Category Archives: Sightseeing in Italy

Italy Travel: Why a Dolce Vita Tour is the Best Value for Your Money

Italy Travel: Why a Dolce Vita Tour is the Best Value for Your Money Italy is an incredibly diverse place, which is probably why a lot of people keep coming back to it. There’s always something new to see every time! It is one of Europe’s most visited countries, attracting almost 48 million people in 2013. If you are a new traveler coming in from America to discover this wonderful country, we highly recommend Tour Italy Now’s Dolce Vita Tour. Starting at only $1254, the tour takes visitors on an 8-day tour of some of the most well-known cities and towns in the country. These include Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa (optional) Bologna, Padova, Venice, and Montepulciano. Here’s a short introduction of the each of the places you will be visiting when you take this tour: Rome – Rome is Italy’s capital and the home of more than 2.6 million […]

Sagra Delle Fragole: A Sweet Strawberry Festival

Sagra Delle Fragole: A Sweet Strawberry Festival In Italy, many small towns and comuni in rural areas hold festivals known as sagre. These sagre are held in honor of ancient traditions or organized as pageants celebrating local culinary specialties. Many are also held when a local produce is in season. From olive oil, pasta, and wine to pastries, vegetables, and fruits, these products bring income and sustenance to the communities and thus are a source of pride for the locals. Some 19 miles southeast of Rome, in the comune of Nemi, a sagra dedicated to strawberries is celebrated every late spring and early summer. This hillside town overlooking a lake of the same name has long been famous for its rich volcanic environment, which produces some of the sweetest strawberries in all of the Mediterranean. These strawberries come from the surrounding forests and are locally known as frogoline di bosco […]

Visiting the Vatican: Tips on How to Get Around

Visiting the Vatican: Tips on How to Get Around One of the biggest things that draw people into Rome is the presence of the Vatican City. It is, of course, technically not part of Italy because it is the world’s smallest sovereign state, but historically, this seat of the Roman Catholic Church is part and parcel of the Eternal City. A lot of our customers at Tour Italy ask us for tips on how to go to and around the Vatican, so we really hope this article does not disappoint. Getting there By metro – One of the easiest ways to get to the Vatican City is by taking the Metropolitana or the Rome metro. The two nearest stations to it are the Ottaviano Station along Via Ottaviano and the Cipro Station along the Valle Aurelia. The former is nearer Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter’s Basilica), and the latter […]

Top 5 Parks in Italy You Need to Visit

Top 5 Parks in Italy You Need to Visit If you’re a traveler who wants some breathing space between your exploration of Italy’s museums and historic districts, then visiting the country’s top parks and gardens should definitely be on your itinerary as well. Many of these parks and gardens are ancient places themselves, but they still serve as welcoming oases for weary tourists and locals alike, people who are looking for some relief from the urban hustle and bustle. Villa Borghese – Located on the Pincian Hill in the heart of Rome, the Villa Borghese Pinciana was built in the 1600s by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, who was commissioned by the Catholic cardinal and art patron Scipione Borghese to create a villa that would house his art collection. Reinvented as a public park when the Borghese family sold the estate to the Italian government in 1902, the Villa Borghese now […]

Lesser Known Places in Venice Worth Visiting

Lesser Known Places in Venice Worth Visiting With the hustle and bustle of Carnival still fresh in the air, the city is still alive with the left over energy from this festive event. There are many interesting sights to see beyond the main thoroughfares like St. Mark’s Square. In fact, there a whole side of Venice that not many people know of, one that is appreciated by those looking to enjoy a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere. Those who like walking off the beaten path will surely want to check out the following places that are often overlooked by many tourists. Museo Querini Stampalia – Located in Castello, this museum houses some of the most impressive pieces of artwork, including one of the best collections of paintings in Venice. Works made by famous artists like Giovanni Bellini’s Presentation in the Temple can also be found here. The museum itself is […]

Sicily in the Eyes of the Godfather

Sicily in the Eyes of the Godfather There are only a handful of films that can rightfully consider themselves to be an enduring classic, and The Godfather is one of them. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and released in 1972, it starred big name actors such as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall. It had the honor of being the highest grossing picture ever made, for a time, and won three Academy Awards. It remains, unanimously, one of the greatest American movies of all time. In today’s video we’ll be talking about some of the most famous tourist sites around Sicily tied to The Godfather movie series. As iconic movie settings go, Sicily has definitely left its mark on Hollywood’s cinematic landscape. With its rich culture and beautiful backdrops, it’s no wonder why it made the perfect home for The Godfather movies. This presentation is also available as […]

Types of Traditional Venetian Carnival Masks and Costumes

Types of Traditional Venetian Carnival Masks and Costumes Carnevale is a truly grand celebration, especially in Venice. With lavish decorations and colorful costumes, people fill the event with a vibrant energy that adds to its festivity. One of the most iconic symbols of the Venetian carnival is the mask. Originally used as a status symbol in the 17th century, it has many different meanings and functions during the event, with each type of mask having its own distinct look and symbolism. Bauta One of the more popular traditional masks of the Venetian carnival, the Bauta features a white mask made of fine white cloth. It has a square-ish design that gives it a wide chin and normally lacks a mouth. Its particular shape still allows the wearer to eat or drink without having to remove the mask. It is usually worn with a black tricorn hat, a veil and a […]

Tour Italy Now’s Tips on Traveling in Italy On A Budget

Tips on Traveling in Italy On A Budget As we all know, taking a trip to Italy is an adventure that we encourage everyone to try at least once in their lifetimes, as it can be a dream destination for many people. After all, who hasn’t heard of its gorgeous beaches and rustic streets, or perhaps seen photos of tourist lounging happily under that Mediterranean sun? Many people can get intimidated by the idea of hopping on a plane and flying to Italy because they think that they may need to empty their entire savings to be able to afford to go on vacation here! Well, we’re here to tell you that this is not the case. While there ARE many luxury destinations in Italy, it IS actually quite possible to still enjoy this lovely country without breaking the bank. So here are some tips that you might want to […]

World War 2 Historical Sites in Italy, Part 2: Italian Resistance

World War 2 Historical Sites in Italy This is the conclusion to our two-part series about World War 2 historical sites in Italy. In the previous post, we discussed the route that the Allied Forces took as they made their way from Sicily, up to Rome and northern Italy, and finally to the Gothic Line. Today, we’ll be talking about the other important faction in Italy at the time, which was the Italian Resistance who opposed the occupying German forces and the Italian puppet regime of the Social Republic at the time. As mentioned in the previous post, World War II in Italy is often remembered by referring to the various phases of its development, which are “Il Ventennio”, the 20 years in which the Fascist Party was in power; “La Liberazione,” the arrival of the Allied troops and the liberation of Rome near the end of the war; and […]

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 […]