Italy Trip Itineraries
Top 10 Things To Do in Tuscany
You can not be in Tuscany and feel like there is nothing to do, because this area is filled with art and wine making tradition wherever you turn. It is said that Italy hosts an overwhelming part of all important art pieces on the planet, so just make a short test and see how many valuable items you can find in Tuscany.
Start with the world famous David by Michelangelo at the Galleria dell'Accademia and work your way through the area's impressive art filled architectural monuments like Il Duomo or Palazzo Pubblico e Museo Civico. A more unconventional but certainly not to be missed activity is attending Il Palio, a horse race that dates back in the 15th century and has seen several life claiming intrigues ever since. Nowadays it is followed by a celebration where the entire town's folk participates, involving lots of wine, food and music. read more about Top 10 Things To Do in Tuscany... Read More
Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Tuscany
It is a well known fact that Italy offers some of the best romantic culinary experiences with great food and the best wine to go with it, so you can expect the best as far as romantic eating is concerned in Tuscany. You will get to try charming little places with dishes prepared from the best locally sourced ingredients and benefit from both interior and terrace seating to make your date memorable.
Sit by the fireplace during wintertime at Orto de Pecci or enjoy the reflexions offered by the crystal dome at The Sapordivino Wine Bar & Restaurant, all with the best gourmet Tuscan cuisine. Get the real Italian feel by meeting devoted owners like Mario from Pangies Bistrot, who will happily accompany you through part of your meal and let you in on some of the kitchen secrets. As an extra option, there is always Trattoria Tullio ai Tre Cristi, where they went medieval on their seating and the menu, so prepare for a true feast in a laid back atmosphere. read more about Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Tuscany... Read More
The essence of Florence is both unmistakeable and difficult to pin down. It's neither the most charming place we've been to in Italy (that's Venice) nor the grandest (Rome, of course). But it knows its good points and it sticks to them: the concentrated explosion of Renaissance architecture and art that still defines its civic appearance today, and its misleadingly simple cuisine of oil and beans and salumi that has become a permanent part of our own repertoire. One can't visit here without taking away a lifelong impression.
Unfortunately a couple of restaurant visits (not the best ones) have faded from memory since we took this trip. read more about Florence 2005... Read More
Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Italy
Italy is synonymous with love and romance, use our top 10 romantic things-to-do in Italy as a guide to plan your couples getaway of a lifetime. Delight your spouse with a trip to Italian jeweler Sabbadini Milano. You'll be whisked into a secret garden upon arrival where the diamonds are grouped into garlands of white and pink daises and colorful butterflies flutter about. All of the bracelets, rings, and broaches are lovingly crafted as they're inspired by nature, but be sure to bring your American Express, the prices are steep. Be sure to schedule Skip the Line: a walking tour of Milan that includes viewing Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece, the Last Supper, among its many fascinating historical stops. Looking to put some excitement back in a relationship? Try your hand at windsurfing at Duoglio Beach. Lessons and rentals are available here where the waters are crystal clear and the beaches are relatively sparse in crowds. read more about Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Italy... Read More
Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Tuscany
Dining in Tuscany is all about the local traditions and the good wines, but if you want a full Italian experience you should look for some interaction with the charming and talkative locals, be they fellow patrons or restaurant owners. One of the most famous Tuscany characters is six generation butcher Dario Cecchini at the Dario Cecchini - Solociccia, who will give you a cultural experience by reciting Dante or singing opera while serving you a traditional medieval dish.
Another remarkable culinary experience in Tuscany is having to choose the best wine from a list of 1300 options at Enoteca Italiana, where the highly skilled staff will help you make the right decision. However, if you are more of a beer fan, visit il Bovaro and try one of the birras from their very own brewery. Whatever your choices might be, these are great places to feel the authentic Tuscan spirit and let it spice up a perfectly prepared meal. read more about Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Tuscany... Read More
Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Tuscany
With all the classy wines around, finding some good affordable places to eat in Tuscany can be quite a challenge, so here's our personal selection of the locals' favorites. These are all great Italian taverns that serve traditional Tuscan cuisine with a twist, so expect to be treated like one of their own and choose a great spot on a warm summer terrace to enjoy some home made pasta. Nello La Taverna has been around for more than 50 years, so it is one of the local legends, along with the slightly creepy Maria Frullini that functions in an 11th century crypt. The best calzone in town can be found at Lorenzaccio (Il), while a great stop for an affordable seasonal dish assorted with a great crowd and an even better wine waits for you at Bar-Enoteca Coquinarius. read more about Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Tuscany... Read More
Turin: Culture Capital
Looking for a trip that touches some of Turin's and Piedmont's heritage? Then this could be the one for you. Turin's history is long and varied. From being a Roman camp some 2000 years ago it became the official residence of Duke of Savoy in the fifteenth century. Over the next three hundred years the city expanded and developed into one of Europe's great cities. Today Turin is proud to display its rich heritage through its art, castles, culture, royal residences and majestic churches.Turin Tip: The 'Torino+Piemonte Card'. This hands you the keys to the city... and the whole Region! For a period between 2 and 7 days you can move freely around Turin and Piedmont and save money. The card allows free admission to more than 160 cultural sites as well as rides on all the city’s overground public and tourist transport. There are also reductions on guided tours, the City Sightseeing Torino open-top bus, the ChocoPass, ski lift systems and equipment, winterand summer sports, car rental, entertainment and much, much more! read more about Turin: Culture Capital... Read More
Romance in the City that wrote the Book, Venice.
Venice is possibly the most romantic city in the world, it has structures that have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years, the city exudes passion and power that anyone can feel. Embrace the feelings and enjoy Venice to its fullest, dine in the finest restaurants both local and international, wine in the surrounding areas, and live like kings and queens if only for a moment. read more about Romance in the City that wrote the Book, Venice.... Read More
Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in Tuscany
Five star Tuscany cuisine is centered around traditional Italian recipes prepared only with the finest ingredients and reinvented by some great local chefs to offer you unique twists on classic dishes. Aside from the food itself, two essential ingredients that make these places luxury culinary destinations are the locations and the wine lists, as Italians always enjoy eating their dinner in the company of some good wine and beautiful people. The best wine place in Tuscany is located in a legendary medieval fortress and it boasts a list with over 1300 choices, which obviously doesn't mean much for a one time visit, but it certainly raises the prestige of Enoteca Italiana. Try Terrazza Brunelleschi for a great rooftop garden dining experience or the busy Il Latini, where it is very common to share your table with strangers and befriend over a glass of wine. A culinary adventure in Tuscany is never complete without trying some of their amazing gelato, so pay a short visit to Grom and try some of the exotic ice cream flavors they have. read more about Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in Tuscany... Read More