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We – Matt Walker and Zeneba Bowers – are the creators of www.LittleRoadsEurope.com, a travel consulting business. We craft personalized itineraries for travelers who want to avoid the typical tourist "checklist" locations in favor of more authentic and immersive experiences. Our Little Roads Europe Travel Guides are award-winning, small-town foodie guidebooks to Italy and Ireland. In these books we explore the breadbasket of Emilia-Romagna and the iconic cuisine of Tuscany; our guide to Ireland visits all of our “Little Roads” secrets of the Emerald Isle. We have just completed our fourth guidebook, available in Fall 2018: "Italy's Alpine Lakes: Small-town Itineraries for the Foodie Traveler". Our guides are about where we love to travel, but more importantly they illustrate how we travel. They are available in handy and beautiful color print versions, and also in Kindle format from Amazon. We have also written articles for various media outlets including Budget Travel and Gannett publications. We are classical musicians who perform in a symphony orchestra and in the Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, and we can be found on many recordings, both classical and popular. Off the stage, we travel as much as possible. We visit Europe 5-6 times a year, focusing most of our time on Italy and Ireland, with some excursions into England, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.We find places to visit based on intense scrutiny of detailed maps, exhaustive research, and experience of stumbling on these places ourselves, which itself is made possible by our style of travel. We wish to share with fellow travelers (and would-be travelers) the immense knowledge we have of very small towns that can’t be found in other literature or websites. We also share travel and packing and driving tips, and trip-planning ideas based on our many years of trial and error. We offer tips on how to get in and out of some of the major tourist sites (e.g. Cliffs of Moher, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Florence) with a minimum of stress and tourist hordes; and we also suggest alternatives that are equally gorgeous but less crowded. Come travel with us, and see how rewarding it is to visit Europe in Little Roads style...

16 Picture-Perfect Small European Towns

1. Hallstatt, Austria Hallstatt is a tiny town – it has fewer than 1000 residents – perched on the edge of a small lake surrounded on all sides by...


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5 Hidden, Stellar Restaurants in Chianti, Italy

Tuscany, and especially Chianti, is known worldwide for its excellent food, so it should come as no surprise that many great restaurants can be found there. Tourists...


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The cliffs at Loop Head

We stayed a few nights at the remote lighthouse on Loop Head Peninsula in County Clare, western Ireland.


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9 Off-the-Beaten-Track Storybook Castles in Emilia Romagna

The north Italy region of Emilia Romagna is home to sweeping farmlands and some of the best food in Italy: Prosciutto from Parma, culatello of Zibello, balsamic vinegar...


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