Category Archives: Italy Tours

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. Carnevale Perhaps this is because Italy has its own version of Halloween: two weeks before Lent, they celebrate Carnevale, an enormous winter festival complete with parades, masked balls, entertainment, music, partying and food. Masks are an important part of Carnevale, which draws parallel to how Halloween is celebrated in the United States with masks and costumes as well. The origins [...]

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!

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 [...]

All You Need to Know About Italian Tour Expenses

How to Tour Wineries in Italy

Whether you are planning an escorted tour or are doing a self-guided tour, here are some resources on how to tour wineries in Italy. Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world. With 19 different wine producing regions located throughout the country you are never far from a vineyard, no matter where you are in Italy. It is useful to know the names and regions of the top wine destinations Rome: Lazio Pisa or Florence: Tuscany Venice: Veneto Milan: Lombardy Naples: Campania Genova: Liguria Buy the book – or App  Wine guides such as the ones published by Slow Food and Gambero Rosso and Apps like the one by The Wine Traveller are packed with information on locations and hours of vineyards and cantinas that are open to visitors.  It is recommended that you plan your visit in advance. Hit the Road If you are not doing an [...]

How to Tour Italy

  How to Tour Italy There is a reason Italy is one of the most popular vacation destinations. It really does have it all; Art, music, cities, charming hill towns, beaches, mountains and more. You feel like you want to see it all. Tour Italy Now is here to help you figure out best how to tour Italy. Planning  The first piece of advice is do your homework. With 47 UNESCO sites,more than any other country,95,000 churches, 20,000 historical cities and towns and 5,600 museums and archaeological sites, Italy has such a variety of opportunities that you need to decide what kind of vacation you would like and work from there. Don’t try to see everything in the entire country or you will end up overwhelmed and exhausted. Pick just a few major sites or experiences and work from there. You can spend a few days viewing art and walking [...]

What an Italy Tour Can Teach You!

Everybody loves Italy. Have you ever noticed how Italy is often a cover story on travel and food magazines? That’s because Italy sells magazines. It is a country that inspires such passion: people simply love reading about, talking about, dreaming about Italy. We see that passion for Italy here in our community every day. Of course, that passion is what inspires our clients and millions of others to take an Italy tour. There are so many reasons why people appreciate Italy the way they do… For its cuisine and fashion, for its music and architecture, for its art and history. Of course we all know that the Roman Empire was a turning point in world history, introducing advances in architecture, engineering and lifestyle that spread to other areas of the empire: Spain to the west; England to the north; north Africa to the south; until they eventually made their way [...]

The Tipping Point to Booking an Italy Tour

What does it take for the stars to align to book a vacation, in this case, an Italy tour? It usually works like this. You carry around the idea in your head for ages. You don’t think about it each and every waking hour. You are reminded to book that Italy tour when you see a photograph of Venice in a magazine while waiting at the dentist office or strolling down the pasta aisle in the supermarket or chance upon a movie set in Italy, like Roman Holiday, with Audrey Hepburn, on the TV one quiet Saturday night. You are reminded when Italy visits you in your dreams, sometimes in the form of a Tuscan landscape, other times, posing in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Once you dreamed about an island that you think might have been Capri. You mention the idea of a trip to Italy to [...]

Italy Tours: Totally Cool Virtual Tours of Rome, Florence, & Venice

There’s no tour of Italy like a real, honest-to-goodness, on-the-ground tour. But to get in the mood, it’s fun to take one of these virtual Italy tours, whether it’s a virtual tour of Rome, Florence or Venice. In fact the Internet is popping with virtual tours, as well as cinema verite or documentary-style tours of Italy. This set, apparently produced by the wonderful folks at Google, recently caught our eye; we liked them so much we added them to the Tour Italy Now website. They have a rollercoaster feel to them, as the “eye” dives from one monument to the next, but that makes it fun. The music is different in each one, too. As pairings go, the music accompanying the Florence tour seems to work best, but the Rome one is fun and Venice, well, who’s ready for a ride on a gondola? Taken together, each one is eyepopping [...]