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...
Blue Grotto (Photo from www.airportconnection.it)
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.
The Colosseum during Christmas 2006.
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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...
Traditional Events in Italy's Many Cities
Italy is a country with a long history of traditions and cultural events. Depending on which time of the year you decide to visit and where you are staying, you may have the luck to participate to one of the numerous feasts the country offers. If you're particularly interested in one of them, you may even decide to organize your entire holiday around it. Let's take a look at some of the more curious, famous and interesting. The links to their dedicated websites will help you appreciate them even better and will offer all the necessary info...