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Bandierai degli Uffizi of Florence: Raising the Flags High

About the Bandierai degli Uffizi If you have ever been to Italy and managed to attend a major event such as the Palio horse races in Siena, or perhaps the colorful Historic Football (or Calcio Storico) in Florence, then you may have had the pleasure of also witnessing the costumed processions that precede the main events. The procession is normally composed of locals in period costumes, marching down the main road while beating drums, waving heraldic flags, and performing colorful stunts. These men are known as the Bandierai, or “flag-wavers”, and what they do is considered an art form that requires years of training to perfect. While there are many such groups throughout the country of Italy, the biggest and one of the oldest of these groups is the Bandierai degli Uffizi of Florence who officially represent their home city, and hold performances during important celebrations, giving people the chance [...]

Video: Traveling by Train in Italy – The Basics

Traveling by Train in Italy – The Basics Traveling by train in Italy is one of the most efficient and economical ways of getting around in this lovely country. Whether you’re planning to go from city to city, or you just want to get to the museum on the other side of town, heading to the train station is always a good bet. It COULD get a bit confusing, though, especially for those who are trying out the Italian Metro for the first time, so here are some of the basic things you will need to know when choosing to travel by train in Italy. This video discusses: Where and how to buy a train ticket. What types of trains in Italy you can buy tickets for. Would you take the Frecce, intercity, or regional line? Do seat assignments and reservations matter? An important last step after purchasing your train [...]

Taste of Summer: Quintessential Italian Summer Food

With the arrival of summer in Italy, there are many things that make the change in seasons particularly obvious. The temperature changes from cool to hot, the general pace of life in the country slows down as everybody’s mood shifts to one that is more relaxed, and people look forward to some well-deserved days (or weeks) of rest, recreation, and vacation, of course. In Italy, however, a country that passionately loves its food, this shift is also reflected in every meal and table, and the heavier and warmer winter food is replaced by the considerably lighter summer dishes. One of the main points of difference between winter and summer fare would be the method of preparation, because while winter dishes are more often than not boiled or stewed, summer dishes tend to be quicker and easier to prepare. This can be mostly attributed to the fact that nobody wants to [...]

Customized, Escorted, or Hosted Travel Tour? How to Choose the One That’s Right for You!

So you’ve finally decided to go ahead and take that well-deserved Italian vacation that you have been thinking about for so long. You’re already daydreaming about how awesome your trip would be, and how much fun you’d have sharing stories about your trip with your friends and family once you get back (not to mention how fabulous your photos on Facebook are going to look). You’ve made up your mind. You are now presented with the options to go on a customized, escorted, or hosted travel tour. … and you’re not quite sure what that all means. Planning a big trip like this can get a little overwhelming, so we here at Tour Italy Now are going to help you in taking that first and most important step in the entire process of making your dream Italian vacation happen: deciding what type of tour you would like to take. Determining [...]

Tour Italy Now’s Dominic Siano in Huffington Post Travel

Tour Italy Now’s been a fan of Huffington Post Travel since its launch. We’re especially fond of the stunning slide shows they run, and often post links to them on our Facebook page and Twitter account. Yesterday Dominic Siano, founder and president of Tour Italy Now, made his publishing debut in Huffington Post Travel with the piece, “Italy, Land of Pasta, Now Does Gluten-Free Cuisine.” The piece is based on dining experiences Dominic had on his first Italy tour since discovering he was gluten intolerant, that is, sensitive to food containing wheat, barley or rye. (People with a severe allergy to wheat, barley or rye have celiac.) Several months before his Italy tour, Dominic had given up bread, beer and, perhaps hardest of all to forego, pasta. Can you imagine, going to Italy and not being able to eat pasta? From his first dining experience, in a restaurant in Milan, [...]

In Their Own Words: Notes from a Dolce Vita Tour of Italy

Tour Italy Now gets great feedback from customers who tour with us to Italy. You’ve probably seen the testimonials we run in the right-hand column of the website and also on our Testimonial Page. We recently received a detailed email from a couple from Mt. Sinai, New York. Lathika and Chandra Nair had taken the Dolce Vita Tour this past October, and sent along a lovely writeup of their activities, along with lovely photographs of some of Italy’s stunning attractions. We thought it would be fun to share their dispatch and a photo with the Tour Italy Now community. Many thanks to Lathika and Chandra Nair for taking the time to send their impressions and share the details of their tour of Italy with us. With no further ado, here are highlights from their trip, as relayed by Mrs. Nair. DAY 1 On the day we landed, we did a [...]

Tour Italy Now’s Core Beliefs

The Tour Italy Now brand has been around for almost 10 years, and we’re proud to be positioned as one of the top brands in the Italy travel industry. As the founder I feel compelled to tell our community what makes us tick; “OUR CORE BELIEFS.” What is our # 1 core belief? At Tour Italy Now, we firmly believe that everyone needs to visit Italy at least once in their lifetime. Ideally, multiple times in order to truly understand Italy and it’s people. By understanding Italy, you’ll gain new perspective, which will ultimately improve your life. This is why travel in general is important. Italy is one of those countries that has a lot to teach the world. As my Italian friends would agree, Italy has a lot to learn as well. The magic of travel is that it is the ultimate opportunity to learn and grow. I recently [...]