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Monday, June 20th, 2016
What is a sagra     The sagra is an Italian festival, organized in some towns, or regions, and is always linked to a local tradition or food celebrated in the course of the event.   The term sagra derives from Latin. It is the evolution of the adjective sacrum, meaning holy, which explains the original purpose that gave birth to this type of event: the religious factor. In fact, in the past the sagre were mainly moments of union between Man and spiritual and holy life.
Saturday, June 4th, 2016
visit italy in june
  People who have travelled to Italy during the off season months of January, February or March would be absolutely stunned by the number of tourists that they would find in the month of June. The tourist season kicks off in Italy in April, with May and June the two of the busiest months in the country. The main reason for these many people travelling to the country in June is because of the excellent weather. It is a good time to visit, but for those who don't mind the crowds or the
Friday, May 27th, 2016
flight prices US Italy
I am a dedicated United frequent flyer and love the way they have improved food and service, so I have no intention of picking on United, BUT . . . A couple of days ago, I was checking out flights to Italy for the end of May, when I saw a very very good price.  I was about to book the trip when I noticed that I erroneously placed Rome as the starting point of the round-trip ticket.  I then reversed to Washington as the starting point, and the cost of the trip nearly tripled !!  I saved the
Sunday, April 10th, 2016
italy viewed from the water
Being a peninsula and rich in rivers and lakes, a great way to discover Italy is from the water.   There are many cruises in the Mediterranean that stop in Italian harbors: La Spezia, Genova (with amazing views of the Cinque Terre), Livorno, Civitavecchia (near Rome), Naples, Messina and Trapani in Sicily, Bari and Ancona on the Adriatic.   Italy viewed from the sea: the Amalfi Coast Ph. depositphoto/vale_t   If you don't like to spend days on a cruise ship, there are many ways you can see
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
save money while traveling in italy
  When traveling in Italy things are beautiful, but with the Euro/Dollar conversion things can get very expensive, so let's look at some great ways to save some money when travelling in Italy.   Lira, the old currency in Italy. Ph. coolfonk on depositphotos   The first issue is where to exchange money. Of course the easiest solution is to get money from an ATM on an as-needed base but if you have cash, the cheapest way to exchange dollars into Euros is at an Italian bank
Monday, March 7th, 2016
taste tourism italy
Is a raviolo worth a trip?   Ravioli are a good reason to travel   According to a research just published by JFC, a company specialized in surveys on tourism, it is definitely worth a stopover if it is stuffed with Sicilian red shrimp with a pork sausage jello. And tagliatelle pasta with cuttlefish, algae and fried quinoa, or a Russian salad, can also be valid reason for a trip if they have been prepared by Michelin-starred chefs such as Massimo Bottura, Heinz Beck, Max Alajmo, Nadia Santini
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
top 10 things to do while in italy
Italy is a country with a variety of things to see and do. Here are ten you won't want to miss on your trip...     1. Must do while in Italy: Shopping in Milan   Italy is synoymous with fashion, and Milan is the country's capital of style, so it almost goes without saying that the best upscale shopping in Italy can be found in Milano. Shopping in Milan is an amazing experience with a wealth of designer shops and specialty boutiques to choose from. Be warned, however, that a shopping trip in
Thursday, November 19th, 2015
weather in italy in december
  The Italian Alps and one of our many ski runs. By Gorilla (depositphotos.com)   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
Saturday, September 19th, 2015
travel tips italy
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 and skimpy outfits. Don't expect to
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
autumn fall italy
  If you chose the months between mid-September and mid-December to visit Italy, then you'll enjoy one of the most beautiful seasons in our country: Fall (or Autumn).   Autumn in Italy: the Chianti region in Tuscany Ph. depositphoto/samot   Fall in Italy is a beautiful time of the year, where nature gently falls asleep after the glorious plentifulness of Summer, and does so by offering some of the most astonishing colors in existence. Full palettes of yellows,
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
travel italy september
Get a car and discover Italy with the beautiful light and colors of September Ph. depositphoto.com/danmir12   In Italy, September is still part of tourist season. In many areas of the country, such as Tuscany for instance, it is in fact still considered high season. In September, locals come back from their annual August holidays, so traffic in large towns and cities is back to usual levels. The weather gets a little cooler, but the
Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
italian beaches
Life on Italian beaches: some basics you should know   The seaside is a favorite destination for all those choosing Italy for a summer vacation. Beaches during the summer can get overcrowded, but remain pretty organized, so that people can enjoy some deserved relax.  There are several types of beaches in Italy: sandy beaches, rocky beaches, gravel beaches and cliffs. Some are free, while others require the tourist to pay an entry fee, as they are managed by bathing
Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
tips for travelling
Travelling as a tourist may lead sometimes to a series of inevitable mistakes that could often be easily avoided. If you keep them in mind, you may get much more from your vacation than you expect!  Take a look at what you must avoid this year when coming to visit Italy, if you want to truly enjoy your stay at its best.       Eating in touristic places   Tip no. 1: choose where you eat wisely (MargaretNapier/flickr)   You're on holiday
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Italians on holiday
Italians on holiday: 2015 trends and choices We all love going on holiday, but economic difficulties, along with lack of time, makes it sometimes hard to choose the right place. Most Italians, as everyone else in the world, plan their Summer holidays well in advance to avail of special offers; others wait last minute deals to book the perfect vacation. But what are Italians doing this Summer, where are they going and is there anything new in their holiday habits? Let's see.  
Sunday, January 11th, 2015
weather in italy in february
  What to expect in Italy in February: Traditional Carnival Masks of Venice Ph. depositphotos/znm666   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
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
ethnic restaurants italy
 "Il sushi è di destra, il kebab è di sinistra"  - It is a half joke, quotation that I read somewhere on Facebook. Liberally translated could mean "sushi is conservative, Kebab is liberal"  :-)   There is no better choice than trying local food and recipes when visiting a place. Tasting typical dishes when in a foreign country is the best thing to do but if you think that in Italy you can only and exclusively find Italian food, you will be surprised to see that there is a certain number of
Monday, July 7th, 2014
We usually go to the restaurant to celebrate a special event, have a romantic dinner, or out of curiosity, to try dishes from another country or that we don't usually cook at home. But what about going beyond the ordinary idea of restaurant? What about subverting our routine and habits to try something different like the ristoranti a tema (theme restaurants) or folklore based ones? From shows and traditional dances, to real themes around which the whole dining experience is based, Italy offers
Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
  Life In Italy is not a simple travel and tourism site: we offer two general categories of Italian travel information. First, we provide useful, general information for foreigners travelling to Italy, including many helpful hints not always offered by other standard tourism-oriented sites. For example, we have pointers to help you use your American telephone in Italy as well as how to drive here. We include information about summer festivals put on by many Italian cities such as the
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
If you're traveling by train when you're in Italy, there are some things you should try to avoid or prevent not to spoil your journey, or make it unpleasant.   - Validate the ticket, if you're traveling by regionale. As there's no date nor time, the tickets for this type of train must be validated. If you  get on the train without validating it for some reason, you should look for a controllore, ticket inspector, tell them that you didn't do it and ask them to validate it not to be fined.
Monday, March 31st, 2014
April and May are considered some of the best months to visit Italy. With the spring that has been inaugurated since a short time, this is the right time to plan your journey to the country. The weather is usually warm and sunny, although there might be some sporadic rains, and you can visit places and monuments without suffering boiling temperatures and avoiding the cold days.    Temperature is certainly the major strength but this is also a good period because there are several events and
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
  Tipping depends on many different factors and habits, and customs tend to change from country to country. Some countries consider it compulsory. others believe it is an offence, while others simply believe that tip is the expression of a reward for good service: Italy falls into the third category.   When Italians travel to countries such as the US, where tipping is a well-established rule, they do end up having problems very often. Truth is this doesn't happen because Italians
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
Twenty-five years ago this year Manfred Weis travelled 36,030 kilometres by train in the space of just one month. This gave him a place in the Guinness Book of Records and a whole new perspective on the world.In a former railway station in Leipzig, Manfred Weis steps onto a stage to a round of applause. The IT consultant from Karlsruhe, Germany, is there to celebrate forty years of Interrail at an event organized by the Eurail Group. The applause is in recognition of his own contribution to the
Monday, June 18th, 2012
Italian beach establishments: stabilimenti balneari in Italia. Italian beaches get very crowdy starting from the end of May, when the weather begin to be hotter and people seek relax and coolness. Italians love going to the beach, lying in the sun and sunbathing for the whole day. Beaches become then organized places, offering a lot of entertainment thanks to the stabilimenti balneari, bathing establishments, which offer to people all they need to spend a perfect day on the beach.  
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Safety Tips for Women Traveling Alone in Italy Policemen walking downtown Rome   Thomas Jefferson said, "One travels more usefully alone, because he reflects more." Traveling in Italy is a privilege, and is a wonderful way to learn the history, geography, beauty, and social customs of this rich, colorful country. In fact, just getting there is an education in itself.  Often, families, couples, business associates and school groups travel in groups to learn about their heritage
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Would you like to visit Italy, but don’t want to leave your beloved pet behind? No problem! Here are some requirements when it comes to bringing your furry friend along for the ride, as well as some tips to make it as easy as possible. In general Italians aren’t a nation of pet lovers, although the joys of pet ownership seem to be catching on. The country tolerates pets, but there are rules to follow if you are a tourist in Italy with a pet and especially if you are staying on for a longer
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Sometimes going abroad can result in a hefty phone bill The downside of a trip to Italy can be an hefty mobile phone bill. That is the price for telling your family how magical is the sunset over the Basilica of San Pietro, or describe to your friends how real pizza tastes, in real time. Overseas mobile fares are expensive, it is unavoidable. Or is it? Say that you have an international calling plan with AT&T: it charges 99 cents a minute to use your mobile phone in Italy. And if you are
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Tourism to specific places ( Regions, Cities, Attractions )   Italy Regione Map   Regions of Italy Lifeinitaly is not a comprehensive travel and tourism site. We offer two general categories of Italian travel information. First we provide useful general information foreigners Traveling to Italy including many helpful points not always offered by the normal tourism web site. For example we have pointers to help you use you American telephone in Italy as well as how to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
InterRail: Everyone's free to explore Europe You don't have to be a gap-year graduate to jump on board and enjoy the InterRail experience today. Traveling around Europe by train can be appreciated by everyone - whatever your age.   For the past four decades, the image of the InterRail holiday has captured the sense of fun, freedom and adventure. Launched exactly 40 years ago, on 1st March 1972, the concept of exploring Europe on train was targeted towards the student armed with a backpack