Italy Travel Blog

Everything You Need to Know about Traveling to Italy in Spring

Happy women friends eating ice cream on travel in Florence. Chee

Everything You Need to Know about Traveling to Italy in Spring Spending your spring break in Italy is an excellent idea: beyond the mild, variable weather and the ability to experience the country on a shoestring budget (something you definitely can’t do during peak seasons), there are fewer crowds and you can be leisurely in your explorations. Museums in Italy generally have two major exhibitions per year: one that opens in the fall from September until January, and another in the spring that runs from February up to June. This means that most places will have exhibitions in full swing by the time you arrive, and there will be plenty of art to enjoy. Here’s a quick overview of exhibitions that you may be interested in: Florence Capital City 1865-2015: The King’s Gifts and Collections Modern Art Gallery, Florence Open up to April 3, 2016 To commemorate the declaration of […]

Top 5 Odd Tourist Attractions in Italy

Remains of Public Baths, Pompeii

While Italy is home to countless masterpieces of architecture and art, it is also home to a number of odd sights that show the crazy side of this country’s culture. Here are 5 of these odd tourist attractions in Italy: L.O.V.E., Milan Nothing says “F***ing capitalism!” than this sculpture of a giant hand flipping the bird, located right in the heart of the country’s financial district. Located in Piazza d’Affari, in front of the Italian stock exchange headquarters, is the sculpture entitled L.O.V.E. Created by Maurizio Cattelan in 2010, the sculpture got its name from four Italian words: Libertà, Odio, Vendetta, Eternità (Freedom, Hate, Vengeance, Eternity). Seen as a critique of the banking system that brought Italy down to its knees in 2008, the work is also quite political. Instead of the four other fingers folded back, they are actually cut off; if the fingers are complete, it would form […]

7 Masterpieces of Italian Art You Have to See Before You Die

The Birth of Venus

With so many works of art found across Italy, even an art aficionado can get overwhelmed. But even if you’re just an average Joe with a general interest in art, you’ll get to appreciate the wealth of beauty Italian art has to offer. Here are 7 masterpieces that you should not miss when you start your journey across the country: Arch of Constantine (AD 315) The Forum, Rome Erected to commemorate the victory of Constantine I at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, the Arch of Constantine is the last existing triumphal arch in Rome. It is considered the most impressive surviving civic monument from Rome, as the design of many monuments and buildings worldwide are influenced by its style. These include everything from the façade of the Union Station in Washington DC to the Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang. The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (c. 1486) Uffizi Gallery, […]

The 12 Must-Experience Festivals of Italy

Photo from Festa della Madonna Bruna website

People who ask “What’s the best time to go to Italy?” are asking a question that’s impossible to answer. After all, there are many festivals and events all year round in the country, whether up in the mountains of the north or down in the sunny south. The festivals of Italy are among the best in the world… With so many festivities going on, we’ve selected one per month for you—so you’d know when to book with us: January Venice Carnival January 23 to February 9, 2016 in Venice It’s arguably the biggest event in the area. The Venice Carnival, which was first held in the 11th century, is a grand series of parties for locals and travelers alike. With various live performances, formal balls, and banquets every night, it’s the best time of the year to don a mask, dress up, and have fun. February Battle of the Oranges […]

How to Buy a Great Venetian Mask in Italy!

venetian mask collection

I’m Josh, founder of VIVO Masks. We specialize in beautiful, handcrafted masquerade masks made in Italy, and want to discuss how to buy a venetian mask in Italy. I’m here because many people may wonder what the difference is between an authentic venetian mask versus an imitation mask that you can find at most local party stores in the months leading up to Halloween and Mardi Gras. Here’s what to look for to help you distinguish between imitation and authentic masks, whether you’re shopping at home or are lucky enough to get to go to Italy! Uniqueness – Imitation masks are made in factories hundreds at a time. One mask will look exactly the same as the next. The workers who create these masks often times have little to no knowledge of the history of venetian masks and therefore is very unlikely to look like a real venetian mask. Authentic […]