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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 [...]

Five Picture-Perfect Places for Wedding Proposals in Italy

Places for Wedding Proposals in Italy Whenever we try to associate places with love and romance, one of the top locations that people will always mention would be the beautiful country of Italy. And who could blame them? With its wonderful climate, its rolling countryside, its gorgeous coastlines, and its vivid history and culture, it is the perfect backdrop for many romantic moments (and of course, there’s the fact that the famous Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck romantic comedy movie, Roman Holiday, featured the city of Rome). With all of these factors combined, it comes as no surprise that a great number of visitors to Italy every year are couples who are there to get married, or are honeymooners. However, there are also those visitors who arrive with the intention of beginning their own romantic adventure, or in other words, they come to Italy to propose to the love of [...]

Five Food Festivals in Tuscany You Shouldn’t Miss

Five Food Festivals in Tuscany You Shouldn’t Miss Italian cuisine is well-known and well-loved the entire world over, and true to form, the Italians love celebrating with food, and celebrating their food! After all, who doesn’t love a good taste meal or snack? So listen up, foodies! If you’re planning to drop by the region of Tuscany sometime this August, make sure to mark calendars for the five food festivals in Tuscany that any foodie shouldn’t miss! What: Fish & Chips Festival Where: Barga When: July 26 to August 16 If you’re up for a bit of British food while in Tuscany, head over to the medieval town of Barga where the local Scottish population holds their annual summer food festival! Known locally as Sagra del Pesce e Patate (literally “Fish and Potatoes Festival”) the event features the iconic British snack, served with some tomato salad, and of course, a [...]

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 [...]

Agriturismo – The Best Way to Experience Italy’s Countryside

Whenever people start talking about vacations in Italy, some of the first ideas that come to mind tend to include classical art, museums, castles, churches, basilicas, and Mediterranean beaches. On top of those, we also start daydreaming of postcard-perfect, sunny days when one can take a seat at an al fresco café that overlooks a lovely plaza with pretty fountains, order an espresso, sit back, relax, read a good book, and just enjoy our surroundings as the day goes by. This image is actually pretty accurate. Sometimes, though, we just really want to get away from it all, and being in a city – even if it isin a completely different country – just isn’t enough. This is where agriturismo comes in. As the term suggests, it is a combination of agriculture and tourism, or in other words, farm vacations. Italy’s countryside is as lush and vibrant as its cities, [...]

Experiencing Italy’s Wonders by Car

Having your own car for your Italian vacation gives you maximum flexibility and freedom to explore at your own pace and schedule. Italy has over 5,600 kilometers (3,480 miles) of Autostrada, or superhighways, giving you lots of asphalt to cruise on. You probably won’t have all the time and gas to cover every kilometer of the country, so we wanted to help you make the most of your tour across the land. These are our best tips for experiencing Italy’s wonders by car. Renting a Car It is most economical to rent a car ahead of time, before you leave for Italy. Most big-name car rental companies have offices in Italy to give you that familiar brand of service even if you’re a long way from home. Renting by the week and not by the day can also save you money. Most cars in Italy run on manual transmissions. It [...]

Italy’s Prettiest Towns

Italy is a country of incredible natural beauty.  It really has it all, Rome, Naples and Florence are modern cities built on top of ancient ruins, Venice with its’s watery canals in place of roads, there are mountain towns, seaside villages, scenic hill towns.  Here are a few of what we think are Italy’s prettiest towns. Sperlonga This whitewashed spot has something that almost no other hill town in Italy has.  Sperlonga is a seaside fishing village.  As long ago as Roman times this was an escape from the city.  Sperlonga is located halfway between Rome and Naples.  The Roman emperor Tiberius built a villa at the seas edge.  After the fall of the Roman empire the town was a town in peril from Saracen pirate attacks.  You can explore the Roman ruins of Tiberius estate and the accompanying museum, the narrow streets and labyrinth of alleys with shops and [...]

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall, Which is the Most Beautiful Photo of Italy of Them All?

Italy, for anyone who’s taken an Italy tour knows, or plans to take one will find out, is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. Some of the world’s most beautiful places actually disappoint when you get there in person, because photography exaggerates their beauty. (This happens so often sometimes we’ve asked ourselves how wonderful it would have been to travel in the age before photography.) No so Italy. We’ve culled three of our favorite photographs, each one as stunning as the next, of three very different places, Tuscany, Cinque Terre and Venice, so we could ask the Tour Italy Now community what they think. Do you have a favorite, or is it impossible to choose? Have you visited any of these places? Please comment below. We’re looking forward to your thoughts. TUSCANY CINQUE TERRE VENICE