When Are The Best Times To Travel To Italy?

The Best Times To Travel To Italy, Pisa, TuscanyThanks to the differing climate zones in various areas of the country, each month of the year provides an ideal Italian destination. Therefore, deciding when to travel to Italy depends almost exclusively upon one’s interests. Below are some tips regarding the best months to travel based on selected interests and regions. One thing to keep in mind is that the month of August is when much of the county experiences its hottest temperatures and most locals go on vacation, so expect many attractions and restaurants to be closed during this month. Continue reading “When Are The Best Times To Travel To Italy?”

Sicily Adds Old World Romance to Honeymoon

Sicily_HOneymoon_Boatride_eolian_island_1_blgIf the main purpose of your ideal honeymoon is to enjoy some peaceful relaxation with your new spouse, Sicily may be your perfect destination. Sicilians are famous for living life at a slower pace compared to the rest of Italy and how can they not when their home is full of picturesque landscapes, stunning beaches, and spectacular food? Sicily’s larger cities such as Palermo and Catania are full of history and offer great opportunities for sightseeing, while smaller seaside towns like Taormina and Cefalù attract visitors from all over the world thanks to their pristine beaches and simple charm. Continue reading “Sicily Adds Old World Romance to Honeymoon”

Italy History: Santuario Santa Maria dell’Isola in Tropea, Calabria

Calabria_Tropea_Santa_Maria_dell_Isola_church_blgIn Italy some sealed books are best retained by locals. Italians, especially in the south part of Italy, are very proud and jealous of their areas. Some hidden spots are confidential and reserved only for those who have connections in site or who have decided to live inside the boot shaped country. For this reason, tourists are practically inexistent in these places. One of these spots is the wonderful Tropea, in Calabria, where you could spot sometimes some Germans, but no other foreign tourists besides them. Continue reading “Italy History: Santuario Santa Maria dell’Isola in Tropea, Calabria”

Things To Do In Milan: Visit The New Restored Darsena

Milan_Lombardy_Navigli_view_blgAs many may be aware of, last year the city of Milan hosted the important exhibition EXPO 2015 from the beginning of May through the end of October. To prepare for the increased international attention the city would receive during the several months it hosted this world’s fair, many projects were completed throughout Milan. These projects included not only the construction of the area in which the EXPO itself was to be held, but also the completion of the third stage of Milan’s newest metro line (which now runs from Porta Garibaldi train station to San Siro Stadium) and the restructuring of Milan’s ancient port known as the Darsena. Continue reading “Things To Do In Milan: Visit The New Restored Darsena”

Get Lost in the Mystery of Bomarzo Monster Park in Lazio

Bomarzo, Italy

The small town of Bomarzo, located in the province of Viterbo in the northern part of the Lazio region, hosts a unique site whose official names include “The Villa of Marvels” and “The Sacred Woods”, but it is more commonly referred to as “The Park of the Monsters”. This peculiar nickname stems from the large, unusual sculptures and statues made of peperino, local volcanic tuff, that can be found throughout the park. Continue reading “Get Lost in the Mystery of Bomarzo Monster Park in Lazio”

Italian Towns: Slow Down and Relax in Todi, Italy

Umbria_Todi_Cathedral_blgIn Umbria, nestled in between Orvieto and Perugia, Todi is a town where a slow paced life and wonderful landscapes will bring you back in time and allow you to reconnect with an authentic old fashioned life. Todi, for these reasons, has became one of the favourite locations for Americans to plan their getaways, in this area lots of American artists, photographers and former businessmen have found their new home or retreat. Continue reading “Italian Towns: Slow Down and Relax in Todi, Italy”

“Frozen” in Time: Six Renovated Homes in Pompeii Open to Public

Ruins of Pompeii, near Naples, ItalyOne of the most famous sites throughout Italy is Pompeii. Located in the Campania region under the majesty of Mount Vesuvius, it is one of those places that you must visit at least once in your lifetime to experience its magical atmosphere that will transport you backwards in time as you walk through its alleys and ruins. Continue reading ““Frozen” in Time: Six Renovated Homes in Pompeii Open to Public”

Italian Monuments: Nuraghe Santu Antine in Sardinia, Italy

nuraghe, SardiniaThe Sardinia region has a distinct culture that sets it apart from other regions in Italy, as evidenced by the island’s particular cuisine, language, and traditions. These differences are mostly a result of geography; since the island is physically separated from the rest of the  Italian peninsula, its history has unfolded in different ways. One symbol of Sardinia’s unique culture is the nuraghe, an ancient cone-shaped structure composed of large stones that can only be found in Sardinia. The nuraghi were constructed by the Nuragic people, a prehistoric civilization that lived exclusively in Sardinia from the 18th century BC to the 2nd century AD. Though 7,000 examples of these massive structures can be admired in Sardinia today, not much is actually known about the nuraghi or the Nuragic civilization. Continue reading “Italian Monuments: Nuraghe Santu Antine in Sardinia, Italy”

Italian Food: The History Of The Famous Pasta alla Carbonara

Bowl of delicious spaghetti Carbonara. Italian food.Pasta is one of the most worshipped meals in Italy. Easy to prepare, healthy and one of the specialities of the “Nonna” or “Mamma”, Italy’s unofficial pasta masters. The more you travel through Italy, the more you realize how many different kinds and varieties of pastas are available in every different region. Carbonara is well known all over the world and it is one of the essential dishes of Lazio and Abruzzo food culture. Continue reading “Italian Food: The History Of The Famous Pasta alla Carbonara”