Itineraries

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
cycling tuscany umbria
Cycling in the countryside   If you like cycling, you will definitely want to do a cycling tour of Tuscany and Umbria. These fantastic provinces have a lot to offer: the hills, towns and valleys of southern Tuscany and Umbria are a cyclist's dream. Beautiful scenery with rolling hills and waving wheat fields, ancient houses and churches, medieval architecture and awesome views will take your breath away. The charming towns sitting atop hills are a great place to enjoy a warm
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
italy in one week
  Piazza del Popolo with the twin churches in Rome, a must-visit in a 7-day itinerary in Italy  Ph. depositphoto.com/vkovalcik   Many people coming to Italy for their holidays don't have a large amount of time and need a concise and effective itinerary allowing to visit the most significant places in the country, in as little as seven days.  This itinerary' ll help you get a good handle on some of Italy’s important places of interest. With a
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
By Anna De Filippo   Italians would say anche l'occhio vuole la sua parte, appearance counts too, and colors certainly play a huge role when it comes to it. When traveling through Italy, tourists can be sure of one thing, they'll never face the same view. The country offers a variety of landscapes, often associated to vibrant colors people hardly forget. When recalling a place, we all naturally tend to associate it to a particular smell, taste or, indeed, color: some locations shine
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
puglia
Vieste at dusk, on the coast of Puglia. Ph. flickr/castgen    Puglia (Apulia) is a major tourist destination in Italy. Its historical, artistic, religious, cultural, and natural assets make it an important destination for travelers driven by different impulses. It is impossible to conceive a tour that would reveal all of it in one go, unless you have more than a month to spend here and that would actually be a blessing! Otherwise, you should schedule at least a day for every one
Sunday, June 15th, 2014
Lucca Duomo di San Martino by hiddedevries, on Flickr   Everyone knows Florence and the Chianti area, but there are lesser known, yet equally breathtaking places you can visit in Tuscany. Let me tell you about one of my favorite itineraries!  Lucca is the first stop of our tour of Tuscany and will be our home base. It is not the most central of all the locations of this tour, but this small city has a haunting, charming beauty, well worth a visit and, why not, a
Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Travel by Bike in Italy Up until now, we have been talking about biking in terms of those big, powerful shiny machines that roar through the countryside. Now I am going to talk to you about traditional biking, that is, on a two wheel vehicle with pedals and transmission chains, that gets you to your destination after a lot of huffing and puffing, and honest-to-goodness exercise. But this is also the form of transport that gives you the time to look around and to savor the silence and beauty
Friday, July 19th, 2013
Sardinia
Sardinia is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Italy. Best known for its sea and its strong and thriving nature, the region has long been synonymous with luxury tourism and exclusive locations. But the truth is that Sardinia has many wonderful spots accessible to everyone. Let's go discover them.   In the 1960s the Indian Prince Aga Khan, conquered by the beauty of the Gallura coast, then empty, purchased it with the intent to build a refuge for elite tourism.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A Southern Italian Train Station 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 busses. 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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
More Tours of Rome   Piazza di SpagnaUntil you’ve tasted, touched and experienced Rome, you’ll not know the historical authority and wonder this spectacular Italian City demands in its spectators. There’s a tremendous presence about the ancient Roman people, land and the numerous sights this City offers. As a matter of fact, it’s said more than once that a lifetime isn’t long enough to see Rome, instead chose what suits you. This is quite true. Find what interests you and enjoy every bit of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  San Petronio, Piazza Maggiore and the Torre degli Asinelli, Bologna Ph. depositphotos/prescott10   Bologna is a city still full of cobblestone streets, ancient churches and medieval towers. It is full of deep history and a great wealth of education lies behind this city. Even though the region around Bologna has seen many wars, bombings and rebellions, the city center of has remained preserved and intact. Bologna is known as one of Italy’s hippest cities due to its cutting
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  My Italian house is in Bolsena, an area famous for Lake Bolsena and an ideal place to explore central Italy. Bolsena is along the Via Cassia, and the Via Francigena cuts through the center of town. It has its own basilica, built is remembrance of an ancient miracle and a pilgrimage destination in its own right. The town of Bolsena is located next to the borders of Tuscany, Lazio, and Umbria; therefore it is an ideal place from which to explore all three.   Going North on
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Motorcycle Dolomite Tour It was a beautiful clear day, with a deep "azzuro" blue Italian sky. Only a few patches of snow hung on the high Dolomites. Cumulus clouds drifted in the wind as if they were out to see if all is well out there. So in a split second we decided, "Let's go!" We got dressed and off we went. We decided to take our motorbike into the high Dolomites. We checked the map and headed out to Longarone, then on to Pieve di Cadore. This part of the SS 51 way is not very exciting
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Tours of Rome   St. Peter by nightRome was magnificent, overwhelming and our launching pad upon arriving in Italy. We just arrived on a direct flight from a New York City airport after our fabulous wedding. My wife and I had always dreamt of visiting the “old country,” as our grandparents put it. We were both raised in Italian-American homes and only had a distant glimpse of our heritage. After overcoming jetlag, the first thing we attempted to do was to figure out where to go first. There is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Milan like NYC.  Ph. ©Depositphoto.com/canebisca Milan is considered by many to be the fashion capital of Europe and thus the world. It is also the transport hub for Italy with Italy’s largest international airport. It is also Italy’s hub for business, finance, commerce and media. It can be likened as the New York City of Italy because it too is a city that never sleeps. Milan is also the home to two of Italy’s world premier soccer teams. Although Milan is so big for so
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Move Hi there, Here we are Joe & Eva, two people who decided to change their lives. We talked about it for ages. As you know, there is always a long road between wanting something and actually doing it !! We were also entangled in our responsibilities - jobs, kids, money, without even mentioning our fear of jumping into the deep end. Motorcycles in Corvara   But in February 1999 we did it. We left all the comforts of Munich and went to live in a tiny mountain village in the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bracciano When people think of travelling to Italy one of the first places they think of visiting is Rome, and while the Eternal City should definitely be experienced once or twice, the country has so many other beautiful spots to choose from. If you want to experience the real Italian way of living, if you wish to immerse yourself in genuine a Italian countryside, if you crave the intensity of Italian small towns, real people, and authentic food then you should consider choosing somewhere
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Tours of Lombardy Duomo of Milan Although almost all of Italy has breath-taking landscapes, Lombardy, (or Lombardia), is said to have one of Italy’s most varied landscapes. It’s diverse and incredible hill towns and lakeside resorts are interconnected through the powerful slopes, vineyards and crop fields. The number one element however that defines the identity of Lombardy is style. Lombardy is the country’s fashion and finance powerhouse. It only leads second in all of Italy to Rome.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
This section of Life in Italy groups a set of suggested Itineraries and it is a good place to start if you wish to get some more inspiration about what to visit when coming to our beautiful country. Here, you'll not only find articles about locations, but also about what each area of the country can offer you culturally, socially and from the point of view of its traditions.  It's a perfect place to discover little gems of beauty you may not necessarily find on your typical
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ride as the Romans Do - With Caution   Imagine a whirlwind tour of the Eternal City - the Forum, Coliseum, Castel Sant'Angelo, Vatican, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps as today's Romans do; from atop a bicicletta. The best time to peddle through this gorgeous city is from May through September, when the historic center is closed to autos and motorini every second Sunday of the month. During this time, the city center is nicknamed Isola Verde or "Green Island" referring to the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Palermo (Sicily) Itineraries and Tours   Palermo Sicily is said to be one of the places in Italy where “life is lived in the moment”, and to those who have ever visited this couldn’t be more true. There is an overwhelming amount of artistic excellence that fills the streets of Sicily. With its incredible history and fervor, Sicily holds a sensual experience and a moral ambivalence that are attractive and unique. This City offers such great diversity with its architectures,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Panorama of Florence and Cathedral  Ph. depositphoto.com/nikascorpionka   Florence was our favorite city. It was more quaint, personal and intimate. The culture and climate of the city was less busy and massive than Rome for us. My wife and I were able to enjoy taking our time and slowly venturing out into the city streets. Aside from all the most popular sites to see, our favorite discovery in Florence was a gelato shop a few blocks from our hotel. We visited
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Sicily is the largest of the Mediterranean's islands. Because of its location and its history, it is one of Italy's major tourist destinations, both for its beaches and its cultural offerings. Touring Sicily would take months in itself because there's simply so much to do and see, so we are forced to make a hard choice and limit our tour to the best-known locations, hoping to be able to get back another time to discover the hidden gems we're going to miss this time.   In the 18th
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Eating, Drinking & Shopping Tour of Rome   Via del CorsoWhen you visit Rome you’ll have to set some time aside to embrace more than its deep history. Touring Rome would be incomplete without embracing the food & drink, the nightlife and the shopping. Rome has maintained its reputation when it comes to great festivals and feasts. Even in ancient times the Romans were known for their ability to celebrate with food and drink. In order to capture Rome for all it has to offer take some
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bologna Itineraries and Tours on a Budget BolognaBologna has traditionally been the region in which many tourists, visitors and even locals venture through en route to Florence, Milan, Venice or Rome. Bologna is one of the great cities that is said to have not been affected, at least in the same way of course, by mass-tourism and mass-industrialization like the other counterpart cities mentioned. As a matter of fact, Bologna is really known for its great opportunity to experience a rich,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the oldest indoor shopping mall  in the World. Ph. ©Depositphoto.com/M_Prusaczyk Milan, the capital of Lombardy, is known as the Italian Capital of Fashion, Finance and Entertainment. While Rome is strong competition in the areas of fashion and entertainment, Milan is surely one of the most European of the Italian cities and the most sensitive to fashion and trends. Among the central streets of the city and its fashion and entertainment districts you