Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Facts about Italy: Italy essential facts

Essential Facts about Italy
If you’re planning your next visit to Italy, then make sure you know some essential facts about traveling to this extra popular tourist destination in Europe, as it will help you plan and arrange your visit in the right way.
Here are some important Italy-Travel-Facts that you may want to know:

Italy Travel Facts

1. Accommodations
Italy offers a wide range of accommodations for all sorts of tourists. A lot of hotels can be found near train and bus stations and are usually low budget-types although some few are seedy. Inspecting a hotel before committing to it is often advisable. Italy hotels are generally rated by government system that does not take into account the appeal of the place. If you are staying longer, renting a house or apartment for a week is a good idea.
2. Italian Festivals
The best way to see more than what just an average tourist may see is finding sagras and Italian festivals. Sagras are blessing of such things as porcini mushrooms. One is likely to find great food served outdoors at communal tables and are a great way to meet Italians, all you need to do is dive in.

Italian Festivals

3. Language
Italy’s spoken language is Italian although you may hear some local dialects. In heavily tourist areas though, English is widely spoken. If there’s one Italian word you should remember, it is sciopero, pronounced as sho-per-o meaning strike. Strikes often happen in Italy that usually lasts for about a day or less, and seldom cause too many problems for tourists who are flexible. Labor issues are often displayed to public consciousness by short strikes so if you see papers on walls or windows of trains or bus stations, look for this word and you’ll know what’s up.
4. Italy Transportation
Italy public transport is served by extensive rail system and sometimes buses duplicate the rail routes. A lot of small cities in Italy have access to the larger cities nearby through twice-a-day bus conections. Bus stations are often very close to train stations. Since trains and busses are subsidized in Italy, they are slightly cheaper than most of the rest of Europe. Just take note that there are fewer trains on non-working days (weekends and holidays).

Italy Transportation

5. Maps of Italy
Providing yourself maps of Italy can be very helpfull, to plan your trip. There are a variety of maps of Italy that can be found online including rail map and region map.

Map of Italy

Monday, January 19, 2009

Capri Island

From the Roman emperors the island of Capri is the governing home of rich and important. On the island you can see the legacy of famous people of the island. You can enjoy in a number of scenarios and to stop at the beautiful views of the nature of this beautiful island. When you choose to swim , you can choose between the various small coves with sandy beaches.

Capri Island

But Capri not only offered the cultural and natural heritage but also have many restaurants, bars, .. and, of course not forgetting the various shops and boutiques. At sunset we must visit t the world-famous''Piazzetta''and enjoy the spectacle.

Capri Island

Friday, January 9, 2009

World Famous Dish-Pizza

After a brief consideration, I decided to write something about world-popular dish of Italian origin,Pizza!

World Famous Dish-Pizza

Only few countries in the world can say their national dish has become world famous. One of those is definitely Italian pizza.
A shop or restaurant where pizzas are made and sold is called a “pizzeria”.Authentic Italian pizzas are made with local ingredients like tomato,Mozzarella,garlic,oregano,virgin olive oil.
Neapolitan pizza has been given the status of a “guaranteed traditional specialty” in Italy!!

World Famous Dish-Pizza

World Famous Dish-Pizza

And remember, baking pizza is an art!
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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Carnival of Venice-Venetian Masks

Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice,Italy!Worn during the Carnevale, however In the past, the masks have been used on many other occasions as a device for hiding the wearer's identity and social status.

Venetian Masks

Venetian Masks

They come in all different colors and they can be full-face masks or eye masks.Near the end of the Republic, the wearing of masks in daily life was severely restricted.It was gradually shortened into the week-long festivities that now comprise the Carnevale.

Types of Masks:Columbine,Volto,The Bauta,Moretta,Medico Della Peste

Columbine mask

Medico Della Peste mask

Volto mask

The Bauta mask

Wearing Venetian masks has spread to Halloween masquerade balls and what North and South Americans call Mardi Gras,but they always carry their rich Italian history.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Vatican Papal Residence

Today l wrote some basic information of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

Vatican papal residence kept several art treasures,more than any other building in the world.

Vatican Papal Residence

In 1473 began the construction of Sistine Chapel, in 16.century was however, after Raphael plans built papal residence.

Today, Vatican City with its more than a thousand rooms, rooms and a library with about 60,000 manuscripts kept more treasures than any other building in the world.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Facts about Italy-Bella Donna

Italian women are known for their beautiful skin, and the Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil and grapes, is often attributed as the cause of that beautiful skin, rightly so. Beautiful women in Italy are not necessarily born that way – they make and keep themselves that way!

Monica Bellucci

Carla Bruni

Italian women are beautiful. Though from afar they can appear unapproachable, in fact they are some of the warmest, most vibrant women in the world. They may possess the aura of a queen, but the sweet temperament of a child. In almost all instances, their cultivated style and feminine grace stay with them throughout their lives, and regardless of age.

Francesca Alderisi

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Italian Dream Motorcycles-Ducati

Facts about Italy presents:Italian Dream Motorcycles-Ducati

Ducati was founded in Bologna, back in 1926. Ducati produces racing-inspired motorcycles with unique engine features, innovative designs, advanced engineering and overall technical excellence.

Ducati logo

Ducati has produced several styles of motorcycle engines, including varying the number of cylinders, type of valve actuation and fuel delivery. Ducati is best known for its "V-Twin" motor which is the powerplant in the majority of Ducati-marqued motorcycles.
Currently, there are four Ducati companies: Ducati Motor Holding,Ducati Corse,Ducati Energia and Ducati Sistemi.

Ducati 848

Ducati Hypermotard 1100

Drool - the new 2008 Ducati

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Italian Luxury Sports Cars-Maserati

Maserati logo

The company was founded in 1914 by six Maserati brothers: Carlo, Bindo, Alfieri, Mario, Ettore and Ernesto. Based in Bologna, Italy, the brothers were racing enthusiasts and planned to craft race cars for private use.By the 1960s, the automaker had shifted its focus from racecars to road cars.The 1980s were an especially dark time for Maserati. Its main model for the U.S. market, the Biturbo, was bland and notoriously unreliable.

Italian Luxury Sports Cars-Maserati

In 2005, Maserati was split from Ferrari but remained within the Fiat fold. That year also saw the reintroduction of the Quattroporte luxury sport sedan, which is now accompanied by the voluptuous GranTurismo coupe.

Italian Luxury Sports Cars-Maserati

Italian Luxury Sports Cars-Maserati

Italian Luxury Sports Cars-Maserati