If you are about to travel to Italy, you will love this section of the blog. You will find information about different destinations, itinerary ideas and data that will help you organize your trip to the Bel Paese and enjoy it without haste.
You’ve decided to travel to Italy and now it’s difficult to choose the places to visit. Or rather, which ones to leave for your next trip. Italy is divided into 20 regions, each one is a world of its own. Not only historically and politically speaking, but they have different traditions. That’s why one of the options to organize a trip to Italy is to dedicate yourself to discover a particular region. I’m telling you that you will have to leave some things for your next trip. But who’s complaining, right?
I am one of those who believe that gastronomy is a fundamental part of the trip. Through flavors we can learn about the history, traditions and culture of a country. In every corner you visit in Italy you will find a gastronomic world to discover. In this section of the blog I will tell you which are the typical dishes you have to try and, in addition, I will share with you alternatives where to taste them.
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My first contact with Italy was in 1994 and in 2008 through two organized trips with a very similar itinerary. Here you can read my travel diaries and first impressions. We visited the following cities:
One of the best ways to get to know the country is to drive along its roads. Italy has a large network of freeways and most of the secondary roads are in an acceptable condition. Speed limits are 50 km/h in town, 90 km/h on secondary roads, 110 km/h on main roads and 130 km/h on freeways. However, be careful how Italians drive! They don’t usually look through the rear-view mirrors and don’t usually respect the safety distances.
The train is also a very good way to get to know the country. It is recommended to book in advance and online to get interesting discounts through the official website Italiarail. There are also special fares for senior citizens and children under 26. There are many direct services and sleeping cars that connect the main cities without the need to change trains.
Tower of Pisa
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One celebration stands out above all others in February, and that is Carnival. Although many towns hold these pre-Lenten celebrations, Venice’s festival is by far the most famous. The floating city is transformed into an open-air theater, filled with elaborate masks, stylized capes and lavish carnival balls with food and entertainment. Other notable carnivals are held in Viareggio, Verona and Ivrea, where there is a huge food war known as The Battle of the Oranges If you prefer not to play with your food, head to the Umbria region to the town of Nursia to sample the prized tartufo nero (black truffle).
Numerous festivals are held in April, from Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, which showcases eye-catching furniture, to the start of Florence’s Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, which fills the city with theatrical and musical performances. Verona has its annual Vinitaly wine and spirits exhibition, with tastings, workshops and book readings. April 25 brings a double dose of celebrations, as the whole country celebrates Liberation Day and Venice celebrates a big feast in honor of St. Mark, the city’s patron saint.
What to visit in Italy in 5 days
I already told you in my article on what to see in Italy in 30 days, many of these places, but this time I will focus on the most interesting regions. So, you will not necessarily have to make a long route, but I give you the option to make short trips to its different regions.
It’s close, it’s spectacular and you’ll be able to see it better than ever, without the hordes of tourists that usually make it more difficult to visit. While they still keep the borders closed with other non-EU countries, it is the best way to get close and see the best places to visit in Italy.
Beyond the must-sees like St. Mark’s Basilica or the Rialto Bridge, I recommend you to wander around Venice. Moving away from this area, where there are always people, you will find other equally beautiful, full of bridges, canals and historic buildings, but completely empty.
Emilia Romagna unjustly goes unnoticed as it is located between Veneto and Tuscany, two of the most touristic regions in Italy. However, it is another truly amazing region for a getaway.