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Bandierai degli Uffizi of Florence: Raising the Flags High

About the Bandierai degli Uffizi If you have ever been to Italy and managed to attend a major event such as the Palio horse races in Siena, or perhaps the colorful Historic Football (or Calcio Storico) in Florence, then you may have had the pleasure of also witnessing the costumed processions that precede the main events. The procession is normally composed of locals in period costumes, marching down the main road while beating drums, waving heraldic flags, and performing colorful stunts. These men are known as the Bandierai, or “flag-wavers”, and what they do is considered an art form that requires years of training to perfect. While there are many such groups throughout the country of Italy, the biggest and one of the oldest of these groups is the Bandierai degli Uffizi of Florence who officially represent their home city, and hold performances during important celebrations, giving people the chance [...]

Five Picture-Perfect Places for Wedding Proposals in Italy

Places for Wedding Proposals in Italy Whenever we try to associate places with love and romance, one of the top locations that people will always mention would be the beautiful country of Italy. And who could blame them? With its wonderful climate, its rolling countryside, its gorgeous coastlines, and its vivid history and culture, it is the perfect backdrop for many romantic moments (and of course, there’s the fact that the famous Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck romantic comedy movie, Roman Holiday, featured the city of Rome). With all of these factors combined, it comes as no surprise that a great number of visitors to Italy every year are couples who are there to get married, or are honeymooners. However, there are also those visitors who arrive with the intention of beginning their own romantic adventure, or in other words, they come to Italy to propose to the love of [...]

8 Things You Need to Know About Ferragosto (In Pictures)

8 Things You Need to Know About Ferragosto The month of August has finally arrived, and in Italy, this is the season that many people have been looking forward to since the year started (or maybe even since LAST August). This is mainly because August 15 officially marks the beginning of the summer vacation period, and everyone gets at least a day off, so on this day, even stores and establishments that don’t normally close usually do so as the owner and staff all go off on their own holidays. This changes the usual rhythm of activity in cities and towns, and for visitors who aren’t aware of the significance of the date, it can cause quite a surprise waking up to an empty city. So to help everyone out, here are the eight things you need to know about Ferragosto! First, a bit of history… The tradition was already [...]

Video: Traveling by Train in Italy – The Basics

Traveling by Train in Italy – The Basics Traveling by train in Italy is one of the most efficient and economical ways of getting around in this lovely country. Whether you’re planning to go from city to city, or you just want to get to the museum on the other side of town, heading to the train station is always a good bet. It COULD get a bit confusing, though, especially for those who are trying out the Italian Metro for the first time, so here are some of the basic things you will need to know when choosing to travel by train in Italy. This video discusses: Where and how to buy a train ticket. What types of trains in Italy you can buy tickets for. Would you take the Frecce, intercity, or regional line? Do seat assignments and reservations matter? An important last step after purchasing your train [...]

10 Reasons We Love Italy (In Pictures)

10 Reasons We Love Italy We’re all here because we LOVE the country of Italy and what it has to offer, so we decided to share with you just some of the many, many reasons why we think that having going on a tour or vacation in Italy is something that everyone should get to experience. So, Italy, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways! Here are the top 10 reasons we love Italy! Food We think it goes without saying that Italian food is one of the top reasons we love Italy. After all, Italian cuisine is well-loved all over the world, and every day and everywhere, we see (and taste) the influence that this European country has had on our food choices and palettes. Pasta, pizza, gelato, cannoli, prosciutto, tiramisu, risotto, mozzarella… these are but a mere few of the virtual cornucopia of choices that [...]

Four Awesome Lake Destinations for Summer Vacations in Italy

During the summer vacation season in Italy, a lot of locals and visitors often flock to the beaches for some much-awaited rest and recreation. However, some people may enjoy the entire beach experience a little bit less than others. Sometimes, too, perhaps some bona fide beach-lovers may just simply want a quick change of scenery before diving back into the Mediterranean.  For that reason, we’ve rounded up a quick list of some of Italy’s best lake destinations for summer vacations in Italy! Lake Garda One of the most popular and most visited lakes in Italy, especially during the summer, Lake Garda is located just in between Venice and Milan. The lake itself is known for its clean, crystal-clear waters that many water sport enthusiasts love, while its surrounding area also has many points of interest including picturesque towns, gorgeous natural landscapes, theme parks, medieval castles, and resorts. The plethora of [...]

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 [...]

Customized, Escorted, or Hosted Travel Tour? How to Choose the One That’s Right for You!

So you’ve finally decided to go ahead and take that well-deserved Italian vacation that you have been thinking about for so long. You’re already daydreaming about how awesome your trip would be, and how much fun you’d have sharing stories about your trip with your friends and family once you get back (not to mention how fabulous your photos on Facebook are going to look). You’ve made up your mind. You are now presented with the options to go on a customized, escorted, or hosted travel tour. … and you’re not quite sure what that all means. Planning a big trip like this can get a little overwhelming, so we here at Tour Italy Now are going to help you in taking that first and most important step in the entire process of making your dream Italian vacation happen: deciding what type of tour you would like to take. Determining [...]

How to Tour Italy Without Overspending

In today’s tough economic climate on both sides of the Atlantic, making sure you get the most out of your travel dollars is a must. Knowing exactly how much to spend and where to spend it in Italy can spell the difference between realizing the vacation of your dreams and going home worrying about your next credit card statement

The Tipping Point to Booking an Italy Tour

What does it take for the stars to align to book a vacation, in this case, an Italy tour? It usually works like this. You carry around the idea in your head for ages. You don’t think about it each and every waking hour. You are reminded to book that Italy tour when you see a photograph of Venice in a magazine while waiting at the dentist office or strolling down the pasta aisle in the supermarket or chance upon a movie set in Italy, like Roman Holiday, with Audrey Hepburn, on the TV one quiet Saturday night. You are reminded when Italy visits you in your dreams, sometimes in the form of a Tuscan landscape, other times, posing in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Once you dreamed about an island that you think might have been Capri. You mention the idea of a trip to Italy to [...]