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What to Pack for Italy in Spring

What to Pack for Italy in Spring

January 15, 2023

Spring brings a dramatic uptick in Italy trips after the relatively quiet winter months, and it’s one of the best seasons to visit Il Bel Paese. From March through May, Italian cities, towns, and even coastal resorts (beginning from Easter)…

How to Get a Tax Refund in Italy

How to Get a Tax Refund in Italy

December 02, 2022

We’ve had a number of clients ask us recently for information about how to get a tax refund in Italy. VAT is the sales tax (called IVA in Italian) that is applied to most purchases—including consumer goods like clothing and…

A Pocket Guide to Coffee in Italy

A Pocket Guide to Coffee in Italy

October 31, 2022

The “bar” (a mix between a coffee house, pub, newspaper stand, tobacco shop, and even post office) is an Italian institution, and even the tiniest hamlets tucked deep in the Italian countryside have at least one. It is here where…

The Best Photo Ops (and Instagram Spots) in Italy

The Best Photo Ops (and Instagram Spots) in Italy

October 16, 2022

Sharing travel exploits with the folks back home has been a large part of the pleasure of travel since the first voyagers sketched far-flung lands and peoples in ink on parchment. The tradition has evolved through slideshows and Kodachrome to…

Rooftop Restaurants in Rome: Best Places to Dine with a View

Rooftop Restaurants in Rome: Best Places to Dine with a View

September 18, 2022

Rome has one of the best street-life scenes in Italy, and dining at a sidewalk table while watching the world go by is a unique pleasure in the Eternal City. That said, there are times that even the most ardent…

What To See and Do in Umbria: Our Top Picks

What To See and Do in Umbria: Our Top Picks

August 15, 2022

Most first trips to Italy include one or all of the country’s top five destinations: Rome, Florence, Venice, the Tuscan countryside, and the Amalfi Coast. It comes as no surprise that these five headliners top most bucket lists, as between…

What to Pack for Italy in Winter

What to Pack for Italy in Winter

July 31, 2022

By far most of the Italy itineraries we create for clients are for summer trips and the months between May and September are perennially the most popular to explore Il Bel Paese. That said, we’ve also seen an uptick in…

Eating Vegetarian or Vegan in Italy

Eating Vegetarian or Vegan in Italy

July 02, 2022

When you travel, you have to eat out for almost every meal (unless, of course, you opt for self-catering accommodations like city apartments or countryside villas). All of this restaurant dining can be hard to navigate if you follow a…

The Pros and Cons of a Winter Trip to Italy

The Pros and Cons of a Winter Trip to Italy

June 21, 2022

Italy sees its lion’s share of tourists in the summer season, and there are certainly advantages to visiting Il Bel Paese in the longer, balmier days between April and October. When the mercury climbs sky-high and the top museums and…

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