Italy Travel Notes http://www.italytravelnotes.com From those inspired by Italy to those who want to discover it Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:34:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Top 5 Romantic Travel Destinations in Rome That Will Leave You Breathless http://www.italytravelnotes.com/2015/06/08/top-5-romantic-travel-destinations-rome-will-leave-breathless/ Mon, 08 Jun 2015 05:30:25 +0000 http://www.italytravelnotes.com/?p=5022 Follow @Italytravelnote By Nadine Sedillo Whether you are looking to rekindle your romance or hoping to get a perfect place to spend your honeymoon, there’s no better place to achieve your desires than Rome. Being the capital of Italy, Rome is considered as the love city. This is very true; love lurks behind every site, … Continue reading Top 5 Romantic Travel Destinations in Rome That Will Leave You Breathless

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By Nadine Sedillo

DSC01567B RWhether you are looking to rekindle your romance or hoping to get a perfect place to spend your honeymoon, there’s no better place to achieve your desires than Rome. Being the capital of Italy, Rome is considered as the love city. This is very true; love lurks behind every site, parks as well as the stunning Italian restaurants. So, which are the top five romantic travel destinations in Rome where you could take your partner for a stroll or pop the big question? Here are the top five recommended romantic travel destination that you can visit.

Villa D’Este. One of the best places to visit in Italy is Villa D’Este. This place is just half an hour outside Rome in a town called Tivoli. It harbors stunning 400 fountains and a large stone structured building. It’s one of the top romantic sceneries you would see in movies or read about in books. It represents as a perfect place to pop the big question to your fiancé.

Gianicolo Park. If you and your partner are looking to wonder along romantic scenery while expressing your hearts, the Gianicolo Park should be your first travel destination in Italy. The park usually has puppet shows every day. It wouldn’t be a surprise walking past elderly couples holding arms or kissing in the crowd. What’s more, late in the afternoon you can enjoy cannons sounding off while chatting and laughing with kids.

Baths of Caracalla. When you want a quiet place to discuss the future with your lover or ask for hand in marriage then Baths of Caracalla is the place to top your list. This location dates back to 216AD. It used to be a home for gymnastic sports people for Olympics. The grass is green and people are scattered so your privacy is guaranteed. You can hold your loved one and walk in and around the stone structure while exploring the dark spots.

Parco Savello. Do you love leisurely walk along river bed? If yes, your place of choice should be Parco Savello. This place is considered to be among top romantic travel destinations in Rome since the early times. It offers Orange and rose gardens where you can sit and have a chat with your fiancé or wife. If you are lucky enough to find when roses are in season, the fabulous fragrance will blow you away as you go up the hill to see the orange groves.

Spanish steps. Romantic travel destinations in Italy wouldn’t be complete without covering the amazingly famous Spanish steps. Many people consider this site as an iconic proposal spot. During the day many people flock here to rekindle their romance while watching the sunrise and sunset. During summer and spring season, this location would be ideal to take a memorable picture while standing next to the colourful flowers. Early in the morning you can grab a cup of coffee from any cafe around and share with your partner intimate moments.

These are the top five romantic travel destinations in Rome that will leave unforgettable memories in you and your lover. They are incredible romantic locations you wouldn’t want to miss if you are planning for a romantic trip. Visiting these places with your lover will surely provide you a lifetime experience.

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Tuscany and Umbria Tips for the Traveler http://www.italytravelnotes.com/2015/06/05/tuscany-umbria-tips-traveler/ Fri, 05 Jun 2015 05:30:17 +0000 http://www.italytravelnotes.com/?p=5020 Follow @Italytravelnote By Austin Minning Tuscany and Umbria contain some of Italy’s most photogenic landscapes. The two regions include the famed cities of Florence, Siena, Assissi, Perugia, and Pisa; miles of coastline; and the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago. While Tuscany is known for its blend of cosmopolitan culture with classic architecture, Umbria is known … Continue reading Tuscany and Umbria Tips for the Traveler

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By Austin Minning

Tuscany and Umbria contain some of Italy’s most photogenic landscapes. The two regions include the famed cities of Florence, Siena, Assissi, Perugia, and Pisa; miles of coastline; and the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.

While Tuscany is known for its blend of cosmopolitan culture with classic architecture, Umbria is known as the “green heart of Italy,” perfect for walking, caving, hang-gliding and rafting. Within these Italian regions, are some of the most scenic and historical spots in the Mediterranean; so it’s no wonder why Tuscany and Umbria contain the most visited sites in Italy.

CiaoBambino has gathered together some of the most useful online resources for Tuscany and Umbria. It’s a complete guide with some of the best links to online travel guidebooks, Pisa’s best architectural sites, and information on Tuscany’s renowned archipelago.

Touring Italian Architecture

Two-thirds of the world’s architectural heritage is located in Italy, and Tuscany is at the center of it all. A great way to take in the Tuscan heritage is on bicycle.

The Tuscan Archipelago

One of Italy’s most untouched landscapes is the chain of islands in Italy’s Tuscan Archipelago National Park. Some islands are only accessible by special permit, and some still serve as active prisons.

Traveling by Train through Tuscany and Umbria

Find rail travel maps and calculate distances. CiaoBambino has listed the sites that you need for your trip planning.

Eating Out: The Top Restaurants

Montepulciano is known for its incredible food. Chances are, if you’re traveling between the two regions, you’ll end up here.

Find links to these essential travel tips, maps, and more at the Tuscany travel tips page.

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Travel to Milan, Italy http://www.italytravelnotes.com/2015/06/03/travel-milan-italy/ Wed, 03 Jun 2015 05:30:35 +0000 http://www.italytravelnotes.com/?p=5018 Follow @Italytravelnote By TJ Tierney Situated in the North of Italy, Milan is the largest city in the province of Lombardy and second largest city in Italy. Milan is the business hub of Italy and a very busy city to visit at any time of year. Home to the Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, … Continue reading Travel to Milan, Italy

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Situated in the North of Italy, Milan is the largest city in the province of Lombardy and second largest city in Italy.

Milan is the business hub of Italy and a very busy city to visit at any time of year.

Home to the Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, Milan has a rich history in art and has some of the most priceless works of art on display in its galleries. The art galleries of Milan also reflect the history of the city, but be advised, if you do plan to visit some of the galleries book in advance.

Milan’s main attraction, The Duomo is the third largest church in the world, and took nearly 450 years to build. The construction of the Duomo began in 1386 and was completed in 1805 by Napoleon. This fabulous Gothic style church is a must see for any tourist.

Built in 1386 the Castello Sforzesco is a massive fortress located in the centre of Milan. The Sforza has many great museums and hosts the work of many great artists including Michelangelo.

For the sporting fans a visit to the Meazza Stadium, better known as the San Siro should be rewarding. This is one of the best football stadiums in Italy. Daily visits to the San Siro are available with access to the stadium and changing rooms.

The winter months in Milan can be extremely cold, while the summers are very hot and humid.

A trip north to the Alps or to the lake region is very advisable, and should be most memorable. The Italian rail system is excellent, and daily trips to the lakes should not take too long. Hotel prices vary during the year – winter being an excellent time to visit.

Also known as one of the main fashion capitals of Italy, Milan hosts some of the best fashion designers in the world. Most of the main shopping outlets are located near the city centre. Expect very large crowds during the sales, which attract people from all over Europe.

Milan is well suited to cater for the needs of travellers. From the moment you arrive you will be met with an excellent transport system, both efficient and economical. Avoid travelling through the streets of Milan by car if possible – traffic can be chaotic.

Where possible it’s best to use the public transport system. If you must use a taxi be very careful , use official taxis, which are white or yellow in colour. These are a lot cheaper than the private cab who will charge you double the price.

Milan is a cosmopolitan city and offers a wide range of restaurants. Prices vary considerably from place to place. Restaurants are very crowded at weekends so book in advance where possible. Menus and prices are usually posted outside restaurants – its also standard to leave a small tip.

The main tourist season starts in Milan during the summer months, but this doesn’t mean that cheap accommodation is available during the off-season. Milan is a very busy city all year round and hotel prices can be expensive.

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About Italy – A Tourist’s Five Minute History of Bella Italia http://www.italytravelnotes.com/2015/06/01/italy-tourists-five-minute-history-bella-italia/ Mon, 01 Jun 2015 05:30:29 +0000 http://www.italytravelnotes.com/?p=5016 Follow @Italytravelnote 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 … Continue reading About Italy – A Tourist’s Five Minute History of Bella Italia

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DSC01524A ROf 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.

Visitors to Italy have long flocked to vacation along her dramatic coastlines, to explore her picturesque Tuscan hill towns, or tour her profusion of art treasures and archeological finds. But did you know that Italy also has a great deal of stunning mountain scenery? Travelers to northern Italy fall in love with the Italian lakes: Como, Maggiore, Garda and Lugano, which lie surrounded by some of the most breathtaking landscapes of Italy’s Dolomites.

The Apennine Range runs north-south through the vertical length of the boot. Offering yet more beautiful scenery for your digital camera to devour, the Apennines are home to several of the world’s best known volcanoes – Stromboli, Vesuvius, and Etna among them. Sicily is the island right off the south-western tip of the boot. Sardinia is the large island off the west coast, in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Italy’s Ancient Past

Archeologists tell us that the migration of early Indo-Europeans into the Italian Peninsular probably began over four thousand years ago. Greeks settled Italy’s southern tip in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C. while the ancient Etruscan civilization dominated the peninsular from the ninth century BC until the Romans swept through from Gaul to the Mediterranean six hundred years later.

After the fall of Rome’s great empire in the fifth century AD, the Italian Peninsular became prey to foreign invasion from many quarters and as a result, evolved into a collection of fractious states and small kingdoms.

Within a few hundred years, the French, the Ottomans and the Holy Roman Emperors, had all at various times waged wars and fought battles to lay claim to Italy’s territories. With the advent of global exploration in the middle ages and the ensuing surge of international trading, wealthy city-states like Venice and Genoa rose to prominence and power. The Italian provinces were first united into one country by Napoleon, who conquered the Italian peninsular and proclaimed himself king in 1805. By 1861 Victor Emmanuel ll, formerly king of Sardinia, had taken power and Italy now included the Veneto and papal Rome.

Twentieth Century Italy

After World War 1, Benito Mussolini organized his fascist party and in 1922 became Prime Minister. Italy was now a dictatorship with imperialist designs, invading and occupying Ethiopia in 1935 and Greece in 1940. Allied with Adolf Hitler in World War 2, Mussolini’s regime was doomed and he was executed by Italian partisans in 1945. The Italian democratic Republic was founded the following year.

In the latter half of the twentieth century, Italian government and politics was a very volatile, revolving door affair, fraught with corruption scandals and patronage, and despite best efforts it remains so in many ways today. In 2003 the Italian parliament passed a law conferring immunity from prosecution on high ranking government officials while in office. As is the case in many capitalist systems, government positions are still handed out as political favors, and big corporations buy lucrative government contracts with their financial support.

Italy has little in the way of natural resources, so most raw materials needed by industry, including more than three quarters of the country’s energy consumption, are imported. Agriculture has become less dominant than in the past, but grain, livestock, dairy, fruit and olive orchards are still prominent, as of course is viticulture, the production of Italy’s most famous export, wine. In addition, tourism is a major contributor to Italy’s income.

So now you know a few things about Italy you may not have known before we began, and you can embark on your Italian vacation with the confidence that only comes of… well, knowing a thing or two. Whether you are heading for the Italian Alps, the Tuscan countryside, the restless streets of Rome or the beaches of Capri, be ready to embrace la dolce vita… the good life. The Italians have perfected it as an art form, and if you pay attention, they’ll be more than happy to show you how it’s done.

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Don’t Miss These Awesomely Beautiful Sights When You Travel to Italy http://www.italytravelnotes.com/2015/05/29/dont-miss-awesomely-beautiful-sights-travel-italy/ Fri, 29 May 2015 05:30:40 +0000 http://www.italytravelnotes.com/?p=5012 Follow @Italytravelnote 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 … Continue reading Don’t Miss These Awesomely Beautiful Sights When You Travel to Italy

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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.)

The “streets” are waterways and the city is gradually sinking into the Adriatic Sea. But don’t worry, it will still be there by the time you get there to see it all.

–The Roman Colosseum.Talk about the original home for extreme games. You can almost hear the ghosts of gladiators clashing their swords and signing multi-drachma contracts with their agents.

The Colosseum is both a spectacular and grim place, considering the many senseless acts of violence that occurred here. Kind of like the beauty pageants are today.

–Florence. If you aren’t already an art lover, you will be after visiting Florence. Walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Raphael and your life will be forever changed.

One word of warning however, if you are already prone to feelings of penis envy or inadequacy, Michelangelo’s 18-foot statue of David, may not be your cup of tea.

–The Vatican. The art, architecture, history and sheer aura of this place will leave you speechless.

–Wine country. The folks in France won’t admit this either, but Italian wines are often every bit as good (sometimes even better) than their French counterparts. Take a tour and you will enjoy the tastings all the more after having seen the sheer craftsmanship and patience that goes into making fine wines.

And need I remind you to purchase a few of your favorites so you can bring them home to impress your friends with your refinement and worldly sophistication.

–The Italian Alps. OK, I will admit that I kept thinking, “these mountains cannot be real. I bet some Hollywood film company put together the ultimate background to impress the tourists.” But in actual fact, they are real. And they are beautiful beyond anything you have ever imagined before in your life.

What has always amazed me was that Hannibal surprised the Romans by bringing elephants through the Alps. Elephants were the ancient warfare equivalent of our modern tanks, so you can bet Hannibal had the Romans running for their adult Pampers as soon as they saw his army coming over those mountains.

I read somewhere that Italy is the home of more American ex patriots than any other country. So you should be warned in advance that if you stay too long in Italy, you might never want to come back. With that in mind, proceed with caution.

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Clothing for an Italy Vacation http://www.italytravelnotes.com/2015/05/27/clothing-italy-vacation/ Wed, 27 May 2015 05:30:28 +0000 http://www.italytravelnotes.com/?p=5010 Follow @Italytravelnote 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 … Continue reading Clothing for an Italy Vacation

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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!

During the summer (July/August/September) you’ll need light clothing, but don’t forget to pack a pullover or a light jacket for the evenings when, especially at the seaside or on the mountains, the temperature might suddenly drop. Shorts are not often worn in the cities and they might be a problem if you plan to visit churches and religious shrines especially if worn with tank tops.

Spring (March/April/May) and Autumn (September/October/November) are characterized by unstable weather and often require a layering system of clothing. Generally a first layer of cotton with a jumper and a jacket over a pair jeans will do in most occasions allowing you to remove what is not needed.

For winter (December/January/February) the same system will work if you make the layers a little warmer.

Always bring comfortable shoes, get ready for a lot of walking: after all renaissance town were not build for cars and most city centers are closed to traffic. Keep in mind high heels can be torture on the paved streets of Rome. To truly enjoy Italy you’ll need your feet in good shape: no foot, no tourist!

If you plan to go skiing you’ll need all the specialized gear including those snow booths, woolen hats and gloves that might look unnecessary during your everyday town life.

Swimming costumes in Italy are often lighter and smaller then their American counterpart, if you are so inclined, a beach vacation in Italy can be a good occasion to show off that tiny bikini.

The general dressing style in Italy is smart casual and allows for a lot of improvisation.

When deciding the amount of clothing to bring with you, keep in mind that in Italy public self service laundry facility are a rarity; check before hand if your accommodation offers a laundry service at reasonable prices.

All said, you can choose to have a completely different approach to the big question what-to-wear-in-Italy. A very alluring perspective would be to start your trip with an empty suitcase: after all Italy is a well oiled fashion producing machine and you might just decide to buy what you need on the spot!

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Planning a Holiday in Italy http://www.italytravelnotes.com/2015/05/25/planning-holiday-italy/ Mon, 25 May 2015 05:30:47 +0000 http://www.italytravelnotes.com/?p=5007 Follow @Italytravelnote 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 … Continue reading Planning a Holiday in Italy

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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.

Italy Travel Notes – Travel To Italy And Experience Europe

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.

I always think that they are actually vital to the planning stage. This is especially the case when it comes to Italian holidays. Don’t forget that you’re considering a trip to a vast and varied country.

If you want to make sure that you find a holiday to suit your tastes then it’s important to do some background reading to identify the town or region that will serve as the best base for your trip.

Do you, for instance, want the romance of Venice? Or is it history and architecture that really interests you? Maybe you’re looking for a coastal holiday. Without doing your research it can be difficult to know where to stay.

The internet is also useful in this respect. Use it wisely and you can find out more about particular regions and also read a range of reviews on possible accommodation options.

Research at this stage is certain to pay off when you come to take your holiday.

What about some of the practicalities of the planning stage. Hopefully you’ve checked that your passport will be valid for the trip, as well as those of your family. If not, there’s no time to check like the present!

I always like to pull together all the necessary paperwork and documentation at least a week before travelling.

There’s nothing worse than having a frantic search for passports, airline tickets, travel insurance, maps, accommodation bookings, car hire details and medical insurance information a few hours before travelling.

Don’t be tempted to leave such preparations to the last minute. Make time to prepare properly. Italy is, in many ways, a relaxed place top spend time. Don’t, however, make the mistake of imagining that you’ll have a great holiday without the appropriate documents.

Have you thought about money too? Maybe you’ll be using cash or travellers cheques. Just makes sure that you have them all ready in advance.

The biggest mistake that people make is leaving everything until the last possible second. Avoid the same mistakes and make sure that you plan properly.

If you do so, you can have a great holiday in Italy!

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Honeymoon in Italy – Simple and Sensational http://www.italytravelnotes.com/2015/05/22/honeymoon-italy-simple-sensational/ Fri, 22 May 2015 05:30:38 +0000 http://www.italytravelnotes.com/?p=5004 Follow @Italytravelnote 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 … Continue reading Honeymoon in Italy – Simple and Sensational

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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.

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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.

If your ideal honeymoon in Italy would be a combination of relaxing days at the beach, and a trip back in time, you won’t do better than to stay among the harbor villages and historic ruins of the Amalfi Coast. If your honeymoon budget does not allow an overnight stay in the area, you should at least experience a bus ride coast along the Amalfi Coast, where you will pass hotels and private villas clinging as if by magic to vertical hillsides above cliffs dropping some 500 feet to the tiny beaches below.

If you do not mind the idea of spending part of your honeymoon in Italy among the crowds of one of the world’s great cities, head for Rome. From the glories of Vatican City, the Villa Borghese, and St. Peter’s, to the somewhat commercial charms of the Pasta Museum, you will find something in Rome to fill every minute of your day there. Visit the oldest public art collections in the world at the Capitoline Museum. Climb the Spanish Steps for and on parallel view of the city, and on your descent stop in at the Keats-Shelley Memorial House, a tribute to two of the world’s greatest romantics and a fitting place to visit on your honeymoon in Italy!

End your days activities by relaxing, as the Italians do, over a leisurely supper and one of Rome’s tucked-away eateries, which you can find in the older part of the city, the Trastevere. You will be treated to authentic, freshly-prepared Italian cuisine at remarkably affordable prices, and you will never look at take-out from an Italian restaurant back at home the same way again!

Your honeymoon in Italy, no matter where you decide to spend it, will be an exciting, romantic, and fun-filled experience and the perfect way to begin the marvelous years ahead!

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Discover Italy the Easy Way http://www.italytravelnotes.com/2015/05/20/discover-italy-easy-way/ Wed, 20 May 2015 05:30:18 +0000 http://www.italytravelnotes.com/?p=5002 Follow @Italytravelnote 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 … Continue reading Discover Italy the Easy Way

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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.

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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.

By taking an escorted tour, you not only have access to the treasures of Italy but through local travel guides, you experience the history and charisma of the country often with hidden gems included you wouldn’t normally find in your everyday travel brochures. When you are talking about a country with such popular attractions, taking an escorted tour provides you with pre-arranged admission with little or no line-ups optimizing your time allowing you a greater experience. Italy is an absolute Mecca of world cuisine and fine wines, with guided tours including many meals, what better way to experience a true Italian dining experience than a Tuscan dinner in Florence or lunch overlooking the Mediterranean in Sicily?

Guided tours are designed to maximize your time and have a perfect blend of driving, included excursions, and leisure time. Not to worry, you will have plenty of time to shop for jewelry and gold in Florence, sit on a café patio enjoying a cappuccino in Venice or just to do a little off-the-beaten-path exploring on your own. After full days you will be staying in some truly incredible Hotels in Italy. Having the flexibility to tailor make your vacation allows for any budget but whether it’s more moderate accommodations or first class luxury, the quality of hotels, combined with having all reservations pre-arranged will have you refreshed and ready to go for your next day of discovery.

Another reason to take a guided tour is there is a tour for any person or style. Tours range from something as simple as just an 8 day Italian Holiday or a 17 day Grand Italian Experience and by using an operator that specializes in escorted tours, your vacation will leave you both fulfilled and more than satisfied.

Whether you are planning on going to Italy for the amazing food and wine, the incredible scenery or the iconic and historical attractions, do yourself a favor and discover Italy with an Escorted Tour. It is by far the most efficient and easiest way to see all this beautiful country has to offer.

Escorted Tours to Italy are very popular and many tours book up well in advance. To get the most out of your European Vacation, book your Guided Tour today with Globus and discover Italy.

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By James Robert Kavanagh

DSC01532A RItaly 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.

So the big problem is deciding exactly where you would like to spend your summer working in Italy and what options you have! below is a list of some of the most popular destination for summer jobs in Italy.

1 – Gulf of Genoa, this area also recognized as the Italian Riviera and welcomes thousands of visitors every summer. When looking for a summer job in this area there are literally endless options. You can approach the many bars, restaurants and nightclubs in this area and ask about positions that they may have during the summer months. You could also look at approaching one of the many hotels to see if they have any openings, these positions include customer service positions, facilities staff and sales opportunities. Some of the biggest hotel chains around can be found in this area with many different types of positions that require staffing. This is basically your typical summer resort area, well it is the Italian Riviera so it’s not exactly just your typical resort but it offers the same jobs you would find in many beach resorts.

2 – Lakes and mountains – the lakes and mountains of Italy are very spectacular and stretch all the way up to the border with Italy, the pace of life in these areas is very slow and there are all kinds of opportunities for seasonal staff in these areas. In addition to the regular customer service and guest services jobs there are also many other great opportunities in outdoor adventure positions, whether it be rock climbing, sailing instructors, rafting positions.

3 – The common spots – well when you think of Italy most people automatically think of Rome, Milan, Venice and these major cities that are famous around the world. These are fantastic destinations to live and work with all kinds of great opportunities although some of the cities empty out a little in the really hot summer months as the locals migrate to the lakes, mountains and coastal areas. Like with most major cities there is a wealth of different opportunities depending on what exactly it is you wish to do.

Legal Stuff – So if you are hoping to find one of the many summer jobs Italy has to offer then there are certainly many great opportunities however it is important you do your research and check out the legal requirements first. If you are an EU passport holder then it is pretty simply, you can travel to the country and start finding work right away. However if you are not an EU passport holder then things can become a little more challenging, you will need to look into obtaining a temporary work visa so that you can legally apply for any positions. It is possible to obtain these visas through exchange programs such as Bunac. The help people looking to travel obtain exchange visas so that they can legally work in certain locations for a short period of time.

Finding a Job – there are a number of resources and options out there when trying to find the summer job Italy has to offer, one great resource is – http://www.kareeve.com/summer-jobs-italy.htm.

Good Luck finding your summer position and have a great time in Italy or wherever you end up!

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