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Mercatino di Natale: Christmas Markets in Italy

Christmas Markets in Italy Among the many things to look forward to this Christmas holiday season in Italy would be the Mercatino di Natale, or in English, the Christmas Markets! Besides being a great opportunity to shop for presents, souvenirs, and knick-knacks for loved ones and friends, the arrival of the Christmas markets in Italy also adds to the truly festive air, as the merchandise stalls are often accompanied by food stalls that sell traditional, seasonal treats like warm drinks and roasted chestnuts. These seasonal markets normally start showing up by December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is also the day that officially marks the beginning of the Christmas festivities in Italy. On this day, lights and decorations start coming up, the holiday shopping season begins, and along with it would be the Christmas markets. They then remain open sometimes up until as late as January 6. […]

World War 2 Historical Sites in Italy, Part 2: Italian Resistance

World War 2 Historical Sites in Italy This is the conclusion to our two-part series about World War 2 historical sites in Italy. In the previous post, we discussed the route that the Allied Forces took as they made their way from Sicily, up to Rome and northern Italy, and finally to the Gothic Line. Today, we’ll be talking about the other important faction in Italy at the time, which was the Italian Resistance who opposed the occupying German forces and the Italian puppet regime of the Social Republic at the time. As mentioned in the previous post, World War II in Italy is often remembered by referring to the various phases of its development, which are “Il Ventennio”, the 20 years in which the Fascist Party was in power; “La Liberazione,” the arrival of the Allied troops and the liberation of Rome near the end of the war; and […]

World War 2 Historical Sites in Italy, Part 1: Allied Forces

World War 2 Historical Sites in Italy As we all know, Veteran’s Day was recently celebrated in the US, honoring the many veterans who have fought in wars in order to protect the freedoms of others. In view of this, we’re running a two-part series on the various locations in Italy that have been witness to significant events during one of the major wars of the past century, World War II. In this part, we’ll be talking about the route that the Allied forces took as they made their way to Rome in order to recapture the capital from the dictator Benito Mussolini. For travelers, retracing the steps of the valiant troops, and visiting these various historical sites in Italy will allow them to relive some of the key moments of this huge event. Due to its role in the Second World War, Italy’s landscape is dotted not just by […]

Four Italian Film Festivals in Autumn You Shouldn’t Miss

Four Italian Film Festivals in Autumn You Shouldn’t Miss Italy during the autumn months is a wonderful place to be. The rolling landscapes will be taking on the golden colors of fall, and the temperatures are dropping to a comfortable range compared to the heat of the summer months. Not to mention, food will also be in abundance as the harvest season arrives, and there will be a large number of food festivals happening within the country at this time. And what’s one of the best things to do while enjoying delicious food and snacks? Watch a movie, of course. Not a lot of people may be aware of the fact that autumn is also the season for theater and cinema in Italy, as the climate encourages people to seek entertainment indoors instead. Hence, a lot of cultural events also abound during these months, and some of the most prominent […]

New Rome Tourist Accommodation Tax as of September 2014: What You Need to Know About It

New Rome Tourist Accommodation Tax as of September 2014 A quick heads up, travelers! As the title of this article reads, the city of Rome in Italy has recently implemented a new Tourist Accommodation Tax (also known as “tassa di soggiorno” in Italian, and “bed tax”, “guest tax”, or “hotel tax” in English) as of September 1, 2014. This tax has been around for several years now, and is also being implemented in other major tourist cities such as Florence and Venice. This year, however, Rome has updated the rates of its tassa di soggiorno. To help avoid any confusion, especially when you’re at your hotel and you are handed a bill with this extra amount on it, here’s a guide on what these taxes are, and how they work. What is the tax for? This tax is being implemented by the city’s tourism authority as a way to help […]

Tour Italy Now’s Rome Photo Blog Contest Winners Announcement!

Recently, we at Tour Italy Now have launched a contest asking our fans and readers to send us their best photos of the Eternal City, Rome. All the entries we received for the Rome Photo Blog Contest were absolutely stunning, and we would like to thank everyone who participated. So without further ado, here are the winners! Each of our winners will be receiving a batch of goodies from us as a thank you for their efforts, so to all of our winning contestants, just hang tight and please wait for the email we will be sending you regarding your prize. Once again, congratulations, everyone! In the meantime, watch out for more contests and giveaways from us here at Tour Italy Now!

Enjoying the Sunshine in Piazza Navona

Rome’s Piazza Navona is perhaps the most famous and beautiful among the city’s many piazzas. You will truly enjoy the beautiful Roman sunshine as you walk along this scenic and historic baroque masterpiece. The place is also one of the city’s liveliest places, with its outdoor cafes, elegant restaurants, night clubs and local art market. The Piazza was built on the long ruins of the Stadium of Domitian or Circus Domitianus, where the ancient Romans watched games or agones. Part of the remains of the stadium can be seen when you exit the piazza on the northern part and by turning left. Subsequently, upon the transfer of the city market from Campidoglio the piazza was declared a public space in the latter part of the 15th century. The Piazza holds important architectural and artistic treasure. Right at the piazza’s heart is the Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s 17th century masterpiece the legendary […]

Pantheon: Where Art and Religion Meet

The Pantheon is one of Rome’s most fascinating landmarks. The temple was built by Marcus Agrippa in 27 BC, dedicated to the gods of the Ancient Romans and to remember Actium’s victory over Antony and Cleopatra. The temple was burned down in 80 AD. It was subsequently rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in 125 AD and was thereafter maintained and renovated under the rule of Emperors Septimus Severus and Caracalla. In 346 pagan worship was banned and most temples were closed by 356. A decree in 408 made the temples like the Pantheon a secular building. It remained unused until the 7th century when the Byzantine Emperor Phocas gave the temple to Pope Boniface who transformed it to a Roman Catholic Church and consecrated it to St. Mary and the Martyrs. The Pantheon also known as Santa Maria Rotunda is one of the best conserved Roman structures. As such, one can […]

The Famous Trevi Fountain – Fontana di Trevi

The Eternal city of Rome is home to antiquated churches, piazzas, palaces and statues. Countless works of art and artefacts can be seen in the city’s old buildings and museums. The cobbled streets, beautiful plazas and fascinating fountains of its neighborhoods are truly inspirational. Most famous among the city’s fountains, is the Trevi Fountain. Known by italians as Fontana di Trevi, the Trevi Fountain is the most beautiful fountain in the city of Rome. Located in Trevi Square within the Quirinale district, its inviting and soothing sounds will reach you even as you walk through nearby streets. Simply breathtaking, it is sure to captivate your senses. The story of the fountain is depicted in its baroque art and structure. The smooth and natural lines of the marble structures complement the nearby palace and the plaza itself. The fountain traces its origin from ancient Roman times. Trevi Fountain is at the […]

Overnight Accommodation Tax in Rome

On 28th July 2010 Rome City Council gave its approval, in accordance with Article 14, Paragraph 16, Letter E), of the Decree Law No. 78 dated 2010, as converted by Law No. 122 dated 2010, to the introduction of an overnight accommodation tax on tourist services in the city of Rome (Municipal Council Resolution No. 67 dated 28th/29th July 2010). The fee, which is intended to financially assist the city’s efforts in organizing urban services, is aimed at ensuring the standard of the tourists’ stay is both highly efficient and of the best quality. The fee is set to be applied as of 1st January 2011 and will be asked of anyone staying in any overnight accommodation inside Rome’s boundaries, with the sole of exception of hostels, at the end of each stay. Please note that the fee is also asked of anyone who has booked or paid for the […]