Just before the Summer, lifeinitaly dedicated an article to the Borghi più Belli d'Italia, a national association supported by ANCI, the Associazione Nazionale Comuni Italiani (the National Association of Italy's Municipalities), created to promote tourism in Italy's smaller, yet highly characteristic towns and villages.
A view of Sambuca di Sicilia from the Lago Arancio (Ennio Gurrera/wikimedia)
The association has been working also with Italy's national tv, RAI, to elect every year the "Borgo dei Borghi," the fairest of all among Italy's quai...
See also Rome with Children
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 an activity fill...
We have dedicated quite a few words to the reasons visiting Italy during the Fall is a good idea. Flights and hotels are cheaper, cities are less crowded and there are a lot of cool fairs and festivals around the country you'd particularly enjoy if you're into local lore and good food.
Whether you're after country relax or artistic pleasure, you should check out these five destinations: always amazing, but particularly beautiful this time of the year.
1. For colors, castles and food: le Langhe
Known for its...
Compared to many other touristic countries, Italy is relatively safe and, in most places, you don't have to be worried to walk alone or at night. At the same time, tourists can easily become victims of small crimes like pickpocketing, especially in crowded areas. While you can never protect yourself fully from such things, there are certain steps you can take to at least minimize the risk of having your belonging stolen off you while holidaying in the country.
Avoid pickpockets in Italy
1. Beware of Children
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Driving in Rome or "The Space Invaders Challenge"
For those of you who are old enough to remember a video game called Space Invaders, it would be easier to understand what driving in Rome is like for somebody who has, let's say, learnt to drive in the US.
Driving in Italy
For all the others, who are lucky enough to be so young to have no clue of what I am talking about, well, let's say that once you board your vehicle and you hit the road in Rome, your windshield turns into a digital screen, where the road is an intricate labyrinth, populated by aggressive...
Milan Train Station. Ph. Paolo Margari on flickr (flic.kr/p/4TpAmJ)
Italy by train is an excellent way to see the country whether you have two weeks or two months to travel. It is a great way to see some of the Italian countryside without the hectic traffic or crowded buses. Service ranges from the "classic" state room trains whose speeds vary to ultra-modern high speed EuroStar Italia trains with world class amenities. To get the most out of your Traveling time and to see places off your main itinerary, night trains with sleeper cabins can save you money and time, esp...
Driving in Rome
Driving is undoubtedly one of the best - and most adventurous - ways of discovering Italy. However, before you hop into the driver's seat and head for the fast lane, here are some things you should know.
To prepare yourself, first you should take a look at this funny Flash video about Italians vs. Europeans: Italians vs. Europeans Flash Cartoon .
First and foremost, decide if you really need a car. If you plan to visit the major cities then chances are that you would be better off using a combination of public transpo...
Italy by train
Travelers already familiar with Northern Italy will find much more to explore in the lesser known south. A trip to Southern Italy via rail is perfect for a second or third adventure in Italy as it touches on places far from the sights of Venice and Florence.
While rail travel in the south takes a little more effort than in the north due to fewer high speed trains and fewer tracks, it is still a rewarding and relaxing experience. Keep in mind that fewer people in the south speak English but are still willing to help. You will often...
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...