Category Archives: Italy News

Road to Milan Expo 2015 Part 3: The Expo Grounds

Road to Milan Expo 2015 Part 3 In previous posts, we’ve shared with you various bits of information about the upcoming Expo Milano 2015, from its concept, importance, and history, to practical travel tips. In this final installment on our series of blog posts on the subject, we’re going to talk about another major feature of this international event which is the Expo venue itself. With a total area that spans around one million square meters, the Expo grounds in Milan, Italy will serve as the home to various pavilions set up by 144 participating countries, 20 represented regions or cities, 16 organizations, and four companies (and counting…). It will also be featuring a handful of major areas or facilities such as the open-air theater as well as a manmade lake. I. Cardo, Decumano, and Piazza Italia When exploring the site, the first thing to know about would be the […]

Road to Milan Expo 2015 Part 2: Practical Information

Milan Expo 2015 Practical Information In the first part of our series of blog posts regarding the upcoming Milan Expo 2015, we talked about why many people consider it to be such a major event. This is mainly because besides being a platform for international good will as well as a major boost to Italian tourism, it is also an event that aims to discuss and present solutions for important issues such as sustainability and the world’s food supply, as dictated by its theme, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life (“Nutrire il Pianeta, Energia per la Vita“). As mentioned in the previous post, 2015 will be a year when Italy will be putting its best foot forward as it hosts this international event, and that visitors can look forward to a plethora of events that will be held as part of the six-month-long festivities. Now that you’re better acquainted with […]

Road to Milan Expo 2015 Part 1: What It’s All About

Road to Milan Expo 2015 Part 1   In case you’re still on the fence over traveling to Italy in 2015, then we’re here to tell you that now would be a fabulous time to go ahead and take the leap, book those tickets, and go on that trip at last. Why exactly? Well, on top of the gorgeous scenery, the rich history and culture, and the fantastic food, one very good reason to be in Italy next year would be the fact that 2015 is when Italy will be hosting what is possibly the biggest international event of recent years, the World Expo, also currently known as Expo Milano 2015. In this blog post, we’re going to introduce you to what this event is all about, why it is significant, and most importantly, why you should be there! What is a World Expo/Universal Exposition and Why is it Important? […]

A Quick Guide to Expo Torino 2015

A Quick Guide to Expo Torino 2015 For those who are planning to travel to Italy soon, it’s a great time as any to head on over because from now up until the end of 2015, it is promising to be a very busy, bustling year for this lovely country. In case you weren’t aware yet, Italy will be hosting a number of major international events, including the Expo Milano 2015, the Giro d’Italia, and the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix, to name just a few. One of the many events to look forward to would be Expo Torino 2015 which will be happening at the same time as Expo Milano. As the two cities are mostly considered as sister cities in all but name, these expos are meant to further strengthen the Milan-Turin partnership and at the same time, to increase tourist activity in the area by providing visitors […]

New Rome Tourist Accommodation Tax as of September 2014: What You Need to Know About It

New Rome Tourist Accommodation Tax as of September 2014 A quick heads up, travelers! As the title of this article reads, the city of Rome in Italy has recently implemented a new Tourist Accommodation Tax (also known as “tassa di soggiorno” in Italian, and “bed tax”, “guest tax”, or “hotel tax” in English) as of September 1, 2014. This tax has been around for several years now, and is also being implemented in other major tourist cities such as Florence and Venice. This year, however, Rome has updated the rates of its tassa di soggiorno. To help avoid any confusion, especially when you’re at your hotel and you are handed a bill with this extra amount on it, here’s a guide on what these taxes are, and how they work. What is the tax for? This tax is being implemented by the city’s tourism authority as a way to help […]

Italy’s Favorite Car, The Fiat 500, Takes the U.S. by Storm

Here are five things you need to know about the Fiat 500. Introduced in 2007, it’s making a big splash in car circles. It’s a riff on the Fiat 600, like the one in the above illustration, that was popular in the 1950s. 1. A special Gucci edition will be unveiled during New York’s Fashion week September. For details, click HERE. 2. People are so nuts about this car, there’s a forum devoted to this model alone. 3. There are Fiat clubs all over the U.S. There’s something about the Fiat that makes its owners proud, passionate. Look for local chapters on Facebook and Twitter. 4. There is an informative online magazine devoted to all things Fiat 500. It’s a bit technical, but it will keep you on top of Fiat news and happenings if you read it. 5. You can rent a Fiat in the U.S., at least in […]

The Jersey Shore Does Florence, We Hope You Do Too…

So the Jersey Shore does Florence! We thought we’d let the Jersey Shore Season Four get off the ground before commenting on what it’s like seeing this group on the ultimate Italy vacation. As it turns out, last week’s season debut got the highest ratings ever. We know part of the reason is that the show was shot in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the most beautiful country in the world! If you missed the season premiere, here’s an Episode One recap from Rolling Stone Magazine. We note that the group got lost in Florence, something that would not happen if they were on an escorted tour with Tour Italy Now, tee hee! If you’re watching the show, you won’t get to see all that much of Florence, it’s a backdrop to be sure, but remember last spring the mayor of Florence banned Jersey Shore from taping […]

It’s Official! Italy is the Top Travel Choice of Americans!

Even though this comes as no surprise, we wanted to trumpet this news with the Tour Italy Now community: According to a new survey, a trip to Italy remains choice #1 for Americans! This finding is from Harris Survey, one of the top pollings firms in the world, and is based on interviews with 2,183 Americans age 18 and over. Italy tops the list, with Great Britain, Australia, Ireland and France rounding out the top five. Italy is the top travel choice of americans! What’s fascinating, at least to yours truly and we hope to you, too, is that Italy has held the top first or second spot going back to 2000, with a dip to third place in 2002. In the late 1990s, Italy placed fourth, which is hardly shabby. But this past decade has been great for Italy. We called Harris to get a sense of the numbers, […]

Venice “Guest” Tax Goes Into Effect Next Month

We wanted to let the Tour Italy Now community know that Venice has added a new tax for hotel guests. The Venice tax was approved by the City Council of Venice in late June, it goes into effect on August 23. As we told you in this blog post, Rome and Florence introduced “bed” taxes as well earlier this summer. They all work a bit differently, in that the rates are not uniform among the three cities, so if you are on an Italy tour, or in the midst of any Italy travel that takes you to Venice, Rome or Florence, make sure you understand the distinctions. Inquire at check in as to the amount and whether guests are required to pay in cash! Of course if you are on a Tour Italy Now escorted Italy tour, your guide will guide you on all! According to one of Tour Italy […]

Anthony Robbins Coming to Rimini Italy!

Tour Italy Now wants to share an exciting opportunity with the community: World-renowned success coach Anthony Robbins will be giving his “Unleash the Power Within” course in Rimini this September, and you can get tickets directly through Tour Italy Now! Robbins, who has over 30 years experience coaching leaders, businessmen and world-class athletes such as Bill Clinton, Quincy Jones and Serena Williams, will give his sensational achievement strategies from September 23rd – 26th. So not only can you visit Italy, you can make other dreams come true by attending a four-day seminar with Tony Robbins! His seminars sell out! Space is limited! If you’re interested, call Tour Italy Now at 800.955.4418. You’ve seen his books, you’ve seen him on TV, now’s your chance to see him live in Italy!