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The Art Enthusiast’s Guide to Touring Italy

Vatican Museums hallway

It’s pretty common knowledge that Italy is one of the world’s top travel destinations from an art appreciation perspective. This entire country is virtually an open air art museum: ancient ruins, natural beauty, stunning architecture and icons of Christendom pop up everywhere you look. If you’re looking to soak up history, culture and art all in one place, look no further than this amazing Southern European nation. Italy is never lacking in artistic attractions. In fact, the Vatican museums alone have enough treasures to literally keep you occupied for months if you take the time to look at the pieces for just a minute each. If you add in all the historical sites, churches, galleries and buildings in other Italian cities, you can stay in the country for years and still not see everything its artists have to offer. Of course, the key to getting a fulfilling art appreciation experience [...]

How to Eat Like an Italian When Touring Italy

spaghetti with artichoke hearts , italian pasta dish

Delicious food is one of things that Italy is best known for. Pizza, spaghetti, lasagne and ravioli are just some of the images that come to mind when the words “Italian food” is mentioned. What the average person doesn’t know is that what we refer to as Italians food in the US are actually very Americanized variants of food from Italy. There’s no such thing as “Italian food” over there. Food in Italy follows themes that are reflective of the regions where they come from. For instance, Rome’s specialties include bucatini amatriciana and carciofi Romana. Florence is all about the divine Fiorentina T-bone steaks. Venice, on the other hand, is a seafood lover’s paradise. It’s a place for feasting on squid ink pasta and grilled scallops. Each locale’s cuisine has a distinct character that you may not have expected to be of Italian origin if you didn’t know better. When [...]

The Traveler’s Guide to Touring Italy by Train

Frecciabianca train on station in Venice

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. The problem is getting from one tourist attraction to another. There’s plenty of distance between these sites and the cost of car rentals and gas in Italy are usually higher than those in the US. You also probably don’t want to do any long driving during a vacation, so touring Italy by car may not be the best option for you. If you want [...]

When is the Best Time to Tour Italy

Florence Panorama from the Piazzale Michelangelo

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 [...]

The Top 10 Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Rome

Fall in the Coliseum

The Italian capital of Rome is one of the world’s premiere tourist destinations for good reason: it’s full of ancient ruins, baroque treasure and a world-renowned brand of cuisine that will satisfy even the most discerning of tastes. It’s not called the Eternal City for nothing, too. Rome offers the perfect blend of Western civilization’s storied past and the modern world’s celebrated comforts. With everything there is to do in this city, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and use up all your vacation time without getting a taste of everything Rome has to offer. We’re here to help you set your Italian touring priorities right and with our list of the 10 things you shouldn’t miss while you’re in Rome. Here we go: 1. The Coliseum This ancient structure is one of the most recognized landmarks in the world. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, the Coliseum was built over [...]