In Italy, eating establishments dominate every city block. I say establishments because a restaurant or “ristorante” encapsulates only one specific kind of eatery. They all have different designated names which determine the specific dishes offered, the fare, and the atmosphere. Whether it’s understanding the difference between a bar and a pasticceria or an osteria vs.…

When traveling to Naples, you will find red horn-shaped talisman charms called “cornicelli” hanging everywhere in the streets. They make for a great souvenir to remember your trip by, however it would be a shame to overlook the rich historic origins of this iconic charm.  Since ancient times, people have believed in the power of…

If you’re looking for a dining experience that is steeped in history read further for a guide to the best, oldest eateries in the Eternal City. One of the greatest joys of visiting Italy is sampling the amazing food Italians have been perfecting for hundreds of years. Even if you don’t know your tagliatelle from…

The Italian approach to food is often underpinned by the phrase “zero kilometer”, which refers to the usage of local foods that have not traveled far after production. This principle begins with Italian people’s dedication to local and regional specialties. Italy is divided into twenty regions, each with their own distinct recipes and culinary traditions.…

If you are thinking of going to Rome on vacation or on a business trip, you will want to check out the bookstores carrying English-speaking books there. Find the perfect guide book for your stay, or a great book to curl up with at night or on the flight home. Close to the Trilussa in…

I spoke with Angelo Carotenuto co-owner and founder of LivItaly Tours about responsible tourism and LivItaly’s dedication to providing quality tour services that adhere to the standards of responsible tourism. Angelo, originally from Rome, shares how his heritage has influenced his commitment to showing travelers his country in a respectful, responsible and eco-conscious manner. To…

Like most things in Florence, the local restaurants that are worth a visit are usually the city’s oldest and most loved by locals and travelers alike. If what you are looking for is an authentic Italian meal, steeped in history, this guide is where to start. The restaurants listed here have decades of experience in…

Located in Italy’s Puglia region is the unique town of Alberobello. Characterized by its marvelous whitewashed limestone huts with cone shaped roofs, this village has been certified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its rich cultural and historical significance. While driving through the hilltop Rione Monti district, you will pass by hundreds of these…

Found on the Sicilian flag, hung outside Sicilian homes and businesses, and sold in trinket form in the streets of Sicily is the mysterious Trinacria: the symbol of Sicily. Three bent legs likely belonging to a woman, protrude from the head of hideous mythological gorgon Medusa. Venomous snakes grow from her head in place of…

Halloween is almost here! In the spirit of the spooky season, here are ten historic cemeteries in Italy worth a visit: 1. CEMETERY OF SAN MICHELE, VENICE San Michele is a Venetian Island dedicated almost exclusively as a cemetery. Mauro Codussi’s Chiesa di San Michele of 1469, the first Renaissance church in Venice, and a…

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