Travel by Bike in Italy
Up until now, we have been talking about biking in terms of those big, powerful shiny machines that roar through the countryside. Now I am going to talk to you about traditional biking, that is, on a two wheel vehicle with pedals and transmission chains, that gets you to your destination after a lot of huffing and puffing, and honest-to-goodness exercise. But this is also the form of transport that gives you the time to look around and to savor the silence and beauty of your surroundings.
One area where biking of the traditional sort is highly practiced is the...
Sicily is the largest of the Mediterranean's islands. Because of its location and its history, it is one of Italy's major tourist destinations, both for its beaches and its cultural offerings.
Touring Sicily would take months in itself because there's simply so much to do and see, so we are forced to make a hard choice and limit our tour to the best-known locations, hoping to be able to get back another time to discover the hidden gems we're going to miss.
In the 18th century, Italy was a mandatory stop in the so called Grand Tour, an educational journey made by scion...
Vieste at dusk, on the coast of Puglia. Ph. flickr/castgen
Puglia (Apulia) is a major tourist destination in Italy.
Its historical, artistic, religious, cultural, and natural assets make it an important destination for travelers driven by different impulses. It is impossible to conceive a tour that would reveal all of it in one go, unless you have more than a month to spend here and that would actually be a blessing! Otherwise, you should schedule at least a day for every one of the following places. Add a couple of days for relaxing on Puglia's wonderful beaches...
Sicily is said to be one of the places in Italy where “life is lived in the moment”, and this couldn’t be more true.
Palermo Cathedral (Cha già José/Flickr)
There is an overwhelming amount of artistic excellence that fills the streets of Sicily. With its incredible history and fervor, Sicily holds a sensual experience and a moral ambivalence that are attractive and unique. This city offers such great diversity with its architectures and impressive cultural legacy. Whether it seems as significant or not, one of the spoken constants of Sicilian culture...
Piazza del Popolo with the twin churches in Rome, a must-visit in a 7-day itinerary in Italy
Many people coming to Italy for their holidays don't have a large amount of time and need a concise and effective itinerary allowing to visit the most significant places in the country, in as little as seven days.
This itinerary' ll help you get a good handle on some of Italy’s important places of interest. With a short amount of time, you’ll want to be prepared before travelling and have a well constr...
Cycling in the countryside
If you like cycling, you will definitely want to do a cycling tour of Tuscany and Umbria. These fantastic provinces have a lot to offer: the hills, towns and valleys of southern Tuscany and Umbria are a cyclist's dream.
Beautiful scenery with rolling hills and waving wheat fields, ancient houses and churches, medieval architecture and awesome views will take your breath away. The charming towns sitting atop hills are a great place to enjoy a warm evening after a day of cycling.
The valleys are just as charming: here, you can cycle throu...
By Anna De Filippo
Italians would say anche l'occhio vuole la sua parte, appearance counts too, and colors certainly play a huge role when it comes to it. When traveling through Italy, tourists can be sure of one thing, they'll never face the same view. The country offers a variety of landscapes, often associated to vibrant colors people hardly forget.
When recalling a place, we all naturally tend to associate it to a particular smell, taste or, indeed, color: some locations shine through their vivacity and are known for the delightful mix of shades and hues they offer....
Everyone knows Florence and the Chianti area, but there are lesser known, yet equally breathtaking places you can visit in Tuscany.
Let me tell you about one of my favorite itineraries!
Lucca is the first stop of our tour of Tuscany and will be our home base. It is not the most central of all the locations of this tour, but this small city has a haunting, charming beauty, well worth a visit and, why not, a few days' stay.
Rick Steves shows us the beauty of Lucca
Two well known landmarks characterize the city: its 16th century walls,...