Category Archives: Tour Italy

Take a tour of 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 [...]

Introducing the Town of Atrani at the Amalfi Coast in Italy

The Town of Atrani at the Amalfi Coast in Italy One of the great things about Italy‬ is that you will never be out of options… even when it comes to the climate. So even though ‪autumn‬ has set in, if you’re looking for some place warm, try checking out the cozy town of ‪‎Atrani‬ over at the ‪‎Amalfi Coast‬! In this second part of our series where we talk about the smaller, lesser-known, but absolutely beautiful towns in Italy, we’re going to tell you about places that are off the beaten path, and today we’re featuring the sunny little town of Atrani! It is a town on the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy. It is located in the south of Amalfi, less than half a mile, and just several a short drive from the coast. It is the smallest city in [...]

Introducing the City of Ravenna

The City of Ravenna Italy is famous the world over for its metropolitan cities such as Rome and Milan, and is much-romanticized thanks to destinations such as the Italian Riviera and Venice. However, it is important to note that it’s not ALL about the big cities, and that there are also many, smaller towns and locations that may not be as famous, but are definitely worth a mention. Today, we’re going to tell you all about the lovely city of Ravenna. The name may not ring a bell immediately, but it is a city that is steeped in history and tradition. It is a destination that is well worth going off the beaten path for, as it is also home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as many other interesting attractions. It is also the home of the famous Ravenna Festival which is a prominent event in the [...]

Customized, Escorted, or Hosted Travel Tour? How to Choose the One That’s Right for You!

So you’ve finally decided to go ahead and take that well-deserved Italian vacation that you have been thinking about for so long. You’re already daydreaming about how awesome your trip would be, and how much fun you’d have sharing stories about your trip with your friends and family once you get back (not to mention how fabulous your photos on Facebook are going to look). You’ve made up your mind. You are now presented with the options to go on a customized, escorted, or hosted travel tour. … and you’re not quite sure what that all means. Planning a big trip like this can get a little overwhelming, so we here at Tour Italy Now are going to help you in taking that first and most important step in the entire process of making your dream Italian vacation happen: deciding what type of tour you would like to take. Determining [...]

The Traveler’s Guide to Touring Italy by Train

Whenever the name Italy is mentioned, most people would automatically think of Rome and the sovereign Vatican City within it. To a certain degree, it can’t be helped. The Eternal City and the Holy See are some of the world’s greatest travel destinations. However, Italy has a lot of other great locales that you shouldn’t miss when you’re there for a Vacation. Places like Florence, Venice, Tuscany and Milan all have their unique charms, culture, food and art that are distinct from the rest of Italy.

When is the Best Time to Tour Italy

When planning a trip to Italy, the first thing that you ask yourself is “When is the best time to tour Italy?” Let us start by saying there really is no bad time to visit Italy. This country is lovely all year long and the people know how to make it fun regardless of what time of the year it is. Your satisfaction depends largely on your knowledge of what places to go to during your stay. Doing your homework on attractions and festivals at the time of your vacation will allow you to get the most out of your Italian experience. The first thing you have to settle on is the objective of your trip. This sets up the theme and places of your trip to Italy. Do you want sun and surf or would you prefer skiing in the Alps? Do you fancy the great outdoors or would [...]

How to Tour Italy Without Overspending

In today’s tough economic climate on both sides of the Atlantic, making sure you get the most out of your travel dollars is a must. Knowing exactly how much to spend and where to spend it in Italy can spell the difference between realizing the vacation of your dreams and going home worrying about your next credit card statement

The Definitive Guide to Touring Italy Alone

Are you thinking about a solo trip to Italy?  The joys of solo travel are many.  You have complete freedom and flexibility to plan your days and pace. Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn, put on some big sunglasses and embark on your own private Italian holiday. And here’s the definitive guide to touring Italy alone to help you with your solo trip to this beautiful country. Safety Italy is a safe place to visit.  That said, It never hurts to revisit some general safety advice. Know your way. Schedule your arrival times during daylight so that you are not looking for a hotel address in the dark. As best you can, learn the route to and from your hotel so you can walk in the evening with confidence. The streets in major cities in Italy like Rome, Florence and Venice are busy with people until well after midnight. Hold Tight.  [...]

How to Tour Italy by Train

Are you wondering about how to tour Italy by train ? Train travel is best for trips to and between Italy’s cities and larger towns.  Save yourself the stress and hassle of city traffic, parking and high gas prices and take to the rails. You now have two train companies to chose from.  Trenitalia is the state run train  service and has the most extensive network.  Italo is a stylish new high speed rail company started by Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. Italo Right now the sleek Italo trains travel. between the Italian cities of Venice, Padua, Milan, Bologna, Turin, Florence, Rome, Naples and Salerno. You have the choice of a simple “smart” fare with comfortable leather reclining seats and free wifi, car to a luxurious “club” car fare that includes meals served, free wifi and personal touch screens. There is even a cinema car! The earlier you book [...]

Tour Italy Now Twitter Is a Fun Way to Share and Celebrate Italy

We wanted to update our wonderful Tour Italy Now community with some recent developments. First, we have become big fans of Twitter, and are tweeting as the spirit moves us. Today’s tweets so far include one wishing everyone a Happy Fat Tuesday. Another one, shown above, shared a link, from Huffington Post Travel, to a stunning slide show of black-and-white photographs of Venice. The underlying message of most of our Tour Italy Now Twitter musings is that if we aren’t in Italy (and sometimes we are), we wish we were, and we suspect you do, too. Please follow us on Twitter at @TourItalyNow. If you are so inclined, we’d appreciate it if you’d spread the word and recommend that others follow us on days like #FF or #FollowFriday, when folks tweet lists of folks to follow on Twitter. Of course we will continue to post on Facebook. How could we [...]