Category Archives: Italy

How Italians Celebrate Halloween

Italian Halloween Celebration Halloween is an especially popular day in Italy among members of the younger set, and for good reason. Who doesn’t want an excuse to play pranks and dress up and receive candy by the ton? This festival was imported wholesale by Italians from the United States with the help of television, film, and other sources of pop culture – in Italy, they are more used to spending All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day religiously, in an austere fashion, but this tradition has been changing in recent years. Carnevale Perhaps this is because Italy has its own version of Halloween: two weeks before Lent, they celebrate Carnevale, an enormous winter festival complete with parades, masked balls, entertainment, music, partying and food. Masks are an important part of Carnevale, which draws parallel to how Halloween is celebrated in the United States with masks and costumes as well. The origins [...]

Introduction to Alba in Italy

The Town of Alba, Home of Ferrero All over the world, people love chocolates. With many well-known chocolate brands competing for the title of being the world’s best, Italy is no stranger to this sweet confectionary delight either. If you’re familiar with names such as Nutella, Ferrero Rochere and Kinder, then you’ll be happy to know that Italy can satisfy your sweet tooth for travel. In today’s video, we’ll be talking about Alba, the home of Ferrero, which is best known for its world famous chocolate brands. Travelers who are looking to enjoy the sweet treats that Italy has to offer will definitely want to put Alba on their list of travel destinations. So if you’re interested in chocolates and wine while taking in the sights, then this is definitely the place for you! This presentation is also available on Slideshare!

Looking for the Best Cities in Italy for Nightlife

Best Cities in Italy for Nightlife     Nightlife in Italy varies according to season. Outdoor entertainment is popular from the May to September months, when the weather is hot enough to allow for it, then close down when autumn arrives and remain so for the duration of the winter season. Many nightclubs operate two versions to accommodate the changing seasons as well, with one catering to the summer and the other for the winter. Tourists fill up the clubs in the beach towns in the summer months. Rimini and Riccione on the eastern coast particularly come to mind. Across the country in Tuscany, Forte de’Marmi also has an excellent reputation for nighttime fun and activity. Any city and town that has a close proximity to the sea comes alive in the summer. Milan There are tons of nightclubs in Milan that can be confidently counted as the best in [...]

New Rome Tourist Accommodation Tax as of September 2014: What You Need to Know About It

New Rome Tourist Accommodation Tax as of September 2014 A quick heads up, travelers! As the title of this article reads, the city of Rome in Italy has recently implemented a new Tourist Accommodation Tax (also known as “tassa di soggiorno” in Italian, and “bed tax”, “guest tax”, or “hotel tax” in English) as of September 1, 2014. This tax has been around for several years now, and is also being implemented in other major tourist cities such as Florence and Venice. This year, however, Rome has updated the rates of its tassa di soggiorno. To help avoid any confusion, especially when you’re at your hotel and you are handed a bill with this extra amount on it, here’s a guide on what these taxes are, and how they work. What is the tax for? This tax is being implemented by the city’s tourism authority as a way to help [...]

7 Reasons to Visit Italy in Autumn

7 Reasons to visit Italy in Autumn With the arrival of the month of September, Italy’s summer season officially comes to a close and the country begins gearing up for autumn. From a traveler’s perspective, this period is considered as off-season, though we think that this label may be a little misleading as it makes it sound like nothing interesting happens in the country at this time and that it’s not particularly interesting to visit at the moment. This sort of impression couldn’t be more wrong, of course, as the lovely country of Italy never ceases to provide visitors with new experiences, even as it puts on its fall colors. While summer may be a busy season, the hum of activity doesn’t really stop. It just changes flavor. So for those who are wondering why it might be worth taking that trip during the last few months of the year, [...]

10 Things About Basilicata: It’s Not Just a Bunch of Rocks!

Sardinia’s Best Beaches

  For anyone heading to Italy in the summer, a day or two (or three…) at the beach would definitely be on their to-do list, and where better to enjoy the waters of the Mediterranean, than in Sardinia? Known as the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily, Sardinia has long stretches of coastline that is punctuated by numerous beaches, resorts, and coastal villages. While the island is also known for its traditions, museums, parks, and nature reserves, those wanting to relax and enjoy some sun and sand might want to check out the Sardinia’s best beaches. Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach) In Sardinia, there belongs a group of tiny islands known collectively as the La Maddalena, and in this group is the island of Budelli, and on this island is the beach of the pink sands, Spiaggia Rosa. Yes, you read that right: the sand on this beach is [...]

Italy’s Wine Country

  There was an article recently in the New York Times talking about how wine is a joy. There is nowhere where this is more true than in Italy. Italy produces more wine than any other country.  From the Alpine provinces of the far north to sun baked Sicily, Italy’s wine country regions produce some of the worlds finest bottles. The Italian peninsula and her Islands have been producing wines since the time of the Etruscans.  When the Greeks arrived in what is now Italy, they brought seeds from across the Adriatic sea and wine production flourished under the Roman empire. Under Roman law, during this time, growing and producing wine outside of the borders of Italy was prohibited     There are nineteen wine producing regions in Italy’s wine country. From North to South  – here is a list. Aosta Valley Piedmont Liguria Lombardy Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol Friuli-Venezia Giulia Veneto [...]

Venice Restoration Projects, Preserving the Magical City of Venice

With Venice Carnival 2012 wrapping this weekend, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on the challenges the city of Venice faces as one of the world’s oldest cities and top tourist destinations. Over 12 million people visit Venice each year; Venice’s location, on a lagoon by the sea, contributes to its structural challenges. The city is, quite literally, slowly sinking. Fortunately, there are efforts on many fronts to preserve and protect Venice. Several non-profits have been working for years on Venice restoration projects. Save Venice, a New-York-City-based organization, is in the final years of restoring the Church of San Sebastiano. We highlighted this important Venice restoration project in a blog post last year about Save Venice. According to its website, Save Venice is at any given time working on a major restoration project. Past Venice restoration projects have included the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and the [...]

New Years Eve in Italy: Fireworks, Prosecco, Lentils and Red Underpants Too!

New Year’s is fast approaching! With that in mind, here’s a sampling of some of the traditions, gatherings and celebrations unfolding over New Years Eve in Italy. Or, as the Italians call it, cappodano. If you ever get to spend New Years Eve in Italy, deciding which place has the most spectacular celebration will be a challenge. The entire country erupts in fireworks and, in smaller towns and villages, firecrackers. Of course, Italians being Italians, there’s also song, food and drink. There are large celebrations in Rome, Venice and Florence as well as in Rimini and Bologna. There are outdoor concerts in Milan, Naples and Palerma. Ah, New Years Eve in Italy! In Rome, two of the largest gathering points are the Piazza del Popolo and the Via dei Fori Imperiali, with the Colosseum as a backdrop. You can expect throngs — think Times Square, Italian style — so be [...]