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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!

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 [...]

Video: Emergency Numbers In Italy

Emergency Numbers In Italy Traveling in Italy can be a real delight and a dream come true for many visitors, as one gets to finally see and experience its beautiful countryside and its rich culture. Sometimes, though, it may not be as perfect as one hopes for it to be, and we may encounter mishaps. Of course, basic knowledge on safety and precaution always helps, but when things get really out of control, who do you turn to while you’re in a foreign country? In this video, we’re going to give you a quick primer on what to do and who to call if you ever come across an emergency while on your Italian vacation. Here are the emergency numbers in Italy to remember. It includes: General emergencies Medical emergencies Roadside assistance Police Assistance Fire Brigade Assistance   Watch our video to learn more! If you would like to view [...]

Vacation with the Kids: Three Exciting Water Parks in Italy

Three Exciting Water Parks in Italy Summer vacations in the beautiful country of Italy is always a fun and memorable adventure, as one gets to experience the history, the culture, the food, and the wonderful atmosphere of its countryside. However, it may be a slightly different story if you’re traveling with the kids. While we may appreciate the subtle differences in various types of Italian cheeses, or marvel at the work of master Italian artists, for small children, it might not make quite a difference. And as every parent knows, there are few things more stressful during a vacation than a bored child. One of the best ways to keep your kids entertained during the summer would be to bring them to the beach. But there may also be some issues that you may encounter, such as overcrowded beaches, algae in the water, or perhaps the nearest beach to you [...]

How to Stay Cool During an Italian Summer

Italy in the summer is a lovely place to be, when flowers come into full bloom, fruits and vegetables are abundant, and the seaside destinations are abuzz with a boatload of activities and parties. However, summer is still summer, and during these months, temperatures can soar to a scorching 30 degrees centigrade or more. So yes, it can get VERY hot, it CAN get a bit uncomfortable, and you WILL sweat… but that doesn’t mean that you should let this get in the way of your enjoyment as you travel through Italy during your vacation there. Don’t worry, because we’re here to share with you some useful tips on how to stay cool and survive summer in Italy! Keep the alcoholic drinks few and far in between. While meals in Italy are normally served with either water or wine, try to opt for water instead, because alcohol dehydrates you and [...]

Video: Three Common Mistakes Tourists In Italy Make

As the saying goes, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.” For the most part, this is true, and locals do appreciate it when visitors try to adapt to the native culture. But how exactly does one know how things are supposed to be done, especially when you don’t speak the language? Don’t worry though, because it’s nothing that a bit of research and preparation can’t fix. Whether it’s for something as simple as ordering a cup of coffee, or something as complicated as making bookings and reservations when you want to go out the next day during your Italy vacation, it’s always good to be informed and, in turn, efficient. This will not only save you from a load of hassle (and/or embarrassment!) in the long run, but it might also save you some precious time which you could be using to enjoy yourself, instead of trying to [...]

How to Tour Italy on a Budget

Even with the Euro crisis, the European currency is strong against the U.S. Dollar.  Here are some of Tour Italy Now’s best tips on how to tour Italy on a budget. Eating and drinking Picnics are a great way to practice some Italian, eat like the locals and relax in a pretty, green space. Find a local market, or alimentari – grocery store and stock up on cold meats and cheese sliced to order and fresh bread and local fruits and head to a park for your foraged feast. Pizza and gelato are both delicious and inexpensive.  A pizza is rarely more than 10 euros a person and even the smallest scoop of gelato is a pretty generous serving size.  During the day look for pizza a taglia, pizza by the slice or tramazzini filled triangle shaped sandwiches. At restaurants, look for the Menu de Giorno.  This is often a [...]

What to Pack for a Trip to Italy

Dragging a heaving suitcase around can really put a damper on your Italian vacation.  Here are some of our best tips on what to pack for a trip to Italy. Italy is one of the fashion capitols of the world. Italians are chic, pretty much all the time.  There is no running around all day in your yoga clothes here. Comfortable shoes.  Italians don’t wear flip-flops anywhere other than the beach. They don’t wear their running shoes for anything other than the gym.  They do wear sneakers, very stylish sneakers. The brand you will see most often is Hogan, a luxury brand associated with Todds. You will probably be doing a lot of walking on your trip to Italy so pack a comfortable pair of ballerinas or flat sandals. Sunscreen/Hat/Sunglasses.  The summer sun in Italy can be brutal.  Many of the most popular sites are outside. There will probably be [...]