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Images of Lake Garda

Lake Garda (Italian Lago di Garda or Benaco) is the largest lake in Italy. It is located in Northern Italy, about half-way between Venice and Milan. It is in an alpine region and was formed by glaciers at the end of the last ice age. The lake and its...
Borgo Finocchieto

The Most Luxurious Villas in Tuscany

The Villas in Tuscany Nestled deep within the rolling hills of Italy lies the old land of Tuscany, home to some of the most historic homes in all of Europe. Built with European splendor and space, these magnificent villas offer a taste of the true heart of Italy, each a...
Abruzzo

Region of Abruzzo

The name Abruzzo appears to derive from the Latin form Aprutium. The name Aprutium, however, was not in use in Roman times when the region was known at various times as Picenum, Sabina et Samnium, Flaminia et Picenum and/or Campania et Samnium. This region was known as Aprutium in...
Piedmont

Region of Piedmont – Piemonte

Many of the dishes in Piedmont's (Piemonte) swankiest restaurants derive from the tables of the Piemontese aristocracy, in particular the Savoy dukes and kings who ruled the region from the eleventh century, making Turin their capital in 1574. Their presence is clearly visible today in the grandiose architecture of...
San Gimignano

Top Italian Destinations and Italian Cities

Even if you have never traveled to Italy, consider adding some smaller Italian destinations into your itinerary in addition to Rome, Florence and Venice.
Moonlight Sonata

Glamour and Gelato along the Italian Coast

Italia Fashion and fast cars are other fine Italian traditions. Ferrari, Lamborghini and Alfa Romeo are all born of the Latin spirit while nothing compares to the atmosphere of watching an Italian football match on home turf. However first and foremost are its gastronomic contributions to the world. It's impossible to...
woman on a cell-phone in Italy

How to use a Cell Phone in Italy

If you're in Italy and want to use a cell phone, here's how to do it Italians are known for talking and their zest for talking on their cell phone is no exception. In fact, Italy has one of the highest cell phone penetrations in the world. Most travelers to...
Monte Amiata

Monte Amiata: Southern Tuscany’s Highest Mountain

About Monte Amiata In these days of wild and violent volcanic eruptions - Etna, Stromboli, and (who knows when?) Vesuvius - it is reassuring to come across a tame, almost extinct, Volcano. Monte Amiata, the highest mountain in southern Tuscany (1791 metres), is just that. There is sufficient activity to...
portofino

Images of Portofino

The town crowded round its small harbour is considered to be among the most beautiful Mediterranean ports. According to Pliny the Elder, Portofino was founded by the Romans and named Portus Delphini, or Port of the Dolphin, because of the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf. More...
pompeii

Images of Pompeii

Pompeii is a ruined Roman city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. It was destroyed, and completely buried, during a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 AD. The volcano buried Pompeii under many...
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Images of Rome

Rome is located in the central-western portion of the Italian peninsula, where the river Aniene joins the Tiber. According to legend, the city of Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus on April 21, 753 BC. Archaeological evidence supports claims that the city was inhabited since the...
Villa Adriana Tivoli

The Call to My Adventure in Italy

Why travel? Why to Italy? A friend handed me a book one day. “Here,” she said. “A gift,” she said. “It’s magic.” I felt a tingle as I touched the cover, presaging what would indeed be my reaction as I began reading. For days, for weeks, I pored over the book, immersed...
calabria

Region of Calabria

In the 7th century this province, which had been part of the Byzantine Empire, was overrun by the Lombards, and the name "Calabria" was then applied to the "toe" of Italy, which the Byzantines still controlled. The "toe" had until then been known as "Bruttium". The landscape provides the main...
navigli

Images of Milan

Milan (Italian: Milano) is the main city of northern Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy. The city proper (Comune) has about 1,308,500 inhabitants (2004). The population of the urban area (Greater Milan), comprising the core of Lombardy, is estimated, as of 2006, to be about 4,280,820 people. Finally,...
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Map of Italy

Interactive map of Italy and Europe This map of Italy allows you to view the country in several ways including satellite view, street view, and standard road map view.
Pilgrims on the way to Rome from Duomo in Fidenza

Via Francigena (Via Romea)

The Pilgrim's road from Canterbury to Rome It doesn't take long to pick them out: men and women of all ages, most carrying backpacks and using tall walking sticks, dressed in anything from ragged shirts and trousers to high-end hiking gear, and wearing - in general - decent hiking books,...

A Day in Florence

What is more, you can book your own seats on the trains from home, on the Internet, and, with Eurostar, move comfortably and swiftly between cities. In some ways this brilliant advance in transport may, however, be a drawback, making the world ever smaller. It's like the ipad or...
pisa

Images of Pisa

Pisa is a city in Tuscany, central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the Arno River on the Ligurian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa. While the Leaning Tower is the most famous image of the city, it is one of...
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Budget Travel Guide to Backpacking in Italy

Venice The number one aim of anyone visiting Venice should be to get lost. The island is a rabbit warren with small streets haphazardly linking the beautiful architecture. Attempting to use a map will only add to new-city-confusion you so throw any form of agenda out the window. A good point...
Naples

Naples without a jacket

Yes it has its glamour and glitz, but for the temporary visitor, there is no need to put on a show. Naples has all types, and takes all types, and all swirl together in a multicoloured melange. In the great hall of the "Maschio Angioino", as they call the...

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