Travel Italy Blog

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

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

Summer 2016 Art Exhibitions in Italy

Summer 2016 Art Exhibitions in Italy

Posted by Darya Camacci on May 29 2016

Italy's cities are singular monuments to the canons of Western art and architecture.

Rome, Florence, Assisi, Venice, Siena, Pisa and Naples are all world renowned, but with 20,000 historical cities and towns, there is plenty for art lovers to enjoy.

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Topics: italian culture, Florence, art, history

Pope Francis' Favorite Foods Revealed in Vatican Cookbook

Pope Francis' Favorite Foods Revealed in Vatican Cookbook

Posted by Darya Camacci on May 13 2016

What does the Pope eat?

You'll find lots of tidbits about the last three popes' eating habits in the new English translation of "The Vatican Cookbook," as well as details about what it's like to live and dine in the world's smallest country.

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Topics: italian culture, italian food, Rome, church

Traveling with Children to Italy: What To Know

Traveling with Children to Italy: What To Know

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on May 8 2016

Italians love children. You are sure to have your little ones treated with generosity and doted on indulgently wherever you go by friendly Italians.

But traveling can be stressful, even without kids. Let's see what you need to know when bringing the whole family.

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Topics: Groups and Family Tours, flying, italian culture

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

Super Tuscan Wines: From Table Fare to International Fame

Super Tuscan Wines: From Table Fare to International Fame

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 15 2016

It’s hard to believe that Super Tuscan wines were once considered low quality wines, unworthy of being labeled anything above a table wine.

Today these reds are some of the most well-known and prized Italian wines. They hold a special place among all wine connoisseurs for their high quality and full-bodied taste.

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Topics: Italian Wine, italian culture, northern Italy, history, Tuscany

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

Venice's Caffè Florian: Almost 300 and Still Up Late

Venice's Caffè Florian: Almost 300 and Still Up Late

Posted by Darya Camacci on March 27 2016

 On St. Mark’s Square in Venice stands a cultural landmark, Caffè Florian.

 Established in 1720, it is the oldest coffeehouse in Venice, and possibly in Europe. It was originally named “Triumphant Venice (Alla Venezia Trionfante)” but ultimately became known as Florian’s, after its owner, Floriano Francesconi.

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Topics: Italian Wine, italian culture, italian food, art, history, coffee, Venice

In Love with Limoncello (Recipe)

In Love with Limoncello (Recipe)

Posted by Darya Camacci on March 25 2016

For a taste of Southern Italy in a bottle, try limoncello.

This bright and tart liqueur made from lemon peels is a traditional favorite in Sicily, especially. The Sorrento lemon, large and sweet, has a zest high in lemon oils and is preferred for limoncello making.

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Topics: italian culture, limoncello, amalfi coast, southern italy