Tag Archives: Italy Tour

Natale di Roma – When Ancient Rome Comes Back to the Future

Natale di Roma Everyone knows that Rome was once the center of the ancient world. In fact, movies like Gladiator and TV series like Rome teleport us back in time when the Colosseum was alive with the roar of crowds and the streets are busy with the footfalls of be-sandaled feet and the shifting of togas. Ancient Rome has capture our imagination and our minds keep coming back to its glorious heydays. What if there was a way to go back there and all it would cost you is a plane ticket? Every April 21st, modern Romans and historical interest groups all over Europe converge in the Eternal City in order to give us a taste of its old glory through the festivities of Natale di Roma or Rome’s birthday. The Backstory Part of the celebration always involves the re-enactment of the myth of how the city’s founders came to be and […]

Three Pointers for a Stress-Free Hotel Stay in Italy

Pointers for a Stress-Free Hotel Stay in Italy The great thing about traveling is that it expands our ideas of how people live and think by giving us surprises at every stop in our itinerary. Since going around and seeing the sights can be tiresome, we expect our hotel rooms or lodgings to be relaxing and comfortable. Having good accommodations can provide a much needed respite after a day filled exploration and socializing. Fair warning though, not all accommodations are made equal and some will not necessarily fit into our own hotel star ratings. This can bring about an unexpected amount of stress, which is the last thing that you would want to haunt you while on vacation. Mismatched power outlets, a varied room orientation and other unfamiliar settings can really disorient a person who’s visiting a country for the first time. Tourists traveling to Italy are no different, especially […]

Better Exchange Rates Make the Spring of 2015 the Best Time to Tour Italy

Better Exchange Rates Make the Spring of 2015 the Best Time to Tour Italy Spring is arguably the best time of the year to visit Italy. Everything is greener, brighter and more upbeat. Tourists flock to the country at this period annually, but the springtime of 2015 may be the best one for American visitors in the past 12 years. The reason? The euro is at its weakest against the dollar now than it’s been for quite some time. While economic issues for our friends across the Atlantic are nothing to be happy about, the situation does have a few bright spots here and there. For travelers, it means you can get more out of your budget than you normally would. “The path of least resistance is still down,” said HSBC currency analyst Daragh Maher to the Wall Street Journal. “There are a lot of people out there happy to […]

Pasqua – Easter in Rome

Pasqua – Easter in Rome Considered to be one of the biggest events in the Catholic liturgical calendar, Rome certainly comes alive during the week of Easter. Tens of thousands of pilgrims and visitors come to attend the religious celebrations and to hear mass being said by the Pope. The three days leading up to Easter Sunday (from Thursday until Saturday) are some of the busiest times of the year for the Catholic Church in Rome. There are several important dates and things to remember when visiting Rome during this time. Here are some helpful reminders to help you get through this religious event. Important Events in Easter The Easter week starts on the Sunday a week before Easter, also known as Palm Sunday. During this time, thousands of pilgrims greet the Pope with branches of olive or palm as a symbol of peace. These will be blessed by the […]

Good Qualities to Look for in a Tour Guide in Italy

Good Qualities to Look for in a Tour Guide in Italy One of the key factors in a successful tour is having a good tour guide. This is the person responsible for sharing relevant information about your trip while keeping things entertaining as you travel from one place to another. There have been many unsatisfied tourists who end up complaining about how their guide neglected them during the trip or how they could hardly understand the way their guide explained things to them. This is the reason why having a great guide who can carry themselves properly can make or break a tour. This can be especially important for tours in Italy since there are so many interesting historical and cultural sites where having a competent guide can be essential. There is a certain level of expertise required in becoming a guide in Italy since there’s just so much information […]

Spring Fashion in Italy: What to Wear for the Season

Spring Fashion in Italy Traveling during Italy’s shoulder season has its advantages: there are fewer people around, and the prices are generally lower for airfare, hotels, even food and wine. The weather’s not bad, either, but it can be a little tough to pack for. Shoulder season is defined as the period of transition between one extreme of weather to another, so people who choose to visit the country at these times can be subject to the unpredictability of Mother Nature. Spring in Italy can be very unpredictable. The temperatures can go from chilly to warm all in the span of a single day, and can even rise up to hot depending on the city you are visiting. It’s best to do as the Italians themselves do in this case: layer. Wearing separates that can be mixed and matched into one cohesive look but also work by themselves when you […]

Family Friendly Accommodations in Italy That Are Great for Kids

Family Friendly Accommodations in Italy That Are Great for Kids Italy is a country that values family and, because of this, it understands the needs of tourists looking for family friendly accommodations. Traveling with kids can be quite the challenge if the place that you are going to be staying doesn’t cater to their specific needs. Any traveling family will certainly take this into consideration once they’ve set their eyes on their preferred destination. It’s a good thing that Italy hosts a variety of accommodations that can look after your family. We’ve listed a few of these types of places as well as a couple of examples that can hopefully give you a good idea of where you might want to stay. Ski Resorts A trip to the mountains usually includes packing your skis for an enjoyable run on the slopes. However, when bringing kids to a ski resort, you don’t want to […]

5 Reasons Why We Love Visiting Italy in Spring

5 Reasons Why We Love Visiting Italy in Spring With the changing of seasons upon us, the coming spring season is a much appreciated time for tourists and locals alike. In fact, there are many reasons that make spring an ideal time to visit Italy. While summer certainly has its fair share of festivities, the post-winter months are also something that can be appreciated for those looking to enjoy an authentic Italian vacation. We’ve compiled the top five reasons why spring is the best time for your to visit Italy. Great Weather If you’re sick and tired of the cold weather, then spring should be a much needed reprieve from the winter season. While it is still common to see spring showers during the months of March and April, the weather can still be comfortably warm during these times. Temperatures ranging from 50 and 60 F are normally felt in […]

Taking It Easy with Italy’s Slow Movement

Looking into Italy’s Slow Movement   Slow food is an international movement that was founded by a self-proclaimed gourmet named Carlo Petrini in 1986. It is promoted as a substitute to the concept of “fast food” and aims to preserve regional, traditional cuisine made from sustainable ingredients native to the local ecosystem procured through the “slower” way as opposed to something that is obtained from more modern, efficient methods. It is the first established part of the broader Slow Movement. The movement itself has expanded globally to over 100,000 members in 150 countries. The movement began in Italy as a form of resistance to the opening of a McDonald’s near the Spanish Steps in Rome. Petrini and his friends saw the opening of a branch of the famed fast-food chain as threatening to the vast culinary heritage of the country, which could fall prey to rapid globalization that usually comes […]

Lesser Known Places in Venice Worth Visiting

Lesser Known Places in Venice Worth Visiting With the hustle and bustle of Carnival still fresh in the air, the city is still alive with the left over energy from this festive event. There are many interesting sights to see beyond the main thoroughfares like St. Mark’s Square. In fact, there a whole side of Venice that not many people know of, one that is appreciated by those looking to enjoy a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere. Those who like walking off the beaten path will surely want to check out the following places that are often overlooked by many tourists. Museo Querini Stampalia – Located in Castello, this museum houses some of the most impressive pieces of artwork, including one of the best collections of paintings in Venice. Works made by famous artists like Giovanni Bellini’s Presentation in the Temple can also be found here. The museum itself is […]