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Study abroad in Italy – the Tips you need before getting there

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So you want to study abroad in Italy, it makes sense it’s a beautiful place to be in and really you know of all the fun you can have in a country that has tons of art, and tons of events for students that want to come here. Is Italy a good place to study abroad? Of course.

Where can I study abroad in Italy? Studying abroad in Italy is something that many people want to do, but the real and only problem someone can bump into is what city to stay in, a question that you can answer simply by checking out StudentsVille and press MORE ABOUT section.

Want to study in Italy? Check our guide about the costs of living in Italy for international students

You can study abroad in Florence Italy, and you can find great study abroad in Florence Italy tips.But hey you said the fun stops there?

You can find all the info you need on so many different cities to study in Italy, tips about Studying in Milan, Studying in Rome, Studying in Bologna, and so many others that you probably never even considered.

Now maybe you’ll be coming here for the next semester and that’s going to be in the summertime, and hey that’ll be great if you want to visit some of the best beaches in the world. I mean every region on the sea in this country has at least one great beach that isn’t infested by tourism. So go on the hunt when you’re here and enjoy every last moment of it. “But, hey Chris, studying in a new city is already quite expensive, so how much am I going to be spending while studying in Italy?” Now that I a good question, it really depends on what city you’re thinking about staying in. You’ve got some places like Milan and Florence that are quite pricey compared to the rest of the country, but then you have to consider that life cost is always less than any other major city in the world, just walk a lot and use public transport. It ain’t the best, but it gets you places.

So when wondering about your Italy study abroad term, you’re going to need to also think about the various study abroad programs in Italy, that you can pick from our more about page, select the city of your liking and choose the corresponding studying page, cause there are a ton of different college study abroad programs in Italy to pick from even on our website. So, now you know if you want to study abroad in Italy, you’re in the right place.

How to study abroad in Italy

Now that, my dear readers, are a very odd question you’re asking yourself online, but I’ll try to answer that the best way I can. Definitely, the starting point when it comes to that query is what are the best places to study abroad in Italy?

Best Places to study abroad in Italy

That is something that really depends on what you like to feel, cause you have to keep in mind that Italy is an extremely diverse country even though it is quite small compared to other major states in the world. Let’s take a city like Milan, it’s one of the most European cities you’ll get when you’re in Italy, it has that international feel to it, even though it still keeps that relaxed atmosphere to it, or take a city like Rome that is the biggest city in Italy, but its extension is so vast it seems like you’re going from town to town, based on the various boroughs you visit. Or maybe you want something smaller, maybe you’re thinking about living that castle life in that case you could study abroad in Siena Italy and walk side by side with history, so I hope that when it comes to picking the best city to study abroad in Italy I helped a bit.

How to pack for study abroad in italy

Let’s keep going on a tirade here, and think about what you could need to know, maybe you’re thinking about what to pack when studying abroad in Italy I mean a very good question indeed, if you’re about to visit on the next semester, than I advise bringing very little, cause the heat in this country is excruciating, maybe one light coat in case you’re visiting the sea, cause it gets windy, that’s really it, but if you’re thinking in the long run about how to pack for study abroad in Italy than you should keep in mind that the winters can be very harsh in Italy, so when you’re in front of that suitcase thinking about  what to bring when studying abroad in Italy you’re going to pack your warm clothes.

So we talked about what to pack, how to pick the best city in Italy to study abroad and a bit about the cost of studying abroad in Italy. What’s left? The best study abroad programs in Italy.

Why Study abroad in italy

You’ve come all the way to this point and you’re still looking for some reasons to study abroad in Italy? I mean how can this be the case? Have we not made a good enough case until now? (good loving that play-of-words). Anyway there are a gazillion other reasons to study here, and probably the best one is the food, how can we have a studying abroad in Italy blog without mentioning the food? We do in many different articles that have to do with seasonal treats, but we also have a huge selection of restaurants you can choose based on the city you wish to study in. There is so much good food here, that you’ll be thinking more about how to lose wight while studying abroad in Italy more than your actual studies. Guess what? We have a section on gyms and a variety of running groups or cycling tours that’ll keep you active while here.

How much is to study abroad in Italy

We can go a bit more in depth when it comes to how much it costs to study in Italy, but we have a couple of articles that can help you with that, so I’m going to leave them here for you. One talks about the cost of living in Florence and the other of the cost of living in Rome. Remember that these are some pretty good estimates to understand the difference in pricing from north to south in the country.

Let’s move on to summer study abroad programs in Italy.

Study in Italy Summer

You’ve got your mind set now and you want to come to do your term in Italy? Good cause it’s gonna be a beautiful summer and what are you going to do miss it by staying home? Better complain about the fact that you can’t be outside because you’re at a Summer School Milan rather than back home. You obviously can choose form all of the best international Universities as they all offer study abroad Italy for Summer 2019 courses. Check the different Studying pages that you can find under the More About tab on our website, and pick the right Uni for you.

Student rooms in Italy 

Ok, we’re at the end of the line here, and last but not least we’re going to show you all the best that we can offer, our piece de resistance: Accomodation. See at StudentsVille we make sure you find all the accommodation you need. From student rooms for rent in Florence Italy, to student rooms in Rome Italy, to any other student rooms in Italy that you need. So, when you don’t know how to get that one student room for rent in Florence Italy you can always find and book the best student housing in Italy with us at StudentsVille. It’s what we do best, we find and help you book your student accommodation with StudentsVille, nothing less, nothing more.

Study Abroad in Italy: Best Universities and Masters

Art School in Italy: The Complete List of The Best Design Schools in Italy

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art school in Italy

“I’m going to an art school in Italy” you no doubt heard that a few times from your artsy friends, but now it’s your time to pick your uni and maybe that art school in Italy wasn’t that much of a bad idea. Lucky for you in Italy, we have a huge selection of art schools, ranging from architecture schools in all the major cities, some of the best product design school in all of the world, and a great number of interior design schools in Italy.

Study abroad in Italy is something that many people want to do. In the article Study abroad in italy the complete 2019 guide  you’ll find all that you need to know about.

So, now you’re all ready to hop on the fancy Italian art school train, but you’re still undecided on where to go. The major cities like Florence, Bologna, Venice, Milan and Naples, all have some of the best creative schools in Europe, so you should be looking there, and should be looking on StudentsVille to find your apartment for rent in Italy.

Also, you know about our love for Florence, so just in case go give a look at our Florence Design School list and our more generic university list the Schools in Florence Italy page.

Best design school in Italy

After we looked through a vast number of architecture schools in Italy, interior design universities in Italy, design colleges in Italy, we came to select 6 different schools where you should check out.

Best Art school in Italy

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IED

If you’re looking to study design in Italy, IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) is right up your alley. You can find IED in 6 Italian cities: Milan, Florence, Rome, Venice, Turin, and Cagliari. offering a selection of courses such as Design, Fashion, Visual Communication and Management. No doubt considered of the best design schools in Italy.

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Polimoda

Polimoda is one the most internationally renowned Italian fashion schools, you can find Polimoda in Florence, and you’d be amazed by the things you can learn in this fashion hub. So if you’re planning on going to Florence keep Polimoda in mind.

Marangoni

Marangoni is another really important fashion school, the main difference with Polimoda is the international success it has, having its HQ in Milan, but a great number of other locations around the world, such as in Paris, London, Shangai, Shenzhen, Mumbai, Miami, and Florence. One of the best jewellery design schools in Italy, and one of the best fashion schools in the world, Istituto Marangoni is no doubt what you need to look into.

Accademia delle Belle Arti Florence

Founded in1563 by Cosimo I de’ Medici, the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Firenze, has been home and mentor to a lot of artists, from the likes of Michelangelo to Vasari, from Bronzino to Kauffmann. It’s location today is in the square of San Marco, but this isn’t where you’ll find the David, that is the Accademia Gallery, in Via Ricasoli. Great to study interior design in Florence Italy.

Accademia Italiana

Definitely one of the best interior design schools in Italy, the Accademia Italiana has some of the best programs on offer:  Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior and Product Design, Jewellery Design, Photography, and New Media. So whatever you need to study in the Arts they’ve got you covered. Keep in mind you’ll find locations in Florence and in Rome, so the possibilities are endless.

The Florence Institute of Design International

One of the newest addition to the academic world, the Florence Institute of Design International was founded in 2008 and is now 10 years old. In here you can find yourself studying programs such as Interior Design, Graphic Design, Art History, and Architecture. Here would be a great place to study architecture in Italy as an International Student.

All the Leonardo da Vinci art you need

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It’s getting closer and closer the 500th anniversary from Da Vinci’s death is just a month and a half away, so we are gonna keep talking about him cause that’s what the whole Da Vinci segment is all about.

Today we’re going to look at some Leonardo da Vinci art, we already talked about his inventions so it’s time to talk about what he was more famous for. The Leonardo da Vinci paintings we’re going to talk about today are some of the most famous Leonardo da Vinci artworks that are known to man, so we have to homage them in our way. We already touched upon the Leonardo da Vinci first painting in are first article on the artist, so we won’t be talking about the Baptism of Christ, but hey don’t worry there are a fair deal of Leonardo da Vinci famous paintings to talk about, and we’re taking 10 of them into account in this post.

His love for art began at a very young age, and thanks to that he was able to start his apprenticeship at the Bottega del Verrocchio, one of the most important schools of art in Florence at the time. That is where he completed the first of the various Leonardo da Vinci works — the aforementioned Baptism of Christ — and also it is in this first painting that we start to see the world famous Leonardo da Vinci art style.

So, how many paintings did Leonardo da Vinci paint? When we talk about paintings he completed 30, or at least 30 are the ones we know about. In this post we’re going to talk about 10 of them.

Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa no doubt this is the Leonardo da Vinci most famous painting. Everyone, young and old, know about this masterpiece, and a lot of people ask themselves why did Leonardo da Vinci paint the Mona Lisa, the answer is simpler than what you could imagine. He was commissioned by Francesco del Giocondo to make a portrait of his wife Lisa Gherardini. Thus the name Mona (Madonna, Madam) Lisa. Now the other question is why do some people call this La Gioconda painting, that is because of her husbands family name. There is no doubt that this the official Leonardo da Vinci signature piece.

Last Supper

The Last Supper painting is one of those that are never gonna be forgotten, even thanks to movies like the Da Vinci Code and endless documentaries, that made sure this piece wouldn’t risk being forgotten. The Leonardo da Vinci Last Supper, was made on request of Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, as part of the renovations of the Santa Maria Delle Grazie convent in Milan.

Lady with Ermine

One of the only pieces of Leonardo that you can find in Eastern Europe, the Lady with and Ermine portrays Cecilia Gallerani, mistress of the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza. So yeah, he would have a mistress on the side and commission church frescos to make sure he wasn’t sinning too much. Today, you can find this amazing piece in Poland because it was bought by Prince Adam Jerzy Czartoryski in 1798, that immediately knew that this was a Da Vinci, even though it still wasn’t attributed to him yet. You really have to know your Leonardo da Vinci drawings to make an investment like that.

Salvator Mundi

The latest addition to the artist’s roster is the Salvator Mundi painting. A Leonardo da Vinci Jesus Painting that had brought a great deal of attention to it after being sold for 450 million dollars at auction in 2017. Now, some say it really isn’t his, but the Louvre of Abu Dhabi paid that much so it better be. Now being that it has just been discovered to be a Leonardo and not a copy, no one is really sure about when it was made, but the most prominent theory is the one that says it was painted for Louis XII of France after he conquered Milan and Genoa. So, good on you da Vinci Salvator Mundi for making it in the high art world.

Vitruvian Man

Not exactly a painting, but rather one of the most prominent  Leonardo da Vinci sketches, the Vitruvian Man was made to have on paper the perfect proportions of man. More of a tutorial for artists than a painting itself, but the precision and mastery of the artist makes the Leonardo da Vinci Vitruvian Man a unique piece that today is recognised by all.

Saint John the Baptist

Considered to be the last Leonardo da Vinci pictures painted by the artist. Finished around 1516, it depicts Saint John the Baptist in a chiaroscuro with a smile that resembles that of the Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa, this opened up the debate that both subject are actually Leonardo’s assistant Salai.

Annunciation

We already talked about the first painting Leonardo made under the tutelage of Andrea del Verrocchio, but we didn’t talk about this piece that was completed by the artist while still working in the studio of his master. Completed between 1472 and 1475, it is still unknown if there was also the collaboration of his master in the making of the painting, who knows maybe we’ll find that out sooner or later.

Battle of Anghiari

How are we gonna put this, so yeah we know there is this painting, but no one has actually seen it except those who painted over it. So it was made to commemorate the Battle of Anghiari that took place in 1440, it was a huge painting on one of the walls of the Salone del 500 in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio, but was then covered by another huge artwork. Some say that it was because Leonardo miscalculated the time it would take for the paint to dry those ruining the painting. But hey you can see some sketches that we are still able to see today.

La Scapigliata

This amazing Late Renaissance painting on wood by Leonardo is no doubt one of my personal favourite that he created. It’s detail in such a simple image leaves shocked every time I see it. It was made in 1508 for the House of Gonzaga in Mantua.

The Virgin and Child with St. Anne

Another beautiful piece of Leonardo that can be found in the Louvre in Paris is The Virgin and Child with St.Anne. The uniqueness of this piece is how when the Louvre started studying the painting itself, it found so many Leonardo Sketches behind it that it was the first time in history where the back of a painting had such a collection art on it.

What to say when Shopping pt.2? The StudentsVille Dictionary

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It’s That time of the month again and we can’t leave you in the shop not knowing how to ask some common Italian phrases that you can use when buying Italian clothing. Last month we looked at some of the basics that you’ll need when you’re at the shop looking for some pieces that are going to put you on the super Italian fashion wardrobe. So these Italian phrases are gonna be a life saver when you’re a bit low on cash and want to find out what Italian words and phrases you can use when you’re wondering if something is on sale.

Now get ready to learn all of these tasty Italian phrases for travel that are useful to buy clothes in Italian, and hey why not maybe you can use these common Italian phrases to buy more than just clothes cause really commerce is great to practice your vocabulary

Enjoy our list of basic Italian phrases to use when looking for the best deals and best garbs, it’s the StudentsVille dictionary for the Italian shopping vocabulary.

Sto cercando questo.. – I’m looking for…

Now you’ve found a great piece online and you know that in the city you’re studying you can find the store in question. What to do? Well or you can wait online, or you can run in there with this shopping in Italian language phrase to use in this situation. I mean I know if I want something sometimes I just can’t wait. So, get in there and show them the image and drop them a “Sto cercando questo” and if you’re lucky enough you can try it on. But what shopping phrases in Italian are you going to use to do that. You’ll find out soon.

Posso provare (…..) in vetrina? – Can I try the piece in the window?

Maybe you’re passing by and you didn’t see the piece you love online, but rather while walking down one of the many storefronts you can find in Italian cities. So you’re going to need some shopping in Italy tips to make sure you get the right piece of clothing you saw, you can simply ask “Posso provare il vestito in vetrina?” (vestito is a dress, I don’t know what you want)

Sono in Svendita? – Are they on Sale?

Now you’ve found what you want, and maybe you like to save some cash, I mean who doesn’t? Now that you know how to ask certain items that you fancy, why not ask if they are on sale. That’s real Italian shopping vocabulary, you really can’t say that we aren’t helping you learn Italian words and phrases or learn simple Italian phrases

Dove sono i camerini? – Where can I find the changing rooms?

As promised, now you’ll learn one of those basic Italian phrases that will help you try on all the clothes you want to. The one and only way to try on clothes you want. “Dove solo I Camerini?” The Italian travel phrases to use at the store when you’re almost sure about spending that sweet cash and treating yourself, all while using useful Italian phrases.

Preferisco quello nero – I prefer the black one

Let’s say you find yourself with a very helpful employe, and he/she is bringing you and showing you other clothes that could be of your interest, but you already know which one you want, and especially what colour you want it. Really this is almost one of the most commonly used Italian phrases when it comes to buying clothes in Italy, you’ll see it when you’re here cause everyone has to be super chic, and everyone wears black.

Queste (scarpe) sono scomode – These shoes are uncomfortable

Those Italian phrases to know are no doubt some that you will use during your visit, and they’re all pretty happy go lucky, but what if you want to complain about something, this is one of the basic Italian phrases for travel that you can use when the clothes you’re buy-in are really uncomfortable. You don’t want to be spending cash on stuff you can’t be comfortable in.

Vorrei cambiare questo, per favore – Can I change this?

You’ve bought a whole bunch of things with these simple Italian phrases but now you realise that you bought something that you’ll never wear, so you find yourself going back to the store asking to change the clothes you just bought. This “Vorrei cambiare questo, per favore” will open the discussion you need. Maybe you’ll get cash or store credit that you’ll understand with the employee.

Dove è la cassa? – Where is the cash register?

Finally you decided what you wanted to exchange with the wrongfully bought piece last time, and it’s time to go to the cash register, but you can’t seem to remember. Now you have the info you need to buy clothes in Italy. Enjoy all the phrases to know in Italy when shopping

Some of the best beaches in Italy

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With Spring about you can’t start wondering when you’ll be able to visit your first Italian beach for your first summer in Italy, I mean I’m shaking in my boots wondering when I’ll be able to go, even though luckily I’m not too far from one. Anyway, personal stuff aside, today we want to show you some of the best beaches in Italy, and we want you to find other most beautiful beaches in Italy we aren’t talking about in this post so we can all have that deserved relaxation.

Baia dei Turchi, Puglia

A white sand beach tucked away in the natural reserve near Otranto, in Puglia. What else is there to say other than it’s one of the best southern Italy beaches.

Cala Violina, Tuscany

Hidden at the end of a pine forest you can find this unique “cala” in which you’ll find some of the most beautiful waters in all of Tuscany. It’s a bit of a trek, but the payoff is worth it.

Cala Goloritzè, Sardinia

No doubt Sardinia has some of the best Italian beaches, and this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia Italy, so if you’re wondering about beach holiday in Italy where to go, Sardinia is the place to be.

Capri, Campania

There are probably very few places that compare to Capri, and for sure it is one of the most famous beaches in Italy, the Island in front of Naples is definitely one of the most renown beach cities in Italy. So if you’re looking for the best beaches in Southern Italy, this is one of them.

Le Rochette & Punta Capezzolo, Tuscany

Near Cala Violina, you’ll find this amazing piece of land that is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy, so if you’re in the region and are visiting one, you’ll have to visit the other as well. If not what are you going on the hunt for the best beach in Italy for vacation, if you don’t visit both.

San Fruttuoso, Liguria

A small town on the Ligurian coast, you can find this amazing beach town, that has little to do with the classic image of a beach town. You’ll fall in love at first sight. A unique Italy beach vacation in one of the best beaches in Italy. Have fun finding beach hotels Italy in this place cause it is reaaaaalllyyy small, definitely better to visit for the day. And now you know about northern Italy beaches.

Spiaggia di Sansone, Tuscany

On the Island of Elba, you’ll find some of the top beaches in Italy, but we’re only going to show you this one to you because that is going to be a whole new list. The beautiful beaches in Italy Elba edition. Anyway, you have to check it out if you’re willing to take a ferry from Piombino (Livorno). Extra note, in Elba you’ll find one of the many nude beach Italy locations, just not the Spiaggia di Sansone, it’s Acquarilli Beach.

Spiaggia Due Sorelle, Marche

As you can see the Spiaggia Due Sorelle is in a small cala, but a beautiful location. The Marche are one of the least visited areas in Italy, and thanks to that you’ll be able to find a lot of uncontaminated nature. This out of our list is definitely the best of the beaches near Rome Italy, not exactly close, but for the lists sake it is.

Tropea, Calabria

We needed to put in a beach town that had beach resorts in Italy, but we wanted to make sure it had some of the best beaches possible. That is why we’ve picked Tropea, famous for its beaches, and its onions, so enjoy a nice hot day with a salad when you’re there.

Baia delle Zagare, Puglia

We started in Puglia, and we end in Puglia. That is because it has a lot of amazing beaches, probably some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy, so less dilly-dallying, and more going to Puglia when you want some amazing beaches.

Spending a Day in Siena and San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

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If you’re looking for a fun day trip out of Florence, Siena and San Gimignano are two great options, especially doing a Siena and San Gimignano in One day trip.

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Siena is a small, medieval city with a lot of history. Located about an hour and a half from Florence, perfect for day tours from Florence to Siena and San Gimignano, it’s a must-see for everyone in the area, not only for its stunning views of Tuscany but also for its many attractions that appeal to thousands of tourists annually.

San Gimignano is a walled city known for its well-preserved towers and picturesque views. In addition to being located on a hill, you must go through gates in order to enter, really giving the city an ancient feel.

siena and san gimignano in one day

Siena and San Gimignano in One Day

Want to go from Siena to San Gimignano?

The easiest way to get from Florence to Siena is by bus. While the train does go there, the Siena train station is a twenty-minute walk from the major attractions of the city while the bus station is only a five-minute walk. I used the SITA bus company for my trip, which meets in front of the Santa Maria Novella train station and costs about ­€7 each way.

I recommend taking the direct bus route to Siena, which gets you there in about an hour and twenty minutes. The train to Siena can cost anywhere between €5-€10 each way and takes about an hour and a half to get there from the Santa Maria Novella train station. Depending on the train you take, you may have to transfer in Empoli, so it really is worth it to take the bus.

SITA also offers a bus to San Gimignano from Santa Maria Novella train station, tickets run about €6 each way. Train tickets cost between €5-€10 each way and take longer to get you there, so once again the bus is really the best way to go!

Driving from Siena to San Gimignano

But I want to go from Siena to San Gimignano, no problem you can take an hour bus that is going to cost you form 3 to 5 euro. So, that’s that, it’s as simple as getting on and getting off, but you can also think about driving from Siena to San Gimignano. Now you know how to do Siena and San Gimignano in one day. Ok, so what if you’re wondering I want to do Siena San Gimignano tour, you’re on the right article as you’re going to find out some of the best places to visit in both locations.

Want to do Siena San Gimignano Tour?

Here are my must-sees for both:

Siena

  1. The Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico is a beautiful basilica architecturally shaped like a cross. Considered one of the main attractions of Siena, an ancient relic, the mummified head of Saint Catherine, is preserved inside.
  2. Another important site in this city is Piazza del Campo, the main square in Siena. Twice a year this piazza hosts a horse race, called the Palio di Siena, in which ten riders, each representing one of the districts, compete against one another.
  3. My third recommendation is the Cathedral of Siena, which is almost overwhelmingly beautiful inside. Brightly colored frescos cover the walls, and even the floor is decorated with biblical images. What is probably the best part of this cathedral is the Libreria Piccolomini, a room adorned from ceiling to floor with ornate paintings detailing the life of Pope Pius II and medieval choir books that have been preserved over time.

San Gimignano

  1. Climb to the top of the Torre Grossa!  Standing at 177 feet, this is the tallest tower in San Gimignano and overlooks the Italian countryside of Val d’Elsa.
  2. Il Museo della Tortura (The Torture Museum) is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Located inside the Torre Della Diavola, this museum exhibits a variety of torture devices, a few of which are still in use today.
  3. One of the best gelaterias in the world, Dondoli Gelateria di Piazza, is located in Piazza della Cisterna, right in the center of this city. The gelateria Dondoli San Gimignano Siena Italy gelateria has actually won the gelato world championship twice, in both 2006 and 2008. The line may be long but it is more than worth the wait!

    Siena to San Gimignano

    Traveling to San Gimignano by car, train or bus: click here for all the information about transportation in Siena

Have you been to Siena or San Gimignano? What’s your favorite thing to do there?

The Complete Guide to discover the port city of Genoa, Italy

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The majestic port city of Genoa, Italy (Genova in Italian) has been one of the first republics of Italy, dating back to the Renascence. Its power comes to fruition after it defeated Pisa in 1278 in the battle of Meloria, to take over trade on the eastern side of Italy, making it the counterpart to Venice. Its maritime power is seen in it’s Porto Antico, and especially on Via Garibaldi, one of the main streets where the nobles of the time would buy and furnish their Villas.

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A Genoa Italy tourist attraction would be visiting Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco, and Palazzo Tursi all in one go, cause you’ll just need one ticket to visit all three. Other interesting things to do in Genoa Italy are visiting the Acquario di Genova, one of Europes biggest aquariums, and its Renzo Piano Biosphere that holds within a precarious natural habitat, you should put on your list a visit to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, which is said to contain the ashes of John the Baptist, the platter on which Salome served his head, and a bowl that is believed to be the Holy Grail, let us know if you think it could be it – even though I personally believe Indiana Jones has the real one.

Genova, Italy isn’t only famous for its maritime power, or maybe it is? Well it’s definitely one of their major incomes and attractions, keep in mind that Christopher Columbus was raised in Genova and if you want you can see his childhood home near Porta Soprana, there you’ll find a little museum with not much to offer, but a chance to be in the same place as him.

Another important thing about Genova is that it’s Republic would then be taken over by the Savoia, the Savoia would become the reigning family of Italy after the Risorgimento and because Genova was one of their first territories you’ll be able to find the majestic Palazzo Reale near via Balbi, in there you’ll not only be surrounded by beautiful fountains and terraces, but also get a chance to view some amazing artwork by the likes of Van Dyck, that resided in Genova for about 6 years of his career.

Where to stay in Genoa?

Now enough tourist attractions, more about Hotels in Genoa Italy and apartments in Genoa Italy for rent, cause we know you’re here for that at the end of the day. So keep in mind that the city is built all the way to the lower slopes of the Appennini, so always keep in mind that when looking in Genoa Italy real estate for rent where you want to be regarding locations to visit, or where you have to be for your courses. Genoa isn’t very well connected internally, especially now that the tragedy Ponte Morandi has occurred. But again, on a lighter note, Genoa is great for your health being that you’ll walk like crazy.

How to get to Genoa?

Getting to Genoa is not a hassle at all, t is well connected by train and air, plus I mean being one of the main ports in Italy, it also has a lot of ferries and cruises that come to a halt in the city. Now if you want to take the train, the national train service connects the Genoa Italy train station to all of the major cities with its Frecce (Fast trains). Also, you can find some flights to Genoa Italy that’ll land at the Cristoforo Colombo airport. Most flights come in from major European cities, so, unfortunately, you won’t find any directs from out of Europe.

What’s the weather like in Genoa?

For being a city in the Northern part of Italy, Genoa isn’t too bad. Obviously, the humidity is up the roof, because of it being waterfront, but it rains about 70 days a year by average with the weather never going under 0°C even in the winter, so Genoa Italy weather ain’t too bad, keep that in mind while packing up.

Can I rent a car in Genoa?

Many of you come to Genoa for the main attraction that isn’t actually in the city right? You’re on the hunt for the 5 Terre, I mean who isn’t? They are amazing, and probably yo don’t want to have to use public transport and rely on timetables to spend your day, so why not rent a car in Genoa Italy and drive down while visiting the towns. Unfortunately, you won’t find any major car rental in the 5 Terre, but driving back to Genoa won’t belong. So if you want to find a car rental in Genoa Italy, no worries the city has all the major retailers.

Genoa Italy Map

Friday, March 8th Strikes by transport, medical, and school in Italy

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Friday, March 8th in most of Italy will be a national strike, organized by the various Unions and the “Non una di meno” feminist group. There are striking against the bad organization in the workplace and the job insecurity in all of the fields, such as public transport, schools and also air transportation.

If you’re in Florence, lucky for you! Ataf didn’t join in the strike, but if you’re planning on traveling somewhere by plane, train or bus, make sure to check the Strike timetable, that we’ll be linking in the article.

The major cities that’ll be suffering from the strike are Milan, Rome, Naples, and Turin. Milan will also have a strike in Linate and Malpensa, it’ll be 4 hours long going on from 10.00 am to 14.00 pm, so if you have a flight around that time be ready to wait. Don’t get in later than scheduled though, because the companies might still enforce check-in times, to create less confusion at the check-in desks. The other cities mentioned will be suffering some tardiness, but they will mostly be related to city transportation and train lines.

Now, let’s say you were planning to go to the seaside this coming weekend, I mean the weather is nice, the sun is out, and even if it isn’t too hot you can still enjoy that sweet sweet Italian weather you’ve been hearing about for so long. What are you going to do? Well, I’ll give you two types of advice — one practical, one personal. Let’s start practical, if you’re leaving on Friday to have a whole weekend at the beach, take a later train and don’t risk the whole mess of an Italian train station during a strike. Now, for personal advice. Don’t go Friday, stay indoors close the windows and cancel out all of the outside noise, because an Italian strike is something the ancient Greeks would write Tragedies about. Leave Saturday nice and early and relax the whole weekend.

Another quite important group that will be striking on the 8th is the medical fields, so unless you’re in an emergency situation or have a serious – as in terminal – illness you won’t be looked after. So, take your paracetamol, and your ibuprofens to survive another day if you’re down with the flu.

Anyway here is the link of the Ministero Delle Infrastrutture e Dei Trasporti with the timetable of the 8th of March strikes.

The Corridoio Vasariano to reopen in 2021 to the public

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We finally have a date for the reopening of the Corridoio Vasariano! The secret passageway that links Palazzo Pitti to Palazzo Vecchio, will open again in 2021, after being shut down in 2016 regarding safety issues. So, if you’ve been to Florence before, and you’ve heard about the Corridor, or even where lucky enough to visit it, you would know that the passage was only reservable through private tour companies and also quite exclusive – it would be open only a couple times a year.

For someone that has been living in Florence for a while the chance to see it is a dream. Luckily for all of us, that dream is about to come true, because with the reopening of the Corridoio Vasariano we’ll have the opportunity to visit it like any other museum in the city. No more waiting and finding out when and where to buy the tickets, you can buy them directly there and finish your tour in the Boboli Gardens or in the Uffizi Gallery. Patients though, because you’ll have to wait until 2021.

Historically one of the most important hallways in hisotry, this passageway would make sure the Medici Family could get from their residence, Palazzo Pitti, to work, the Uffizi and Palazzo Vecchio, in all security. Historically they were targeted often by rival families in Florence, just look at the Congiura Dei Pazzi in 1478 where the Pazzi Family attempted to kill Lorenzo il Magnifico and his brother Giuliano de’ Medici, in which the sibling lost his life.

On a lighter note the Corridoio Vasariano, it’s also the main reason why Ponte Vecchio is full of jewellers. Back in the day the bridge was the main butcher’s market, and in 1593 Ferdinando I moved this activity away from it, because the smells were unbearable – they really didn’t have fridges in which they could store stuff those days.

And again thanks to the Corridoio Vasariano, the Allied forces besieging Florence during WWII were able to defeat the Nazi Forces. It was renowned that Nazi’s understood the importance of historically significative landmarks, and to stop the Allied advance they destroyed all the bridges of Florence except the Ponte Vecchio. The Ponte Vecchio at this point was very well defended by the Nazi’s, except for the Corridoio Vasariano because they did not know of it’s existence. So the Partigiani (The Resistance Movement) helped the Americans smuggle soldiers, equipment, and some say even tanks (broken down and built up again on the other side of the Arno).

So we can’t wait for 2021 to come along and go on a tour of the Corridoio Vasariano!!

Movies set in Italy, cause you didn’t have enough reason to visit

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Italy is a beautiful country, and we see that not only from travel bloggers and photographers on our IG feeds, we’re also lucky to have all of those movies that take place in Italy, making us want to go there even just to feel the essence of the best movies set in Italy. Anyway, let’s check out some of the best one to date.

Vacanze Romane (1953)

One of the most famous movies filmed in Rome, Vacanze Romane shows all of the best locations of the Eternal City.

A Room with a View (1985)

A unique love story set in the beautiful city of Florence, it is probably the best known out of the American movies filmed in Florence Italy. The view – as you could tell – is amazing, not only in the city but on the surrounding nature as well. No doubt a must know when talking about movies set in Florence Italy.

Talented Mr.Ripley (1999)

A jealousy based thriller with Matt Damon and Jude Law, this suspense masterpiece revolves around Italian Lifestyle and the beauty of it. One of the most esteemed movies set in Venice Italy, you’ll recognize every location it shows in it.

The English Patient (1996)

This cinematic masterpiece is mostly shot in Tuscany. Out of the movies set in Italy on this list, it’s not only shot here but rather one of the international production movies based in Italy entirely.

La Dolce Vita (1960)

Marcello!! AAA Mastroiani, you Italian behemoth. This is no doubt, out of the movies set in Italy the best known Italian movie. The Sweet Life has a myriad of shots showing Rome’s wonders, making also one of the best movies in Rome to ever be made.

Il Postino (1994)

Mario played by Massimo Troisi – this being also his last movie, as he died before the completion of the movie – one of Italy’s most respected comedians and actors is the postman to Pablo Neruda that is exiled in Italy. Not exactly in Naples, it was shot in Procida, but some scenes put this film in the movies shot in Naples Italy category.

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Italian Renaissance, rooftop chase, 007. What else do you want? in Quantum of Solace Mr. Bond runs about the city of Siena chasing bad guys. This being one of the biggest productions when it comes to movies filmed in Siena Italy.

Call me by your name (2017)

The damned love story in Call me by your name will leave you with just a bit of tear in your eyes. Lately, one of the best movies set in Italy you get to see and feel how the small towns in northern Italy felt like in the 80s. No doubt you can’t say you like movies filmed in Italy, without seeing this one.

Star Wars Episode I & II (1999 – 2002)

If by any chance you’re a Star Wars fan, you might be wondering where the hell did they find the setting for Naboo. It’s not CGI and it’s not a studio, most of the interiors and the balconies are from the Reggia di Caserta near Naples.