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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Looking for the Best Cities in Italy for Nightlife

Best Cities in Italy for Nightlife     Nightlife in Italy varies according to season. Outdoor entertainment is popular from the May to September months, when the weather is hot enough to allow for it, then close down when autumn arrives and remain so for the duration of the winter season. Many nightclubs operate two versions to accommodate the changing seasons as well, with one catering to the summer and the other for the winter. Tourists fill up the clubs in the beach towns in the summer months. Rimini and Riccione on the eastern coast particularly come to mind. Across the country in Tuscany, Forte de’Marmi also has an excellent reputation for nighttime fun and activity. Any city and town that has a close proximity to the sea comes alive in the summer. Milan There are tons of nightclubs in Milan that can be confidently counted as the best in […]

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 […]