Category Archives: Travel tips

Italy 101 – What to pack for Italy

What’s the first thing that goes into your suitcase when preparing for a holiday in Italy? Your swimsuit? Your passport? Your phrasebook? For me it’s always my snorkel, unless I’m going to the mountains, of course! But wherever you’re off … Continue reading

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Top 14 things to see in Padua

Padua, Padova in Italian, has many claims to fame. Its home to one of the earliest universities in the world, was the scholarly seat of celebrated scientist Galileo Galilei and, according to legend, Padua is the oldest city in Italy. … Continue reading

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Hot tips to stay cool in the Italian summer heatwave

With temperatures topping 41’ Celsius (105’ Farenheit!) in some parts of Italy and across Europe many are starting to wither and wilt under the heatwave. Sadly 10 people have even lost their lives this week, according to Italian media reports, and … Continue reading

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Italian 101 – How to ask where is the toilet?

Whether you call it the restroom, toilet, loo, WC, lavatory, throne, ladies room, commode, lav or bathroom, few phrases are as essential as knowing how to ask where the bathroom facilities are when you’re travelling!   And as public facilities are … Continue reading

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Free entry to Italian state museums on first Sunday of every month!

We all like a freebie, right? Well how about free tickets to over 300 Italian state museums, gardens, monuments and archeological sites? Interested? Thought you might be!! Read on……. Domenica al Museo free tickets The government initiative called Domenica al … Continue reading

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Italian bureaucracy – How to get a codice fiscale and survive to tell the tale!

There are a few things living in Italy has taught me. There’s nothing quite like a plate of fresh, handmade pasta. Italians are passionate about food, family and football, not necessarily in that order. And Italy is extremely bureaucratic. Or … Continue reading

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World Toilet Day – Spending a penny in Italy

More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet. Shocking isn’t it? So as the 19th November is UN World Toilet Day, I thought I’d take a pee(k) at the loos in Italy and see how flush … Continue reading

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