Padua – A City in the Shadow of Venice

The beautiful city of Padua sits in the shadow of Venice and is sometimes overlooked by visitors to Italy. This is a pity as it has much to offer. It is worth visiting Padua for its frescoes alone. The very best of Giotto’s frescoes are in the Scrovegni chapel, purpose built to house a complete […]

Basilica Saint Anthony in Padua Photo by Dera Kolkka

The Story of the San Lorenzo Complex in Florence

The Medici family acquired enormous power and wealth as bankers and financiers influencing the legacy of Florence and Tuscany for centuries. From Cosimo the Elder in the 15th century to the last Medici descendant in the 18th century, they were avid collectors and patrons of the arts. The San Lorenzo neighborhood in central Florence is […]

San Lorenzo - cloister Photo by Victoria DeMaio

Strolling on the Aventine: The Beauty and Tranquility of Rome

According to tradition, the city of Rome was founded on seven hills, all east of the river Tiber: the Aventine, Capitoline, Palatine, Caelian, Esquiline, Quirinal and Viminal. Each has its own special features that bear witness to Rome’s millennia of history. According to legend, the twins Romulus and Remus, wishing to allow the gods to […]

Photo by Claudia Tarquini

Introducing Il Regalo Baglioni and your chance to win a prize!

In our recent post about Italian-themed Christmas gift ideas, Italian Talks introduced the concept of the brand new Italian lifestyle gift Il Regalo Baglioni in our Concierge Tip: Allow us explain a little more about this newest feature from Baglioni Hotels and offer you the chance to win a great prize. Il Regalo Baglioni was […]

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Share #whyilovelondon & win a 3 night luxury stay!

Baglioni Hotels asked me why I love London. It sounds like such a easy question but I had so many answers to give as London is simply that special. And why did they ask this question? Baglioni Hotels has an Instagram competition right now where you can win three nights in a Baglioni Suite in […]

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Castle Trekking Near Padua

Castles with towers, moats and ramparts are notoriously the backdrop for great novels. The countryside of Padua is full of them….and they are in remarkably great shape. It doesn’t take much to feel like you have suddenly stepped back into the Middle Ages, with battle scenes and ladies in distress. Padua, or Padova, is only […]

Photo by Susan Nelson

Presenting 10 Italian Christmas Gift Ideas

The Christmas season is just around the corner and it’s not too soon to be shopping for Christmas gifts. At Italian Talks we are curious to discover what would make the best Italian Christmas gift. So we asked our fellow Italy lovers for their ideas. We were not surprised to discover that many gift ideas […]

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Celebrating Festa della Salute in Venice

If you are planning a trip to Venice in late fall, attending the Festa della Salute should be high on your list. This is an event that is dear to the hearts of all Venetians, and is an important event in this city’s rich history. When another devastating plague hit Venice in 1630, the Senate […]

Votive bridge in Venice - Photo by Karen Henderson

Verona sets the scene for traditional and street games

September has never been one of my favourite months. Summer is over and it’s back to school, which for many means the end of playing outdoors and the long, sunny days. However, for 11 years, the Association of Ancient Games in Verona has been determined to change the melancholy image of this month by organising […]

P'zz'canto' Photo by Giulia Zanoletti

Discover Bergamo – An Unforgettable Day Trip from Milan

Bergamo is an easy day trip from Milan, taking less than an hour by train. This scenic medieval city of 120,000 people is located in the Lombardia region of Italy in the foothills of the Alps. From Bergamo’s train station a one-euro bus ticket provides me with transportation up the hill to Bergamo Alta, the […]

Bergamo An inclined street
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