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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In the south of Italy there is an enchanted city, which has maintained through the centuries its ancient spirit and has recently been elected 2019 European Capital of Culture. This city is Matera, located in the heart of Basilicata. Swide gives you 10 good reasons why you absolutely have to go.[...]
Just because you’re eating gelato in Italy doesn’t automatically mean it’s authentic or even any good. Unfortunately, many gelaterias continue to pass off subpar, factory-made junk as the real deal, so we have a guide to help you with that. That said, Italy still abounds with artisans who serve up fresh, handmade, all-natural gelato daily. Below, we’ve handpicked the places where you’ll find the best gelato in Italy, from Rome to Milan to Florence (where gelato was created).
In the Crete senese area of Siena many local artists use to shape the soil clay, creating incredible artworks of “terracotta”. Follow this artisans tour, among decorative objects, flower boxes, pitchers and glasses, and visit these 4 workshops proposed by Artex (Center for Artistic and Traditional Handicrafts of Tuscany).
From the North to the South, Italy boasts a long tradition in the art of making coffee and has plenty of excellent places where to have a good one. But, you know, making a good coffee is not the same as making an excellent one (and Italians do know it pretty well!).
That’s why Gambero Rosso, the qualified Italian magazine specialized in food and wine, has selected the best bars around Italy for its annual “Bar d’Italia” guide 2015, considering not only the quality of the ingredients used but also the atmosphere of the places and the competence of the staff.
Bedussi – Brescia - Best bars in Italy - Opened in 1992
Pavè – Milano
Friuli Venezia Giulia
Caffetteria Torinese – Palmanova (Udine)
Pullman Bar - Vicenza
Gran Caffè Quadri – Venice
Douce – Genoa
Murena Suite – Genoa
Relais Cuba Chocolat – Cuneo
Baratti & Milano – Torino
Nuova Pasticceria Lady - Parma
Pasticceria Picchio di Loreto – Ancona
Cristalli di Zucchero – Rome
Caprice – Pescara
300 mila Lounge - Lecce
Pasticceria Irrera 1910 – Messina
Unsung, historic and beautiful, Elba - the island where Napoelon was exiled prior to Waterloo - has plenty to offer British holidaymakers too.
Here are six reasons:
1. Because no one you know has ever been there, and hardly any can place it on a map.
2. Because it’s instructive to follow Napoleon around
3. Because there’s more to Elba’s past than Napoleon
4. Because it’s really very up and down
5. Because some pretty cool people have been there before you
6. Because there’s a new air link, Pisa to Elba
Monte Amiata is a mountainous area that forms part of the Maremma, the Val d’Orcia and the Val di Chiana, in both the Grosseto and Siena provinces.
Monte Amiata is the highest dormant volcano in Italy, reaching 1736 metres. The surrounding area contains volcanic lakes, rugged rocks, river sources and several protected areas. Sparsely populated, it consists mostly of small towns spread throughout the valleys. Discover more about each of these charming villages:
1. Abbadia San Salvatore
4. Castel del Piano
12. San Quirico d’Orcia
Travel is good for the soul- that’s what they say and after spending eight weeks traveling through Italy last year I can whole-heartedly agree. I was there filming a series called Grandma’s Boy for FOX International. The premise of the show was that I would learn classic Italian recipes from the queens of the Italian kitchen, the grandmothers, the nonnas! Every three days we would travel to a new town, meeting a new nonna and learning classic dishes specific to the region. [...]
That's exactly what happened when I decided on a whim to take the train from Pisa into Florence for four days. What happened next was my heart was laid out on a silver platter for what came to be my favorite city in Italy....
Naples is the third largest city in Italy, covering an area of 117.27 sq km. The city has significance historical value, known as Neapolis in ancient Rome. The city has also been listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site due to the course of its long history. The city has also one of the busiest ports on the Mediterranean Sea.
Naples has been a major cultural hub, and had a great deal of influence during the Renaissance Enlightenment era. The city has been home to several artists in past, and is often reflected in the architecture and museums of the city. Naples is definitely an ideal spot for those who are interested in history and arts alike.
Here’s a list of never missed things on holidays in Naples, Italy.
Located in the heart of Italy, Molise is a small region with a lot to offer the experiential tourist. Boasting towns steeped in history and culture, with many splendid examples of ancient architecture and surrounded by breath-taking mountainous landscape – Molise has it all. [...]
If you don't want to be taken for a tourist in Italy, you should drink coffee as and when the locals do.
Coffee is so much a part of Italian culture that the idea of not drinking it is as foreign as the idea of having to explain its rituals. These rituals are set in stone and not always easy for outsiders to understand.
Tuscany offers many different experiences, on one hand there are the art cities such as Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca, on the other there’s the countryside with its towns, villages, hills, castles and vineyards.
One of the best things about Tuscany is getting lost in the small roads of the territory and discover new hidden gems: beautiful and ancient towns where we can feel a different atmosphere from everywhere else in the world. If you don’t know from where to start, here you’ll find a list of 36 charming small towns that boast the Bandiera Arancione. [...]
1. Anghiari (Arezzo)
2. Barberino Val d’Elsa (Firenze)
3. Barga (Lucca)
4. Casale Marittimo (Pisa)
5. Casole d’Elsa (Siena)
6. Castelnuovo Berardenga (Siena)
7. Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina (Pisa)
8. Castiglion Fiorentino (Arezzo)
9. Certaldo (Firenze)
10. Cetona (Siena)
11. Collodi (Pistoia)
12. Cutigliano (Pistoia)
13. Fosdinovo (Massa Carrara)
14. Lari (Pisa)
15. Lucignano (Arezzo)
16. Massa Marittima (Grosseto)
17. Montalcino (Siena)
18. Montecarlo (Lucca)
19. Montefollonico (Siena)
20. Montepulciano (Siena)
21. Monteriggioni (Siena)
22. Murlo (Siena)
23. Peccioli (Pisa)
24. Pienza (SI)
25. Pitigliano (Grosseto)
26. Pomarance (Pisa)
28. Radicofani (Siena)
29. San Casciano dei Bagni (Siena)
30. San Gimignano (Siena)
31. Sarteano (Siena)
32. Sorano (Grosseto)
33. Suvereto (Livorno)
34. Trequanda (Siena)
35. Vinci (Firenze)
36. Volterra (Pisa)
It's like Tuscany 20 years ago. Here are some other places to put on your radar, and these are just a fraction of the options. (Also, it goes without saying that all are medieval, off the beaten path, and ridiculously picturesque).
On the lake surrounding the city of Mantua, we find our hotel barge, La Bella Vita, peacefully moored. A glass of prosecco – the first of many – accompanies introductions to the crew and fellow passengers before we set off for our first shore visit. A few minutes' walk along grassy banks takes us beneath the imposing walls of St George's Fortress and into the cobbled main square of the city.
Throughout the season the 20 passenger La Bella Vita provides Italian river cruises that encompass the romance and architecture of Venice as well as the captivating lakeside setting of the Renaissance city of Mantua. Venice is, of course, the crowning jewel of most Italian river cruises, but Mantua, in central northern Italy, has also been (and still is) a hub of art, culture and music for centuries. The route inland takes you along the River Po and the Bianco Canal through the Po Valley.
We checked in with six of our favorite Italian men around town (NewYork) for their best tips on varsity mother-loving you can use on this side of the Atlantic.
1. Let her think you’re Jesus … like, the Jesus. - Chazz Palminteri
2. Refer to her only as “Ma” - Tony Sirico
3. Protect her and tell her she's pretty. - John Turturro
4. Let her schlep you wherever she wants. - Commissioner Salvatore Cassano
5. Give her (more) stuff to pray for. - Dominic Chianese
Bonus: Love your nonna as much as your mama. - Joe Bastianich
See the skyline without battling crowds, sample pastries from a secret gem, sip artisanal beers and soak up culture during a weekend in the Tuscan capital.
1. A Garden With a View | 3 p.m. - Forte di Belvedere
2. Aperitivo Ora | 6 p.m. - Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina
3. Chic Cucina | 8:30 p.m. - Cucina Torcicoda
4. Prison Break | 11 p.m. - Le Murate Caffè Letterario
5. Colazione of Champions | 9 a.m. - Pasticceria Giorgio
6. Remember the 1900s? | 11 a.m. - Museo Novecento
7. Pick a Panino | 1 p.m. - Semel
8. Spada Shops | 3:30 p.m. - MIO Store
9. Balanced Meal | 8 p.m. - Il Santo Bevitore
10. Beer Buzz | 10:30 p.m. - Archea Brewery
11. Tower Power | 10 a.m. - Torre di San Niccolò
12. Lunch Counter | Noon - Zeb Gastronomia
13. Gucci Goods | 2:30 p.m. - Gucci Museo