Surely nowhere else on earth are there as many celebratory festivals as there are in Europe each year. For centuries local cultures have gathered to honor and celebrate everything from gaming competitions to religious holidays, to cultural traditions and even an abundance of beloved food items. The result is a kaleidoscope of festivals worthy of your participation.
Here’s a look at some of Europe’s most popular festival gatherings month by month:
What do we all do when planning a vacation? (Let us skip the tickets, hotel and packing part). Imagine these all are set and a day or two are left until the flight. Of course, we need a plan on what to see and where to go.
In the mood for magic and romance, I watched a million of videos of carnival and loving couples sailing in gondolas. I had made a nice plan (as I thought), packed all my fancy dresses and a few pairs of peeps. I thought I would fit the place perfectly. If I only knew how wrong I was!
In this age where most everything is turning digital, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Books are still your best travel companion for quick, well researched, destination information. DK Eyewitness Travel has just released their newly redesigned Top 10 Guides in a streamlined size that’s perfect for throwing in your backpack or travel bag. Any avid travelers knows that DK Eyewitness Travel guidebooks have always been well known for their succinct information coupled with lots of maps, photos and illustrations.
Delizioso – Top Spots for Chocoholics to Visit in Milan. Tour Milan by Chocolate!
Most of us love bringing home some souvenirs from the new places we’ve visited, and chocolate is probably one the most popular and sought-after items in this regard. Indeed, each country has its own unique and original recipe for the preparation of this delight and Italy is no exception. Chocolate has become firmly established in the life of Italians, and is an integral part of Italian cuisine. Trendy Milan has several secret places where you can taste the unmatched Italian chocolate and other incredible desserts – these spots should not be missed!
A feast for the senses – Annual Food Festivals of Italy
Italian food culture really is something special. It’s not just the simplicity of flavours and the pride in fresh ingredients that permeates the everyday eating experience here, but the relish with which these are served – food is not merely to feed the body, but the soul – and in particular the soul of the family and the community. Even in these fast food, global-busy days there is still a sense in Italy that real food is important to take time for.
When I mention to others that I live in Italy, I usually receive glares full of jealously and sighs expressing some unfulfilled dreams. Why does Italy seem idyllic to so many people I meet? This is a question I’ve been asking myself for a while now, and I think I finally found the answer. Italians are proud to be Italians and they do everything to cultivate their strong national, regional and local cultures.
Here are 8 essential tips to help you survive the Italian peculiarities, strange habits and a daily dose of the absurd.
There’s a new trend on golf courses around the USA and it doesn’t come with high fees or expensive equipment. In fact, you probably have everything you’ll need to play FootGolf already at home. FootGolf is attracting attention as an ideal activity for families to get out in the sunshine and play together, and makes a great activity while on a family vacation. What is FootGolf, you ask? Take a soccer ball and strategically kick it around a beautiful 18 hole golf course into specially designed 21 inch cups cut into the rough of the course. Simple and fun!
4 Best Places For Romantic Souvenir Photos in Rome
On checking out the list of best romantic destinations in the world, Rome is sure to find a place among the top 3 locations. Though many opine that Paris is the city for lovers, Rome too has its own unique charm and you should not miss. Rome is termed the Eternal City and it stands as a wonderful place to capture a photo of your eternal love.
Where To Next? 15 Amazing Places in Italy That You Didn’t Know Existed But Are Well Worth Discovering
When visiting Italy, tourists usually find themselves caught between the charming atmosphere of Rome’s Trastevere, the busy markets of Florence, or romantic evenings at the Venetian Piazza San Marco, never getting the chance to experience the real feel of Italy. Living in this peculiar country for a few years now, I’ve learned the best of Italy can be found in small villages, hilltop towns and seaside communities that aren’t crowded and offer a real glimpse into Italian culture – which is not just about beautiful piazzas and delicious pizzas.
Emirates Airlines has announced an unbelievable sale for flights from JFK to Milan, Italy – with prices so low you will probably never see a sale like this again!! Emirates is offering two airline tickets for the price of one when tickets are purchased by June 22, 2015. That means two tickets from $799 in […]
A visit to Florence, in the heart of Tuscany, tickles the senses with intriguing vistas, fascinating history, and memorable culinary experiences. A city this rich in must-see offerings can over-tax a poor visitor’s feet and stamina.
What you need is a memorable interlude sipping local wines and sampling divine Tuscan cuisine at a romantic rooftop restaurant offering spectacular views of Florence. Whether you’re planning a glitzy night on the town or simply want a wonderful spot to recharge from sightseeing, the views from these rooftop restaurants will feed your soul as well as your tummy.
Viator.com, the web’s most popular website for booking sightseeing tours around the globe has announced a great end-of-summer sale. Select sightseeing tour tickets in some of Europe’s most popular destinations can be booked at a discount during August and used throughout 2014.
Most translation guides will teach you how to say, “No Thank You”, when you REALLY want to say, “Beat It or Piss Off!” I’m thinking of the gypsy’s in Europe here… how many times do I need to say, “no thank you” to the guys trying to sell us a rose at dinner!!!
The new phrasebook translation guides published by Marco Polo have got you covered whether you want to be strictly correct, or express yourself in a more relaxed way.
With all the crowds of tourists visiting Venice all year round, it’s important to plan ahead to be sure you fit in all the iconic sites and activities. Here’s our advice on how to tour Venice in one exciting day. Make the most of your time in this legendary city.
Tour Abruzzo Like a Pro to discover magnificent lakes, picturesque mountain ranges, rolling hills and some of the very best beaches in Europe. Just a short distance from Rome, Abruzzo is where to find your taste of La Dolce Vita.
The phrase “this place has it all” is used far too loosely to describe many locations. Not too many of those places mean it quite the way that Abruzzo does. This central Italian region is an area where the past and present, the sky and sea, business and pleasure all collide to create a spectacular experience that visitors rarely find anywhere else.
Are you thinking that you are one of those lucky parents whose kids will not change the way they travel, well think again! Sooner or later, you’ll certainly realize that your young toddlers have changed everything about the way you travel.
Umbria in Italy’s mid-section is a terrific destination for a trip with with your children and family. You’ll find that this beautiful Italian region offers a large number of excursions that suit your entire family and helps you move at your own pace making your trip a pleasure and simply unforgettable.
A honeymoon in Italy has it all: culturally rich cities, ancient treasures, contemporary art, cozy wine bars and panoramic vistas that create romantic backdrops. It’s one of the world’s premiere honeymoon destinations for good reason: Italy has everything you’ll ever want for the perfect getaway with the person you love most.
The country’s beauty and popularity attracts millions of visitors each year. Its allure comes mainly from its historical significance, its aura of high taste and its natural beauty. However, this same popularity has its drawbacks: Italy’s classy reputation and relative distance can intimidate couples who are working with a tight budget.
If you’ve visited Rome for the first time, chances are you’ve seen Rome’s architectural marvels, the Coliseum, St. Peter’s, Trevi Fountain and its other famed and fabled tourist attractions. But if you’re willing to get away from the crowds and discover some unusual tourist attractions, you’ll be rewarded with a some very special glimpses life in the eternal city. Consider adding some of these intriguing Roman sites to your itinerary:
These three islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino are unknown to many international travelers, but are situated in the Mediterranean sea, in close proximity to Italy.
Malta is a magnificent country that most visitors fall in love with, once they walk the beautiful little streets of Valletta, Mdina, Vitorioso or any other little town or village. Each of them is filled with history, magnetism and Mediterranean spirit! Almost all exhibit buildings in shades of yellow, making streets look nicer and brighter. The architecture is a mixture of varying styles, which somewhat reminds me of Sicily.