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Category Archives: All Things Italian

7 Masterpieces of Italian Art You Have to See Before You Die

With so many works of art found across Italy, even an art aficionado can get overwhelmed. But even if you’re just an average Joe with a general interest in art, you’ll get to appreciate the wealth of beauty Italian art has to offer. Here are 7 masterpieces that you should not miss when you start your journey across the country: Arch of Constantine (AD 315) The Forum, Rome Erected to commemorate the victory of Constantine I at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, the Arch of Constantine is the last existing triumphal arch in Rome. It is considered the most impressive surviving civic monument from Rome, as the design of many monuments and buildings worldwide are influenced by its style. These include everything from the façade of the Union Station in Washington DC to the Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang. The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (c. 1486) Uffizi Gallery, […]

Taking It Easy with Italy’s Slow Movement

Slow food is an international movement that was founded by a self-proclaimed gourmet named Carlo Petrini in 1986. It is promoted as a substitute to the concept of “fast food” and aims to preserve regional, traditional cuisine made from sustainable ingredients native to the local ecosystem procured through the “slower” way as opposed to something that is obtained from more modern, efficient methods. It is the first established part of the broader Slow Movement. The movement itself has expanded globally to over 100,000 members in 150 countries. The movement began in Italy as a form of resistance to the opening of a McDonald’s near the Spanish Steps in Rome. Petrini and his friends saw the opening of a branch of the famed fast-food chain as threatening to the vast culinary heritage of the country, which could fall prey to rapid globalization that usually comes with a prolonged economic boom. In […]

Mercatino di Natale: 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. Almost every town and […]

7 Reasons to Visit Italy in Autumn

With the arrival of the month of September, Italy’s summer season officially comes to a close and the country begins gearing up for autumn. From a traveler’s perspective, this period is considered as off-season, though we think that this label may be a little misleading as it makes it sound like nothing interesting happens in the country at this time and that it’s not particularly interesting to visit at the moment. This sort of impression couldn’t be more wrong, of course, as the lovely country of Italy never ceases to provide visitors with new experiences, even as it puts on its fall colors. While summer may be a busy season, the hum of activity doesn’t really stop. It just changes flavor. So for those who are wondering why it might be worth taking that trip during the last few months of the year, here are seven awesome reasons to visit […]

12 More Quotes About Italy That Make You Want to Go There

The beautiful country of Italy, with its lush, rolling countryside, its gorgeous shores, and its rich culture and traditions, is something that we are always passionate about. Yes, we love Italy A LOT, and we have made it our mission to try to help people experience everything that Italy has to offer, and help them fall in love with it, too. As usual, though, don’t just take our word for it. Instead, in this new set of quotes about Italy, we’ll let the words of famous artists and poets convince you just how lovely Italy can be, and that you should definitely head there soon to see for yourself what all the praise is about! We’ll never really run out of good things to say about Italy, and people who have experienced this awesome country have also found themselves in the same situation. So, in case you haven’t yet, come […]

A Glimpse of Italian Language in Your Italy Trip

Buongiorno!The Italian Language is one of the most fascinating languages in the world which is regarded as musical and emotionally expressive. Being the native language of about 70 million people, it is much used all around the globe not just by native speakers but also as a non-natives as well. There are countries which consider Italian as one of their official languages such as Switzerland, where they call it Italian Swiss. After the unification of Italy, the Italian language was then adopted based on the Tuscan dialect. This significant transformation didn’t just provide a great impact in Italy’s politics but also on the economical, social and cultural aspect. That is why many speakers acknowledged the national language as their primary language instead of their native dialect. It is indeed a plus factor in your Italy trip if you know even just a bit of the Italian language. Italian is the […]

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