Category Archives: All Things Italian

Tour Italy Now’s Tips on Traveling in Italy On A Budget

Tips on Traveling in Italy On A Budget As we all know, taking a trip to Italy is an adventure that we encourage everyone to try at least once in their lifetimes, as it can be a dream destination for many people. After all, who hasn’t heard of its gorgeous beaches and rustic streets, or perhaps seen photos of tourist lounging happily under that Mediterranean sun? Many people can get intimidated by the idea of hopping on a plane and flying to Italy because they think that they may need to empty their entire savings to be able to afford to go on vacation here! Well, we’re here to tell you that this is not the case. While there ARE many luxury destinations in Italy, it IS actually quite possible to still enjoy this lovely country without breaking the bank. So here are some tips that you might want to […]

Introduction to the City of Lecce, Italy’s Florence of the South

Introduction to the City of Lecce, Italy The city of Lecce is located in Southern Italy and is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, the land mass which forms the “heel” of the country when viewed on a map. It is one of the most important cities in the region of Apulia, and is the capital of the province which is also called Lecce. It is a location that is steeped in culture and history and is known among many visitors and locals as “The Florence of the South.” This nickname is mostly due to the opulent Baroque monuments and buildings from the 1600s that can be found throughout the city, as well as its traditional affinity with classical Greek culture and art. Learn much more about this lovely Italian destination in our latest video!   Lecce is a city with a rich past that’s just waiting to be […]

Mercatino di Natale: Christmas Markets in Italy

Christmas Markets in Italy Among the many things to look forward to this Christmas holiday season in Italy would be the Mercatino di Natale, or in English, the Christmas Markets! Besides being a great opportunity to shop for presents, souvenirs, and knick-knacks for loved ones and friends, the arrival of the Christmas markets in Italy also adds to the truly festive air, as the merchandise stalls are often accompanied by food stalls that sell traditional, seasonal treats like warm drinks and roasted chestnuts. These seasonal markets normally start showing up by December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is also the day that officially marks the beginning of the Christmas festivities in Italy. On this day, lights and decorations start coming up, the holiday shopping season begins, and along with it would be the Christmas markets. They then remain open sometimes up until as late as January 6. […]

Winter Food in Italy: What to Expect

Winter Food in Italy A country that is known for its food and its love for food, Italy has a plethora of food and drink that are meant to match the change in seasons. A good example is how food during the summer is usually composed of light and quick dishes – nothing too heavy is usually served or eaten so as not to get lethargic on hot, humid days, and dishes that require a long time to cook by boiling or baking are generally avoided since it can get unbearably warm in the kitchen. In the winter months, however, especially as you travel further up north, this treatment on food takes a complete about-face. Instead of summer’s light pastas, salads, and sandwiches, it’s time to bring out the meaty, creamy pasta sauces, such as the Bolognese or carbonara, the thick soups and stews, as well as the smoked meats […]

World War 2 Historical Sites in Italy, Part 2: Italian Resistance

World War 2 Historical Sites in Italy This is the conclusion to our two-part series about World War 2 historical sites in Italy. In the previous post, we discussed the route that the Allied Forces took as they made their way from Sicily, up to Rome and northern Italy, and finally to the Gothic Line. Today, we’ll be talking about the other important faction in Italy at the time, which was the Italian Resistance who opposed the occupying German forces and the Italian puppet regime of the Social Republic at the time. As mentioned in the previous post, World War II in Italy is often remembered by referring to the various phases of its development, which are “Il Ventennio”, the 20 years in which the Fascist Party was in power; “La Liberazione,” the arrival of the Allied troops and the liberation of Rome near the end of the war; and […]

Top 5 Skiing Locations in Italy

Visit Some of the Best Skiing Locations in Italy With winter just around the corner, people are already breaking out their skiing gear and taking a look at some of their favorite places to hit the slopes. Italy is blessed with an impressive ski range, with the central core of the Dolomites taking the spotlight. In addition, the in-resort costs here are much more affordable compared to other resorts around Europe. And while Italy has many rival skiing destinations, it has a much more laid back atmosphere that many skiers – both casual and advanced – certainly appreciate. In today’s video, we’ll be taking a look at what we consider as five of the best skiing destinations around Italy. Skiing is truly a great way to enjoy the upcoming winter season. Whether you’re in it for the thrilling vertical slopes or just want to find a nice winter getaway with […]

How Italians Celebrate Halloween

Italian Halloween Celebration Halloween is an especially popular day in Italy among members of the younger set, and for good reason. Who doesn’t want an excuse to play pranks and dress up and receive candy by the ton? This festival was imported wholesale by Italians from the United States with the help of television, film, and other sources of pop culture – in Italy, they are more used to spending All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day religiously, in an austere fashion, but this tradition has been changing in recent years. Other Halloween Celebrations There is a Halloween celebration at the Devil’s Bridge in Borgo a Mozzano, one that was started in 1993 and has been going on annually ever since. It prides itself in being the ‘first’ and ‘biggest’ Halloween celebration and is comparable to a country fair, with special rides, games, and horror movie showings. One can also find […]

Introduction to Alba in Italy

The Town of Alba, Home of Ferrero All over the world, people love chocolates. With many well-known chocolate brands competing for the title of being the world’s best, Italy is no stranger to this sweet confectionary delight either. If you’re familiar with names such as Nutella, Ferrero Rochere and Kinder, then you’ll be happy to know that Italy can satisfy your sweet tooth for travel. In today’s video, we’ll be talking about Alba, the home of Ferrero, which is best known for its world famous chocolate brands. Travelers who are looking to enjoy the sweet treats that Italy has to offer will definitely want to put Alba on their list of travel destinations. So if you’re interested in chocolates and wine while taking in the sights, then this is definitely the place for you! This presentation is also available on Slideshare!

Tips on What to Wear for the Autumn Weather in Italy

What to Wear for the Autumn Weather in Italy As you may already know, there are many good reasons to visit Italy during the autumn. From the better prices on air fare and accommodations, the great food, and the cooler weather, Italy in its fall colors is truly a sight to see. When preparing for your trip, however, one of the biggest questions that you may ask yourself will most likely be, “What should I wear?” Planning your outfits is actually an important factor to consider since you don’t want to overpack, mostly because as many seasoned travelers will warn you, extra baggage fees with airlines can cost an arm and a leg. Also, you’d really want to leave some space in your bags for all the souvenirs and other items that you’d be bringing back from your trip. This is why in order to help you out with your […]

Introducing the Town of Atrani at the Amalfi Coast in Italy

The Town of Atrani at the Amalfi Coast in Italy One of the great things about Italy‬ is that you will never be out of options… even when it comes to the climate. So even though ‪autumn‬ has set in, if you’re looking for some place warm, try checking out the cozy town of ‪‎Atrani‬ over at the ‪‎Amalfi Coast‬! In this second part of our series where we talk about the smaller, lesser-known, but absolutely beautiful towns in Italy, we’re going to tell you about places that are off the beaten path, and today we’re featuring the sunny little town of Atrani! It is a town on the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy. It is located in the south of Amalfi, less than half a mile, and just several a short drive from the coast. It is the smallest city in […]