Category Archives: Italy

Popular Medieval Towns in Italy Worth Visiting

Popular Medieval Towns in Italy Worth Visiting Because Italy is the cradle of the mighty Roman Empire and of numerous other civilizations before it, there is no dearth of old towns in the country.  In fact, even after the fall of Rome, many communities across what is today the modern state of Italy simply continued their existence as Medieval dominions. Some places became smaller kingdoms, others turned into independent maritime city-states, while others became vassal towns of more powerful realms. Their often complicated and violent histories notwithstanding, many of these towns and cities still stand today as reminders of their storied past. In this article, we share with you some of our favorite medieval towns and cities in the country. San Gimignano – Located in the province of Siena in the Tuscan region, the small walled medieval town of San Gimignano is affectionately called the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages” […]

Restoring Italy’s Monuments: A Colossal Challenge

Restoring Italy’s Monuments: A Colossal Challenge Italy is home to numerous famous monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In fact, Italy is known as the country with the most number of World Heritage Sites with a total of 50 sites to its name. Some of these monuments have been around for hundreds of years and they have left an undeniable mark on the world to this day. However, what happens when age finally catches up to these renowned cultural and historical assets? The sad reality is that time does eventually take its toll on these ancient wonders, which leads to the natural deterioration of their structure and the accumulation of damage over the years.  The Italian government has taken some steps to preserve these great monuments, but the budget needed to undertake this colossal endeavor just doesn’t seem to be enough. This is why private individuals and corporations have taken […]

Better Exchange Rates Make the Spring of 2015 the Best Time to Tour Italy

Better Exchange Rates Make the Spring of 2015 the Best Time to Tour Italy Spring is arguably the best time of the year to visit Italy. Everything is greener, brighter and more upbeat. Tourists flock to the country at this period annually, but the springtime of 2015 may be the best one for American visitors in the past 12 years. The reason? The euro is at its weakest against the dollar now than it’s been for quite some time. While economic issues for our friends across the Atlantic are nothing to be happy about, the situation does have a few bright spots here and there. For travelers, it means you can get more out of your budget than you normally would. “The path of least resistance is still down,” said HSBC currency analyst Daragh Maher to the Wall Street Journal. “There are a lot of people out there happy to […]

Interesting Facts about Italy You Might Not Know

7 Interesting Facts about Italy You Might Not Know Italy is a fascinating country, home to some of the world’s best in architecture, food, and people. It is a fantastic European destination with a city that will suit every kind of traveler. Despite its fame, there are still a few aspects to this charming nation as yet unknown to the general population. Here are some stunning facts about Italy that you might not know: 1. Italy has the most World Heritage Sites as recognized by UNESCO. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization bestows this honor on places that are of significant cultural or natural heritage and importance. Among these sites are the 18th-century Royal Palace at Caserta, the archaeological areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata in Naples, Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco, the entire city of Verona, and the Costiera Amalfitana, also known as the Amalfi Coast. […]

Tour Italy Now Highlights from the New York Times Travel Show 2015

Tour Italy Now Highlights from the New York Times Travel Show 2015 Last January 25, Tour Italy Now had the privilege of joining one of the panels at the New York Times Travel Show 2015. It was a day filled with knowledge sharing as well as fun cultural exchange. Tour Italy Now’s founder and president, Dominic Siano, took part as one of the speakers there. In case you missed our Insider’s Italy panel at the New York Times Travel Show, then you’ll be glad to know that we’ve saved some of the highlights of Dominic Siano’s talk. As a subject matter expert, he shared some helpful tips on booking trips online, as well as imparted a wealth of knowledge to the audience about traveling around Italy. We’d like to thank everyone who attended the event and met with us personally. It was certainly a wonderful experience for us at Tour […]

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 […]

Top 5 Skiing Locations in Italy

Visit Some of the Best Skiing Locations in Italy With winter just around the corner, people are already breaking out their skiing gear and taking a look at some of their favorite places to hit the slopes. Italy is blessed with an impressive ski range, with the central core of the Dolomites taking the spotlight. In addition, the in-resort costs here are much more affordable compared to other resorts around Europe. And while Italy has many rival skiing destinations, it has a much more laid back atmosphere that many skiers – both casual and advanced – certainly appreciate. In today’s video, we’ll be taking a look at what we consider as five of the best skiing destinations around Italy. Skiing is truly a great way to enjoy the upcoming winter season. Whether you’re in it for the thrilling vertical slopes or just want to find a nice winter getaway with […]

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. Other Halloween Celebrations There is a Halloween celebration at the Devil’s Bridge in Borgo a Mozzano, one that was started in 1993 and has been going on annually ever since. It prides itself in being the ‘first’ and ‘biggest’ Halloween celebration and is comparable to a country fair, with special rides, games, and horror movie showings. One can also find […]

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 […]