January can be a great time to visit Italy, there are less crowds at the most famous attractions (Vatican, Colosseum, Uffizi, Venice in general), you can always find a quite place to have a drink and something to eat. Italians are known for their love of […]0 Read More
Being one of the world’s most popular destinations, Italy is filled with unique and fascinating sites with wonderful food and drink. Rome, Florence and Venice are among the most popular destinations with many amazing sites and attractions to visit. But there are many places to discover […]1 Read More
Some useful information if you are thinking of hiring a car and driving in Italy. International Driving Permit – Americans visiting Italy as tourists and intending to drive shouldobtain an International Driving Permit before leaving the U.S. https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/transportation-driving/ For EU member states, a valid photo card […]0 Read More
Twice a year (in January and in the Summer) there are two of the biggest sale periods all over Italy. Look out for the word ‘Saldi‘, sale in Italian. Everyone puts items on sale, including designers (most designer shops have private sales for Specific clientele and […]0 Read More
The nativity scenes are a tradition in Italy. Presepio, as they are called, was believed to have been the idea of St Francis of Assisi in 1223. Presepio means crib or manger. It is said that he built a replica of the manger scene to help […]0 Read More
Christmas starts early in Italy. The countdown starts off on December 8th with the celebration of the Immaculate Conception (read our Immaculate Conception blog post) and continues to January 6th, 30 days of Christmas! A canon is fired from the Castel Sant’Angelo to open the festivities. […]0 Read More
It isn’t long until Christmas, it we have written down a few Italian festive greetings that might be useful when writing cards or emails. Christmas Greetings in Italian Buon Natale – Merry Christmas Buone Feste – Happy celebrations (like happy holidays) Felice Anno Nuovo – Happy […]0 Read More
The 8th December is an important national holiday in Italy, it is the celebration of the “Immacolata Concezione”, the Immaculate Conception. It is not the conception of Jesus, as most believe, but the conception of the Virgin Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne. […]0 Read More
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?… Rome In winter, Rome is quieter but no less beautiful. With fewer crowds, explore the city at a more relaxed pace, especially the Vatican and Colosseum. Please do check timetables, as in the winter the Colosseum closes early due to the dark. After […]0 Read More
On 22nd November, Roman Catholics celebrate the Feast of St Cecilia, the Patron Saint of Music. St Cecilia is honoured in different ways, but one of the most interesting activities is the festival which takes place every year at the church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, […]0 Read More
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