Useful Italian Travel Phrases

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Ok, so now you’ve made it to Italy! Your tours are booked, your days are planned, your camera is on hand, and your taste buds are ready to tuck into wonderful Italian food. Great! You didn’t forget anything. Except for … LEARNING ITALIAN! Lucky for you, most travelers that visit… Read More

Ordering Pizza al Taglio in Rome

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No trip to Rome is complete without experiencing a staple of Roman food: “pizza al taglio.” This dish originated in Rome and can be found on almost every street. “Pizza al taglio” is pizza by the slice, paid for by weight, and translates to “cut pizza.” No worries if you… Read More

17 Fun Facts About Naples, Italy

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Naples, known as Napoli in Italian, is one of the most iconic cities in Italy and one of the most popular destinations in the entire Mediterranean region. The Naples skyline features the looming Mount Vesuvius which erupted in 79 AD and buried the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Its history… Read More

9 hidden gems of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

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The Gothic Quarter, or Barri Gòtic in Catalan, is a neighborhood rich in history and full of historical monuments and must-see sites. Dating back to the year 133 BC, the land that the Gothic Quarter sits on today is where the Romans first settled and built. By the 2nd Century,… Read More

3 Active Volcanoes in Italy

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Most people don’t think of volcanoes when they think of Italy, but believe it or not, Italy is the only European country with active volcanoes! With over twelve volcanoes, it’s home to some of the most dangerous in the entire world. The three main active volcanoes in Italy are Etna,… Read More

Avoid Losing your Italian Goodies to Customs

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Your Italian adventure has come to an end and you managed to snatch up plenty of souvenirs along the way.  For American travelers, the moment after a long flight arrives when you must fill out your customs form to re-enter the USA. You hesitate on the “goods to declare” section, and… Read More

Emperor Nero

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7 fun facts and a brief look at Nero Depending on what you’ve heard about Nero, you might not think there can be any “fun facts” about him. But, you would be mistaken. Emperor Nero was the last emperor in the Julio-Claudian dynasty. He was born in A.D. 37, became… Read More

Guanciale vs Pancetta vs Bacon

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Make no mistake about it, Italians love their bacon as much as Americans!  You will often see them head out to their local butcher and stock up, especially if they’re making some of their favorite dishes such as bucatini all’amatriciana or spaghetti alla carbonara. There is one key ingredient to such loved Italian… Read More

Nude Beaches in Italy

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When you think about Italy, you may think of beautiful Italian coastal beaches with picturesque hidden coves. But what you might not know is that there is nearly one nude beach in every coastal city in Italy. Italians hold very progressive views about nudity and sex, much more than Americans,… Read More

12 Homes of Celebrities in Italy

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Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The country is known for its fashion, vineyards, architecture, and cuisine. While in Italy, you can visit Venice, the city of canals, or you can visit Rome and see where the gladiators fought. In fact, numerous celebrities throughout the… Read More