Tag Archives: Tuscany

Italy Travel: Why a Dolce Vita Tour is the Best Value for Your Money

Italy Travel: Why a Dolce Vita Tour is the Best Value for Your Money Italy is an incredibly diverse place, which is probably why a lot of people keep coming back to it. There’s always something new to see every time! It is one of Europe’s most visited countries, attracting almost 48 million people in 2013. If you are a new traveler coming in from America to discover this wonderful country, we highly recommend Tour Italy Now’s Dolce Vita Tour. Starting at only $1254, the tour takes visitors on an 8-day tour of some of the most well-known cities and towns in the country. These include Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa (optional) Bologna, Padova, Venice, and Montepulciano. Here’s a short introduction of the each of the places you will be visiting when you take this tour: Rome – Rome is Italy’s capital and the home of more than 2.6 million […]

Top Five Wedding Spots in Italy

Top Five Wedding Spots in Italy Many couples dream of having a romantic European wedding and what better place to have one than in Italy. The country is filled with so many ideal wedding venues that it can be difficult to choose where you would want to hold the wedding. Thankfully, we’ve narrowed down the list to five of our favorite wedding spots that you can choose from. Venice Nothing says romance better than a wedding at the famed City of Bridges. There are many picture perfect spots in Venice where you can take magnificent photo ops with your significant other. Taking a gondola ride down the Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge in the background is a common part of many wedding couple’s agenda. The Palazzo Cavalli is a very popular place to hold civil wedding ceremonies, with its formal and elegant staircase as the ideal location. Venice also […]

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 […]