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5 Beautiful Beaches in Italy You Have to Visit in Summer

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Best Places in Italy to Visit for Spring

March can be one of the best months to start heading to Italy for a number of reasons. As a “shoulder season” month, this means that even the most popular tourist attractions are less crowded, and rates are cheaper for airfare and accommodations. The weather is decent, if slightly unpredictable, and there are more than a few major holidays and festivals to attend for a truly authentic experience. While all of Italy is abloom in the spring, here are a few of our favorite key destinations to visit. Sicily Sicily is best seen in March, when the temperatures start to climb but the roads are still fairly clear. Here you’ll find some beautiful Roman and Greek ruins just begging to be explored during the day and charming baroque towns that make for stunning night views. The sights are spread out and you’ll need time to get around to see them […]

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 […]

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 […]

First Timer Tips When Traveling to Italy

Traveling to Italy is first and foremost an adventure. But like all adventures, it can be overwhelming. For a small country about the size of the state of Arizona, there’s an awful lot to see and experience here. For first-timers, it’s recommended that you concentrate your Italian holiday on visiting the Big Three Cities: Rome, Florence, and Venice. Still don’t know where to start, even after you’ve seen all the videos and read all the guidebooks? Here are a few more reminders. Rome is the capital of Italy, and where most people arrive first. While it can feel a bit much at first glance, most of the major tourist hooks are contained in a relatively compact area, which means you can see all the sights everyone says you need to see in much less time than you think. Study your map well, and scope out a centrally-located hotel so you […]

Three Pointers for a Stress-Free Hotel Stay in Italy

The great thing about traveling is that it expands our ideas of how people live and think by giving us surprises at every stop in our itinerary. Since going around and seeing the sights can be tiresome, we expect our The New Hotel “Bed” Tax: Yes in Florence, Not Yet in Venice hotel rooms or lodgings to be relaxing and comfortable. Having good accommodations can provide a much needed respite after a day filled exploration and socializing. Fair warning though, not all accommodations are made equal and some will not necessarily fit into our own hotel star ratings. This can bring about an unexpected amount of stress, which is the last thing that you would want to haunt you while on vacation. Mismatched power outlets, a varied room orientation and other unfamiliar settings can really disorient a person who’s visiting a country for the first time. Tourists traveling to Italy […]

Touring the Dolomites: Fun Activities to Do in the Mountains

As vacation destinations go, a trip to the mountains can mean many different things depending on who you ask. There are those who go to the mountains to enjoy the many different physical activities such as hiking or skiing, while there are also those who go there to enjoy the majestic scenery that can be viewed here. Regardless of the reason, Italy features one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the world – the Dolomites. Running across the northern edge of the country, the valleys of Trentino-Alto Adige border the country of Austria. Once known as the Pale Mountains, it has an unusual mineral makeup that gives it a distinct pink glow in the late afternoon light. Those who visit the Dolomites are enchanted by the beauty that its peaks and valleys contain. For those who want to visit this impressive mountain range, there are many different activities that […]

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