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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. […]

Four Destinations in Italy for Different Types of Travelers

Destinations in Italy for Different Types of Travelers Italy, as many well know, is one of the best countries to have a vacation in. Tourists flock to this lovely country every year, as it is a destination that is filled with a vast assortment of sights, sounds, tastes, textures, and experiences, all steeped in the richest of history and culture against one of the most beautiful backdrops on the planet. From shopping, to dining, to partying until dawn, all these things are possible in every region of Italy. However, because each region has a distinct color and flavor of its own, the range of activities and experiences possible is pretty much boundless. For travelers who have a limited amount of time to spend abroad, it’s important to know which places to go to in order to get the experience that you want from your trip. So how do you know […]

Tips on What to Wear for the Autumn Weather in Italy

What to Wear for the Autumn Weather in Italy As you may already know, there are many good reasons to visit Italy during the autumn. From the better prices on air fare and accommodations, the great food, and the cooler weather, Italy in its fall colors is truly a sight to see. When preparing for your trip, however, one of the biggest questions that you may ask yourself will most likely be, “What should I wear?” Planning your outfits is actually an important factor to consider since you don’t want to overpack, mostly because as many seasoned travelers will warn you, extra baggage fees with airlines can cost an arm and a leg. Also, you’d really want to leave some space in your bags for all the souvenirs and other items that you’d be bringing back from your trip. This is why in order to help you out with your […]

Italy Shopping! Four Things to Buy on Your Vacation in Florence

Excited for your upcoming trip to Italy? Finally getting that Italian vacation you’ve been dreaming of? If that’s the case, then there’s a very high probability that one of your stops will be in the picturesque city of Florence. Considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Tuscan region and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, this city has much to offer. We’re not just talking about art, culture, and history, but it also has a plethora options when it comes to shopping! You heard it right! Florence has tons of boutiques, stores, open-air markets, and artisan shops, so the opportunities for a good shopping spree are endless. However, no self-respecting shopping champion would leave such a special place like Florence without picking up a fitting souvenir, right? While we associate Murano with glassware, and Burano with lace, Florence, too, has its quintessential goods. So if it really […]

Best Food Souvenirs from Italy

Some of the best souvenir shopping is in the small neighborhood alimentari shops, local grocery stores and in major Italian cities,  Eataly.  Here is our guide to the best food souvenirs from Italy Pocket Coffee It looks like a teensy tiny juice box, but it is filled with a shot of pure, brewed arabic espresso and chocolate.  Look for them at the cash register in bars or if you are on an Italian road trip at the Autogrill rest stops. Kinder Surprise This sweet treat was long banned in the United States because of the small toy prize inside.  During the summer there is a special version that is still in the iconic egg shape, but is eaten with a small, included spoon. Pasta is a great gift to bring back.  It is light and easy to pack.  Look for pasta from Gragnano, a small town in the mountains above […]

Italian Inventions

A real Neapolitan pizza is made with San Marzano tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella cooked in a wood burning oven. Have you ever wondered what kinds of everyday things you use did Italians invent? The list of Italian inventions is a long one.  Here are Tour Italy Now’s picks for the top 10 Italian inventions. Wireless Communication.   You are reading this online right?  You can thank Guglielmo Marconi for that. In 1909 he and Karl Ferdinand Braun won the Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy.  In 1902 Marconi successfully sent the first transatlantic transmission from Canada to the United Kingdom.  This revolutionary technology was critical when the luxury ocean liner the Titanic sank and wireless communications were maintained for 72 hours during the rescue operations. Barometer and Thermometer Knowing what the weather will be like and what the temperature is on your Italian vacation […]

Italy’s Fashion Shows, Inspiration for Shopping in Italy

Italy is home to some of the best shopping in the world. With the the elegant shopping streets and artisan boutiques of Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice to the individual craft markets in smallest of country towns, there is something for everyone whether you are counting your euros or splurging on a grand tour. You will want to keep room in your luggage for packable gifts like gloves, wallets, ties, cashmere scarves, handwoven dishtowels and probably a expertly made pair of strappy handcrafted sandals. Each region in Italy has a speciality which makes it famous. Some Italian towns offer whole industries unto themselves. The town of Como in northern Italy is known for its silk. If you are looking for ceramics, visit the town of Deruta in Umbria and Grottaglie in Puglia. Want to buy Italian antiques? Head for the town of Arezzo in Tuscany, where a world-famous antiques market […]