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Category Archives: Sightseeing in Italy

How to Plan Your Travel to Italy

Traveling is a fun activity that not many people get to do as often as they want to. When people do get to travel, they end up stressed over a lot of things that they forget to bring or do. Traveling should be something you enjoy and not stress over, especially with such an activity happening only once in a while. This is why it is essential that you plan your trip before you even book your tickets for it. Italy is a country that many tourists put on their bucket list, and this popular tourist destination is one that you should be able to savor and not rush through. This means you need to have an itinerary that suits your pace and what you want to experience. This also means having enough time to see, do, and taste everything that you want to in this majestic country, and getting […]

Top 5 Skiing Locations in Italy

With winter just around the corner, people are already breaking out their skiing gear and taking a look at some of their favorite places to hit the slopes. Italy is blessed with an impressive ski range, with the central core of the Dolomites taking the spotlight. In addition, the in-resort costs here are much more affordable compared to other resorts around Europe. And while Italy has many rival skiing destinations, it has a much more laid back atmosphere that many skiers – both casual and advanced – certainly appreciate. In today’s video, we’ll be taking a look at what we consider as five of the best skiing destinations around Italy. Skiing is truly a great way to enjoy the upcoming winter season. Whether you’re in it for the thrilling vertical slopes or just want to find a nice winter getaway with your family, Italy definitely has much to offer to […]

Sicily in the Eyes of the Godfather

There are only a handful of films that can rightfully consider themselves to be an enduring classic, and The Godfather is one of them. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and released in 1972, it starred big name actors such as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall. It had the honor of being the highest grossing picture ever made, for a time, and won three Academy Awards. It remains, unanimously, one of the greatest American movies of all time. In today’s video we’ll be talking about some of the most famous tourist sites around Sicily tied to The Godfather movie series. As iconic movie settings go, Sicily has definitely left its mark on Hollywood’s cinematic landscape. With its rich culture and beautiful backdrops, it’s no wonder why it made the perfect home for The Godfather movies. If you are a huge fan of the Godfather Trilogy, then maybe a […]

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 […]

Outdoor Activities You Have to Try at Lake Garda

As the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda is a popular travel destination for many tourists who are looking to enjoy some fun, outdoor activities. If you happen to find yourself there, here are just some exciting suggestions of activities that you simply have to try while you’re there. Sailing You simply can’t visit Lake Garda and not try sailing its pristine waters. Many boats traverse its wide expanse on a daily basis. In fact, the constant winds blowing across the lake makes it an ideal location for regattas throughout the year. If you want to feel the spray of the lake waters in your face, then why not rent a sailboat and try navigating Lake Garda for a day. Who knows? You might even get into a playful race with some of the other boats that are sailing across the Garda. If you’re looking for other water sport activities […]

Picture Perfect: 4 Top Landmarks in Rome Captured on Film

With such a rich architectural heritage, it’s no surprise that Rome remains a favorite setting for various films across the ages. As such, here are the 4 of the most popular ones in the capital: Trevi Fountain With its popularity, it’s not surprising that the Trevi Fountain is a part of two top films in film history. First was in Roman Holiday (1953), which starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck; the fountain was the backdrop of several scenes. The second was in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960), where Marcello Mastroianni followed Anita Eckberg to the Trevi Fountain; both ending up wading in its waters. This scene is regarded as one of the most iconic in world cinema. Other films with scenes shot at this location include Three Coins in the Fountain (1954), Gidget Goes to Rome (1963), and The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003). The Colosseum While Ridley Scott’s Gladiator […]

3 Important Tips for Appreciating Italian Architecture

For its size, Italy has such a wealth of art that people from all over the world visit it to see these works. And by art, we’re not only referring to paintings and sculptures displayed in its museums. We’re also referring to its stunning architecture that basically has transformed entire cityscapes into outdoor galleries. Just like other forms of art, you can better appreciate Italian architecture by learning more about it. But with the wealth of information out there, where do you start? Here are 3 tips to get you started: 1. Get a basic understanding of Italian architectural styles. From the ancient Roman style of architecture, to the Byzantine, Romanesque, Renaissance, Gothic, Neoclassical and eventually Modern architecture, Italy sure has them all. That’s why it’s helpful to learn more about these specific styles so you can properly identify them when you come across them—and understand the mindset of the […]

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 […]

Visiting the Vatican: Tips on How to Get Around

One of the biggest things that draw people into Rome is the presence of the Vatican City. It is, of course, technically not part of Italy because it is the world’s smallest sovereign state, but historically, this seat of the Roman Catholic Church is part and parcel of the Eternal City. A lot of our customers at Tour Italy ask us for tips on how to go to and around the Vatican, so we really hope this article does not disappoint. Getting there By metro – One of the easiest ways to get to the Vatican City is by taking the Metropolitana or the Rome metro. The two nearest stations to it are the Ottaviano Station along Via Ottaviano and the Cipro Station along the Valle Aurelia. The former is nearer Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter’s Basilica), and the latter is also a good option to alight from if […]

Top 5 Parks in Italy You Need to Visit

If you’re a traveler who wants some breathing space between your exploration of Museums and historic districts, then visiting the country’s top parks and gardens should definitely be on your itinerary as well. Many of these gardens and parks in Italy are ancient places themselves, but they still serve as welcoming oases for weary tourists and locals alike, people who are looking for some relief from the urban hustle and bustle. Villa Borghese – Located on the Pincian Hill in the heart of Rome, the Villa Borghese Pinciana was built in the 1600s by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, who was commissioned by the Catholic cardinal and art patron Scipione Borghese to create a villa that would house his art collection. Reinvented as a public park when the Borghese family sold the estate to the Italian government in 1902, the Villa Borghese now boasts of several museums, the most famous of […]

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