Italy is home to some of the world’s most beloved musicians and composers – Verdi, Puccini and Vivaldi to name a few. Opera was first performed in Florence in the late 16th century, and some of today’s most beloved music dates back hundreds of years. The spirit of opera is still alive and revered, as is evidenced by the thousands of people who travel to Italy every year for one of its fantastic music festivals.
The summer heat in Italy can be quite warm, and we know that you don’t want to let it get in the way of all the wonderful things you came to see. Fear not! We have a few expert tips to help you stay healthy, hydrated and cool! Whether you’re out exploring museums, relaxing by the pool or looking for your next gelato fix, these tips are sure to help you beat the summer heat in Italy like a local.
The timeless skyline of Rome is a joy to appreciate from one of these fascinating rooftop bars. Although Rome is called the Eternal City, you shouldn’t have to spend an eternity figuring out where to get an aperitivo and a great view, so that’s where we come in! Here’s our list of the five best rooftop bars in Rome, including options for a Michelin-starred experience, a sustainable vegetarian meal, a unique perch for a sunny breakfast and more! (Read this for more Rome tips)
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) “seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture.” The organization is comprised of 193 countries, including Italy. And did you know that there are more UNESCO sites in Italy than any other country in the world? There are 49 cultural (or man-made) sites and five natural sites. Here are just a few of our favorites!
The Italian aperitivo is akin to happy hour. There are a few different opinions about how and why and where the tradition began: some say it was started in Milan in the 1860s by the creator of Campari, while some argue it was actually started in Turin in the 1780s by the creator of vermouth.