffè: Take note, when you want an espresso in Italy, order “un caffè.” Most Italians drink an espresso with a touch of a sweetener.

Caffè Americano: A espresso that’s been watered down slightly and served in a larger cup. The closest thing you’ll get to a cup of Joe in Rome.

Doppio: It’s what it sounds like — double espresso, two shots in a slightly larger cup.

Freddo: Any coffee drink that is served cold or cool.

Granita: The delicious granita di caffè is blended ice with coffee and milk.

Hag: This is a shortcut term for decaf coffee. Also un deca.

Latte: Note that in Italy, latte just means milk—so if you order a latte at a bar, you’ll get—guess what? A glass of cold milk. Order a caffè latte and you’ll get closer to a tall glass of steamed milk, with a small shot of espresso.

Lungo: A caffè lungo is partly Americano, partly espresso. It’s like a cup of espresso that is topped with hot water run through coffee grounds. Something akin to a strong cup of coffee.

Macchiato: This word derives from the Italian “stained,” and in essence this drink is a shot of espresso stained with a drop of hot milk.

Marocchino: This little cup of heaven is the best of all worlds—a small shot of espresso, a sprinkle of cacao powder, and a layer of foamed milk.

Panna: If you want a dollop of whipped cream, any type of caffè con panna will get you your creamy fix.

Scuro: Scuro means dark, and at an Italian bar, it means a little less milk than usual. If you like your coffee with cream just a bit more on the coffee side, this is the specialty to go for.

Ristretto: I’ve seen this item on some Portland bars, and it means the same in Italy – a single shot of espresso with less what than traditional.

Caffè d’orzo: A coffee substitute that nevertheless isn’t that close to coffee flavor. Made from barley, it is treated kind of like chicory is in the USA. A non-coffee coffee option.

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