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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 […]

Good Qualities to Look for in a Tour Guide in Italy

Good Qualities to Look for in a Tour Guide in Italy One of the key factors in a successful tour is having a good tour guide. This is the person responsible for sharing relevant information about your trip while keeping things entertaining as you travel from one place to another. There have been many unsatisfied tourists who end up complaining about how their guide neglected them during the trip or how they could hardly understand the way their guide explained things to them. This is the reason why having a great guide who can carry themselves properly can make or break a tour. This can be especially important for tours in Italy since there are so many interesting historical and cultural sites where having a competent guide can be essential. There is a certain level of expertise required in becoming a guide in Italy since there’s just so much information […]

Spring Fashion in Italy: What to Wear for the Season

Spring Fashion in Italy Traveling during Italy’s shoulder season has its advantages: there are fewer people around, and the prices are generally lower for airfare, hotels, even food and wine. The weather’s not bad, either, but it can be a little tough to pack for. Shoulder season is defined as the period of transition between one extreme of weather to another, so people who choose to visit the country at these times can be subject to the unpredictability of Mother Nature. Spring in Italy can be very unpredictable. The temperatures can go from chilly to warm all in the span of a single day, and can even rise up to hot depending on the city you are visiting. It’s best to do as the Italians themselves do in this case: layer. Wearing separates that can be mixed and matched into one cohesive look but also work by themselves when you […]

Family Friendly Accommodations in Italy That Are Great for Kids

Family Friendly Accommodations in Italy That Are Great for Kids Italy is a country that values family and, because of this, it understands the needs of tourists looking for family friendly accommodations. Traveling with kids can be quite the challenge if the place that you are going to be staying doesn’t cater to their specific needs. Any traveling family will certainly take this into consideration once they’ve set their eyes on their preferred destination. It’s a good thing that Italy hosts a variety of accommodations that can look after your family. We’ve listed a few of these types of places as well as a couple of examples that can hopefully give you a good idea of where you might want to stay. Ski Resorts A trip to the mountains usually includes packing your skis for an enjoyable run on the slopes. However, when bringing kids to a ski resort, you don’t want to […]

Tour Italy Now Highlights from the New York Times Travel Show 2015

Tour Italy Now Highlights from the New York Times Travel Show 2015 Last January 25, Tour Italy Now had the privilege of joining one of the panels at the New York Times Travel Show 2015. It was a day filled with knowledge sharing as well as fun cultural exchange. Tour Italy Now’s founder and president, Dominic Siano, took part as one of the speakers there. In case you missed our Insider’s Italy panel at the New York Times Travel Show, then you’ll be glad to know that we’ve saved some of the highlights of Dominic Siano’s talk. As a subject matter expert, he shared some helpful tips on booking trips online, as well as imparted a wealth of knowledge to the audience about traveling around Italy. We’d like to thank everyone who attended the event and met with us personally. It was certainly a wonderful experience for us at Tour […]

Enoteca 101: An Easy Guide to Ordering Wine in Italy

Enoteca 101: An Easy Guide to Ordering Wine in Italy The term enoteca is commonly used to describe a special type of wine shop that allows visitors to buy or taste wines. These establishments were created as a way to spread the local and regional culture of wine, as well as provide a wide selection of various wines for people to sample. Some of these shops work in conjunction with larger wine producers, who can sell their wares in large quantities to people who have tasted their wine at an enoteca. Wine connoisseurs have benefitted greatly from these establishments by making a variety of wines readily accessible to them. Even novice wine tasters can appreciate going to an enoteca to sample specific wine brands from all across Italy. If you’re worried about getting your order wrong when visiting one of these places, we’ve prepared a few helpful tips to help […]

Sicily in the Eyes of the Godfather

Sicily in the Eyes of the Godfather There are only a handful of films that can rightfully consider themselves to be an enduring classic, and The Godfather is one of them. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and released in 1972, it starred big name actors such as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall. It had the honor of being the highest grossing picture ever made, for a time, and won three Academy Awards. It remains, unanimously, one of the greatest American movies of all time. In today’s video we’ll be talking about some of the most famous tourist sites around Sicily tied to The Godfather movie series. As iconic movie settings go, Sicily has definitely left its mark on Hollywood’s cinematic landscape. With its rich culture and beautiful backdrops, it’s no wonder why it made the perfect home for The Godfather movies. This presentation is also available as […]

Upcoming Italian Festivals this February 2015

Upcoming Italian Festivals this February 2015 As we begin a new month in 2015, the festivities around Italy are just beginning. February is a month filled with lively festivals that locals and tourists can certainly enjoy. Considering that this is pre-Lenten season, expect to see a lot of Carnival events happening around country. It may be difficult to keep track of which festival or event you want to attend during this time, so we’ve listed a few of the more notable celebrations that happen during this month. Carnevale di Venezia Considered as one of most elegant Carnival events in the world, the Carnevale di Venezia is an elaborate spectacle that brings people back to a time of elite parties full of opulence and historical ambience.  It is distinct from other Carnivals due to its more formal air. The wearing of masks or maschera also has principal importance throughout the event, […]