Italy Travel Tips
Italy has it all: popes, painters, polenta, paramours, poets, political puerility and potentates. Its dreamy light and sumptuous landscapes seem made for romance, and its three millennia of history, culture and cuisine seduces just about everyone.
Each of Italy's major cities has its own enticing character. Rome is about grandeur, history and haste. Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, is a masterpiece of studied elegance. Venice is ethereal and mysterious. Milan has powerhouse pace. Italy is among the most popular countries in Europe, and there's a million good reasons why this is true.
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, November 2011
Back when the south of Italy was the least wealthy part of the country and people struggled to feed their families, the King of Naples decided to build a grand palace. Construction of the Palace of ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, January 2012
Assisi , Italy is a little town with a big reputation. The population is around 3,000 people, but Assisi is visited every year by more than 4 million tourists! And it’s all because of one man: ...
Written by Vicenza Expert: Ruben, Italy, July 2012
The most influential architect of the Western World, Andrea Palladio , awaits you in Vicenza, Italy
to show you his masterpiece. After years of restoration work, the
Palladian Basillica is ...
Written by Viator, May 2011
"O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse they name. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love And I’ll no longer be a Capulet." -William Shakespeare, Romeo and ...
I have a strange obsession with the small countries of the world. I’m
not sure why, perhaps it’s the David versus Goliath nature of these
tiny places with populations of under a million people. ...
Did Shakespeare ever actually go to Italy ? That is the question.
Whether he did or not, he certainly set some of his famous plays
there and today many of these settings have become pilgrimage ...
So much time is spent extolling the virtues of Italy‘s beautiful beaches, rolling hills, and Roman ruins that it might be easy to forget it’s an incredibly mountainous country. And what do mountains ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, October 2011
Italy is one of those lucky countries that has it all – art, architecture and history, food, fashion and urban life, beaches, rolling hills and spectacular mountains. It’s these mountains, the ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, September 2011
If you have any interest in art history, then you must visit Padua and go to Cappella degli Scrovegni. The chapel was built by the wealthy Enrico Scrovegni for his father who was denied burial in an ...
Italy may be at its tourism peak in the summer, but the country is open for business year-round. No, you aren’t likely to be lying on the beach or frolicking in the Tuscan hills when it’s cold ...
Where you can go where the boats are bigger than the apartments? Portofino, Italy that’s where. Once a little fishing village clustering around a small harbor, since the 1950s this small town on ...
Train is one of the best ways to travel around Italy
– it’s affordable, efficient and you get to see the landscape passing
by. As the service adds high speed trains you’ll find travel times of ...
Some cities are just lone wolves – they are not like anywhere else,
they have passed from country to country during political upheavals and
so have ended up a bit of a hybrid, and geographically ...
Travelers looking for the perfect balance of decent weather, reasonable prices, and smaller crowds are often drawn to what are called “shoulder seasons” in any destination. In Italy, that means ...
Of course we’re all familiar with Pisa‘s most famous monument – the Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of Italy’s most visited tourist attractions. Most people who check Pisa off their must-see list do so ...
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