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Category Archives: All Things Italian

5 Mistakes Travelers Make in Italy

Everyone has a general idea of what Italy is all about. However, that doesn’t mean that everything you think is Italian is actually authentic or traditional. So before you go on a tour of Italy, read this to learn more about the 5 mistakes you should avoid making on your vacation: Ordering a Frappuccino. This beverage is actually a trademarked drink from Starbucks, and hence, it cannot be found in traditional Italian coffee shops. So if you’re looking for coffee, opt for an old school cappuccino instead—and order it in the morning with a cornetto (not a croissant!), as it’s considered a breakfast drink. Or go for an espresso after a meal. Expecting you can buy tickets at the bus stop for the bus; or for access to tourist attractions at the place itself. Unlike other countries, bus tickets in Italian towns are usually sold at corner stores, newspaper stands, […]

Everything You Need to Know about Traveling to Italy in Spring

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 […]

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

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, […]

Top Five Wedding Spots in Italy

Many couples dream of having a romantic European wedding and what better place to have one than in Italy. The country is filled with so many ideal wedding venues that it can be difficult to choose where you would want to hold the wedding. Thankfully, we’ve narrowed down the list to five of our favorite wedding spots that you can choose from. Venice Nothing says romance better than a wedding at the famed City of Bridges. There are many picture perfect spots in Venice where you can take magnificent photo ops with your significant other. Taking a gondola ride down the Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge in the background is a common part of many wedding couple’s agenda. The Palazzo Cavalli is a very popular place to hold civil wedding ceremonies, with its formal and elegant staircase as the ideal location. Venice also has many different churches, synagogues and […]

Romantic Getaways for Honeymooners in Italy

Romantic Getaways for Honeymooners in Italy Did you know that there are over 100 ways to say “I love you” in Italian? In some parts of Europe, it’s said that a visit to Italy can save even the biggest relationship crises. Previous visitors can all agree that most Italian cities are so breathtaking, it can make even the coldest of hearts and the hardest of heads forget any negative feelings or thoughts. From the romantic canals of Venice to the magnificence of the Italian capital, Rome, there’s something for every couple, be they young or old, adventurous or laidback. Here’s our guide to the most romantic getaways in Italy. Tuscany is the backdrop that’s served as the inspiration for many a famous Italian artist. The city’s natural beauty holds great appeal for those who wish to escape their fast-paced, urban lives for a while. Montepulciano is an excellent choice for couples […]

Popular Medieval Towns in Italy Worth Visiting

Popular Medieval Towns in Italy Worth Visiting Because Italy is the cradle of the mighty Roman Empire and of numerous other civilizations before it, there is no dearth of old towns in the country.  In fact, even after the fall of Rome, many communities across what is today the modern state of Italy simply continued their existence as Medieval dominions. Some places became smaller kingdoms, others turned into independent maritime city-states, while others became vassal towns of more powerful realms. Their often complicated and violent histories notwithstanding, many of these towns and cities still stand today as reminders of their storied past. In this article, we share with you some of our favorite medieval towns and cities in the country. San Gimignano – Located in the province of Siena in the Tuscan region, the small walled medieval town of San Gimignano is affectionately called the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages” […]

Restoring Italy’s Monuments: A Colossal Challenge

Restoring Italy’s Monuments: A Colossal Challenge Italy is home to numerous famous monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In fact, Italy is known as the country with the most number of World Heritage Sites with a total of 50 sites to its name. Some of these monuments have been around for hundreds of years and they have left an undeniable mark on the world to this day. However, what happens when age finally catches up to these renowned cultural and historical assets? The sad reality is that time does eventually take its toll on these ancient wonders, which leads to the natural deterioration of their structure and the accumulation of damage over the years.  The Italian government has taken some steps to preserve these great monuments, but the budget needed to undertake this colossal endeavor just doesn’t seem to be enough. This is why private individuals and corporations have taken […]

Best Picnic Spots in Italy

Best Picnic Spots in Italy   With spring blooming across Italy, there is no better time to enjoy a relaxing picnic with both family and friends. There are many beautiful parks and gardens in Italy that are perfect for having a picnic. Coupled with all the tasty treats Italian cuisine has to offer, it’s no wonder why local Romans and tourists alike take the time to go outdoors and bask in the springtime air. There are many hidden parks, gardens and hilltops across the country that families, travelers and romantic couples can choose to have a picnic. It’s certainly a great way to unwind after a day of sightseeing and traveling from place to place. Here is a short list of some of the best picnic spots in Italy. Villa Borghese (Rome) Villa Borghese is considered the third largest park in Rome. Preserved and maintained since the nineteenth century, this […]

Natale di Roma – When Ancient Rome Comes Back to the Future

Natale di Roma Everyone knows that Rome was once the center of the ancient world. In fact, movies like Gladiator and TV series like Rome teleport us back in time when the Colosseum was alive with the roar of crowds and the streets are busy with the footfalls of be-sandaled feet and the shifting of togas. Ancient Rome has capture our imagination and our minds keep coming back to its glorious heydays. What if there was a way to go back there and all it would cost you is a plane ticket? Every April 21st, modern Romans and historical interest groups all over Europe converge in the Eternal City in order to give us a taste of its old glory through the festivities of Natale di Roma or Rome’s birthday. The Backstory Part of the celebration always involves the re-enactment of the myth of how the city’s founders came to be and […]

Spring Fashion in Italy: What to Wear for the Season

Spring Fashion in Italy Traveling during Italy’s shoulder season has its advantages: there are fewer people around, and the prices are generally lower for airfare, hotels, even food and wine. The weather’s not bad, either, but it can be a little tough to pack for. Shoulder season is defined as the period of transition between one extreme of weather to another, so people who choose to visit the country at these times can be subject to the unpredictability of Mother Nature. Spring in Italy can be very unpredictable. The temperatures can go from chilly to warm all in the span of a single day, and can even rise up to hot depending on the city you are visiting. It’s best to do as the Italians themselves do in this case: layer. Wearing separates that can be mixed and matched into one cohesive look but also work by themselves when you […]

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