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Category Archives: Italy

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 […]

Restoring Italy’s Monuments: A Colossal Challenge

Italy is home to numerous famous monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In fact, Italy is known as the country with the most number of World Heritage Sites with a total of 50 sites to its name. Some of these monuments have been around for hundreds of years and they have left an undeniable mark on the world to this day. However, what happens when age finally catches up to these renowned cultural and historical assets? The sad reality is that time does eventually take its toll on these ancient wonders, which leads to the natural deterioration of their structure and the accumulation of damage over the years.  The Italian government has taken some steps to preserve these great monuments, but the budget needed to undertake this colossal endeavor just doesn’t seem to be enough. This is why private individuals and corporations have taken it upon themselves to spearhead a […]

Top 5 Odd Tourist Attractions in Italy

While Italy is home to countless masterpieces of architecture and art, it is also home to a number of odd sights that show the crazy side of this country’s culture. Here are 5 of these odd tourist attractions in Italy: L.O.V.E., Milan Nothing says “F***ing capitalism!” than this sculpture of a giant hand flipping the bird, located right in the heart of the country’s financial district. Located in Piazza d’Affari, in front of the Italian stock exchange headquarters, is the sculpture entitled L.O.V.E. Created by Maurizio Cattelan in 2010, the sculpture got its name from four Italian words: Libertà, Odio, Vendetta, Eternità (Freedom, Hate, Vengeance, Eternity). Seen as a critique of the banking system that brought Italy down to its knees in 2008, the work is also quite political. Instead of the four other fingers folded back, they are actually cut off; if the fingers are complete, it would form […]

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 […]

Spring Fashion in Italy: What to Wear for the Season

Traveling during Italy’s shoulder season has its advantages: there are fewer people around, and the prices are generally lower for airfare, hotels, even food and wine. The weather’s not bad, either, but it can be a little tough to pack for. Shoulder season is defined as the period of transition between one extreme of weather to another, so people who choose to visit the country at these times can be subject to the unpredictability of Mother Nature. Spring in Italy can be very unpredictable. The temperatures can go from chilly to warm all in the span of a single day, and can even rise up to hot depending on the city you are visiting. It’s best to do as the Italians themselves do in this case: layer. Wearing separates that can be mixed and matched into one cohesive look but also work by themselves when you need to shed one […]

Interesting Facts about Italy You Might Not Know

Italy is a fascinating country, home to some of the world’s best in architecture, food, and people. It is a fantastic European destination with a city that will suit every kind of traveler. Despite its fame, there are still a few aspects to this charming nation as yet unknown to the general population. Here are some stunning facts about Italy that you might not know: 1. Italy has the most World Heritage Sites as recognized by UNESCO. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization bestows this honor on places that are of significant cultural or natural heritage and importance. Among these sites are the 18th-century Royal Palace at Caserta, the archaeological areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata in Naples, Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco, the entire city of Verona, and the Costiera Amalfitana, also known as the Amalfi Coast. 2. Italy also has more hotel rooms than any […]

Introduction to Alba in Italy

All over the world, people love chocolates. With many well-known chocolate brands competing for the title of being the world’s best, Italy is no stranger to this sweet confectionary delight either. If you’re familiar with names such as Nutella, Ferrero Rochere and Kinder, then you’ll be happy to know that Italy can satisfy your sweet tooth for travel. In today’s video, we’ll be talking about Alba, the home of Ferrero, which is best known for its world famous chocolate brands. Travelers who are looking to enjoy the sweet treats that Italy has to offer will definitely want to put Alba on their list of travel destinations. So if you’re interested in chocolates and wine while taking in the sights, then this is definitely the place for you! This presentation is also available on Slideshare!

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 […]

10 Things About Basilicata: It’s Not Just a Bunch of Rocks!

August in Italy

August is traditionally a vacation month in Italy.  The days of everything shutting down and Italian cities emptying completely has changed over the years, but life is definitely slower and quieter during the hot and lazy month. Here are a few things to know about August in Italy. Ferragosto The day when things really shut down in August 15.  Think of the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and you get the idea. Some major sites, restaurants and small food shops will be open.  Make sure you book ahead. The tradition of the August 15 holiday , called Ferragosto, has ancient and religious origins.  The Roman Emperor Augustine created feriae Augusti  meaning August rest, to celebrate the summer harvest and the end agricultural tasks. The Catholic church celebrates the Assumption of Mary. Beginning in the 1920’s the fascist regime encouraged the mass exodus from the city by reducing train fares and seaside accommodations […]

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