Tag 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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What’s On In Italy in May – Part 2

Finally the month of May seems to be hotting up, and so too is the calendar of events. The first half of the month saw 23 events taking place across the peninsula (see Part 1) and the second half looks … Continue reading

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Siena Palio – which contradas are racing on August 16th 2015?

This weekend the historic city of Siena will once again lay down the earthen racecourse in its famous Piazza del Campo and finalise preparations for the 2-minute long Palio di Siena horse race on Sunday 16th August. (Update : due to … 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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Siena Palio – the runners and riders on July 2nd

Each July centuries of history and feuding come to a head in the first of Siena’s 2-minute long Palio horse races – the second is run in August. 10 Anglo-Arabian horses gallop 3 times around the main piazza in a gladiatorial contest watched by … 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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