FAQ: What are the Italian names for common medicines?

Nobody wants to get sick on vacation, but it can happen. Although the pharmacy in Italy can be intimidating and challenging, it’s better to be proactive about getting better than to sleep the rest of your vacation away cooped up in the hotel room. Unlike in the US, over the counter medicines are also kept […]

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FAQ: Do I need a converter for Italy?

If most of your electrical appliances are American, you might need to take an converter, and at the very least a adapter. A converter is a plug that modifies power or other attributes of a device so that they are compatible with another. An adapter, on the other hand, simply allows your devices plug to fit the foreign wall […]

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World’s Biggest Labyrinth

An Italian publisher, bibliophile and visionary, Franco Maria Ricci announced his retirement to the readers of his FMR magazine by saying “To whoever asks me why, I shall answer in the same way as Voltaire: ‘Laissez-moi cultiver mon jardin.’“ For those of us who don’t speak French, that translates as ‘Leave me alone to tend my […]

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World Expo 2015

If you haven’t made it to the World Expo in Milan yet, you still have time! This year’s World Expo is taking place from May 1st to the 31st of October – that’s plenty of time to book your tickets, fly over the ocean, and check it out (maybe add a few days on to […]

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FAQ: Should I buy an Italian Rail Pass to travel?

Rail passes don’t tend to be a good value for Italy-bound travelers. Having an Italian rail pass (or a Eurail Italy pass) is often convenient, but it won’t necessarily save you money unless you are planning to take several trips between major cities or other long distances. You will still have to make (and pay […]

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Europe Travel Tips

Although not specific to Italy, this list of 20 things that will surprise first time visitors to Europe hits on some important differences that Americans will notice. Some of these surprises are important, some are little on the silly side, and some are on the trivial side, but either way we hope you get something out of […]

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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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