Italy is surrounded by so much water that it only makes sense visitors often focus on its beaches. But a visit to the beach in Italy isn’t just about the sand or the water – after all, you’ve got to spend some time in the town, too. Not all beach resort towns are the same – so if you’re looking for the ones that are most pleasing to the eye, this list offers some good candidates for the most beautiful beach towns in Italy.
Wine is to Italy as water is to the rest of us: essential to life. The annual Chianti Wine Festival held in Greve is a great way to sample wines from one of the great wine-producing regions in the world.
Summer is by far the most popular time for people traveling to Italy. It’s the season during which most people take vacations, no matter where they travel, and in Italy it’s when you’ll get the most reliably warm weather. Of course, as is true with any high season, the summer crowds in Italy are bigger and the summer prices are higher on things like airfare and hotels. If you’ll be visiting Italy in the summer, here’s what you need to know.
We travel to experience remarkable things. At Trauttmansdorff Castle in Italy’s South Tyrol you get three in one. For starters there is the castle itself. Once the favorite retreat of Austrian Empress Elizabeth – when Austria owned northern Italy (hence the Germanic name) – the castle is now a Touriseum.
The Italian region of Liguria is not very big, but it contains one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations – the villages of the Cinque Terre. Not only that, towns further toward the French border are common stops for smaller cruise ships sailing the Mediterranean, and the Ligurian capital is a major cruise port in Italy. With all of that in mind, then, let’s take a look at some of the places in Liguria that you can add to your Italy itinerary.
Italy is well-known both for its fine food and its ability to celebrate just about anything with a festival. Combine the two and you’ve got a long list of diverse, excellent, and often quirky food festivals in Italy. Most of the time, these festivals coincide with the harvest season for whatever food is being honored, but sometimes the food isn’t a specific ingredient but rather a particular dish. Such is the case with the risotto festival in the Piedmont town of Sessame, held every May.