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The Six Best Places to Eat in Rome
Italy; the home of all things wonderful – pizza, pasta, gelato, cappuccinos and sometimes even George Clooney. But then, even within this kingdom of carbohydrates we find the food lovers paradise – Rome.Giorgia Beasley
Proper way to Eat Sushi
Sushi is the original and traditional form of fast food in Japan. So it is meant to be eaten on the go at little sushi bars like the one at Sushi Dai. Due to this, the proper way to eat sushi is all in one go and to also place the sashimi side of the sushi on your tongue not the rice! Even though the sashimi sits on the rice to begin with. I wanted to savour the taste so I was eating it in halves and I was told very politely that the proper way was to eat it in one go, but that I could eat it whichever way I felt comfortable. But hey, when in Rome do as the Romans do.Chanel Donahoe
Venice is expensive – KINDA TRUE
Tourists complain about prices in Venice, that in general are high. First of all, keep in mind that everything is different in this city and there are no cars. This means that it is necessary to arrange special transportations to bring food and goods from the mainland. Venice is made of canals, bridges and islands, everything is less comfortable for workers. Shop rents are extremely expensive too. So, unfortunately, if you want to sleep, eat or buy, prepare to spend a little more than usual. Although Venice is a small city, compared to other famous italian places like Rome or Milan, it is easy to spend a lot of money. If possible, choose a hotel in Cannaregio or Castello (two districts of Venice) where prices are affordable. Don’t worry about distances, in 10-15 minutes walking, you are almost wherever. Before getting inside a restaurant, always check prices outside.Ale Vidal
Italy in the Off Season
I’m going to be honest with you right off the bat here; I can be a bit impatient when I travel following the stress of planes, trains, buses, long lines, getting lost, etc. This shouldn’t keep anyone from seeing the world but if you can relate, I highly recommend visiting Italy, especially Rome, during its quieter months. And even if you can’t, the smaller crowds and calmer environment allow for great photo ops!Tessa Jo Lane
Planning a good visit to The Vatican
Visiting The Vatican may be part of many bucket lists. Besides your religious beliefs this is a must see when in Rome.Vicky Nesci
I know what your going to say “but I cant afford anything else” my dear you are so wrong and I will tell you why. What many people think is that travelling around Europe is more expensive that going to Zante. Whoever tells you this has never tried to travel around Europe. When I decided to take the road less travelled and do something different with my holiday I found a beautiful website called Interailingpackages http://www.interrailingpackages.com/. This website is for what I would like to call “travel noobs” which are people like I was that had no idea what I was doing when it came to booking anything. This website dose everything for you, It books all the hostels, gives you an itinerary, gives you maps, directions, emergency numbers and it even gives you lists of places to eat or top places to go to. The package that I went for let me go to Paris, Nice, Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome cost me about £600 and it is the best money I have ever spent. The package includes accommodation and the Interail ticket (which is a ticket that lets you get on any train in Europe). I could have done it cheaper most likely if I had arranged everything myself but being 17 and a bit of a “travel noob” I felt like it was safer. Eating is also not expensive as long as your careful where you eat. I mean if you eat next to the Trevi fountain your looking at mega bucks but if you find a quiet little take away pasta place and find a bench next to the fountain, in my opinion that’s allot better.lauri-mitchell
The Colosseum The Colosseum- The Colosseum is first on the list this morning. This 2,100 year old fighting ring lay in various states of disrepair for centuries until the start of the 1800’s when work began to restore the mighty ruin. Now at any time you can expect to see scaffolding where once might have hung mighty banners but the Colosseum is never entirely covered. There are many options for entry. From lining up and entering as a self propelled individual to signing up for a timeslot for the underground tour, you can choose the option that suits your budget and time restrictions. Right along side it (and included in any Colosseum ticket) is the Roman forums, an intricate warren of ruins whos construction spans several centuries and used to be the site of the governments of ancient Rome. it will take quite some time to cover all this history so leave yourself the whole morning and check out this post on how to skip the cues! The Roman ForumsGemtherese
Italy in the Off Season: Rome, Florence, Pompeii & Positano
My family and I spent a little over a week in Rome during the winter holidays and it’s impossible to articulate how much we loved it. Definitely one of our best vacations to date. We hit all of the major sights: the Colosseum, Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, Circus Maximus, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Mouth of Truth (for all you Audrey Hepburn fans out there), Palatine Hill, the crypts and catacombs and nearly everything else a tourist is supposed to see in Rome. We also made day trips to Pompeii, Florence, Positano and the Amalfi Coast. My inner twelve-year-old couldn’t handle all of the excitement. I was more than ready for my own Lizzie McGuire / Mary Kate and Ashley experience.Tessa Jo Lane
A Family Road Trip to Italy
When summer of 2015 was ending, my sister had the idea to go on a short family vacation to someplace warm, but close enough to reach by car from our city, Ljubljana. She wanted me to do the planning and then my dad also joined in. He loves Italy a lot and also knows Italian very well, so we quickly decided on our destination: Rome. We planned our 6 days trip to Italy for the last week of October and hoped for good weather and less tourists. Together with my sister’s husband and their 4 years old daughter (my niece), all 5 of us filled up the car and happily started the journey. The plan was to travel slowly and see some interesting places on the way towards the Eternal City.Nina Lozej
Discover Turin, the core of the Italian culture
Turin, the main city of the Piedmont region, is one of the best options you have to discover the traditions and the beauties of Italy. Indeed Turin is very characteristic and, although it isn’t too popular, has got nothing on Milan or Rome. The city offers a lot of attractions, but – don’t worry – this guide will help you choose what places suite most your tastes!Francesca Chiara Lionetti
To all the road trippers, there is some bad news for you. The whole of Cinque Terre is essentially a no car zone. I am not very sure if cars are actually restricted or it is so because it’s practically impossible to manoeuvre a car through its extremely narrow and steep lanes. But if you are on a road trip to Italy and have no option but to get there by your car, I’d suggest that you park at either of the two ends- Monterosso in the north or Riomaggiorre in the South and hike the villages in between. Surely the best way to explore Cinque Terre is on foot(best best best). Also note that parking anywhere in Cinque Terre can be an expensive affair and can be full in the peak season. A cheaper and more convenient option is to park your car at La Spezia Station and get on a train from there. And to people who plan to travel by train, you are already doing the right thing. No tips for you except booking a ticket in advance. A last minute train ticket @Euro 60 from Rome got me to Monterosso in about 3 hours. There are no direct trains to Monterosso. I changed twice, once at Florence, once at Pisa. But the trains were on time and I was travelling light. So changing trains wasn’t a hassle at all.Mastani
If you’re hungry or thirsty in Rimini…
Try to meet domestic people, try local food, and… oh, food! Maybe I’m mixed up somehow, and maybe I should have been born in Italy, because I literaly adore italian cousine, and in Rimini you can try any of famous Apennine specialities. Different types of pasta and pizza are “must try”, but my favourite was lasagna with artichokes – simpy delicious. Beach snacks which you can buy are also tasty and refreshing, for example bits of coconut on a stick (popular “coco bello”) There’s nothing that resembles the sea like smell or taste of coconut… In Rimini I tried many sweets! Cakes are all creamy, and the best were tiramisu and panacota. Apart from that, the most famous “boot” in Europe has exquisite coffee. Probably the best cappuccino with the finest aroma that I’ve tasted was in Rimini, and in Rome later that year. Did you know that is believed that this type of coffee was named after the clothes color of italian catholic monks called Capuchins?kata-rina
Genoa: Birthplace of the Great Explorer Columbus
It is quite puzzling how Genoa has not gotten as popular as its Italian historical neighbors. Yes, we know Rome is an exception, and perhaps, so is Venice, but how was Genoa forgotten or not made popular as Milan or Florence? I suppose half of you might not even know Genoa is Christopher Columbus’ (or Cristoforo Colombo’s, to be more precise) birthplace. His childhood home is now a museum and still stands not too far from the city center.Giselle Cruz
The secrets of Santa Marinella
On a recent trip to Italy my husband and I discovered the seaside town of Santa Marinella. After 3 weeks of travelling we were looking for somewhere close to Fiumicino airport without having to go back into Rome. This was our last stop and we were looking for somewhere to relax and enjoy some seafood without the hustle and bustle of a tourist destination.Jodie Terzis
Benevento: An Italian gem of culture and sorcery
Benevento lies off the beaten track in Italy, allowing you to experience a less traveled world of rich cultural heritage, delicious local food, and that typical ‘southern’ spirit that has remained intact among its residents throughout time. And yet it is not a far-flung travel destination in Italy: Naples, Salerno, and Rome all lie within easy reach of the town. In less than two hours you can also reach the shores of the Adriatic.Lucia Yuki
Reason 1: It’s full of art, everywhere
Milan might be slightly different from other Italian cities like Florence or Rome if we’re talking art, but it does have its own number of amazing monuments and art galleries. First of all, we have to mention the city’s very own symbol, the Duomo cathedral. The church, dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, is representative of the Italian Gothic style and took almost six centuries to be completed. Actually, they never really stopped renovating it through the years, and that originated a very popular common saying, that indicates someone being extra slow at doing something. If you make your reservation on time, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Alps and the entire city from the cathedral’s roof.giada.origlia
ITALY: The Getaway in Rome
ITALY: Places you must visit when in Rome. The Colosseum The Roman Forum The Pantheon The Trevi Fountain The Basilica di Santa Maria MaggioreSam Hirashi
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO ITALY
If you love history , Italy is the place for you .If you love fashion and shopping , Italy is also the place for you . Italy is a unique country .It has the perfect mix of modern civilizations and ancient cultures. Fun Fact : Rome has been founded in 753 BC . That means it’s been around for about 3000 years ! Milan is considered the global capital of modern fashion and design . And that contrast is what makes Italy the perfect place for a family holiday . I visited Italy in the summer of 2016 . That holiday was of of the best I’ever had . So I’ve gathered up a few tips that you need to know before planning your trip to Italy .Maryam Sameh
TUSCANY – THE GARDEN OF ITALY
Rome has always been a must see destination for me. It is one of the prettiest cities in Europe, if not the most pretty one, but i have a thing for the Mediterranean. Really cheap flights, appeared lately. Easy jet, Vueling even Croatia airlines sometimes had affordable tickets from Croatia to Rome. Rome is not a city you’d like to visit during summer because of really high temperatures. Spring would be the perfect time. We went in June, of course. For Tuscany, tough, June is perfect. The nature is blooming and the fragrances of Tuscany are extraordinary! Since it is not so far away from Rome, we decided to spend some days there.Miek
Cities of Italy
Italy is a country with so much to offer! There are loads of lovely cities to visit with so much history to take in. With Rome being the countries capital, it’s a good city to start your adventure. Rome alone is home to many historical landmarks such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Rome also surrounds Vatican City. The Vatican museum has a constant flood of tourists waiting to see sculptures, paintings and of course Michelangelo’s ceiling which is held in the Sistine Chapel. Some may even hope to catch a glimpse of the pope. When it comes to going inside the Vatican Museum, there are certain rules you need to abide by. As a sign of respect, shoulders must be covered. If it’s summer time, you can buy a light scarf which will do. Remember, this is a religious place as well as a tourist attraction. You’re more than welcome to take photos throughout the museum however, cameras in the Sistine Chapel are not allowed. It’s also a room of silence. I have been inside a couple of times and do see people pull out their phones to take photos while having a casual conversation with their friend. It is frustrating when you’re trying to take in all of the culture and other people aren’t showing the same respect. Always be considerate and abide by the rules. It’s about 10 minutes of quiet time and you can always chat away once you’ve left the room. Depending on how long you want to spend in the museum, you can get a guided tour. I have done both and don’t think it’s a necessity for everyone. If you’re happy enough to walk around at your own pace, go for it!Casey Hadfield
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