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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 […]

A Quick Guide to Italy’s Winter Carnival

A Quick Guide to Italy’s Winter Carnival With Epiphany just ended, and after La Befana has made her rounds distributing toys and coal as she usually does during the holidays, the Christmas season in Italy officially comes to a close. Don’t worry, however, because eve n though the holiday decorations may be coming down, new ones will be put up soon, as Italy prepares for its next big holiday. What would that be, you ask? It is none other than one of the country’s biggest parties, the Carnival, or Carnevale! It is a festive occasion, and this 2015, it promises to be a particularly big event as the Carnival is also being used to further promote tourism in Italy as it hosts the World Expo later this year. So for those who want to experience the Carnival for themselves, here’s a quick starter guide to help you understand and appreciate […]

Time to Travel! Upcoming Events in Italy for 2015

Upcoming Events in Italy for 2015 A trip to Italy is always a memorable adventure and is an experience that we recommend for everyone. It is a beautiful country that is steeped in history, and it possesses a culture that is rich and vibrant. Not to mention, the food and drinks are fantastic! However, if you’re still looking for a good reason to go to Italy this year, then here are just a few very good ones which we will enumerate in this video. Make 2015 a year of travel, and visit one of the many big events that will be happening in Italy, from the Giro d’Italia, the World Expo, to the world-renowned Venetian Carnevale!   So start planning your 2015, pack your bags, get those plane tickets, and experience what the country of Italy has to offer. As we say around here, it’s time to TOUR ITALY NOW […]

Buon Anno! Italian New Year Customs and Traditions

Italian New Year Customs We’ve talked about Italian Christmas traditions, and now with 2015 and a new year just a mere few days away, today we’ll be tackling Italian New Year customs! As with almost everywhere else in the world, New Year’s Eve is a major holiday in Italy, and is a time when families get together to welcome the new year. Unlike a lot of other countries, however, Italians refer to the occasion by its liturgical name, which is La Festa di San Silvestro, or the Feast of St. Sylvester. For those who may not be familiar with him, St. Sylvester was a pope who lived in the fourth century, and is credited in stories and legend as the man who was able to convert Emperor Constantine to Christianity after curing him of leprosy. It was also under his papacy that many of Rome’s great churches were built, including […]

Buon Natale! The Typical Italian Christmas Celebration

Typical Italian Christmas Celebration Holidays in Italy can be quite an experience, and many visitors to the country look forward to having a taste of the Italian Christmas season. Unfortunately, there are those who think that in Italy, it isn’t “Christmas-y enough” and they are left with the impression that Italians are less enthusiastic about the holiday compared to their American counterparts. It is possible that this idea is brought about by a perceived lack of the bright lights and décor that we normally associate Christmas festivities with. This is an inaccurate assessment, however, because the Italians DO love this holiday a lot, and in fact even spend almost an entire month celebrating it! You heard that right. Unlike most countries where Christmas ends on December 25, for the Italians, the celebrations begin on December 8, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, when the decorations in the streets and […]