By Sean Weaver
Recently my parents got back from their first trip to Europe. Growing up in a small town in the midwest the trip was a long awaited dream come true. Their destination of choice was a vacation in Italy for two weeks.
My parents felt that Italy was a perfect travel destination for a first time abroad experience. Having already been to Italy I gave each of my parents some travel tips I picked up along the way.
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The number one tip for my mom was to not over pack clothing or shoes. This is because of the amazing shopping in Italy! I found amazing items at the street markets in Rome and Florence. It is easy to become inspired by Italian fashion and there are plenty of opportunities to find gorgeous clothing, shoes and handbags.
For my father I told him to not to get caught up with making and keeping a strict itinerary. Instead, to embrace the Italian culture and leave a few days open to discover what is around the next corner.
By Sam Miller
A European tour will not be complete without dropping by this world famous boot-shaped country called Italy or Italia in their native tongue. Italy is located at the southern part of Europe facing the Mediterranean. In ancient times, it was comprised of a huge and advanced civilization which eventually turned into the Roman Empire in the middle ages.
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Though it has been centuries since the height of Roman power, it is still being revered, as the center of Roman Catholicism. Tourists who travel in Italy never fails to visit its fascinating cities: Rome, Venice, Florence, and Naples to name a few.
By Sam Miller
If you are looking for a remarkable European getaway, then Italy is the place to be. The country’s cities, food, art, and architecture are definitely world-class. Learning about it’s rich culture and history only makes more and more people fall in love with it’s beauty. It’s countless tourist attractions will absolutely take tourists to their limits. Even experienced travelers touring around its crowded cities to its vast sunflower fields will surely be coming back for more.
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Traveling to Italy will be a painstaking task for beginners, especially, if you have not done your homework. You can find hundreds of interesting places to visit in Italy and you should choose which of them would satisfy, entertain, or amaze you unlike any other attractions you have seen. Following is a short discussion of the popular, and not so popular, but yet interesting places to visit in Italy.
Since Italy hosts over half of the world’s great art treasures, any lover of art and history is assured of a richly rewarding experience, which will be all the more rewarding and less frustrating if you know a few things first. As with any country, there are local customs, traditions and ways of doing things that can seem a little strange to the unwary visitor. But importantly, as visitors, it is our responsibility to know as much as possible beforehand so that we don’t risk causing offence unnecessarily.
Pay To Sit – You’re Kidding Right!
One of the first things I noticed once we’d arrived in Milan and went into a cafe wishing to eat and drink, was that the vast bulk of the patrons were casually standing at the cafe counter consuming their toast or biscuit and coffee. Without even thinking, we assumed they were just in a hurry or something. But over the week, as a pattern seemed to be emerging, it became clear that they were standing for some other reason. But what? A sign in another less used cafe cleared it up for us. The sign read “No charge for sitting” – in English. A little more investigation confirmed what we thought. Your coffee will be 1Euro if you stand, or E1.50 if you sit.
By Pallavi A
* The official name of Italy is Italian Republic and Italians refer to their country as Italia.
* Rome is the capital of Italy and it was founded in 753 BC.
* Rome is also called as the “Eternal city” and also “Caput Mundi”, which means the capital of the world
* Milan is home to Italian fashion and the world’s fashion capital.
* Before Rome became a republic and an empire, it had seven kings. The first king of Rome was its renowned founder, Romulus.
* The first Roman Emperor was Augustus Octavian, who became powerful in 27 BC.
* The Italian flag is green (hope), white (faith), and red (charity).
* At 300,000 sq km, Italy is marginally bigger than New Zealand.
* Italy borders Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland and the longest border is with Switzerland.
* There are many vernaculars of the Italian language spoken throughout Italy. However, the official Italian language spoken today originates from the Tuscan dialect (of Latin).
* Did you know Italian is a Romance language? It is related to the other Latin languages- Spanish, French, Portuguese and Romanian.
* Almost 20% of Italy’s population is over 65 years old.
* Italy is famous for its sports cars – Ferrari and Lamborghini and for the Vespa motor scooter.
* Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Cymbeline and more were set in Italy (Verona).
* Most of the famous personalities are born in Italy- Niccolo Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Antonio Stradivari, Donatello, Fra Angelico, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Bernini, Archimedes are a few to name.
Italy is a dream destination for most travelers. It is a very beautiful country to travel to, and there are quite a lot of tourists’ attractions in this country. One may find various architectural sites to visit. Planning your trip to Italy and knowing beforehand what to expect is very important to avoid any disappointments.
Most hotel rooms in Italy are very small, and a bed and a desk may be the only furniture in the room. If you’re a couple and would like a large double bed, it is very important to specify a ‘matrimoniale’ double bed since most hotels in Italy give a double bed by using twin beds pushed together. Most hotels in Italy are quite affordable.
By L Jabr
It is difficult to imagine many locations in the world that give birth to romance and beauty as does the city of Florence, Italy in the heart of Tuscany. It is believed that close to 400,000 residents live in the city and when you speak of the complete metro area; the number climbs to nearly 1.5 million. Florence is nestled magnificently upon the River Amo. The city is full of amazing history, splendid architecture, and artistic beauty, making Florence one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Florence, Italy is undoubtedly one of the most famous places in the world for attractions. Nearly 2 million tourists a year visit the city to view amazing destinations such as the Statue of David, The Basilica di San Miniato al Monte and the Opera at St. Mark’s Anglican Church. The Statue of David by Michelangelo is breathtaking. The Basilica di San Miniato al Monte rests upon a hill on the outskirts of Florence. It was built nearly a thousand years ago and still reflects passionately on Tuscany. There is nothing quite like viewing an opera at the Opera at St. Marks Anglican Church. You will find attractions like this all over Florence.
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