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Infiorata: flowers as the colors of living mosaics.
Saturday, January 19TH, 2013 by Anna De Filippo
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. It seems this tradition was inaugurated in 1265 and gave start to a real trend, which has evolved throughout the years  into a real artistic event taking place...
Vivara Island
Wednesday, July 11TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
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.   The island The island of Vivara, which rises 109 meters above sea level, is situated in the region of Campania. In fact, it is the smallest of the Phlegrean Islands, which include the islands of Ischia, Procida and Nisida, near the gulf of Naples. The island is what remains of a submarine...
Use Your Mobile Phone in Italy
Wednesday, June 08TH, 2011 by admin
Cell Phone Use in Italy 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.   Currently 50% of...
Culture Shock
Tuesday, May 17TH, 2011 by admin
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.   Surprises Not all places allow photographs, especially museums which often retain sole rights to photograph their works. Flash photography is especially frowned upon. Italy may be tourist friendly and known for fashion, but it is generally considered rude to walk around town in bikinis, beach attire, short shorts, and skimpy outfits. Don't expect to find a drycleaner in the Tuscan countryside as laundry facilities are hard to find outside large cities....
Calcata, Latium
Wednesday, October 06TH, 2010 by Pola
View of Calcata 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.   Some History In 1930 the...
Traveling Italy by Train
Monday, April 12TH, 2010 by admin
Padua Train Station For those travelers thinking of seeing Italy by rail, there are many options available. From stand alone tickets purchased at the station or on the train to discount cards for frequent use to rail passes with unlimited travel. In order to determine which option is right for you, first determine the length of your stay. Second, consider your itinerary and decide which mode of transportation makes the most sense for your party - keeping in mind that trains do not always connect the small villages. Lastly, figure out how much travel you plan on actually doing during your...
A Brief Guide for Single Women in Rome
Tuesday, January 05TH, 2010 by ancos
Rome - The Trevi Fountain Rome is a very good choice for a trip if you are a single woman. The city is quite safe overall and offers a range of entertainment and excitement that can satisfy all your needs. Of course, travelling alone could present some risks, whether you are a male or female. Luckily, simply using common sense is more than enough to enjoy your stay in Rome while being safe. The center of the city is rather safe even for a lonely traveler: there are always people in these areas and police discreetly monitor the major avenues.  In the major entertainment areas of Rome, ...
Naturist Beaches in Italy
Monday, December 07TH, 2009 by ancos
Capocotta dunes 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. More than 600,000 Italians consider themselves naturists and prior to 2006, it was not considered legal to express nudity on Italian beaches. Though topless...
Top 10 Rivers of Italy
Friday, November 06TH, 2009 by ancos
River PoThere 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:   1) Po Po is one of the largest rivers in Italy and it flows through some of the most vital cities across Italy such as Turin, Ferrara and Piacenza. This river measures 405 miles in length and 1,650 feet at its...
How to Order Coffee in Italy
Wednesday, June 10TH, 2009 by admin
Cappuccino coffe sign 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...

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