Only a 40 minute boat ride from Venice, the small island of Burano is nothing less than eye-catching. With vivid colors everywhere you look, it’s hard not to take a million photos of the gorgeous sight. Although there is no way to verify whether or not this is true, it is said that the tradition…

As one of the countries with the most active volcanoes in Europe, Italy boasts many beautiful black sand beaches throughout the country. We have compiled a list of 5 black sand beaches in Italy that you didn’t know existed! #1 Spiaggia Nere on Vulcano Island This island just north of Sicily is located in the…

Rome is home to a wealth of culture and historic sites. The eternal city, also known as an open air museum, has so many interesting sites that you could spend hours visiting. So it’s no surprise there that the city includes many churches that you need to visit during your trip to Italy. Check out…

If you want to see the Pope while you are in Rome, head to St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on any Wednesday or Sunday morning when Pope Francis is in Rome and you’ll get to see him! Getting there early can help you secure a seat near the route the Pope takes during his…

What comes to mind when the city of Milan is brought up? Shopping? Fashion? Art? There is  no denying that Milan has amazing style and an abundance of magnificent artwork but the beauty of Milan doesn’t stop there. When the sunsets in Milan, there’s no need to be upset that the day has come to…

In the weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday, Venetians don their distinctive masks and celebrate like no other city on earth. During the city’s centuries-old celebration, Carnival, visitors will be treated to the finest earthly pleasures, including succulent food, exquisite music, and perhaps the promise of a romantic escapade…or two! It’s the masks, however, that…

If skiing is your thing, or even if you’re not quite there yet, consider the slopes of Italy for your next getaway. That boot-shaped peninsula on the Mediterranean has a plethora of world-class ski resorts scattered from the Alps to the Dolomites. All spaghetti legs? No worries. The only requirements on these slopes are a…

There is no more magical place to ring in the new year than in Venice, Italy. People from all over the world descend on the famous city to take in the splendor of the holiday season, culminating with a festive party on the last day of the year. With the city all aglow in lights,…

As Christmas approaches, churches all over the world put up outdoor Nativity scenes for their neighbors to enjoy, and to perhaps reflect on the meaning of this annual feast. As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. This visual lesson receives no greater attention than at Saint Peter’s Square in the…

The Feast of the Seven Fishes (Festa dei sette pesci) is an Italian-American Christmas Eve tradition that dates from the early 1900s. The custom is an adaptation of la vigilia (“the eve” or “the vigil”), a Christmas Eve celebration throughout Italy. Many Italians traditionally abstain from meat on Christmas Eve and the eves of other Christian holidays.…