Italy Trip Itineraries
Wine Travel Guides' Top 10 Wineries in Tuscany
The gorgeous, hilly Tuscan landscape is scattered with vineyards and olive groves. This selection of wineries to visit stretches from San Gimignano to Siena and on to the hilltop towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano. Most of these wineries are in the middle of the gorgeous countryside and require an advance appointment for a tour and tasting. read more about Wine Travel Guides' Top 10 Wineries in Tuscany... Read More
Top 10 Hotels in Tuscany
Tuscany hotels are a delight that will make you feel the whole of Italian artistic and cultural history right at your accommodation of choice. Think lavish baroque suits in century old palaces and villas with great locations in the old parts of town, perfect for making the most of your Italian getaway through refined eating and some excellent bargain shopping.
Choose to sleep in a time capsule and revisit the old, wealthy Florence by booking a room at the formal papal residence which is currently the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, or try any of the unique suites at the Grand Hotel Continental. However, if the old times don't attract you that much, try the minimalist and distinctive Hotel Savoy, located right in the heart of the Florence shopping district, or Borghese Palace Art Hotel, with unique art pieces and lavish Turkish baths. read more about Top 10 Hotels in Tuscany... Read More
Kid Friendly in Rome
Rome is a city that loves children, and they're welcome in almost any restaurant and landmark. In any piazza throughout the city, you'll find children playing and splashing in the fountains. Any extra time throughout the day can be spent wandering Rome's streets and squares. And of course, the food alone is enough to make your kids blissfully happy here, with all of the pizza and gelato that they could possibly ever eat. read more about Kid Friendly in Rome... Read More
Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Italy
Want to sample some of the best Italian cuisine without taking out a second mortgage? Use our top 10 cheap restaurants in Italy as a guide to plan your meals while in the country. La Colombina features delicious fare from the northern and southern parts of Italy. We prefer the sea bass ravioli and the daily fresh fish specials are not to be missed. Pastarito Pizzarito is a chain restaurant with locations all over the country, and you can select your own ingredients for your pasta or pizza dish. Lorenzaccio has a wood burning pizza oven and we highly suggest you try the calzone, but you'll need luck and a huge appetite to finish it. Anice Stellato features traditional Venetian fare and is popular with the locals. It is rather hard to find, but it's well worth the effort. Make sure to sample the fare at these delicious yet reasonable restaurants on your Italian adventure. read more about Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Italy... Read More
If you are looking to ski or skate, relax or party then the Alps of Alta Val Susa should be your destination. This fantastic tourist area offers great facilities in the six resorts which hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics. Whether for singles, families, groups or sports enthusiasts these resorts cover all the bases.
The Olympics brought a number of major new amenities, including slopes and ski lifts, to a skiing area comprising of six resorts, Bardonecchia, Cesana-Sansicario, Claviere, Pragelato, Sauze d'Oulx and Sestriere.
Today you will find over 1500 kilometres of ski runs and trails, which are set in a perfect location offering outstanding mountain scenery in a wonderful natural landscape. The combination of runs for beginners, extremely long off-trail routes through fresh snow and the chance to try night skiing on illuminated slopes makes this the complete resort area.
Getting there is simple. Turin Airport is close by and from there are minibus and coach services to the Val de Susa via the Autostrada (motorway) which links Turin to the resorts. read more about Turin's Alps... Read More
Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Italy
Italy has long been a top destination for honeymoons and romantic getaways, our top 10 romantic restaurants in Italy guide gives you the inside information you need to help plan your itinerary. Da Fiore is one of the most popular dining choices in the city of Venice. Known for mouthwatering black squid risotto and bass in balsamic vinegar, Da Fiore also features an extensive and high quality wine list. The Grand Canal features a romantic terrace facing the historic Church della Salute and the Venice gondolas. The menu includes many creative vegetable and fish dishes and the wine list is superb. Located in the city centre of Rome, Bar del Fico is popular with the locals in Rome and tourists alike who enjoy the high quality pastries and hot and cold snacks. Use our top 10 romantic restaurant list to plan your vacation to sweep your partner off their feet. read more about Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Italy... Read More
One Day in Turin
Turin is a great place to walk, planned by the Romans on a grid pattern, the centre of the city is easy to negotiate and you hardly need to use a map to find your way around. There are some 18 km of arcades and porticoes, built by the Royal House of Savoy in the 18th century for its family and courtiers, which are cool in summer and protect you from the rain, snow and wind in the winter.
Start your day at the Mole Antonelliana at opening time (9:00 closed Mondays). Go to the top if it is a clear day, otherwise skip the ride up and enjoy the Cinema Museum inside. Leaving the 'Mole' turn left down Via Montebello across Via Giuseppe Verdi to Via Po. Turn right and wander through the porticoes and past the many book sellers to Piazza Castello the heart of Turin. Admire the The Duke of Savoy, Carlo Emmanuele I, commissioned architect Ascanio Vitozzi to design this piazza at the end of the 16th century. At its centre is Palazzo Madama, surrounding it are the Palazzo Reale, the Armeria Reale, the Prefettura, the Teatro Regio, as well as porticoes, café's and shops. Take the chance to have a coffee or hot chocolate at one of Turin's oldest café's on the southern side of the square at either "Caffè Mulassano" (No. 15) or "Caffè Baratti & Milano" (No.29) and watch the Torinese chat and sip their beloved hot drinks.
After a short break enter the Galleria Subalpina (Baratti & Milano is at one end) and enjoy the classic shops and architecture of this unique building. Built in 1873 and visited by Mark Twain in 1878, this galleria connects Piazza Castello with Piazza Carlo Alberto where at the centre stands a monument to Carlo Alberto. Turning left out of the galleria, go around the corner to Number 6, Via Carlo Alberto. There is a plaque on the wall of the house commemorating the stay of the 19th century German philosopher Freidrich Nietzsche who rented a room on the fourth floor.
Returning to Piazza Carlo Alberto, at the centre stands a monument to Carlo Alberto and the square is flanked by the Palazzo Carignano, housing the Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento Italiano (Museum of the Risorgiment) and the Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria (the National University Library) this square leads to Via Roma, Turin's main shopping street, take either Via Cesare Battisti or Via Principe Amedeo. Turn left and stroll along Via Roma, this is Turin's most elegant street, lined with chic shops and some of the biggest names in Italian fashion. Please note that like many shops in Turin, some on Via Roma may close between 12:30 and 15:00, whilst some of the smaller ones do not open on Sundays or Monday mornings.
After a few minutes, Via Roma opens up into Piazza San Carlo, formerly named Piazza Reale where rice and wheat markets were held, today it is known as Turin's 'drawing room'. Home to the 'Caval 'd Brons', a bronze statue of Emanuele Filiberto in the centre and the churches of San Carlo and Santa Cristina on the south side. For lunch there are several options, including two more of Turin's classic café's, " Caffè Torino" (No. 204) and "Caffè San Carlo" (No. 156). After relaxing and eating, enjoy the Piazza, and don't forget to stand on the bull's most treasured possessions outside Caffè Torino, its meant to bring you luck!, before making your way slowly back towards the river and the "Murazzi".
Head out of Piazza San Carlo via the northern end, where you came in, take Via Maria Vittoria to the crossing with Via Accademia delle Scienze. Turn left and more or less immeadiately on your left is the Museo Egizio, the Egyptian Museum of Turin, second in the world after the Cairo Museum and dedicated solely to Egyptian art and culture. The museum is open at 08:30 in winter and 09:30 in summer and closes at 19:30 in winter and 20:30 in summer. It is also closed on
Mondays. Continue along Via Accademia delle Scienze, across Piazza Carignano, to Piazza Castello. Turn right and follow the square around to Via Po, walking down the other side of the street that you came up this morning! At number 8, stop for an ice cream at possibly Turin's most famous gelataria, "Caffè Fiorio", established in 1780.
Afterwards continue down Via Po to the 360 metres long and 111 metres wide Piazza Vittorio Veneto, one of Turin's largest squares. You will see the Ponte Vittorio Emanuele (bridge) and across the river the churches of Gran Madre di Dio and Santa Maria del Monte in the distance. Meander around the Piazza and have dinner at any one of the nice nearby restaurants. For meat, meat, meat and no pasta, try "Macelleria" (Via Bava, 2) or for typically Italian try "Ristorante A Tavola" (Via Eusebio Bava, 1b). There is normally quite a bit of activity around this area by the bridge, where you get a good view along the river and of the hills opposite. End your day down by the river at the "Murazzi" (Via Murazzi del Po) where once boatsheds, have morphed into an informal mix of bars, pubs and live music. Try "Alcatraz", or "Pier". On summer nights the bands perform live music here until very, very late. read more about One Day in Turin... Read More