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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 [...]

Vacation with the Kids: Three Exciting Water Parks in Italy

Three Exciting Water Parks in Italy Summer vacations in the beautiful country of Italy is always a fun and memorable adventure, as one gets to experience the history, the culture, the food, and the wonderful atmosphere of its countryside. However, it may be a slightly different story if you’re traveling with the kids. While we may appreciate the subtle differences in various types of Italian cheeses, or marvel at the work of master Italian artists, for small children, it might not make quite a difference. And as every parent knows, there are few things more stressful during a vacation than a bored child. One of the best ways to keep your kids entertained during the summer would be to bring them to the beach. But there may also be some issues that you may encounter, such as overcrowded beaches, algae in the water, or perhaps the nearest beach to you [...]

11 Quotes About Italy and How Awesome It Is

11 Quotes About Italy and How Awesome It Is As you all probably know by now, there are so many reasons and ways to fall in love with the beautiful country that is Italy. We often write about it and share photos of it, because we truly believe that Italy is an experience that everyone needs to get a taste of at least once in their lifetimes. Today, however, we’re going to let other people do the talking, and share with you 11 quotes about Italy and how awesome it really is! Traveling to Italy can be magical, or transformative, or however you wish to describe it, but the guarantee is that traveling to a place with such a rich culture and history can change a person for the better, whether it be in a small way or a big way. But don’t just take our word for it. Take [...]

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 [...]

Five Important Tips When Visiting Venice

Five Important Tips When Visiting Venice The city of Venice in Italy is one of the most popular and most-visited destinations on the planet, mainly thanks to its colorful history and culture, as well as its absolutely romantic atmosphere. In fact, it’s one of the top honeymoon spots in the world, and it isn’t uncommon for people to propose to their loved ones AND get married in this beautiful city, either. However, as with almost all hot tourist spots, there are certain things to watch out for that every visitor needs to be aware about. So, to help you make your Venetian vacation as smooth as possible, here are  five important tips when visiting Venice. Take into account the needs of your party An important point to consider when heading to Venice would be that the city is mostly composed of sidewalks and the many bridges that span its crisscrossing [...]

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: Things To Look Out For When Dining Out In Italy

Getting a taste of authentic Italian cuisine right from the source is always a major part of any trip to Italy. After all, Italian food is famous all over the world, and being able to sample the delightful local food is sure to be a wonderful and unforgettable experience. However, take note that there are several major differences in the way that food establishments are run in this country that could catch you off-guard and cost you quite a bit of money if you’re not careful. So here are some of those things that you need to look out for when dining out in Italy. In this video we prepared, we’re going to share some important lessons to keep in mind while touring Italy’s restaurants! First of all, don’t sit at a table unless you really must. Is there really a difference between settling down at a table at a [...]