Rome Bids for 2024 Olympics

On Thursday Rome bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, a decision unanimously endorsed by the Italian Olympic Committee. Rome’s rivals include Boston, Hamburg and Paris. The hope for the Rome Olympic Games is that the games would be spread across the nation. After witnessing the opening ceremonies in London, we would be excited to […]

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House Hunting in Italy

Have you ever envisioned yourself living in an Italian villa? Or visited Italy and knew that was the life for you? In this New York Times article, Clara Vannucci reveals some house hunting tips. Umbria is Italy’s only province that doesn’t border the coast or another country, which has some market advantages! You can often […]

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A New Perspective On Lake Como

Yann Arthus-Bertrand provides a new perspective on an old classic: Lake Como. The famous French filmmaker and photographer produced this beautiful, aerial video of the lake for TEDxLakeComo. The films details everything from the terracotta villages to snow atop nearby mountains. You can read more about the film here or visit Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s website to see […]

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Secret Italy: Where to Escape the Crowds

We’ve already talked about how we believe every part of Italy is worth seeing, from the Duomo in Milan to Sicily in southern Italy, if we could see every piece of Italy, we would! That being said, we know that sometimes the crowds can get overwhelming and it can be hard to hop from crowded museum […]

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The biggest tourist traps in Italy – and where to go instead

Although we don’t believe that these sites are over-priced tourist traps (they are major pieces of Italy’s history, after all!), this article offers up some wonderful, often-overlooked sites. Once you visit Italy, you will fall in love with with! And want to explore every corner! These sites are great places for people who have already […]

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How to: Travel by Train in Italy

One of our favorite ways to travel in Italy is public transportation. European public transportation systems are not like the ones we have in the US. Due to the small country sizes, you can easily use public transportation to cross a country in a way that you can’t even cross a state in the US. […]

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La Dolce Vita returns to Castiglioncello

The small town of Castiglioncello used to be the seaside getaway for country’s superstars of the silver screen (back when it was still referred to as a silver screen), frequented by stars such as Marcello Mastroianni and Sofia Loren. In the 1980s, it started to fall into disarray. After being passed over for decades, the […]

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FAQ: How long should I plan on spending in Rome?

(note: the answer to this question also pertains to Florence, Venice, really any Italian city!) As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” it also can’t be seen in a day. The amount you plan on spending in each city on your trip really depends on your interests, the amount of time you […]

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Uffizi Gallery and Piazzale Michelangelo

The Uffizi Gallery and the Piazzale Michelango in Florence are both homes to beautiful works of art, or at least copies of in the case of the Piazzale. At the Uffizi you can see The Birth of Venus. In the Piazzale, there are bronze copies of David and the four allegories, famous works done by […]

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The Art of the Aperitivo

The aperitivo is a key aspect of Italian social life, something along the lines of an American happy hour with a little more tradition blended in. If you go for an aperitivo with friends, be prepared to drink lightly, eat well, and enjoy good conversation! Ease into the Italian ritual with this article, “A beginner’s […]

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