Italy Travel

» Kathy McCabe

Why Villa Rentals and Apartment Rentals Are A Great Way to Experience Italy
Published on Sunday, October 2, 2011 by How many of us dream of being Italian or living in Italy? While those dreams may not become realities, the dream of living like Italians -- at least for a week or two -- is much easier to achieve. And the best way to do this? By renting an apartment or renting a villa in Italy! Have you read the book "Under The Tuscan Sun" (or seen the movie)? Well, you can enjoy an e...
New Italy Museums: Gucci Museum in Florence, Airport Museum in Rome
Published on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by Italy is home to thousands of museums (this list of museums features the most famous ones) and those numbers are in the increase with the opening of the new Gucci Museum in Florence and a new museum opening in Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (also known as Fiumicino). The  new Gucci Museum in the 14th-century Palazzo della Mercanzia, in Florence's Piazza Signor...
Mail Your Postcards From The Vatican City Post Office
Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 by Many visitors to Rome take the opportunity to mail postcards and letters back home from another country, no, not Italy -- Vatican City! The Vatican has had its own post office and stamps since 1929. More items are mailed from the Vatican City postal code (00120) per inhabitant than from any other postal code in the world. The Universal Postal Union has called th...
Drink a “Chino” While in Italy
Published on Monday, September 12, 2011 by I'll admit it. This humble Italy travel writer -- who gets to visit the land of la dolce vita and drink all kinds of fabulous wines -- sometimes likes to drink something of a lesser vintage and quality -- Diet Coke. I know, how could I? Well, on a recent trip to Italy, I discovered an alternative, of sorts, to Diet Coke, a good ole' Italian soda called "Chino." It has...
Where to Eat in Umbria: Redibis in Bevagna
Published on Monday, September 5, 2011 by I'll be heading back to the central Italian region of Umbria in a few weeks and can't wait for my trip. Let me tell you about one of my favorite restaurants in Umbria...Dinner at Ristorante Redibis in the town of Bevagna is practically guaranteed to be one of the highlights of a visit to the region. The unique setting makes a lasting first impression. The dining area ...
An Italian History Lesson: Who Was Giuseppe Garibaldi?
Published on Monday, August 29, 2011 by No matter which town you visit  in Italy, you're likely to encounter a a piazza, building or road named in honor of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Via Garibaldi is one of the most popular street names in the country. Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) won the majority of the military victories of the Risorgimento (translated as resurgence), a 50-year struggle to free Italian state...
A Favorite Florence Restaurant: Cammillo Trattoria
Published on Thursday, August 18, 2011 by I first ate at Cammillo Trattoria more than 15 years ago during my first visit to Florence; I have since returned again and again, mostly to taste their excellent pappa al pomodoro (bread and tomato soup) or tortellini and enjoy the homey, if bustling atmosphere. This trattoria, a few blocks from the Ponte Vecchio, on the Oltrano side of the river, has been around for...
Santa Maria Capua Vetere: A Treasure in Campania
Published on Thursday, August 11, 2011 by If you're planning a visit to the Campania region of Italy and want to take a journey far back in time, head to Santa Maria Capua Vetere, once the site of the ancient city of Capua, once the richest city in southern Italy. (Modern Capua was founded nearby in 857 by inhabitants forced out by the Saracens.) This is where Spartacus, a Thracian slave, launched a two-year ...
Don’t Miss the Secret Itineraries Tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice
Published on Sunday, July 31, 2011 by Once the seat of the government of the Venetian Republic, the palace of justice, and the residence of the Doge (the head of republic), the Palazzo Ducale or Doge's Palace is an incredible piece of history in Venice. The building is decorated with works by numerous Italian masters, including one wall entirely taken up by Jacopo Tintoretto's Paradiso. From the main bu...
Where To Stay in Rome: The Rose Garden Palace Hotel
Published on Saturday, July 30, 2011 by One of my favorite hotels in Rome is the  Rose Garden Palace Hotel.  Just off the famous Via Veneto, and a stone’s throw from the American Embassy, it enjoys one of the best locations in the city. The hotel is partly owned by Steve Perillo, the third generation owner of Perillo Tours, the world’s largest tour operator to Italy. Perillo and his Italian partn...