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Vacations in Italy

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 [...]

October, a Perfect Time for an Italy Vacation

There’s no such thing as a perfect time of year for your Italian vacation. Even in winter you can have a wonderful time in Italy as there’s always some picturesque town or bustling city just waiting to be discovered in whatever weather. But that said, October really is a terrific month for a vacation to Italy. Not only is the weather delightful, blue skies filled with warm sun are still the norm, but there are all sorts of festivals held throughout Italy to be tasted and tried. October is the month for harvesting grapes and making wine, and also when tasty mushrooms like porcini and tartufo (truffles) are in season. Five annual events caught our eye. You may have heard of some of them like the EuroChocolate Festival in Perugia, but we’re guessing that at least one is new to you. Be sure to file this list away when you’re [...]