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Italy Highlight: The Medieval City of Siena

The Medieval City of Siena Italy has many medieval towns and cities that have a unique charm to both locals and tourists alike. Visiting these places is literally a blast from the past, as you can see a slice of what life was like back then. These places tell a unique story that depicts the rich history and culture of the Italian people. In today’s video, we will be taking a close look at the historic city of Siena. Even if you were to tour this entire city, it would barely scratch the surface of its rich culture and history. It’s no wonder that it is considered one of the country’s most visited tourist attractions. Truly, Siena is a treasured gift that we are privileged to have in today’s modern times. This presentation is also available as a slide deck on Slideshare!

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. […]

Top Five Wedding Spots in Italy

Top Five Wedding Spots in Italy Many couples dream of having a romantic European wedding and what better place to have one than in Italy. The country is filled with so many ideal wedding venues that it can be difficult to choose where you would want to hold the wedding. Thankfully, we’ve narrowed down the list to five of our favorite wedding spots that you can choose from. Venice Nothing says romance better than a wedding at the famed City of Bridges. There are many picture perfect spots in Venice where you can take magnificent photo ops with your significant other. Taking a gondola ride down the Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge in the background is a common part of many wedding couple’s agenda. The Palazzo Cavalli is a very popular place to hold civil wedding ceremonies, with its formal and elegant staircase as the ideal location. Venice also […]

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” […]

Vogalonga Regatta: Non-competitive Racing in Venice

Vogalonga Regatta: Non-competitive Racing in Venice The City of Bridges is known for the many waterways and canals that run through its urban landscape. It’s no wonder that Venice makes for the perfect venue to hold the annual rowing regatta, the Vogalonga Regatta. This non-competitive event brings together both professional and amateur rowers every year to enjoy the spirit of historical boat racing. The regatta attracts a number of participants who are all rowing enthusiasts at heart. It isn’t uncommon to see the canals flooded in a sea of boats, turning Venice into a place where everyone involved can share their love of this unique sporting event. Thousands of participants and spectators, consisting of locals and people around the world, take part in this friendly race. History Vogalonga takes its origins from a group of friends back in 1974 who organized a friendly race in the island of Burano. They […]

First Timer’s Guide to Taormina

First Timer’s Guide to Taormina The southern island of Sicily holds many quaint tourist spots. Perhaps one of its most beautiful attractions is the many medieval towns that dot the area. Among these is the picturesque town of Taormina, which is situated just above the hills overlooking the Ionian Sea. Ever since the 19th century, it has already been recognized as one of the country’s most popular tourist spots. And it’s no wonder that Taormina is hailed as a prime tourist destination in Italy – it has everything from majestic beaches to centuries old cultural landmarks. Places to Visit Perhaps one of the oldest and most prominent historical monuments found in Taormina is perhaps the Greek-Roman Theater. Believed to have been built by the Greeks in the middle of the third century BC, it shows influences of both ancient Greek and Roman architecture. It is frequently used as a venue […]

Which Is Better: Group Tours or Private Tours?

Group Tours or Private Tours? Going on tours can be a great way to experience the new country you’re exploring, or it can devolve into an irreversible, unenjoyable disaster. Before you book that tour, isn’t it best to be duly informed beforehand? Today we are going to talk about the different kinds of tour packages available and the advantages and disadvantages of each one so that you can decide on the tour that’s right for you. For the purposes of this article, we’ll differentiate tours into two categories: private tours and group tours. A private tour is run exclusively for the customer and his family, or friends, or small groups of the same affiliation like a school group or a delegation from a corporate event. It does not include strangers or other tourists in your party. A group tour on the other hand is a collection of people from different parties […]

Italy Events: Celebrating the Colorful Festival of Sant’Efisio

Celebrating the Colorful Festival of Sant’Efisio The month of May is filled with fun, flowers and a vibrant pallet of colors. Not only is spring in full bloom, but there are also many festive events in Italy that mark this time of the year on our calendars. Among these include the Festival of Sant’Efisio, a centuries old tradition that is considered to have one of the most colorful religious processions in the world. History The festival takes its origins from an event that happened in the 17th century. Sardinia was hit with a plague that killed almost half of the inhabitants of Cagliari. The people prayed to their patron saint, Efisio di Elia, and asked to be saved from the contagion. The plague miraculously disappeared sometime after this. In return for their deliverance, they promised that would carry his statue from the church in Cagliari to the one in Nobu […]

Italian Festivals to Look Forward to in May

Italian Festivals in May Besides the beautiful weather and excellent attractions, Italy livens up in May with an array of spring festivals from different towns in different parts of the country. Here you’ll find festivals in honor of the flowers newly abloom, festivals dedicated to the amazing wine that is only produced within the season, and other affairs that celebrate various spring rituals all over the country. Here’s a list of what to look out for in illustrious Italy this May. We open with Labor Day on the 1st, which is recognized as a public holiday. Expect to see parades and parties, despite the closure of several businesses and establishments. There will be massive crowds heading straight for the coast and other popular tourist attractions, as locals as well as visitors all try to take advantage of the day off. Come prepared, and be ready to get down. Also on […]