I lived abroad for fifteen years, and the taste of Italy, I certainly missed. During this time, I have learnt a lot about my country. Yes, because for some mysterious trick of the mind, it is always when you are far from a place or from someone that you truly begin to know them: does that not happen to lovers as well, sometimes? Anyway: fifteen years away from Italy, fifteen years where I learnt to look at it more objectively. It is hard, because right now, one may think that the cons of being in the country (high taxes, no work, a risible political force) are overwhelmingly sup...
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Everyone knows Italy is for lovers, but is it also for kids? Of course! If travelling to Italy, one shouldn't worry about bringing children along, as there is plenty for the whole family to do. In fact, taking your children to Italy may widen your traveling horizons. You may go for something cultural, yet fun, such as visiting ancient Roman ruins and exploring medieval castles, or enjoy traditional marionette shows in Naples and Palermo. If you'd rather choose a more traditional sun, sand and sea holiday, you could choose a day on...
This list is not a hit parade, and the order is merely narrative; our intention is to select 10 attractions that represent Italian art, history, culture, and entertainment. There are, of course, plenty more wonderful attractions in Italy than these 10, but regardless of personal preferences and tastes, the key here is to learn about a magnificent country and enjoy every moment spent on Italian soil.
We could not start anywhere else other than the Coliseum, a true symbol of what Rome, and later on Italy, stood and still stand for. Besides its great...
In Activities in Small Town I we explored the world of Italian sagre and food fairs, a great alternative to spend fun and interesting Summer evenings while holidaying in Italy.
In this second part of our trip through traditional and authentic Italian Summer activities, we'll take a closer look at other types of events perfect to liven up your Italian stay.
Traditional religious celebrations are particularly important for smaller Italian communities: they are usually rooted in local history and are an occasion for towns and...
Summer Evenings in Small Italian Towns
Sagre and Festivals
Think of summertime in Italy and your mind flies straight to the beach or to the scents and colors of the Alps. If you're more of an urban type, thoughts run to our beloved città dell'arte, which you probably are dying to visit in spite of the heat.
What about alternative destinations, though? What about an Italian vacation that lets you discover real Italy?
Then you should look for the Italy of small towns. You should look for some place secluded, which is not p...
When Summer comes, Italian streets get incredibly hot: in spite of this, people love spending time outdoors, because of the scents and lights of the season. The luckiest among us pack their bags and travel to the sea or the mountains, where temperatures are more bearable than in the cities. Not all of us can do it, though: it could be work, it could be one is strapped for money, but more and more Italians end up spending the Summer in the cities and town they are from.
But there is no reason to despair: even if you have to spend the hottest months of the year f...
Being a peninsula and rich in rivers and lakes, a great way to discover Italy is from the water.
There are many cruises in the Mediterranean that stop in Italian harbors: La Spezia, Genova (with amazing views of the Cinque Terre), Livorno, Civitavecchia (near Rome), Naples, Messina and Trapani in Sicily, Bari and Ancona on the Adriatic.
Italy viewed from the sea: the Amalfi Coast
If you don't like to spend days on a cruise ship, there are many ways you can see Italy from the water on a one day tour.
When thinking of Italy, most people think of art and culture, history and great food, even beaches and gorgeous vistas, but many often forget that it is also a country of some of the world's most breathtaking mountains.
If you want stunning panoramas and glamorous ski resorts, then Italy is definitely for you. In this new series we'll be listing the Top 10 Italian Mountains, and a few of their characteristics, so you can get to know each a little better.
The world's Eight Wonder: the Monte Bianco
Monte Bianco (White Mount...