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Italy Travel Blog

Italy – Things You Need to Know Before You Go

If this is your first time in Italy, there are a few things you need to know before you go that can make your visit the most enjoyable it can be. Summer temperatures Summer in Italy can be very hot. You will find that most buildings are not air conditioned to the same degree of cold as you may find in America, in fact most places will not have air conditioning at all. Tour Italy Now has a number of insider tips and tricks to help you keep your cool in the Italian heat. Churches – These large marbles structures are a haven of cool and quiet.  Step inside (with arms and legs covered, of course, have a light scarf in your bag) and take in the  art, history, and architecture. Go underground  – There are catacombs, cisterns, and crypts all over Italy that have offered cool relief for centuries. […]

The Best Gelato in Italy

How do you find the best gelato in Italy? Come with us and see!. The writings of Pliny the Elder from over 2,000 years ago talk about a sweet dessert made from snow collected from the mountains, brought to Rome and mixed with crushed fruit for a sweet, cold dessert… The name gelato is derived from the Italian word, gelare, which means to freeze. In Italy an ice cream shop is known as a gelateria. While the two words gelato and ice cream are sometimes used interchangeably they are not quite the same thing. Italian gelato is denser with less air incorporated into it and it has a lower fat content. Gelato is also served at a higher temperature than ice cream. Italians take their gelato pretty seriously. There is even a Gelato University in the town of Anzola dell’Emilia, near Bologna where you can take courses on how to make […]

Italian Pizzerias 101: How to Order a Pizza in Italy

It may sound like a simple enough thing, but it has to be noted that though the wonderful, delicious pizza has become very common outside of Italy, when you’re in the motherland, it does tend to be quite different (kind of like when it comes to coffee, but that’s another story). So for people who plan to tour Italy or have their Italy vacation soon, if you want the authentic stuff, here’s a short primer on how to order a pizza in Italy! Selecting Your Pizzeria Pizzerias are of course quite ubiquitous, but be aware that true Italian ones may still require a bit of seeking out as a lot of them tend to be run by foreigners or immigrants as well. While they can also make tasty pizza, it’s not quite as authentic, and you may end up missing out on a unique food experience. One of the first […]

Five Important Tips When Visiting Venice

The city of Venice in Italy is one of the most popular and most-visited destinations on the planet, mainly thanks to its colorful history and culture, as well as its absolutely romantic atmosphere. In fact, it’s one of the top honeymoon spots in the world, and it isn’t uncommon for people to propose to their loved ones AND get married in this beautiful city, either. However, as with almost all hot tourist spots, there are certain things to watch out for that every visitor needs to be aware about. So, to help you make your Venetian vacation as smooth as possible, here are  five important tips when visiting Venice. Take into account the needs of your party An important point to consider when heading to Venice would be that the city is mostly composed of sidewalks and the many bridges that span its crisscrossing canals. There are no roads, so […]

What is Italian Food?

  What is Italian Food? To answer that question, let me start with a story.  An American was visiting Rome recently and  ordered a plate of spaghetti alle vongole, a dish he thought he was familiar with. It’s spaghetti in clam sauce, right?.  His food arrived and he started to dig in, but he felt like something was missing, so he called the waitress back and asked for some parmesan cheese.  Her face fell and she snapped “no” at the bewildered American and she headed back towards the kitchen. What happened here?  This American, one that had grown up with an with an Italian grandmother even, had broken a very important Italian food rule. No cheese with fish. So what is Italian food?  Chicken Parm?  Spaghetti & Meatballs? The answer starts with that there really isn’t something called “Italian Food.” Italy did not become a unified country until 1861. What […]


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