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Exploring Venice by Bike

Biking on the Grand Canal

Modern Italy has always had a strong bicycling culture attached to its people. With so many bike trails laid out across the country, it’s hard to imagine a time when Italians didn’t rely on this eco-friendly mode of transportation to get around. And it’s no small wonder why people prefer to bike in Italy; with so many scenic bike routes, it is an absolute pleasure for many to travel along these paths while taking in the view. Venice, while known more for its bridges, canals and gondolas, is actually a hidden sanctuary for bikers looking for a new experience outside the typical bike routes. The countryside surrounding the islands makes for an easily accessible trail that is both easy going and peaceful. In particular, the islands of Lido and Pellestrina are ideal places that many bikers visit to get this unique biking experience. Typical routes are located between the lagoon […]

Outdoor Activities You Have to Try at Lake Garda

View of Malcesine across Lake Garda

As the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda is a popular travel destination for many tourists who are looking to enjoy some fun, outdoor activities. If you happen to find yourself there, here are just some exciting suggestions of activities that you simply have to try while you’re there. Sailing You simply can’t visit Lake Garda and not try sailing its pristine waters. Many boats traverse its wide expanse on a daily basis. In fact, the constant winds blowing across the lake makes it an ideal location for regattas throughout the year. If you want to feel the spray of the lake waters in your face, then why not rent a sailboat and try navigating Lake Garda for a day. Who knows? You might even get into a playful race with some of the other boats that are sailing across the Garda. If you’re looking for other water sport activities […]

Click! The 15 Best Spots to Take Pictures in Italy

No matter if you are snapping with a smartphone or the most complex DSLR, Italy is probably one of the most picturesque and photogenic countries on earth. You can snap cobblestoned streets, sparking seas, church domes and medieval towers. These are the 15 best spots to take pictures in Italy. Rome The eternal city with it’s soft golden light and curvaceous baroque architecture make shooting a dream. 1. The massive Colosseum is difficult to capture in in entirety.  Head to the nearby Colle Oppio park which puts you about mid-level and provides a great perspective on this iconic sight. 2. Head towards the once patrician Aventine hill in the early evening to the Giardini d’arancia for the best sunset picture opportunity in Rome.  Also known as the Parco Savelli, this spot has a view over treetops and terra-cotta roofs out towards the dome of Saint Peters Basilica. 3. The neighborhood […]

Italian Sporting Events: 5 Races You Shouldn’t Miss

Palio di Siena

The Italian people are known for their passion, manifesting itself in their love for sports. That same love for friendly competition also demonstrates itself in different forms. To see that passion yourself, here are 5 racing events you shouldn’t miss while in Italy: The Italian Grand Prix As you may know, Formula One is the world’s premiere motor racing event in the world, and it has a strong presence in the Italian peninsula. However, Ferrari isn’t the only strong tie that Italy has with motorsports. Beyond the famed manufacturer and their loyal fans is another national racing institution: the Italian Grand Prix, which takes place in September this year at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Resembling a rounded triangle, the track is known for its three long straights and fast corners. This means drivers run at full throttle for most of a lap, becoming mere blurs when seen from trackside. With […]

5 Popular Works of Literature Set in Italy

Piazza Navona, Rome

As a global center of culture and the arts, it is no surprise that many works of literature have been set in Italy. Since we’ve previously talked about Roman landmarks captured on film, it’s now time to look at Italy as featured in famous works of literature. Rome from Angels and Demons Dan Brown’s popular mystery-thriller, Angels and Demons, is extensively set in the eternal city of Rome. And there’s no reason that it wouldn’t be set there. As one of the oldest cities in the world, Rome’s iconic structures have stood for more than two thousand years.Despite being constantly inhabited, most of the ruins from Ancient Rome have stayed in pristine condition. On top of that, the city is home to around 900 churches, making it an ideal place for a pilgrimage.The most famous of these churches are the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of Saint Paul […]

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