What could be better than visiting The Eternal City? Gorgeous ancient ruins, high fashion, delicious food, fine art… smog, hordes of tourists, pickpockets, traffic, and big city grime. Whew! Sometimes, you need a vacation from your vacation. Where to head when you need to get away from Rome? Try the Roman Baths in Tivoli.
Italy is one of the most romantic and beautiful countries in Europe. It has something for everyone, from the Amalfi coast, to the ruins of Rome and skiing in the Alps.
The Eternal City is rich in history and culture and any visitor to the capital needs to spend several days absorbing the rich artistic and architectural history for which the city is so well known. There so are many famous monuments that it is difficult to choose which to visit. Among the most well known ones are the Fountain of Trevi, where visitors can toss a coin into the fountain in the hope that they will return to Rome at some time. Also the Spanish Steps, the longest and widest staircase in Europe. The Piazza d’Espagna, at the foot of the steps, is an area of luxury boutiques, designer shops.
Last Saturday, December 8th, 2012, was the Immaculate Conception on the Roman Catholic Calendar, which means that Pope Benedict XVI – accompanied by a cavalcade of cars – crowned the statue of the Virgin Mary by the Spanish Steps. The Christmas season has officially begun in Rome. If you happen to be passing through this holiday season, here is a shortlist of things you can do while you’re in town. Bonus: they’re all free or inexpensive. Merry Christmas!
What’s good to eat in Italy? Everything, you might think. You might be right. But Italy is a country that prides itself on cooking with seasonal produce. As soon as the weather drops, a host of delicious festivals begin cropping up in villages all over the boot, showcasing the regional flora. And Italians have their own versions of cold-weather comfort food, too. Should you find yourself traveling through Italy this fall and winter – in particular, through the snow-capped mountainous regions – look for these tasty treats at restaurants and street fairs.
Dropping temperatures in the Northern hemisphere can only mean one thing: time to warm up! One of the most enjoyable ways to do that, in any country, is to treat yourself to a luscious hot chocolate. Chocolate – nectar of the Olmecs – in comforting, drinkable form; what could be better? You might think that all hot chocolates are created equal. Then again, perhaps you haven’t tried Italian hot chocolate.
Italian summer – with its spectacular beach culture, mobs of tourists, soaring temperatures and equally high travel costs – has come to an end. In its place is the Italian fall; rainy, chilly, but immeasurably more cost-effective for the budget-conscious traveler. Who says you need to burn to a crisp on a beach surrounded by men in Speedos to enjoy yourself in Italy? Here are four great things to do in Italy in the Fall.
Heading to Italy to eat Italian food is a bucket list goal for most people. But it turns out that there are certain Italian restaurant faux pas that never quite made it outside Italian borders. Here’s a round up of six things not to do when you’re stuffing your face in an Italian restaurant in Italy.
More than enough has been said about the French kiss, but what about kissing Italian-style? As soon as you start meeting relatives and friends in Italy, you will surely encounter this phenomenon, sometimes also referred to as the “European-style” kiss. This particular form of greeting tends to put off Anglo-American visitors to this sultry Mediterranean country, who often view the custom as phony, or too intrusive for its own good. But this affectionate gesture is as intrinsic a part of Italian culture as… well… breathing.
While it might seem unsettling to be greeted with a kiss rather than a good old handshake, the Italian-style kiss is actually nothing to fear. Read on to decode this very Italian of behaviors…..
Walk into any Italian restaurant or home and almost immediately, you will be faced with the question: what kind of water do you want to drink? As if it weren’t bad enough that you had to decide what to eat – a Sophie’s Choice situation in a land renowned for its glorious cuisine – you must also make an informed decision on… water? Come again? Isn’t water just… water? And why should you have to ask for it; shouldn’t it just be there, waiting for you on the table, or poured fresh into your glass by a waiter?
You’d think that something as simple as water wouldn’t need a culture lesson. You’d be wrong. How do you order drinking water in Italy? Read on.