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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

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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 […]

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. So enjoy these 5 interesting museums in Italy! 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 […]

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 […]

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