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Infiorata: flowers as the colors of living mosaics.
A lot of Italian festivals are linked to Catholicism and this is also the case for the Infiorata. The event is rooted in religious tradition and it was first organized in Rome. Benedetto Drei and his son are considered the first promoters of the custom of using the flowers from Saint Peter's Basilica to reproduce mosaics by cutting and placing each flower in a particular way.
Vivara Island: an inaccessible Island
We still have, in Italy, some islands whose landscape has been strictly preserved, islands that cannot be visited by tourists just in order to keep their flora and fauna untouched. Among these secluded, forbidden paradises, here's the island of Vivara.
You will notice a vast majority of people in Italy walk and talk on the phone. When I am in Italy I am compelled to use my phone more than in the U.S. I use what most Italians call a 'pay as you go'. This is perfect for tourists since you are always in control of the charges and there are no contracts or bills.
Basic level cell phones in Italy sell for less than €30. TIM, Vodafone, Wind, Tre, have cheap entry level 'pay as you go' rates. €5 can get you a SIM card for your phone. You will be required to show an ID document and your physcal code.
Are you going to travel or stay in Italy? Here is a list of useful things that only a native born and raised in Italy would know.
When people ask, "What should I see that will make my trip to Italy special?" my answer is always the same: Calcata. While there are many charming, forgotten places in Italy, Calcata stands out. Perched high atop a 150 meter hill of volcanic tuff rock, this fortified castle surrounded by dense forest immediately gives you the impression of having accidentally launched a time machine. What makes Calcata special are its unique residents an international community of painters, sculptors, writers, artisans, craftsmen, performers, and artists.
Italy is considered to be a popular destination known for some interesting tourist spots including religious institutions with its deep Catholic roots. However, the majority of the population in Italy have much more open views about expressing their sexuality. Hence, you will be able to find nudist or naturist beaches in Italy though they may be less in number as compared to other European and Mediterranean countries.
There are plenty of splendid and beautiful rivers across Italy where one can a glimpse of the natural scenic beauty located amidst calm surroundings.
They are famous for their history, for the scenery, the lovely little towns along their banks or the sports and activities, like rafting, you can do on their waters.
Here is a look at some of the top 10 rivers in Italy:
All Italians are purists when it comes to coffee. Not for them the frivolously flavoured drinks at Starbucks – in fact, you will find that there are no Starbucks shops in Rome. Not a single one. Instead, the Italian coffee culture flourishes in snug, casual little bars found down cobblestone side streets. Here, regulars prop themselves up on the marble counter while the Gaggia coffee machine, a sleek, hissing silver behemoth, spits out the dark, aromatic brew.
( the sign on the left in proper Italian should read Cappuccino Espresso Latte Macchiato, te', cioccolato caldo )
Majestic towers, crenellated battlements, stone fortresses perched upon rocky crags, romantic ruins, sumptuous palazzos and much more. These are the images that come to mind when picturing the Castles of Italy.
The political instability of Italy during the middle ages has left its countryside and cities full of testaments to this turbulent time period. While the familiar castle formations are found throughout Italy, the range of castles, forts, towers and walls date from pre-Roman times all the way to the state-of-the-art “star” forts of the gunpowder era.
Siena & the heart of Tuscany by Rebecca Ford
Today, Norm Goldman, Editor of Sketchandtravel.com & Bookpleasures.com is delighted to have as our guest, travel author, writer, and photographer, Rebecca Ford.
Rebecca is a contributor to several British newspapers and magazines, as well as some websites. She is also the author of several guidebooks, and is member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.
Recently, Rebecca launched her most recent guide- book, Sienna & the Heart Of Tuscany.
Good day Rebecca and thank you for participating in our interview.
Norm: Rebecca, could you tell us a little about yourself, when did your passion for travel writing begin? What kept you going?
From South Africa to Europe
Norm Goldman, Editor of sketchandtravel.com is pleased to have as a
guest, Philip de Bruin.
Philip is originally from South Africa and for many years had been involved in the Information Technology sector.
In 1998, Philip and his wife Catrien moved to Europe and have been doing a great deal of Traveling, particularly in Italy.
Philip is here to discuss the Montefeltro region of the province of Marche, as well as other areas that have not been taken over by tourists.
Good day Philip and thank you for agreeing to participate in our interview.
Philip could you tell our readers where is the Montefeltro region and why, as you mentioned on your web site, that it is Italy's best - kept secret?
Romantic Getaways In Italy Cooking
As Perceived By Maria Liberati, Author Of The Basic Art Of Italian - PART II
Romantic Getaways In Italy As Perceived. Part I
By Maria Liberati, Author Of The Basic Art Of Italian Cooking
Today, Bookpleasures.com and Sketchandtravel.com, are pleased to have as its guest, Maria Liberati, supermodel and author of the soon to be released cook- book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking. The cookbook will contain recipes Maria discovered as a guest of various agriturismi (country farms), as well as her family's vineyard. It also includes her encounters with chefs of some of Italy's trattoria (dining establishments). In addition, the cookbook contains stories about Maria's travels around Italy.
Raw Impressions of Italy
From April 9th through April 16th, 2003 I was in Italy visiting my brother-in-law. He is currently a Master's student in the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. We mainly spent time in Sicily (Siracusa and Taormina), Bologna and Rome. Here are some of my raw impressions of Italy. Enjoy!
A series of Italian Travel articles will be added here soon: This section will include articles about Italy in general.
More in a reading style than about a specific subject.
Well, the experience trying to buy train tickets on Trenitalia has been very informative. The web site is well designed, in both English and Italian, and easy to use, finding the schedules, choosing the train, class and choice of seat. Of course, first you have to set up an account, change the site-issued password to one of your own, and create your client space, but even this is easy. In fact, everything flows quite smoothly. Until it's time to pay.