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Enjoying the Beach in Italy

From mid-August until early September, a longstanding Italian tradition is to flee the hot cities for the beach. Having spent many childhood summers in Italy, we thought we understood the unique cultural aspects of Italians at the beach however as adults, returning to Italy with our own children for vacations, we appreciated ever new insights into Italian culture.  I could recount my own experience, but no one describes it better than author Tim Parks in his wickedly funny book Italian Education published in 1996, a sequel to Italian Neighbors published in 1992. If you are an Italy aficionado, we highly recommend both books, they hilariously entertaining and entirely accurate…good beach reading!

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Tartufo: The King of Gelato

A tartufo ice cream treat is a ‘must-try’ for chocolate or gelato lovers travelling in Italy. Legend has it that this decadent sweet was invented for a visiting King by an artisan gelato maker in Pizzo, a small town in Southern Italy. Whatever the origin, it’s a winner! Continue reading Tartufo: The King of Gelato

4 Essential Items to Pack for your Trip to Italy

Packing for your European adventure brings decisions big and small. Here are four very useful items we recommend adding to your packing list, without which you could waste or even lose funds and more.  All of the following products have been tried and tested on our own trips to Europe and are available online through the affiliate links. Continue reading 4 Essential Items to Pack for your Trip to Italy

3 Best Ways to get from the Pisa Airport to Florence

ponte_santatrinitaTo get from the Pisa Airport to Florence, there are three usual ways: by train, by bus and by private car directly to your vacation rental. You don’t need or, probably want, a rental car in Florence, but you could do it all the same. Here is all the information you need to decide on which service works best for you.

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Train Travel Tips – Italy Perfect’s tips to make train travel in Italy a fun and relaxing experience.

How to travel in Italy by train.
Lisa and Pat of Italy Perfect taking apartment supplies from Rome to Florence by train.

Here’s a collection of our wisdom regarding trains, including:

  • Reserving train tickets
  • Seat selection
  • Rail protection insurance
  • Changing reservations
  • Rail pass?
  • Cheaper to drive?
  • First or second class?
  • At the station
  • Validate tickets
  • Paperless tickets
  • Boarding train
  • Changing seats
  • Food onboard
  • Call your greeter
  • Landing in Rome/Milan + same day train to Florence

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