iDotto, an audio guide that is like a little travel buddy to accompany you through the city in your pocket and make your life or visit to Rome a lot easier. A useful app for tourists visiting Rome.
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We danced at midnight in Venice, motored through Tuscany and made memories. Just as newlyweds should.
A very long article, a real tale of a great time spent in Italy. If you love Italy, you will find great travel tips. The New York Times.
A version of this article appears in print on July 12, 2015, on page TR1 of the New York edition with the headline: The Best Days of Our Lives
Visiting Tuscany you have the chance to admire seven beauties included in UNESCO world heritage site list: from Florence to Pisa, Siena and Val d'Orcia.
The seven Tuscan UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
The 800-year-old Poggio Santa Cecila Estate in Tuscany is located 20 minutes from Siena and an hour from Florence. The 1198 AD build once housed 200 farmworkers and artisans. [...]
This news don't impress me too much.
Italy is offering plenty of great investments opportunities in Real Estate if you have the money to afford the restorations needed. Municipalities around the peninsula offers Noble Palaces for zero money and, in some cases, even with funding approved if you are able to spend millions of Euro to complete the works.
An useful guide on what to see when visiting Lucca, a city with secret places behind its city walls, one of the perl of the off the beaten path Tuscany
“This city wall is surprising and interesting”
These walls are renaissance walls that surround an ancient city that dates back to 180BC - even Julius Ceasar visisted in 58BC. Most of the centre of Lucca is 1100's with narrow streets winding their way between beautiful piazzas and old, old, churches. There are many fairs and festivals - including many held in the churches that focuses on Italian music - very suitable as this is where Puccini was born and lived (a piazza has a statue of him - just beneath the flat he lived in). The wall itself is a wonderful way to go around the city and has a park along its length - being quite long, you can rent a bike to make the ride. You'll look over the town and see the old spires (one with trees growing on the top). Everywhere you look you can see the latest in walled defences from that era. Each one of the four sides of the wall have a different species of tree growing along it. The wall was even used for car racing in recent times. Enjoy a coffee from one of the many cafes along the wall
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Cycling by day and feasting by night: Why this is the best way to get to know every bump of the Italian byways. [...]
The slow pace of cycling allows plenty of time for sampling the produce in tiny towns along the way.
Shopping for gold a 112-year-old workshop on the Ponte Vecchio, an artisanal perfumer crafting your bespoke scent in a Renaissance palazzo. Now this is the fine art of Made in Italy. [...]
Florence has thousands of special addresses, small businesses with a long history or young companies born from the desire to face the scarcity of suitable employment opportunities.
If you are an artist in what you do, if you want your skills meet many amazed customers, putting up a shop in Florence has the best chance of success that you can have. This is why Florence can offers you a wide range of incredible shopping opportunities and this article shows you few examples
Nel territorio marchigiano saranno numerosi gli eventi organizzati per la Settimana del Pianeta Terra , la più grande kermesse di promozione delle geo-scienze che mai sia stata realizzata in Italia, voluta, ideata e creata solo ed esclusivamente dai due ricercatori italiani: Silvio Seno dell’Università di Pavia e Rodolfo Coccioni dell’Università di Urbino. Sette giorni, dal 18 al 25 Ottobre in cui sarà possibile visitare Musei di Scienze della Terra, partecipare a 150 geo – escursioni in tutta Italia a conferenze diurne e notturne . Gli eventi saranno ben 237 in 180 località. [...]
La Frana di epoca romana di Portonovo, lo Scoglio del Trave, lo scoglio della Vela saranno i protagonisti della SETTIMANA DEL PIANETA TERRA nelle Marche.
This food-loving city has a wide array of bistros, cafes and markets, along with museums devoted to its history, and, yes, gelato. [...]
36 hours in Bologna, this article is shorter than a travel guide but has the charm of a friend's suggestion. Bologna, for you, could be more intriguing than other towns in Italy because is the town where life, and time for visitors, meant to be experienced sensorially. It is a really "sexy town".
Home to great art, opera and... pesto, Italian port city Genoa is an overlooked city break destination. Gabrielle Fagan discovers the best way to spend a weekend break [...]
Gabrielle Fagan was a guest of the Genoa tourist board. Read the article to discover a great travel destination even in the bad season
Genoa boasts one of the most glamorous Unesco World Heritage sites in an area that is filled with of amazing palazzo or grand palaces just beyond the harbor and the medieval section of the city. [source]
The two-story city of Bergamo, with panoramic mountain views and fairy tale architecture, has relatively low numbers of foreign second-home buyers, or even tourists. [...]
Bergamo, marvellous town, it is impossible to visit it without being stunned and astonished.” Frank Lloyd Wright
Transumanza, the seasonal moving of cattle from one land to another, continues today with professional cowboys as well as horse aficionados. [...]
What the New York Times celebrates in this article about Tuscany it may be considered as the combination of a traditional activity, we can say also poor and frugal, with the glamping, reinvented in an itinerant form. It is a tourism experiment never performed at this level. Yes, we are still talking about a luxury way to travel. Because of the organization, the transfers, the services, we can imagine, it could not be sized to low budget travelers. Still is a remarkable and honorable way to support a tradition in danger to disappear in front of the less poetic transport with trucks.
Molise is the least known Italian region, even among Italians, but it offers untouched landscapes, ski resorts, beaches and hearty food. [...]
Amid the Apennine ridge and the Adriatic Sea lies a land of immense natural beauty, history, art and age-old traditions that will take you on a journey off the beaten path to experience another kind of Italy – one untainted by the hands of time. [read more]
“Beach” probably isn’t the first word you think of when traveling near Rome, Italy, but many amazing beaches are just an easy day trip away.
Think how lucky are the romans. Just few minutes from the capital, except for traffic, and they can already stay on the beaches that let them to forget about the chaotic "eternal city". One or two hours more and they can chose among several beautiful beach resort that can be the picture perfect of every holiday:
Sabaudia, Santa Marinella, Fregene, Sperlonga
On the morning of 9 September 1943, my father and 500 other mainly British officers stepped through a hole obligingly cut in the barbed wire fence by their former captors at Fontanellato prisoner-of-war camp, near Parma in northern Italy. [...]
Another beautiful story of the second world war set on the Appennine Mountains in Central Italy.
The return to Rome: Extraordinary gelato artigianale, long, languid evenings on the Tiber and hanging with the cool kids in Ponte Milvio [...]
Despite the African Heat, the unreasonable union meetings, Rome is still Rome. You can call it exuberant, excessive but it is always the baroque destination of a perfect holiday, the travel site that gives you the best photos ... and the food?
Mention the name of this tiny, isolated Umbrian town, situated on a majestic plateau in the Apennines, to a Roman and they may well ask ‘where’s that?’
While visiting Rome in mid-July, before embarking on an eight-day whistle-stop road trip through the Italian regions of Umbria, Tuscany, Liguria and Emilia-Romagna, we mentioned to well-travelled friends in the country’s capital that our first stop would be the town of Castelluccio. [...]
Castelluccio or Castelluccio di Norcia is a magic place between Umbria and Marche that actually was considered magic for centuries. This, by Greecessence, is the last article you can find online full of useful tips and beautiful photos. If you want to read more about in English or Italian, consider my resources here:
At 1,496 m above sea level, a shoreline stretching 3.5 km, a depth of 36 m and a width between 300-400 m, Lago di Braies is the largest of all the natural lakes that dot the Dolomite landscape. A true gem in the wilderness, the lake shimmers in the bright sunlight as it showcases an array of brilliant blue-to-green shades. [...]
Every day when I ventured out for my morning cappuccino, I almost always got my canine fix for the day. Strange as it may sound, dogs are often more welcome than people. Dogs in Italy are treated as good as if not even better than humans. And it shows. Dogs meld in to every day life there because that is just the way it is. [...]
A traveler comment the way Italians care about their canine friends
My trip to Italy in July was an homage of sorts to my mother. She and I loved to travel to Italy and we had three great trips together. After she died in 2011, I said I would go back and do a "Mom trip," visiting our favorite places.
This beautiful it is comes out few weeks from the one by Robert Draper for The New York Times. Both are an invite to take profit of the lower season in the Dolomites to discover a paradise of hikes.
From a fountain that survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to another that stretches on for over a mile, here are 13 of our favorites. [...]
They lost the original purpose today remain as rowdy outdoor artworks, surely more social and helpful than their counterparts closed in the museums. These are the fountains of Italy and Conde Nast Traveler has selected some of the best.
If you go to Rome to dine, you’re getting only a taste of Italian culture. For a full immersion, you’ve got to make some pasta and traditional sauces yourself. [...]
This is the perfect article for every foodie that dreams to go to Rome. The NY Times offers in this article plenty of useful tips and suggestions ... but also a "bite" of the great Italian Food Culture
This year, over 500,000 people are expected to visit Civita, population six or eight. However, it has been slowly collapsing because of landslides. [...]
Civita is called by Italians as il paese che muore (the dying town). Actually is is surviving more than 2,500 years of wind and erosion, but Civita is in constant danger of total collapse as its edges slowly erode and fall off, leaving the buildings built on the plateau to crumble.
This article by the NY Times teases you to visit Civita as sooner you can. You could be the last to see this village atop a pinnacle of friable volcanic tuff that overlooks the Tiber River Valley in the province of Viterbo in the Lazio Region of Central Italy.
Now the subject of a new documentary, Palio, Italy’s 800-year-old horse race is steeped in tradition and drama. Gaia Squarci filmed this year’s competition for Vogue.com. [...]
If you are not from Siena can not understand the Palio and the ancestral spirit that lurks in it. The Contrada is your family, you accept the role that gives you but then you feel included in a protective circle. Watch the video and read more about the Palio.
The Tuber magnatum is the most valuable truffle because it has a distinctly alluring perfume and although its taste is delicate it fulfils the quintessential sensation we expect of a 'truffle'. Due to the high price it commands, secrecy abounds.
Tamara Griffiths introduces you to the truffle season of Central italy. Here the best highlight of the article: <<Few people -- including Italians -- realize that the main area for White Truffle (Tuber magnatum) production is now in the Apennines of Abruzzo, and Umbria, with some production in the Marche side of the mountains. For historic reasons this truffle remains associated with Northern Italy, in particular with Piedmont. Yet by comparison production levels in the north are much less.>>
Italian food, wine and travel blog showcasing the region of Abruzzo discussing grapes: Montepulciano and Trebbiano and foods: zafferano, confetti di Sulmona, spaghetti alla chitarra. [...]
Italy is made up of twenty regions with distinct characteristics. Every town, every village, makes the same dish in vastly different ways, and every town and village has its proudest specialty.
Abruzzo is one of Italy's little-known treasures: a tranquil mingling of mountains and coastline, it is sparsely populated and rarely visited by tourists. Abruzzo is one of Italy's largest producers of wine is home to a number of first-class wines.
Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo, Controguerra, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo