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Christmas in Italy: tastes and traditions

Food in Italy at any time of the year is pretty amazing. At Christmas time however, there are many great traditional Christmas recipes that are prepared and shared around large dinner tables with all the family. These recipes are not only … Continue reading

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Top Travel Tips for Italy Trips: How to Pack

Packing well can mean the difference for a great holiday in Italy, which is why we have put together some travel advice for packing and preparing for a trip to Italy. 1. Many accommodations in Italy are not equipped with … Continue reading

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Fairytale wedding in Italy… just not as you imagined!

We love sharing great Italy stories on our tours and thought we’d also share this funny Italian fable, How the Devil Married Three Sisters. It featured in Italian Popular Tales by Thomas Frederick Crane, whilst an alternative version titled Silver … Continue reading

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Top Travel Tips for Italy Trips: Communication

Visiting Italy? We’ve created a series of fun videos that provide serious points of Italy travel advice and the first one is out now!         Be sure your immersion into the Italian culture doesn’t turn into a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Traditional Italian Christmas Sweets: Panettone, Panforte & Pandoro

Panetone, Panforte and Pandoro are some of Italy’s greatest Christmastime traditions. The origins of these delicious traditional Italian sweets are hidden in the names, with ‘pane’ in Italian means bread. ‘Pandoro’ translates to ‘golden bread’ for its colour, ‘Panforte’ to … Continue reading

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The fine art of coffee

As any Italian will tell you, there is certainly a fine art to making good coffee. And now, there is also good coffee making fine art! Artist Karen Eland re-creates classic artworks using coffee. Not only are figures from famous … Continue reading

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Good Morning in Florence

The morning sun glows off the façades of the Florentine buildings, rendering brilliant the typical pale citrus tones of their façades. The street sweepers have just passed by on their morning trail, leaving an almost after-the-rain freshness about the air. … Continue reading

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Mona Lisa’s Bones – the search continues…

Subject of songs (lots & lots of songs!) and several films, the alluring smile of the Mona Lisa has captivated people’s hearts, minds and immagination since Leonardo da Vinci put paint to poplar panel in the 1500s. Whilst the Musèe … Continue reading

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