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Italy Events: Celebrating the Colorful Festival of Sant’Efisio

Celebrating the Colorful Festival of Sant’Efisio The month of May is filled with fun, flowers and a vibrant pallet of colors. Not only is spring in full bloom, but there are also many festive events in Italy that mark this time of the year on our calendars. Among these include the Festival of Sant’Efisio, a centuries old tradition that is considered to have one of the most colorful religious processions in the world. History The festival takes its origins from an event that happened in the 17th century. Sardinia was hit with a plague that killed almost half of the inhabitants of Cagliari. The people prayed to their patron saint, Efisio di Elia, and asked to be saved from the contagion. The plague miraculously disappeared sometime after this. In return for their deliverance, they promised that would carry his statue from the church in Cagliari to the one in Nobu […]

Italian Festivals to Look Forward to in May

Italian Festivals in May Besides the beautiful weather and excellent attractions, Italy livens up in May with an array of spring festivals from different towns in different parts of the country. Here you’ll find festivals in honor of the flowers newly abloom, festivals dedicated to the amazing wine that is only produced within the season, and other affairs that celebrate various spring rituals all over the country. Here’s a list of what to look out for in illustrious Italy this May. We open with Labor Day on the 1st, which is recognized as a public holiday. Expect to see parades and parties, despite the closure of several businesses and establishments. There will be massive crowds heading straight for the coast and other popular tourist attractions, as locals as well as visitors all try to take advantage of the day off. Come prepared, and be ready to get down. Also on […]

Restoring Italy’s Monuments: A Colossal Challenge

Restoring Italy’s Monuments: A Colossal Challenge Italy is home to numerous famous monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In fact, Italy is known as the country with the most number of World Heritage Sites with a total of 50 sites to its name. Some of these monuments have been around for hundreds of years and they have left an undeniable mark on the world to this day. However, what happens when age finally catches up to these renowned cultural and historical assets? The sad reality is that time does eventually take its toll on these ancient wonders, which leads to the natural deterioration of their structure and the accumulation of damage over the years.  The Italian government has taken some steps to preserve these great monuments, but the budget needed to undertake this colossal endeavor just doesn’t seem to be enough. This is why private individuals and corporations have taken […]

Everything You Need to Know about Traveling to Italy in Spring

Everything You Need to Know about Traveling to Italy in Spring Spending your spring break in Italy is an excellent idea: beyond the mild, variable weather and the ability to experience the country on a shoestring budget (something you definitely can’t do during peak seasons), there are fewer crowds and you can be leisurely in your explorations. Museums in Italy generally have two major exhibitions per year, one that opens in the fall from September until January, and another in the spring that runs from February up to June. This means that most places will have exhibitions in full swing by the time you arrive, and there will be plenty of art to enjoy. This year, over 150 pieces of Giorgio Morandi’s works will be on display at the Complesso del Vittoriano until the 21st of June. Morandi is a 20th-century artist hailing from Bologna. At the Museo di Roma, […]

Best Picnic Spots in Italy

Best Picnic Spots in Italy   With spring blooming across Italy, there is no better time to enjoy a relaxing picnic with both family and friends. There are many beautiful parks and gardens in Italy that are perfect for having a picnic. Coupled with all the tasty treats Italian cuisine has to offer, it’s no wonder why local Romans and tourists alike take the time to go outdoors and bask in the springtime air. There are many hidden parks, gardens and hilltops across the country that families, travelers and romantic couples can choose to have a picnic. It’s certainly a great way to unwind after a day of sightseeing and traveling from place to place. Here is a short list of some of the best picnic spots in Italy. Villa Borghese (Rome) Villa Borghese is considered the third largest park in Rome. Preserved and maintained since the nineteenth century, this […]

First Timer Tips when Traveling to Italy

First Timer Tips when Traveling to Italy Traveling to Italy is first and foremost an adventure. But like all adventures, it can be overwhelming. For a small country about the size of the state of Arizona, there’s an awful lot to see and experience here. For first-timers, it’s recommended that you concentrate your Italian holiday on visiting the Big Three Cities: Rome, Florence, and Venice. Still don’t know where to start, even after you’ve seen all the videos and read all the guidebooks? Here are a few more reminders. Rome is the capital of Italy, and where most people arrive first. While it can feel a bit much at first glance, most of the major tourist hooks are contained in a relatively compact area, which means you can see all the sights everyone says you need to see in much less time than you think. Study your map well, and […]

A Roman Holiday Tour

A Roman Holiday Tour Classic films always have this timeless feel that give viewers a sense of wonder and awe when they watch it on the big screen.  To this day, movies made in the 50s and 60s are still regarded as iconic pieces of film history. They take a picture perfect shot of the local scene of where the film was shot, and provide us with a good view of culture during that time. In honor of classic films, today’s video will be looking at some of the famous places around Rome tied to the Roman Holiday movie. Filmed in 1953 entirely on location in Rome, “Roman Holiday” is a beautifully shot romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. It was Hepburn’s first film role, and won her an Academy Award for Best Actress that year. Additionally, it was nominated for 10 Oscars and won 3 of them. […]

Natale di Roma – When Ancient Rome Comes Back to the Future

Natale di Roma Everyone knows that Rome was once the center of the ancient world. In fact, movies like Gladiator and TV series like Rome teleport us back in time when the Colosseum was alive with the roar of crowds and the streets are busy with the footfalls of be-sandaled feet and the shifting of togas. Ancient Rome has capture our imagination and our minds keep coming back to its glorious heydays. What if there was a way to go back there and all it would cost you is a plane ticket? Every April 21st, modern Romans and historical interest groups all over Europe converge in the Eternal City in order to give us a taste of its old glory through the festivities of Natale di Roma or Rome’s birthday. The Backstory Part of the celebration always involves the re-enactment of the myth of how the city’s founders came to be and […]

Three Pointers for a Stress-Free Hotel Stay in Italy

Pointers for a Stress-Free Hotel Stay in Italy The great thing about traveling is that it expands our ideas of how people live and think by giving us surprises at every stop in our itinerary. Since going around and seeing the sights can be tiresome, we expect our hotel rooms or lodgings to be relaxing and comfortable. Having good accommodations can provide a much needed respite after a day filled exploration and socializing. Fair warning though, not all accommodations are made equal and some will not necessarily fit into our own hotel star ratings. This can bring about an unexpected amount of stress, which is the last thing that you would want to haunt you while on vacation. Mismatched power outlets, a varied room orientation and other unfamiliar settings can really disorient a person who’s visiting a country for the first time. Tourists traveling to Italy are no different, especially […]

Pasqua – Easter in Rome

Pasqua – Easter in Rome Considered to be one of the biggest events in the Catholic liturgical calendar, Rome certainly comes alive during the week of Easter. Tens of thousands of pilgrims and visitors come to attend the religious celebrations and to hear mass being said by the Pope. The three days leading up to Easter Sunday (from Thursday until Saturday) are some of the busiest times of the year for the Catholic Church in Rome. There are several important dates and things to remember when visiting Rome during this time. Here are some helpful reminders to help you get through this religious event. Important Events in Easter The Easter week starts on the Sunday a week before Easter, also known as Palm Sunday. During this time, thousands of pilgrims greet the Pope with branches of olive or palm as a symbol of peace. These will be blessed by the […]