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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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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FAQ: Is there a dress code for churches in Italy?

Italy is the home of the Vatican. St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and then there’s the Duomo di Siena, the Florence Duomo, and Duomo di Milano.  There are more than 900 churches in the city of Rome alone! The churches of Italy are beautiful architectural masterpieces. They make great destinations for spiritual travelers, as […]

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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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