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If there is one celebration that stands out above all others in February, it is Carnival. Although these pre-Lenten celebrations are held in many cities, Venice is undoubtedly the most famous. The floating city is transformed into an open-air theater, replete with decorated masks, elegant capes and lavish carnival balls, including dinner and entertainment. Other cities where carnival is celebrated in style include Viareggio, Verona and Ivrea, where a huge food fight, known as the Battle of the Oranges, is organized. If you don’t feel like getting dirty, go to Norcia, a town in Umbria, to try the delicacy tartufo nero (black truffles).
Known as the month of roses, May brings the first hints of summer with warmer temperatures and a countryside landscape covered in flowers. The average maximum temperature is usually between 18°C and 21°C (64°F and 70°F). However, as it gets cooler at night, don’t forget to bring a jacket or light coat.
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 rushing.
You’ve decided to travel to Italy and now it’s hard 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 the 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. And all this while enjoying one of life’s pleasures: eating, 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.
Incredible places in italy
Sicily has little to do with the Dolomites; or Milan with the beautiful Tuscany. And yet they all belong to the same country. That’s why it’s so important to plan carefully when to travel to Italy. It depends on your interests as much as on the area of the country whether the best time is summer or winter. Let’s break down the best dates to make your Italian vacation a real success.
Rome is the capital of Italy and one of the most popular destinations in the country. Emblematic monuments such as the Colosseum are located here. If you have seen the famous Audrey Hepburn movie, Roman Holiday, you will know that the best time to travel to this city is the earliest spring. Winter is perfect for a weekend getaway and summer is best avoided. During the summer period the heat can be annoying and the crowds are well known.
Avoid Venice in the hottest months. The canals are a marvel and riding the gondola is an unforgettable experience. But high temperatures cause the water level to rise and the result is not always pleasant. It is best to visit the most romantic city in the world, with permission of Paris, during the months of April and May, or plan your trip for September. Besides, you will find fewer people during these dates.
Continue the route by car, now already in the Chianti region, famous for its wines. In the afternoon you will arrive in Florence and you will have time to stroll through its historic center. Book a hotel to spend the night in Florence. For dinner we will recommend a real gem: a local restaurant, very good and cheap.
The route continues this day to Venice. For this, you can continue with the rental car but we recommend you to go by train (in the Detailed Route we will give you the website and directions so you can book it without problems). Upon arrival you will have time to visit St. Mark’s Square and surroundings. Overnight in Venice.
Recommended route to stroll through the most emblematic neighborhoods of Venice: San Polo, Dorsoduro and Santa Croce. Night in Venice. We will recommend several local restaurants, especially to try the “cicchetti”, Venetian tapas bars very famous among the locals but unknown to most tourists!
Recommended route to visit the historic center of Milan. At the end take the train to Santa Margherita Ligure. Spend the afternoon in the beautiful village of Portofino. Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure.