Cheers! Create an Italian Aperitivo at Home

Cheers! Create an Italian Aperitivo at Home

With a little creativity—and a little alcohol—la dolce vita can certainly be experienced just about anywhere. In fact, with some prep and planning, it’s easy to put together an Italian aperitivo at home.

Opera Houses in Italy: What to Know about Going to the Opera in Italy

Opera Houses in Italy: What to Know about Going to the Opera in Italy

Italy certainly has flair for the dramatic. It makes perfect sense that opera has its origins  here. Verdi and Puccini wrote stories filled with melodrama and heartbreak. The first opera was produced in Florence in 1598, with the original charter being developed in the actual room that forms part of La Camerata Fiorentina apartment from

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Movies and TV Shows to Inspire your Trip to Italy

Movies and TV Shows to Inspire your Trip to Italy

There is so much information to plow through when you are planning a trip to Italy. Do you head to your local library or bookstore for a pile of guide books? Maybe you prefer Instagram, saving posts that catch your eye. There are blog posts to read and podcasts to listen to. Now you can

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10 Great Places to see Art Exhibitions in Rome: Beyond the Vatican Museums

10 Great Places to see Art Exhibitions in Rome: Beyond the Vatican Museums

There is certainly no shortage of art to see when you are visiting Rome. Pop into just about any church, there are over 900, and you can find sculptures by Bernini and Michelangelo and paintings by Caravaggio. The Vatican Museums are arguably one of the world’s finest collections of art and absolutely worth a visit

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What to Eat in Italy in the Fall

What to Eat in Italy in the Fall

Every season in Italy has its own delights, and autumn is definitely the star of the show when it comes to food, the harvest and culinary festivals. Some of Italy’s most famous dishes are based on autumn’s harvest bounty – truffles, pumpkin ravioli, porcini mushrooms, chestnuts and artichokes. Come along with us as we take you on a quick journey of everything you should eat in Italy in the fall!

Why You Shouldn’t Miss the Harvest Time in Tuscany

Why You Shouldn’t Miss the Harvest Time in Tuscany

Summer is traditionally the most popular time to visit Italy, but we’re here to make an argument in favor of autumn in Tuscany.  Autumn means harvest time when many of the country’s most popular food and drinks are produced for the rest of the year. If you plan your trip right, you could be in

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The Best Music Festivals in Italy

The Best Music Festivals in Italy

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

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Include these Incredible UNESCO Sites in Italy on your Itinerary

Include these Incredible UNESCO Sites in Italy on your Itinerary

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

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5 Terraces In Italy That Will Change Your Italian Aperitivo Forever

5 Terraces In Italy That Will Change Your Italian Aperitivo Forever

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.

Caravaggio Paintings in Rome: Amazing Art that Shocked the Church

Caravaggio Paintings in Rome: Amazing Art that Shocked the Church

Caravaggio was the most original and influential Italian painter of the 17th century. His style greatly influenced European artists such as Rubens and Rembrandt and revived Italian painting from the fantasy of post Renaissance and late 16th century Mannerist art. He rejected idealized beauty and started reproducing naked reality. You can see 18 original Caravaggio

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Romantic Experiences in Italy: Beyond the Gondola Ride

Romantic Experiences in Italy: Beyond the Gondola Ride

Look at any list of the top romantic experiences in Italy and you’re sure to find one staple: the gondola ride in Venice. We’re not trying to say that a gondola ride down the Venetian canals isn’t romantic, but we want to make an argument for a few other pretty appealing options. This is, after

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