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Rome Food Tour: Shop and Eat As The Romans Do!


Romans take their food shopping seriously. Gathering staples and ingredients for the coming days is more of a time-honored ritual than a series of errands.

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Three gems of the Amalfi Coast


The Amalfi Coast, which lies on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula, can rightfully claim to be Europe’s most beautiful coastline.

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Looking for Authentic Pizza While in London


What do you do when you have landed in London and are staying for a while before journeying on to Napoli for la vera pizza napoletana?

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Experience San Gimignano Tuscany As It Was in 1300

(Photo courtesy www.sangimignano1300.com)

Visiting San Gimignano, the Tuscan town famous for its towers, can feel like a journey back in time. One of the town’s museums – San Gimignano 1300 – helps you have this time travel feeling with an historic, miniature version of what this UNESCO World Heritage Site was like in the year 1300.

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Rome By The Numbers

Rome's Colosseum (photo ©Nicola Orichuia)

Ever thought about Rome in terms of numbers? We did and here are the numbers that tell the story of the Eternal City.

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Italians Go Home for Lunch No Matter What

Alberto Sordi takes a break in "Un americano a Roma"

Remember when you were a kid and you could go home for lunch if you brought a note for your teacher? In the U.S., I think that possibility ended in the 1980s and surely few American kids and adults have the luxury of going to their house for lunch.

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Is Rome Too Noisy at Night?


An Unbiased Italy Travel Blog Brought to You by Perillo Tours There’s no doubt that Rome is a bustling city. As you explore Rome, you can hear the buzz of Vespas on the road, the trinkle of fountains, the chatter of conversations in Italian. But is Rome too loud? Especially at night? The Italian environmental association Legambiente conducted some noise readings in conjunction with an Italian newspaper and found illegal nighttime noise levels (over 55 decibels) in many areas of Rome. According to WantedinRome.com, “the loudest street in the city is Vicolo del Cinque in Trastevere, which recorded a volume ...

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Sicily’s Mount Etna Gets World Heritage Status


An Unbiased Italy Travel Blog Brought to You by Perillo Tours Mount Etna, Sicily’s towering and active volcano, has been deemed a World Heritage Site by the United Nations office UNESCO. The volcano joins 47 other World Heritage sites in Italy, including the Amalfi Coast and the Dolomite Mountains. The selection of World Heritage sites is based on 10 criteria such as “to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.” “The almost continuous eruptive activity of Mount Etna continues to influence volcanology, geophysics and ...

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Paying Cash in Italy? Ask for A Discount or “Sconto”


Always try to “sconto” technique in outdoor markets if you are buying more than one item from a vendor. Bargaining is completely expected at markets like these.

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Blue Flag Beaches in Italy 2013: Liguria Tops The List

Cinque Terre - photo by Stefano Costanzo

An Unbiased Italy Travel Blog Brought to You by Perillo Tours The region of Liguria — home to the Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre – on Italy’s northwest coast has been awarded with more Blue Flag beaches this year than any other region in Italy. With two new entries for 2013 — La Spezia Mirabello and San Lorenzo al Mare, Liguria now has 20 of the cleanest beaches in Italy. The Blue Flag organization, in conjunction with the United Nations’ Environment Program, has analyzed beaches and marinas worldwide since 1987 to monitor quality and cleanliness. A total of 248 ...

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One of My Favorite Rome Restaurants – Orso 80


If you’re traveling to Rome and looking for an authentic dining experience, look no further than Orso 80.

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Visiting Venice This Summer? Do You Know The Etiquette?

Venice - Piazza San Marco

Venice receives an average of 80,000 visitors per day. That’s a staggering number considering Venice only has 60,000 permanent residents. And how to get them all the behave in such a small space? With rules of etiquette…

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