The Underwhelming 5: Italy’s Most Overrated Attractions

As one of the most storied and spectacular destinations on Earth, Italy occupies a prominent place on countless bucket lists. A multitude of books and movies have relentlessly crafted our romanticized vision of what this rocky peninsula is all about. With such an incredible build-up and illustrious reputation, it’s no wonder that some travelers come away from many of bell’Italia’s most renowned sites feeling a little let down.  There’s no way that every famous Italian attraction could possibly live up to what we expect it to be. After all, most two-week vacations are far from stylized Hollywood movies.

With those stark and somewhat deflating realities in mind, I offer you a short list of some of the greatest contributors to a disappointing Italian holiday. 

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In light of a rash of violence and upheaval in Northern Iraq, Ryan Wolf catches back up with Erbil businessman Miqdad Salih, whom he profiled earlier this year.
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In light of a rash of violence and upheaval in Northern Iraq, Ryan Wolf catches back up with Erbil businessman Miqdad Salih, whom he profiled earlier this year.

Read it here:  http://ow.ly/B3mDM 

Photographer Carmen Chan sends photos from Jeju Island. 

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A woman and her grandchildren collect water in O’bat Moun, a village for people displaced by sugar plantations near Rattanak Sambal Forest in Cambodia. Photograph by Nicolas Axelrod

This is Sweden, he’d thought. Everything is bright and cheerful on the surface, our airports are built so that no dust or shadows could ever intrude. Everything is visible, nothing is any different from what it seems to be.

— Henning Mankell, from The Dogs of Riga