Tag Archives: Tuscany

Romantic Getaways for Honeymooners in Italy

Romantic Getaways for Honeymooners in Italy Did you know that there are over 100 ways to say “I love you” in Italian? In some parts of Europe, it’s said that a visit to Italy can save even the biggest relationship crises. Previous visitors can all agree that most Italian cities are so breathtaking, it can make even the coldest of hearts and the hardest of heads forget any negative feelings or thoughts. From the romantic canals of Venice to the magnificence of the Italian capital, Rome, there’s something for every couple, be they young or old, adventurous or laidback. Here’s our guide to the most romantic getaways in Italy. Tuscany is the backdrop that’s served as the inspiration for many a famous Italian artist. The city’s natural beauty holds great appeal for those who wish to escape their fast-paced, urban lives for a while. Montepulciano is an excellent choice for couples […]

Popular Medieval Towns in Italy Worth Visiting

Popular Medieval Towns in Italy Worth Visiting Because Italy is the cradle of the mighty Roman Empire and of numerous other civilizations before it, there is no dearth of old towns in the country.  In fact, even after the fall of Rome, many communities across what is today the modern state of Italy simply continued their existence as Medieval dominions. Some places became smaller kingdoms, others turned into independent maritime city-states, while others became vassal towns of more powerful realms. Their often complicated and violent histories notwithstanding, many of these towns and cities still stand today as reminders of their storied past. In this article, we share with you some of our favorite medieval towns and cities in the country. San Gimignano – Located in the province of Siena in the Tuscan region, the small walled medieval town of San Gimignano is affectionately called the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages” […]

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 […]

Mercatino di Natale: Christmas Markets in Italy

Christmas Markets in Italy Among the many things to look forward to this Christmas holiday season in Italy would be the Mercatino di Natale, or in English, the Christmas Markets! Besides being a great opportunity to shop for presents, souvenirs, and knick-knacks for loved ones and friends, the arrival of the Christmas markets in Italy also adds to the truly festive air, as the merchandise stalls are often accompanied by food stalls that sell traditional, seasonal treats like warm drinks and roasted chestnuts. These seasonal markets normally start showing up by December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is also the day that officially marks the beginning of the Christmas festivities in Italy. On this day, lights and decorations start coming up, the holiday shopping season begins, and along with it would be the Christmas markets. They then remain open sometimes up until as late as January 6. […]

Four Destinations in Italy for Different Types of Travelers

Destinations in Italy for Different Types of Travelers Italy, as many well know, is one of the best countries to have a vacation in. Tourists flock to this lovely country every year, as it is a destination that is filled with a vast assortment of sights, sounds, tastes, textures, and experiences, all steeped in the richest of history and culture against one of the most beautiful backdrops on the planet. From shopping, to dining, to partying until dawn, all these things are possible in every region of Italy. However, because each region has a distinct color and flavor of its own, the range of activities and experiences possible is pretty much boundless. For travelers who have a limited amount of time to spend abroad, it’s important to know which places to go to in order to get the experience that you want from your trip. So how do you know […]

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, […]