Tag Archives: Trip to Italy

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 [...]

Summer Vacations in Italy: What to Expect

The season for some fun in the sun has finally arrived in lovely Italy, and it’s time to take some much-deserved R&R, unwind, and maybe break out the sunscreen and swimwear. However, with the change in season also comes the change in pace in the country, as everyone, both tourists and locals alike, are determined to make the most out of the summer vacation period. Because of this, here are some pointers to keep in mind as you prepare for your upcoming Italian vacation! First of all, since it’s the season for relaxation, expect the level of activity to vary from city to city. While seaside resorts, coastal destinations, and other popular tourist spots will probably be full of people with establishments all up and running and in full swing, less-tourist-y cities will be much quieter and some shops and points of interest might even be closed. For example, while [...]

Video: Common Italian Expressions For Your Next Italian Vacation

For anyone who is traveling abroad, learning the language of the country is always a useful thing to do. While we can’t exactly master an entire language overnight, we CAN, however, learn some short, useful words that we can apply here and there. That’s why we put together this short video for you who want to learn some common Italian expressions for your next Italian vacation… or for those of you who want to impress people at that next party you’re going to. Better yet, learn it and use it to impress people at a party you’re going to during your Italian vacation. So give it a look, learn the words, use them, and the next time you walk around Rome and hear someone tell you, “Figo!” remember to smile! You can also view this presentation as slides over at SlideShare!

How to Tour Italy

  How to Tour Italy There is a reason Italy is one of the most popular vacation destinations. It really does have it all; Art, music, cities, charming hill towns, beaches, mountains and more. You feel like you want to see it all. Tour Italy Now is here to help you figure out best how to tour Italy. Planning  The first piece of advice is do your homework. With 47 UNESCO sites,more than any other country,95,000 churches, 20,000 historical cities and towns and 5,600 museums and archaeological sites, Italy has such a variety of opportunities that you need to decide what kind of vacation you would like and work from there. Don’t try to see everything in the entire country or you will end up overwhelmed and exhausted. Pick just a few major sites or experiences and work from there. You can spend a few days viewing art and walking [...]

Alternative Things to Do in Rome

You have seen the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and the Vatican museums, Now what?  The Team at Tour Italy Now would like to share our picks for alternative things to do in Rome. Aventine Hill – Knights of Malta Keyhole High up on the Aventine hill a short walk from the Circo Massimo is a secret view that few get too see. Head to the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta and find the door with a small keyhole too peek through. The view, designed by the famous Italian architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi in 1765, will take your breath away. Who are the knights of Malta? Officially named the The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, but known as Knights of Malta, was created in the middle ages and eventually settled in Rome in 1834. In February 2013 the 900th anniversary of [...]

On Your Next Trip to Italy, Tips for Coffee Lovers

What does someone taking a trip to Italy need to know about coffee in Italy? First, there are multiple ways to imbibe the beverage, as this infographic from the charming website CharmingItaly.com attests. (For a larger version, click HERE.) Perhaps the most common misperception among people taking trips to Italy involves cappucino. To Italians, it’s first and foremost a breakfast drink. Some Italian servers refuse to serve cappucino to guests after dinner! Apart from that cautionary tip, we suggest that coffee lovers branch out and try as many Italian variations on the drink as possible while on your trip to Italy. The short version of the history of coffee in Italy is thus: Coffee arrived in Europe from Ethiopia via Istanbul, where it became popular as early as the 1500s, and then from Istanbul to Venice. This is where the first European coffeehouses sprouted up. Eventually there were scores of [...]

A Totally Cool Website About Italy

This past weekend I took note that Sofia Coppola (Lost In Translation), genius film director daughter of genius film director father Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, all three of them), was marrying her long-time partner, and father of their two young children, Thomas Mars at the family’s palazzo in Bernaldo in Basilicata on the sleepy Ioanian coast of Italy. Intent on learning more about Bernalda, I clicked around and to my surprise and delight discovered what could possibly be the absolute coolest website devoted to Italy, at least in English: UrbanItaly.it. Launched earlier this year by Mikaela Bandini, a design/travel/scout, the site covers culture, food, hospitality, personalities. It’s something you should definitely check out if you are planning a trip to Italy or simply dreaming about taking a trip to Italy. This is a site that’s got its pulse on some of the neatest trends in Italy, from chefs to [...]

It’s Official! Italy is the Top Travel Choice of Americans!

Even though this comes as no surprise, we wanted to trumpet this news with the Tour Italy Now community: According to a new survey, a trip to Italy remains choice #1 for Americans! This finding is from Harris Survey, one of the top pollings firms in the world, and is based on interviews with 2,183 Americans age 18 and over. Italy tops the list, with Great Britain, Australia, Ireland and France rounding out the top five. Italy is the top travel choice of americans! What’s fascinating, at least to yours truly and we hope to you, too, is that Italy has held the top first or second spot going back to 2000, with a dip to third place in 2002. In the late 1990s, Italy placed fourth, which is hardly shabby. But this past decade has been great for Italy. We called Harris to get a sense of the numbers, [...]

Chowhound Italy Board: Where the Serious Foodies Hang

One thing we like to do at Tour Italy Now is bring you the best of what’s on the Web. For anyone who’s planning a trip to Italy, or dreaming about one, a great place for sussing out seriously delicious restaurants in Italy is Chowhound Italy Board. For the uninitiated, Chowhound is one of the oldest online communities. It was started in 1997 by Jim Leff. He sold it to CNET.com in 2006. The site is grouped by locale and topic. I stumbled upon the Chowhound Italy board the other day as I researched places to eat before my trip to Italy, and had a great time clicking around threads started by people asking about the best restaurants in Rome or Milan or Bologna or, an ever-popular topic, the best gelateria in Florence or some other city. Someone asked for a suggestion for a wedding gift, a gift certificate to [...]