Italy is a very uniquely poised country in Europe. It is surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west and the Adriatic Sea in the east. The northern border is shared with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The Apennine Mountains are the spine of the peninsula while the Alps act as its northern periphery. Many small islands also form a part of Italy; the largest being Sicily and Sardinia.
The climatic conditions in Italy vary depending on the location. Winters tend to be wet and snowy. So one must carry a wardrobe depending upon the region being visited and the season during which the vacation has been planned. Italy's contributions to the cultural and historical heritage of Europe are unparalleled.
The must visit sites are the St. Peters Basilica and St. Peter's Square, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Coliseum and the Pantheon. There are an additional number of churches and buildings and places to be visited which have been designed by the great architects from the famous renaissance period. It's not very difficult to spot something different and artistic in Italy. The whole of Italy is like a great painting and every part of the painting has something new and exciting to offer. Italy presents a beautiful blend of both culture and modernity portraying itself as a modern n bustling yet culturally stimulating city. Venice offers an unmatched experience that leaves the tourists short of words. Various lagoons and islands offer some amazing views.
If you are the athletic type and wish to visit Italy during the winters it is recommended to visit Veneto which is famous for its winter sports. The best time to experience the true spirit of Italian culture is to visit during the festive season. The carnivals at Venice, Baroque and Putignano help realize the true and vibrant colors of Italy and its people. If you're headed to Italy during Christmas then it's advised you extend your vacations and absorb the Epiphany Celebrations and experience the Mass and feast of St.Nicholas and the Holly Week celebrations. For a truly cultural and musical experience one must participate in the Ravel Evening in Milan, the processions in Festino di Santa Rosalia and Venice's Rocco Music Festival for Baroque music. Boat races in Venice, the Rome Marathon,etc. are truly exhilarating experiences.
Last but not the least a visit to the convent of Santa Maria Della Grazie to view the timeless painting of The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci is a must. Without that a trip to Italy may seem incomplete and hollow.
Italy Traveler Advice
Ta Marija Restaurant
In «Ta 'Marija», located in the center of the village Mosta you’ll be amazed by the welcoming atmosphere created thanks to the traditional setting of talented entertainers and warm ones. Every Wednesday and Friday after the Auto Reviews and Auto Shows that are shown in the TV, customers are invited to sing accompanied by mandolin and guitar, traditional and popular songs ... Read full Blog post
Ati-atihan in Kalibo Aklan
Ati-atihand origins ccan be traced to 1210 when refugees from Borneo would smear their faces with soot in affectionalte immitation of the Filipino natives The island of Panay in the Visayas is where this particular detail of Philipine history took place sometime ih the late 12th or early 13th century. For centuries hence, it has been commemoratged in one specific place - in Kalibo, the capital ... Read full Blog post
An Aerial fiesta in Clark Pampanga
Its a party in the sky as multi colored hot air balloons piloted ny different pilots from various partso of the world participated in this annual gathering. As early as 5am, the 2,500 hectare aviation complex at Clar Economic Zone in Pampanga was already crammedi with excitement. Clusters of hot air balloon participants busily prepare their own balloons for liftoff as they need to take advantage of ... Read full Blog post