Italy Travel Blog

Italian Sporting Events: 5 Races You Shouldn’t Miss

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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 […]

When Pages Come to Life: 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 […]

5 Interesting Museums in Italy

Centrale Montemartini-Rome

When going on a trip to Italy, one of the first things that’s on your itinerary are its most popular museums. These include the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. But with over 3,000 museums and galleries spread out across the country, it’s easy to miss some interesting sites. Hence, here are 5 unique museums that you may want to visit during your trip: Centrale Montemartini, Rome The phrase deus ex machina, or god in the machine, may be a cliché. But it is a fitting description for this museum. Once the first public electricity plant in the area, it is now a museum housing various ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. Yet despite being a museum, many of its machinery remain installed inside. This creates an interesting contrast between old and new, mythology and technology, that draws tourists. Gabinetto Segreto, Naples […]

Picture Perfect: 4 Top Landmarks in Rome Captured on Film

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With such a rich architectural heritage, it’s no surprise that Rome remains a favorite setting for various films across the ages. As such, here are the 4 of the most popular ones in the capital: Trevi Fountain With its popularity, it’s not surprising that the Trevi Fountain is a part of two top films in film history. First was in Roman Holiday (1953), which starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck; the fountain was the backdrop of several scenes. The second was in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960), where Marcello Mastroianni followed Anita Eckberg to the Trevi Fountain; both ending up wading in its waters. This scene is regarded as one of the most iconic in world cinema. Other films with scenes shot at this location include Three Coins in the Fountain (1954), Gidget Goes to Rome (1963), and The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003). The Colosseum While Ridley Scott’s Gladiator […]

3 Important Tips for Appreciating Italian Architecture

For its size, Italy has such a wealth of art that people from all over the world visit it to see these works. And by art, we’re not only referring to paintings and sculptures displayed in its museums. We’re also referring to its stunning architecture that basically has transformed entire cityscapes into outdoor galleries. Just like other forms of art, you can better appreciate Italian architecture by learning more about it. But with the wealth of information out there, where do you start? Here are 3 tips to get you started: Get a basic understanding of Italian architectural styles. From the ancient Roman style of architecture, to the Byzantine, Romanesque, Renaissance, Gothic, Neoclassical and eventually Modern architecture, Italy sure has them all. That’s why it’s helpful to learn more about these specific styles so you can properly identify them when you come across them—and understand the mindset of the architects […]