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 paintings in Rome, many free to visit in churches.
Planning a vacation in Italy is a wonderful puzzle and a delightful discussion with your travel companions. There are so many places to visit and wonderful things to enjoy, you should take into account the experiences and interests of your traveling companions.
Good restaurants in Italy book up for dinner during the busier times of year, generally from mid-March well into November. Don’t hesitate to make reservations so you don’t find yourself stumbling into a restaurant that has a waiter out front waving in tourists. It might be a good restaurant, but usually the best ones don’t need that effort.
Renowned travel blogger Leah Travels tells us all about her enjoyable stay in Rome.
The Spanish Steps have been an inspiration for poets, painters and artists since the early 1720s. They’re also a landmark I frequented during my fourth visit to Rome in June. My Italy Perfect apartment was just a one-minute walk from Piazza di Spagna, the home of the Spanish Steps. Continue reading A Roman Holiday: Staying near the Spanish Steps in the Sabini Sistina Apartment
Truffles are one of those foods that tends to get a strong reaction. Like cilantro, Brussels sprouts and blue cheese, you either love ’em or hate ’em!
Truffles are intensely fragrant and hard to find in most places except Italy. They are the underground fruit of ascomycetous fungi. The fruit spores are dispersed though being consumed by fungivores. They are so rare they may be the most expensive ingredient you can indulge in at $1000-$3000/pound. Continue reading Italian Truffles: Pricey, Earthy Gourmet Indulgence