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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Travel Tips to Italy

English: A 4x4 segment panorama of the Coliseu...
English: A 4x4 segment panorama of the Coliseum at dusk. Taken by myself with a Canon 5D and 50mm f/1.8 lens at f/5.6 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By []Mark McLaine

Italy is known all over the world for its churches and other monuments that were made during different eras of history. The country has a number of places that showcases the rich past and heritage. Italy has some of the finest collections of art and other works that were made during the era of Renaissance.

When you are planning to travel to Italy, there are a number of factors which you need to keep in mind. Here are some of the tips that are shared below.

Calabria - The Toe of Italy's Boot

Coat of arms of the southern Italian region of...
Coat of arms of the southern Italian region of Calabria Italiano: Stemma della regione Calabria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pizzo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By []Elizabeth Waddington

Calabria may be one of the poorest Italian regions, and little known amongst the British, but it is also one of the most intriguing regions of the country. Its Ionian and Tyrrhenian coasts are extremely popular with Italian holidaymakers who throng to the region throughout August while British holidaymakers seem to head for the a la mode resorts of Puglia, the heel.

The problem with Calabria is that the modern world has brought with it organised crime, and organised crime has funded over-development along some, though not all, of this coastline. While corruption and dodgy dealings are rife in this poor area, there are some corners that have retained a delightful old-fashioned charm and simplicity and tourists need only use a modicum of common sense and they need not fear being the target of crime any more than anywhere else in Italy - the problems predominantly affect insiders, not those visiting from elsewhere.

The northern section of the Tyrrhenian coast is characterised by holiday complexes that crowd the flat littoral. The towns of Diamante, Belvedere and Paola are welcome breaks in the monotony. South of the River Savuto is the narrowest part of the peninsula, which was only reclaimed from malarial swamps in the last hundred years. Fortunately, though there are still mosquitoes, they no longer carry the disease.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Visit to Capri

Overlooking Capri harbor from the rotunda in V...
Overlooking Capri harbor from the rotunda in Villa San Michele. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Grotta azzurra, Capri, Italy
Grotta azzurra, Capri, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
View from Monte Solaro towards the Faraglioni
View from Monte Solaro towards the Faraglioni (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By []Mark McLaine

Capri is a small Italian town that is situated about 5 kilometers away from the mainland Italy. This island town has a number of resorts and is frequented by 2 million tourists from all over the world annually.

Reaching Capri

There is no international airport on the island and the only way to reach this town is through the boat. There are a number of boats which operate from port of Ischia and Naples. Besides this, there are a number of luxury Capritime boats which offer you water taxi services from Naples to this island.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Rome's Fabulous Festivals

English: View from the Piazza del Campidoglio.
English: View from the Piazza del Campidoglio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By []Roberta Stuart

The Romans have never been a crowd that need much persuading when it comes to throwing a party or having a festival. In ancient times, an astounding 150 days of the year were set aside for rest and relaxation. Nowadays, the city's residents don't have quite as many days off, however that does not mean there is not an abundance of exciting and entertaining festivals to attend. Hotels in central Rome fill up quickly during these times, so those interested in attending particular festivals should book well in advance.


Some festivals surround religious holidays while others are simply a celebration of music, art and culture. No matter the occasion, Romans love to let their hair down and enjoy a good party.

Natale di Roma: Not every city celebrates their birthday, but this one certainly does! "Born" in 753 BC, it is a city unlike any other. Every year, on 21 April the city begins the festivities with the lighting of the sacred fire in Piazza del Campidoglio. The party continues with the commemoration of the foundations of the city at Circo Massimo, followed by a concert there. City hall and the piazzas located on the hill are illuminated and from the balcony of any hotels in central Rome you will have a ringside seat - however attending the actual event is certainly an experience that should not be missed.

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Rome Italy Vacation - Insights Into What Can Makes Yours a Great One

English: The Pantheon in Rome, Italy
English: The Pantheon in Rome, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Details of Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
English: Details of Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By [Kent R Kerr

Rome, the Eternal City, a place that has a permanent spot on the top of almost every American's list of world cities to touch at least once in a lifetime. Making the best of your Rome (Italy) vacation requires that you go armed with a few tips on what to expect. With these in hand, there should be nothing keeping you from making a success of your trip.

Flying into Rome, you'll probably arrive at the Leonardo da Vinci airport in a suburb of Rome, called Fiumicino. You'll arrive here if you are flying in directly from the US on a major airline. If you are flying in from elsewhere in Europe on a discount airline, you'll probably arrive at Ciampino, the smaller secondary airport. Once at the airport, you'll find that there are airport buses that take you to the Stazione Termini 'receiving point' in the middle of the city. You could also take a train that leaves from the airport every hour. What is the Termini? It's kind of confusing that they should call it the airport terminal, but it's just the place that you aim for in the city to start out with when you arrive. It's the transit hub for everything in the city - trains, buses, you name it.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Things to Do on Your Italy Vacation

English: A 5x6 segment panoramic image taken b...
English: A 5x6 segment panoramic image taken by myself with a Canon 5D and 70-200mm f/2.8L lens from the dome of St Peter's in Vatican City in Rome. Français: Image panoramique composée de 5x6 photos prises par David Iliff à l'aide d'un appareil Canon 5D et une lentille 70-200mm f/2.8L à partir du dôme de la Basilique Saint-Pierre au Vatican. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By []Mike Romano

A vacation in Italy has everything that you and your family could want for a great time. Vacationers can choose stunning accommodations from holiday villas to a charming country cottage. The possibilities are endless when you decide to take your holiday in the romantic and charming country of Italy.

Rome is an exciting holiday city in Europe that travelers flock to all year long. The ancient city gives you a glimpse into a world that you may have only read about in history books. The city offers countless places to stay while you enjoy Italy such as villas and luxurious homes. Most Italy travel packages and tours include some time exploring the historic sites in Rome.