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Duration: 4 - 5 hours

Type Of Service: Florence to Cinque Terre Private Car Transfer Tour with one-hour stop-over in Pisa

Our car service transfers provide our clients the opportunity to make the most of their time while in Italy enjoying tours of other popular tourist destinations as they travel from one Italian city to another. On our Florence to Cinque Terre car transfer, enjoy a one-hour stop-over in Pisa and spend time at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and the extraordinary Piazza dei Miracoli, as part of your private car transfer from Florence.  Your driver will drop you off at Piazza dei Miracoli and wait for your return at the car parking lot.

We can arrange for skip the line tickets for those guests who want to climb the two-hundred eighty-eight steps of the Leaning Tower while in Pisa.  The Leaning Tower tickets are 28 euros per person.

Things to Know

  • Luxury Mercedes vehicle or something similar with air-conditioned with an English-speaking driver
  • Pick-up from Hotel in Florence, with a one-hour stop-over in Pisa
  • All transfers are based on each passenger carrying maximum 1 standard suitcase and 1 carry-on per person
  • Clients taking our Florence Cinque Terre Transfer can also pay an additional 28 Euro per person for reserved tickets to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa (please be aware children under 8 years are not allowed to climb the Tower) The climb takes 25 – 30 minutes each way.  There are no hand-railings when climbing the steps and tennis shoes are highly recommended.
  • Private Car Transfers offered 7 days a week between April and October based on availability
  • Two departure times to choose from are; 9:00am – 2:00pm or 2pm – 7:00pm
  • Please be aware that most of the Cinque Terre town centers are not accessible by car, the driver will drop you off at the nearest car parking lot closest to the designated town. Guests will need to make arrangements with host hotel to meet them and assist guests with luggage to their hotel.
  • The Cinque Terre towns available for car service from Florence is: Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, and Corniglia
  • Please note, that we will need to know your designated city in Cinque Terre and your hotel information when booking this tour
  • Client can request an additional time in Pisa – please inquire about rates for additional hour(s)

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City Florence
  • Duration 4 - 5 Hours
  • Highlights

    Private Florence to Cinque Terre Car Transfer includes a stop in Pisa and a chance to climb the Leaning Tower.

  • Pricing & Booking

    Inquire within about special rates. Discounted rates for 3 - 5 people. The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

     
  • Price inquire about special rates
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Duration: 12.5 hours

Type Of Service: Cinque Terre and Portovenere in One Day from Florence

Set Sail Along the Italian Riviera -The cruise across the Gulf of Poets will bring you to the town of Portovenere, one of the most stunning places on the West Coast of Italy. You’ll notice fishermen’s boats docked daintily by the beach, colorful homes peppering the scenery, an old castle looming on the horizon, churches standing omnipresent. It’s quite breathtaking. Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful village on your own, seeing what you want, wherever your fancy carries you.

Cinque Terre National Park - You’ll once again catch the boat and continue our cruise up the Ligurian coast because there is no better way to admire the beautiful UNESCO world heritage site of Cinque Terre National Park than from the sea! See how the inhabitants overcame the challenge of nature’s steep and uneven hillsides, creating unique towns with unparalleled views, with homes that stretch back through the centuries.

Monterosso - After a pleasant 1.25-hour cruise, we’ll stop at Monterosso, the largest town among the Cinque Terre. Dine on a local dish of pesto as you please, selecting that which tempts your taste buds most. Stroll, shop, sit, swim (don’t forget to pack your swimsuit just in case you’d like to take a dip in the sea) or even hike!

Optional 45 Minute Light Hike -To make the most out of this Cinque Terre experience, we offer an optional 45 minutes light hike, for those who want to see the stunning mainland and coastline scenery from a different perspective. Let your tour leader guide you through the terraced vineyards, the ancient olive groves and the spectacular panoramic views that will stay in your memories forever. After the hike, you will still be able to enjoy free time and wander around the charming town of Monterosso. So, the choice is entirely yours!

Vernazza - Then it is “all aboard!” as you are taken by train to the charming town of Vernazza, characterized by its narrow streets and small square looking out over the sea. It is so picturesque it will seem like you’ve stepped into a Renaissance painting. But it is entirely authentic, we can assure you.

Riomaggiore - At this point, you think you’ve seen the prettiest small harbor in the world. But you haven’t. Not quite yet. Not until you reach our final destination of Riomaggiore. Here in this tiny village perched high atop a cliff dropping straight into the sea, you’ll be dazzled with sweeping views of the tiny harbor, full of colorful boats and vibrant natural formations. Once again, take your time to amble around the area on your own and discover everything fate has in store for you.

Sample Liguria's Highly Prized Pesto - Be sure to savor your final sampling of the Liguria region’s famous flavors, including its highly prized pesto, because soon you’ll be back on board the train for a quick ride to your private air-conditioned coach to Florence. Use this return trip to rest while relishing in the wonderful memories just collected on this one-of-a-kind tour. You deserve it.

*In case of bad weather conditions, the boat might not be able to sail. On such occasions, the itinerary will be different, as we will not visit Portovenere (since it is only reachable by boat) but will include instead Manarola.

Things to Know:

  • Leave behind the Renaissance treasures of Florence for the day to discover the rugged beauty of the Ligurian coastline
  • Tour operates with a minimum of 4 participants and maximum of 25 people
  • Dine on a local dish as you stroll, shop, people watch or swim (don't forget to pack your swimsuit and towel) or even take a 30 minute light hike
  • Free time in Portovenere, Monterosso, Vernazza, and Riomaggiore
  • Train tickets for short transfers between the towns visited/ticket for 1.5 boat cruise 
  • Round-trip transport from Florence in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Tour is offered April - October 
  • Tour is conducted on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
  • Tour departs at 7:15am
  • Meeting Point: Florence Center City - the tour starts directly from Piazza dell’Unità Italiana - more details are given upon booking
  • Casual Attire, Wear comfortable walking shoes and swimsuit/towel - optional
  • 45 minute optional hike with tour leader available during tour

 

 

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City ManarolaVernazzaCornigliaRiomaggiorePortovenere
  • Duration 12.5 Hours
  • Highlights

    See the best of the Cinque Terre's amazing sea-side towns, as well as visit Portovenere, all in a single day trip from Florence.  Admire the Gulf of Poets and Cinque Terre on a short cruise up the coast, then explore them on foot on your way back down.  Follow your guide on an optional light hike allowing you to truly appreciate the natural beauty of Cinque Terre, or spend your free time tasting pesto or shopping.

  • Pricing & Booking

    $178.00 per person to include round-trip transportation.  The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

     
  • Price $178 per person
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Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:55

From Florence - Cinque Terre - small group tour

Duration: (8:00am - 6:00pm)

Type Of Service: Unique day tours of Cinque Terre from Florence to Manarola, Vernazza, and Corniglia

Departing from: Center City of Florence

A small group tour with no more than 8 passengers.  You will be greeted by your English-Speaking driver/tour guide at a designated location in the center city of Florence.  After driving through Tuscany into the Liguria region, your first stop will be the Cinque Terre village of Manarola.  Enjoy panoramic views and take spectacular pictures of the land and coast.  Manarola is one of the oldest villages of Cinque Terre.  You will explore the narrow alleys and pretty pastel squares that epitomize the area, and perhaps sample some renowned local wine at a cozy wine bar and tavern, as you are exploring.

After you visit Manarola, you will meet your tour escort at a prearranged time for your shared boat ride to Vernazza.  While on the boat, admiring the dramatic coastline from the water, framed against the hills will arrive at your second stop at the village of Vernazza, arguably the most beautiful of the five villages with a large open harbor, castle, and church.  You will enjoy some free time to walk around and have a relaxing lunch(lunch cost is clients responsibility) at one of the open-air restaurants that line the waterfront, or pick up some snacks/picnic lunch and enjoy a picnic lunch down by the water or stroll through the back streets for impressive views along the coast.  

After your visit to Vernazza, you will meet your tour escort who will drive you to Corniglia, where you will enjoy panoramic views and take some of the most spectacular pictures.

Things to Know:

  • Leave behind the Renaissance treasures of Florence for the day to discover the rugged beauty of the Ligurian coastline
  • Visit three of the five villages that make up Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most scenic destinations
  • Tour operates with a minimum of 4 participants and maximum of 8 (semi-private tour)
  • Dine on a local dish as you stroll, shop, people watch or swim (don't forget to pack your swimsuit and towel) or even take a 30 minute light hike
  • Complimentary appetizer on the tour
  • Round-trip transport from Florence in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Public boats operate subject to weather conditions.  When boats are not operative transfer between towns, the tour will be by train or mini-van.
  • Tour is conducted 7 days a week during the peak season Late March - Mid October
  • During winter months (November - Mid March) tour days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday, based on a minimum of 4 people
  • Meeting Point: Florence Center City - the tour starts directly outside the Cafe Paskowski in Piazza Repubblica
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City ManarolaVernazzaCorniglia
  • Duration 9 - 9.5 Hours
  • Highlights

    A unique tour from Florence visiting three Cinque Terre villages; Manarola, Vernazza and Corniglia.

  • Lat/Long 44.100642, 9.736227
  • Pricing & Booking

    Inquire within about special rates.  The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

     
  • Price inquire about special rates
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Duration: Overnight Stay 

Type of Service:  From Cinque Terre - Dynamic Tour (relaxation and adventure all in one)

Dynamic is a tour chosen by those individuals who do not want to lose their dynamism.  Within the Dynamic tour, you will find adventure, relaxation within a carefully chosen accommodation in close proximity to the Cinque Terre Region and the opportunity to experience Ligurian cuisine.
On this tour you will be able to experience the beauty of the local area, combining your energy with the energy released by living in strict contact with an area rich in contrasts.

You will have two options for overnight accommodations; whether to stay overnight in the Val di Vara, rich in historical and traditional charm (The Val di Vara area covers more than 60% of the territory of the province of La Spezia and all of the inland areas of the province as it heads towards the Tuscany border. The area is just a 35-minute drive from the Cinque Terre) or stay in the center of La Spezia.(La Spezia is a port city, considered by tourists to be simply a "gateway to the Cinque Terre - La Spezia has some very interesting attractions, great food served in numerous restaurants, and home to Italy's largest naval base). 

You can add adventure excursions onto the Dynamic Tour such as rafting and canoeing or activities linked to the sea such as rock climbing, sailing or diving in the magnificent waters of the Gulf of Poets.  You can also choose a guided food tasting tour from a local to include typical Ligurian dishes in one of the taverns in the center of La Spezia.

Things to Know:

  • The Dynamic tour includes a one night stay and breakfast in accommodation either in the center of La Spezia or in the countryside, in one of the magnificent villages of the Val di Vara area
  • We offer our customers beautiful Villas, Boutique Hotels of Charming B & B in the Cinque Terre, in the Gulf of the Poets of Tigullio Val di Magra and Val di Vara (May-Sept/high season)
  • Enjoy panoramic views over the Italian coastline of the Ligurian Sea 
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • An opportunity to relax, unwind and to admire the beauty of the region or participate in adventure activities 
  • The option to select one of the following adventure activities for an additional fee; canoeing, rafting, rock climbing, sailing or diving
  • The option to select a guided food tour with a local guide and the opportunity to enjoy a meal within one of the traditional taverns in the old town of La Spezia where you can sample traditional dishes: testaroli, pizza, farinata and many more Ligurian specialties
  • Savor delicious food and drinks that are locally-made as you learn about the region's culinary history and traditions
  • Your Outdoor Italian Adventure Awaits you - Scuba Diving, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Rafting, Hiking, Rafting

 

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City Cinque TerreLa Spezia
  • Duration Overnight Stay
  • Highlights

    The unique landscape of Italy makes a wide range of outdoor activities possible where can enjoy active adventure activities including; biking, hiking, rafting, rock climbing, scuba diving, and sailing on this dynamic tour with the assistance of a local professional guide.

  • Pricing & Booking

     $260 for an overnight stay, additional fees for adventure activities and guided tours upon request.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $ 260 for overnight stay
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Duration: Overnight Stay 

Type of Service:  From Cinque Terre - Freedom tour is the tour chosen by those who want to let themselves go and fully enjoy the natural beauty of the region 

Freedom is the tour chosen by those who want to let themselves go and fully enjoy the natural beauty of the place.  With this tour you can stay in local accommodation in one of the Cinque Terre villages or in the old town of the town of La Spezia, sample the local food in the ancient taverns and enjoy yourself listening to good music, following local events and choosing a trekking excursion in the Cinque Terre national park or in the extensive Montemarcello national park.

This tour is a mix of relaxation, traditional food, music and entertainment linked to current events and trekking in the magnificent national parks overlooking the sea or inland in the Val di Vara where you can enjoy breathtaking views. 

Things to Know:

  • Accommodations for an overnight stay and breakfast - your choice to choose your accommodations in the center city of La Spezia or in one of the B&Bs in Riomaggiore, one of the distinctive Cinque Terre villages (May - September/high season)
  • The option to select an activity involving wine tasting or sampling of honey or other traditional local products (wines in the Bosoni cellars in the Sarzana area or Cinque Terre or tasting of honey or other traditional local products) for an additional fee.
  • The option to select a guided tour to one of the castles in the area: San Giorgio Castle in La Spezia, Malaspina Castle in Fosdinovo or Calice Castle in Cornoviglio for an additional fee
  • Enjoy panoramic views over the Italian coastline of the Ligurian Sea 
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Savor delicious food and drinks that are locally-made as you learn about the region's culinary history and traditions
  • Nature, Trekking, Food, Relaxation

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City Cinque TerreLa Spezia
  • Duration Overnight Stay
  • Highlights

    Exactly where a relaxation tour takes you depends on your style. Discover the culture and nature of the Cinque Terre Villages and La Spezia at a leisurely pace while indulging in food and sightseeing tours while admiring the beauty of the Ligurian Sea.

     

  • Pricing & Booking

     $248.00 for an overnight stay including fees; additional fees for adventure activities and guided tours upon request.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $ 248 for overnight stay
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Thursday, 12 November 2015 19:26

Regions in Italy

So you’ve decided you are GOING TO ITALY! How Exciting! Many people dream of visiting Italy and experiencing la bella vita, and while you certainly can’t avoid it anywhere in the country, there are some things to think about before you take off that will make your time that much more enjoyable.

First, Italy is a large, and very diverse country. Traveling across regions is almost like traveling across countries themselves. The Italian people are very attached to their City, Region, and Country, in that order, so be sure to talk to locals wherever you go to get to know the intricacies of the very different regions of Italy.

Planning your trip’s itinerary won’t be easy since there is SO much to see and do, but a little background on the country’s layout is helpful when decided what it is you want to get out of your time: are you looking for sports? history? art? food? beaches? mountains? fashion? design? Italy has it all, but some places have it better than others!

Italy can best be divided into three geographical areas: north, middle and south, although again across those areas culture, food and tradition varies greatly.

 

Northern Italy: Alta Italia

Northern Italy is made up of the Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino Alto-Adige. It boasts such famous cities as Milan, Venice, Turin, Genoa and Bologna. The weather is cooler than the rest of the country due to the northern location and proximity to the Apennines and Alps. This area is traditionally the more wealthy part of Italy, and houses most of the country’s industry. Cities like Milan and Venice can be slightly more expensive than some cities in the central or southern parts of Italy. However, public transportation and tourism services are much more developed and functional than in other parts of the country!

The major airport for the northern region is Milan’s Linate International Airport. There are many other airports in the region however, including Bologna, Venice and Genoa, so do some price comparisons before booking your ticket. The climate in this region varies considerably, both depending on time of year and location. Venice gets extremely hot in the summer, while Turin and the Lake District (Cuomo) stay much cooler and tend to be flocked by Italians trying to beat the heat during the summer months. The Italian Alps begin their ski season as early as November in some places.

Northern Italy has many attractions and offers activities for everyone. Those who enjoy sport and the outdoors may want to visit the lakes for water sports, or go hiking in the Italian Dolomites. Everyone should see Venice at least for a day while they still can! Milan is great for anyone interested in design or fashion, and also has a wide selection of galleries and museums for those interested in both Renaissance and contemporary art. One can also visit the Italian Riviera for some great beaches.

The cuisine of this region is also quite variable, but generally tends to be no the heavier side of some of the traditional Italian specialties we normally think of. This is where Italians eat risotto with saffron, polenta, LOTS of parmigiano reggiano (from the Emilia Romagna province – an area that all foodies must visit), heavy meat dishes and stews, etc. Closer north near the Austrian border we see a lot of Austrian or Slovenian influence in the cuisine, as well as the wines. Prosecco is from the Veneto, and Gewürztraminer is from Trentino Alto-Adige. Think lots of nice white wines, and a LOT of grappa!

 

Central Italy: Tuscany and Rome

Central Italy is made up of the regions Lazio, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria. Geographically it also contains Abruzzo and Molise, but they are traditional grouped with Southern Italy due to cultural similiarities. This is where the rolling hills of Unbria and Tuscany call to mind Napa Valley. This is wine country. Central Italy is home to cities like Florence, Siena, Perugia, and of course Roma. Still quite wealthy, but more varied wealth across regions, central Italy is also extremely easy to explore via bus or train, so you can visit some little hill towns in the Val D’Orcia, or take a train and ride up and down the coast. This section of Italy is full of tiny medieval towns, and if you do your research ahead of time, you could get to participate in one of their on-going traditional medieval festivals!

Rome and Florence both have international airports, as does Pisa. Flying into Bologna is also an easy way to get to Florence as they are connected via both fast and regional trains. The weather in the region is quite temperate, with clearly distinct seasons similar to the weather on the mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. The winters are cold, and although snow is uncommon it is not unheard of. The summers get quite hot, going up to one hundred degrees, and the air tends to be humid, especially inland.

Florence and Rome are the dominating destinations in Central Italy, and rightfully so. Rome as the capital and Florence as the birthplace of the Renaissance are not to be missed if possible. I would argue each city really deserves its own trip to truly get the most out of what they have to offer. Rome is a massive metropolitan center, filled with tourists all year round. The Vatican is a major destination, its museums housing some of the most beautiful and famous Renaissance artwork, as well as the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The City of Rome of course has many ancient Roman ruins that would excite anyone remotely interested in human history: the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Catacombs, just to name a few. Florence on the other hand is the must-visit for anyone interested in Renaissance art or history, and is also a good base to explore some of the smaller towns in the region that will have you thinking of Under the Tuscan Sun. The Chianti region is full of tiny gems to visit and have an amazing meal at, as is the area between Siena and Rome. You’ll have to get to know the regional bus lines though!

Again, each region has its own traditional cuisine, but Central Italy has some of the healthiest, heartiest, what traditionally would have been peasant food but has now been elevated to an incredible level of International renown. Bistecca alla Fiorentina can only be truly enjoyed in Tuscany, just as Rome is the place to eat Saltimbocca or Osso Buco. Siena is famous for its sweets, traditionally eaten at Christmastime, and the Umbrian town of Norcia, in the Appennine foothills is where the best black truffles can be found, as well as some of the best pork products like prosciutto and salame. The hills are home to wild boar, which is cooked into many traditional stews or sauces. This is also wine country, so look out for Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. I could write a whole article about Tuscan cuisine, and I probably will, so check our blog frequently!

 

Southern Italy: Untouched

Southern Italy is where many Italian Americans origins are. It is the poorest part of the country, and encompasses the “foot” part of the boot of Italy, as well as the island of Sicily and some other Islands off the coast of Naples. It is made up of the regions of Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Molise and Sicily. Due to traditional poverty and well-known corruption, transportation to many less-frequented yet extremely beautiful areas is difficult without a car of your own. The trains are regional and buses connecting cities are infrequent. We’ll talk more about renting cars in Italy later, but this may be the area to do so if you are up for the challenge!

The nearest major international airport is Rome, but there are two smaller airports on the east coast: Bari and Brindisi, both in Apulia. Naples has an international airport, and the island of Sicily may be reached via Palermo in the north or Catania in the south. The climate in the South is Mediterranean, so again variable across seasons but markedly warmer than the north or center of the country. The area is frequently overlooked as a tourist destination, so it is a nice respite from the throngs of Florence or Venice if you have the chance to visit. The beaches are spectacular, overlooking truly crystalline water. On clear days you can even see Africa from certain points along the coast.

While Sorrento, the Amalfi coast and the island of Capri are all beautiful places to visit, they are also the most famous tourist destinations in this area. If you are looking for beautiful vistas and country club style and treatment, these resort towns are a perfect place to pamper yourself or take a boat out. If you are more on the adventurous side, continue south and explore the towns of Calabria, famous for its spicy peppers and warm inhabitants. From Naples you can climb Mount Vesuvius and eat a traditional Neapolitan pizza. Matera, in the Basilicata region, is slated to be the European Capitol of Culture in 2019, and boasts what are thought to be among the first ever human settlements in Italy carved out of the rocks that make up its ancient city center. Those interested in architecture will enjoy the cities along the southern coast of Sicily, where due to volcanic and seismic damage, many buildings were rebuilt in a new Sicilian Baroque style.

Southern Italian cuisine is what most Americans think of as Italian cuisine: eggplant parmigiana, pizza, calzone, spaghetti, maccheroni, and the list goes on. The region is big on short, dry pasta, as opposed to the soft egg pastas of the northern, wealthier regions. Mozzarella is from this area, as is ricotta, made light and fresh. San Marzano tomatoes are grown in the volcanic soil under mount Vesuvius, and are used ubiquitously. Many of the dishes served in the south have Italian-American counterparts due to generations of Italians emigrating to the US from these regions due to extreme poverty. This part of Italy also of course produces much of its own wine, but the wine tends to be drunk young and domestically, rather than bring preserved and shipped. So come here if you are okay with some chilled red table wine or a beer with your pizza!

This has just been an EXTREMELY brief overview of what you might expect as you plan your trip to Italy. Every part of the country has its own secrets, cuisines, and traditions, but if you can’t move there, these generalized descriptions should help you tailor where you want to start and end your visit to the big boot. Once you determine your itinerary, be sure to check seasonal weather charts so you can pack accordingly to where you will be visiting. Read on for more about the items that you will need to bring with you to get the most out of your Italian vacation!

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