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Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
abruzzo national park
  Pescasseroli, the headquarters of the Abruzzo National Park Ph. Luigi Alesi on flickr (   The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise is one of the largest and most important parks in Italy. Founded in 1923, the park is often known as the National Park of Abruzzo, mostly because most of the land is part of the Abruzzo region. The headquarters of the park is located in Pescasseroli, in the L'Aquila province.   The park is the oldest in
Friday, January 20th, 2017
majella national park
  The Majella National Park. Ph. flickr/Olivier Jules (   In Abruzzi, you will find the Majella Massif, an imposing mountain group known to the locals as the Montagna Madre (Mother Mountain), and which was called by Pliny the Elder the Padre dei Monti (Mountains' Father). Along with the Porrara, the Morrone and the Monte Pizzi, the Majella Massif makes up the Majella National Park, which spans the provinces of Pescara,
Friday, January 20th, 2017
gran sasso
  The National Park of Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga - View of the Gran Sasso. Ph. flickr/Roberto Taddeo   Spread over an area of 150,000 hectares this Italian national park, in the province of L'Aquila, is dominated by the Gran Sasso, a massif that towers over the surrounding area. Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga Park is located between the Mediterranean and the Euro-Siberian regions and is one of the largest parks in Italy, with numerous activities and tours to keep visitors
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
bagni di lucca
Lucca - Borgo a Mozzano - Maddalena's Bridge (The Devil's Bridge)   Bagni di Lucca: the name of the town has been so since 1862. Before then the town  calledwas Bagno a Corsena, the name by which it had been known since the Roman times. The Countess Matilda of Tuscany in 1101 had the Devil's bridge built in town so that she could easily reach the thermal springs located in nearby. Emperor Frederick II in 1245 visited the thermal springs along with all of the courts.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
spa Italy
    The thermal baths of Saturnia. Ph. Shaiith79 on depositphotos   Italy is world-known for the rejuvenating effects of its thermal spas. Beauty treatments, massages, leisure activities, and world-class menus are usually included in the Italian spa experience. The popularity of Italian Spa Towns and natural hot springs (terme) is once again on the rise. Many of the traditional locations have been either building new facilities, or modernizing the still surviving spa
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
skiing in Italy
 Skiing in Italy: Cortina d'Ampezzo   Every year, people from all over Europe and and North America travel to Northern Italy to enjoy its amazing mountains: the Alps. The Alps are home to some of the best ski resorts and most picturesque towns in the world. There are plenty of winter sports to practice and you can choose from a number of locations to enjoy skiing activities. If you would like to mix culture and skiing, you could choose Piemonte and spend some time in
Friday, September 30th, 2016
jewish rome
Though Jews first came to Rome from Jerusalem in 161 BC, many people are not aware of their enduring history in Italy. They arrived during Chanukah, asking the Romans for protection from the Syrian king Antiochus, and have been an integral part of Roman society ever since. They are neither Ashkenazim nor Sephardim:  in fact they are as Roman as all others who live here.   The Great Synagogue in Rome (Raffaele Talarico/Flickr)   Tours through Jewish Rome have been
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
cinque terre national park
  Manarola, part of the National Park of Cinque Terre Ph. depositphoto/StevanZZ   In the Liguria region of Italy, along the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera, one will find the Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre National Park includes the coastline, the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, as well as the hills that surround them. A popular tourist destination reknowned for its beauty the Cinque Terre has been kept quaint and
Monday, July 25th, 2016
saturnia thermal baths
  Saturnia - Thermal landscape - Ph. flickr/Michele Cannone on flickr (   Saturnia is an ancient village in the south of Tuscany in the area known as Maremma. Although not yet commercialized, it attracts tourists because of its thermal baths which have been of considerable importance since ancient ages. The village is a little out of the way for most tourists but it does have a few good facilities for travelers. There are a handful of good hotels and Bed &
Monday, July 4th, 2016
Italian cooking school
Italian food is some of the most popular in the world so during your trip to Italy, why not give yourself the ultimate souvenir by participating in one of the many cooking schools throughout Italy!  Some of these culinary schools are located in beautiful countryside villas, so you can learn the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine while having fun with people that share your passion for food. No matter what level of cooking skill, there is a school for you. Many of these
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
italy by sea
  Cruise liner in Venice   Whether you are a fan of big cruise lines, a sailing enthusiast or just fascinated by that beautiful blue Mediterranean, there are numerous options to see Italy by ship. Usually the itineraries covered by this type of travel include Italian ports of call among a larger tour of the Mediterranean. Italy's central location allows many great Italian cities such as Venice to be included in both Easter Mediterranean and Western Mediterranean tours.
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
italy by sea
  Sailing on Tuscan Sea. Ph. rabendeviaregia on flickr (   You do not have to be a sailor to want to visit Italy by sea. But what if you are a sailor, or a power boat owner? For those of us who are not interested in large, activity laden “floating resorts” there are plenty of other ways to visit Italy along its magnificent coastline. With a level of freedom not found on a cruise line, these types of sailing adventures open a much wider sampling of Italy and
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Chianciano Terme
  Chianciano or Chianciano Terme is located in the region of Tuscany, in the province of Siena, close to the cities of Siena and Florence. The spa town, known for its world renowned mineral waters rich in healing elements, stands at 550 meters above the level of sea. The climate of the town is pleasant and, because of its great geographical location, it has become a very popular tourist resort, especially in the last few years.    Chianciano Terme (Pug
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
cruise italy
View of Positano Ph.   So you have decided to include Italy in your cruise itinerary, or maybe you have decided to explore the excitement associated with “Italian Style” cruising in other destinations. There are hundreds of cruising options available; considering that most companies offer similar routes and ports of call, what will really make the difference will be the quality of the service. Whether you want to visit Italy during your cruise vacation,
Monday, January 4th, 2016
Montecatini Thermae - Town Center   Montecatini has often been described as a rich treasure chest which is full of culture and art and is considered to be one of the most important tourist destinations in Tuscany. Montecatini is a charming town which is known to be the capital of spas and thermal treatments in the region. Thousands of visitors each year travel to the town to enjoy a rejuvenating and a relaxing vacation. There are several thermal establishments which are equipped
Friday, December 11th, 2015
skiing livigno italy
  Livigno (pronounced Livin-yo) is located high up on the Italian Alps, at about 6000 ft above sea level. Its slopes climb to almost 9000 ft, which means Livigno has usually plenty of natural snow, and does not need to go artificial: a great thing to know, when you love skiing. The village, small and quaint, is also an amazing shopping hub, with plenty of designer stores where you can buy everything for cheaper, as Livigno is a duty free town. Adored by the young also for
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
monterosa skiing
  Alpine Touring Skier on Verra Glacier, Monte Rosa Ph. depositphotos/rcaucino Monterosa is a ski resort named after the Monte Rosa range, whose 15,000 foot peaks straddle the Swiss and Italian borders. Being somewhat remote it's not exactly like skiing in the rest of Italy. However that fact and the absence of crowds, has turned Monterosa into a cult destination for alpine ski bums. Monterosa offers high altitude skiing in quiet, unspoiled surroundings with good value ski
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
grocery shopping
You may think grocery shopping is a silly topic for an article.    Farmers market in Venice (Dorli Photography/flickr)   Well, it would be if I went on telling you about the difference between shopping in supermarkets and local stores or about the advantages of buying fresh and organic products versus highly processed stuff. These are all things we all very much know and, If I said Italians only shop in small shops and eat exclusively things coming from their
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
italy offbeat destinations
Offbeat Attractions in the Bel Paese   Your trip to Italy will be the vacation of a lifetime. Create some totally unique memories by visiting attractions which many travelers overlook. Some of the places we suggest you in this article are so marvelous you won't believe your own eyes!   Ready to find unknown destinations in the Bel Paese? (Moyan Brenn/flickr)   Florence   Florence is known for its art and beauty, but there are corners of the city
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
national parks Italy
  Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre One of the most visited sites in Italy and particularly appreciated by tourists, the Cinque Terre National Park, is in the Liguria region and it is listed in the UNESCO environmental and cultural worldwide patrimony, which has to be guarded and improved. The name literally translates into "the Five Lands" and it has been a protected area since 1999; the park consists of three cities, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, and Riomaggiore,
Friday, August 28th, 2015
national parks italy
National Parks are natural areas protected to preserve  wild nature for posterity and to safeguard their ecosystem. In Italy there are 24 Natural Parks and they cover about 5% of the national territory.   Parco Nazionale dell’Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise    Map of the National Park of Abruzzo   The most famous national park in Italy is certainly the Parco Nazionale dell’Abruzzo which preserves nature in three regions: Abruzzo, Lazio and
Friday, July 31st, 2015
activities in small towns
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.      Religious Occasions Traditional religious celebrations are particularly important for smaller
Friday, June 1st, 2012
national parks italy
Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio The largest of the historical Italian national parks and of the entire Alps Mountain Chain. It starts in the heart of the Central Alps, including the valleys, forged by ice, and water erosion, coming from the Ortles-Cavedale mountains chains. The landscape is formed by evergreen forests, creeks and gorgeous valleys. Since the park its situated on different altitudes, the ecosystem varies, having a wide range of flora and fauna which complete the local landscape.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
See also Romantic places in Rome Romantic Italy beckons lovers of all ages to its magical countryside. Couples can tour several of its beautiful, historic cities including Milan, Florence, Naples, and Rome. Each of these beloved cities has a unique Italian flavor just waiting to be experienced. Milan's history dates back to 400 B.C., and contains many wonderful museums, galleries, churches, and other historical buildings for couples to tour. Some of the most famous museums include the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lignano - Municipio - Photo courtesy of Luigi_Chiesa/Wikimedia The town of Lignano is often referred to as Lignano Golden Sands and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Thousands of tourists travel to Lignano every year to enjoy he beautiful golden beach of the town and of course, the thermal baths and the relaxing spas located in the town. Lignano is a young and a vibrant town, filled with restaurants, cafes, clubs, pubs and bars which is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  The Pollino National Park   Between the imposing peaks of Mounts Dolcedorme and Cozzo del Pellegrino, stretched between the regions of Calabria and La Basilicata, you will find Pollino National Park. Pollino is the largest protected area in Italy and also one of the country's newest parks. Pollino's symbol is the Bosnian Pine and this is certainly a place where one can come to feel closer to nature. Running along the mountain massif of Pollino and Orsomarso these lands also touch the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
COURSES GOALS This Master addresses to mosaicists who want to learn and improve their skill in this very special and desired mosaic technique. The teaching of " Filato" is absolutely exceptional,we will give informations very precious coming from Masters forming a chain back to mosaic artists of GIACOMO RAFFAELLI's time.   MICRO MOSAIC WORKSHOP BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE TECHNIQUE Example of micromosaicsSe also Micro Mosaics The materials used in Smalti Filati is glass. All the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Giannutri - Photo courtesy of delbene/Wikimedia   The Arcipelago Toscano National Park features seven stunning and unique islands as well as gorgeous mountain cliffs. The marine park safeguards almost 56,766 hectares of sea and more than 17,000 hectares of land. Over the years the national park has labored to preserve the natural beauty of the area for visitors and future generations. The seven main islands in the park are Gorgona, Giannutri, Pianosa, Montecristo, Capraia, Giglio and Elba
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Bellunesi Dolomites - Giau Pass   The area covered by Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park is home to glorious natural landscapes and rare flora and fauna, which the park was instituted to protect. Located in the beautiful region of the South Eastern Alps the park includes imposing mountains like Mount Serva and Vette di Feltre, as well as gorgeous grassland and beautiful valleys. It is stunning to think that thousands of years ago this area was completely covered by glaciers,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Afternoons of Art History with guided visits to historic sites in the heart of Tuscany: MEDIEVAL VILLAGE OF CAPALBIO Capalbio is located  at the southern extreme of the Toscana Maremma. At the beginning of the 1300s the castle was under the dominion of a local family of Lords (probably descendants of Guido di Capalbio cited in an act of 1203), who in 1315 allied themselves with Orvieto against the Aldobrandeschi of Santa Fiora and the Baschi di Montemerano. The political authority of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Monti Sibillini - Big ValleyHike, climb and discover in this national park, located in the Le Marche region of Italy, which features the rugged group of mountains known as the Monti Sibillini. The highest peak in the chain belongs to Monte Vettore, which stands at 2,476 meters above sea level. Located in the ancient kingdom of Sibillia this park is rich in history and natural beauty, tradition and unique geography. Built with an eye to protecting the environment and promoting and developing
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Sailing Camp - Lago di Santa Croce - Palestra di Vela "One Should Learn to Sail in all Winds" - Italian Proverb I was dashing in a hurry on my way to Venice through the first long tunnel when coming out I just did not believe my eyes! The lake of Santa Croce was full of little white sails moving like small toys on its surface. I first thought I wasn't seeing well - slowed down and the vision was still there - sails and sailboats where ever you looked. On my way back I was more than
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Monte Prado - Photo courtesy of Herzi Pinki/Wikimedia If you are looking for stunning natural landscapes then visiting the Appenino Tosco-Emiliano National Park is a perfect option for your vacation. The youngest of Italy's national parks the Appenino Tosco-Emiliano was established in 2001 and encompasses two regional parks and four state nature reserves. Located in central Italy, the park's forest ridges, the Cisa and Forbici Passes, seperate Tuscany from the Emilia region. It is easy to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Val Grande National Park   Enter Val Grande National Park and leave the modern world behind. There are no paved roads here or modern amenities, no people who live here either, just miles and miles of natural wonder and trails to help you explore it. Just try to restrain your wonder as you come across imposing mountain peaks of the Alps framed by clear skies and greenery, as well as a diverse array of plant and animal life, deep valleys and pristine lakes like
Friday, June 1st, 2012
I Ran the Race for the Cure® in Rome Race for the Cure I was living in Rome in 2002, the first year for the Komen Race for the Cure® in Italy. Having run the Race in Houston a few times, I was excited about participating abroad. I signed up with a group from the American university where my husband John was studying. The plan was to meet up with the group at the entrance before the race started to get the official t-shirt and number bib. John was going to come along to take pictures. What's
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, Campigna National Park Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona and Campigna is a beautiful area in the Apennine region of Tuscany and Romagna. Established in 1993 the park preserves over 365 square kilometers of gorgeous flora and fauna, as well as several animal species, and a great deal of human history. The park is divided between the provinces of Florence, Arezzo and Forli-Cesena and includes the best preserved and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
If you're looking for some adventure, after all the sightseeing in the Rome you can visit the Cascate delle Marmore, about 100 km from Rome. These waterfalls situated in Umbria were artificially built by the Romans and are now a great tourist attraction. They consist of three major falls for a total leap of 165 metres. Here, not only you can stroll down the paths and climb up the hill towards the top of the waterfalls, inside a finely preserved and equipped park with beautiful belvederes
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Language Schools and Italian learning opportunities Italian school It has been said that the best way to learn a foreign language is through immersion. Therefore, what better way to learn Italian than to be in Italy at one of its excellent language schools. Italy has numerous language schools and much like their cooking schools, are often located in the beautiful Italian countryside or in famous cities like Florence and Rome. These schools know that learning how to speak Italian is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Murgia Sud-Orientale - Gradino - Photo courtesy of Szajci/Wikimedia   The Italian national park of Alta Murgia, located in the Apulia region of the Murgia area, offers six different sightseeing itineraries to help visitors discover the wonders of the area. The park was established in 2004 and is famous for the floral and fauna and animal species it protects, as well as its dolines, ancient local architecture and archaeological finds and the castles in the area. Flora and Fauna In the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Circeo National Park - Beach   An hour's drive from Rome, on the shores of the Thyrrenian Sea in the southern reaches of the Lazio region, you will find a national park that not only boasts an abundance of natural beauty, but a diverse collection of plant and animal life. In fact, when Cicrceo National Park was established in the 1930s it was done with the idea of protecting the biomes in the area, namely the different plants and animals that co-exist together to make up the rich
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Orvieto There is a small Town called Orvieto perched way up on a big black rock in the midst of fertile green valleys. Its medieval houses built one against the other have tiny windows brightened by tin cans and small boxes filled with red and pink geraniums. Orvieto is the lace town of Italy, women sit by the light of these windows or at their doorsteps and patiently stitch away. Little girls herding sheep in the pastures start with tiny rosettes which they bring to their mothers who, between
Friday, June 1st, 2012
    Aspromonte National Park - Cippo di Garibaldi - Photo courtesy of Giozito/Wikimedia The southern end of the Apennine mountain range is located in Reggio Calabria in the province of Calabria. The highest part of the granite mountains in this region rises up to over 2,000 meters and the formation tends to look like a pyramid. In this mountainous area, surrounded by rivers and sea, is the Aspromonte National Park. The park offers stunning natural beauty, many species of animals to observe,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
In this section would like to present a list of activities that can be done while vacationing in Italy Below: surfers on Lake Garda  
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Next writers workshop will be October , 2013 Offered by InkWell International LLC & Life in Italy LLC Italy writers workshop 2013 Scrivere in Italia (write in Italy) in Umbria, Tuscany and Rome Join us for our TLC Cultural Writing Workshop & Tour in gorgeous Bolsena, Italy! , Italy! This workshop has been designed for both writers and lovers of Italian culture.Writers of all genres can attend and find inspiration: fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, and especially travel. And
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fiuggi - Panorama Fiuggi is a beautiful town which is located on the south of Rome, from August till November it's the spring season and it is the best season to visit this town. Fiuggi today is a beautiful hill town of Italy, outlined as 2 separate towns. The town known as Fiuggi Citta' is an old medieval town that covers the slopes at 2500 feet above the sea level. Fiuggi Fonte is a 20th-century spa town, you can check the water and admire various attractive facades decorated with fragile
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Stelvio National Park - Mountain   In the heart of Italy's Central Alps is a park dominated by the Ortles-Cevedale massif group, where one can watch the majestic beauty of ice and water pouring from the summits into the waterways of the green valleys below. Lucky visitors will spy glaciers, grassland, imposing mountains and ridges, and luxuriant forests. There are also many rare plant and animals species to be found within Stelvio National Park and several scattered villages to visit and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
School of Embroidery in Bolsena Founded in 1995, after the first exhibition of "PIZZI A PALAZZO" (Lace at the Palace) held in Bolsena between 10th and 17th August that year, the "Bolsena Embroidery School " has three years of experience during which time it has seen an increasing enthusiasm and fervor both in the commitment of its teachers and the curiosity and interest shown by young and old alike in regard to this almost forgotten art form. "Rakam" magazine,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Asinara - The Island - Photo courtesy of Markus Braun/Wikimedia   In Sardinia is an island that has a decidedly Blue Lagoon-esque vibe with stretches of untouched beaches and crystal clear water. Asinara is the second largest island in Sardinia and used to be known as "Devil's Island," because the picturesque island was used as a place for quarantine, a camp during World War One, and as a high security prison in the 1970s and 1980s. Today the island and its diverse flora and fauna are part