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Italy Travel: Booking a Tour or Planning Your Own Trip

Italy Travel: Booking a Tour or Planning Your Own Trip Booking a trip or planning it on your own – this is a perpetual mental struggle travelers all over the world have to contend with when deciding to go on a vacation. This dilemma is exacerbated further if your chosen destination is one filled with interesting sights and tourist spots like Italy. On one hand, planning out each day by yourself may seem like an impossible task, especially if you have to worry about how you’re going fit everything into your schedule while you’re there. On the other hand, you also don’t want to be tied down by a strict schedule that you won’t be able to fully appreciate the experience as you are continuously shuffled from one place to another. So how does one choose which is the right option for spending their time in Italy? The simple and […]

Strolling Through Rome: A Walking Tour of the Vatican

Strolling Through Rome: A Walking Tour of the Vatican According to Roman insiders, the best way to see the Vatican is through a guided walking tour. If you’re interested in history and art, a professional tour guide will be able to walk you through the highlights of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, among other attractions. These tours take up about three to four hours altogether. A professional tour guide will also be able to provide more attentive service and bring you around to certain sections of the Museums that are not typically offered in a standard itinerary. For instance, a walk around the Pinacoteca Vaticana art gallery is just one of these value-added services. Guides are also authorized to take guests from the Sistine Chapel directly into St. Peter’s Basilica, an option which is not made available to individual tourists. The Vatican Museums are a […]

Interesting Facts about Italy You Might Not Know

7 Interesting Facts about Italy You Might Not Know Italy is a fascinating country, home to some of the world’s best in architecture, food, and people. It is a fantastic European destination with a city that will suit every kind of traveler. Despite its fame, there are still a few aspects to this charming nation as yet unknown to the general population. Here are some stunning facts about Italy that you might not know: 1. Italy has the most World Heritage Sites as recognized by UNESCO. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization bestows this honor on places that are of significant cultural or natural heritage and importance. Among these sites are the 18th-century Royal Palace at Caserta, the archaeological areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata in Naples, Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco, the entire city of Verona, and the Costiera Amalfitana, also known as the Amalfi Coast. […]

Enoteca 101: An Easy Guide to Ordering Wine in Italy

Enoteca 101: An Easy Guide to Ordering Wine in Italy The term enoteca is commonly used to describe a special type of wine shop that allows visitors to buy or taste wines. These establishments were created as a way to spread the local and regional culture of wine, as well as provide a wide selection of various wines for people to sample. Some of these shops work in conjunction with larger wine producers, who can sell their wares in large quantities to people who have tasted their wine at an enoteca. Wine connoisseurs have benefitted greatly from these establishments by making a variety of wines readily accessible to them. Even novice wine tasters can appreciate going to an enoteca to sample specific wine brands from all across Italy. If you’re worried about getting your order wrong when visiting one of these places, we’ve prepared a few helpful tips to help […]

Sicily in the Eyes of the Godfather

Sicily in the Eyes of the Godfather There are only a handful of films that can rightfully consider themselves to be an enduring classic, and The Godfather is one of them. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and released in 1972, it starred big name actors such as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall. It had the honor of being the highest grossing picture ever made, for a time, and won three Academy Awards. It remains, unanimously, one of the greatest American movies of all time. In today’s video we’ll be talking about some of the most famous tourist sites around Sicily tied to The Godfather movie series. As iconic movie settings go, Sicily has definitely left its mark on Hollywood’s cinematic landscape. With its rich culture and beautiful backdrops, it’s no wonder why it made the perfect home for The Godfather movies. This presentation is also available as […]

Upcoming Italian Festivals this February 2015

Upcoming Italian Festivals this February 2015 As we begin a new month in 2015, the festivities around Italy are just beginning. February is a month filled with lively festivals that locals and tourists can certainly enjoy. Considering that this is pre-Lenten season, expect to see a lot of Carnival events happening around country. It may be difficult to keep track of which festival or event you want to attend during this time, so we’ve listed a few of the more notable celebrations that happen during this month. Carnevale di Venezia Considered as one of most elegant Carnival events in the world, the Carnevale di Venezia is an elaborate spectacle that brings people back to a time of elite parties full of opulence and historical ambience.  It is distinct from other Carnivals due to its more formal air. The wearing of masks or maschera also has principal importance throughout the event, […]

Tips When Getting Coffee at an Italian Bar

Tips When Getting Coffee at an Italian Bar According to Italian expatriates and tourists, they have a hard time finding good coffee outside of their home country. Aside from the artisanal approach to roasting the beans and the quality of the Arabica itself, Italians have grown a unique coffee-drinking culture that even Italian cafes cannot transplant anywhere else in the world. Yes, in Italy, you drink coffee the Italian way or it’s the highway. In case you’re wondering how you’ll be able to enjoy a cup of espresso without committing a faux pas, let us enlighten you on the rigors of drinking coffee in Italy: Coffee in a Hurry Just because it’s in Italian, it doesn’t mean that there’s going to be a Venti sized cup for you in the bar. Coffee here is as large as a cup of espresso anywhere else – just right enough for you to […]

Types of Traditional Venetian Carnival Masks and Costumes

Types of Traditional Venetian Carnival Masks and Costumes Carnevale is a truly grand celebration, especially in Venice. With lavish decorations and colorful costumes, people fill the event with a vibrant energy that adds to its festivity. One of the most iconic symbols of the Venetian carnival is the mask. Originally used as a status symbol in the 17th century, it has many different meanings and functions during the event, with each type of mask having its own distinct look and symbolism. Bauta One of the more popular traditional masks of the Venetian carnival, the Bauta features a white mask made of fine white cloth. It has a square-ish design that gives it a wide chin and normally lacks a mouth. Its particular shape still allows the wearer to eat or drink without having to remove the mask. It is usually worn with a black tricorn hat, a veil and a […]

The Many Flavors of the Carnevale in Italy: Regional Versions of the Celebration

The Many Flavors of the Carnevale in Italy After the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the country of Italy’s next big party during the winter season would be the world-famous Carnevale, or Carnival. It is traditionally held as a final chance to have fun before the more somber Lenten season arrives, and it is also a goodbye to the cold months as people begin looking forward to spring. Though we often associate the Carnevale with just Venice, many cities and towns all over the country actually celebrate this holiday, each with their own unique twists and highlights. However, the biggest and most elaborate parties are at Venice, Viareggio, and Cento, so if you would like to join a bigger crowd, head to these cities. Some of the most popular Carnevale destinations are the following: Venice In the City of Bridges, the festivities tend to begin up to two weeks before […]

Join Tour Italy Now’s Dominic Siano at the New York Times Travel Show 2015!

Tour Italy Now at the New York Times Travel Show 2015 Great news for all our readers! To kick off 2015, Tour Italy Now’s very own Founder and President, Dominic Siano, will be speaking at the Insider’s Italy panel during one of this year’s biggest travel events, the New York Times Travel Show 2015! The New York Times Travel Show is an annual three-day event that will be held from Friday, January 23, 2015, thru Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. This event puts the country’s top travel experts and professionals all under one roof. The exhibition will feature exciting and highly-educational talks, seminars, and discussions about travel, as well as trade pavilions, international culinary demonstrations, and entertaining cultural performances. Last year, the event had an attendance of more than 23,000 visitors, and about 250 speakers in 60 panels were featured. Also present were […]