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What You Should Know about Holy Week Traditions in Italy

Any visitor in Italy during Holy Week would do well to know a bit about the rich traditions that surround this occasion. With Roman Catholicism being considered as the largest religion in the country in which the Vatican can also be found, a number of Holy Week traditions in Italy, from practices to rituals still prevail, particularly in the southern regions. The beginning of Holy Week is on Palm Sunday, and it lasts for the rest of the week up until Black Saturday, before ending in joyous Easter, or “Pasqua”, celebrations. Take note that the Monday right after Easter (“Pasquetta”) is also a holiday, so plan your trips accordingly. On Palm Sunday, the faithful normally flock to the churches where a mass and possibly processions are held. There are also baskets of olive branches and palms which are then blessed by the priest and are handed out to the congregation. [...]

What to Do in Northern Sardinia

  Less than an hours flight from Rome, this wild, beautiful island has some of Italy’s most beautiful beaches.  It is not all lounging in the sun here, though.  Tour Italy Now shares our favorite picks for what to do in Northern Sardinia. Go Back in Time If you thought the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the city of Pompeii were old, just wait until you visit one of the 8,000 Nuraghe scattered all over the island of Sardinia. Dating back to the Bronze age, these incredible stone structures, called Su Nuraxi in Sardinian dialect, are a fascinating look at another time.  Ancient temples, housing complexes, and tombs are all easily accessible from the main road near Arzachena. Visit Guiseppe Garibaldi’s Home. Guiseppe Garibaldi is a cherished and very important figure in Italian history.  Garibaldi is credited with the unification of Italy and is often called the father of the [...]