Italy Travel

» Kathy McCabe

Noteworthy Art and Museum Exhibits to See in Italy in 2012
Published on Friday, February 3, 2012 by If you're traveling to Italy in 2012, you don't want to miss the following special museum exhibitions in Rome, Florence and Venice: Rome:  Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Revealed  is the must-see exhibition in Rome this year. Over 100 original documents -- spanning 400 years of Papal history -- will leave the confines of Vatican City for the first tim...
Authentic Rome Restaurant: Renato e Luisa
Published on Sunday, January 29, 2012 by When in Rome, eat as the Romans do and Renato e Luisa is just the kind of authentic Roman dining experience that you're looking for.... It is the kind of restaurant (taverna officially) you might not notice when walking by, but looks can be deceiving. Step inside Renato e Luisa, just behind Largo di Torre Argentina, for a relaxing, authentic and affordable Roman me...
Why A Visit to Ischia Should Be Part of Your Amalfi Coast Vacation
Published on Sunday, January 22, 2012 by When it comes to the islands of the Bay of Naples, off the Amalfi Coast, the island of Capri gets the most attention. There is good reason; she's stunning, flashy and dramatic and like a Hollywood starlet, you just can't take your eyes off of her. But when you're in the mood for a quieter, soulful alternative, hop on the hydrofoil or ferry (there's a weekly green crui...
Why The Strengthening Dollar Means 2012 Is The Year to Travel to Italy
Published on Monday, January 16, 2012 by As I write this, the euro has hit a 17-month low against the dollar. To buy one euro, it currently costs $1.267. The euro has fallen over 13 percent since the European debt crisis began seven months ago. That means American travelers have 13 percent more buying power than during the summer and even more than they have had in years past.  Compare the current exch...
La Venaria Reale: One of Italy’s Great Royal Palaces
Published on Monday, January 9, 2012 by If your travels take you to the Italian region of Piedmont, don't miss La Venaria Reale. The former country retreat of the House of Savoy is one of the largest royal palaces in the world. It was built in the 17-th century for Duke Charles Emmanuel II who wanted a hunting lodge outside of Turin. The name "La Venaria Reale" derives from the Latin Venatio Regia meaning "...
Matera: Basilicata’s City of Sassi (Cave Shelters)
Published on Monday, January 2, 2012 by One of the most unusual places I have visited in Italy is the city of Matera in the southern region of Basilicata. Matera has a unique landscape made up of sassi, which are ancient cave shelters built into tufa rock. Stacked on top of each other, they almost look like a honeycomb from a distance. The old, weathered look of the sassi and Matera inspired Mel Gibson t...
Bologna Voted “Most Livable” and Turin Voted “Most Sustainable”
Published on Monday, December 26, 2011 by People get into endless debates about the "best" of all the Italian cities. Is Rome better than Florence or Venice better than Milan? It is impossible to pick the best city in Italy but it is definitely possible to categorize them a bit. Two Italian cities have won "best" labels this month - Bologna for livability and Turin for environmental sustainability. A surve...
Why Bread in Tuscany Doesn’t Have Salt
Published on Monday, December 19, 2011 by One of the great joys of eating in Italy is munching on fresh Italian bread. Yet when you bite into your first piece of while visiting Tuscany (and also much of Umbria), you might be surprised at what is missing. It might take a moment to realize that there's no salt! This type of bread is called pane toscano.  So how did the Tuscans miss this key ingredient that y...
Visit Testaccio Market in Rome Before It Changes Forever
Published on Sunday, December 11, 2011 by Foodies in the know say that Testaccio Market (Mercato di Testaccio) is one of the best places in Rome to buy meats, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, seafood and all the key ingredients for cooking an authentic Italian meal. Testaccio  is the city's traditional working class neighborhood (and home to former slaughterhouses) located on on the left bank of the Tiber Rive...
Venice’s Bridge of Sighs Has Been Restored
Published on Sunday, December 4, 2011 by After three years of restoration work, during which time it was covered in advertising billboards, Venice's Bridge of Sighs has been finished and is now visible again to travelers visiting Venice.  The bridge connects the Doge's Palace to a building that was once a prison. The bridge got its name because it was said that prisoners crossing the bridge and catchin...