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A Rainbow of Tastes: Italian Gelato

A Rainbow of Tastes: Italian Gelato

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on October 09 2019

Italians do many things well, and gelato is definitely one. Gelaterias have become more common in the United States where you can sample this famous Italian import. When you go to Italy, you'll be able to taste the real thing.

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5 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo’s David

5 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo’s David

Posted by Darya Camacci on October 07 2019

Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze is probably the world's most famous sculpture. Michelangelo sculpted his masterpiece, based on the biblical story of David and Goliath, in 1501, at the age of 25. However, there are a few things about this beloved statue that you may not know.

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3 Reasons to Visit Italy in the Fall and Winter

3 Reasons to Visit Italy in the Fall and Winter

Posted by Darya Camacci on October 04 2019

For a peaceful and relaxing vacation and more bang for your buck, consider an off-season travel time. Here are our top three reasons to go to Italy in the winter and mid to late fall.

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9 Italian Desserts Your Sweet Tooth Will Love

9 Italian Desserts Your Sweet Tooth Will Love

Posted by Darya Camacci on October 02 2019

In keeping with their love for food, Italians have made an art of cooking desserts as well. If you love sweets, you are certain to fall in love with something on this list.

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Your Guide to the World Famous Italian Carnevale

Your Guide to the World Famous Italian Carnevale

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on September 30 2019

Carnevale celebrations take place 40 days before Easter every February. Carnevale is celebrated in many Italian cities, as well as in smaller towns such as Cento, Fano and Viareggio. However, by far, the most popular and well-known festival is in Venice.

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Where is the Largest European Art Collection?

Where is the Largest European Art Collection?

Posted by Mira Todorova on September 27 2019

The Vatican Museums house the largest number of artworks in Europe with more than 65,000 pieces. There is a simple reason for this: most Italian artists during the Renaissance worked for the Vatican. The Vatican is the world's smallest country and its museums are the world's largest.

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Why Italians Love Celebrating Christmas

Why Italians Love Celebrating Christmas

Posted by Mira Todorova on September 25 2019

The Christmas season in Italy shares similarities with its counterpart in America. Here we share some enduring Italian Christmas traditions.

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Easter in Italy: Dancing, Ceremonies and Celebrations

Easter in Italy: Dancing, Ceremonies and Celebrations

Posted by Mira Todorova on September 23 2019

In Italy, where the Catholic church has a unique standing, Easter (Pasqua) is celebrated like nowhere else. If you visit at that time, you’ll discover an eclectic mix of rituals and ceremonies taking place in towns, villages and cities.

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Italian Coffee Culture: 9 Things to Know Before You Go to Italy

Italian Coffee Culture: 9 Things to Know Before You Go to Italy

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on September 20 2019

Drinking coffee is ingrained in Italian culture. It’s as important as drinking wine, eating pasta and parades at Carnevale. If you want an authentic Italian experience when you drink coffee, read about coffee culture with our 10 tips.

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Siena: A Bit of the 13th Century in Modern Day Tuscany

Siena: A Bit of the 13th Century in Modern Day Tuscany

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on September 18 2019

Siena is perhaps the most beautiful medieval city in Italy, with stunning Gothic architecture. In the heart of Tuscany, Siena lures travelers from all over the world every year with its fascinating culture and history. Preserving its medieval character, Siena is a treasure that must be explored.

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Taming Jet Lag

Taming Jet Lag

Posted by Darya Camacci on September 16 2019

Jet lag is a plague experienced by travelers all over the world. While it’s a bane for many travelers, you can lessen the annoying effects of jet lag with some preparation.

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The Italian Town Where Many Live to 100

The Italian Town Where Many Live to 100

Posted by Darya Camacci on September 13 2019

More people on the island of Sardinia than anywhere else in the world live to the age of 100. The scientist responsible for popularizing the "Mediterranean diet," Ancel Keys, went to Pioppi to find out why.

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The Top 7 Beaches In Italy

The Top 7 Beaches In Italy

Posted by Darya Camacci on September 11 2019

Italy is home to many incredible beaches, some of the best in Europe. A number of them are reminiscent of a tropical paradise, with white sand and pristine blue water. Relaxing on a beautiful Italian beach and basking in the sun with a bottle of famous Italian wine is an experience that you will cherish throughout your life.

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These Italian Churches Can't Be Missed

These Italian Churches Can't Be Missed

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on September 09 2019

Italy is justifiably famous for its natural beauty, compelling history, sumptuous foods and elegant culture. It’s also home to fascinating and magnificent churches and cathedrals, some of them the most famous in the world.

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Tips for Eating in Italian Restaurants

Tips for Eating in Italian Restaurants

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on September 06 2019

You will want to visit the restaurants in many of the Italian cities and towns that you visit. Any Italian will tell you that their cuisine is the best in the world. We want to help you during your trip to avoid cross-cultural misunderstandings, because Italians do things a bit differently in their restaurants.

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10 of the Weirdest and Most Interesting Superstitions in Italy

10 of the Weirdest and Most Interesting Superstitions in Italy

Posted by Darya Camacci on September 04 2019

Superstitions are those things that every country seems to have but what do you know about Italian superstitions? Just like every country, they have their fair share of superstitions and after reading this post you may think some of them are a tad weird. Either way, it pays to know how to behave in Italy so be sure you pay attention and remember these superstitions or you just may end up experiencing bad luck.

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15 Interesting And Weird Facts About The Renaissance

15 Interesting And Weird Facts About The Renaissance

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on September 02 2019

The Renaissance is one of the most important cultural movements in human history. Its effects and influence were far reaching, spreading throughout all of Europe and later influencing many areas of culture and society that led to the modern era we know today.

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Sicily 101: What To Know About the Largest Mediterranean Island

Sicily 101: What To Know About the Largest Mediterranean Island

Posted by Darya Camacci on August 30 2019

Sicily is an alluring place—full of history and unique culture.

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The Art of Tuscany

The Art of Tuscany

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 28 2019

Appreciating the universal language of art makes us fully human. Some of the most timeless art in the world can be found in Italy’s Tuscany region.

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Chianti: The Pride of Tuscany

Chianti: The Pride of Tuscany

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 26 2019

Chianti is the name of a red wine and also the largest zone in the world famous Italian wine region, Tuscany.

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What to Do Before You Go: Travel Checklist

What to Do Before You Go: Travel Checklist

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 23 2019

You've booked your overseas vacation and you're excited about the upcoming trip. Great! But before you go— We’ve put together a checklist with important things you need to do before you leave the country and visit your dream destination.

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Why Balsamic Is the Best Vinegar Around

Why Balsamic Is the Best Vinegar Around

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 21 2019

The Malpighi family is one of the oldest producers of balsamic vinegar in Modena. The president, Massimo Malpighi, is the fifth generation of the family to run its factory, open since 1850. Balsamic vinegar is only considered authentic if it comes from this region, and once you visit this factory, you will understand its claim to fame.

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Magical Murano: Island of Glass

Magical Murano: Island of Glass

Posted by Darya Camacci on August 19 2019

Produced as a treasure and symbol of power and opulence for European royalty from medieval times, Murano glass remains a gleaming gem unique to Italy. Murano glass can never go out of fashion, and is still made today.

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Venice: A City of Love and Romance

Venice: A City of Love and Romance

Posted by Darya Camacci on August 16 2019

Venice is a city that oozes love and charm and is often considered the most romantic city in Europe. With Renaissance-inspired architecture, summer sunsets, public squares, narrow canals and gondola rides - it’s a city you’re bound to fall in love with.

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Taste Wine as the Italians Do: Wine Tasting Tips

Taste Wine as the Italians Do: Wine Tasting Tips

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 14 2019

Wine is an integral part of culture and identity for Italians. You might even say that they bleed purple! While you may have been on wine tasting tours at home, we offer some ideas for wine tasting while in Italy. Remember that the anticipation of sampling it is half the fun, and we’re going to let you in on how serious Italian wine drinkers evaluate their wines.

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Super Tuscan Wines: From Table Fare to International Fame

Super Tuscan Wines: From Table Fare to International Fame

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 12 2019

It’s hard to believe that Super Tuscan wines were once considered low quality wines, unworthy of being labeled anything above a table wine. Today these reds are some of the most well-known and prized Italian wines. They hold a special place among all wine connoisseurs for their high quality and full-bodied taste.

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Piemonte Wines: Wines Worthy of the Alps

Piemonte Wines: Wines Worthy of the Alps

Posted by Darya Camacci on August 09 2019

The Piemonte region in northwest Italy is home not just to the Alps and Apennine mountain ranges, but to some of the most excellent wines in the country, known as Piemonte wines.

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Most Italian Wine Comes From this Region (Hint: It's Not Tuscany)

Most Italian Wine Comes From this Region (Hint: It's Not Tuscany)

Posted by Darya Camacci on August 07 2019

More wine is produced in Veneto than any other region in Italy, although Tuscany gets all the attention.

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5 Easy Tips For Taking Memorable Vacation Photos

5 Easy Tips For Taking Memorable Vacation Photos

Posted by Darya Camacci on August 05 2019

Whether you’re using a digital camera or a smartphone, these basic pointers will help you maximize your chances of having more keepers when you get home.

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