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Venice Pocket Guide: Travel there like the Stars!

Venice Pocket Guide: Travel there like the Stars!

Venice, so romantic and so full of charm, has always been a destination loved by celebrities of yesterday and today.

During the Film Festival, the city on the lagoon is the catwalk of international stars and Hollywood icons.

How can we forget the splendid images of Paul Newman in a tuxedo suit while enjoying the beauty of Venice?

paul Newman in Venice

Definitely, at least once in your life you should go to Venice and see its picturesque beauty live.

If you are planning a trip to the beautiful Italian city on the lagoon, we at STK have prepared, a pocket guide just for you!

The Italian version of happy hour is the Bacaro-Tour; in the evenings, people go from bar to bar, drinking wine or spritz and eating different little bites of food.
Cicchetti bars are the best places to eat and drink like a local!

Our favorite is Osteria al squero, Venetians' favorite place for a perfect aperitif!

 

Osteria in Venice

What to do in Venice:

A gondola boat tour: this might be a bit expensive but it is really a must experience.

Gondola tour Venice


Stroll to the Rialto Bridge and visit the Market: The markets in Italy are really fabulous and that of Rialto is really very characteristic.

Rialto bridge Venice

Have coffee at St. Mark's Square and visit the Crypt and the bell tower, but watch out for pigeons! St. Mark's Square is really famous for the presence of pigeons that are real stars, photographed every day by many tourists.

St. Mark's Square

Photographing the Bridge of Sighs and Visit Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo

Bridge of Sighs

If you have enough time, organize a trip to the islands in front of Venice: Murano and Burano.

Burano is a colorful town and you'll get lost in its narrow streets of houses painted with pastel colors.

Burano Venice
Murano, on the other hand, is famous worldwide for glass making.
You can visit a glass factory and even buy a unique handmade piece.

Murano Venice

Don't forget to eat the real Italian ice cream! The best gelateria for us is  Gelateria il Doge

Gelato_in_venice

Venice where to eat

Our favorite Restaurant in Venice are:

 

Where to Stay in Venice

We have selected for you some of the most exclusive hotels in the city so that you can experience Venice as if you were a movie star:

Gritti Palace
Hilton Venice
Hotel Danieli
Rialto Hotel

 

Venice in style? And don't forget Safetravelskit !

After all, would you sleep in a 5-star hotel without even having a set of sheets on the bed?! 

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A Roman Holiday in 24 hours? Buon Viaggio!

A Roman Holiday in 24 hours? Buon Viaggio!

Have you ever been to Rome or dreaming of traveling there soon?

Planning a trip to the eternal city may sound stressful. What to see? What to eat? Where to stay? How can we possibly do it all in just 1 day?! Well, we have the ultimate pocket guide for an itinerary to see Rome in 24 hours! YES, It's possible!

For more dreamy Roman spots, also see our reel on Instagram and follow us too! 

Ready to go? Let's start and ANDIAMO! 

Wake up early for breakfast and go to a local “bar” of Caffe' near your hotel for a traditional Italian breakfast with espresso or a cappuccino and a croissant (they call them “cornetti.”) 



Visit the Colosseum - the world’s symbol of Rome. With only 24 hours, it is best to admire and take photos from the outside. You will nonetheless be wowed by its beauty and grandeur! 

Don't miss a stop in Piazza Venezia. About a 20 minute walk away, you will find one of the biggest “hubs” in Rome. This enormous white building is the Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II - also a good photo spot!


If you are feeling hungry, try some Roman takeaway food on the way, as a light lunch or snack. Supplì is a delicious Roman specialty. It is a fried rice ball made with red sauce stuffed with cheese.

According to the STK team the best supplì in Rome is at Supplì Roma.


Walk from Piazza Venezia to the Trevi Fountain!
Throw your coin in the fountain for good luck, make a wish and take some photos. Take in this masterpiece! 



Move on to the Pantheon. In about 10 minutes you will reach it by foot from the Trevi fountain. This is a historic Roman Temple - one of the oldest standing buildings in Rome. Entry is free!



In a short walk from the Pantheon, you will find Piazza Navona.
If you are ready for another break for coffee or aperitivo, this is a great spot! Alternatively, if you want to see another famous square, you can go to Campo De’ Fiori and here, during the day you'll find a street market with locals, many amazing Italian delicacies including cheeses, limoncello, balsamic vinegars, and other souvenirs.



When you are ready to move on, walk across the Ponte Sisto bridge into Trastevere. You will see a beautiful view of Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica from the bridge.

At this point, you may be ready for something sweet and the famous Tiramisu by Pompi is a MUST!! 


Explore the small alleyways and cobblestone streets of the Trastevere neighborhood.

For dinner be sure to try these infamous Pastas: Carbonara, Amatriciana, or Cacio e Pepe - Rome’s traditional pasta dishes!

Here's, a list of our favorite restaurants in Trastevere:

Nannarella

Impiccetta

Tonnarello


Where to stay in Rome

For this 24-hour tour of Rome, location of the hotel is really very important for convenience.
Here are the hotels we recommend:

Hotel Eden

From the Dorchester Collection, this luxury hotel located on Via Veneto has 98 elegant rooms with Murano chandeliers and marble bathrooms.

J.k. Place

Just a 10-minute walk from the Spanish Steps, the J.k. Place was conceived by the brilliant mind of Italian architect and interior decorator Michele Bönan.

Palazzo Dama

Palazzo Dama is a large villa with about 30 rooms and suites, minimal and modern.
The swimming pool is the main element that makes this hotel special (in Rome the hotels with swimming pool are a rarity)

Portrait Roma – Lungarno Collection

This hotel, in Via Condotti, belongs to the Ferragamo Family and it is really an exclusive place: there is no sign and it only has 14 rooms.
It also has a beautiful rooftop terrace with fireplace from which to observe all of Rome.

Extra Tip for you

If you only have 24 hours, an alternative way to visit Rome is to board the City Sightseeing Bus! Buy tickets on their website and let yourself be fascinated by the Eternal City and its timeless beauty.

AND...don't forget your Safe Travels Kit!

Our first-to-market antimicrobial and hypoallergenic travel airline bedding set include an ultra-soft airplane seat cover that fits both economy and business seats, a travel pillow case (15x20in that can also be used as a seat back tray cover), 10 sanitizing wipes, and one surgical face mask all packed into a parachute washable packing cube, all to ensure a cleaner, more comfortable journey.

Safe Travels seat covers and pillowcases are washable. Use them repeatedly up to 40x!

Antimicrobial travel pillow cases can also be personalized by adding ultra-luxe monogrammed stitching of up to three letters for only a $10 add on. 

Visit www.safetravelskit.com to learn more about our brand journey, product information, and our dedication to sustainable travel initiatives through our partnership with Team Trees.

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Buon Viaggio!

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Flying with a baby under 2 without stress? Read on!

Flying with a baby under 2 without stress? Read on!
Flying with a baby under 2 might seem really difficult but it's not impossible.
We'd love to share some suggestions on  how to organize yourself to limit stress for you and your little ones from take-off to landing.

  1. Prepare your child and talk about flying to make the trip exciting! It's important to talk about the trip and the destination with your children because when they confront the trip, the familiarity will be reassuring to them;

  2. Take advantage of early boarding. When they make the call for travelers who need extra time to board, use the time to stash bags where you want them before the overhead bins fill up;

    Flying with a baby under 2 without stress

  3. Be ready when you get to security. Your stroller or car seat will have to go through the x-ray machine, so get all of your kids' stuff out early.
    Remember to have your children wear shoes that are comfortable and maybe without laces;

  4. Take a change of clothes, wet wipes and important toys such as a favourite teddy bear to make the plane ride more cosy;

    Flying with a baby under 2 without stress

  5. Pack some healthy snacks and crackers, as well as plenty of water: in fact swallowing will help to equalise the pressure and make them feel better if your baby has ear pain;

    Flying with a baby under 2 without stress

  6. Keep your child warm, cozy, comfortable and clean, especially if your baby has allergies or sensitive skin.

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Out set is small, convenient and compacted into a parachute travel cube, that takes up very little space in your baby's bag and weighs less than 1lb!

Our antimicrobial travel pillow cases can also be personalized by adding monogrammed stitching of up to three letters.

Kits don’t have to be washed in between uses due to their non-binding material, covers are also washable up to 40x! 

Use code ‘WELCOME15’ for 15% off your next order at www.safetravelskit.com for upcoming travel!

We offer U.S. free shipping on 2 or more sets !

Follow us also on Instagram and Facebook to learn more about Safetravelskit and not to miss our tips for traveling with children!

 

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A Summer Guide to Chic Rosemary Beach, Florida

A Summer Guide to Chic Rosemary Beach, Florida

Planning a domestic trip but still desperately craving those chic European vibes? Look no further than the quaint Southeast town of Rosemary Beach, Florida. Below, we share where to eat, stay, and play on the Emerald Coast.


About Rosemary Beach

Located on the Florida panhandle, Rosemary Beach is an up and coming community along the popular stretch known as 30A. Close in proximity to Panama City Beach just an hour away, it offers a charming and European-like experience filled with walkable cobblestone streets, high-end shopping, award-winning restaurants, and Mediterranean style oceanside homes. Stark white buildings and lush trees line the sidewalks downtown and all the way to the posh private community of Aly’s Beach nearby.  

Rosemary Beach

With a population of only 4,328, walking around Rosemary Beach immediately makes one feel as if they are strolling through a Southern European seaside village. The relaxing vibe coupled with the breathtaking scenery and ever-changing food scene makes Rosemary Beach a must-see destination in the Southeast United States.

Where to Stay

Located just steps from Aly’s and Seacrest Beach, sits a gorgeous coastal colonial home owned by the rental company, Yourcation Awaits.

Accommodating up to 16 guests, this relaxing beach home features 5 bedrooms, 9 beds, and 4 and-a-half baths featuring sustainable bath products, making it perfect for family vacations or bachelorette parties.

Rosemary Beach

Just 30 minutes from the Panama City Beach Airport, the rental property has a full kitchen, free parking, a full rooftop deck, and access to a private pool and a private beach across the street. The sunny space is also dog and kid-friendly, and boasts an open concept first-floor with plenty of room to cook, laugh, play, drink wine, or unwind. 

Throughout the house, guests can find six large flat screen TV’s that tout Netflix, Hulu, Disney +, and ESPN. In the game room lounge upstairs is a giant bean bag, a wet bar, and mini-kitchen with microwave, mini-fridge, and a large bank of board games.

Yourcation Awaits

A free coffee bar is also available in the downstairs kitchen and third floor kitchenette, making watching the beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the houses numerous porches and rooftop the ultimate dream. 

 

Where to Eat

1. Chiringo

Hop in the rental car and head towards Grayson Beach to find the beachside gem called Chiringo that serves Spanish-style dishes, fresh seafood, and handmade cocktails. 

Featuring only the freshest saltwater staples and product, guests can dine inside or on the open air rooftop to enjoy beautiful Gulf views. 

Rosemary Beach 3

While it is best to go at sunset, reservations can be made for any time Chiringo’s is open. Recommended menu items include the ‘Snapper Fish Spread,’ the ‘Fried Gulf Shrimp Basket,’ and the luxe ‘Lobster Roll’ served on a toasted brioche bun with fresh lemon.

2. La Crema Tapas & Chocolate

Located across the street from The Pearl Hotel in downtown Rosemary Beach, La Crema Tapas & Chocolate provides a unique experience for diners wishing to try authentic Spanish cuisines. 

This bright, cozy cafe offers small plates, chocolate confections, homemade sangria, and other craft cocktails. 

Rosemary Beach 5

There is an outdoor dining area street side that is perfect for people watching (especially with a cold sangria in hand), but the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so make sure you get there early to snag a prime spot.

Recommended menu items to order include the ‘Seafood Paella’, the ‘Cheese Fondue with Crudites’, and a glass of red sangria.

3. The Pearl

One of the most popular — and stunning — hotels in the Rosemary Beach area, The Pearl Hotel, is a vibrant, luxury hotel located in downtown Rosemary Beach. Resembling architecture one would find in the South of France, The Pearl features an art gallery, an award-winning spa, and an AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, Havana beach Bar & Grill. 

The Pearl Hotel

Guests can dine at the restaurant in a number of ways (and all of them are good choices!) The main dining room has live piano music nightly, the veranda has full views of the Gulf and Main Street, the rooftop is the perfect place for sunset, and the lounge is a great place to meet friends for a cocktail.

Food served here is farm-to-table and features a fusion of cuisine from the Texas, Louisiana, and Cuban, and Mexican cultures. 

4. Modica Market

A short drive down the road from the Yourcation Awaits property, sits a hidden gem tucked away in Seaside, Florida: the Modica Market grocery store.

An eclectic mix of global and local cuisines, plus libations and cooking essentials, Modica Market is a can’t miss spot if you find yourself in 30A. This isn’t your typical grocery store, however.

Located in the middle of the store is a bar that serves fresh cut meats, homemade side dishes, and our personal favorite: jumbo mimosas to-go! Filled with fresh fruit, champagne, and Florida orange juice, a small is $8 and a large is $12.

Pro tip: A few short steps from Modica Market, one can also find The Great Southern Cafe. Here, they serve the most unique and prettiest cocktails to go! We recommend the “Cocolada” with fat free vanilla ice-cream, dark rum, pineapple rum, and coconut milk with a side of oysters on the half shell.

 

Where to Play

1. Seacrest Beach

An upscale, private beach located down the road from Aly’s, Seacrest Beach is a spot for endless relaxation. 

Boasting sugar white sand and turquoise waters, a morning spent on Seacrest Beach is a morning well spent.

30A Beaches

Even better, the beach is home to a local grocery store, Seacrest Sundries, and a popular bike trail called Timpoochee Trail (the perfect place to ride your bike from Peddlers 30A). There is a private pool located at High Pointe Resort, with two more pools located at The Villas at Seacrest which are the two largest pools in the area.

Since the beach is private, access can be rather difficult. However, if you stay at the Yourcation Awaits property, entrance to the beach and multiple pools is included in the price of the stay.

 2. Peddlers 30A Bike Rentals

Known as the largest bike rental company in Rosemary Beach, Peddlers 30A is more than just a place to rent bikes.

Aly's Beach

The bike Pavillion, which is located in Seacrest, also features a fun bar called Peddlers Pub, where you can grab a cold drink on a hot Florida day. The location recently opened up a full-service sit-down bar and restaurant called Kickstand that plays live music nightly during the summer. There are also fun local shops selling unique art and beauty products in the Pavilion a short walk away.

Bike rentals run between $30 to $40 depending on the type of bike.

3. Camp Helen State Park

Less than five minutes drive from the Yourcation Awaits property, Camp Helen State Park is a oceanside playground perfect for spending a day outdoors.

Camp Helen State Park Florida

Using the honor system to pay an entrance fee of your choice (recommended $4 minimum), Camp Helen is a 183-acre park where people can walk, bike, beach comb, bird watch, or hike! 

Camp Helen State Park

It’s a mile walk through sand from the parking lot to the beach, but the views (and the shell harvesting!) is well worth the work out.  

This spot can get crowded especially in the summer, so it is best to arrive to the park when it opens at 8am. The entrance fee is good for the entire day, and you can stay until the park closes. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places, so it is an absolute must-see when visiting the 30A area.

When to Visit 30A

While 30A is beautiful year-round, the best month to plan a visit is in the month of October. The tourist crowds are gone, and the weather is still amazing with the water of the Gulf still being warm enough for swimming.

This month, adult visitors can also enjoy one of the state's largest and chicest costume parties at the posh Aly's Beach. Attendees go all out in beautiful attire and dance until the morning hours. 

Fly Away with STK

While the last year and a half have been uncertain and less than ideal for everyone, recent reports have shown a glimmer of hope on the horizon for the future of the travel and hospitality industry. In fact, a recent consumer survey from VRBO, the American vacation rental online marketplace, 82 percent of families have a trip planned for 2021, while 65 percent of travelers overall said they had more plans to travel in 2021 than they did in previous years.

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Regardless of where your travel takes you or how you get to your destination, the Safe Travels Kit hopes to accompany you — on the road, on the rails, or in the sky.

Our first-to-market antimicrobial and hypoallergenic travel and airline bedding kits include an ultra-soft seat cover that fits both economy and business seats, a standard size pillow cover (15x20in that can also be used as a seat back tray cover), 10 sanitizing wipes, and one surgical face mask packed into a parachute washable packing cube, all to ensure a cleaner, more comfortable journey. Kits can also be personalized by adding monogram with luxe stitching of up to three letters for only a $10 add on on your pillow case. Sets are also washable up to 40x! 


Airplane Seat Cover

Visit www.safetravelskit.com to learn more about our brand journey, product information, and our dedication to sustainable travel initiatives through our partnership with Team Trees.

Airplane Seat Cover

Safe Travels!

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