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Category Archives: All Things Italian

Drinking Coffee in Italy

You probably start your day with a large cup of coffee made from an electric drip coffeemaker. There are a few things about drinking coffee in Italy that are a little bit different than what you might be accustomed to. First – The word bar.  It does not mean what you think it means.  A “bar” means what we mean by a “cafe” in English.  In Italy there is not a Starbucks in sight, but you will find a bar on almost every street.  The local bar is open from early morning to late in the evening and serves morning coffee and pastries and then usually sandwiches at lunch, back to small cups of espresso in the afternoon and then it’s onto cocktails and light snacks in the early evening. The bar is where locals meet and discuss the days events, the recent football match, children stop by after school [...]

Italian Opera Singers, Past and Present

I got an email from the Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park folks this week. I signed up even though I’m not sure I can get up to New York City for the event on September 15. (If you’re interested, sign up for email notices so you can get ticket information.) The email got me thinking about great Italian opera singers, like the late great Luciano Pavarotti. Oh, I wish I could have seen him perform live! The Andrea Bocelli email also got me wondering about a singer named Giorgio Tozzi, a U.S.-born Italian-American who passed away late last month at age 88. Apparently, he was a huge star in his day, with Broadway performances and recording engagements under his belt, enough of a personality to merit a New York Times obituary. I must confess, I’d never heard of him. Why not? Maybe some of you in the Tour Italy [...]

Vintage Italian Travel Posters: Inspiring and Collectible

Vintage travel posters are all the rage. Check out how folks are decorating with them HERE on this post from the website Apartment Therapy. They’re gorgeous, and inspiring, too. Of course, we at Tour Italy Now are partial to vintage Italian travel posters. I love the one displayed to the left. To learn more, check out this book, Travel Italia: The Golden Age Italian Travel Posters; it looks like a stunner. Here’s a description, from Amazon.com: Organized by region, this passport to Italy features over 160 vintage full-color posters from 1920 through 1960 commissioned by the Italian State Tourism Board and the Italian State Railways. From the 1920s through the 1960s, well-known artists of the time, such as Mario Puppo, A.M. Cassandre, and Mario Borgoni, among others, dedicated their creative talent to promoting and increasing tourism in Italy. Although their styles were different, all of them contributed to the creation [...]

A Glimpse of Italian Language on your Italy Trip

Buongiorno!The Italian Language is one of the most fascinating languages in the world which is regarded as musical and emotionally expressive. Being the native language of about 70 million people, it is much used all around the globe not just by native speakers but also as a non-natives as well. There are countries which consider Italian as one of their official languages such as Switzerland, where they call it Italian Swiss. After the unification of Italy, the Italian language was then adopted based on the Tuscan dialect. This significant transformation didn’t just provide a great impact in Italy’s politics but also on the economical, social and cultural aspect. That is why many speakers acknowledged the national language as their primary language instead of their native dialect. It is indeed a plus factor in your Italy trip if you know even just a bit of the Italian language. Italian is the [...]

Italian Architecture – The Stunning Face of Ancient Italy

Many of Italy’s finest works of art are in its architecture. Discovering the history of its origins and the fascinating evolution of its styles, will open up an entirely new world as you tour through the intoxicating landscape. To study the architects of Italian life, from early Roman civilization to the breathtaking style of today is to study the art of living. With its vast array of architectural designs, a day-long tour of Rome is not enough. The reason? The variety of style in Italian architecture is is such that it can be classified not just by chronological period, but also by region. From the earliest times, the Romans were stimulated by ideas from Greece, then began to develop their own authentic architectural styles and designs. Look closely as you make your way around the ancient ruins of the Roman era for signs of this adaptation from the Greek influence [...]