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Vacations in Italy

Vacation with the Kids: Three Exciting Water Parks in Italy

Three Exciting Water Parks in Italy Summer vacations in the beautiful country of Italy is always a fun and memorable adventure, as one gets to experience the history, the culture, the food, and the wonderful atmosphere of its countryside. However, it may be a slightly different story if you’re traveling with the kids. While we may appreciate the subtle differences in various types of Italian cheeses, or marvel at the work of master Italian artists, for small children, it might not make quite a difference. And as every parent knows, there are few things more stressful during a vacation than a bored child. One of the best ways to keep your kids entertained during the summer would be to bring them to the beach. But there may also be some issues that you may encounter, such as overcrowded beaches, algae in the water, or perhaps the nearest beach to you [...]

Four Awesome Lake Destinations for Summer Vacations in Italy

During the summer vacation season in Italy, a lot of locals and visitors often flock to the beaches for some much-awaited rest and recreation. However, some people may enjoy the entire beach experience a little bit less than others. Sometimes, too, perhaps some bona fide beach-lovers may just simply want a quick change of scenery before diving back into the Mediterranean.  For that reason, we’ve rounded up a quick list of some of Italy’s best lake destinations for summer vacations in Italy! Lake Garda One of the most popular and most visited lakes in Italy, especially during the summer, Lake Garda is located just in between Venice and Milan. The lake itself is known for its clean, crystal-clear waters that many water sport enthusiasts love, while its surrounding area also has many points of interest including picturesque towns, gorgeous natural landscapes, theme parks, medieval castles, and resorts. The plethora of [...]

Italy Shopping! Four Things to Buy on Your Vacation in Florence

Excited for your upcoming trip to Italy? Finally getting that Italian vacation you’ve been dreaming of? If that’s the case, then there’s a very high probability that one of your stops will be in the picturesque city of Florence. Considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Tuscan region and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, this city has much to offer. We’re not just talking about art, culture, and history, but it also has a plethora options when it comes to shopping! You heard it right! Florence has tons of boutiques, stores, open-air markets, and artisan shops, so the opportunities for a good shopping spree are endless. However, no self-respecting shopping champion would leave such a special place like Florence without picking up a fitting souvenir, right? While we associate Murano with glassware, and Burano with lace, Florence, too, has its quintessential goods. So if it really [...]

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 [...]

Summer Vacations in Italy: What to Expect

The season for some fun in the sun has finally arrived in lovely Italy, and it’s time to take some much-deserved R&R, unwind, and maybe break out the sunscreen and swimwear. However, with the change in season also comes the change in pace in the country, as everyone, both tourists and locals alike, are determined to make the most out of the summer vacation period. Because of this, here are some pointers to keep in mind as you prepare for your upcoming Italian vacation! First of all, since it’s the season for relaxation, expect the level of activity to vary from city to city. While seaside resorts, coastal destinations, and other popular tourist spots will probably be full of people with establishments all up and running and in full swing, less-tourist-y cities will be much quieter and some shops and points of interest might even be closed. For example, while [...]

What to Do in Northern Sardinia

  Less than an hours flight from Rome, this wild, beautiful island has some of Italy’s most beautiful beaches.  It is not all lounging in the sun here, though.  Tour Italy Now shares our favorite picks for what to do in Northern Sardinia. Go Back in Time If you thought the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the city of Pompeii were old, just wait until you visit one of the 8,000 Nuraghe scattered all over the island of Sardinia. Dating back to the Bronze age, these incredible stone structures, called Su Nuraxi in Sardinian dialect, are a fascinating look at another time.  Ancient temples, housing complexes, and tombs are all easily accessible from the main road near Arzachena. Visit Guiseppe Garibaldi’s Home. Guiseppe Garibaldi is a cherished and very important figure in Italian history.  Garibaldi is credited with the unification of Italy and is often called the father of the [...]

Italy Vacation Checklist: Getting Started Is As Easy As 1, 2, 3

You may have noticed on Tour Italy Now’s homepage, in the upper right-hand corner, an invitation to download our free Insider Vacation Checklist. If you haven’t done so already, consider getting it today. The checklist is a practical wrap-up of advice and tips, ten in all, for planning your vacation in Italy. We thought it would be great to talk about these great tips for vacationing in Italy here on the blog. In today’s post, we’ll explore the first three items on our Italy vacation checklist. Then, in the coming weeks, we’ll write up summaries of the remaining items. We do hope you’ll chime in and share your thoughts and even your own special tips for traveling in Italy, either here or on Facebook. Item One: designing and booking your Italy vacation. This is incredibly fun, taking the first step in planning a trip you’ve no doubt been dreaming about [...]

A Hot Air Balloon Ride, Perfect for Your Italy Vacation!

Here’s something to consider when you take a trip to Italy: a ride in a hot air balloon. What more beautiful way to take in the Italian landscape, whether it’s over Tuscany’s undulating hills, outside the city of Milan, or in the Dolomites, a picturesque region in the Italian Alps. This month, one of Italy’s best known Italian balloon festivals took place in the Dolomites. These stunning mountains are not widely known outside of Italy, at least not as widely known as famous cities like Rome, Naples and Venice or regions like Tuscany or the Piedmont, but they are popular with Italians and other Europeans embarking on a vacation in Italy. In the winter, there’s skiing and of course the balloon festival. Check out these amazing photos of the balloon festival on Flickr! In the warmer months, you can hike, go mountain climbing and, if you are a super adventurous, [...]

Refrigerator Magnets, the Perfect Souvenir of a Vacation in Italy

Everyone seems to have their favorite travel souvenir. Some people can’t come home without a coffee mug or a shot glass or snow globe. Others go for tee-shirts or spoons. You know who you are! Here at Tour Italy Now, we are major into refrigerator magnets. In many ways, they are the perfect travel souvenir of your Italian vacation. They’re super-easy to find in your travels — they’re available all over Italy and easy to carry and, best of all, when you get home, easy to display. Tour Italy Now’s very own Priscila Siano has been collecting fridge magnets of her travels for years. Priscila and Dominic’s refrigerator is covered with them, each a special memento that commemorates their travels around Italy, to places like Rome, Milan, Florence … and other places as well of course. The cool thing about souvenir fridge magnets is that they are a constant reminder [...]