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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 […]

Fun Summer Traditions in Italy Worth Seeing

Fun Summer Traditions in Italy Worth Seeing What better way to spend summertime than to get sun-kissed in balmy Italy and to immerse yourself in the warmth of the Mediterranean? Italy is a great country not only for visiting museums, ancient ruins, as well as to eat great food in, it is also known for its summer traditions and events that are truly worth seeing. Here are some of them: Festa del Redentore – The beautiful northeastern Italian city of Venice hosts the Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer) every third Sunday of July. Originally a thanksgiving feast held to celebrate the end of a plague in 1576, the Festa del Redentore features the sailing of hundreds of boats into the Bacino di San Marco (Saint Mark’s Basin). Thousands of people also set up tables along the basin’s edge to dine and wait for the start of a grand […]

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 […]

Festive Italian Events in June

Italian Events to Celebrate This June It’s time to look forward to another round of festivities and holidays as we close out another month. June is a time for outdoor celebrations and events, and Italy no stranger to these kinds of revelries. Here are some of the festivals you can look forward to this June in Italy. The Festa della Repubblica, also known as Republic Day, is held on June 2nd and is a national holiday that is celebrated all throughout the country. The biggest festivities for this can be found in Rome. The Feast of Saint John the Baptist or San Giovanni Batista is held on the 24th of June and is celebrated in many parts of Italy as well. Meanwhile, the Corpus Domini or Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated 60 days after Easter. In Rome, there is an outdoor evening mass at the cathedral of San Giovanni on Corpus Domini. […]

Romantic Getaways for Honeymooners in Italy

Romantic Getaways for Honeymooners in Italy Did you know that there are over 100 ways to say “I love you” in Italian? In some parts of Europe, it’s said that a visit to Italy can save even the biggest relationship crises. Previous visitors can all agree that most Italian cities are so breathtaking, it can make even the coldest of hearts and the hardest of heads forget any negative feelings or thoughts. From the romantic canals of Venice to the magnificence of the Italian capital, Rome, there’s something for every couple, be they young or old, adventurous or laidback. Here’s our guide to the most romantic getaways in Italy. Tuscany is the backdrop that’s served as the inspiration for many a famous Italian artist. The city’s natural beauty holds great appeal for those who wish to escape their fast-paced, urban lives for a while. Montepulciano is an excellent choice for couples […]

Popular Medieval Towns in Italy Worth Visiting

Popular Medieval Towns in Italy Worth Visiting Because Italy is the cradle of the mighty Roman Empire and of numerous other civilizations before it, there is no dearth of old towns in the country.  In fact, even after the fall of Rome, many communities across what is today the modern state of Italy simply continued their existence as Medieval dominions. Some places became smaller kingdoms, others turned into independent maritime city-states, while others became vassal towns of more powerful realms. Their often complicated and violent histories notwithstanding, many of these towns and cities still stand today as reminders of their storied past. In this article, we share with you some of our favorite medieval towns and cities in the country. San Gimignano – Located in the province of Siena in the Tuscan region, the small walled medieval town of San Gimignano is affectionately called the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages” […]

Restoring Italy’s Monuments: A Colossal Challenge

Restoring Italy’s Monuments: A Colossal Challenge Italy is home to numerous famous monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In fact, Italy is known as the country with the most number of World Heritage Sites with a total of 50 sites to its name. Some of these monuments have been around for hundreds of years and they have left an undeniable mark on the world to this day. However, what happens when age finally catches up to these renowned cultural and historical assets? The sad reality is that time does eventually take its toll on these ancient wonders, which leads to the natural deterioration of their structure and the accumulation of damage over the years.  The Italian government has taken some steps to preserve these great monuments, but the budget needed to undertake this colossal endeavor just doesn’t seem to be enough. This is why private individuals and corporations have taken […]

Everything You Need to Know about Traveling to Italy in Spring

Everything You Need to Know about Traveling to Italy in Spring Spending your spring break in Italy is an excellent idea: beyond the mild, variable weather and the ability to experience the country on a shoestring budget (something you definitely can’t do during peak seasons), there are fewer crowds and you can be leisurely in your explorations. Museums in Italy generally have two major exhibitions per year, one that opens in the fall from September until January, and another in the spring that runs from February up to June. This means that most places will have exhibitions in full swing by the time you arrive, and there will be plenty of art to enjoy. This year, over 150 pieces of Giorgio Morandi’s works will be on display at the Complesso del Vittoriano until the 21st of June. Morandi is a 20th-century artist hailing from Bologna. At the Museo di Roma, […]

Best Picnic Spots in Italy

Best Picnic Spots in Italy   With spring blooming across Italy, there is no better time to enjoy a relaxing picnic with both family and friends. There are many beautiful parks and gardens in Italy that are perfect for having a picnic. Coupled with all the tasty treats Italian cuisine has to offer, it’s no wonder why local Romans and tourists alike take the time to go outdoors and bask in the springtime air. There are many hidden parks, gardens and hilltops across the country that families, travelers and romantic couples can choose to have a picnic. It’s certainly a great way to unwind after a day of sightseeing and traveling from place to place. Here is a short list of some of the best picnic spots in Italy. Villa Borghese (Rome) Villa Borghese is considered the third largest park in Rome. Preserved and maintained since the nineteenth century, this […]

First Timer Tips when Traveling to Italy

First Timer Tips when Traveling to Italy Traveling to Italy is first and foremost an adventure. But like all adventures, it can be overwhelming. For a small country about the size of the state of Arizona, there’s an awful lot to see and experience here. For first-timers, it’s recommended that you concentrate your Italian holiday on visiting the Big Three Cities: Rome, Florence, and Venice. Still don’t know where to start, even after you’ve seen all the videos and read all the guidebooks? Here are a few more reminders. Rome is the capital of Italy, and where most people arrive first. While it can feel a bit much at first glance, most of the major tourist hooks are contained in a relatively compact area, which means you can see all the sights everyone says you need to see in much less time than you think. Study your map well, and […]