By Sue Rauch
Of all the journeys we have ever taken, those romantic vacations to Italy still linger in my mind and heart, resonating magic into my everyday life for months if not years after the fact. Italy’s long and enduring past, her extraordinary history stretching back into antiquity, her volatile geology which in turn has created her dramatic geography, all combine to make Italy a kingdom of storybook landscapes, always ready to be discovered and celebrated anew by this year’s crop of avid t
ourists. In case you will be among them (the avid tourists, that is) in the coming months, and because it’s rude to show up unprepared and uninformed, here’s a little background and history on one of Europe’s most popular vacation destinations.
Probably the most recognizable feature on Europe’s map, Italy’s ever-stylish boot stretches from the Alps in the north, 760 miles south to the Mediterranean. Off the west coast of Italy lies the Tyrrhenian Sea, while the east coast is kissed by the Adriatic. With a population over 58 million, and land mass of 300,000 square kilometers, Italy is the fourth largest country in western Europe and has so much to offer tourists and vacationers you will be spoiled for choice.
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By Charles Brown
Italy is a breathtakingly beautiful country that will always be one of the highlights for anyone’s travel to Europe. It has everything from the impossibly blue Mediterranean Sea to the spectacular Alps, with fabulous food at every stop along the way. And while you are there, you can’t help but trip over history with every step you take.
Here are few things you cannot miss when you travel to Italy:
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–Venice. Think about it. How many movies have you seen that were set in this romantic city? Well there is a reason. If there is a city with more charm and magic than Venice, someone is keeping it a very tight secret. (Oh sure, I can just hear those Parisians objecting that their’s is the most romantic city, but those folks are hardly objective. Besides, this is an article about Italy.)
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By Elda Rita Tessadori
Every travel starts with a big question: what kind of clothing shall I need?
Packing the wrong gear can make you feel out of place, uncomfortable and spoil your well deserved and meticulously planned vacations. The right clothes, on the other end will let you feel in tune with your surrounding, will help you blend in, feel at ease and enhance your experience.
This crucial decision depends mainly on the time of the year and the destination of your trip. Italy is blessed with a mild climate but don’t expect to wear fip flops if you go skiing on the Dolomites!
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By Keith Barrett
If you’re planning a holiday in Italy then there will be a number of things that you’ll need to do. This article aims to help you cover all bases, from the practicalities to those little extras that can really make your holiday special.
First things first – have you bought yourself a good travel guide? Many people mke the mistake of booking their holiday and not purchasing a guide book until they are almost due to leave. This is a shame, since a good guide can really be invaluable.
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By Tim Roseland
The culture of no other country in the world embraces life with as much zest as the Italian culture. Italy is a country vibrant with emotion, celebration, and opportunities to dive into life at full speed. But it is also a country full of quiet museums, peaceful hillside vineyards, golden beaches, ancient ruins and hushed cathedrals. Italy, in other words, is a splendid place for a honeymoon.
Spending your honeymoon in Italy can find you enjoying the romance of a moonlit Venetian gondola ride, complete with serenade. Or it might find you hiking the expanses and drinking in the magnificent Dolomite views of the Alpe de Suisi at 6500 feet in altitude Europe’s largest alpine meadow.
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By D McKee
Mention Italy to anyone and it immediately conjures up certain images and provokes the senses. Thoughts of gladiators fighting in The Coliseum, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Vatican, Ferraris, incredible food and wine, and a sprawling lush countryside wake the imagination and tease your curiosity. If you have been to Italy, you have already experienced its allure.
From the gondolas of Venice and fashion capital of Milan in the north to the island of Sicily in the south and with the must-see cities and regions of Florence, Tuscany, Rome, and Pompeii in between, Italy is a country that to visit, you don’t want to miss anything. Every region in the country is distinctly Italian yet unique in its own way. The best way to get the full Italian experience is through a guided tour.
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By James Robert Kavanagh
Italy is an amazing country and is one of the top tourist destination anywhere in the world. The country has so much history, culture and amazing natural beauty. Whether you are looking to visit the ski resorts in the north or head to the coast and explore the Italian Riviera you surely will not be disappointed.
Each summer various resorts employ summer staff to work in many different positions to ensure all of the guest traveling to the area have an enjoyable experience. Now if you have never has a seasonal summer job before then it might sound like the greatest thing ever, I mean spending the summer time hanging out in a cool resort what could be better. Well the thing to remember is that in these positions you are not just on holiday you are there to work. In fact you often work much harder than you would in other careers.
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By Calvin Knowles
Even at a time when the value of the dollar seems to fall against the Euro every day, travel to Italy can be done on a budget. Here are a few tips to help you make that happen.
Rome, Venice and Florence are the top three most popular cities to visit when you travel to Italy. Hotel prices can really strain your budget; since these are small cities, a good way to save on your hotel bills would be to stay somewhere out of the way, in the suburbs. Italian cities have excellent public transportation, and you would just need to get into the city on a local train every morning to see all the attractions.
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By Glan Stevanson
Sorrentine Peninsula – Go Shopping!
It is literally the shopping paradise of Southern Italy. The mouth-watering food, pristine azure blue water and the beautiful Sunshine at the Mediterranean cost make Sorrentine Peninsula one of the best places for shopping in the whole world. Considering the fact that the area is blessed with natural clay pit, the locals are expert in creating handmade ceramics and pottery items since 13th century.
You will also find an impressive collection of painted dishware and tiles upon your arrival in the region. Extending 50 km alongside the southern banks of the Sorrentine Peninsula is the Amalfi Coast, which is one of the most stunning places of the European continent and a major ceramic shopping hub in Italy.
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By Robert Marriott
Like many others, I have had some amazing walking holidays in Italy, taking in the landmarks, cuisine, culture and art. However, if you’re traveling as a family, I recommend booking a holiday in Italy online that focuses on one area. That way, you will experience a special Italy away from the hoards of tourists. You can have great, good value and exciting family holidays in Italy if you book the trips before you go.
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I speak from experience. I am more fortunate than most, as I have an Italian wife who was brought up on the Ligurian coast, and I have come to know this province of Italy very well indeed. It quickly became my second home.
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