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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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»» 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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»» Design Your Own Wine Tour in Tuscany

Tuscany is one of the favorite destinations in Italy for wine tours.
Land well known for its stunning countryside landscapes, art, history, Tuscany is also one of the most recognized areas of the country for producing excellent wines. With its large number of wineries, Tuscany is an ideal holiday destination for wine tourists who are planning a trip to Italy.
When it comes to guided wine tours, wine tourists have a lot of options to choose from, particularly if they opt for group tours.

However, those who want design their own — individual — tour have a decision to take: renting a car and going on their own or going on a tour with a driver.

A tour with a driver could be very expensive. You could pay a price in the region of 500 – 600 Euros a day.

Renting a car would be, not only a cheaper option, it would give you the freedom you need to deeply enjoy your wine tour. It would allow you to visit wineries on your own schedule, to explore the hill-top towns located in the surroundings and stop when you please whilst  touring the gorgeous countryside of Tuscany. 
Also you’d save money. Renting a small-size car — best option for narrow roads you could drive on — would cost 50-70 euro a day. The wineries will charge a fee for wine tastings.
They could offer you a large selection of wines to taste and serve you snacks — Pecorino cheese, Prosciutto and other local specialties to pair with the wines. You should expect to pay for this service rates in the region of 10-40 euro.

Which wineries to visit? You can find on the web a large number of wineries providing tastings in Tuscany. Search wineries located in the major wine growing zones of Tuscany: Chianti, Chianti Classico, Montalcino and Montepulciano.
Most of wineries will require you to fix an appointment when planning a visit.

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»» Things To Do in Venice, Rome and Florence in the Fall

Early fall is a perfect time to visit the art cities in Italy. Not only you’ll be able to avoid the peak-season crowds while enjoying comfortable weather, you also have the chance to attend a number of major events held in September and October.
Below is a quick guide to some of major events held in Venice, Rome, Florence and Parma, in September and in October.

Rome - Appia Antica

– Florence
Florence hosts Wine Town Florence, a wine festival held September 24 and 25, that brings together wine, lifestyle, culture and territory. It offers music and theatrical events throughout Florence’s historical center as well as wine tastings held in cloisters and spaces inside some of the most impressive and historical Florentine buildings.

Venice hosts a number of events appealing lovers of sculpture, gardening and music. From September through October a contemporary sculpture and installation exhibition, OPEN, will be held in the Lido area of Venice. It showcases emerging international talent.
In the weekends between Sep 25 and Oct 11, the Festival of Venetian Gardens features a number of tours, led by a team of landscape artists, historians and botanists, through some of most impressive Venice’s gardens and villas.
The International Festival of Contemporary Music offers throughout September musical theatre, theatrical concerts and micro-opera at various venues such as the Teatro La Fenice, Piccolo Teatro Arsenale and Teatro Alle Tese.

In Rome, throughout October Appia Antica Park hosts the International Storytelling Festival, with stories, myths and legends from around the world come alive in one of the most impressive ancient Rome sites. Texts are translated and read in both Italian and English.

Finally, Verdi Festival in Parma, held in October, is an event lovers of the great music can’t miss. It is a month-long festival of operas and concerts held at the Teatro Regio and smaller venues around the city of Parma.

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