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In Vino Veritas: Celebrating Italian Wines

Everyone at Tour Italy Now loves Italian wine — no surprise there! — whether it’s a glass of crisp Pinot Grigio from the northeastern region of Italy; a glass of smooth Barbaresco from the Piedmont; or any of the other varieties produced by Italian vintners, we love exploring the Italian wine country! With that in mind, we decided to conduct an informal survey on Facebook. It was an experiment, to be sure, since Facebook’s survey function is a bit clunky and doesn’t always show all possible responses. Unfortunately this skews results in favor of the ones at top. Not surprisingly then, our results followed the order in which the wines were listed. First on the list, with 26 votes was Pinot Grigio, while two red wines, Diablo and Chianti Classico, scored 12 votes and 10 respectively. The remainder of the choices earned anywhere from zero to four, with four votes [...]

Tour Italy Now Hearts This Slide Show of Venice

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, as this photographic slideshow by Glenda Kapsalis attests. Step in to Piazza San Marco—the only piazza in Venice—and it’s impossible not to be immediately awed by the spired facade of the Basilica di San Marco and the impossibly beautiful view out over the lagoon. Since you’ve come all this way, why not treat yourself to a cappuccino at a table in one of the cafés that sprawl under the sun. If you’re on the hunt for picturesque scenes then look no farther than a walk around Venice’s charming streets, especially the ones that jog along canals then cross them on quaint and dainty bridges. We couldn’t think of a better day spent than getting lost in Venice, stopping for a pasta, getting lost again, stopping for a pastry, then getting lost again. With so many wonderfully monuments of architecture [...]

Tour Italy Now’s “High Five!” Top Five Italy Tweeters

In the coming weeks, Tour Italy Now will be unveiling new features here on the blog and on the website, too. Stay tuned for what should prove to be an exciting time for Tour Italy Now and its growing, passionate and loyal community. Today, we’re introducing Tour Italy Now’s “High 5″ Top Five Italy Tweeters — five Italy tweeters of note. We’ve been monitoring the Italy twittersphere for the past six months, culling the best of this exciting social media community. Please note, this is not our absolute top five list, it’s a list of five tweeters we find particularly noteworthy. There are many more, to be sure! Which means we’ll put together more Tour Italy Now “High 5″ Top Five Italy Tweeters down the road. We’ll be doing the same with Italy bloggers, too. Remember, for its part, Tour Italy Now tweets as @TourItalyNow. If you’re into Twitter, or [...]

The Dogs of Venice, Past and Present

Did you know that besides ornate masks and colorful pasta and endless canals and gondolas, Venice’s got dogs galore? This is one of those charming details that sometimes gets lost in the wonderful story that is Venice. But it’s true, dogs are part of Venice’s cityscape, if you’ve been, you’ve surely seen them at play along side streets or gazing out of a window. We were reminded of this today we noticed a lovely blog post, The Dogs That Run Venice, on the lovely shelter site Apartment Therapy. The post notes that there are statues of Saint Roch, San Rocco in Italian, the patron saint of dogs, throughout Venice. And at the Guggenheim Museum along the Grand Canal, the arts patroness Peggy Guggenheim is buried next to here beloved 14 dogs. For more on Peggy Guggenheim and her dogs, click HERE. A little clicking around reminded us that the Scuola [...]

Turin, Italy’s First Modern Capitol, Rocks Italy’s 150th Reunification Anniversary

All across Italy, 2012, was a year of celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of Italy’s Reunification. You can read what Tour Italy Now had to say about that here. We wanted to call your attention to Turin, Italy’s first modern capitol and their 150th Reunification Anniversary celebrations. This article from The Guardian, reports on how Turin, the site of the 2006 Winter Olympics celebrated this historic anniversary. For 2013, you can check out what is happening, in Turin all year HERE. Turin and the Piedmont are the focus of one of Tour Italy Now’s newest tours, Discover Piedmont. Let us show you this fascinating region known for it’s architecture and chocolate and breathtaking natural beauty. “This small-group, deluxe tour of the enchanting Piedmont region starts in Turin, Italy’s first modern capital, home to Italian nobility and host of the 2006 Winter Olympics, where you’ll marvel at its architecture and swoon [...]

Vintage Italian Travel Posters, Still All The Rage

Vintage travel posters are all the rage. Check out how folks are decorating with them HERE on this post from the website Apartment Therapy. They are gorgeous, and inspiring, too. This one is particularly fetching. Don’t you just want to be the girl in the poster. (If you’re a guy, you can imagine being the boy riding on the Vespa behind the girl in the poster). I mean, those sunglasses! That shirt! It is Italian style personified. That is the great thing about vintage Italian travel posters. They inspire, they transport. Of course, we at Tour Italy Now are partial to vintage Italian travel posters. I love this one. This past weekend we couldn’t resist clicking around and trying to decide which one was our favorite. And guess what. It is impossible to pick just one! There are too many charmingly whimsical and brilliantly inspiring examples out there, so we [...]

Villa Adriana in Tivoli, News and Goings-On

Tivoli, 50 miles outside of Rome, is worth a visit. It’s where you’ll find the stunning Villa d’Este, shown above, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. And it’s also where you’ll find the spectacular Villa Adriana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Tour Italy Now offers excursions to Tivoli from Rome. Andiamo! Click around and marvel at these structures and inhale, albeit vicariously, the ancient past! The next best thing to being there on an Italian vacation! Other sights to visit, with links to Wikipedia, include: – Villa Gregoriana – Rocca Pia, a 15th century fortress built in 1461 under Pope Pius II to counter the urban strifes between the Colonna and Orsini. – Temple of Vesta. – Temple of “Tiburtine Sibyl” (true dedication unknown). It was built in the 2nd century BC on an artificial platform in the acropolis. Characterized by Ionic columns (only two of which [...]

The Most Beautiful Beaches in Italy, Take One!

So… where are the most beautiful beaches in Italy? Summer’s here, for better or worse. Better because the tempo lightens and many of us take vacations to our favorite places, like Italy. Worse because, well, it’s darn hot. Plus some of us can’t get away as much as we would like. Whatever your summer plans, an escorted tour with Tour Italy Now (check them out HERE!) or a stateside weekend getaway, we want to bring you some of Italy’s most stunning beaches, in celebration of summer! First, do you know how to say “beach” in Italian? Here you go. Spiaggi. Today’s Featured Italy Beach is Bidderosa in Sardinia. Sardinia has some gorgeous beaches, and Bidderosa’s many people’s absolute favorite. It’s a protected oasis with a pond behind the stretch of beach and coves that are dotted with juniper, pinewood and eucalyptus. The local tourist board of Orosie limits the number [...]

Seven Must-See’s And What to do in Verona

This week’s Guess Where? photo was Verona, and what an appealing place this city turned out to be for the Tour Italy Now community. So the question is “what to do in Verona?”In fact, as we post this, you’re still clicking up a storm over on Facebook about this magical city made famous around the world by William Shakespeare and his play “Romeo and Juliet.” Having never been to Verona myself, yours truly decided to do a little clicking around and start a list of things I’d love-love to do when I get to Verona. And please notice I wrote “when” not “if!” I’m getting there, for sure. I hope you will be, too! We’re going to make these short and sweet and let you discover them, as desktop/laptop travelers in anticipation of your next Italy vacation, with links from the Verona Tourism website! 1. Must-See: Romeo and Juliet Apparently [...]

Naples, Must-See’s and See-What-Happens

Pizza, Pastries, Coffee, Art Many people skip Naples, rushing right past it after visiting the historic sites of Rome and on the way to the panoramic Amalfi Coast, but Naples is worth a stop. Naples is a city of contrasts. Striking beauty and raucous friendliness combined with traffic and noise and a fair bit of chaos. Don’t Miss Sights Start with a walk along the Spaccanapoli – meaning split Naples – in the historic center of town. Take in the altars in every niche (don’t miss one to soccer legend Maradonna – with a vial of tears of neapolitans at the bar Nilo), dodge the scooters, and admire the Presepe (Nativity scene) shops. Dating back to the fourth century, the Duomo di Napoli houses the relics of Patron Saint of Naples, San Gennaro. On three feast days throughout the year ampules of the saints blood are displayed and with fervent [...]