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Vacations in Italy

The Many Flavors of the Carnevale in Italy: Regional Versions of the Celebration

The Many Flavors of the Carnevale in Italy After the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the country of Italy’s next big party during the winter season would be the world-famous Carnevale, or Carnival. It is traditionally held as a final chance to have fun before the more somber Lenten season arrives, and it is also a goodbye to the cold months as people begin looking forward to spring. Though we often associate the Carnevale with just Venice, many cities and towns all over the country actually celebrate this holiday, each with their own unique twists and highlights. However, the biggest and most elaborate parties are at Venice, Viareggio, and Cento, so if you would like to join a bigger crowd, head to these cities. Some of the most popular Carnevale destinations are the following: Venice In the City of Bridges, the festivities tend to begin up to two weeks before […]

A Quick Guide to Italy’s Winter Carnival

A Quick Guide to Italy’s Winter Carnival With Epiphany just ended, and after La Befana has made her rounds distributing toys and coal as she usually does during the holidays, the Christmas season in Italy officially comes to a close. Don’t worry, however, because eve n though the holiday decorations may be coming down, new ones will be put up soon, as Italy prepares for its next big holiday. What would that be, you ask? It is none other than one of the country’s biggest parties, the Carnival, or Carnevale! It is a festive occasion, and this 2015, it promises to be a particularly big event as the Carnival is also being used to further promote tourism in Italy as it hosts the World Expo later this year. So for those who want to experience the Carnival for themselves, here’s a quick starter guide to help you understand and appreciate […]

Buon Anno! Italian New Year Customs and Traditions

Italian New Year Customs We’ve talked about Italian Christmas traditions, and now with 2015 and a new year just a mere few days away, today we’ll be tackling Italian New Year customs! As with almost everywhere else in the world, New Year’s Eve is a major holiday in Italy, and is a time when families get together to welcome the new year. Unlike a lot of other countries, however, Italians refer to the occasion by its liturgical name, which is La Festa di San Silvestro, or the Feast of St. Sylvester. For those who may not be familiar with him, St. Sylvester was a pope who lived in the fourth century, and is credited in stories and legend as the man who was able to convert Emperor Constantine to Christianity after curing him of leprosy. It was also under his papacy that many of Rome’s great churches were built, including […]

Buon Natale! The Typical Italian Christmas Celebration

Typical Italian Christmas Celebration Holidays in Italy can be quite an experience, and many visitors to the country look forward to having a taste of the Italian Christmas season. Unfortunately, there are those who think that in Italy, it isn’t “Christmas-y enough” and they are left with the impression that Italians are less enthusiastic about the holiday compared to their American counterparts. It is possible that this idea is brought about by a perceived lack of the bright lights and décor that we normally associate Christmas festivities with. This is an inaccurate assessment, however, because the Italians DO love this holiday a lot, and in fact even spend almost an entire month celebrating it! You heard that right. Unlike most countries where Christmas ends on December 25, for the Italians, the celebrations begin on December 8, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, when the decorations in the streets and […]

Introduction to the City of Lecce, Italy’s Florence of the South

Introduction to the City of Lecce, Italy The city of Lecce is located in Southern Italy and is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, the land mass which forms the “heel” of the country when viewed on a map. It is one of the most important cities in the region of Apulia, and is the capital of the province which is also called Lecce. It is a location that is steeped in culture and history and is known among many visitors and locals as “The Florence of the South.” This nickname is mostly due to the opulent Baroque monuments and buildings from the 1600s that can be found throughout the city, as well as its traditional affinity with classical Greek culture and art. Learn much more about this lovely Italian destination in our latest video!   Lecce is a city with a rich past that’s just waiting to be […]

Road to Milan Expo 2015 Part 3: The Expo Grounds

Road to Milan Expo 2015 Part 3 In previous posts, we’ve shared with you various bits of information about the upcoming Expo Milano 2015, from its concept, importance, and history, to practical travel tips. In this final installment on our series of blog posts on the subject, we’re going to talk about another major feature of this international event which is the Expo venue itself. With a total area that spans around one million square meters, the Expo grounds in Milan, Italy will serve as the home to various pavilions set up by 144 participating countries, 20 represented regions or cities, 16 organizations, and four companies (and counting…). It will also be featuring a handful of major areas or facilities such as the open-air theater as well as a manmade lake. I. Cardo, Decumano, and Piazza Italia When exploring the site, the first thing to know about would be the […]

Road to Milan Expo 2015 Part 2: Practical Information

Milan Expo 2015 Practical Information In the first part of our series of blog posts regarding the upcoming Milan Expo 2015, we talked about why many people consider it to be such a major event. This is mainly because besides being a platform for international good will as well as a major boost to Italian tourism, it is also an event that aims to discuss and present solutions for important issues such as sustainability and the world’s food supply, as dictated by its theme, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life (“Nutrire il Pianeta, Energia per la Vita“). As mentioned in the previous post, 2015 will be a year when Italy will be putting its best foot forward as it hosts this international event, and that visitors can look forward to a plethora of events that will be held as part of the six-month-long festivities. Now that you’re better acquainted with […]

Road to Milan Expo 2015 Part 1: What It’s All About

Road to Milan Expo 2015 Part 1   In case you’re still on the fence over traveling to Italy in 2015, then we’re here to tell you that now would be a fabulous time to go ahead and take the leap, book those tickets, and go on that trip at last. Why exactly? Well, on top of the gorgeous scenery, the rich history and culture, and the fantastic food, one very good reason to be in Italy next year would be the fact that 2015 is when Italy will be hosting what is possibly the biggest international event of recent years, the World Expo, also currently known as Expo Milano 2015. In this blog post, we’re going to introduce you to what this event is all about, why it is significant, and most importantly, why you should be there! What is a World Expo/Universal Exposition and Why is it Important? […]

A Quick Guide to Expo Torino 2015

A Quick Guide to Expo Torino 2015 For those who are planning to travel to Italy soon, it’s a great time as any to head on over because from now up until the end of 2015, it is promising to be a very busy, bustling year for this lovely country. In case you weren’t aware yet, Italy will be hosting a number of major international events, including the Expo Milano 2015, the Giro d’Italia, and the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix, to name just a few. One of the many events to look forward to would be Expo Torino 2015 which will be happening at the same time as Expo Milano. As the two cities are mostly considered as sister cities in all but name, these expos are meant to further strengthen the Milan-Turin partnership and at the same time, to increase tourist activity in the area by providing visitors […]

Touring the Dolomites: Fun Activities to Do in the Mountains

Fun Activities to Do while in the Dolomites As vacation destinations go, a trip to the mountains can mean many different things depending on who you ask. There are those who go to the mountains to enjoy the many different physical activities such as hiking or skiing, while there are also those who go there to enjoy the majestic scenery that can be viewed here. Regardless of the reason, Italy features one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the world – the Dolomites. Running across the northern edge of the country, the valleys of Trentino-Alto Adige border the country of Austria. Once known as the Pale Mountains, it has an unusual mineral makeup that gives it a distinct pink glow in the late afternoon light. Those who visit the Dolomites are enchanted by the beauty that its peaks and valleys contain. For those who want to visit this impressive […]