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5 Mistakes Travelers Make in Italy

Everyone has a general idea of what Italy is all about. However, that doesn’t mean that everything you think is Italian is actually authentic or traditional. So before you go on a tour of Italy, read this to learn more about the 5 mistakes you should avoid making on your vacation: Ordering a Frappuccino. This beverage is actually a trademarked drink from Starbucks, and hence, it cannot be found in traditional Italian coffee shops. So if you’re looking for coffee, opt for an old school cappuccino instead—and order it in the morning with a cornetto (not a croissant!), as it’s considered a breakfast drink. Or go for an espresso after a meal. Expecting you can buy tickets at the bus stop for the bus; or for access to tourist attractions at the place itself. Unlike other countries, bus tickets in Italian towns are usually sold at corner stores, newspaper stands, […]

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. Here’s a quick overview of exhibitions that you may be interested in: Florence Capital City 1865-2015: The King’s Gifts and Collections Modern Art Gallery, Florence Open up to April 3, 2016 To commemorate the declaration of […]

Five Must-Visit Trattorias in Rome

Five Must-Visit Trattorias in Rome A trattoria in Italy is a casual eating establishment, one that serves mid-priced quality food and offers a comfortable retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world without. More often than not, trattorias (or trattorie) are family-run establishments, which makes them less formal than many ristoranti. A lot of visitors love them because they are unpretentious, providing a relaxed atmosphere to diners as well as a variety of dishes depending on what produce are in season at the moment. If you haven’t had the chance to visit Rome yet but you are planning to go there soon, do check out the trattorias we have on this list. Take note that it is always best to make a reservation so that you can be sure you’ll have a seat when you visit. Hostaria Romana The Hostaria Romana, located on Via del Boccaccio, is well-known among […]

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 […]

Sagra Delle Fragole: A Sweet Strawberry Festival

Sagra Delle Fragole: A Sweet Strawberry Festival In Italy, many small towns and comuni in rural areas hold festivals known as sagre. These sagre are held in honor of ancient traditions or organized as pageants celebrating local culinary specialties. Many are also held when a local produce is in season. From olive oil, pasta, and wine to pastries, vegetables, and fruits, these products bring income and sustenance to the communities and thus are a source of pride for the locals. Some 19 miles southeast of Rome, in the comune of Nemi, a sagra dedicated to strawberries is celebrated every late spring and early summer. This hillside town overlooking a lake of the same name has long been famous for its rich volcanic environment, which produces some of the sweetest strawberries in all of the Mediterranean. These strawberries come from the surrounding forests and are locally known as frogoline di bosco […]

Visiting the Vatican: Tips on How to Get Around

Visiting the Vatican: Tips on How to Get Around One of the biggest things that draw people into Rome is the presence of the Vatican City. It is, of course, technically not part of Italy because it is the world’s smallest sovereign state, but historically, this seat of the Roman Catholic Church is part and parcel of the Eternal City. A lot of our customers at Tour Italy ask us for tips on how to go to and around the Vatican, so we really hope this article does not disappoint. Getting there By metro – One of the easiest ways to get to the Vatican City is by taking the Metropolitana or the Rome metro. The two nearest stations to it are the Ottaviano Station along Via Ottaviano and the Cipro Station along the Valle Aurelia. The former is nearer Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter’s Basilica), and the latter […]

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 […]

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 […]