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Italy tourist Attractions: There is no dearth of places tourists can travel to in this small country, which has a rich cultural heritage. Apart from the great cities of Rome, Milan and Venice, tourists often travel to the majestic Alps in the northern part of the country. One of the most famous spots in Italy is the Bay of Naples. Italian culture is so diversified that every region in the country has a different culture. So if you are planning to travel to Italy and would like to know the country well, you need to plan a long vacation. You can travel by sea, road or air within Italy. The transport facilities are excellent. Italy, located in southern Europe, is one of the most favored destinations for tourists from all over the world. It is also popularly called "the boot" due to its geographical shape. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? It goes without saying that Rome has a rather prominent past. Lets see, in Rome you will find…[deep breath]…the Vatican, Coliseum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Church of Saint Agnese, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and a guy name Allassandro. Just making sure you’re paying attention. Milan's main attraction, The Duomo is the third largest church in the world, and took nearly 450 years to build. The construction of the Duomo began in 1386 and was completed in 1805 by Napoleon. This fabulous Gothic style church is a must see for any tourist. For the sporting fans a visit to the Meazza Stadium, better known as the San Siro should be rewarding. This is one of the best football stadiums in Italy. Daily visits to the San Siro are available with access to the stadium and changing rooms. Indeed, Rome is filthy with historically significant attractions. It seems you can’t turn around without bumping into something an Emperor built, captured or destroyed. When your mind and heart are on complete cultural overload, there is always the Italian Countryside to soothe your senses. Rent a villa in a charming Tuscan hill town like Siena, San Giminiano or Montepulciano. Relax, take time to explore the beautiful vineyards and old medieval town centers in the region. The historic city of Turin is in the northwest part of Italy. Snow-capped mountains surround it and the Pro River runs close by. Not known for tourism, the city of Turin is shedding that image—thanks in part to the 2006 Winter Olympics. Shopping in Turin is also your opportunity to purchase many handmade Italian items to bring back home. It's easy to find and purchase locally made apparel, jewelry, chocolates and more. Probably the most recognizable feature on Europe's map, Italy's ever- stylish boot stretches from the Alps in the north, 760 miles south to the Mediterranean. Off the west coast of Italy lies the Tyrrhenian Sea, while the east coast is kissed by the Adriatic. With a population over 58 million, and land mass of 300,000 square kilometers, Italy is the fourth largest country in western Europe and has so much to offer tourists and vacationers you will be spoiled for choice. Eating Out in Italy: Venice and Its Cuisine: Eating out in Venice can be a very unsatisfying experience for the casual traveler. With a local population of only 60.000 people and several millions tourists to feed each year, most restaurant owners in Venice couldn't care less if you feel ripped-off when it comes the time to pay the bill. Fortunately this attitude, while not uncommon, is not generalized. There are still some 'local' places to eat, and it is possible to eat a good meal while paying prices that are only slightly higher than elsewhere in Italy. To get a truly Italian experience it is always best to eat where locals eat. This means that the menu will be written only in Italian and you are expected to know what all of the items on the menu are. You should also keep in mind that Venice is a popular destination for Italians as well as foreigners. If you see a crowd of Italian speaking people seating outside of a restaurant, do not assume they are 'locals'. Chances are they are tourists just like you. As a quick rule of thumb: you should avoid all the places where a 'tourist menu' is advertised as well as those with pictures of the food on the outside. Waiters in bow ties or who tout for customers outside the door are also warning signs. Wine prices are another useful indicator. In an average restaurant you'd expect to find house wine (vino della casa) listed by the quarter and half-liter. Half of a liter should only cost something like 5 Euros. Watch out if they only serve bottles of wine at 20 Euros and above. Although Venice is not considered to be one of the capitals of the Italian cuisine, it is nearly impossible for a traveler to miss one of the most rewarding holiday experiences: enjoying a good meal in a truly unique surrounding. At the very least, an evening meal represents an opportunity to refuel after a day full of activities. Being in Venice, you have to do your homework. Search the Internet for comments coming from people that has already been in Venice or ask a local contact if you know someone you can trust. Booking ahead is always a good idea, especially for evening meals, at busy times like summer weekends, and if you want a special table. As for the various kind of food establishments, Venice is no different from the rest of Italy. A 'ristorante' generally indicates an upscale establishment, while a 'trattoria' is a more humble, traditional eatery, serving simple filling dishes. A pizzeria is a place where you can eat pizza; not really a specialty in Venice although there are a couple of decent pizza places. An 'osteria' (or ostaria) is similar to a trattoria, but with a slant towards drinking: instead of a full meal, you might have some wine along with a plate of food or a lighter snack. Like the osteria, a Venetian 'bacaro' offers a chance to eat some food in a less formal context. The busy Venetians frequently eat quickly and lightly, selecting snacks called 'cicchetti' from a display at the counter, then eating them standing or seated on stools. In Venice restaurants (but this is true for the rest of Italy as well) you should expect to pay as much as 2 Euros per person on top of the price of what you have ordered. This is called 'coperto' and it accounts for the table dressing and the small basket of bread you will be provided. A few restaurants also add on up to 12% as an additional service charge although this is unusual and should be stated in the price list. Italians tend to tip a few euros rather than the 10% or more which is common elsewhere: However, there is no strict rule about tipping and in family-run restaurants where you are served by the proprietors it is common not to tip at all. As you may expect, in Venice you will find a lot of seafood and lagoon fish on offer. 'Polenta', a coarse ground cornmeal generally made into a mush-like porridge, is a regional specialty, often served with fish, meat, mushrooms or 'gorgonzola' cheese. Seasonal specialties include peas and 'radicchio', both of which used in the preparation of rice based dishes ('risotto'). Pasta is not as widely used as it is in other Italian regions but there are a few typical recipes like 'bigoli in salsa' (thick homemade spaghetti in anchovy sauce). Other local dishes you might see on a menu include 'sarde in saor' (marinated sweet and sour sardines), 'castraure' (baby artichokes), 'seppie in nero' (cuttlefish in its ink), 'granseola' (spider-crab), 'fegato alla veneziana' (calf's liver with onions) and 'carpaccio' (thin-sliced raw beef). Desserts are not usually terribly good in Venice - typically the choice is something like dry local Burano cookies, panna cotta or tiramis?r /> The area around Rialto is chock full of eating places and the most popular food shops and bars are here as well. Needless to say, this is also the area where most tourists use to gather. If you are adventurous enough to wander around, you may be rewarded. Venice lies on an a small island so you really can't get lost and chances are you will bump into the thriving little 'baccaro' where you can get a plate of assorted appetizers for less than 10 euros. Quite often you won't find tables in there and no waiter service as well, so simply go to the counter, have some snacks and a glass of wine, and enjoy the taste of the hidden Venice. Country of Oxymoron: To say that Italy is the country of oxymoron would hardly be an exaggeration. It is a modern, industrialized nation, yet a large part of its land is agricultural. It is the harbinger of style, with its designer brands leading the pack all over the world, yet, at the same level, it is a typical Mediterranean country. Italians like to live modern lifestyle, yet they lay an emphasis on the traditions and rituals of the Catholic Church. It is known for its exotic wines, yet you would find many in Italy denouncing wine culture. As said, Italy is the country of oxymoron. You would get see Italian oxymoron in its towns, both large and small. These are five Italian towns most visited by the globetrotters: Rome Rome hosts glorious remnants of erstwhile Roman empire. The city has an array of ancient monuments, interesting medieval churches, beautiful fountains, museums, and Renaissance palaces. Even a week's time would be less to visit all historical assets of Rome. Modern Rome is a lively city with excellent restaurants and nightlife. The Vatican City, the seat of Pope, consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome. St. Peter's Basilica is a famous attraction within Vatican City. The most impressive features in Rome comprehend the Trevi fountain and the Spanish Steps, the Roman heritage sights such as the Pantheon, the Colloseum and the Forum Romanum, the museums and the world famous churches like Giovanni and Saint Maria Maggiore. Milan Milan is the laboratory of artistic experiments. The Duomo, the second largest cathedral of the world and the world's largest collection of marble statues, is the most popular attraction in Milan. Other major attractions are the Castello Sforzesco, the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, the Palaeo-Christian Basilica of San Lorenzo, the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, containing drawings and notebooks by Leonardo da Vinci and is one of the main repositories of European culture. The town is the home of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, houses the Last Supper, one of the most famous paintings of Leonardo da Vinci. Venice Venice is an urban masterpiece that has canals instead of streets. In Venice, all defining moments of life like weddings, funerals, carnivals and regattas are performed on water avenues, which is an unforgettable experience off visitors. The classic gondola ride with the opera-warbling operator is on must-do list. For cheerful bars and restaurants, visit the area surrounding Campo di Santa Margarita in San Polo. Saunter through the romantic back streets to see the personal side of Venice. Naples Naples is an extraordinarily vibrant town with geographically blessed surroundings. The giant of Mount Visuvius always keeps the city under its shadow. Sitting between a volcano and the deep blue sea, it offers contrasting scenic views. The food (especially pizza) is great, something not to be missed. Opera, classical music and jazz are ingrained in the town's culture. The city's culture is influenced by Spanish and French influences to large extent. Florence Florence is the Renaissance capital of the world. Its world-renowned sons are Leonardo Da Vinci, Dante Alighieri, Machiavelli, Fra Angelico and Michelangelo. During the Italian Renaissance period, Florence constructed its renaissance palaces and squares, making the town a live museum. It is a town of incomparable indoor pleasures. Spirit of Renaissance can be seen in full glory in its chapels, galleries and museums. Take out sufficient time for Italy travel if you wish to understand the country properly. Italy has so many variants of itself that you would just feel short of time when touring the country. Lessons Of Life In The Cradle Of Civilization In Italy: The road from the south of France to Central Europe inevitably passes through the Alps of northern Italy, most unfriendly and severe lands of Italy. Liguria, Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto ... It will bring a traveler to the most important cities, major centers of European civilization - Genoa, Milan, Turin, Ferrara, Venice. Cities of northern Italy once turned the whole history of imperial Europe into a completely new direction. Being formally a part of one or another empire they could assert their rights for independence with arms in their hands. Sometimes this ability led them too far and they began to bring major harm to each other. And then the intention for independence turned out the reverse side, when the successful confrontation with both the emperor and the pope created favorable conditions for growing in its environment a tyrant who knows no restraint in his violent whims. However, such conditions in Italy proved to be beneficial for development of crafts, military science, commerce, city self-administration... Now, hopefully, both wars and tyranny have become a part of history, but cities of Italy extricating from their complicated urban problems don't get tired of remembering that their history, according to their famous compatriot's admonition, has never stopped to serve as a "teacher of life". Now, hopefully, both wars and tyranny have become a part of history, but cities of Italy extricating from their complicated urban problems don't get tired of remembering that their history, according to their famous compatriot's admonition, has never stopped to serve as a "teacher of life". Ferry boats in Italy and their heightened popularity: When you speak about transportation in Italy, there are very few things that come close to the convenience and the area covered by ferry boats. While roads do come very close, most of the roads that connect the popular cities are often clogged up and might work up your frustration. Hence, to avoid them, you need to choose a method of getting from point A to point B without leaving you completely frustrated in the end. There are many ways of doing so, and one of these happens to be ferry boats. Once you hear all that these boats have to offer, you might consider opting for these the next time you are travelling. If you are not familiar with ferry boats in Italy and the number of providers, then this should serve you as an eye opener. There are a number of different ferry boat providers in the area, namely Ferrovie dello Stato, Tirrenia Navigazioni, Grandi Traghetti, Trans Tirreno Express, Moby Lines, and Sardinia Ferries. These are the main operators, while there are many other smaller ones as well. Many of the ferry operators even take you around on the lakes, on which you can appreciate the beauty of the many towns that have come up around these lakes. There are even summer cruises on offer by these ferry boats in Italy. In fact, many of the cruises are built such that they show you a little of the town around and still keep you excited and feeling adventurous. In fact, most of the cruises are in one of the many big lakes that Italy is blessed with. For a truly unique perspective of the country, you should go on one of the cruises if you are visiting the country. In fact, book early as these cruises are extremely popular and highly sought after by many people. For those of you who want to use the boats only for travelling between two places, there are these kinds of boats available as well. In fact, if it is purely fun that you are behind there are boats here that have fully loaded decks and all sorts of amenities for you to take advantage of. Some of the boats in the fleet are large enough to have a high end restaurant and gaming options that you can indulge in while on the boat. The number of features that you might actually make use of is debatable but it is nevertheless a good option to have, in case you ever need it. The Perfect Holiday Homes in Italy - Villas: A rented villa is the perfect accommodation for the people who are interested to go for a holiday to the place of the olive oil, wine, pasta and the renaissance palaces and the Roman ruins – the beautiful Italy. Besides taking pleasure in the wonderful sightseeing of the wonderful place, a lot of fun activities are available for the tourists to spend a memorable time on the holidays. If you rent out a villa in Florence Villa rentals, beautiful landscapes are guaranteed to you. The advantages are not limited to that only. You are destined to towns of beautiful hills, incredible food, far-fetched wine and art-works of Renaissance. Other towns like Siena, Arezzo, Gubbio, Assisi, Cortona, Sansepolcro, Spoleto Todi, and Orvieto are nearby the capital city of the region of Italy, Tuscany. Tourists can take great pleasure in sailing, windsurfing and boat trips in the largest lake of the peninsular of Italy, the Lake Trasimeno. Kite surfing is another fun activity for the tourists. Riding stables are available nearby most of the Florence Villas and people can enjoy a walk on the hills that are of the Tuscany Umbria Border. Pools are available in almost all the villas that are available for renting. Spending the lazy time near the pool is the best way to relax and reduce stress. Spending the holiday in Italy in the rented villas in Florence, Rome or Sicily is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy the vacation with family or friends. The villa rentals save a wad of your money as the charge is based on weekly or monthly system and the number of people in your group does not affect the charge of the villa, unlike the charging systems of hotels, motels or any other accommodations. Feel at home even being in a far away country! World Heritage in Italy's little known Basilicata: World heritage Of all of Italy's regions that of Basilicata is arguably the least well known. Found in the arch of Italy's "boot", it is a small region with a coastline between Campania and Calabria on the Tyrrhenian sea and a larger one on the Gulf of Taranto. For one of Basilicata's attractions, the coastal town of Maratea is a piece of beachside bliss just south of the more famous Amalfi coast and yet more protected from tourist crowds. It has a great statue of Jesus atop its mountain to rival that of Rio de Janiero. The rugged mountain ranges of Basilicata have a wide variety of cultural and scenic cycling routes that have been well documented by the local council. The Maratea to Rotonda route, for instance, begins in the beach area of Maratea, dips into two valleys, and finishes at the base of the Pollino National Park. Another variation passes the point where Spartacus was believed to have been killed. For a slice of pre-history, the "Sassi" in the town of Matera are ancient Paleolithic rock homes. They are listed as part of UNESCO's cultural world heritage and the town of Matera was used by Mel Gibson for the film The Passion of the Christ for its likeness to ancient Jerusalem. An integral part of southern Italy are the traditional festivals and Basilicata region is no exception. One particular celebration is the marriage of the trees, an agricultural-based festival particularly strong in the village of Accettura. It's a good excuse to also delve into more of Basilicata region's "slow food" style. Capri, Italy: A Destination for the Young and Beautiful: If you wish to have fun and enjoy at leisure with your partner on a short visit in Italy, Capri is the right place. It is a beautiful little paradise island, which is ideal for young lovers or couples and for the pairs, who believe being so. It is also an exciting resort for the honey moon; if you have heard of a popular movie Blow hot, blow cold, it was made in Capri! The isle is red with clayey soil and is believed to have been invaded, during war times. The rocky island is coral culture around. This small place for fun can be reached in an hour sailing in ferry or a hydro in less than an hour from Naples, a town western end of Italy and closer to the capital Rome. Caprit is closer from Sorrento, and it takes half of the time to sail on sea, you may choose a longer pleasurable journey. It is exciting to travel either way to Capri. To reach by road, you can take the motorway A1 or A14 from the East to Naples. However, do remember that you cannot use your car in the island, unless you are a foreigner. Of course, Rome can be reached by air or train and then by a local transport to reach Sorrento or Naples. The specialty of Capri is the charming sail around the isle. As you sail you see pinky corals clinging on to the rocky mountain. The coast drive around is the most pleasurable but do not have expectations of beaches, although there are some tiny ones. An unforgettable memory will be created, when you sail in small boats and go into the large cave in to the dark rocks lighted gently with bluish sea water. The Capri Town has to do has good hotels, an old church and perceivable feel of holiday. Most people make it a day trip, but an overnight stay is exciting with the quiet isle surrounded, later in the evening, after the crowds of day trippers have gone, and you will also wake up a stunningly marvelous and pleasant morning. Capri has hotels that fit into most pockets, and it also offers up to five star classes of luxury hotels. However, it makes sense to stay at Naples over a night to visit Capri by the next day, keeping an option to spend the night at Capri. Naples and Sorrento offer a variety of hotels to choose from. Just in case you are on a longer holiday, you can take a tour with an operator on the sea to see Sicily and Venice, surrounded by waters. The other of place interest is Genoa Harbor and a journey by train will be memorable along the sea shore with sea on one side and tall mountains on the other side, you will cruise through very many long tunnels. When you see this miraculous Capri once in your life, you will recommend anyone for a cruise down there! Shopping Tips while Visiting Rome, Italy: In Rome, you can get to shop for everything ranging from clothes, jewelry, apparel, antiques to chocolates, books, novelties and house wares. While shopping in the historic city of Rome, you can experience an amazing blend of style, fashion, class, elegance and sophistication in each and every shopping item you come across. The best of apparel shops that you can visit Italy trips include Giorgio Armani, Brioni, Chanel, Ciesse, Fendi, Femme Sistina and Gianni Versace. The common thing about these shops is that they are all in Rome. If you are totally passionate about accessories and religiously believe that they can make or break your outfit, you are up for some good news. You can find everything ranging from the celebrated Giorgio Sermoneta Gloves and the Gucci luxury accessories to the Vincelli silk assortments. Coming to fabrics, the Casa Del Tessuto stocks fabrics made by the best designers of the world. This shop is renowned for stocking the best wedding dress fabrics and amazing collection of Italian silk. If you are a woman, you have got to have a weak spot for jewelry. In Rome you have the leading jewelry outlets of Bulgari, Giovannetti and Pomellato. Hit these stores and shop for the best jewelry that you can lay your hands on. Italian shoes are world famous for their style quotient, comfort and the versatility of designs. The Moccia, Petrocchi and the Re Mishelle are the leading brands of Italian shoes for which you can shop at Rome. If you are up for some budget shopping of clothes and accessories, you can very well visit the Dress Agency Donna, located at Rome's Via del Vantaggio. Here you can shop for used designer clothes, bags, shoes, jewelry and accessories; and all these items are found in a condition as good as new. In Rome's Chocolate and Praline Cioccolateria, you will get to taste the most exotic and delicious chocolates during your Italy travel. For all those who want to take back gifts and novelties from Rome, you can visit the Alba Ricami Di Firenze, the Archaeoart and the L'Artigianato. To shop for house wares, go to Stilvetro or Spazio Sette. So when in Rome, get ready to shop till you drop. Traveling In Italy Is An Experience To Remember: Traveling in Italy can be a very exciting and entertaining trip to take. The country of Italy is very romantic, beautiful, and historical as well. The people there live vibrant lifestyles and the country has a full and interesting history. The best kind of European experiences can be found in Italy because it is both modern and ancient at the same time. People who love art and history can come here and wallow in their perspective loves. Tourists come here and can almost feel and see how the people lived their lives in the time of the Roman Empire, even in the bigger cities. The Renaissance brought many artistic artifacts and the spirit of that era is quite special. 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You can enjoy all the care and comfort by traveling in these cars. You will not be lost any where in Italy and make your trip to Italy a memorable one. Plan your travel in Italy with Car Hire in Italy There are plenty of car hires in Italy and Car Hire in Italy operates between the cities. Each city in Italy is known for its beauty and splendid designs; you can enjoy each and every parts of the city with safe travel and luxury. There are many hotels in Italy which gives you car rental option, you need to inform about the bookings in advance. Car Hire in Italy helps you to save time and money The Car Hire in Italy is booming business and most of the tourist depends up on cars for traveling in and around the city. During the festive seasons, there is a high demand for these taxis. These car rental agencies help to save your time and money, if you have a small budget, you can hire these taxis. These taxis can be used for your tours along with your family and friends. There are SUV model cars for hire, which you can use it for your family. Seek the help form the experts for your travel plans If you are not aware of the travel agencies and companies in Italy, you can take the help from travel agents and tour companies. The airport is the best place to get all your solution to your travel plans. There are many counters from where you can book the cars. The online search also helps you to find the car hire; you can even book the car through the net. Eating Out in Italy: Elba Island and the Tuscan Archipelago: Lying in a broad arch off Tuscany's coast in the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Tuscan Archipelago is Europe's largest protected marine park. The archipelago encompasses seven main islands and several smaller islets stretching from Gorgona in the north (almost on the same latitude as Florence) to Giannutri in the south vith Capraia, Elba, Pianosa, Montecristo, and Giglio in betweeen. Most of the islands are accessible to tourists, with the exceptions of Montecristo, which is open only to marine research scientists, and Gorgona, home only to a large prison. By far the largest and best known is Elba, which is linked to Piombino on the mainland by regular hydrofoil and ferry services. Famous as the place where Napoleon was briefly exiled before his final defeat at Waterloo, it has lovely beaches, campsites shaded by pines and, last but not least, a flavorful and tasty traditional fare. The food of the Tuscan Archipelago is characterized by the simplicity of the ingredients and the wide variety of recipes, due to the isolation of the various communities over the centuries. Each island has absorbed different cultures and customs into its traditional cuisine. This is particularly evident in the larger islands such as Elba, where traditional cooking offers differences and variations from one area to the next. In Portoferraio there is the Savoy cabbage, in Capoliveri the potato, egg and onion soup, In Marciana the stuffed sardines and in Rio Marina the 'guruglione (a spanish influenced vegetable soup). Fish is certainly the king of cooking in the Tuscan Archipelago: from boiled octopus to 'zerri', a delicious variety of local fish served fried, roasted, marinated, in soups or in stews. The archipelago's tastiest seafood recipes include spaghetti with spider crab or fresh tuna sauce, anchovies with pesto, stuffed squid, squid with chard and the ubiquitous 'cacciucco' (a variation on the famous fish soup from Livorno). Elba cuisine offers some great soups in the Tuscan tradition. The most popular recipes are made with 'cavolo nero' and beans or with fresh chard and egg. This was traditionally prepared by the island's farmers for the 'Lombards', a generic term used for the seasonal labourers. As well as squid, Capraia is known for its sammule (wild garlic) and wild asparagus fritters. Specialties from the island of Giglio include 'coniglio alla cacciatora' (wild rabbit cooked in a spicy tomato sauce), 'baccalà in agrodolce' (salt cod in a sweet and sour sauce) and 'tonnina salata' (fresh tuna immersed in salted water and then placed in brine). All of the tasty dishes mentioned above are almost always accompanied by some local wine. Despite the decrease of the vineyard area over the last years, Elban grapes manage to produce an array of fine wines, which for some years now have been given the D.O.C. certification label (the Italian equivalent of the French A.O.C.). Among the most renowned are Elba Bianco (white), Elba Rosso (red), Rosato (rosè), Moscato and Aleatico, both of which are sweet dessert wines. Speaking of dessert wines, it is only natural to mention a popular Elba Island treat called 'Schiaccia Briaca' (literally 'drunk cake', where the cake is drunk with Aleatico). Schiaccia Briaca is made with kneading flour, wine, sultanas and dried nuts. Except from the wine, many of the same ingredients can be found also in the 'panficato', coming from Giglio Island. Being a popular travel destination, the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago are fille with restaurants and other eateries, even though most of the establishments are open from late spring to early autumn only. Many of the archipelago's restaurants offer a variety of traditional dishes and the quality is generally good. Before entering a place, however, it is always a good idea to take a look at the price list displayed outside of the premise. Smaller islands tend to be more expensive than mainland Italy and the Tuscan Archipekago makes no exception to this rule. If you are on a tight budget, attending one of the many food festivals held throughout the year is an excellent way to taste some of the local specialties spending only a few euros. Among the several celebrations taking place periodically, the traditional 'Squid Festival' held on November in Capraia deserves a special mention. The festival begins with a squid fishing contest and continues the following day with all the fished squids cooked and eaten on the spot. Hotels in Italy - Offer You Outstanding Amenities: Italy is among the most traveled locations on the planet, a veritable vacationer's paradise; the country provides a host of opportunities for even probably the most discerning traveler. Its numerous architectural wonders that bespeak of man made splendor and also the rolling verdant hills which are reflective of their natural opulence, along with the lip smacking benefit of Italian cuisine has made the nation a favorite among travelers from the world over. It is no wonder then that you have a host of accommodation choices for weary travelers to unwind and relax as they plan their next exciting day in the country. 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Usually you can find low prices for the single room service as well as the other services like transfers, meals etc...you need to pay another price. * Choose accommodation services close to the attractions you'll visit Watch in the map from the place you'll visit all of the attractions, services available and the accommodation location to be able to calculate the distances, time and price of transfers. You could lay aside more than 30% in gas or car hire. 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If you are into a more quiet living then the fields of Tuscany overlooking its capital Florence may be exactly what the doctor ordered. The hills are surrounded by huge sunflowers and villas made of stone built into the hillsides. The total vista of sunflowers are a breathtaking experiences all of its own. These gigantic flowers are so tall that they can cover your home below them. Florence must be a part of your Italy travel; it is absolutely gorgeous. This beautiful town is the capital of Tuscany and has incredible shops lining the streets. You can buy fresh meats, veggies, flowers and pasta products. It is really difficult to get around by car, so bikes or motor bikes are used for travel around town. Home spaces stand stories above ground level to give residents the quiet and escape from the everyday business from below. You will definitely want an apartment up high to drown out the sounds from the busy streets below. Traveling In Italy Seduces Through The Ages: During the nineteenth century, traveling in Italy was considered one of the essential destinations for the grand tour of Europe. Travelers knew its aesthetic and educational aspects were the finishing touches to their cultural foray. They visited Naples, Rome, Venice and Florence with small towns and villages in between. Author Henry James set many of his novel and stories in Italy. He often spent six months at a time working in a villa in Florence, or a palazzo in in Rome. In his later years he fell in love with Venice. He wrote descriptively of the pure light air, the splendid golden light and wonderful views. The spell was often so seductive he was unable to work. Mr. James was able to show with a few succinct passages the sumptuous spell the cities possessed. In his novels, stories, travel writings and letters readers were brought into the colorful Italian life. With a few skillful descriptions, he could conjure up the essence of Venice or Florence. He dreamed of Rome while residing in London. Italy perhaps has seen some changes since the nineteenth century but much is the same. Just as then, tourists flock to its attractions. History buffs, art aficionados, pleasure-seekers and religious pilgrims all convene in the squares this country is famous for. It would take many visits to do justice to the art, architecture and archeology. UNESCO reports that two thirds of historical and artistic heritages are in Italy. If you are a gourmand, Italy boast a marvelous cuisine that is not just about pasta and pizza. Italians pride themselves on inventive dishes with the freshest ingredients, presented to seduce not just the palate, but the eyes. They are also proud of their cheese and gelato. For three thousand years, it has been a major wine-growing country. The wines pair perfectly with the food. Italians know a thing or two about eating and drinking. Italy sits on the Mediterranean with 7,600 miles of shoreline. The sunny beaches rival those anywhere and are a perfect place to relax after all those museums and ruins. Mineral spas surrounded by beautiful parks are another luxurious way to unwind from steeping yourself of the history of civilization. Perhaps a way to shed a few pounds after those Italian indulgences. Italy is also know for designer fashion. The list of easily recognizable names will turn any fashionista into a convert to Italian travel. The country is famous for its gold jewelry, where the standards in design, casting and weaving is unsurpassed. It is also known for leather goods, those exquisite shoes and handbags we covet. Italy will never be remiss in offering intellectual and pleasurable stimulation. It is easy to find all the itineraries and accommodations you seek. You can opt for a first-class hotel or a charming boutique hotel. Maybe your budget does not allow for charming or first-class. There are many small family-run hotels, pensions and youth hostels for the budget-conscious. Apartments with kitchens can be rented if you are traveling with a family. The options for group tours are endless. A quick look online will have you dreaming like Henry James, of those Italian hours. Check out Italy With an Italy Rail Pass: Millions of visitors check out Greece just about every year (mostly throughout the summertime months) and leave the region with numerous terrific recollections that are difficult to neglect. I am convinced that any traveler that has visited Greece will certainly notify you about the purely natural magnificence of the region and about its loaded cultural qualifications. Most travelers pay a visit to the Greek Islands due to the fact they combine all the assets stated over in addition they have superb seashores where by the traveler can appreciate swimming. There are quite a few techniques that a traveler can access the islands. He can possibly go there by air (most important Greek Islands have airports) or by sea. Although the plan of traveling by airplane can be rather tempting and comfy, it can also be alternatively highly-priced. In addition, yet another fantastic thought is taking a cruise to the Greek islands - even so it can also be alternatively high-priced and does not give you the independence to examine the islands by by yourself. In my opinion, the most exciting way to journey as a result of Greek islands is by ferry. Traveling by ferry is most suitable for the kind of traveler that loves the sea and considers ferries as piece of his vacation. These folks are the lucky ones who can deal with a very long ferry journey as a pleasurable issue to do, fairly than a organization traveler who just needs to get to his vacation spot as fast as probable. The ferries in Greece are fashionable, quick and snug. No issue in which way you choose to take a look at Greece and regardless of the time of the year Greece surely give you some unforgettable experiences... The appeal of Italy and Greece is each cultural and hedonistic. As the cradles of Europe's two terrific Classical civilizations, both equally nations are popular for their historic temples and monuments, concentrated principally in the metropolitan areas of Rome and Athens. Located in the southern half of Europe, Italy and Greece share a sunny Mediterranean climate and a correspondingly laid-back again way of everyday living. Away from the key cultural sights, the peaceful countryside, gorgeous beaches, and warm seas guarantee a calm vacation. Venice is a city very not like any other: a stunning treasure home of artwork and architecture, created on a series of islands, wherever there are no autos and the streets are canals. Florence embodies the Renaissance of art and mastering in the 15th century.Familiar masterpieces of the interval,like as this copy of Michelangelo's David, adorn the streets. Rome owes its grandest monuments to the era of papal rule. The huge colonnaded square in front of St. Peter's and the Vatican was produced by Bernini in the 17th century. The Peloponnese, a huge peninsula, linked to the relaxation of the Greek mainland by the Corinth isthmus, abounds in ancient and medieval ruins. The greatly fortified sea port of Monemvasa, in the southeastern corner, has a lot of effectively-preserved Byzantine and Venetian structures. Athens is renowned for its unrivaled collection of Classical antiquities. The globe-famed Acropolis is dominated by the 2,500-yr-old Parthenon, built as an expression of the glory of historical Greece. Crete, the greatest and most southerly of the Greek islands, boasts obvious blue seas and very good sandy seashores. Top 5 "Must See" Italy Tourist Attractions: Italy is the land of culture, arts and monuments. Italy is world-famous for its culinary art, it is known for luxury sports cars and bikes, it is the home to some of the most mind blowing lakes and mountains around the globe and not just this, it has its own style statement - Italy, in its true sense, is a paradise for all travelers. As there are large numbers of places to visit in Italy, it is extremely important that you have enough time to cover all the major Italy attractions. But sometimes you must cut short your holiday and get back to the world of work-pressure. In an effort to help you find the destinations that you just cannot afford to miss while travelling to Italy, we are providing the list of top 5 Italy tourist attractions that you simply must see before you leave Italy. Colosseum in Rome: While in Italy, the first attraction that you should visit is the Colosseum. As a matter of fact, 'colosseum' is the word that you will hear the most while visiting the country. The Colosseum is an elliptical amphitheatre situated in the middle of Rome, Italy's capital. This amphitheatre is the very best illustration of all the Roman architecture and Roman technology. Pompeii: A destroyed and partly buried city, Pompeii one of the most common tourist attractions in Italy, is situated near the modern day city - Naples. A long ruinous eruption of the famous volcano Mount Vesuvius destroyed and buried this city in just two days. Over the course of time, Pompeii went into limbo before it was circumstantially rediscovered again in 1748. Presently, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vatican City: Does it require any introduction? Probably not. It is the center of Catholicism in the world, rich in history and artwork. Situated within the city of Rome, the Vatican City is also the home to the Apostolic Palace - the abode of the Pope. Leaning Tower of Pisa: One of the seven wonders in the world - you might have heard of it often since your childhood days, now the time has come to view it with your own eyes. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a campanile of the cathedral of the city of Pisa. The Grand Canal in Venice: It is an unbelievable experience to be in the Grand Canal in Venice. This excellent canal constitutes one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. Do not miss the chance to travel on the water buses. You can also rent private water cabs. Practical Advice When Traveling In Italy: A nation of world-famous wine and cuisine, medieval palaces and breathtaking Roman ruins, Italy has much to offer travelers. Traveling in Italy can mean many different things, including weeks of exploring iconic cities while experiencing the world's finest cultural and entertainment options. It also easily possible to spend weeks traveling among the hidden gems scattered throughout the countryside. Residents of this country are typically stylish, cultured, warm, and friendly. This country boasts the greatest collection of artistic and architectural treasures on Earth. Cultural masterpieces, vibrant cuisine, fabulous fashion and a splendid natural landscape combine in a country with 44 World Heritage sites. Its marvelous cities including Rome, Venice, and Florence have inspired painters, poets, and casual visitors for centuries. Aside from its famous large cities, Italy features dramatic renaissance hill villages such as San Gimignano in Tuscany, and enchanting seaside fishing villages including the Amalfi coast's spectacular Positano. Visitors have an incredible opportunity to sample fine wines and elegant dishes and wine cellars and vineyards all over the country. In addition to the fabulous art and architecture, nature lovers will find plenty to entertain including cliff diving, skiing, and a number of water sports. Costa Smeralda in Sardinia is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe featuring turquoise sea and plenty of sunshine. Hikers, campers, and adventure seekers are drawn to the snowy, rugger Dolomite mountain range. The Alps separate Italy from the rest of Europe: Slovenia, France, Austria and Switzerland lie to the north. The Alpine region includes Piedmont, Val d'Aosta, Po Plain, and the Dolomites, featuring some of the highest mountains in Europe. The central region is home to Tuscany's famous landscape, backed by snow-capped mountain vistas, rolling green hills and a breathtaking coastline. Umbria, also known as the "green heart of Italy, " features vast olive groves, towering pine trees and enormous plains. South of the Umbria region is Rome and Vatican City. The southern area of the country showcases miles of olive groves and lush forests, with a less dense population than the northern regions. The islands of Ischia, Capri, and Procida can be found in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Visible across the sea from the mainland, Sicily is home to Mount Etna, and active volcano and several lava fields. More islands and a rugged coastline are features of the seaside town of Sardinia. The boot heel region, Puglia in particular, has additional volcanoes and interesting marsh ecosystems. Italy boasts almost 8,500 km of beautiful coastline making it a favorite European beach destination. Modern amenities are commonplace at almost all beaches, and watersports can be found at any of the country's beachside resorts. The Italian Riviera including Liguria and the Amalfi coast have become very popular recently, while the island beaches are usually more secluded. Divers will find plenty to entertain in Sardinia, Mauro, and the Tremiti Islands. Fishing trips are popular in several places around the country. The Sardinian coast and the waters off Sicily are popular fishing destinations, as are Tuscany's and Umbria's many rivers. Whatever kinds of activities you seek, traveling in Italy will provide you with a lifetime of priceless memories. Traveling In Italy Is The Ultimate European Experience: Italy is a unique country. Its architectural legacy and vibrant atmosphere are second to none. In this country with its abundance beauty and a history spanning centuries, the tourist will find much to do and see. Traveling in Italy is truly rewarding. A visit to the country has been called the ultimate experience. Its history is unique and has shaped a country in which art lovers and historians can experience their dreams. The modern, bustling cities are so different and yet so much the same as those of the Roman Empire. The visitor is taken to a time of long ago. That special time lives on because the soul of a nation seldom changes. If you are dreaming a visit to this fascinating land, take full advantage of the opportunity. You need to travel with a plan. First decide on the best time. June to September is tourist trap time. Everything including airfare to accommodation are expensive in high season. Your trip should fall outside of this time. Prices sound a lot better then. In April it is early spring in Italy. Blossoming flowers and trees give this incredible country an even prettier coat. Although the weather can be quite temperamental, most days should be mild and pleasant. Travel insurance is always a must as bad things do happen. Always be prepared. If you travel with your family, you may not even consider being without it. Make sure you know where your passport is and that it is valid. In off-season finding a reasonably priced place to stay should be easy, especially if you move away from the city centre areas. If money is an issue, don't insist on experiencing the finest Italian foods in the best restaurants. They are expensive. You want to save money because there will never be a shortage of places to spend it. Buy your food from food courts or at a store. Places in Rome that should be on your must visit list are the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Roman Forum. Or go to St. Peter's Basilica, the biggest Catholic Church on the planet. It is in Vatican City. The canals and gondolas of Venice is reason enough to go there but the unique old world buildings are something you won't see anywhere else. This old city is exceptional. Do not miss a chance to visit it. If you plan before visiting Italy, you should have so much more to tell on your return than the tale of these two cities. Just think of Milan, Pompeii, and Herculaneum or Pisa. All are unique places, each very famous for different reasons. It will also be worth your while to move away from the cities and visit rural Italy. Do not miss Cinque Terre, a cluster of five small coastal towns. There are many others too. Before you leave, Search the Internet. Learn about the country. Before you go traveling in Italy, have your schedule firmly in your mind and in your pocket. 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