It’s a sign – what to do in Italy

The best way to experience Italy is with the locals. And to do so, there is no better way than to follow the signs. Around cities and small towns, Italians place posters advertising events, markets, concerts, festivals, Renaissance fairs, parades and – some of our favourite events – ‘sagre‘. Sagre – local specialty food festivals […]

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Top Travel Tips for Italy Trips

Visiting Italy? We want to help you ensure your immersion into the Italian culture doesn’t turn into a culture clash. To help people who are planning a trip to Italy ensure they make the most their Italy vacation, we’ve selected a range of pointers for your Italy holiday that help you avoid the most common […]

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Florence Festival: San Giovanni Battista, Patron Saint of Florence

Florence’s patron saint is no less than St John the Baptist – San Giovanni Battista – and with June 24 being the feast day of St John the Baptist, Florence is set to go all out with celebrations. This year marks the 2nd Festa della Cultura San Giovanni_Battista, a cultural festival organised by i Buontalenti group, […]

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Dolce & Gabbana sentenced to prison time

Next year’s great fashion trend may well be prison chic! Top fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been sentenced to 20 months prison in Italy. They have been found guilty of tax evasion after Italian authorities claim the pair hid millions. Dolce and Gabbana have denied all charges. Italian authorities began investigating Dolce […]

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Calcio Storico: Florence’s toughest footballers… in those trousers?!

  Florence is getting ready for the latest series of Calcio Storico (also known as Calcio Fiorentino), a unique sport which originated in Tuscany in the 1500s. ‘Calcio’ translates to both ‘kick’ and also to ‘football/soccer’ in Italian, thus ‘Calcio Storico’ can be translated as ‘Historical Football/Soccer’. However, this unique Italian sport is more like […]

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Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ locations in Venice, Italy

With all the hype about Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ set in Florence, many are overlooking the Venice locations mentioned in the book right at the point when Langdon… Just kidding. We’ll tell you the places mentioned, but we’re not giving away any plot details*! Here is a list of locations in Venice, Italy mentioned in Dan […]

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Dan Brown ‘Inferno’ Inspires Artviva Inferno Florence Tour – See AFP NEWS Video

Journalist Dario Thuburn interviewed Artviva about the impact Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ will have on Florence tourism after Artviva launched the first and original Dan Brown Inferno Tour. See the short video below featuring Dan Brown and one of Artviva’s fab guides – the amazing Elisabetta. Artviva Tours: the first in Florence to offer an Exclusive […]

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Enoteca: the great Italy wine tradition

It is quite normal for Italians to take a long lunch break to enjoy a nice lunch of pasta followed by a meat main, usually accompanied by local wine. Now, if it’s so common for Italians to have a glass or two of wine a day each – and that’s just at lunchtime! –  you […]

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Inferno: Vasari, Dante & the Battle of Marciano

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Nowadays Tuscany is synonymous with relaxing vacations involving wine tastings, long lunches in a hilltop town and meandering about the most breathtaking scenery you can imagine. However, some of the most quaint Tuscan villages actually share a long and violent history involving bloody battles, deep deceptions and  frightening feuds that spanned centuries. Some of these […]

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