Travel Italy Blog

Why Italians Love Celebrating Christmas

Why Italians Love Celebrating Christmas

Posted by Mira Todorova on November 27 2016

It’s not just the seven fishes.

The Christmas season in Italy shares similarities with its counterpart in America. We both decorate our houses and streets with lights and wreaths. Many attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. We both have gift exchanges with family, and the day after Christmas is spent with all the leftovers. In regions of northern Italy, more and more evergreen trees are being brought into homes to be decorated by families.

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Topics: Insider, italian culture, winter, italian food

Top 10 Safety And Security Tips For Traveling In Italy

Top 10 Safety And Security Tips For Traveling In Italy

Posted by Mira Todorova on September 4 2016

Traveling to Italy is a safe experience but unless you have been there before, it's going to mean you're in unfamiliar territory. So it pays to know a few safety and security tips for traveling in Italy that will make your trip trouble free and enjoyable.

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Topics: Insider, travel

10 Timely Tips for the Way We Travel Today

10 Timely Tips for the Way We Travel Today

Posted by Mira Todorova on August 28 2016

Let’s face it, travel can be tricky.

Numerous details need to be taken care of and many things can go wrong if you’re not paying attention. That’s why we’ve assembled some helpful tips, some of which are time-tested ideas. The others are new solutions to old challenges that'll help you simplify your trip and free you up to just enjoy yourself.

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Topics: Insider, flying, travel

15 Interesting And Weird Facts About The Renaissance

15 Interesting And Weird Facts About The Renaissance

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 21 2016

The Renaissance is one of the most important cultural movements in human history. Its effects and influence were far reaching, spreading throughout all of Europe and later influencing many areas of culture and society that led to the modern era we know today.

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Topics: Insider, italian culture, art, history

For the Real Thing, Try Parmigiano Reggiano on Your Pasta

For the Real Thing, Try Parmigiano Reggiano on Your Pasta

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on July 1 2016

It's possible that the secret for making Italian food that tastes authentic is in the cheese.

Parmigiano Reggiano is made in the Emilia-Romagna region and provides the sharp, rich flavor that American cooks may try to emulate in their sauces and Italian dishes.

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Topics: Insider, italian culture, italian food

Your Guide To Water Sports In Italy

Your Guide To Water Sports In Italy

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on June 19 2016

With great lakes, rivers, islands and a long Mediterranean coastline, Italy is a popular destination for water sports.

In summer, people flock to its beaches and mountains to cool off in the blue waters and enjoy the sun. Many of Italy's beaches can be enjoyed year round.

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Topics: Insider, beaches

10 Reasons to Visit the Land of Motors in Italy

10 Reasons to Visit the Land of Motors in Italy

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on June 10 2016

In the Land of Motors, prominent residents include Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati, Maserati, Di Tomaso, Stanguellini and Pagani, which makes the Huayra, a handmade million-dollar vehicle that can go as fast as 230 miles an hour.

You can visit showrooms and museums to learn the history of these legendary luxury sports cars, coveted around the world for their beauty and speed, in the Emilia-Romagna region near Tuscany.

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Topics: Insider, Groups and Family Tours, italian culture, history

6 Good Reasons Travel Agencies Are Still Going Strong

6 Good Reasons Travel Agencies Are Still Going Strong

Posted by Darya Camacci on May 27 2016

It may seem like travel agents are a thing of the past, but we work with travel agencies every day at Bella Vista Tours.

Why would our clients prefer to work with travel agents? For our discerning customers, value and service are important—and travel is much more than a commodity where one tries to get the cheapest price for a mass marketed experience. They have high expectations for their precious leisure time.

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Topics: Insider, custom tours, travel

Magical Murano: Island of Glass

Magical Murano: Island of Glass

Posted by Darya Camacci on April 29 2016

 Being a ninth century glassmaker and belonging to a brand new industry in Venice gave you a privileged position, except for one thing.

You could not leave the island where you worked. Ever.

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Topics: Insider, italian culture, art, northern Italy, history, Venice

Taste Wine as the Italians Do: Wine Tasting Tips

Taste Wine as the Italians Do: Wine Tasting Tips

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 1 2016

Wine is an integral part of culture and identity for Italians. You might even say that they bleed purple!

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Topics: Insider, Italian Wine, italian culture