October 28, 2014

Where are the best beaches in Italy Vol. II

Italy beaches: Eolie
Not long time ago we said in this post that there's a rule to find the best beaches in Italy. Do you remember? It's quite easy:

The best beach is the hardest to reach

And which one is it then? Our answer was the tiny islands that surround the Italian coast, from Tuscany to the south of Italy, to the Adriatic side. Maybe not as many and renowned as those of the Greek sea, but this is why Italian islands are more attractive than Greek ones: there are no airports and even few ferries to reach them.

October 23, 2014

Ready to travel to Tuscany? Read this before

Chianti, Tuscany
Are you going to travel to Italy, precisely to Tuscany, for your first time? If you are not well prepared in Italian geography...maybe you'd better read this post first!
Today we have the pleasure to share with you the (hilarious) reflection of an authoritative Italy's blogger and expat! Krista Ricchi on her blog "Alla Fiorentina" says she moved from Southern California to Florence, in Tuscany, after falling in love with an italian. And thanks to her own experience, she can now teach you what's the most important thing you need to know before visiting Tuscany...

October 18, 2014

A Halloween night in the cave: the big event at Castellana Grotte

Halloween event, caves of Castellana GrotteHalloween 2014 is coming and the big party is almost ready. But what if you join  a different kind of event this year? In a small village of Apulia, in south Italy, called Castellana Grotte, goes on stage a unique show in an incredibly realistic scenery: inside a natural cave.
But not any cave. 3,348 meters long, 122 meters deep, 330 meters above sea level. These are the numbers of the Grottoes of Castellana, one of the most amazing complexes of karst caves in Italy. And if these numbers were not enough to awaken the spirit of adventure that is necessary to delve into this impressive underground world, the 15 million visitors who have explored it since the opening to the public could be enough to whet the curiosity to discover a place that, over the decades, has managed to win travelers from all over the world.

October 14, 2014

Italia dreaming vs moving to Italy...show me the difference

Moving to Italy
Hello Gadders readers! Are you going to travel to Italy for your first time? Or you just made your first steps in the country few days ago?
If you have you been waiting for this moment for years...stop for a moment and read this post first!
Today we have the pleasure to share with you the thoughts and tips of an authoritative Italy's blogger and expat! Sarah Mastroianni on her blog "Not just another Dolce Vita" says she's always been in love with Italy and, indeed, at her 20's, after a master of Arts in Italian studies from the University of Toronto, she decided to move from Canada to Italy!
Sarah noticed that many people come to Italy with high hopes and wrong hopes. She's been fascinated by Italy ever since she can remember and she too had an idealized vision of it, until she finally experienced it! So, she decided to write this post...

October 11, 2014

Exchange travel experience: museums, gondola and...Venice hospital!

Gondola in Venice
What happened to today's post protagonist? Don't worry, she didn't end her trip in the hospital!
"She" is Nanna Lára, a curious and energetic food lover from Reykjavík, Iceland. She's a student of economics in the University of Iceland and she's taking an exchange semester at Bocconi University in Milan, during which, like any international student in Italy, she's traveling as crazy!
And she's telling us today about her experience to the charming, touristy but unique Venice!

I haven´t stayed in Italy for long time before the exchange program. I have been here for one month now and traveled to several places.

October 09, 2014

Exchange travel experience: from Italy to Germany, destination Oktoberfest!

Hello Gadders readers! You are used to read about italian destinations and travel experiences by expats in Italy, exchange students and foreign travelers who go exploring overlooked, often hidden, corners of the country.
But today's article is an amazing guest post by Gil, an Israeli student from Tel Aviv who just moved to Milan to spend a semester abroad and is going to tell us a slightly different story...
Who: Gil Eckstein, Ran Ben-artzi
Where: Italy, Germany, some Swiss place lost in the mountains too.
When: 2 weeks ago
What: "So it all started in middle school...

October 07, 2014

Exchange travel experience: hiking the Cinque Terre

Hiking Cinque Terre
Okay, this is my new favorite place, topping my bed on a Monday morning and bath at Christmas time.
It's how Laura defines Cinque Terre, the awesome natural reserve on the coast of Liguria, in north-west Italy, that hides five small resorts (Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore) for many years been kept free of massive tourism. But since foreign travelers have discovered the amazing landscape of these little towns and the hikeingpaths along the coast, bad transport services hasn't stopped anymore the crowd of tourists coming and going every weekend.

Oh, sorry, I forgot to say who's Laura, but I loved this Intro and couldn't begin other way! 

October 03, 2014

Top 2 tourist attractions in south Italy when summer's over: Pompeii and Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius, Naples
Campania, in south Italy, is the region of the Bel Paese with the most diverse offer for travel lovers. It's the region of the warm, chaotic metropolis of Naples, it's the region of the sunny and stunning Amalfi coast and the region of the elite islands of Capri and Ischia. A paradise for a summer vacation.
But when summer is over what?
There are other incredible destinations, more comfortable being explored in a warm autumn day, rather than under the hot sun of august.
The 2 top attractions for this period of the year are one next to the other: the Mount Vesuvius, the impressive volcano visible from everywhere in the bay of Naples, and, just at the feet of the mount, the fascinating excavations of the old town of Pompeii, destroyed almost 2000 years ago by the eruption of the same volcano.