Category Archives: Italy News

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!

Andrea Bocelli in New York City in September

Attention: Andrea Bocelli in New York City in September! We wanted to remind those in the Tour Italy Now community that international opera sensation Andrea Bocelli will be appearing in a free concert in Central Park, New York City, this September 15. Tickets are free. To be in the running to obtain tickets, sign up at the Andrea Bocelli Central Park website. Remember, as we’ve told you here and here, this amazing concert, with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert, will be in great demand and there will probably be more people who want to attend than ticket availability. But if you are so inclined, if you live in the New York City area or plan to be there in mid-September, give it a try! And check out the terrific video of Andrea Bocelli on the website! If you can’t make the concert, it will be taped and […]

The New Hotel “Bed” Tax: Yes in Florence, Not Yet in Venice

We wanted to update Tour Italy Now readers with the latest on the so-called bed tax that goes into effect in Florence on July 1. The tax is pegged to a hotel’s star rating, one euro per star. The math is simple enough. Two nights in a four-star hotel in Florence will include a tax of eight euro per person. (2 nights X 4 starts X 2 people = 16 euros! And we must point out that it’s more a guest tax than a bed tax!) But pray tell just how will the bed tax in Florence work? Confusion abounds on that point! As Tour Italy Now understands it, the tax will be collected either at check-in or check-out in cash. Yes, cash. We also understand that the tax will be levied on travelers who paid in advance for their hotels, but that point is not perfectly clear. Bottom line: […]

Italy Is The Most Beautiful Country in the World!

Perhaps you have asked yourself this question. We know the answer: a resounding, heartfelt “yes!” Of course, we are not the only ones who believe that Italy is the most beautiful country in the world. Year after year, Italy is judged one of the top places in the world to visit, according to the World Tourism Organization. It consistently ranks in the top five countries that Americans visit in the U.S. Commerce Department’s outbound tourism statistics. And, with 47 altogether, Italy leads the world — yes, the entire world! in UNESCO Heritage Sites, places of significant cultural or natural importance. Just this week, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) named the Longobards, seven clusters of buildings, including fortresses, churches and monastries throughout Italy, built by the Lombards in 6th to 8th centuries. According to UNESCO — and this gets a bit scholarly, but please persevere — these […]