FAQ: What Airport Should I Fly Into?

There are many airports in Italy, both international and local. Which airport you fly into really depends on your travel itinerary and budget. It can be more expensive to fly into smaller, local airports, but sometimes that can afford you more time in your dream destination. We’ve selected just a few of the most popular […]

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The History of the Colosseum

The general who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. The gladiator who defied an emperor. Striking story! But now, the people want to know how the story ends. Only a famous death will do. And what could be more glorious than to challenge the Emperor himself in the great arena? (The Gladiator, […]

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FAQ: How will Italy’s economy affect my trip?

It seems like for the past few years, everyone has been talking about Greece’s ailing economy, with other mediterranean countries like Italy, Spain and Portugal close behind. The economic situation in Italy has caused political unrest, and left foreigners wondering whether they should plan any vacations to the dream destination. For the traveler, there are […]

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This Week in Italy: Tocatì and the Feast of San Gennaro

This weekend Italy is hosting two important traditional festivals: Tocatì, the Festival Internazionale dei Giochi in Strada and the Festa de San Gennaro. Both festivals provide an intimate and unique perspective on Italian culture and history, plus good music and good eats! Tocatì Verona | September 17th-20th, 2015 In Italian, Tocatì means “it’s your turn,” […]

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FAQ: What is the VAT?

VAT means Value Added Tax. It is a multi-stage sales tax that each state in the EU must adopt at some rate or another. As a visitor to the EU who is returning home, you may be eligible to buy goods free of VAT in certain shops. Not all shops participate in the VAT refund. […]

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How To Avoid Pickpockets

Europe is extremely safe when it comes to violence, but petty theft is still a common occurrence. Anywhere where there are big crowds and people unaware of their surroundings (i.e. being amazed by amazing sites or distracted because their trying to figure out where they’re headed next), there will be pickpockets. Don’t let that discourage […]

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FAQ: How do I Get a Passport?

The amount of Americans with passports is at an all-time high, yet less than 50 percent of Americans have a passport (a mere 38 percent according to this website). Passports are a must for international travel. If you are planning your first trip abroad, a passport should be the first thing on your list. A […]

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The Migrant Crisis in Europe

As those of you who follow global news know (or those of us who have a Google alert set for Italy), Europe is currently facing an accelerating migrant crisis. Although we try to keep this blog travel-centric, we also know that we aren’t traveling in a vacuum (what fun would that be), and even if […]

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FAQ: Are Strikes in Italy Frequent?

Airplane and train strikes can be the bane of a traveler’s existence. They can force you to miss a leg of your trip, delete days from your trip (or add unwanted days to your trip), strand a traveler, and ruin the whole vacation. It’s no wonder the effect of these strikes has been blown out […]

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How To: Take the Bus in Italy

City bus systems can be a financial lifesaver; they are far more economical than taxis if you are trying to get around the city without walking. They also provide a unique perspective, and allow you to see the city in a different way (sometimes we like to just ride them and see where we end […]

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