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Italy Travel Blog

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 […]

Italy Travel: Booking a Tour or Planning Your Own Trip

Whenever you plan on traveling outside of the country, or even locally for that matter, you will want a trip that is hassle-free and will go without a hitch. This can be easily accomplished with a booked tour that takes care of your itinerary, your accommodations, and other travel concerns.   However, with a booked tour, you may find a few things that may not be to your liking. It is, after all, a trip that is not totally to your specifications. It can take you to places that you don’t really want to see and lump you in with other people you may not be compatible with. This is particularly true when you go on a guided or escorted group tour. This is where the dilemma of deciding whether to go on a booked tour or to plan your own trip comes in. Which one is best for you? […]

5 Beautiful Beaches in Italy You Have to Visit in Summer

Beach in Camogli, Liguria

Italy has always been known for its many gorgeous locales, especially during the summer. If you’re looking for a place to kick back and enjoy the sun, then we’ve compiled a short list of summer destinations that will surely interest you. Camogli Beach, Liguria The enchanting seaside town of Camogli in Liguria in northwestern Italy has a beautiful shoreline that’s sure to take visitor’s breath away. If you’re looking for the same charm of the French Riviera but without the bustling crowds, then this is the place for you. The beach is conveniently separated into private areas for resorts and clubs, as well as other sections that are open to the public. Capreria Beach, Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, Sicily Located in the western coast of Sicily, Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro is the region’s first natural reserve. Its area covers seven kilometers of panoramic seaside views, filled with vast stretches of […]

Valentines Day in Italy

If you want to try something new for Valentine’s Day, why not celebrate it in Italy? Valentine’s Day in this country of romance is a big deal, and this is because the history of this particular holiday actually begins in Italy. This day of love comes from an old Roman Empire tradition and celebration in honor of Juno, the Roman Goddess of Women and Marriage.   Called Lupercalia in the old days, it was then changed to La Festa Degli Innamorati and Giorno di San Valentino in 496 AD by the church. This is a festival that also celebrates the day of the martyrdom of San Valentino, who was a bishop in Umbria. Why Saint Valentine for this day of love? There are many stories that tell of his secret weddings for couples who were otherwise restricted from marrying. Why Italy for Valentine’s Day? The question you should be asking […]

The 12 Must-Experience Festivals of Italy

When people ask “When is the best time to visit Italy?” The answer is never really that simple nor is the question one that is easy to answer. Italy is, after all, a country that you will want to visit at any time of the year. If you want to experience more than just the museums and the old structures that can be found all over the country, you will want to schedule your visit when there is a festival happening. When it comes to festivals however, Italy is also chock-full of celebrations that you can choose to enjoy with the locals. Every month of the entire year, you will find that Italians are celebrating one festival or another. You just need to know what specific date and where these festivals are to enjoy them with the locals. To help you out, and with so many festivities going on, we’ve […]

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