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»» Italy Offers More to Tourists Who Speak the Language

Italy is one of the world’s most alluring travel destinations, which would help explain why it currently sits in fifth place in the world tourism charts, with well over 40 million international visitors going there each year.
If you plan on being among the 40 odd million tourists who visit Italy in the next year or two then here are some of the advantages of learning some of the Italian language before you leave home.

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Have a Conversation

How many conversations have you had on previous trips to countries where they speak a different language from you? The sad truth of the matter is that most of us fail to speak the locals at all when we travel. The good news is that it is a situation which can be remedied. As it is the language barrier which tends to be the problem you can learn enough of the local tongue to hold a simple conversation. Italy is a fantastic place to do this, as the Italians are famously outgoing and talkative.

Watch a Film or Read the Newspapers

There are so many historic sights and world famous tourist attractions in Italy that you won’t be short of things to do during the time you spend there. However, there are sure to be a few moments in which you just want to sit back and relax for a spell. A fine way of doing this is by going to a cinema and watching a movie. If you watch an Italian language film then you can really feel as though you are soaking up the experience and getting some culture on your trip too. Sitting in a bar or café and watching the world go by while you read a local newspaper is another fantastic way of relaxing in any Italian town or city.

Explore More

Finally, Italy is a country which urges you to go and explore it. If you are planning on spending all your time there in a big city like Rome then it might be time to think again. By getting out and about you can experience the country in a different way and take home some even more magical memories. Of course, being able to speak the language is essential if you plan to do some independent travelling and exploring. If this sounds good to you then try these Italian courses in Glasgow and set yourself up for the time of your life in Italy.

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»» Best Time To Visit Museums in Italy – A Week of Free Admission

The Settimana della Cultura — “the Culture Week” — is an annual event celebrating the artistic patrimony of Italy.
The event gives you the chance to visit most of major museums and archaeological sites of Italy for free for a 9-day time period.

Galleria degli Uffizi - Florence

Also, you’ll enjoy the chance to visit some sites open to public only in special occasions like this.

The “Settimana della Cultura” takes place in Spring, usually in April (2012 edition is from April 14 through 22), just few weeks later of Giornata FAI di Primavera, another event offering the chance to visit, for free, museums, gardens, churches, ancient villas and sites usually not accessible to public. “Giornata FAI di Primavera” offers this chance just for a week-end.

“Settimana della Cultura” is sponsored by Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali .
You can see the complete list of museums and other sites you can visit at “Settimana della Cultura 2012” here.

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»» Sicily Day Trip from Malta

A Mediterranean holiday in Malta offers the chance to plan great day trips to Sicily.
It is an option those who choose Malta holidays don’t consider often.
However it is a very viable and affordable option. Below we explain why.

Sicily is not far from Malta. You can travel from Malta to Sicily by plane or by ferry.
By plane, you have daily direct flights from Malta to Catania’s Fontanarossa airport. Air Malta and Meridiana, are le two airlines flying this route. You can see details and schedule, on the Malta airport website.

Lemon groves in Sicily

Once you arrive in Catania, you also have the chance to plan excursions to Mount Etna, the largest and most active volcano in Europe.

By ferry, you have a variety of options to get to Sicily from Malta.
You could opt for the Malta – Palermo route — the longer one — or Malta – Catania, or Malta – Pozzallo.
The Malta – Catania ride (fares starting from 80 euro) will take you 3 and 1/2 hours, so it appears to be not suitable for a day trip.
Malta – Pozzallo (fares starting from 60 euro) will take you 1 and 1/2 hours.
You can see details of the ferry services between Malta and Sicily on the websites of the ferry companies.

Sometimes, some ferry companies also offer Malta-Sicily day trip packages ( is the finest example). That appears be the best option for a day trip. For as low as around 100 euro you can buy one of these packages.

A Malta – Sicily day trip package could include, for example: the trip between Malta and Pozzallo (Sicily), the transfer to Mount Etna and the climb to the crater of the volcano, the visit to the baroque town of Modica and few stops in villages located along the trail for sampling and buying local delicacies. This area of Sicily gained a reputation for producing excellent wines, high quality cheese, almond sweets and honey.
Also you’ll enjoy fantastic landscapes, with the lower slopes of the volcano adorned with groves of oranges, lemons and other gorgeous Mediterranean flora.

At the end of the day, you’ll get a stunning day trip offered at an affordable price allowing you to save time and money. A day trip package definitely seems to be the best option to choose when it comes to planning day trips from Malta to Sicily.

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»» Touring the White Truffle Land: Alba and Langhe, in Piedmont

The white truffle, the valued tuber that can only be found in a very limited number of areas in Italy, is one of the specialties that only a few have a chance to taste. Increasingly visitors to Italy are looking for guided tours that give them the chance to know more about truffle hunting and the best way to buy or taste this valued tuber — Tuber Magnatum Pico. You could find a number of group tours offering that chance.
Alternatively, you could opt for cheap all inclusive holidays offering travel packages to Piedmont or Tuscany and Umbria, the areas where the white truffle can be mostly found.

These travel packages usually include gourmet and wine tours, tasting sessions, visits to truffle festivals and fairs.

At truffle festivals or fairs you can buy white truffles at best prices.

In Piedmont, you could visit a number of truffle festivals taking place in October and November, especially in the little towns located in the Langhe area — one of the most important white truffle growing zones in the world — where you’ll also be able to taste lot of specialty foods and recipes based on the truffle along with excellent local wines.
The “Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d’Alba” — Alba International White Truffle Fair — is the most important white truffle market. It take places in Alba, town situated at the heart of the Langhe area, from early October to mid November.

Alba International White Truffle Fair is an event featuring a truffle fair, a truffle market — where you can also buy truffle-related produce and Piedmontese speciality foods, a historic festival and many other cultural and gourmet events.
For more details and the program of Alba International White Truffle Fair, you can visit

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