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Travel to Italy

How to Stay Cool During an Italian Summer

Italy in the summer is a lovely place to be, when flowers come into full bloom, fruits and vegetables are abundant, and the seaside destinations are abuzz with a boatload of activities and parties. However, summer is still summer, and during these months, temperatures can soar to a scorching 30 degrees centigrade or more. So yes, it can get VERY hot, it CAN get a bit uncomfortable, and you WILL sweat… but that doesn’t mean that you should let this get in the way of your enjoyment as you travel through Italy during your vacation there. Don’t worry, because we’re here to share with you some useful tips on how to stay cool and survive summer in Italy! Keep the alcoholic drinks few and far in between. While meals in Italy are normally served with either water or wine, try to opt for water instead, because alcohol dehydrates you and [...]

Video: Three Common Mistakes Tourists In Italy Make

As the saying goes, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.” For the most part, this is true, and locals do appreciate it when visitors try to adapt to the native culture. But how exactly does one know how things are supposed to be done, especially when you don’t speak the language? Don’t worry though, because it’s nothing that a bit of research and preparation can’t fix. Whether it’s for something as simple as ordering a cup of coffee, or something as complicated as making bookings and reservations when you want to go out the next day during your Italy vacation, it’s always good to be informed and, in turn, efficient. This will not only save you from a load of hassle (and/or embarrassment!) in the long run, but it might also save you some precious time which you could be using to enjoy yourself, instead of trying to [...]

Agriturismo – The Best Way to Experience Italy’s Countryside

Whenever people start talking about vacations in Italy, some of the first ideas that come to mind tend to include classical art, museums, castles, churches, basilicas, and Mediterranean beaches. On top of those, we also start daydreaming of postcard-perfect, sunny days when one can take a seat at an al fresco café that overlooks a lovely plaza with pretty fountains, order an espresso, sit back, relax, read a good book, and just enjoy our surroundings as the day goes by. This image is actually pretty accurate. Sometimes, though, we just really want to get away from it all, and being in a city – even if it isin a completely different country – just isn’t enough. This is where agriturismo comes in. As the term suggests, it is a combination of agriculture and tourism, or in other words, farm vacations. Italy’s countryside is as lush and vibrant as its cities, [...]

The Ultimate Guide to Touring Milan Part 2: Shopping and Dining

So in part 1 of our Ultimate Guide to Touring Milan, we talked about the places to visit if you want to be able to appreciate the art and culture of this global city. In this installment, we’ll talk about some of the other things that we love doing while on vacation: enjoying good food, and shopping! Once you’re done touring the museums and ancient ruins, and you’ve had your fill of the frescoes and paintings, you might start feeling the need to grab a bite somewhere, so here’s a short list of some places in Milan where you could do just that. Whether it’s for a business meeting, a romantic dinner, or just a quiet meal, try out the delicious food over at Ristorante Piazza Repubblica. This restaurant is famous for its white truffle dishes and desserts, as well as its selection of wines. If you’re not sure over [...]

The Ultimate Guide to Touring Milan Part 1: Culture and Sightseeing

So you’ve finally booked your tickets and made your reservations, and you’re on your way to Italy at last! Your much-deserved vacation is finally on the horizon, and on your itinerary is highlighted, the word “Milan”. You’re headed to Italy’s commercial and financial center, which also happens to be one of the world’s leading fashion and design capitals… but in a place that’s practically brimming with attractions, what exactly do you do when you get there? Where do you go? We know that you must be very excited on embarking on this new adventure, so we’ve prepared a two-part guide to help you get started! In this installment of our Ultimate Guide to Touring Milan, we’re going to talk about the cultural side of this wondrous city, and try to help you make the most of your trip, particularly if you want to get a taste of Milan’s beauty and [...]

Beyond Art: Other Attractions to Experience in Florence

Whenever travel to Italy is mentioned, it is almost inevitable to include the city of Florence in the discussion. Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, and ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Florence is the capital of the lush region of Tuscany and is considered as the birthplace of the Renaissance. It was also a center of trade during medieval times, and to this day, it remains a major economic center. As one can expect from a city that is steeped in culture and history, almost every street and every corner boasts a historical building or a work of art (because even the door knockers here are sights to behold). However, other than your usual tour of galleries and museums, there are still a myriad other interesting places to see and things to do in beautiful Firenze. Here is [...]

The Best of Umbria With Kids: A Few of Our Family’s Favorites

Editor’s note: Umbria is a beautiful region with lots of places to visit especially when you’re traveling with kids. Here’s what Shannon Kenny, our guest author and Editor-in-chief of Italiakids.com recommends.  And the sea in the mirror, or the valley in the mirror, were in one sense just the same as the real ones: yet at the same time they were somehow different – deeper, more wonderful, more like places in a story: in a story you have never heard but very much want to know. The difference between the old Narnia and the new Narnia was like that. The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more. – C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia As director of Arte al Sole, my young children have had the great fortune of growing up visiting Umbria every summer. In [...]

The Art Enthusiast’s Guide to Touring Italy

It’s pretty common knowledge that Italy is one of the world’s top travel destinations from an art appreciation perspective. This entire country is virtually an open air art museum: ancient ruins, natural beauty, stunning architecture and icons of Christendom pop up everywhere you look. If you’re looking to soak up history, culture and art all in one place, look no further than this amazing Southern European nation. Italy is never lacking in artistic attractions. In fact, the Vatican museums alone have enough treasures to literally keep you occupied for months if you take the time to look at the pieces for just a minute each. If you add in all the historical sites, churches, galleries and buildings in other Italian cities, you can stay in the country for years and still not see everything its artists have to offer. Of course, the key to getting a fulfilling art appreciation experience [...]

Experiencing Italy’s Wonders by Car

Having your own car for your Italian vacation gives you maximum flexibility and freedom to explore at your own pace and schedule. Italy has over 5,600 kilometers (3,480 miles) of Autostrada, or superhighways, giving you lots of asphalt to cruise on. You probably won’t have all the time and gas to cover every kilometer of the country, so we wanted to help you make the most of your tour across the land. These are our best tips for experiencing Italy’s wonders by car. Renting a Car It is most economical to rent a car ahead of time, before you leave for Italy. Most big-name car rental companies have offices in Italy to give you that familiar brand of service even if you’re a long way from home. Renting by the week and not by the day can also save you money. Most cars in Italy run on manual transmissions. It [...]

Italy – There’s an App for That!

Here is our roundup of some of the best and most useful smartphone apps out there for your trip to Italy. Roma Bus – FREE – This app tracks (most) of Rome’s public buses so you know if it is faster to walk or wait. You can also geo-locate yourself and it will tell you what bus stops are close. Il Meteo – FREE – The weather in Italy this summer has been a little unpredictable, late afternoon thundershowers in Rome and Venice have sent us scrambling for an umbrella.  Be prepared with the Il Meteo app that is reasonably accurate and predicts the weather by the hour. Google Translate – FREE – Don’t be at a loss for words. The google translate app even has audio. Easy Italia - FREE – Use this app to call for tourist information and assistance, seven days a week. Info Treni - FREE – This [...]