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5 Reasons Why We Love Visiting Italy in Spring

With the changing of seasons upon us, the coming spring season is a much appreciated time for tourists and locals alike. In fact, there are many reasons that make spring an ideal time to visit Italy. While summer certainly has its fair share of festivities, the post-winter months are also something that can be appreciated for those looking to enjoy an authentic Italian vacation. We’ve compiled the top five reasons why spring is the best time for your to visit Italy. Great Weather If you’re sick and tired of the cold weather, then spring should be a much needed reprieve from the winter season. While it is still common to see spring showers during the months of March and April, the weather can still be comfortably warm during these times. Temperatures ranging from 50 and 60 F are normally felt in the central areas of the country, such as in […]

Family Friendly Accommodations in Italy That Are Great for Kids

Italy is a country that values family and, because of this, it understands the needs of tourists looking for family friendly accommodations. Traveling with kids can be quite the challenge if the place that you are going to be staying doesn’t cater to their specific needs. Any traveling family will certainly take this into consideration once they’ve set their eyes on their preferred destination. It’s a good thing that Italy hosts a variety of accommodations that can look after your family. We’ve listed a few of these types of places as well as a couple of examples that can hopefully give you a good idea of where you might want to stay. Ski Resorts A trip to the mountains usually includes packing your skis for an enjoyable run on the slopes. However, when bringing kids to a ski resort, you don’t want to choose one that only has intermediate to expert level slopes. […]

6 Essential Things You Need to Pack for Your Trip to Italy

Packing for any trip should come with a game plan: you’ll want to do so efficiently, neither under nor over-packing. This does pose an interesting question, though. What exactly you should bring on your trip to Italy? Here are a few essential items that should definitely go into your suitcase. Emergency Information Most people keep their emergency contacts and travel information on their mobile devices or their laptops, but you never know when technology will decide to work against you. Keep a couple of redundant printouts and keep them on you at all times when you go sightseeing, so that you always have the information on hand when you need it. It’s also a good idea to keep photocopies of your passport handy, in case you lose it. You’ll be able to get a replacement at your country’s embassy much easier if you have a copy of the original. Travel […]

A Solo Traveler’s Guide for Females Around Italy

Traveling alone may seem daunting at first, but it can be one of the best and most rewarding experiences you can have as a woman. Not only does going solo help you become more confident and feel empowered, you might also learn new things about yourself while immersed in the culture of a different country. Here are a few travel tips that might prove helpful if you’re a woman who’s planning to take a solo trip to Italy: Avoid the peak seasons Not only can the heat be punishing in the summer, but you’ll find that you’re coming in to crowded cities that will only be half-open. Italians take vacations, too, and they usually do so around a two-week national holiday in August called Ferragosto. Food, lodging, and airfare will typically skew towards the pricier side as well. Do your research and plan as much of your trip in advance […]

When Is the Best Season to Travel to Italy?

Given Italy’s popularity as a world-class tourist destination, timing your trip may prove challenging depending on your travel priorities. The country has something to offer visitors year-round, but major attractions are sure to draw crowds in the thousands during the summer. Meanwhile, other cultural events may have tourists flocking to choice destinations, which may be detrimental to a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of what happens in Italy every year and give you a better idea of what’s in store before you book your flights. Summer Fun for Everyone Summer is the peak tourist season in Italy. Starting from May, major cities and attractions can be crowded and will continue to be so up until July, when you have to contend not only with fellow tourists, but also with locals going on vacation. Airfare, accommodations and entrance to common draws may be higher […]

5 Mistakes Travelers Make in Italy

Everyone has a general idea of what Italy is all about. However, that doesn’t mean that everything you think is Italian is actually authentic or traditional. So before you go on a tour of Italy, read this to learn more about the 5 mistakes you should avoid making on your vacation: 1. Ordering a Frappuccino. This beverage is actually a trademarked drink from Starbucks, and hence, it cannot be found in traditional Italian coffee shops. So if you’re looking for coffee, opt for an old school cappuccino instead—and order it in the morning with a cornetto (not a croissant!), as it’s considered a breakfast drink. Or go for an espresso after a meal. 2. Expecting you can buy tickets at the bus stop for the bus; or for access to tourist attractions at the place itself. Unlike other countries, bus tickets in Italian towns are usually sold at corner stores, […]

Everything You Need to Know About Traveling to Italy in Spring

Spending your spring break in Italy is an excellent idea: beyond the mild, variable weather and the ability to experience the country on a shoestring budget (something you definitely can’t do during peak seasons), there are fewer crowds and you can be leisurely in your explorations. Museums in Italy generally have two major exhibitions per year: one that opens in the fall from September until January, and another in the spring that runs from February up to June. This means that most places will have exhibitions in full swing by the time you arrive, and there will be plenty of art to enjoy. Recount the blossoming of a new kind of art in 14th-century Venice through the works of Bellini, Titian, Lotto, and many more. This exhibit also focuses on the beginnings of the Aldine Press, which introduced italics into the world of print. Speaking of enjoy, the locals practically […]

Five Must-Visit Trattorias in Rome

A trattoria in Italy is a casual eating establishment, one that serves mid-priced quality food and offers a comfortable retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world without. More often than not, trattorias (or trattorie) are family-run establishments, which makes them less formal than many ristoranti. A lot of visitors love them because they are unpretentious, providing a relaxed atmosphere to diners as well as a variety of dishes depending on what produce are in season at the moment. If you haven’t had the chance to visit Rome yet but you are planning to go there soon, do check out the trattorias we have on this list. Take note that it is always best to make a reservation so that you can be sure you’ll have a seat when you visit. Hostaria Romana The Hostaria Romana, located on Via del Boccaccio, is well-known among Romans, but it has somehow […]

Sagra Delle Fragole: A Sweet Strawberry Festival

In Italy, many small towns and comuni in rural areas hold festivals known as sagre. These sagre are held in honor of ancient traditions or organized as pageants celebrating local culinary specialties. Many are also held when a local produce is in season. From olive oil, pasta, and wine to pastries, vegetables, and fruits, these products bring income and sustenance to the communities and thus are a source of pride for the locals. Some 19 miles southeast of Rome, in the comune of Nemi, a sagra dedicated to strawberries is celebrated every late spring and early summer. This hillside town overlooking a lake of the same name has long been famous for its rich volcanic environment, which produces some of the sweetest strawberries in all of the Mediterranean. These strawberries come from the surrounding forests and are locally known as frogoline di bosco (wild strawberries). The Sagra Delle Fragole, as […]

Fun Summer Traditions in Italy Worth Seeing

What better way to spend summertime than to get sun-kissed in balmy Italy and to immerse yourself in the warmth of the Mediterranean? Italy is a great country not only for visiting museums, ancient ruins, as well as to eat great food in, it is also known for its summer traditions and events that are truly worth seeing. Here are some of them: Festa del Redentore – The beautiful northeastern Italian city of Venice hosts the Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer) every third Sunday of July. Originally a thanksgiving feast held to celebrate the end of a plague in 1576, the Festa del Redentore features the sailing of hundreds of boats into the Bacino di San Marco (Saint Mark’s Basin). Thousands of people also set up tables along the basin’s edge to dine and wait for the start of a grand fireworks display, which is launched from the […]

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