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Travel to Italy

A Solo Traveler’s Guide for Females around Italy

Traveling alone may seem daunting at first, but it can be one of the best and most rewarding experiences you can have as a woman. Not only does going solo help you become more confident and feel empowered, you might also learn new things about yourself while immersed in the culture of a different country. Here are a few travel tips that might prove helpful if you’re a woman who’s planning to take a solo trip to Italy: Avoid the peak seasons Not only can the heat be punishing in the summer, but you’ll find that you’re coming in to crowded cities that will only be half-open. Italians take vacations, too, and they usually do so around a two-week national holiday in August called Ferragosto. Food, lodging, and airfare will typically skew towards the pricier side as well. Do your research and plan as much of your trip in advance […]

When Is the Best Season to Travel to Italy?

Given Italy’s popularity as a world-class tourist destination, timing your trip may prove challenging depending on your travel priorities. The country has something to offer visitors year-round, but major attractions are sure to draw crowds in the thousands during the summer. Meanwhile, other cultural events may have tourists flocking to choice destinations, which may be detrimental to a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of what happens in Italy every year and give you a better idea of what’s in store before you book your flights. Summer Fun for Everyone Summer is the peak tourist season in Italy. Starting from May, major cities and attractions can be crowded and will continue to be so up until July, when you have to contend not only with fellow tourists, but also with locals going on vacation. Airfare, accommodations and entrance to common draws may be higher […]

5 Interesting Museums in Italy

When going on a trip to Italy, one of the first things that’s on your itinerary are its most popular museums. So enjoy these 5 interesting museums in Italy! These include the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. But with over 3,000 museums and galleries spread out across the country, it’s easy to miss some interesting sites. Hence, here are 5 unique museums that you may want to visit during your trip: Centrale Montemartini, Rome The phrase deus ex machina, or god in the machine, may be a cliché. But it is a fitting description for this museum. Once the first public electricity plant in the area, it is now a museum housing various ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. Yet despite being a museum, many of its machinery remain installed inside. This creates an interesting contrast between old and new, mythology […]

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, […]

Five Must-Visit Trattorias in Rome

Five Must-Visit Trattorias in Rome A trattoria in Italy is a casual eating establishment, one that serves mid-priced quality food and offers a comfortable retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world without. More often than not, trattorias (or trattorie) are family-run establishments, which makes them less formal than many ristoranti. A lot of visitors love them because they are unpretentious, providing a relaxed atmosphere to diners as well as a variety of dishes depending on what produce are in season at the moment. If you haven’t had the chance to visit Rome yet but you are planning to go there soon, do check out the trattorias we have on this list. Take note that it is always best to make a reservation so that you can be sure you’ll have a seat when you visit. Hostaria Romana The Hostaria Romana, located on Via del Boccaccio, is well-known among […]

Italy Travel: Why a Dolce Vita Tour is the Best Value for Your Money

Italy Travel: Why a Dolce Vita Tour is the Best Value for Your Money Italy is an incredibly diverse place, which is probably why a lot of people keep coming back to it. There’s always something new to see every time! It is one of Europe’s most visited countries, attracting almost 48 million people in 2013. If you are a new traveler coming in from America to discover this wonderful country, we highly recommend Tour Italy Now’s Dolce Vita Tour. Starting at only $1254, the tour takes visitors on an 8-day tour of some of the most well-known cities and towns in the country. These include Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa (optional) Bologna, Padova, Venice, and Montepulciano. Here’s a short introduction of the each of the places you will be visiting when you take this tour: Rome – Rome is Italy’s capital and the home of more than 2.6 million […]

Sagra Delle Fragole: A Sweet Strawberry Festival

In Italy, many small towns and comuni in rural areas hold festivals known as sagre. These sagre are held in honor of ancient traditions or organized as pageants celebrating local culinary specialties. Many are also held when a local produce is in season. From olive oil, pasta, and wine to pastries, vegetables, and fruits, these products bring income and sustenance to the communities and thus are a source of pride for the locals. Some 19 miles southeast of Rome, in the comune of Nemi, a sagra dedicated to strawberries is celebrated every late spring and early summer. This hillside town overlooking a lake of the same name has long been famous for its rich volcanic environment, which produces some of the sweetest strawberries in all of the Mediterranean. These strawberries come from the surrounding forests and are locally known as frogoline di bosco (wild strawberries). The Sagra Delle Fragole, as […]

Fun Summer Traditions in Italy Worth Seeing

What better way to spend summertime than to get sun-kissed in balmy Italy and to immerse yourself in the warmth of the Mediterranean? Italy is a great country not only for visiting museums, ancient ruins, as well as to eat great food in, it is also known for its summer traditions and events that are truly worth seeing. Here are some of them: Festa del Redentore – The beautiful northeastern Italian city of Venice hosts the Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer) every third Sunday of July. Originally a thanksgiving feast held to celebrate the end of a plague in 1576, the Festa del Redentore features the sailing of hundreds of boats into the Bacino di San Marco (Saint Mark’s Basin). Thousands of people also set up tables along the basin’s edge to dine and wait for the start of a grand fireworks display, which is launched from the […]

Top 5 Parks in Italy You Need to Visit

If you’re a traveler who wants some breathing space between your exploration of Museums and historic districts, then visiting the country’s top parks and gardens should definitely be on your itinerary as well. Many of these gardens and parks in Italy are ancient places themselves, but they still serve as welcoming oases for weary tourists and locals alike, people who are looking for some relief from the urban hustle and bustle. Villa Borghese – Located on the Pincian Hill in the heart of Rome, the Villa Borghese Pinciana was built in the 1600s by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, who was commissioned by the Catholic cardinal and art patron Scipione Borghese to create a villa that would house his art collection. Reinvented as a public park when the Borghese family sold the estate to the Italian government in 1902, the Villa Borghese now boasts of several museums, the most famous of […]

Italy Highlight: The Medieval City of Siena

Italy has many medieval towns and cities that have a unique charm to both locals and tourists alike. Visiting these places is literally a blast from the past, as you can see a slice of what life was like back then. These places tell a unique story that depicts the rich history and culture of the Italian people. In today’s video, we will be taking a close look at the historic city of Siena. Even if you were to tour this entire city, it would barely scratch the surface of its rich culture and history. It’s no wonder that it is considered one of the country’s most visited tourist attractions. Truly, Siena is a treasured gift that we are privileged to have in today’s modern times. This presentation is also available as a slide deck on Slideshare!

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