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Mercatino di Natale: Christmas Markets in Italy

Christmas Markets in Italy Among the many things to look forward to this Christmas holiday season in Italy would be the Mercatino di Natale, or in English, the Christmas Markets! Besides being a great opportunity to shop for presents, souvenirs, and knick-knacks for loved ones and friends, the arrival of the Christmas markets in Italy also adds to the truly festive air, as the merchandise stalls are often accompanied by food stalls that sell traditional, seasonal treats like warm drinks and roasted chestnuts. These seasonal markets normally start showing up by December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is also the day that officially marks the beginning of the Christmas festivities in Italy. On this day, lights and decorations start coming up, the holiday shopping season begins, and along with it would be the Christmas markets. They then remain open sometimes up until as late as January 6. […]

Summer Vacations in Italy: What to Expect

The season for some fun in the sun has finally arrived in lovely Italy, and it’s time to take some much-deserved R&R, unwind, and maybe break out the sunscreen and swimwear. However, with the change in season also comes the change in pace in the country, as everyone, both tourists and locals alike, are determined to make the most out of the summer vacation period. Because of this, here are some pointers to keep in mind as you prepare for your upcoming Italian vacation! First of all, since it’s the season for relaxation, expect the level of activity to vary from city to city. While seaside resorts, coastal destinations, and other popular tourist spots will probably be full of people with establishments all up and running and in full swing, less-tourist-y cities will be much quieter and some shops and points of interest might even be closed. For example, while […]

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 […]