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The most beautiful squares of Northern Italy
Wednesday, March 12TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
Squares are so typical of Italy's urban architecture it seems almost a duty to dedicate a series of articles to them: today, they are often the heart of a town's social life, as well as a great starting point for tourists to enjoy its architectural and artistic flair. In the past, squares were just as crucial to people's life, as the presence of palaces and churches shows us: the square was the social and administrative hub of each town or city, the core around which it developed. Let's take a look at some of the most iconic squares in the country, from north to south, starting from our...
The most beautiful squares in the centre of Italy
Wednesday, March 12TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
Central Italy is home to some of the artistically richest cities of the country and each of them, in turn, is somehow symbolized by a square. Florence and Rome are the main protagonists, and fight for supremacy in this atypical race. Rome Background and inspiration to some of the best known movies of the golden age of Italian cinema,  Rome boasts the presence of several squares, some of them dating back to the times of the Romans.   Piazza San Pietro As the centre of the Citta' del Vaticano, Piazza San Pietro is the emblem of Christian life and the Catholic Church. As such, it is visited...
The most beautiful squares in the South of Italy
Wednesday, March 12TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
  From top to bottom, our beautiful boot  (as Italy is know because of its shape) is full of beautiful squares, often symbol of the city they are found in. Often famous because of their artistic splendor, these squares used to be -and sometimes still are- the heart of people's everyday life and still bear witness to the history of the city. Here are some of the most impressive squares to visit in the South of Italy, divided per region. Campania Naples: Piazza del Plebiscito   Naples, Piazza del Plebiscito   Piazza del Plebiscito is without a doubt the most evocative of the city's...
Italy in February
Saturday, January 11TH, 2014 by ancos
Viareggio - Carnival February is one of the best months to visit Italy if you are on a tight budget. When it comes to travelling, spring and summer are preferred to the winter months  because of the warm, pleasant weather. For this reason airfares and hotels tend to offer better deals to customers during the colder months.  February, however, is also a month famous for Carnevale, especially in some parts of the country  (Venezia and Viareggio, for instance): these areas are usually just as expensive then as they are during the summer months. Keep it in mind when you book! Italy's...
Visiting Italy during the winter
Thursday, December 19TH, 2013 by Anna De Filippo
Visiting Italy during the winter O sole mio is a Neapolitan song that makes us all think of summer, when the sun shines all over the Italian territory. A lot of people think about Italy as a place to visit during the hot season, but the country is really more of a  'four-season destination' . Climate and weather change according to the geographical area you go to; however, either you go north, center or south, you will always find something interesting to do.   The weather in the winter From the perspective of weather and climate, Italy is far from homogeneous. Temperatures vary according...
Italy in January
Thursday, October 31TH, 2013 by ancos
Dolomites - Colfosco January is not really the best month to enjoy Italy: days are cold and short, but budget travelers might find the savings on airfare and accommodation attractive. In Italy, as in many other areas of the world, January is a month marked by cold weather,  but it is also a month when not many tourists travel to the country: this mean everything tends to be less expensive than in the other seasons. The hotels, airfares and even some local transportation costs are lower in January. There are also plenty of discounts and coupons available to be used in January, all of...
Italy in December
Thursday, October 03TH, 2013 by ancos
Rome - The Colosseum at Christmas Most tourists coming to Italy choose the summer months for their trip, but in truth, December can be an amazingly charming time of the year to visit. For some more holidays ideas, make sure to check our  Holidays in Italy Section. The majority of tourist destinations are open throughout the month of December: you may want to take a note of this, for the 25th and 26th,  so when you visit you won't find yourself without nothing to do. Make sure, however, to check opening times for those days, as most likely they'll be shorter than usual. Give yourself...
Norcia
Thursday, May 02TH, 2013 by Anna De Filippo
Norcia Norcia: discovering local history and food Situated in the region of Umbria, Norcia, is an ideal destination for all those who' d  love a holiday combining history, nature and traditional food. A typically medieval town, with a famous gastronomical heritage, Norcia is perfect if you're seeking the aromas of the antichi sapori, old, traditional flavors. Not far from Perugia, Nursia, as it was known in ancient times, was surrounded by Roman walls, eight sections of which are still standing. The town is historicallly  connected with the figure of Saint Benedict, who was born in...
Second-hand markets Italy
Saturday, February 02TH, 2013 by Anna De Filippo
Mercatini dell'usato: second-hand markets in Italy Going shopping is one of the nicest things to do during your free time. But if you think you need to spend a lot of money in Italy to get real good buys, you're wrong, as there're loads of places where to find beautiful objects and clothes for relatively cheap. One of the quirkiest places to go are the mercatini dell'usato, second-hand markets, which have also become very popular among fashionistas and collectors. From books to clothes, from house bric a brac to  objects for hobbies and toys, you can really get lucky and get a treasure...
The most famous Christmas street markets in Italy
Tuesday, December 11TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
The most famous Christmas markets in Italy Christmas is probably the most loved festivity in Italy. Lights, Christmas carols and trees decorate every corner of the country, from the smallest villages to the largest cities. During this time of the year, Italians love going for walks, shopping and breathing in the magic atmosphere of the season, especially if there is an authentic Christmas market to visit. In a way, Christmas street markets are the true protagonists of the Christmas shopping frenzy. From north to south, these traditional gatherings are known for selling handmade objects, gifts...

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