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As the temperatures soar in July, staying hydrated becomes crucial for hikers in and around Rome. For our community, understanding how to maintain proper hydration is key to enjoying safe and enjoyable hiking adventures.

 

Hydration Tips for Summer Hikes

– Drink Plenty of Water: Start hydrating before your hike (think days, not hours – in fact, it’s best to also reduce or eliminate alcohol intake on the days before a hike).
– Hydration Packs: These are convenient for sipping water regularly without stopping. A 2–3 liter capacity pack is ideal for longer hikes. While they are convenient, it’s important to look at the quality of such products, especially in terms of materials (durability) and how to clean them (hygiene). A great solution is a water bottle.
– Electrolyte Solutions: Consider bringing electrolyte tablets or sports drinks to replenish salts lost through sweat.
– There are many free water fountains and water stations around Lazio. Did you know that there is a free app that allows you to locate them? It’s called Waidy WOW (I have no idea who comes up with these names), and you can download the free app on this website: https://waidy.it/
– Rest Breaks: Take frequent breaks in shaded areas to cool down and hydrate.

Signs of Dehydration

– Early Symptoms: Thirst, dry mouth, and fatigue are initial signs of dehydration. Address these by drinking water immediately.
– Severe Symptoms: Dizziness, confusion, and rapid heartbeat indicate severe dehydration. In such cases, find shade, hydrate, and seek medical assistance if needed.

Staying hydrated is essential for a safe and enjoyable hiking experience in Rome’s summer heat. By following these tips, expats can ensure they remain well-hydrated and ready to explore the beautiful trails Rome has to offer.

With an abundance of hiking options accessible by train, Rome invites you to embark on an unforgettable adventure with your loved ones. So pack your bags, hop on board the train, and let’s explore the stunning landscapes and natural wonders of Rome together!

Ready to start planning your family hiking adventure? Visit Nature of Sal’s FREE HikeLine Map for more information and inspiration. Let’s make memories that will last a lifetime!

 

And as always: Stay fit, hike a bit!
Sal

 


 

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Guest Article written by Sal from Nature of Sal As the temperatures soar in July, staying hydrated becomes crucial for hikers in and around Rome. For our community, understanding how to maintain proper hydration is key to enjoying safe and enjoyable hiking adventures.   Hydration Tips for Summer Hikes – Drink Plenty of Water: Start […]

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Your Guide to Navigating Rome During the 2025 Jubilee: Tips for Expats and Visitors

The 2025 Jubilee is a significant Holy Year in the Catholic tradition, occurring once every 25 years. Here are the key points: 1. Theme: The official motto for the 2025 Jubilee is “Pilgrims of Hope.” Pope Francis emphasizes hope as a central theme, encouraging believers to experience grace through pilgrimages, indulgences, and living testimonies of […]

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Coastal Hiking Adventures: Discovering Tor Caldara Nature Reserve

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Exploring Italy’s Stunning Beaches by Train: A Guide for Expats

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The 2025 Jubilee is a significant Holy Year in the Catholic tradition, occurring once every 25 years. Here are the key points:

1. Theme: The official motto for the 2025 Jubilee is “Pilgrims of Hope.” Pope Francis emphasizes hope as a central theme, encouraging believers to experience grace through pilgrimages, indulgences, and living testimonies of faith.
2. Spiritual Significance: During the Jubilee, the Church offers the faithful the opportunity to obtain a plenary indulgence. Traditionally, it begins just before Christmas and ends on the Epiphany of the following year. The Pope inaugurates the Holy Year by opening the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by other papal basilicas.
▪ A central part of any jubilee is the Holy Doors. These doors, found at St. Peter’s Basilica and Rome’s other major basilicas, are sealed from the inside and only opened during a jubilee year.
3. Preparations in St. Peter’s Basilica:
▪ Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, oversees preparations. The Basilica aims to be a place for ‘pilgrims of hope’—offering spiritual nourishment, reconciliation, and prayer.
▪ Pilgrims from around the world are expected to visit, and plans include simplified access for prayer, sacraments, and guided tours.
▪ The Vatican and the city of Rome are expecting an estimated 35 million visitors during the Jubilee.

What Expats Can Expect:

1. Increased Pilgrims: Rome will see an influx of millions of pilgrims during the Jubilee. Expats should anticipate crowded areas, especially around religious sites.
2. Accommodation Challenges:
▪ Accommodation demand will surge. Expats should book well in advance.
▪ Consider alternative lodging options like short-term rentals or staying slightly outside the city center.
3. Cultural and Spiritual Experiences:
▪ Expats can participate in pilgrimages, attend special Masses, and witness religious ceremonies.
▪ Explore the rich history, art, and architecture of Vatican City.
4. Traffic and Crowds:
▪ Expect increased traffic and longer wait times at popular attractions.
▪ Plan travel accordingly and use public transportation.
▪ The busiest times will probably be the summer, holidays, and the opening and closing of the Holy Door.
5. Local Events and Festivities:
▪ Rome will host various events, concerts, and exhibitions related to the Jubilee.
▪ Keep an eye on local announcements for specific dates and venues.

Recommendations for Foreigners and Expats:

1. Learn About the Jubilee: Familiarize yourself with the significance of the Jubilee and its traditions.
2. Language Skills: Brush up on basic Italian phrases to navigate daily life.
3. Cultural Sensitivity: Respect local customs and religious practices.
4. Explore Beyond Vatican City: Rome has much more to offer—visit historical sites, museums, and local neighborhoods.
5. Stay Informed: Follow official updates on Jubilee events, the Vatican has launched the official Jubilee Calendar website and app. This platform provides daily updates and allows pilgrims to register for Jubilee events and the pilgrimage to the Holy Door, starting in September this year. Additionally, you can find additional information about Jubilee events and materials on the Vatican website or through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

 

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Staying Hydrated On Summer Hikes: Essential Tips For Expats

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Guest Article written by Sal from Nature of Sal

For expats seeking a refreshing coastal hike this summer, Tor Caldara Nature Reserve offers a perfect blend of beach and woodland scenery. Located just south of Rome in Anzio, this reserve is a hidden gem waiting to be explored.

Exploring Tor Caldara
Tor Caldara Nature Reserve is known for its unique combination of coastal dunes, Mediterranean scrub, and ancient ruins. The reserve features several well-marked trails that take you through diverse landscapes, from sandy beaches to dense forests.

Trail Highlights
– Beach Trail: Start your hike along the sandy shores, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The gentle waves and sea breeze provide a refreshing start to your adventure. The official trail is called “Il Sentiero della Torre”, a trail that is considered Easy (official classification: Turistico).

Hiking Tips
– Pack a Swim Suit: Take advantage of the beautiful beaches and cool off with a swim after your hike (outside of the protected area).
– Bring Snacks and Water: There are no facilities within the reserve, so pack enough provisions to stay hydrated and energized.
– Respect the Environment: As a protected area, it’s important to follow the leave-no-trace principles to preserve the natural beauty of Tor Caldara.
– Note that the reserve is officially open on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 9am until 2pm.
– Since the park sometimes hosts special events, or needs to do maintenance work to keep the reserve safe, it’s always best to visit the park’s website and check if they are open.
– If you want to leave your car at home, and you’re up to a 30 minute walk, you can get also get there by train. Note that the way to get to the park on foot, for the most part, lacks a proper pedestrian walkway (especially the last segment), so you should be cautious if choosing this option.

Wildlife Watching
Tor Caldara is home to a variety of wildlife, including migratory birds, reptiles, and small mammals. Keep your binoculars handy for birdwatching and enjoy the diverse ecosystem.

The Tor Caldara Nature Reserve offers expats a unique coastal hiking experience with its beautiful beaches, lush woodlands, and rich biodiversity, and is a rare glimpse into the geological past of Lazio. It’s also an ideal summer destination for those looking to combine hiking with a relaxing day by the sea, and with Anzio right around the corner there are plenty of activities and food choices you have after your hike.

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Di Francesco – Regional Natural Reserve of Tor Caldara, Lavinio Lido di Enea (Rome, Italy), CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9522083

Where can I find more hikes by public transport?

With an abundance of hiking options accessible by train, Rome invites you to embark on an unforgettable adventure with your loved ones. So pack your bags, hop on board the train, and let’s explore the stunning landscapes and natural wonders of Rome together!

Ready to start planning your family hiking adventure? Visit Nature of Sal’s FREE HikeLine Map for more information and inspiration. Let’s make memories that will last a lifetime!

 

And as always: Stay fit, hike a bit!
Sal

 


 

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Staying Hydrated On Summer Hikes: Essential Tips For Expats

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Italy’s coastline is a paradise for beach lovers, offering a variety of beautiful beaches accessible by train. For expats living in Italy, the convenience of train travel opens up a world of coastal adventures without the need for a car. Here’s a guide to some of the most spectacular Italian beaches you can easily reach by train.

Sestri Levante, Liguria

Whether you’re interested in history, outdoor adventures, or simply relaxing by the sea, Sestri Levante offers something for everyone. The town, also known as the City of Two Seas, features two picturesque bays: the Bay of Silence (Baia del Silenzio) and the Bay of Fables (Baia delle Favole), divided by an isthmus that connects the promontory, the oldest part of the village, to the mainland.

Local train Station: Sestri Levante.

Beaches in Sestri Levante

Bay of Silence (Baia del Silenzio)

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The Bay of Silence is one of the most enchanting places on the Ligurian Riviera. It features crystal-clear water and fine sand, protected to the west by the massive Punta Manara promontory and surrounded by pastel-colored Ligurian houses and historic buildings. This delicate and precious ecosystem hosts vast meadows of posidonia and a wide variety of marine species, earning it the Blue Flag award for its environmental value. Access is regulated to preserve this unique environment, with visitor numbers limited during peak hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM).

Rules for Beach Access:
◦ Do not leave personal belongings unattended for more than 30 minutes.
◦ Do not litter.
◦ Do not use detergents.
◦ Do not remove sand, shells, or stones.
◦ Do not bring animals.

The Italian Naval League of Sestri Levante offers canoeing, rowing, and sailing courses for adults and children, focusing on educational activities in local schools.

Contact:

Phone: 0185.44810
Email: [email protected]

The Bay Aquarium, located at Via Portobello 6, features four tanks showcasing common Mediterranean marine life. It is open daily from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. For more information, visit or email [email protected].

Bay of Fables (Baia delle Favole)

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The larger bay, the Bay of Fables, was named by TV presenter Enzo Tortora in the late 1950s. This bay hosts the annual Hans Christian Andersen Bay of Fables Literary Prize, Italy’s most prestigious award for children’s literature, inspired by the Danish writer’s stay in Sestri Levante in 1833.

The bay is surrounded by historical and religious buildings, including the Church of San Nicolò dell’Isola, the Basilica of Santa Maria di Nazareth, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, and the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli. These structures reflect the village’s rich cultural heritage and offer a glimpse into its glorious past.

Sun Beach

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After hiking Punta Manara, take a refreshing dip in the sea at Sun Beach. The hike is of intermediate level and takes approximately 2.45 hours. Begin your journey from Sestri Levante’s city center on Via XXV Aprile, just a 5-minute walk from the railway station. Follow Vico del Bottone towards Punta Manara. Take Salita Mandrella on the left, passing through olive trees and vegetable gardens until you reach Casa Mandrella. From there, enjoy a panoramic stroll with magnificent views.

At Colla Mandrella (113 m), follow the right path through Mediterranean vegetation, including olives, oaks, strawberry trees, and maritime pines. Enjoy a break on a bench with a panoramic view or have a picnic. You can find a bivouac shelter at the “spianata del telegrafo,” where the ruins of an ancient watchtower offer a stunning coastal view.

Continuing on a steep brick stairway, you’ll see landscapes of Portofino and Riva Trigoso. On the return path, descend through Ginestra village and Le Rocche, ending on a recently renovated trail overlooking the beach, popular during the high season.

Taormina, Sicily

Located on the eastern coast of Sicily, Taormina offers mesmerizing views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna. The town is situated atop a hill about 250 meters (820 feet) above sea level, with a steep rock crowned by a Norman castle rising even higher, providing a striking and picturesque setting.

Getting to Taormina, Sicily by Train

Most journeys to Taormina involve taking a train that includes a ferry crossing across the Strait of Messina. Your train will arrive at Taormina-Giardini Naxos station, located below Taormina itself. From Taormina-Giardini Naxos station, you can reach Taormina town center (centro) by bus. If you purchase a ticket from Trenitalia to Taormina-centro station, the ticket will cover the entire journey.

Beaches in Taormina:

Giardini Naxos

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Giardini Naxos is a coastal town known for being the first Greek colony in Sicily, founded around 734 BC. Today, it’s a modern beach resort town with a lively atmosphere, perfect for families and those seeking a mix of relaxation and exploration.

Legend has it that Naxos was founded by Naxos, a sailor from Chalcis in Greece, who landed here after being blown off course. The town quickly prospered due to its strategic location and fertile land. Over the centuries, Naxos was conquered by various civilizations, including the Romans and the Arabs. Today, it offers a glimpse into Sicily’s rich history alongside modern amenities.

 

Isola Bella:

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Isola Bella is a small island located just off the coast of Taormina. This fascinating little island is a nature reserve, boasting a lush botanical garden with exotic plants and flowers. The island also features the blue grotto and a small beach.

Isola Bella was once owned by a private family who transformed it into a botanical paradise. The island was acquired by the region in the 1990s and is now open to the public. Legend says that Odysseus, the hero of Homer’s Odyssey, encountered sirens near Isola Bella while sailing past Sicily.

How to Get to Isola Bella in Taormina
◦ Cable Car: The cable car station is located on Via Luigi Pirandello, near the Porta Messina gate (main entrance) of Taormina. The journey takes just a few minutes and offers breathtaking views of the coastline and Isola Bella itself. Tickets can be purchased at the station.

◦ Bus: Another good option is the local bus service. Bus line 25 runs from the center of Taormina to Isola Bella, with a travel time of approximately 15 minutes.

◦ Stroll: If you prefer walking, head through Via Pirandello to the viewing point “Belvedere terrace” and follow the path with steps that lead directly to the entrance of Isola Bella.

Mazzarò:

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Mazzarò is a small resort area located north of Taormina. This charming spot offers a beautiful beach with crystal-clear waters and stunning views of the coastline. Mazzarò is known for its relaxed atmosphere and selection of upscale hotels and restaurants.
Mazzarò’s name likely comes from the Arabic word “manzil,” meaning “stopping place.” The area has been a popular destination for relaxation and enjoyment for centuries. In the 19th century, Mazzarò began to develop into a fashionable resort town, attracting wealthy travelers from all over Europe.

How to Get to Mazzarò in Taormina
◦ Cable Car: The cable car station is located on Via Luigi Pirandello, near the Porta Messina gate (main entrance) of Taormina. The journey takes just a few minutes and arrives directly at Mazzarò Beach..

◦ Bus: This is a more budget-friendly option, but it takes longer than the cable car. Take the Interbus toward Messina and get off at the “Mazzarò” stop. From there, it’s a short walk downhill to the beach.

◦ Stroll: To reach Mazzarò beach on foot, start from Piazza IX Aprile in Taormina’s historic center. Head south on the bustling Via Pirandello, lined with shops and cafes. After passing Porta Messina, the main gate, continue down the steeper Via Umberto I. Look for signs for the cable car station, but for a scenic and free alternative, take the stairway on your right that leads directly down to the coast.

Baia delle Sirene (Bay of Sirens):

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Baia delle Sirene is a small cove located south of Taormina. This secluded beach is known for its calm waters and dramatic rock formations. The name “Bay of Sirens” comes from the Greek myth of the Sirens, enchanting creatures who lured sailors to their deaths with their beautiful songs.
Story: According to Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus and his crew encountered Sirens while sailing past Sicily. Odysseus had his men plug their ears with beeswax and ordered himself to be tied to the mast to resist the Sirens’ seductive song.

How to Get to Baia delle Sirene in Taormina
◦ Bus: This is the most budget-friendly option. Take the Interbus toward Catania and get off at the “Baia delle Sirene” stop. From there, it’s a short walk to the beach (around 10 minutes).

◦ Stroll: Reaching Baia delle Sirene by foot is a challenging 3-kilometer trek with steep inclines, so it’s not for everyone. But if you’re feeling adventurous, follow the route suggested for Mazzarò beach: start at Piazza IX Aprile, head south on Via Pirandello and Via Umberto I, passing Porta Messina. After the cable car station area, continue down the main road instead of turning off. The incline gets steeper, but eventually you’ll arrive in Baia delle Sirene.

Alternative Activities in Taormina:

◦ Explore the Ancient Theatre: Visit the Taormina Greek Theater, an ancient amphitheater with stunning views.
◦ Mount Etna Volcano: Experience an off-road Jeep tour or hike around majestic Mount Etna.
◦ Alcantara Gorge: Hike, swim, or raft through this unique natural formation.
◦ Aeolian Islands: Hop around these beautiful islands from Taormina.
◦ Taormina Castle: Admire the ancient castle and its history.

 

Rimini, Emilia-Romagna

Rimini, a vibrant city on the Adriatic Coast, is a popular summer destination for a reason. With its long stretches of sandy beaches, historical sites, and lively atmosphere, Rimini offers something for everyone.

Local train Station: Rimini.

Beaches in Rimini:

Rimini boasts 15 kilometers of sandy beaches, perfect for soaking up the sun and enjoying the Adriatic Sea. Here are a few popular beaches you can explore:

Marina Centro

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The main beach of Rimini, Marina Centro offers a lively atmosphere with numerous beach establishments (stabilimenti balneari) that rent sun loungers, umbrellas, and water sports equipment.

Rimini Bellariva

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North of Marina Centro, Bellariva offers a more relaxed atmosphere with wide, sandy beaches. Here you’ll find families and couples seeking a quieter experience.

Rimini Viserba

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South of Marina Centro, Viserba is another popular beach area with a mix of free public beaches and private beach establishments. Viserba is also known for its nightlife options.

Alternative Activities in Rimini:

◦ Explore the historic center: Rimini has a rich history, evident in its Roman amphitheater, the majestic Tempio Malatestiano church, and the Tiberius Bridge, dating back to the 1st century AD.

◦ Immerse yourself in art and culture: Visit the Museo della Città (City Museum) to learn about Rimini’s history, or explore the beautiful Fellini Park dedicated to the famous Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini.

◦ Day trips to nearby towns: Take a day trip to charming towns like San Marino, a tiny independent republic nestled in the hills, or Ravenna, known for its Byzantine mosaics.

◦ Indulge in delicious food: Rimini offers a fantastic culinary scene. Savor fresh seafood dishes, savor the local Piadina flatbread, or enjoy a traditional pasta meal.

Viareggio, Tuscany

Viareggio, a coastal gem in Tuscany, beckons travelers with its sandy shores, charming atmosphere, and rich artistic heritage.

Local train Station: Viareggio.

Beaches in Viareggio

Viareggio boasts a long stretch of golden sand, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying water sports. Here are some popular beaches to explore:

Marina di Viareggio:

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The main beach of Viareggio, Marina di Viareggio offers a lively atmosphere with numerous stabilimenti balneari (beach establishments) renting sun loungers, umbrellas, and water sports equipment.

Spiaggia della Lecciona:

South of Viareggio, Spiaggia della Lecciona offers a more secluded and natural beach experience. This beach is known for its free public access and calmer waters.

Parco Naturale Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli:

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For nature lovers, explore the northern part of Viareggio’s coast. This protected area features a beautiful beach backed by pine forests, offering a unique blend of sun and nature.

Santa Margherita Ligure, Liguria

Nestled on the Italian Riviera, Santa Margherita Ligure offers stunning coastal beauty, charming streets, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Local train Station: Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino.

Beaches in Santa Margherita:

Baia di Paraggi:

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Nestled just south of Portofino, Baia di Paraggi offers a captivating escape. This bay boasts crystal-clear waters ideal for swimming, a mix of public and private beaches for relaxation, and charming marinas. Explore the surrounding beauty on scenic walks, rent water equipment for an active adventure, or savor fresh seafood at waterfront restaurants.

To get to Paraggi Beach, start from the center of Santa Margherita Ligure and take the Provincial Road 227 towards Portofino. This is the only drivable link between the two towns. The road stretches for 4 km, carved into the Portofino promontory and hugging the coastline’s natural curves. For the best views, travel by bicycle, motorcycle, or walk along the pedestrian path. You’ll pass the distinctive Scoglio della Carega (or Sedia), enjoy the vistas of Punta Faro, and see the Castello di Paraggi before reaching the beaches of Paraggi or Niasca for a refreshing swim.

Spiaggia Minaglia:

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This historic beach establishment in Santa Margherita Ligure is equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds, offering customers the rental of deck chairs, pedal boats, and canoes. The establishment also features a bar with light dining options. From the municipality of Santa Margherita Ligure, the beach can be easily reached on foot or by bicycle, as it is close to the port and the Santa Margherita Ligure monument.

Alternative Activities in Santa Margherita:

◦ Explore the charming town: Wander through the narrow streets lined with pastel-colored houses, discover local shops and cafes, and soak up the laid-back atmosphere.
◦ Hike the Portofino Peninsula: Lace up your hiking boots and explore the stunning trails of the Portofino Peninsula. Breathtaking views and hidden coves await.
◦ Day trip to Portofino: Take a boat tour or ferry to the exclusive village of Portofino, known for its colorful harbor, upscale boutiques, and luxurious atmosphere.
◦ Boat tour along the coast: Embark on a boat tour and admire the stunning coastline, with its hidden coves, charming villages, and dramatic cliffs.

Monterosso al Mare, Liguria

Monterosso al Mare, nestled within the Cinque Terre National Park, is a charming coastal village known for its stunning beauty, colorful houses, and relaxed atmosphere.

Local train Station: Monterosso al Mare.

Beaches in Monterosso al Mare:

Unlike the other Cinque Terre villages, Monterosso boasts a beautiful and spacious beach, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying water sports.

Fegina Beach:

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This long stretch of golden sand is the main beach of Monterosso. It offers both free public areas and private stabilimenti balneari (beach establishments) renting sun loungers and umbrellas. The beach also features a charming seaside promenade lined with shops and restaurants.

Alternative Activities in Monterosso al Mare:

◦ Explore the historic center: Wander through the narrow streets lined with colorful houses, discover local shops and cafes, and soak up the village’s charming atmosphere.
◦ Hike the Cinque Terre trails: Lace up your hiking boots and explore the stunning trails that connect Monterosso to the other villages of Cinque Terre. These cliffside paths offer breathtaking views of the coastline.
◦ Boat tour: Embark on a boat tour and admire the Cinque Terre villages from a different perspective. You can also access hidden coves and secluded beaches only reachable by water.
◦ Visit the Church of San Francesco: This 17th-century church houses a beautiful crucifix by the renowned Flemish painter Van Dyck.

 

Cefalù, Sicily

Cefalù, nestled on the northern coast of Sicily, captivates visitors with its medieval charm, golden beaches, and stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The iconic Norman Cathedral, perched atop a rocky promontory, adds to the town’s allure.

Local train Station: Cefalù.

Beaches in Cefalù

Spiaggia di Settefrati, also known as Baia dei sette emiri: 

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A picturesque beach renowned for its breathtaking panoramic beauty. The bay is encircled by lush greenery and dotted with small, rugged coves. Numerous rocky formations emerge from the sea, including both low, walkable rocks and impressive faraglioni (sea stacks). The crystal-clear, transparent waters teem with a rich variety of fish, making it an ideal spot for snorkeling and enjoying the serene natural environment. This idyllic setting offers a perfect escape for nature lovers and beachgoers alike.

Spiaggia di Cefalù: 

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This is the main beach in Cefalù, located right in front of the town’s historic center. It’s known for its golden sand, clear blue waters, and convenient amenities such as beach clubs, restaurants, and bars. The backdrop of the town’s medieval architecture and the towering La Rocca add to its charm, making it a perfect spot for both relaxation and sightseeing.

Caldura Beach: 

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Located a short distance from the center of Cefalù, Caldura Beach is a bit more secluded and tranquil. This pebbly beach is surrounded by rocky cliffs and lush vegetation, offering stunning views and a more intimate atmosphere. It’s ideal for those looking to escape the crowds and enjoy some peaceful sunbathing or snorkeling.

 

Alternative Activities in Cefalù

◦ Hike to La Rocca: Head up to La Rocca for stunning views over the sea. The hike is rewarding, and the panoramic vistas are worth the effort.

◦ Wine Tasting in Madonie Mountains: Join a wine tasting tour in the Madonie Mountains. Sicily is known for its excellent wines, and this experience allows you to savor local flavors.

◦ Sail the Seas: Consider a four-hour sailing tour to explore the coastline from a different perspective.

◦ Hike Etna: For adventure seekers, hiking up the active volcano Mount Etna is an unforgettable experience.

 

Camogli, Liguria

Located on the western side of the Portofino peninsula in Liguria, Camogli charms visitors with its vivid, multicolored houses. The picturesque landscape is further enhanced by the remnants of a medieval castle. The 12th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, situated on an ancient rock-island, once stood at the core of the village’s political and religious life. The combination of the sea, beach, and colorful buildings makes Camogli a captivating coastal destination.

Local train Station: Camogli-S. Fruttuoso.

Beaches in Camogli

Camogli Beach:

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Camogli Beach is an ideal spot for leisurely sunbathing and unwinding. Visitors can relax on the golden sands and take a dip in the clear waters, which are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Along the beach, a charming promenade is lined with inviting cafes, gelato shops, and seafood restaurants, offering plenty of options for refreshments and meals. The beach is beautifully framed by the iconic pastel-colored houses that overlook the shoreline, adding to the picturesque and relaxing atmosphere of this coastal gem.

San Fruttuoso:

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San Fruttuoso is a picturesque beach located in the charming fishing village of San Fruttuoso, nestled between Camogli and Portofino. Accessible only by foot or sea, its lush greenery, crystal-clear waters, and the medieval San Fruttuoso Abbey create a magical atmosphere. Divers are drawn to this spot for the “Christ of the Abyss” statue, which has been submerged since 1954 to honor scuba pioneer Dario Gonzatti. This underwater sculpture adds to the beach’s allure. The white sand beach, framed by steep cliffs, provides shelter from strong winds, making it an ideal spot for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling.

Punta Chiappa Beach:

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Located within the Portofino Regional Natural Park and the municipality of Camogli, offers a serene and relaxing escape in a pristine coastal area. You can reach Punta Chiappa on foot along a trail in the Portofino Natural Park or by sea. The path begins at a small dead-end road off Viale Cuneo, directly opposite the Carabinieri barracks. This is Via San Bartolomeo, a mule track that ascends into the interior, initially following the course of the Gentile stream. The walking time is approximately 30 to 60 minutes at a regular pace.

Alternative Activities in Camogli

◦ Explore the Medieval Past: Discover the remnants of the once-powerful medieval castle that stood guard over the village. Unveil the history of the 12th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, a former heart of the town’s religious and political life.
◦ Boat Tours and Kayaking: Take in the stunning coastline from a different perspective. Embark on a boat tour or rent a kayak to explore hidden coves, secluded beaches, and the dramatic rock formations along the shore.
◦ Festivals and Events: Time your visit to coincide with a local festival. The “Sagra del Pesce” (Fish Festival) held on the second Sunday of May is a must for seafood lovers, offering a chance to experience the town’s vibrant traditions and culinary heritage.

 

Whether you’re an expat or a traveler, these destinations provide a perfect blend of relaxation, culture, and natural beauty, all accessible without the need for a car. What other beaches would you add to this list? Share your favorite coastal spots and let us know why they deserve a visit!

 

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Italy’s summer charm extends far beyond its famous cities and popular tourist routes. For those in search of distinctive experiences, the country boasts a treasure trove of off-the-beaten-path destinations that enchant with their natural splendor, deep-rooted history, and cultural significance. Let’s explore a few of these destinations:

Visit the Aosta Valley

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Fenis Castle in Aosta Valley

The Aosta Valley, nestled in the Italian Alps, offers a unique summer experience beyond the typical tourist spots. Here are some activities to explore:

Aosta Old Town offers a captivating journey through history, showcasing well-preserved Roman ruins, including a Roman Theater (closed until May 2025), the ancient Arco d’Augusta, and Roman walls alongside medieval towers. Be sure not to overlook the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, a splendid example of Romanesque architecture. Its intricate facade, adorned with sculptures and decorative elements, captivates visitors from around the world, while inside, the cathedral boasts a harmonious blend of medieval frescoes and intricate wooden carvings.

Castles: Explore nearby castles like Château St. Pierre and Château Sarriod de la Tour. The Fenis Castle, known for its medieval architecture, is also worth a visit.

Hiking: Discover hiking trails in the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso, offering options for all levels. For breathtaking views, take a short walk near Courmayeur to see the Italian side of Mont Blanc.

Mountain Biking: With over 1000 km of country roads, mule tracks, and wooded paths, Aosta Valley is a paradise for mountain bikers. Pila and La Thuile even offer summer downhill biking.

Balloon Rides and Paragliding: Soar above the mountains, gazing at the stunning scenery. Witnessing paragliders descend into the valley is a memorable sight.

 

Discover the Ghost Town of Craco

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Craco, Basilicata

Craco, an abandoned medieval village in Basilicata, offers a hauntingly beautiful glimpse into Italy’s past. The town was evacuated in the 1960s due to landslides, leaving behind a perfectly preserved ghost town. Here are some things to do there:

Rugged Landscape: Craco sits atop a steep 400 m cliff, creating a striking appearance where buildings blend seamlessly with the mountain. The vast open stretches of calanchi (badlands) add to the surreal atmosphere, devoid of vegetation or habitation.

Guided Tours: While the town itself is locked behind a fence, you can take a guided tour to wander through the eerie, deserted streets and buildings while learning about the town’s history and legends.

Film Location: Craco has become a popular filming location for historic movies. You might recognize it from films like ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ ‘King David,’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’.

 

Hike the Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei), Amalfi Coast

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Path of the Gods in Amalfi coast

While the Amalfi Coast is a popular destination, hiking the Path of the Gods offers a unique way to experience its stunning beauty away from the crowds. This trail, stretching from Bomerano to Nocelle, provides breathtaking views of the coastline, charming villages, and the Mediterranean Sea. The hike is moderately challenging but rewards trekkers with some of the most spectacular scenery in Italy.

Visit the Sunken City of Baia, Campania

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Photo from subaia.com taken by Claudio’s Nymphaeum

Baia, an ancient Roman city submerged under the waters of the Gulf of Naples, offers a fascinating underwater archaeological site. You can explore the ruins of villas, mosaics, and statues by taking a guided snorkeling or diving tour. This unique underwater adventure provides a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of ancient Rome.

Explore the Parco dei Mostri (Park of the Monsters), Lazio

The Parco dei Mostri, also known as the Sacro Bosco (Sacred Grove), is a captivating and mysterious place in Lazio. Located just 1.5 kilometers from the charming village of Bomarzo, this unique park is home to majestic and bizarre statues that exude both eerie allure and visual impact.

Here are some intriguing details about the Parco dei Mostri:

Creation: The garden was commissioned during the 16th century by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini.
Symbolism: The sculptures within the park evoke an initiatory journey, representing stages the soul must undergo to ascend toward knowledge and truth.
Entrance Sphinges: Two sphinxes guard the entrance, their inscription urging visitors to discern whether the wonders they encounter are products of deception or art.
Ercole and Caco: Further along the path, you’ll encounter an imposing figure—a giant (possibly Hercules) tearing apart his victim (Cacus). This scene symbolizes the soul’s torn state as it embarks on the path to enlightenment.

Visiting Information: The Parco dei Mostri is open year-round from March to September: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. the Ticket Prices for Adults and children aged 13 and over is €13 and for Children aged 4 to 13 years old is €8.

Hike Through the Dolomites’ Technicolor Mountains

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Cortina d’Ampezzo, South Tyrol

The Dolomites, often referred to as the “Technicolor Mountains,” are renowned for their dramatic peaks, sheer cliffs, and stunning rock formations, these mountains are part of the Southern Limestone Alps. What sets the Dolomites apart is their unique mineral composition, which gives rise to a spectacular array of colors, particularly during sunrise and sunset. The mountains’ vivid hues, ranging from deep reds and purples to soft pinks and oranges, create a breathtaking natural spectacle that attracts photographers, hikers, and nature enthusiasts from around the world. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dolomites offer a rich blend of natural beauty, geological significance, and outdoor adventure.

Go Spelunking in Sardinia’s Grotta di Nettuno

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Inside the Cave of Neptune

Exploring Neptune’s Grotto (Grotte di Nettuno) in Sardinia is a captivating adventure that offers a unique glimpse into the island’s natural beauty and history. Located near Alghero, this stunning cave complex was discovered by a fisherman in the 1700s, though ancient populations likely visited it much earlier. The grotto extends about 4 km, but only a few hundred meters are accessible to the public. Visitors can reach the grotto either by boat or by descending a stunning 654-step staircase from the top of the 110m-high Capo Caccia cliff. Inside, the guided tour, lasting over an hour, showcases impressive stalactites and stalagmites in chambers such as the Ruins and the majestic Royal Palace, along with Lake Lamarmora, one of Europe’s largest salt lakes. Nearby, Capo Caccia hosts other lesser-known caves like Grotta dei Pizzi e Ricami, Grotta di Nereo, and Grotta Verde, which contains Neolithic paintings. When visiting, stay hydrated, wear a hat during hot summer days, and consider taking a boat tour for a different perspective on the stunning panorama.

Discover the Enchanting Aeolian Islands

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Vulcano island

Exploring the Aeolian Islands, also known as the Lipari Islands, reveals a captivating volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea, just north of Sicily. Named after Aeolus, the mythical ruler of the winds, these islands offer an off-the-beaten-path experience rich in natural beauty and adventure.

There are seven significant islands:

Lipari: The largest island, known for its charming old town and archaeological sites.
Vulcano: Famous for its therapeutic mud baths and steaming fumaroles.
Salina: Home to lush vineyards and stunning vistas.
Stromboli: An active volcano where you can witness fiery eruptions.
Filicudi and Alicudi: Remote and tranquil, perfect for escaping the crowds.
Panarea: The smallest, with chic boutiques and crystal-clear waters.

Accessible by ferries from Milazzo, the crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Notable beaches include Spiaggia Bianca on Lipari and Gelso Beach on Vulcano. Local cuisine features fresh seafood, capers, and Malvasia wine, with sweet treats like cannoli and granita. Watching the sunset from Stromboli or Panarea is a breathtaking experience, and the islands’ unspoiled charm—with hidden coves, ancient ruins, and picturesque villages—remains largely untouched by mass tourism.

 

Discovering these hidden gems will enhance your appreciation for Italy’s lesser-known treasures. Which other destinations would you include on the list?

 

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Guest Article written by Sal from Nature of Sal

With summer approaching, it’s essential for expat hikers to gear up properly for the warm weather. Whether you’re exploring Rome’s urban trails or venturing into the surrounding countryside, having the right gear can make your hiking experience more enjoyable and safe.

Essential Summer Hiking Gear
– Lightweight Clothing: Opt for moisture-wicking fabrics that keep you cool and dry. Light-colored clothing can help reflect the sun’s rays.
– Sun Protection: A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and high-SPF sunscreen are crucial to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
– Hydration Packs: Staying hydrated is vital in the summer heat. Some prefer “hydration-bladders”, personally I recommend a reusable water bottle (possibly with a built-in filter).

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Footwear and Accessories
– Breathable Hiking Shoes: Choose shoes with good ventilation to keep your feet cool. Consider wearing moisture-wicking socks to prevent blisters. Mid-cut shoes are always a good option for added ankle support even if you’re not hiking up a mountain.
– Trekking Poles: These can provide extra stability and reduce strain on your knees during longer hikes (especially on your way down!).
– Insect Repellent: Protect yourself from mosquitoes and other insects, especially when hiking near water. While it seems that the world is divided into people that do not attract mosquitos, the other half seems to attract them all. If that is you, insect repellent is your friend.

Staying Safe in the Heat
– Early Morning or Late Afternoon Hikes: Avoid the midday sun by hiking during cooler parts of the day. Consider hiking in cooler, less exposed places, e.g. forests, canyons – or higher mountains.
– Rest and Shade: Take frequent breaks in shaded areas to avoid overheating.
– Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion: Learn to recognize symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and excessive sweating. If you experience these, rest in a cool place and hydrate immediately.

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Proper preparation and the right gear are essential for enjoying summer hikes in Rome. By following these tips, you can stay safe and comfortable while exploring the beautiful landscapes Rome (and all of Italy, really) has to offer.

Click here for a free summer hike checklist.

As always: Stay fit, hike a bit!

Sal

 


 

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Explore Italy’s most well-known antique markets. Italy offers abundant opportunities to discover unique and valuable treasures.

Antiques Markets

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Mercato di Porta Portese (Rome) is the most famous and largest market in Rome. Located in the picturesque Trastevere district, it has become a Sunday ritual for locals and an essential stop for tourists visiting the capital. The market area extends between Piazza Ippolito Nievo at the top, Via Ettore Rolli on the left, and Via Portuense on the right. Its name comes from the seventeenth-century Porta Portese, built to replace the ancient Porta Portuensis. The market has a rich history, dating back to around 1945, continuing the tradition of the black market that previously took place in the Campo de’ Fiori area.

At Porta Portese, you’ll find an authentic mix of colors, voices, and cultures—a glimpse into the Rome of yesteryears. Over 1,000 stalls offer a wide variety of items, making it a paradise for shopping enthusiasts and vintage lovers. Here’s what you can discover:

– Antiques and Collectibles: Explore antiquities and modern artifacts, including paintings, books, jewelry, watches, and furniture.
– Vinyl Records and CDs: Music enthusiasts can browse through a selection of vinyl records and CDs.
– Electronics and Accessories: From gadgets to household items, there’s something for everyone.
– Clothes, Bags, and Shoes: Discover a variety of fashion items, from vintage clothing to contemporary styles, along with a range of bags and shoes.
– Unusual Objects: You might stumble upon quirky and unique items.

Porta Portese is open every Sunday from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

 

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The Mercatone dell’Antiquariato in Milan stretches along the first section of the Naviglio Grande, which is the oldest canal in Milan. Specifically, it runs from Viale Gorizia to the Ponte di Via Valenza, covering an impressive route of nearly two kilometers.

The Mercatone dell’Antiquariato is a specialized market primarily focused on antiques. More than 380 exhibitors participate each month, showcasing a wide range of items. You’ll find carefully selected and meticulously curated stalls featuring furniture, watches, porcelain, silverware, jewelry, dolls, games, collectibles, books, eyewear, radios, modern artifacts, canes, bronzes, glassware, comics, and prints.

The market takes place on the last Sunday of every month, except for December when it falls on the second Sunday of the month.

 

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The Mercato delle Pulci (Flea Market) in Florence is a delightful place for antique enthusiasts and collectors. The market recently moved to its new permanent location at Piazza Annigoni. Previously, it was situated in Piazza dei Ciompi.

At the Mercato delle Pulci, you’ll find a variety of items, including:
– Small Antiques: Unique antiques dating back to the early 1900s.
– Vintage Selection: Curated vintage pieces.
– Modern/Antiques: A blend of modern and antique items.
– Second-Hand Books: Stalls with used books.
– Vinyl Records: If you’re a music lover, explore the collection of vinyl records.

The market is open from Monday to Sunday, operating between 09:00 and 19:30. It is closed on December 25th, 26th, and January 1st.

 

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The Mercato Antiquario di Arezzo (Arezzo Antiques Fair) is a captivating event that has been attracting exhibitors, visitors, and collectors for over 50 years. The heart of the fair lies in the characteristic Piazza Grande in Arezzo. From there, it radiates to other city squares, offering a diverse array of art, furniture, jewelry, accessories, books, scientific and musical instruments, coins, prints, and hundreds of thousands of heterogeneous objects. These items vary in terms of date, origin, and value, catering to various types of collectors.

The fair takes place every first Sunday of the month, along with the preceding Saturday.
Operating hours are from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sunday.

 

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The Fiera Antiquaria di Lucca is a vibrant and bustling antique market that draws visitors from all over Italy. Although officially established in 1970, the market’s roots trace back to the Medieval period. During that time, nobles sought out rare and authentic pieces to display in their homes. Today, the Fiera Antiquaria has evolved into an informal and popular event, where the atmosphere is filled with the excitement of discovering hidden gems.

It features approximately 220 exhibitors who set up their stalls throughout the historic center of Lucca. These stalls can be found in various locations, including Via del Battistero, Piazza Antelminelli, Piazza San Martino, Piazza San Giusto, Piazza San Giovanni, Corte Bertolini, Via del Duomo, and Piazza Bernardini. Visitors can explore a wide range of fascinating items, from jewelry and collectibles to furniture, vintage toys, and tools.

The market takes place on every third Sunday of the month and the preceding Saturday, from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

 

Whether you’re an avid collector or simply appreciate the charm of bygone eras, Italy’s antiques markets promise an unforgettable experience filled with historical treasures and unique finds. What other antique markets would you add to this list?

 

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Italian Lessons

Closure Schedule

The Metro A line continues its transformation, so new interventions and closures are planned. Stay updated on the closure schedule:

From April 8 to December 5, early closures on the entire A line for the completion of track renewal work between Ottaviano and Battistini:

From Sunday to Thursday, the last runs are at 9:00 PM

On Fridays and Saturdays, service runs regularly until 1:30 AM 76 replacement buses will be active during the evening closures.

 

Station Closures

∙ From April 8 to June 30, the Vittorio Emanuele station will be closed for special maintenance on all escalator systems in the station.

∙ From July 15 to October 3, the Spagna station will be closed for renovation and restyling works.

∙ From July 22 to September 9, the Ottaviano station will be closed for renovation and restyling works.

Check out Shuttle Details here.

 

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Guest Article written by Sal from Nature of Sal

As spring flourishes in Rome, Villa Ada Park becomes a prime destination for family-friendly hikes. This expansive park, located in the northern part of the city, offers a serene escape for expats and their families looking to enjoy nature.

Exploring Villa Ada Park
Villa Ada is one of the largest parks in Rome, featuring a variety of trails suitable for all ages and fitness levels. The park is known for its beautiful lakes, dense woodlands (with a really nice oak forest), and historical buildings, providing a diverse urban hiking experience.

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Trail Highlights
– Lake Trail: This easy trail circles around the picturesque lake, perfect for a leisurely family stroll. Keep an eye out for ducks and turtles basking in the sun!
– Woodland Paths: For a more immersive experience, venture into the wooded areas where you can enjoy the shade and listen to the sounds of nature.

Family Hiking Tips
– Bring a Picnic: Villa Ada has plenty of scenic spots for a family picnic. Pack a blanket, some snacks, and enjoy a meal surrounded by nature.
– Wildlife Spotting: Kids will love spotting the park’s wildlife, from colorful birds to curious squirrels.
– Bicycle Rentals: For a fun twist, rent bicycles and explore the park on two wheels.

Seasonal Blooms
In May, Villa Ada is in full bloom, with vibrant flowers and lush foliage creating a picturesque setting. It’s an ideal time for families to capture beautiful photos and make lasting memories.

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Villa Ada Park offers families a perfect springtime retreat with its accessible trails, scenic beauty, and abundant wildlife. Whether you’re hiking, picnicking, or cycling, Villa Ada provides a refreshing outdoor adventure for all ages.

 

Where can I find more family-friendly hikes by public transport?

With an abundance of family-friendly hiking options accessible by train, Rome invites you to embark on an unforgettable adventure with your loved ones. So pack your bags, hop on board the train, and let’s explore the stunning landscapes and natural wonders of Rome together!

Ready to start planning your family hiking adventure? Visit Nature of Sal’s FREE HikeLine Map for more information and inspiration. Let’s make memories that will last a lifetime!

 

And as always: Stay fit, hike a bit!
Sal

 


 

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Guest Article written by Sal from Nature of Sal

Nestled in the heart of Rome, the so-called Caffarella Park (named after the Caffarelli family that once owned the place) offers an idyllic escape from the bustling city. It is one of my favorite parks in Rome, because it has it all: this expansive green oasis, rich in history and natural beauty, provides the perfect setting for a day of adventure and relaxation for both young and old. Here’s a guide to the best activities you can enjoy at Caffarella Park, ensuring a memorable visit for the entire family.

Discovering the Natural Beauty

Bird Watching and Wildlife Spotting
Caffarella Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The park is home to a diverse array of bird species, making it a prime spot for bird watching. Bring your binoculars and see how many different birds you can spot (or try the free Merlin app to start identifying bird sounds). Additionally, the park’s meadows and woods are inhabited by free-roaming rabbits and other small animals (please don’t feed them, they are being taken care of), which can be delightful to observe, especially for children.

Walking and Hiking Trails
The park features numerous trails that cater to all fitness levels. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or a more vigorous hike, the well-marked paths will lead you through scenic landscapes, including woodlands, meadows, and along the banks of the Almone River. The variety of routes ensures that there’s something suitable for everyone, from toddlers taking their first steps to seniors enjoying a gentle walk. Join our free, upcoming family day for you and your kids!

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Beautiful Historical Sites

Historical Landmarks
Caffarella Park is steeped in history, with numerous archaeological sites scattered throughout the area. Key landmarks include the Nymphaeum of Egeria, an ancient Roman shrine, and the Tomb of Annia Regilla. Exploring these historical sites offers a fascinating glimpse into the past and provides an educational experience for visitors of all ages.

The Ancient Farmhouses
Within the park, you’ll find beautifully preserved ancient farmhouses, such as the Casale della Vaccareccia (where often you can buy fresh cheese and ricotta) and the Casale di Vigna Cardinali (aka “Casa del Parco”). These historic buildings offer insight into the agricultural practices of ancient Rome and make for interesting exploration points during your visit, and the Casa del Parco also has a bike rental place and next to a few public picnic tables, there it’s also possible to rent a little BBQ area for private events.

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Fun Activities for Kids

Picnicking and Play Areas
Caffarella Park is the perfect spot for a family picnic. The open meadows provide plenty of space to spread out a blanket and enjoy a meal amidst nature. After lunch, children can play in the open fields or enjoy the designated playground areas equipped with swings and slides, ensuring they burn off some energy while parents relax.

Educational Workshops and Events
Throughout the year, Caffarella Park hosts various workshops and events aimed at children. These activities often focus on environmental education, archaeology, and nature conservation, providing a fun and informative experience. Check the park’s schedule to see what events might be happening during your visit.

Join our free, upcoming family day for you and your kids!

Relaxing and Enjoying Nature

Cycling Paths
For those who prefer cycling, Caffarella Park offers several bike-friendly paths (suited for Mountain Bikes). Rent a bike and enjoy a scenic ride through the park, taking in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings. The (mostly) flat terrain makes it suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Yoga and Meditation
The tranquil environment of Caffarella Park makes it an ideal location for yoga and meditation. Find a quiet spot under the shade of a tree or near the soothing sounds of the Almone River (once considered sacred!) to practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques.

Practical Information

Getting There
Caffarella Park is easily accessible by public transport. Take the metro to the Colli Albani station on Line A, and from there, it’s a short walk to the park’s entrance. There are also several bus routes that stop nearby, making it convenient for visitors coming from different parts of Rome.

Visitor Amenities
The park is equipped with essential amenities, including restrooms and drinking fountains. There are also several cafes and kiosks where you can purchase refreshments and snacks.

The Caffarella Park really is a great city park. Of course there is so much more to discover. Take it to the next level and learn more about the Park’s secrets, from its origin story, to Unbelievable Roman crime stories, while exploring the less-known parts of the park, during the daily Urban Hikes in Rome.

 

Where can I find more family-friendly hikes by public transport?

With an abundance of family-friendly hiking options accessible by train, Rome invites you to embark on an unforgettable adventure with your loved ones. So pack your bags, hop on board the train, and let’s explore the stunning landscapes and natural wonders of Rome together!

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And as always: Stay fit, hike a bit!
Sal

 


 

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The residence permit issued for study, internship, training, or waiting for job can now be converted into a permit for self-employed work at any time of the year, thanks to the legislative decree known as “Legge Cutro”.

(DL 20 march n. 23, converted in Legge 5 may 2023 n. 50)

The conversion of the residence permit from study/waiting for job to Self-Employment is possible only if the permit is still valid and has not expired.

The request for conversion can be made even before the end of the course of studies, if you attend university (degree courses, master’s degree or doctorate of research) or if you are already adult on arrival in Italy. In the case of internship or Professional Course or Formation, conversion is possible only after completion.

Requirements for conversion to Self-Employment:

Residence permit issued for study or waiting for job in the course of validity.
Passport
Tax identification number (Codice Fiscale).
Rental Property Contract with Proof of Registration at Agenzia delle Entrate
Italian Electronic Identity Card (CIE).
Certificate (Degree, Master, Specialization, Doctorate, Traineeship Certificate or training course) recognized by the State.
Registration at the competent professional register/licence if necessary.
Certificate/Declaration proving the possession of an annual income from lawful sources (ex. tax return, bank guarantee, balance statement), of an amount exceeding the minimum level laid down by law for exemption from participation in healthcare expenditure (euro 8500,00).
Declaration of the financial parameters, the amount of the minimum economic resources needed to start the activity indicated.
Certificate of Partita IVA.
Membership in the INPS social security fund.
E-mail Address & Pec Email
Housing elegibility issued by the Municipality (RIA).

To convert the study/waiting fot job permit the holder must:

Access (using CIE) the portal of the Ministry of the Interior “Sportello Unico per l’Immigrazione”
•  Fill out the Z2 form, attach all required documents and send the application telematically.
•  At the end of the verification of the application, in the event of a successful outcome, the applicant will receive the clearance (Nulla Osta) through PEC.
The clearance must be handed over to the immigration office to complete the procedure and obtain the residence permit for self-employment.

The “Self-employment” permit has a maximum duration of 2 years and allows the holder to work as a Self-employed.

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The Schengen Area, comprising 26 European countries, is known for its seamless borders and visa-free travel. However, for non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, there are specific rules regarding the duration of stay. One of the most important regulations is the 90/180-day rule.

The Schengen Area

The Schengen Area, comprising most EU nations, excludes Cyprus and Ireland. On March 31, 2024, Bulgaria and Romania attained membership, marking the latest additions. This accession means individuals crossing internal air and sea borders face no scrutiny. Notably, non-EU nations like Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein have also integrated into the Schengen Area.

Understanding the Rule

What Is the 90/180-Day Rule?

◦ The 90/180-day rule stipulates that non-EEA nationals can stay in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day period.
◦ This means that travelers must keep track of their days spent in the Schengen countries to avoid overstaying.

How Does It Work?
◦ The clock starts ticking from the day you first enter the Schengen Area.
◦ Within any rolling window of 180 days, you can spend up to 90 days in total.
◦The 180-day period is not fixed; it shifts as each day passes.

The Schengen 90/180-Day Rule Explained:
◦ Staying for 90 days: As soon as you enter any country within the Schengen area, your 90-day clock starts. This counts for every country in the zone. For example, if you spend 30 days in Germany, then 30 days in France, and 30 days in Austria, you’ve spent 90 days in the Schengen zone. Your 90-day count stops the moment you leave the area.
◦ Spending your 90 days within 180 days: The 90 days you are allowed to spend in the Schengen zone are eligible for 180 days. This period is commonly called a “rolling timeframe” because it’s constantly moving—each day you spend in Schengen advances your 180-day period. This period is counted backward from your most recent entry or exit dates. For instance, if you enter the Schengen area on July 1, 2022, you count backward for 180 days from this date and calculate how many days you have spent in the Schengen area during these 180 days.

Practical Tips

Keep a Calendar:
◦ Maintain a record of your travel dates to ensure compliance with the rule.
◦ Use online calculators or apps to track your days in the Schengen Area.

Recommended Tools:
Schengen VisaInfo Calculator: This online calculator allows you to input your entry and exit dates, and it precisely calculates your stay within the Schengen Area. It shows your total days already stayed and the remaining days for the current 180-day timeframe. Remember that this calculator is a helpful tool but does not constitute a right to stay for a period resulting from its calculation.
Ninety180: A user-friendly tool that performs the “rolling-window” calculation for you, helping you optimize your travel dates to make the most of your 90 in 180-day allowance3.
Schengen Simple: Another calculator that maximizes your stays within the 90/180 rule. It instantly calculates your 90/180 travel allowance for every day in your calendar.

Exit and Reentry:
◦ Leaving the Schengen Area and reentering does not reset the clock.
◦ The 180-day period continues from your first entry.

Plan Ahead:
◦ If you need to stay longer, consider applying for a national visa or residence permit in a specific Schengen country.

Remember that violating the 90/180-day rule can result in fines, deportation, or future travel restrictions.

 

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Guest Article written by Sal from Nature of Sal

Enjoying a hiking adventure with the whole family is an incredible way to create lasting memories and bond over shared experiences. Luckily, Rome offers a plethora of family-friendly hiking destinations that are easily accessible by train, promising fun-filled adventures for adventurers of all ages. Let’s dive into some of the top spots that are perfect for families looking to explore the great outdoors:

Caffarella Park

Nestled in the heart of Rome, Caffarella Park is a treasure trove of natural wonders waiting to be discovered. From bird watching to spotting free-roaming rabbits, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Take a leisurely stroll along the interesting trails and immerse yourselves in the beauty of nature.

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Beech Forest (Oriolo Romano)

Escape to the tranquility of the Beech Forest in Oriolo Romano, where simplicity meets serenity. This charming forest provides the perfect setting for a family hike, offering gentle trails and lush surroundings to explore at your own pace. Let the magic of the forest captivate your senses as you embark on an unforgettable adventure together.

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Dunes and Marshland of Torre Flavia

Experience the wonders of coastal beauty at the Dunes and Marshland of Torre Flavia. Delight in bird watching activities while taking in the breathtaking views of the seaside. Explore the diverse ecosystem of dunes and marshlands, and marvel at the beauty of nature unfolding before your eyes.

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Etruscan Forest Manziana

Step back in time and embark on a journey through the ancient Etruscan Forest of Manziana. Encounter free-roaming cows and horses as you wander along scenic trails, and immerse yourselves in the rich history and natural beauty of the forest. Let your imaginations run wild as you explore this enchanting landscape together.

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Where can I find more family-friendly hikes by train?

With an abundance of family-friendly hiking options accessible by train, Rome invites you to embark on an unforgettable adventure with your loved ones. So pack your bags, hop on board the train, and let’s explore the stunning landscapes and natural wonders of Rome together!

Ready to start planning your family hiking adventure? Visit Nature of Sal’s FREE HikeLine Map for more information and inspiration. Let’s make memories that will last a lifetime!

 

And as always: Stay fit, hike a bit!
Sal

 


 

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Relocating to Italy can be an exciting opportunity, and finding a job is an important part of the process. Here are some steps and recommendations to help you get started:

Research the Job Market

When considering a career move to Italy or seeking new opportunities within the country, it’s essential to research the job market thoroughly. This involves understanding the economic landscape, identifying growth industries, and recognizing the regions where specific skills are in high demand.

Economic Landscape and Job Market Trends Italy’s economy is diverse, with a strong presence in manufacturing, automotive, fashion, tourism, finance, technology, and agriculture. However, the job market can be competitive, with certain regions offering more opportunities than others. The unemployment rate, particularly among young people, has been a challenge, though there are signs of improvement.

Growth Industries and Skills in Demand The most dynamic sectors that are currently driving job growth include technology, green energy, and the digital economy. There’s a growing need for IT professionals, engineers, and specialists in sustainable development. Additionally, the luxury goods and fashion industries continue to seek skilled artisans and designers.

Regional Hotspots for Employment Northern Italy, particularly the Lombardy and Veneto regions, is known for its industrial output and financial services, making it a hotspot for professionals in these sectors. Conversely, Southern Italy and the islands are more focused on tourism and agriculture, offering opportunities in hospitality, culinary arts, and agronomy.

Skills Anticipation and Future Trends Skills anticipation activities in Italy provide information on current and likely future skills demand. These include assessments and forecasts by various institutions, which can guide individuals in their education and career decisions. For example, Industry 4.0 initiatives are encouraging the transition to digital technologies, increasing the demand for digital skills.

Learn Italian

While not always mandatory, knowing the language can significantly improve your job prospects and help you integrate into the community.

Boosting Your Career Prospects Proficiency in Italian is often a prerequisite for many jobs, especially in sectors like fashion, design, tourism, and gastronomy, which are quintessential to Italy’s economy. Speaking the local language can set you apart in a competitive job market, showing potential employers your commitment to fully engaging with the workplace and culture. It’s not just a skill—it’s a sign of respect and adaptability.

Enhancing Workplace Integration In Italy, interpersonal relationships are crucial in the workplace. Knowing Italian enables you to communicate effectively with colleagues, understand workplace dynamics, and participate in discussions, which is vital for teamwork and collaboration. It also helps in understanding the nuances of business etiquette and labor laws, ensuring a smoother transition into your professional role.

Prepare Your Documents

When applying for a job in Italy, it’s crucial to prepare your documents meticulously to ensure a smooth application process. Here’s a guide to help you get started:

Updating Your Resume for the Italian Job Market Your resume, or ‘Curriculum Vitae’ (CV), is your first impression on potential employers, so it must be impeccable and tailored to the Italian job market. Here are some tips to update your CV effectively:

– Title: Start with your name as the header, not just ‘Curriculum Vitae’.
– Personal Details: Include your date of birth and a professional photo, which are common in Italy.
– Language Skills: Clearly state your proficiency in Italian and other languages.
– Education and Work Experience: List these in reverse chronological order, with your most recent experiences first.
– Qualifications: Ensure your qualifications are recognized in Italy. You may need to have them officially translated and validated.
– Format: Stick to a standard, chronological format unless research on the company suggests otherwise.

Obtaining a ‘Codice Fiscale’ The ‘codice fiscale’ is an essential tax number required for working in Italy. It’s used for various purposes, from opening a bank account to signing employment contracts.

Final Checklist

– Resume/CV: Updated and tailored to the Italian market.
– Cover Letter: Prepared in Italian, if possible, to accompany your CV.
– Codice Fiscale: Secured before applying for jobs.

Obtain a Work Visa

If you’re a non-EU citizen, you’ll likely need to secure a job first to obtain a work visa. EU citizens have a more straightforward process due to free movement within the EU.

Securing a work visa is a critical step for non-EU citizens wishing to work in Italy. The process can be complex, but with the right preparation, it’s manageable. Here’s an overview of what you need to know:

For Non-EU Citizens:

– Job Offer: Before applying for a work visa, you must have a confirmed job offer from an Italian employer.
– Work Permit (Nulla Osta): Your employer must apply for a work permit on your behalf. This is done at the local immigration office in Italy.
– Visa Application: Once the work permit is approved, you can apply for a work visa at the Italian embassy or consulate in your home country.
– Entry and Residence Permit: After arriving in Italy, you must apply for a residence permit (Permesso di Soggiorno) within eight days to legally stay and work.

For EU Citizens:

EU citizens benefit from the freedom of movement within the EU, which simplifies the process significantly. They do not need a work visa or permit to work in Italy. However, they must register their residence in Italy if they plan to stay longer than three months and obtain a tax number (codice fiscale) for employment purposes.

Use Job Search Platforms

In the digital age, job search platforms have become invaluable tools for finding employment opportunities. In Italy, several online platforms cater to a variety of job seekers, from local applicants to international expats. Here’s a guide to some of the most recommended job search platforms:

Indeed is a global job search website that offers a vast array of job listings in Italy. It’s user-friendly and allows you to filter searches by location, job type, and salary expectations. Indeed also provides company reviews and salary comparisons, which can be helpful when evaluating potential employers.

Glassdoor is known for its company insights and available job listings. It provides reviews, ratings, and salary information, which can give you a better understanding of the company culture and what to expect in terms of compensation.

InfoJobs is one of the largest job search portals in Italy, offering a comprehensive list of job openings across various industries. It’s a great resource for finding detailed descriptions of job roles and requirements.

LinkedIn serves as a professional networking platform as well as a job search engine. It’s particularly useful if your Italian language skills are still developing, as many professionals and companies operate in English. LinkedIn allows you to connect with industry professionals, join groups, and apply for jobs directly through the platform.

The Local Jobs  is a platform that provides job listings in English, making it especially helpful for expats. It’s a valuable resource for those who may not be fluent in Italian but are looking for employment in Italy.

When using these platforms, remember to:

– Tailor your CV and cover letter to the Italian job market.
– Use keywords relevant to your industry and role to optimize your profile and applications.
– Engage with the community by participating in discussions and reaching out to connections.

Networking

Networking is a cornerstone of the job search process in Italy, just as it is in many other countries. The importance of building a strong network cannot be overstated, as it can often be the key to unlocking job opportunities that are not advertised publicly. Here’s why networking is crucial when looking for a job in Italy:

Access to the Hidden Job Market A significant portion of job vacancies in Italy are filled through referrals and personal connections before they ever reach the public domain. Networking can provide access to these hidden opportunities.

Cultural Insight Italy places a high value on personal relationships and trust. By connecting with locals, you can gain insights into the Italian business culture and job market, which can be invaluable in your job search.

Professional Associations Joining professional associations related to your field can help you meet peers and industry leaders. These connections can lead to mentorship, collaborations, and job leads.

Expat Communities Expat communities are a treasure trove of support and information. They can offer advice on navigating the job market, share their experiences, and may even refer you to job openings.

Social Media Groups Platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook have numerous groups dedicated to job searching in Italy. These can be a great way to connect with others in your industry, learn about job openings, and get tips on your job search.

Language Practice Networking with Italian speakers can also help improve your language skills, making you a more attractive candidate for employers.

Remember, the job search process can take time, so it’s good to start early and be persistent.

 

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Set off on an 8-day adventure across the Amalfi Coast, including excursions to Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Day 1-2: Positano

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Positano is a visually stunning village on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, characterized by its vibrant cascade of cliffside houses and tranquil beaches. Its labyrinthine streets lead to historical sites such as Grotto La Porta, which evidences its Upper Paleolithic origins and later Roman influence. The culturally rich architecture, including the Church of Santa Maria Assunta with its Byzantine Black Madonna, reflects the diverse influences over the centuries. Once a medieval port, Positano is now a haven for artists.

Activities to do:

– Explore the town: Wander through the charming streets and visit the boutique shops.
– Beach time: Relax on the famous Spiaggia Grande or the more secluded Fornillo Beach.
– Boat tour: Consider a boat tour to admire the coast from the water.

Day 3: Amalfi and Ravello

Amalfi

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A Historical Coastal Town Amalfi, nestled at the mouth of a deep ravine and surrounded by dramatic cliffs, is a town that boasts a rich maritime history. It was once the capital of the maritime republic known as the Duchy of Amalfi, an influential trading power in the Mediterranean from 839 to around 1200. The town’s historical significance is further highlighted by its inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Activities to do:

– Visit the Amalfi Cathedral and explore the town’s main square.

Ravello

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The Elevated Escape Perched high above the Amalfi Coast, Ravello offers breathtaking views and a serene escape from the coastal buzz. Founded in the 5th century as a haven from barbarian invasions, Ravello was an important town of the maritime Republic of Amalfi during the 9th century.

Activities to do:

– Enjoy the stunning gardens of Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, and take in the panoramic views.

– Visit historical structures, including the Ravello Cathedral and the various palazzi of the mercantile nobility.

Ravello Cathedral (Duomo di Ravello): This is the central religious structure of Ravello, which features the “Pulpit of the Gospels,” created in 1272 by Nicolò di Bartolomeo from Foggia.
Palazzi of the Mercantile Nobility: Ravello was home to many palaces of the mercantile nobility, including the Rufolo, d’Aflitto, Confalone, and Della Marra families. These palazzi are a testament to the town’s rich history as a trading power in the Mediterranean.

– Ravello, known as the ‘City of Music,’ hosts the prestigious Ravello Festival, one of Italy’s most renowned symphonic music festivals. The festival typically runs from July 2nd to August 30th. However, as of now, the specific details for the Ravello Festival in 2024 have not been published. It features a wide range of performances, including symphonic concerts, chamber music, and recitals by international artists. The main stage is set at the Belvedere of Villa Rufolo, offering breathtaking views that enhance the musical experience. The festival pays homage to the composer Richard Wagner and has a tradition of focusing on his works, among others. Additionally, the festival celebrates various forms of performing and visual arts, making it a highlight of the summer cultural calendar on the Amalfi Coast. For the most up-to-date schedule and events, it’s best to check the official Ravello Festival website or local event listings.

Day 4: Sorrento

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Sorrento, a town with a rich history dating back to the 8th century BC, is perched on cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples. Once an important trade hub for the Etruscans and later a luxurious Roman resort, it also played a significant role in the maritime activities of the Duchy of Amalfi. Today, Sorrento is a vibrant destination known for its stunning views, artisanal shops, and the production of Limoncello.

Activities to do:

– Stroll around Piazza Tasso and enjoy the local shops and cafes.
– Explore the ancient ruins. Here are some of the notable ancient sites:
Villa di Pollio Felice: A hidden gem, the remains of a villa that dates back almost two millennia. Visitors can stroll down a Roman road to reach this site.

Villa Limona: Another ancient ruin, less documented in historical records, yet an integral part of Sorrento’s historical landscape.

– Limoncello tasting: Sorrento is famous for its limoncello, so don’t miss out on a tasting session.

Day 5: Capri

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Capri is an island that seamlessly blends its rich Neolithic and Greek heritage with Roman imperial grandeur, evident in historical sites like Villa Jovis. Today, it’s a luxurious sanctuary with natural wonders such as the Blue Grotto, chic boutiques, and historical gardens. Whether strolling through Capri town, relaxing in Anacapri, or exploring ancient ruins, visitors are treated to an exquisite mix of history, culture, and natural beauty, making Capri an unforgettable Italian experience.

Activities to do:

– Take a ferry to the island of Capri and visit the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto, or Grotta Azzurra, is a sea cave on Capri’s coast, famous for its vivid blue waters created by sunlight filtering through an underwater cavity. It is visited in small rowboats, steered by expert oarsmen through the grotto’s narrow entrance, often accompanied by the echoes of Neapolitan melodies.
– Explore the ancient ruins.
Villa Jovis: Also known as the Villa of Jupiter, this is a Roman palace built by Emperor Tiberius and completed in 27 CE. It’s the largest of the twelve Tiberian villas on Capri mentioned by Tacitus. The villa’s complex spans several terraces and covers about 7,000 square meters. The ruins provide insight into 1st-century Roman architecture and the life of Tiberius on Capri.

Villa Damecuta: Located in Anacapri, Villa Damecuta is one of the best-preserved Tiberian villas. It’s part of a trip that includes other villas built by Emperor Tiberius, offering a historical journey through the emperor’s residences scattered across the island.

– Visit the Gardens of Augustus (Giardini di Augusto). These panoramic gardens are a true spectacle of nature, featuring terraces adorned with colorful blooms that create a vibrant and visually stunning environment. The gardens offer captivating views of the island’s landscapes and coastline, including the iconic Faraglioni rocks and the Bay of Marina Piccola.
– Visit Monte Solaro, the highest point of Capri, which reaches an elevation of 589 meters (1,932 feet) above sea level. It is a popular destination for visitors due to its panoramic views of the island and the Bay of Naples. You can access the summit by a chairlift from Anacapri or by following a hiking trail if you’re up for a more adventurous route. The top of Monte Solaro offers breathtaking 360-degree views and is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Capri, encapsulating the essence of the island’s majestic beauty.

Day 6: Path of the Gods Hike

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The Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei) is an enchanting trail offering spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast, connecting the towns of Positano and Praiano. Its name, Sentiero degli Dei, hints at its divine connection, believed to be the route taken by gods to help Ulysses against the sirens. The path is rich in history, having been walked by shepherds, farmers, and artists, drawn by its beauty and the panoramic views it offers.

The hike itself is a journey through diverse landscapes, from forests to cliffs, with the Tyrrhenian Sea and Sorrento Peninsula stretching out below. It’s a moderate 7 km trek at 630m elevation, passing olive groves and vineyards, and offering views of Capri’s Faraglioni and Positano’s vibrant colors. Starting in Bomerano and ending in Nocelle, it takes 1.5 to 3 hours to complete, with an option to extend the hike to Positano, immersing travelers further in the coastal experience.

Day 7: Pompeii or Herculaneum

Spend a day exploring the ancient ruins of Pompeii or Herculaneum.

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Pompeii: Pompeii is a legendary archaeological site nestled in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, near the modern city of Naples, Italy. It was once a thriving Roman city, rich in culture and bustling with life. The city’s history dates back to the 8th century BC, when it was founded by the Oscans. Pompeii became a significant commercial hub, attracting Greeks, Etruscans, and eventually falling under Roman influence in the 2nd century BC.

The city reached its peak during the Roman period, boasting elegant houses, elaborate villas, and a vibrant public life with temples, baths, theatres, and a 20,000-seat arena. Its prosperity was derived from the fertile volcanic soil, which supported the cultivation of olives, grapes, and other crops, making Pompeii a center for trade and commerce.

However, Pompeii’s fortune took a tragic turn on August 24, 79 AD, when Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the city under a thick layer of volcanic ash. The eruption was catastrophic, but it paradoxically preserved the city in time, offering an unparalleled window into ancient Roman life. Excavations have revealed a city frozen in the moment of destruction, with streets, buildings, and even the casts of victims poignantly on display.

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Herculaneum: Herculaneum, often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor Pompeii, is another remarkable site that suffered a similar fate during the Vesuvius eruption. Located closer to the volcano, Herculaneum was a smaller, wealthier town, known for its luxurious seaside villas and artistic life.

The town’s origins are shrouded in myth, with legends suggesting it was founded by Hercules himself. Historically, it was likely established by the Oscans or Etruscans in the 7th century BC and later became a Roman municipium. Herculaneum was a popular resort for Rome’s elite, thanks to its coastal location and mild climate.

During the Vesuvius eruption, Herculaneum was buried under a deep layer of ash and mud, which solidified and preserved the city’s structures, including two-story homes with intact architecture and décor. Unlike Pompeii, the pyroclastic material that covered Herculaneum carbonized and preserved organic materials like wood, providing an even more intimate glimpse into the daily lives of its inhabitants.

Day 8: Leisure and Departure

Relax: Enjoy your last day at leisure, revisiting your favorite spots or discovering new ones.
Departure: Prepare for your journey home.

Other activities to do in the Amalfi Coast:

– Take a Boat Tour: A great way to see the Amalfi Coast’s dramatic coastline.
– Spend Time on the Beach. Here are some of the most beautiful beaches where you can relax and soak up the Mediterranean sun:

Marina Grande, Positano: This beach is the epitome of Amalfi Coast glam, often frequented by celebrities. It’s one of the largest beaches, about 300 meters long, and offers a lively atmosphere with plenty of services.
Arienzo Beach, Positano: Known for its clear waters and pebbled shore, Arienzo Beach is accessible by a stairway of 300 steps, offering a more secluded spot.
Maiori Beach: This is one of the longest sandy beaches on the Amalfi Coast, ideal for families and those looking for a spacious area to relax.
Erchie Beach: A small, secluded beach surrounded by towering cliffs, providing a tranquil escape.
Gavitella Beach, Praiano: This charming beach catches the sun until late in the evening, making it perfect for sunbathing and enjoying the sunset.
Duoglio and Santa Croce Beaches, Amalfi: These beaches are known for their crystal-clear waters and are great for water sports enthusiasts.
Marina di Vietri, Vietri sul Mare: Offering a more traditional seaside experience, this beach is lined with colorful umbrellas and has a lively local vibe.

– Visit the Smeraldo Grotto: located in Conca dei Marini on the Amalfi Coast. This sea cave is known for the extraordinary emerald hue of its waters, a natural wonder partly inundated by the sea. The grotto owes its name to the sunlight that filters through an underwater fissure, creating a mesmerizing green glow that illuminates the cave. Visitors can access the grotto by land, descending by stairs or an elevator to the cave level, where a boat tour awaits to fully experience the cave’s beauty. The interior of the grotto also houses an underwater nativity scene, adding to its cultural significance.

 

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Guest Article written by Sal from Nature of Sal

Embarking on a hiking adventure around Rome by train offers a myriad of benefits beyond mere transportation. From convenience to sustainability, here are ten reasons why exploring Rome’s surrounding hiking trails by train is an enriching experience.

Accessibility

Train stations are conveniently located throughout Rome (with Termini Central Station and Tiburtina as the two major train stations), providing easy access to a variety of hiking destinations. Whether you’re starting your journey from the city center or its outskirts, you’ll find that train routes extend to numerous trailheads, making it effortless to begin your hiking adventure.

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Environmental Sustainability

Opting for train travel reduces your carbon footprint compared to driving. By choosing to hike by train, you’re contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes and mitigating the environmental impact associated with traditional modes of transportation.

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Cost-Effectiveness

Train tickets are often more affordable than fuel costs and parking fees associated with driving (and way cheaper compared to tickets in other countries). Hiking by train allows you to enjoy outdoor recreation without breaking the bank, making it an economical choice for adventurers of all budgets.

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Stress-Free Travel

Forget the hassle of navigating congested city streets or searching for parking spaces. Hiking by train eliminates the stress of driving in unfamiliar areas, allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenic journey to your hiking destination (also: skip the traffic congestions on the highway near toll stations when everyone returns to Rome).

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Time Efficiency

Train travel is often faster and more efficient than driving, especially during peak traffic hours. By choosing to hike by train, you can maximize your time on the trails and minimize time spent in transit, ensuring a fulfilling outdoor experience.

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Scenic Views

Sit back, relax, and soak in the picturesque landscapes as you journey to your hiking destination by train. From rolling hills to quaint villages, the scenic routes offer glimpses of Rome’s natural beauty, setting the stage for an unforgettable outdoor adventure.

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Safety

Traveling by train provides a safe and secure mode of transportation, particularly for solo hikers or those exploring unfamiliar areas. With designated train stations and well-established routes, you can embark on your hiking excursion with peace of mind.

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Community Connection

Train travel can foster a sense of community among fellow hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Sharing train carriages with like-minded individuals creates opportunities for exchanging hiking tips, and forming connections with fellow adventurers.

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Flexibility

With frequent train departures and diverse route options, hikers have the flexibility to customize their outdoor adventures to suit their preferences. Whether you’re planning a day trip or a multi-day hiking excursion, train travel offers the flexibility to explore Rome’s surrounding landscapes at your own pace.

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Health and Wellbeing

Choosing train travel over car travel to access hiking destinations offers several unique advantages for promoting health and wellbeing. Unlike driving, which can often be stressful and mentally taxing, taking the train allows individuals to relax and unwind while enjoying the scenic journey to their hiking destination. Additionally, by opting for train travel, individuals can reduce their environmental impact and contribute to sustainability efforts, further enhancing their sense of wellbeing. Once at the hiking destination, individuals can immerse themselves in nature and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits that come from hiking, all while knowing they’ve made a positive choice for both their own health and the health of the planet.

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Where can I find hikes by train?

Luckily, there is an easy way to find hikes that are accessible by train! Head over to

www.natureofsal.com/hikeline

for a FREE interactive map that highlights different hiking trails that are accessible by train!

Stay fit, hike a bit!
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Before You Leave: Compliance with Regulations

1. Microchip Identification Before relocating, ensure your pet has a microchip that complies with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO Standard 11785. If your pet’s microchip does not meet these standards, you may need to bring a compatible reader, contact the EU Port of Entry for assistance, or have a compliant microchip implanted by your veterinarian.

2. Rabies Vaccination Pets must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before departure. Keep in mind that pets younger than 12 weeks old, or between 12 and 16 weeks old who have not waited 21 days after vaccination, are not permitted to travel.

3. Pet Passport or Health Certificate For pets coming from the EU, a European pet passport detailing the pet’s vaccination record, owner’s contact information, and a description of the pet is required. For those coming from non-EU countries, a health certificate from a veterinarian is necessary.

4. Number of Pets Generally, you cannot bring more than five pets. However, exceptions are made for competitions, exhibitions, or sporting events.

Steps to Follow Once You Arrive in Italy

1. Register Your Pet Upon arrival, register your pet with the local ‘Anagrafe degli Animali d’Affezione’. This is mandatory for dogs and recommended for cats in case they get lost.

2. Follow Local Pet Laws Familiarize yourself with local pet laws, such as leash requirements for dogs in public areas and vaccination recommendations beyond rabies.

3. Settle In Find a local veterinarian to continue your pet’s healthcare and update any necessary documentation. Also, explore pet-friendly areas and accommodations to make your pet feel at home.

4. Enjoy Italy with Your Pet Italy is known for being pet-friendly, so take advantage of the many parks, pet shops, and services available for your furry friend.

By following these guidelines and preparing in advance, you and your pet can look forward to a new life in Italy with minimal stress. Welcome to la dolce vita!

 

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Residence Permit for Digital Nomads in Italy from Non-EU Countries

In 2024, the Baths of Caracalla in Rome welcomed the return of water through a remarkable installation named ‘Lo Specchio’ (‘The Mirror’). This contemporary feature, measuring 42 meters by 32 meters, creates a reflective surface that mirrors the grandeur of the ancient ruins, offering a visual connection between Rome’s storied past and its present.

The pool is not an attempt to recreate the historical baths but rather to evoke the essence of the site. Cultural officials, including Daniela Porro, the special superintendent for cultural affairs in Rome, have expressed that the reintroduction of water symbolizes a tangible link to the ancient world. The installation is designed to complement the ancient architecture, reinforcing the Baths of Caracalla’s role as a hub of culture and art.

Equipped with water jets and spotlights at its base, ‘Lo Specchio’ also serves a functional purpose. It can host a stage for performances, blending the arts with this historic backdrop. The inaugural event for the public is set to be a ballet set to George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue,’ on April 13.

The Baths of Caracalla, constructed between 212 and 216 AD, were among the largest bath complexes of antiquity and remained operational until the sixth century. Today, the site is not only a testament to Roman engineering and social life but also a venue for operas, concerts, and contemporary art installations.

This innovative project, led by site director Mirella Serlorenzi and overseen by Porro, was brought to life by architects Hannes Peer and Paolo Bornello. ‘Lo Specchio’ stands as a modern tribute to the enduring legacy of the Baths of Caracalla, inviting visitors to experience a fusion of history and modernity.

 

Photo courtesy of finestresullarte.info, taken by Fabio Caricchia and Leandro Lentini.


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Italy, embracing the modern work culture of digital nomads, has introduced a comprehensive set of rules for non-EU digital nomads seeking to enter the Italian landscape. The interministerial decree, a testament to Italy’s progressive stance, offers a detailed guide for these skilled individuals who blend the art of living with the science of remote working.

Digital Nomads: Entry Rules for Non-EU Workers in Italy

Published in the Official Journal No. 79 on April 4, 2024, the interministerial decree outlines the rules for entry and stay in Italy for non-EU digital nomads.

These are non-EU workers who are highly skilled in smart working, utilizing technological tools to work remotely.

The law defines the procedures and requirements for entry and the issuance of a residence permit, as well as the categories of workers who fall under the definition of a digital nomad.

It implements the provisions of the Act of Conversion of the Decree Sostegni Ter (Article 6-quinquies of Legislative Decree No. 4/2022), which legally established the framework for digital nomads by amending Article 27 of the Consolidated Act on Immigration (Legislative Decree No. 286/1998).

To enter as digital nomads, neither the temporary nulla osta nor the work nulla osta is required.

As indicated in Article 3 of the Decree, entry and residence are permitted for workers who possess:

A minimum annual income not less than three times the minimum level required for exemption from health expenditure participation;
• Health insurance for medical treatment and hospital admission, valid for the national territory and the duration of the stay;
• Documentation of accommodation arrangements;
• At least 6 months of prior experience in the field of remote work;
• An employment or cooperation contract, or its binding offer.

If all requirements are met, a residence permit valid for one year and renewable is issued.

Digital Nomads: Applying for the Residence Permit

The residence permit must be requested directly from the police headquarters in the province where the worker is located, within eight working days of entering the country.

The document will be labeled “digital nomad – remote worker.”

The permit may be revoked if the necessary requirements are not maintained or if the employer has been convicted in the last five years of offenses referred to in Article 22, Paragraph 5a of the Consolidated Act.

Digital nomads who obtain a residence permit may also be joined by family members, who will receive a visa of the same duration as the worker.

Upon issuance of the residence permit, the tax code (Codice Fiscale) is also generated and communicated.

As a final step, digital nomads must also apply for a VAT number (Partita IVA).

 

For further details, please refer to the full text of the Interministerial Decree of February 29, 2024.

For assistance and advice on obtaining a visa and residence permit for “digital nomad – remote worker,” please send an email to [email protected].

 


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Renowned for its cultural heritage and economic potential, Italy is opening its doors to worldwide investors via the Investor Visa for Italy. This article delves into the intricacies of the Investor Visa, outlining the opportunities it presents and the procedures that accompany it.

Since December 2017, non-EU citizens who intend to invest in strategic assets for the development and competitiveness of the Italian System can apply for a special, biennial visa. This visa features a digital, simple, and fast release procedure.

Law No. 232 of 11 December 2016, known as the “2017 Budget Law,” introduced in the Testo Unico sull’Immigrazione (TUI) a new type of visa. This visa is valid for 2 years and is dedicated to foreign nationals from non-EU countries who intend to make a significant investment or philanthropic donation in strategic assets for the development and competitiveness of the Italian System.

Specifically, the visa may be issued for:

· An investment in government bonds of at least EUR 2 million;

· An investment in an Italian limited company of at least EUR 500,000;

· An investment in an innovative startup (startup innovativa), as defined by DL 179/2012, of at least EUR 250,000;

· A philanthropic donation of at least EUR 1 million in the fields of culture, education, immigration management, scientific research, or the preservation of cultural and landscape assets.

Procedure for Issuing an Investor Visa:

· Entirely Online: The submission of visa applications and all subsequent communications take place through the dedicated portal of the Ministry of Enterprise and Made in Italy.

· Priority: The visa waiver shall be issued within 30 days of the submission of the application.

· Bilingual: The website, application forms, guidelines, and customer care services are available in both Italian and English.

· Centralized: The Secretariat (at the General Department for Industrial Policy) is the single point of contact for the visa applicant and coordinates the inter-institutional Committee deputized for the issuance of the visa waiver.

Regulatory References:

· Testo Unico sull’Immigrazione (Legislative Decree of 25 July 1998, No. 286), Art. 26-bis;

· Decreto Interministeriale MISE-Interno-MAECI of 21 July 2017;

· Manuale Operativo.

 

The Investor Visa for Italy serves a dual purpose: it streamlines the process for significant investments to enter the nation and highlights Italy’s dedication to fostering a vibrant and competitive atmosphere. Individuals eager to contribute to Italy’s renowned cultural, educational, and innovative heritage will find their aspirations met. For further assistance or inquiries, contact  [email protected], and begin your investment journey to the epicenter of Europe.


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Rome offers a diverse range of neighborhoods, each with its unique charm and amenities. Expats moving to Rome can choose from historic centers, vibrant student areas, or tranquil residential zones. Here are some of the top neighborhoods for different expat categories:

For Families

Monteverde

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Monteverde in Rome is a charming neighborhood that offers a serene retreat from the bustling city center, making it an attractive area for families. Here’s a brief overview highlighting its suitability for family life:

Affordability: Monteverde is considered to be on the pricier side, reflecting its desirability and the high quality of life it affords its residents. The cost of living here may be higher than in other neighborhoods, but many find the tranquil atmosphere and amenities to be worth the investment.

Public Transport: The area is well-served by public transportation. Families can easily navigate the city using the efficient bus services, and tram lines 8 and 3 provide convenient connections to the heart of Rome. Additionally, the Quattro Venti train station offers quick access to other parts of the city, including Ostiense and Piramide, making commuting and exploring hassle-free.

Family Activities: Monteverde is renowned for its lush green spaces, such as Villa Pamphili, the largest public park in Rome, and Villa Sciarra, with its beautiful fountains and statues. Families can enjoy picnics, leisurely walks, playgrounds for children, and various outdoor activities. Moreover, the ‘Passeggiata del Gianicolo’ offers one of the most breathtaking views of the Eternal City, and it’s a perfect spot for an evening stroll. The neighborhood also hosts cafes, and restaurants where families can savor local cuisine and partake in the community atmosphere.

Eur

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EUR in Rome is a distinct neighborhood that stands out for its unique blend of history, architecture, and modern amenities, making it a great choice for families. Here’s an overview of EUR’s family-friendly attributes:

Affordability: EUR is a neighborhood that offers a mix of affordability and quality. While some areas can be expensive, reflecting the modern amenities and spacious apartments, there are also options for those with a more modest budget. The overall cost of living provides good value considering the quality of life and the services available in the area.

Public Transport: EUR is served by a robust public transport network. The area is accessible via multiple bus lines, and the metro line B has several stops in EUR, including EUR Palasport and EUR Fermi, which link families directly to the city center and other key areas of Rome. This makes it easy for families to move around the city without the need for a car.

Family Activities: EUR is home to a variety of family-friendly activities and spaces. The neighborhood boasts wide boulevards for strolling and cycling, and the iconic Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, also known as the Square Colosseum, is a must-see landmark. Families can also visit the Museum of Roman Civilization or enjoy the green spaces at EUR Park, which includes a lake for boating. The area also hosts various cultural events and exhibitions throughout the year, providing educational and entertaining experiences for both children and adults.

Trastevere

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Trastevere in Rome is a vibrant and historic neighborhood that provides a picturesque setting for family life. Here’s an overview of Trastevere’s family-friendly aspects:

Affordability: Trastevere has a range of housing options, from more affordable apartments to pricier, renovated spaces. While it has become more upscale over the years, families can still find good value for the quality of life it offers. The neighborhood’s charm and character often justify the expense for those who choose to call it home.

Public Transport: Its streets are serviced by numerous bus lines, and the Trastevere train station links to the city’s main transport hubs like the Piramide metro station and Termini. The neighborhood’s central location also means that many of its attractions are within walking distance, adding to its appeal for families who prefer to explore on foot.

Family Activities: Families in Trastevere can enjoy a variety of activities. The area is known for its beautiful squares, such as Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere1, which are perfect for socializing and outdoor play. The cobblestone streets are lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants that offer a taste of authentic Roman life. Cultural landmarks like the Basilica of Santa Maria and the Church of Santa Cecilia provide historical exploration opportunities2. Additionally, the Tiber Island and the riverside are nearby, offering scenic walks and outdoor entertainment.

Parioli

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Parioli in Rome is a distinguished neighborhood that epitomizes elegance and tranquility, presenting itself as an ideal locale for family living. Here’s a snapshot of what makes Parioli a top choice for families:

Affordability: Parioli is known for its upscale living standards and, as such, comes with a higher price tag. This affluent area offers a secure and high-quality lifestyle, which many families consider a worthwhile investment for the benefits it provides.

Public Transport: The area is accessible via multiple bus lines, and the nearby Euclide train station ensures a smooth connection to the city center and beyond. This makes daily commutes and family outings convenient and stress-free.

Family Activities: The neighborhood boasts several parks, including the expansive Villa Borghese, where families can indulge in outdoor activities, visit the Bioparco di Roma zoo, or explore the Galleria Borghese art museum. Parioli is also home to fine dining establishments and casual eateries, offering a variety of options for family meals. The local culture is family-oriented, with community events and activities that cater to all ages.

Prati

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Prati in Rome is a refined neighborhood that combines the convenience of city living with the comforts ideal for family life. Here’s an outline of what makes Prati a great choice for families:

Affordability: While Prati is one of the more upscale districts in Rome, it offers a range of housing options that cater to various budgets. The neighborhood’s housing market reflects its popularity and the quality of life it provides. Families often consider the area’s safety, elegance, and community vibe as justifying the expense.

Public Transport: Prati is excellently connected to the rest of Rome. The area is served by several bus lines, and the Metro Line A stations of Ottaviano and Lepanto make the commute to central Rome and other key areas both quick and easy. This network of public transport is a boon for families looking to balance work and leisure.

Family Activities: Prati is known for its proximity to the Vatican and the majestic Castel Sant’Angelo, offering cultural experiences right at your doorstep. The neighborhood is also home to the lush gardens of Villa Borghese, where families can enjoy nature, visit the zoo, or explore museums. The streets of Prati are lined with a variety of shops, restaurants, and gelaterias, providing ample opportunities for family outings and dining

For Students

San Lorenzo

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San Lorenzo in Rome is a vibrant neighborhood that serves as a hub for students, offering an eclectic mix of academic life and leisure. Here’s a concise overview emphasizing its appeal to the student population:

Affordability: San Lorenzo is known for its reasonable living costs, which is particularly appealing to students. The area provides a variety of affordable housing options, from shared apartments to budget-friendly studios, making it a practical choice for those studying in Rome.

Public Transport: While San Lorenzo does not have its own metro station, it is well-connected by several bus lines. The neighborhood’s proximity to Termini Station, a 15-minute walk away, offers students easy access to both metro and regional trains, facilitating travel throughout the city and beyond.

Activities: The neighborhood’s lively atmosphere is fueled by its youthful population and proximity to La Sapienza University, the largest in Europe. San Lorenzo is dotted with street art, bustling piazzas, and a plethora of bars, cafes, and eateries that cater to a student’s budget and social life. Cultural venues and community events add to the area’s charm, making it a dynamic place to live and study

Pigneto

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Pigneto in Rome is an eclectic neighborhood that has become a favorite among students for its vibrant culture and affordable living. Here’s a brief overview highlighting its suitability for student life:

Affordability: Pigneto is appreciated for its cost-effective living options, making it a practical choice for students. The neighborhood offers a variety of housing from shared apartments to budget-friendly studios, reflecting the area’s appeal to the student demographic.

Public Transport: Pigneto is accessible via multiple bus lines, and while it doesn’t have its own metro station, the proximity to the metro stop along Line C connects students to the rest of the city. The area’s walkability also adds to its convenience for students.

Activities: Known for its alternative scene, Pigneto is filled with street art, indie cafes, and a lively nightlife that caters to a younger crowd. The neighborhood hosts a range of bars, restaurants, and cultural events, fostering a dynamic and creative environment for students.

Piazza Bologna

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Piazza Bologna in Rome is a welcoming area that strikes a balance between the lively student life and the calm of a residential area. Here’s a brief overview highlighting its suitability for student life:

Affordability: Piazza Bologna offers a range of housing options that cater to students’ budgets. The area is known for its shared rooms and student apartments, providing practical and economical living spaces.

Public Transport: It is well-connected to the rest of the city, particularly with a metro stop on the B Line. This ensures that students have easy access to the university campuses and the city center, making it a convenient location for daily commutes.

Activities: Piazza Bologna has a more low-key vibe compared to other student areas, yet it still offers plenty of amenities. Students can find traditional shops, as well as a variety of dining and socializing options, all within a tranquil suburb that remains within reach of Rome’s vibrant city life.

Tiburtina

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Tiburtina in Rome is an increasingly popular area among students due to its vibrant atmosphere and strategic location. Here’s a brief overview highlighting its suitability for student life:

Affordability: Tiburtina is known for its relatively affordable living costs compared to other areas in Rome. Students can find a range of housing options, from shared apartments to private studios, that cater to different budgets. The presence of several university campuses nearby makes Tiburtina a cost-effective choice for students looking to minimize their daily commute.

Public Transport: It boasts excellent public transport links, including the Tiburtina train station, one of Rome’s major railway hubs. It provides easy access to both local and national destinations, making it convenient for students to travel around the city and beyond. Additionally, the Bologna Metro Station is within walking distance, offering quick connections to the city center and other universities.

Activities: Tiburtina is a lively area with a mix of cultural and social activities suited to student life. The vicinity to La Sapienza University ensures a youthful and dynamic environment, with plenty of cafes, bars, and eateries where students can socialize and relax. The district also features affordable shopping options and markets, providing a practical and enjoyable living experience for those studying in Rome.

Trastevere

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Trastevere in Rome is a beloved neighborhood that captures the essence of Roman life, making it an ideal choice for students seeking an authentic living experience. Here’s a brief overview highlighting its suitability for student life:

Affordability: Despite being one of the more expensive neighborhoods, many students find shared apartments or rooms that provide a balance between affordability and the vibrant lifestyle Trastevere offers.

Public Transport: Trastevere is connected to the rest of Rome, with multiple bus lines and the Trastevere train station. The Tram 8 line also runs through the neighborhood, offering direct access to Piazza Venezia and the city center.

Activities: Known for its picturesque streets and historical ambiance, Trastevere is home to The American University of Rome and John Cabot University, two large American universities. The area is bustling with cafes, bars, and restaurants that cater to a diverse crowd, offering plenty of opportunities for socializing and cultural immersion. The neighborhood’s lively nightlife and proximity to various cultural sites make it a stimulating environment for students to live and study in.

Monti

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Monti in Rome is a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood that has become a favorite among students for its central location and historical charm. Here’s a brief overview highlighting its suitability for student life:

Affordability: Monti offers a variety of housing options that cater to students’ budgets. While it can be on the higher end due to its prime location, students often find reasonable accommodations by opting for shared apartments or rooms.

Public Transport: The neighborhood is exceptionally well-connected, with the Cavour, Termini, and Colosseo metro stops nearby, making it easy for students to commute to universities and other parts of the city.

Activities: Monti is known for its bohemian vibe, with a plethora of vintage shops, artisan boutiques, and cozy cafes that provide a lively atmosphere for students. It’s a place where history meets modernity, offering cultural experiences alongside contemporary conveniences. The neighborhood’s proximity to major landmarks like the Colosseum also means that students can immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Rome’s history.

EUR

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EUR in Rome is a distinct neighborhood that stands out for its modernist architecture and planned layout, offering a unique living experience for students. Here’s a brief overview highlighting its suitability for student life:

Affordability: EUR provides a range of accommodation options that can suit the budgets of students. While it may not be the cheapest area in Rome, its modern amenities and unique character provide value for those interested in living in a historically rich and architecturally significant area.

Public Transport: The neighborhood is accessible via the Metro Line B, which connects to the city center and other key locations. Additionally, there are multiple bus routes that service the area, ensuring that students can easily navigate to their destinations.

Activities: EUR is not the typical image of Rome with its grand avenues and monumental buildings, such as the iconic Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana. However, it offers a blend of history, culture, and modernity, with attractions like museums and live music venues that can enrich the student experience. The district’s proximity to the seaport in Ostia also provides additional leisure opportunities for students. Adding to this, EUR is home to several restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, perfect for socializing and dining out. The EUR Lake, also known as Laghetto dell’Eur, is a picturesque spot that adds to the area’s charm, providing a serene environment for relaxation and outdoor activities.

Trieste

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Trieste is an excellent neighborhood for students in Rome, especially for those looking for convenience near metro stations. Here’s an overview of its benefits:

Affordability: Trieste offers a range of housing options that cater to students’ budgets. From shared apartments to private studios, the area provides affordable living without compromising on the Roman experience. Its balance of cost and quality makes it a practical choice for students.

Public Transport: The neighborhood’s accessibility is one of its strongest points. With several metro stations nearby, including Sant’Agnese Annibaliano and Libia on the Metro B line, students can easily navigate the city. This network connects them to universities, cultural sites, and social hubs, making Trieste a strategic location for student life.

Activities: Trieste is not just about studies and transport; it’s a district brimming with life. Students can enjoy a variety of cafes, parks, and local markets, providing a well-rounded lifestyle. The proximity to Villa Ada and Villa Torlonia offers green spaces for relaxation and study breaks.

Centocelle

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Centocelle is an appealing neighborhood for students in Rome, offering a blend of residential comfort and urban convenience, particularly around the metro stations. Here’s an overview of its suitability:

Affordability: Centocelle presents a variety of housing options suitable for students’ budgets. The area is known for its reasonable rental prices, providing both shared and private accommodations that cater to different financial situations. This affordability, combined with the local amenities, makes Centocelle an attractive choice for students.

Public Transport: The neighborhood boasts excellent public transport connections, including the Parco di Centocelle and Alessandrino metro stations on Line C, and the Villini station of the Rome–Giardinetti railway. These links offer students easy access to university campuses and the city center, ensuring that they can navigate Rome with ease and efficiency.

Activities: Centocelle is not just a place to live and study; it’s a community with a vibrant social scene. Students can explore a range of activities, from historical sites like the Acquedotto Alessandrino to cultural hubs such as Forte Prenestino. The area also offers green spaces like the Archeological Park of Villa Gordiani, perfect for leisure and outdoor activities. Additionally, the neighborhood’s cafes, restaurants, and bars provide ample opportunities for relaxation and socializing.

For Diplomats

Prati

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Prati is a refined neighborhood in Rome that presents a sophisticated option for those seeking a central location. Here’s a brief overview highlighting its suitability:

Affordability: While Prati is one of Rome’s more upscale neighborhoods, it offers a range of living options. The cost of living might be higher compared to other areas, but it reflects the quality and exclusivity of the neighborhood, making it a worthy choice for those who prioritize a distinguished lifestyle.

Public Transport: Prati ensures excellent mobility with its well-connected transit system. The Metro A line and various bus routes traverse the area, offering efficient and convenient access to the rest of the city. Its central location also affords effortless reach to international embassies, government offices, and cultural landmarks.

Activities: The neighborhood is not only about elegance; it’s also about convenience and culture. Prati is close to Vatican City and is surrounded by a variety of shops, restaurants, and cultural venues, offering a vibrant atmosphere that’s perfect for socializing and relaxation after work.

Parioli

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Parioli in Rome is an esteemed neighborhood that serves as an excellent choice for diplomats seeking a tranquil environment. Here’s a brief overview highlighting its suitability:

Affordability: Parioli, known for its exclusivity, offers a variety of housing options. While the cost of living is on the higher end, it is commensurate with the neighborhood’s status and the serene lifestyle it provides.

Public Transport: While Parioli itself doesn’t have a metro station directly within its boundaries, it is served by several bus lines, providing convenient connections to key areas of Rome. One of the main bus routes serving Parioli is bus line 360, which runs through the heart of the neighborhood, connecting it to Piazza Mancini and the historic city center. This route offers residents and visitors a convenient way to reach popular landmarks such as Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese, and the Spanish Steps.

Activities: It is close to the lush Villa Borghese gardens and is dotted with fine dining restaurants and cultural institutions, providing a balanced lifestyle of work and leisure.

Aventino

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Aventino is a serene and prestigious area in Rome that offers diplomats a central location. Here’s a brief overview highlighting its suitability:

Affordability: Aventino is known for its elegant villas and sophisticated gardens, reflecting its ancient status as a ‘Sacred Mount’. While it is a premium residential area, it provides a range of housing options, catering to those who seek a peaceful environment without compromising on the quality of life.

Public Transport: Bus lines such as 81, 628, and 810 traverse Aventino, linking it to nearby areas and major transportation hubs. These buses provide access to popular landmarks, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, and Termini Station. Additionally, Aventino is within walking distance of the Circo Massimo and Piramide metro stations. From here, travelers can access the Metro B line, providing further connectivity to other parts of the city. Its strategic location allows for quick travel to embassies, international organizations, and the city center.

Activities: Aventino is not just a quiet retreat; it’s also rich in history and culture. With historical sites like the Basilica di Santa Sabina and the famous keyhole view at the villa of the Cavalieri di Malta, Aventino offers a unique blend of tranquility and cultural enrichment. The presence of parks like Giardino degli Aranci provides a perfect setting for leisure and relaxation.

Celio

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Celio is a historic neighborhood in Rome that offers diplomats a unique blend of ancient charm and modern convenience. Here’s a brief overview highlighting its suitability:

Affordability: Celio, one of Rome’s seven hills, is a neighborhood steeped in history and culture. It provides a variety of accommodation options, from modern apartments to historic residences. While the cost of living may reflect its central location and historical significance, it offers a unique living experience that can justify the investment for those who value a rich cultural environment.

Public Transport: The neighborhood boasts excellent connectivity, with bus lines such as 81, 628, and 810 providing direct access to Rome’s key landmarks and transport hubs. Additionally, the proximity to the Circo Massimo and Piramide metro stations on the Metro B line enhances mobility for residents, ensuring diplomats can navigate the city with ease and reach embassies and international organizations swiftly.

Activities: Celio is not just a place to reside; it’s a destination to explore. With attractions like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Baths of Caracalla nearby, it offers a daily immersion into the heart of ancient Rome. The neighborhood is also home to beautiful parks, such as Villa Celimontana, and hosts cultural events like jazz festivals, providing diplomats with a balance of leisure and cultural enrichment right at their doorstep.

Monti

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Monti is a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood in Rome that provides a charming option for diplomats who appreciate a mix of history, culture, and modernity. Here’s a brief overview highlighting its suitability:

Affordability: Monti, with its picturesque streets and ancient ruins, offers a diverse range of housing options. While it is a sought-after area due to its central location and historical significance, it provides a variety of living spaces that can accommodate different budgets, making it an attractive choice for those who seek a neighborhood with character and convenience.

Public Transport: The neighborhood is well-served by public transportation, with bus lines such as 81, 628, and 810 connecting residents to the rest of the city. The proximity to the Cavour, Termini, and Colosseo metro stations on the Metro B line further enhances the area’s connectivity. The neighborhood’s central location and proximity to diplomatic missions make it an attractive option for diplomats who value convenience and accessibility.

Activities: Situated near the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Monti is a trendy and cosmopolitan neighborhood that appeals to diplomats seeking a dynamic and vibrant urban lifestyle. Known for its artisanal shops, chic cafes, and eclectic boutiques, Monti offers diplomats a lively and culturally diverse atmosphere.

For Workers at Rome-Based Agencies (RBAs)

Testaccio and Ostiense

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Testaccio and Ostiense are two adjacent neighborhoods in Rome that offer a blend of traditional charm and modern urban culture, making them suitable options for workers at Rome-Based Agencies (RBAs). Here’s a brief overview highlighting their suitability:

Affordability: Testaccio offers a genuine Roman experience with a variety of housing options catering to different budgets. Ostiense has been undergoing urban redevelopment, including efforts to add color and creativity to the area, making it an increasingly attractive place to live. Both neighborhoods offer relatively affordable housing options compared to more central areas.

Public Transport: Both neighborhoods are serviced by multiple bus lines and the Metro B line, known for its proximity to the Roma Ostiense railway station, facilitating easy commutes for RBA workers.

Activities: Testaccio is famous for its food market and traditional Roman cuisine, while Ostiense is recognized for its trendy food scene and vibrant cultural life, including street art and historical sites like the non-Catholic cemetery and the Centrale Montemartini museum. Both areas offer a lively atmosphere that’s perfect for unwinding after work.

 

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Guest Article written by Sal from Nature of Sal

Italy is a paradise for hikers. While Rome gets all the attention in Lazio, there really is something for all outdoor tastes. From mountains to lakes, dunes, volcanoes, and forests – and of course, tasting the local cuisine is all part of the experience.

However, if you don’t own a car, at times it seems that certain destinations are out of reach (or you don’t want to go through the hassle of dealing with a rental car company).

Sure, there is a surprising amount of hikes available by train (check out this map), but some destinations simply require a car.

So what is the solution?

Car Sharing – is it for you?

I have tried all kinds of classic car rental companies and car-sharing providers (with ShareNow and Enjoy being the two most popular providers in Rome).

Currently, you get the best bang for your buck with Enjoy. Find below the pros and cons and decide for yourself.

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Enjoy – Pros:

-You don’t have to deal with a car rental company. Sign up on the app once and bye-bye queues.

-You can park the car anywhere you like (that is, anywhere within the permitted area on the app) – again, no need to return it to the car rental company.

-You can use the car rental for 5 minutes, or select a more convenient “package” (e.g., for 24 hours).

-Their current fare is really good. Select a 24-hour package for €49, and you get gas, insurance, and 150km included!

-If you refill an empty Enjoy car, you get a €5 voucher.

-For iPhone users: The newer cars in their fleet (Fiat 500 Hybrid) conveniently mirror my iPhone on their display (Apple CarPlay).

-The cars come with AllSeason tires, which means you can also safely use them in winter and visit towns up in the mountains.

-You can use the reservation service, and somebody will bring a car near your location for a little extra fee.
There are many promos, and fares are even cheaper in certain periods of the year.

Enjoy – Cons:

-If you’re used to using an automatic gear, you’re out of luck. The Fiat 500 Hybrids come with shift sticks.

-Since this is a shared car, it means somebody else used it before you. If you’re a germophobe, or pick up a car after a Saturday night, you might need to clean up for a few minutes.

-The car depends on GPS signal and cellular. You can’t leave the car in an underground garage or in the middle of nowhere with no signal.

-If your journey is far beyond the 150km (if you purchased a 24h package), it can get expensive, depending on how many additional kilometers you are driving.

-If you like to return your car outside of the range defined by ENI, on their app, that is not possible. The only way to end the rental is by moving the car inside the defined area on the Enjoy app, and then terminate the rental from there.

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Signing up the first time might take a bit longer if your driving license is not Italian, but once you get through the process, this is actually a very good alternative to renting a car to get to your hiking destinations.

As always, stay safe, stay fit, and hike a bit!
Sal

 


 

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The Torlonia Foundation in Rome is celebrating its 10th anniversary, a significant milestone that also marks the opening of the antiquarium of Villa Albani to the public from March 28th to June 28th. This event is a rare opportunity for art enthusiasts and historians alike to explore one of the most prestigious private collections of Greek-Roman sculptures in the world.

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Villa Albani Torlonia, Noble Casino, Photographs by Massimo Listri © Torlonia Foundation

Villa Albani, constructed in the mid-18th century, was designed to house the illustrious collection of Cardinal Alessandro Albani, showcasing a vast array of ancient art including sarcophagi, busts, and statues. The villa itself is an architectural marvel, embodying the neoclassical taste and serving as a physical narrative inspired by ancient themes.

The Torlonia Foundation, established by Prince Alessandro Torlonia, has been dedicated to the conservation and valorization of cultural and environmental heritage. The opening of Villa Albani’s antiquarium is a testament to the foundation’s commitment to making cultural heritage accessible to the public while preserving the delicate balance and integrity of the villa.

Visitors can now embark on a journey through time, admiring the classical art pieces and the villa’s gardens, which have been meticulously preserved to maintain their 18th-century grandeur. This event not only celebrates the past decade of the foundation’s achievements but also paves the way for future generations to appreciate and learn from the rich tapestry of history that Villa Albani represents.

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As the chill of winter melts away, Italy awakens to the gentle warmth of spring, inviting locals and travelers alike to indulge in its seasonal splendors. From the cultural and networking events in Milan to the beautiful blooms mingled with the architecture of Rome and Florence, to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bologna, Italy in spring is a canvas of cultural festivities, outdoor adventures, excitement, and beauty.

What to do in Milan

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From left to right: Parco Sempione, Teatro alla Scala, and Milano Design Fair.

Explore the city’s parks

· Parco Sempione: This is the most famous public green area in Milan, designed in the style of English gardens and located in the city center.
· Giardini della Guastalla: A historic garden near the University and the Central Synagogue, featuring a Baroque-style fish pond dating back to 1600.
· Indro Montanelli Gardens: Milan’s first public park, dedicated to the famous journalist, offers a splendid example of an English garden with precious botanical and architectural gems.
· Parco delle Cave: Known for its naturalistic value, offering a variety of flora and fauna, and a series of ponds.
· Boscoincittà: A “forest in the city” that provides a natural habitat for various species and a place for visitors to connect with nature.

The MIA Fair 2024

Attending the MIA Fair 2024 is an exciting opportunity for photography enthusiasts and professionals alike. Scheduled from April 10th to 14th, this fair is the most important art fair dedicated to photography in Italy, offering a unique approach by presenting Solo Shows and Group Shows with specific curatorial projects. Held at the Allianz MiCo in the CityLife district, the fair is not just an exhibition but a dynamic space for cultural exchange and learning. It features a wide range of photographic works, from traditional prints to experimental image-making techniques, and includes sections like the Main Section, Beyond Photography, Dialogue, Reportage, and Beyond Reportage.

Milano Design Week

The Milano Design Week 2024 is a globally renowned event that celebrates design, innovation, and creativity. Scheduled from April 16 to 21, this event transforms Milan into a hub of creativity, with exhibitions and installations scattered across the city.

Highlights:

· Salone del Mobile: The central exhibition showcasing international designers and their latest designs.
· Fuorisalone Events: A city-wide festival with exhibitions, installations, and parties happening in different districts.

Districts to Explore:

· Brera Design District: Known for a mix of modern and traditional designs.
· Isola Design District: Focuses on innovative and emerging design talents.
· Tortona Design Week: Offers immersive experiences and groundbreaking showcases.
· 5Vie Design Week: A blend of history and contemporary design.

Filarmonica della Scala 2024 Symphonic Season

The Filarmonica della Scala’s 2024 Symphonic Season in Milan is a prestigious series of concerts that showcases classical music performed by the renowned orchestra of La Scala.

The concerts will take place at the iconic Teatro alla Scala, one of the leading opera and ballet theaters in the world. This season includes performances conducted by Riccardo Chailly, with pieces by composers such as Arnold Schönberg, Anton Webern, and Alban Berg, scheduled for May 27, 29, and 30.

 

The FREE Concert for Milan

The Concerto per Milano (Concert for Milan) is a magnificent open-air classical music concert that takes place annually in the heart of Milan at the Piazza Duomo. This year, it is scheduled for June 8th at 21:30. The concert, performed by the esteemed Filarmonica della Scala, offers free admission to the public, attracting thousands of spectators to one of Italy’s most iconic landmarks. The program typically features a selection of beloved symphonies and arias from great Italian operas, and this year includes performances by the acclaimed Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez.

What to do in Rome

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From left to right: the blooming of azaleas on the Spanish Steps, Parco degli Acquedotti, and cherry trees in Laghetto dell’Eur (Eur Pond Park).

Spring in Rome is a beautiful season to enjoy the outdoors and the blossoming of flowers. Here are some places we recommend visiting:

· The Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna): The blooming of azaleas on the Spanish Steps is a celebrated event, symbolizing the arrival of spring in Rome. Each year, the steps are adorned with vibrant azalea flowers, typically in full bloom from late April to early May. The tradition dates back to the 18th century and creates a picturesque setting that attracts visitors from around the world. In 2024, the Municipality of Rome (Comune di Roma) announced that you can enjoy them starting from Friday, April 12th, for about a month. Read more.
· Parco degli Acquedotti: This park is a part of the Appia Antica Regional Park and is known for its ancient Roman aqueducts. In spring, the park is a lovely place to see wildflowers and the greenery surrounding the historic structures. It’s a perfect spot for a leisurely walk or a picnic amidst the ruins and natural beauty.
· Laghetto dell’Eur (Eur Pond Park): This park becomes especially beautiful between mid-March and mid-April, thanks to the cherry trees donated by Japan in 1957. It’s a perfect spot for a picnic or to embrace ‘Hanami’, the Japanese art of admiring cherry blossoms.
· Rome Botanical Gardens: A place where you can admire cherry blossoms and follow a symbolic walk through different phases of life, as per the Japanese art of landscaping.
· The gardens of the Japanese Institute in Rome: Another location to enjoy cherry blossoms and get a little taste of Japan in the Eternal City.

Romics 2024

Romics 2024, now in its XXXII edition, is a vibrant celebration of comics, animation, and games, set to take place from April 4th to April 7th at Fiera Roma. This festival offers the chance to meet your favorite artists, discover new games, and witness the creativity of cosplayers showcasing their costumes. More than just comics, Romics provides a comprehensive cultural experience that encompasses animation, cinema, and gaming.

The Italian Open

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia, also known as the Italian Open, is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments on the ATP and WTA circuits. Held annually in Rome, it’s part of the ATP Masters 1000 and the WTA 1000 events, which are just a step below the Grand Slams in terms of ranking points and prestige.

The tournament takes place from May 6 to May 19 at the Foro Italico, a sports complex known for its monumental architecture and statues that celebrate the history of sport in Italy. It offers a chance to see some of the world’s best tennis players compete on clay courts, which require a unique style of play and strategy compared to other surfaces.

Codeway Expo 2024

The Codeway Expo 2024 is an international fair dedicated to the role of the private sector in the new scenarios of international development cooperation. Scheduled for May 15 to May 17, 2024 at Fiera Roma, this event is a unique platform designed to bring together key players from the world of international cooperation under one roof.

This year’s expo will shine a spotlight on:

· Exhibition: A showcase of the latest innovations and technologies.
· Conferences: Discussions and presentations on current trends and future directions in technology and development.
· Networking: Opportunities for professionals to connect and collaborate.
· Opportunities: A space for businesses to discover new avenues for growth and development.

 

What to do in Florence

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From left to right: the celebration of the Florentine New Year, Giardino delle Rose, and purple wisteria in bloom at Bardini Gardens.

Explore the blooming of flowers in Florence gardens:

· Giardino delle Rose: A quaint garden on the way to Piazzale Michelangelo, home to a wide variety of roses and offering a fantastic view of the city.
· Giardino dell’Orticoltura: Known for its rich colors and greenery, this horticultural garden is perfect for a sunny day picnic.
· Giardino di Boboli: Situated behind the Palazzo Pitti, it’s filled with greenery, sculptures, and fountains, ideal for a leisurely stroll.
· Bardini Gardens: Famous for its wisteria blooms in late April, creating a floral tunnel with panoramic views over the city.

The Florentine New Year

The Florentine New Year is a unique celebration that takes place in Florence, Italy, and it’s quite different from the January 1st New Year’s Day that most of the world celebrates. In 2024, this special day will be observed on March 25th. It’s a tradition that dates back to medieval times when the city of Florence used a different calendar system.

On this day, the city takes a step back in time with a historical parade that starts from the Palagio di Parte Guelfa, a significant building in Florence’s political history. People dressed in colorful medieval costumes march through the streets, leading up to the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata. The basilica is a beautiful church that’s closely tied to the celebration because March 25th is also the Feast of the Annunciation, marking the angel Gabriel’s announcement to the Virgin Mary.

For visitors, it’s a chance to experience Florence’s rich history firsthand. You’ll see flag-throwers, musicians, and various historical figures represented in the procession. It’s not just a walk through the city; it’s a walk through time, celebrating Florence’s heritage and the arrival of spring.

Florence Korea Film Fest

The Korea Film Festival in Florence is a cinematic celebration dedicated to Korean films, set to take place from March 21st to March 30th. This event showcases a diverse range of Korean cinema, including documentaries, short films, and feature-length movies, as well as retrospectives on prominent Korean directors. It’s a cultural highlight for film enthusiasts and those interested in Korean culture, offering not only film screenings but also masterclasses, art exhibitions, and creative workshops. The festival will be held at Cinema la Compagnia, and the program includes a concert on Saturday, March 30th, at Teatro Verdi. Additionally, there will be films that you can enjoy online.

Easter: Scoppio del Carro

The “Scoppio del Carro,” or “Explosion of the Cart,” is a traditional event that takes place on Easter Sunday at the Piazza del Duomo. This historical celebration dates back over 350 years and is rooted in the 11th century. The story goes that a young Florentine noble, Pazzino di Ranieri de’ Pazzi, participated in the First Crusade and was the first to raise the Christian banner in Jerusalem. For his bravery, he was awarded three flints from the Holy Sepulchre, which he brought back to Florence.

These flints were used to start a “new fire” during Easter, symbolizing Christ’s resurrection and new life. This fire was then distributed to the citizens of Florence to light their hearths and candles, which had been extinguished on Good Friday. Over time, the tradition evolved, and the holy fire was transported around the city by a cart. By the late 15th century, the cart was filled with explosive powder, and by the early 16th century, a mechanical dove was introduced to ignite the cart in a series of explosions.

Today, the event starts with a procession of people dressed in medieval costumes, including drummers and flag throwers, leading a flower-adorned cart pulled by white oxen through the streets of Florence to the Duomo. A mechanical dove, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, is then sent down a wire from the church to collide with the cart, setting off a spectacular display of fireworks. The successful ignition of the fireworks is seen as a sign of good luck for the coming year.

The Florence Flower Show

The Florence Flower Show, a market exhibition of rare and unusual plants, will take place on April 6-7 at the Corsini Gardens, located at Via della Scala 115. This spring event will feature the best national exhibitors, offering numerous visitors two days of fun and learning about the themes of nursery gardening and quality horticulture.

What to do in Bologna

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From left to right: Giardini Margherita, the Porticoes Festival photo by Giorgio Bianchi, and one the gardens visited during the activities of Di Verde in Verde.

The best places where you can witness the blooming of flowers and the lush greenery of the city are the following:

· Giardini Margherita: The largest public park in Bologna, perfect for a day out surrounded by nature.
· Orto Botanico ed Erbario: This botanical garden offers a peaceful retreat with a variety of plant species in full bloom1.
· Piazza Santo Stefano: Known for the beautiful flowering of wisteria.
· Via Pelagio Palagi and Via degli Orefici: These streets are famous for their Japanese cherry trees that blossom in spring.

Peonia in Bloom

Peonia in Bloom is a charming market exhibition which showcases high-quality craftsmanship from all over the country. Set at Via della Braina, 11, Peonia in Bloom offers a unique atmosphere where visitors can explore a selection of exquisite artisanal goods, including jewelry, clothing, illustrations, vintage items, home decor, and much more. Of course, the event wouldn’t be complete without its namesake peonies, the flowers that symbolize this annual gathering.

This year, Peonia in Bloom is scheduled to open to the public on the following dates:

· Friday, May 17: from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
· Saturday, May 18: from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
· Sunday, May 19: from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Diverdeinverde

Di Verde in Verde is a charming event that showcases the city’s private gardens and green spaces. During this event, residents and visitors have the unique opportunity to explore these hidden gems, which are usually not open to the public. It’s a celebration of Bologna’s lush landscapes, offering a glimpse into the city’s horticultural heritage and the beauty of its private oases. This year, the event will follow the tradition of being held on the last weekend of May, from Saturday, May 25, to Sunday, May 26.

The Porticoes Festival

The Porticoes Festival is a vibrant celebration of the city’s iconic architectural feature, the porticoes, which are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This festival is a cultural extravaganza that brings together art, music, and performances under the historic arches that line the streets of Bologna.

It will take place from June 13-25, 2024, at various locations across Bologna, including Piazza Maggiore, Santa Maria dei Servi, and the Treno della Barca.

The Formula 1 Grand Prix

The Formula 1 Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna is a thrilling motor racing event that takes place at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, commonly known as Imola. This historic track, once home to the San Marino GP, is located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and is one of the few major international circuits to run in an anti-clockwise direction.

For the 2024 event, the Grand Prix is scheduled from May 17-19, with the main race occurring on Sunday, May 19. The weekend is packed with action, including practice sessions, qualifying rounds, and the main race, which spans 63 laps of the 4.909-kilometre track.

 

Circle the dates for a spring of cultural discovery, outdoor adventures, blooming beauty, and vibrant networking events, all featured in this guide.

 

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With its rich culture, welcoming people, breathtaking sceneries, and fantastic cuisine, Italy is truly a dream destination, isn’t it?

Whether you are considering moving to Italy for work or retirement, it is crucial to think about practical matters beforehand to enjoy the dolce vita later on. Understanding taxes is one of the first and most important practical steps you will need to take.

In this guide, we will break down how the Italian and the US tax systems work together, and how to file and pay your taxes in both countries to sidestep the pitfalls of double taxation.

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Taxes in Italy: tax resident vs non-tax resident

If you qualify as an Italian tax resident, you’re subject to taxation on your domestic Italian income and your worldwide income. Non-residents are only taxed on income earned within Italy, such as from employment, business activities, real estate, and other sources within the country.

To be a tax resident in Italy you need to meet one of the following criteria:

· 183-day rule: Reside in Italy for more than 183 days within a calendar year.
· Primary residence: Have your economic and personal activities centered in Italy.
· Official residence: Be registered as a resident in the Italian Civil Registry.

While most residents and non-residents are required to file tax returns in Italy, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, individuals employed by a single employer who withholds income taxes from their paycheck are typically exempt from filing tax returns in Italy.

In case you have a dual residency, you’ll need to consult tax treaties to determine tax residency status and obligations. For example, the US-Italy tax treaty includes tie-breaker rules that prevent double taxation and determine which country holds primary rights over an individual’s income.

To make sure you are compliant with both Italian Agenzia delle Entrate regulations and IRS requirements, seek guidance from reliable experts like Taxes for Expats, a top-rated tax firm for US expatriates abroad.

Taxes for US expats living in Italy

Regardless of your tax compliance status in Italy, as a US expatriate or a resident alien, you must also file your US tax return. You might be exempt from filing if you fall below certain income thresholds or meet other exemption requirements.

US citizens residing overseas receive a default extension for filing taxes until June 15th. To extend it further, you can also file a tax extension form.

Note that an extension to file does not extend the deadline for paying taxes owed.

Italy has several tax treaties with the US designed to prevent double taxation on income and capital gains, including treaties on regular taxes, estate taxes, and a totalization agreement for social security.

However, the Italy-US tax treaty includes a savings clause, allowing the United States to tax its citizens based on its own tax laws, even if it conflicts with the treaty. This prioritization of domestic law means that certain benefits of the treaty may not apply to you as a US expatriate.

To lower the risk of double taxation, take advantage of tax breaks available to US expatriates.

Tax breaks for US expats in Italy

Two primary tax breaks for US expatriates residing abroad are the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE) and the Foreign Tax Credit (FTC).

Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE)

To qualify for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE), individuals working in Italy must meet either the Physical Presence Test or the Bona Fide Residence Test:

· Physical Presence Test: This applies to US citizens who have spent at least 330 days outside of the United States within 12 months.

· Bona Fide Residence Test: Applicable to Americans who are recognized as official residents of another country and can prove this status.

For income earned in 2023, the maximum amount of foreign-earned income that can be excluded from US taxation under the FEIE is $120,000 per qualifying individual. It means that this income won’t be subject to US tax. If income exceeds this exclusion amount, you can use Italian tax credits to offset it. The FEIE does not apply to passive income sources such as pensions, dividends, or interests.

Taxpayers eligible for the FEIE can also deduct qualified housing-related expenses, such as rent and utilities, through the Foreign Housing Exclusion credit.

Note that taking the FEIE tax credit does not mean you are exempt from filing your US taxes. You still have to file your tax return and request an exemption from the IRS.

To claim the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, you must file Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income, along with your individual income tax return (Form 1040).

Foreign Tax Credit (FTC)

The Foreign Tax Credit can help you lower your US tax bill if you’ve already paid taxes in Italy.

This credit allows expats to offset US tax liabilities, provided that the taxes are legitimate, income-based, and attributed to the individual.

The FTC has certain limitations. For example, it cannot exceed the amount of US tax attributable to foreign-sourced income. Additionally, taxpayers cannot claim a credit for taxes paid to a foreign country if they also claim a deduction for the same taxes.

To apply for the Foreign Tax Credit, you’ll need to use Form 1116, which is attached to your US individual income tax return.

Retirement accounts and social security

Whether you are an American retiree or are considering Italy as your new work residence, it’s important to understand the tax implications of your retirement income.

Italy is one of 30 countries that the US has a Totalization Agreement with, meaning that managing retirement accounts and social security is much easier for US expats living in Italy.

Which country you pay social security taxes to depends on how long you will be living in Italy. If you plan to reside in Italy for up to five years, you typically continue paying your US social security taxes. If you reside in Italy for more than five years, you generally start paying Italian social security taxes.

The Totalization Agreement allows contributions made in either country to be counted towards your eligibility for social security benefits in both countries.

For example, if you lived in Italy for six years and paid Italian social security taxes during that time, those contributions would count towards your eligibility for US social security benefits when you retire. Similarly, if you had contributed to the US social security system during your working years in the US, those contributions could count towards your eligibility for Italian social security benefits if you later resided and worked in Italy.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal or tax advice. Always consult with a tax professional regarding your specific case.


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Naples is a sunny city in the south of Italy, where travelers can enjoy its ancient history, lively culture, and delicious food. A perfect destination for a weekend getaway, Naples offers stunning views of Mount Vesuvius, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the world-famous Neapolitan pizza. In this guide, we’ll explore how to reach Naples by train and create an itinerary for an unforgettable two-day visit.

How to Get There by Train

Navigating the Italian rail network to reach Naples is a seamless experience. Use platforms like Rome2Rio or Trainline to compare train options, prices, and frequencies. From major cities like Rome, Florence, or Milan, high-speed trains such as Frecciarossa provide a comfortable and scenic journey. Consider booking tickets in advance to secure the best deals. Upon arrival at Napoli Centrale or Napoli Piazza Garibaldi, easily access the city center via metro, bus, or taxi.

 

What to See and Do

Naples National Archaeological Museum

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Begin your day at the Naples National Archaeological Museum, home to an impressive collection of artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Marvel at the well-preserved artifacts, including mosaics, frescoes, and sculptures, offering a glimpse into daily life during the Roman Empire.

Spaccanapoli

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Take a stroll down Spaccanapoli, a narrow, bustling street that cuts through the heart of the historic center. Admire the charming architecture, visit traditional shops, and sample authentic Neapolitan pizza from one of the many pizzerias along the way. You can begin from Via Pasquale Scura in the Spanish Quarter and finish in Via Tupputi, or the other way around. The street is roughly 1.2 miles (2 km) long.

Naples Underground

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Explore the hidden layers of Naples by visiting Napoli Sotterranea (Naples Underground). Descend into ancient aqueducts, tunnels, and catacombs, discovering the city’s fascinating subterranean history.

Piazza del Plebiscito

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Begin at the heart of the city, Piazza del Plebiscito. Surrounded by landmarks like the Royal Palace, the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, and the Teatro San Carlo, this grand square is the perfect introduction to Naples’ architectural splendors.

Royal Palace of Naples

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The Royal Palace of Naples is located in the heart of the city. Explore the opulent rooms, stroll through the beautiful gardens, and enjoy panoramic views of Naples from the palace grounds.

Napoli Cathedral and San Domenico Maggiore

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Visit Napoli Cathedral, renowned for its Gothic facade and the Chapel of San Gennaro. Nearby, discover the artistic treasures of San Domenico Maggiore, featuring works by Caravaggio and frescoes by Giotto.

San Gregorio Armeno

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Stroll through San Gregorio Armeno, known as the “Christmas Alley.” Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere and explore shops offering handmade nativity scenes and figurines. You can find traditional characters, such as the Holy Family, the Three Kings, the shepherds, and the angels, as well as modern celebrities, politicians, sports stars, and even Elvis Presley. You can also see the typical Neapolitan scenes, such as the pizzeria, the fish market, the bakery, and the tavern. The figurines are made of terracotta, wood, papier-mâché, or resin, and are painted and dressed with great attention to detail.

Castel dell’Ovo

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Take a leisurely walk to Castel dell’Ovo, a historic seaside fortress with panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples. The castle is the oldest castle in the city  and was built on the former island of Megaride, where the first Greek settlers of Naples founded their colony in the 6th century BC. The castle was later expanded and renovated by the Normans, the Angevins, and the Aragonese, who used it as a royal residence, a prison, and a treasury. The castle also witnessed some important historical events, such as the imprisonment of Empress Constance, the execution of King Conradin, and the miracle of the blood of Saint Januarius.

Palace of the Spaniard

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The Palazzo dello Spagnolo is a magnificent example of Baroque architecture in Naples, located in the historic Rione Sanità district. The palace was built in 1738 by the architect Ferdinando Sanfelice for the Marquis of Poppano, Nicola Moscati. The most striking feature of the palace is its monumental staircase with double ramps, which was designed as a social space for the residents and visitors. The palace was later owned by a Spanish nobleman, Tommaso Atienza, who gave it its current name. The palace has a richly decorated interior with stucco and frescoes, some of which are still preserved. The palace also hosts a museum dedicated to the famous Neapolitan actor Totò, who was born in the same neighborhood

Naples Gastronomy

Naples is a city with a rich and diverse gastronomy, blending simple local ingredients with complex flavors. You can find many typical dishes and specialties that reflect the history, culture, and traditions of the city. Here are some places where you can eat the items included in your list:

Pizza Napoletana

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There are many pizzerias in Naples that claim to make the best pizza Napoletana, but some of the most famous and authentic ones are L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Antonio & Antonio, and Sorbillo. These places use high-quality ingredients, such as San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, and extra virgin olive oil, and bake their pizzas in wood-fired ovens for a few minutes, resulting in a thin and soft crust with a slightly charred edge.

Frittura di paranza

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This is a common street food that you can find in many places, especially near the port and the fish market. Some of the best places to eat frittura di paranza are Osteria Sannazaro, Gragnano E Pizza Di Lanzini Immacolata, and da Lia. These places offer fresh and crispy fried fish, served with salt and lemon juice, in a paper cone or a basket.

Spaghetti alle vongole

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This is a classic pasta dish that showcases the freshness and flavor of the clams, which are abundant in the Gulf of Naples. Some of the best places to eat spaghetti alle vongole are Zi Teresa, ‘a Figlia d’’o Marenaro, Mimì alla Ferrovia. These places cook the pasta al dente and toss it with the clams, garlic, parsley, olive oil, and white wine, creating a light and aromatic sauce.

Pasta alla Genovese

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This is a hearty and flavorful pasta dish that originated in Naples, despite its name that suggests a connection to Genoa. It is made with a slow-cooked onion sauce, beef, and cheese, and usually served with ziti or rigatoni. Some of the best places to eat pasta alla Genovese are Trattoria da Nennella, Antonio & Antonio, and Tandem Ragù Ristorante Napoli. These places prepare the sauce with high-quality meat and onions, and simmer it for hours, until it becomes thick and rich.

Pasta fresca con scampi

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This is a delicate and elegant pasta dish that is made with fresh handmade pasta, scampi (large shrimp), cherry tomatoes, and basil. It is a dish that requires skill and quality ingredients, and some of the best places to eat it are Umberto, Antica Capri, and Trattoria Pizzeria Spaccanapoli. These places make their own pasta from scratch, and use fresh and juicy scampi and tomatoes, and fragrant basil, to create a delicious and colorful dish.

Neapolitan ragu

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This is a rich and savory meat sauce that is made with beef, pork, tomato, onion, carrot, celery, wine, and herbs, and simmered for hours. It is usually served with pasta, such as ziti or rigatoni, or with polenta or bread. Some of the best places to eat Neapolitan ragu are Tandem Ragù Ristorante Napoli and Osteria da Carmela. These places use tender and flavorful cuts of meat, such as locena (beef chuck) and ribs, and cook them slowly with the tomato and vegetables, until the sauce becomes thick and aromatic.

Cuoppo

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This is a cone-shaped paper bag filled with assorted fried snacks, such as croquettes, arancini, mozzarella, zucchini, and seafood. It is a typical street food that you can find in friggitorie (fry shops), and it is perfect for eating while strolling through the streets of the center. Some of the best places to eat cuoppo are Via San Biagio Dei Librai and La Passione di Sofi. These places offer a variety of fried treats, made with fresh and quality ingredients, and served hot and crispy in a paper cone.

Sfogliatella

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This is a crispy and flaky pastry, filled with ricotta cheese, candied citrus, and cinnamon. There are two types: riccia (curly) and frolla (smooth). It is a typical dessert that you can find in pasticcerie (pastry shops), and it is best eaten warm and fresh. Some of the best places to eat sfogliatella are Antico Forno delle Sfogliatelle Calde Fratelli Attanasio, La Sfogliatella Mary, and Pescheria Mattiucci. These places make their own pastry dough and filling, and bake their sfogliatelle daily, creating a crunchy and creamy treat.

Baba al rhum

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This is a soft and spongy cake, soaked in rum and sugar syrup, and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream. It is a typical dessert that you can find in pasticcerie (pastry shops), and it is often eaten as a snack or a breakfast. Some of the best places to eat baba al rhum are Al Capriccio, Bar Capparelli, and Sfogliatelle Attanasio. These places offer moist and fluffy baba, soaked in aromatic rum syrup, and filled with smooth and sweet cream.

 

Naples is a city of sunshine, history, and culture. As you spend a weekend there, you will be enchanted by its old-world charm, vibrant atmosphere, and delicious food. Naples is a treasure of southern Italy, nestled by the blue sea and the majestic Mount Vesuvius. It invites you to explore its stunning sights, from UNESCO World Heritage sites to the famous Neapolitan pizza.

 

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Guest Article written by Sal from Nature of Sal

Italy offers amazing landscapes, from mountains, to forests, to lakes and abundant wilderness. It’s only logical that many dream about free camping, just like you would do in Canada, the US, or Northern Europe. Grab your tent, car, all the important things you need to survive, and off you go.

Not so fast!

There is no National Law regulating free camping in Italy. Which is sort of a problem.

Defining Camping and Bivouacking

Sleeping under the stars is something many dream of in Italy (no pun intended), but it comes with its set of obstacles.

Camping, or rather bivouacking (basically temporary setting up a tent), is permissible in some places, when your stay in one place is limited to nighttime hours only (so you have to set up the tend after sunset, and remove everything before sunrise).

So all good? Unfortunately not.

The problem is, again, that there is a lack of a National Law. So in some places bivouacking is tolerated, but not explicitely allowed, nor forbidden.

So how do you avoid hefty fines?

Let’s take a look at your options.

The first course of action should be to check whether the area you’re planning to free camp in is inside a National, or Regional Park. You can either use the Park Locator, which conveniently shows you all National and Regional Parks in an interactive map, or the parks.it website.

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The advantage of the Park Locator website is that clicking on any of the parks, you are presented with a detail card with additional information about that park (and also a downloadable, free map, if available).

If there are publicly available park regulations, you can find them here. Some parks allow free camping, but want to know where exactly you’ll be staying, and for how long.

Some parks only allow camping in specific designated areas, and generally the wilder, integrally protected areas (Zone A) are always off-limits.

Additionally, you’ll find links to their official website and email contacts, providing you with the opportunity to obtain more information directly from the park authorities.

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To avoid hefty fines, it’s imperative to adhere strictly to these guidelines.

What to do if you want to free camp outside of a Regional or National Park?

In this case, you will need to check the rules of the local authorities, typically on the website of the Comune (municipality).

Where is it strictly forbidden to free camp/bivouac?

In Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, and Sardegna, it’s essential to adhere to local regulations regarding camping. In Trentino Alto-Adige, camping near tourist accommodations is strictly forbidden.

Where can I apply the “free bivouacking” rule?

In Valle d’Aosta, camping is permitted only above 2500m altitude. In Lombardy, Tuscany, and Liguria, there are no clear regulations, so it’s necessary to check with local authorities depending on your camping location.

In Piemonte and Marche, camping is restricted to 48-hour stays in specific locations, with prior notification required to the mayor’s office. Rules vary across regions, highlighting the importance of thorough research and adherence to local guidelines.

While free camping is not impossible, it is often easier simply contacting a campground and renting a designated space, than navigating through municipal regulations.

If you are not someone to give up easily, certainly National and Regional Parks are a good starting point, and getting in touch with the park authorities might point you into the right direction.

As always, stay safe, stay fit, and hike a bit!
Sal

 


 

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Women’s Day, or La Festa della Donna, is a popular and meaningful occasion in Italy. It is celebrated every year on March 8 to honor the achievements and struggles of women in society. Here are some ways to join the festivities and show your appreciation for the women in your life in 2024.

How to Celebrate Women’s Day in Italy in 2024 310Give or receive a mimosa flower

The mimosa flower is the symbol of Women’s Day in Italy. It is a bright yellow and fragrant blossom that represents strength, sensitivity, and femininity. On March 8, you will see many vendors selling mimosas on the streets, and many women wearing them on their lapels. It is a tradition to give or receive a mimosa flower as a sign of respect and solidarity. You can also find mimosa-themed cakes, cocktails, and desserts in many cafes and restaurants.

Visit a museum for free or at a discounted price

Another way to celebrate Women’s Day in Italy is to visit a museum for free or at a discounted price. The Italian Culture and Tourism Ministry (MiBACT) offers free entry to all state-owned museums on March 8, as well as some special exhibitions and events dedicated to women’s art and history. You can also participate in the social media campaign #8marzoalmuseo by taking and sharing photos of the women who appear in various artworks. Some of the museums that participate in this initiative are the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Colosseum in Rome, and the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan.

Some Museums, archaeological parks, monumental complexes, castles, historic villas and gardens, and other state cultural places that will offer free admission on March 8 include:

 

Rome

· Parco archeologico di Cerveteri e Tarquinia – Museo nazionale archeologico cerite (Archaeological Park of Cerveteri and Tarquinia – National Archaeological Museum of Cerveteri)
· Museo archeologico dell’Abbazia greca di San Nilo (Archaeological Museum of the Greek Abbey of San Nilo)
· Museo nazionale etrusco di Villa Giulia (National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia)
· Museo delle Civiltà (Museum of Civilizations)
· Parco archeologico dell’Appia antica – Villa dei Quintili e Santa Maria Nova (Archaeological Park of the Appian Way – Villa dei Quintili and Santa Maria Nova)
· Parco archeologico dell’Appia antica – Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella e Chiesa di San Nicola (Archaeological Park of the Appian Way – Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella and Church of San Nicola)
· Parco archeologico dell’Appia antica – Villa di Capo di Bove (Archaeological Park of the Appian Way – Villa of Capo di Bove)
· Parco archeologico dell’Appia antica – Parco delle Tombe della via Latina e Basilica di Santo Stefano (Archaeological Park of the Appian Way – Park of the Tombs of the Via Latina and Basilica of Santo Stefano)
· Parco archeologico dell’Appia antica – Villa di Sette Bassi (Archaeological Park of the Appian Way – Villa of Sette Bassi)
· Parco archeologico dell’Appia antica – Antiquarium di Lucrezia Romana (Archaeological Park of the Appian Way – Antiquarium of Lucrezia Romana)
· Terme di Caracalla (Baths of Caracalla)
· Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea (National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art)
· Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi per le arti decorative, il costume e la moda dei secoli XIX e XX (Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum for Decorative Arts, Costume, and Fashion of the 19th and 20th Centuries)
· Museo nazionale romano – Palazzo Altemps (National Roman Museum – Palazzo Altemps)
· Drugstore Museum e Circuito Necropoli Portuense (Drugstore Museum and Necropolis Portuense Circuit)
· Museo nazionale degli strumenti musicali (National Museum of Musical Instruments)
· Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen (Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum)
· Galleria Spada (Spada Gallery)
· Istituto autonomo Vittoriano e Palazzo Venezia – Museo nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia (Vittoriano Autonomous Institute and Palazzo Venezia – National Museum of Palazzo di Venezia)
· Pantheon
· Villa Adriana e Villa d’Este  (Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este)

 

Milan

· Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery)

 

Florence

· Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze (Gallery of the Academy of Florence)
· Museo di San Marco (Museum of San Marco)
· Musei del Bargello – Museo nazionale del Bargello (Bargello Museums – National Bargello Museum)
· Gallerie degli Uffizi – Galleria d’arte moderna (Palazzo Pitti) (Uffizi Galleries – Gallery of Modern Art, Palazzo Pitti)
· Gallerie degli Uffizi – Palazzo Pitti (Uffizi Galleries – Palazzo Pitti)
· Musei del Bargello – Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele (Bargello Museums – Church and Museum of Orsanmichele)
· Museo archeologico nazionale di Firenze (National Archaeological Museum of Florence)
· Musei del Bargello – Museo della Casa Fiorentina Antica, Palazzo Davanzati (Bargello Museums – Museum of the Ancient Florentine House, Palazzo Davanzati)
· Musei del Bargello – Cappelle Medicee (Bargello Museums – Medici Chapels)
· Gallerie degli Uffizi  (Uffizi Galleries)

 

Bologna

· Pinacoteca nazionale di Bologna (National Gallery of Bologna)

 

Venice

· Museo di Palazzo Grimani (Museum of Palazzo Grimani)
· Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia (Galleries of the Academy of Venice)
· Biblioteca nazionale Marciana – Sale monumentali e Ridotti dei Procuratori (National Library Marciana – Monumental Rooms and Procurators’ Lodges)
· Museo d’Arte Orientale Venezia (Museum of Oriental Art Venice)
· Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro (Giorgio Franchetti Gallery at Ca’ d’Oro)

 

Verona

· Museo archeologico nazionale di Verona (National Archaeological Museum of Verona)

For more information on events by region, click here.

 

Enjoy a night out with your friends

Women’s Day in Italy is also an occasion to have fun and enjoy a night out with your friends. Many bars, clubs, and cinemas offer discounts, free drinks, or gifts to women on March 8. You can also find live music, comedy shows, and theater performances that celebrate women’s talent and humor. Some of the popular venues that host Women’s Day events are the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and the Teatro Verdi in Florence.

Support a cause or a charity

Finally, you can celebrate Women’s Day in Italy by supporting a cause or a charity that works for women’s rights and empowerment. You can donate money, volunteer your time, or raise awareness about the issues that affect women in Italy and around the world. Some of the organizations that you can support are the UDI (Unione Donne Italiane), which is the oldest and largest women’s association in Italy, the D.i.Re (Donne in Rete contro la Violenza), which is a network of shelters and centers for women victims of violence, and the WFP (World Food Programme), which is the UN agency that fights hunger and malnutrition among women and girls.

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A SIMPLE GUIDE FOR AN EASY TRANSACTION

The mortgage loan for foreigners interested in buying a property in Italy is a medium- to long-term commitment, typically lasting from 5 to 25 years. The customer typically receives the entire sum in one lump sum and repays it over time in installments of constant or variable amounts. This type of loan is commonly used to buy, build, or renovate properties, especially houses. The term ‘mortgage’ is used because the payment of installments is secured by a mortgage on the property. Financial institutions, including banks and other intermediaries, can grant mortgages. Some banks even provide tailor-made mortgage options for foreigners residing and working in Italy. The loan amount varies based on the applicant’s economic needs and repayment capabilities. It’s important to note that mortgages for foreigners can only be requested if the property is located within Italian territory. We can collaborate to find the best solutions for you, optimizing your chances of obtaining a mortgage in Italy for buying or renovating a property.

HOW DO I CHOOSE A MORTGAGE?

Can I get a mortgage in Italy?
Obtaining a mortgage for foreigners is not as challenging as one might think, but it’s not entirely straightforward either. Similar to Italians, foreigners must provide guarantees of solvency and meet specific income requirements. The process is generally the same, with a few minor differences. Possession of residence in Italy is often valued by most banks, considering it an additional guarantee to income and personal guarantees.

How much can I ask?
In general, the intermediary grants an amount not exceeding 60% of the property’s value, determined based on an expert opinion. Some intermediaries may go beyond 60%, but this often requires more collateral and less favorable conditions. There is no maximum figure for applying for a mortgage; it depends on the intermediary’s policies. Beyond EUR 2 million, considering other financing solutions is advisable, and our company can assist and advise on alternative solutions.

What installment can I afford?
Before applying for a mortgage, it is advisable to carefully assess your income, especially in perspective, and determine your monthly availability after deducting ordinary expenses. The installment should not exceed one-third of your disposable income to cover current expenses, unforeseen costs, and potential income reductions due to illness, accidents, or redundancy.

How much does the mortgage cost me?
The primary cost is interest, which is the remuneration for the granted loan and depends on the mortgage duration. Additional costs, detailed in the Information Sheet available from the intermediary and its website, should be considered. When planning expenses, account for notary fees and taxes payable once the home purchase contract is concluded.

What duration suits me?
The loan duration, agreed upon between the customer and the broker, is a crucial element determining the installment amount. The installment comprises both capital and interest. With the same loan amount and interest rate, shorter durations result in higher installments but lower interest, while longer durations yield higher interest but lower installments.

Who can be financed?
Individuals and companies residing almost anywhere globally can be financed.

Which customers with foreign currencies can be financed?
Commonly financed currencies include EUR, GBP, USD, CAD, AUD, SGD, HKD, DKK, NOK, SEK, CHF, JPY; other currencies can also be estimated.

What can be financed?
Financing is possible for purchasing a first home, holiday home, and income-generating real estate with all necessary permits. Property renovations can also be financed, up to a maximum of 50% of the final property value.

Up to what age can I apply for a mortgage and for how many years?
The mortgage must be completed by the age of 75 for the applicant, and the maximum duration is 25 years.

How many types of mortgage amortization are there?
There are four main amortization plans: French, German, Italian, and American (Anglo-Saxon). The most widely used in Italy is the French plan, where installments remain constant, each comprising a different share of capital and interest.

TYPES OF MORTGAGE IN ITALY

Fixed-rate mortgage
The interest rate remains the one fixed by the contract for the entire duration of the mortgage. The disadvantage is not being able to take advantage of any reductions in market rates that may occur over time. The fixed rate is recommended for those who fear that market rates may rise and from the moment the contract is signed want to be certain of the amounts of the individual instalments and the total amount of the debt to be repaid. In return for this advantage, the intermediary often applies more onerous conditions than for a variable rate mortgage.

Variable-rate mortgage
The interest rate can vary at fixed intervals from the starting rate by following the fluctuations of a reference parameter, usually a market or monetary policy rate. The main risk is an unsustainable increase in the amount of the instalments. For the same duration, variable rates are initially lower than fixed rates, but can increase over time, thus causing the amount of the instalments to rise, even substantially. The variable rate is recommended for those who want a rate that is always in line with market trends, or who can bear any increase in the amount of instalments.

Mixed-rate mortgage
The interest rate can change from fixed to variable (or vice versa) at fixed intervals and/or under certain conditions specified in the contract. Advantages and disadvantages are alternately those of the fixed or variable rate.

Two-rate mortgage
The mortgage is divided into two parts: one with the fixed rate, one with the variable rate. The dual rate is recommended for those who prefer an intermediate solution between the fixed and variable rate, balancing the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Soft-rate mortgage
In some cases public authorities may contribute to the payment of interest on a mortgage.

HOW MUCH DOES A MORTGAGE COST?

Taxes and tax benefits
Taxes and tax benefits If the mortgage is granted by a bank, the customer pays a tax of 2% of the total amount, or 0.25% in the case of a ‘first home’ purchase. The tax is withheld directly by the bank, so the amount the customer receives is less than the amount granted. If the loan is granted by a non-banking company, e.g. a finance company, the conditions are less favourable. There may also be other taxes related to the registration of the mortgage or other obligations. The interest paid on a mortgage loan for the purchase, construction or renovation of the main dwelling is deductible from Personal Income Tax. The amount and conditions for the deduction are set by law.

Other costs
In addition to interest and taxes, consider:

• The fee of the financial advisor who will take care of the entire bureaucratic process and assist you from start to finish.  Our cost varies from 3% to 5% of the sum disbursed by the intermediary with a minimum of 2,500.00 euros
• The intermediary’s fee for the investigation costs, which may consist of either a fixed amount or a percentage calculated on the amount of the loan
• The appraisal fees, which may be charged for the valuation of the property to be mortgaged
• The notary fees for the mortgage contract and the registration of the mortgage in the land registers
• The cost of the insurance premium to cover damage to the property and possibly risks related to events in the client’s life that could prevent him from repaying the loan

If the intermediary asks to take out life insurance, they must submit at least two quotes from two different insurance companies to the client.

It is important to pay attention to the cost of the policy: the one proposed by the intermediary may be more expensive than others offered on the market. If one decides on a policy other than those offered by the intermediary, the latter cannot change the conditions of its mortgage offer. Interest on arrears, if you pay the instalment late, generally entails a surcharge of between 1% and 4% over the rate agreed for the loan and runs from the day of the due date until the instalment is paid. The annual file management fee, instalment collection fees, costs for sending communications (the full list of costs is in the Information Sheet).

AMORTIZATION PLAN

The amortization schedule is the debt repayment plan. It is important, for mortgages that are or may remain at a fixed rate for the duration of the contract, to ask the intermediary to examine it. The plan establishes the amount, the date by which all the debt must be paid, the frequency of the individual instalments (month, quarter, half-year), the criteria for determining the amount of each instalment, and the remaining debt. The instalment consists of two elements: Capital portion, i.e. the amount of the outstanding loan Interest portion, i.e. the interest accrued. There are different loan repayment mechanisms. In Italy, the most common repayment plan is the so-called ‘French’ method: the instalment is composed of an increasing principal portion and a decreasing interest portion. In the beginning, mainly interest is paid; as the capital is repaid, the amount of interest decreases and the capital share increases. The change in the composition of the instalment in principal and interest share can affect tax deductions, the amount of which can therefore change from year to year. In particular, the deductible portion is the interest portion, which decreases over time.

HOW TO DECIDE WHICH MORTGAGE TO CHOOSE?

Compare offers from several intermediaries
The rates and conditions offered by different intermediaries can vary, even by a lot. Today, almost all intermediaries have a website on which they publish the Comparison Sheet and the Information Sheet for each mortgage: it is therefore possible to compare the offers with all the necessary calm. There are also search engines on the internet that offer guides and suggest the most suitable mortgages for everyone’s needs. Of course, it is always possible to request the information documents directly from the intermediary. An important element to assess and compare is the APR (Annual Percentage Rate), which all intermediaries are required by law to publish on their information sheets. The APR is a summary of the overall cost of the loan, which includes the interest rate (and therefore also the spread applied by the intermediary) and the other expense items (e.g. application and instalment collection costs).

Select intermediaries for customized proposals

The information documents indicate the conditions according to a standard scheme. Depending on one’s personal situation, the customer may obtain more favourable conditions. When examining proposals, pay close attention to:

• Spread

• APR (in Italian TAEG)

• Amortisation plan

• All items of expenditure

• Time for granting (must be compatible with the time needed to purchase the property)

• Tax savings, which may vary depending on the composition of the instalments (principal and interest share) set out in the repayment plan.

 

 

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE SIGNING A MORTGAGE

Provide information and documents for the preliminary investigation

With the appraisal, the intermediary verifies the customer’s income, assets and collateral to assess his repayment capacity over time. Each intermediary has its own procedures, but in general the documents to be submitted concern:

Presenting guarantees

The first guarantee that the broker requires is the mortgage, which gives him the right to have the property sold if the client fails to repay the loan. To determine the value of the property, and thus of the collateral, the property is first subjected to an appraisal. The client may live in the mortgaged property and may rent it out. Selling it, on the other hand, may be more complicated precisely because of the lien on it. The lender may require other collateral in addition to the mortgage, for example when the client has a low income compared to the instalments, does not have a stable job or is applying for a mortgage for more than 80% of the value of the property. Among the most common guarantees is the surety bond, issued by a party other than the customer applying for the mortgage. With the surety, the guarantor is liable for the repayment of the entire loan with all his assets.

The main steps:

• Application and submission of documents

• Assessment of income

• Technical expertise and notary’s report

• Final decision on granting of financing

• Signing of contract

• Disbursement of the loan

A MAJOR FINANCIAL COMMITMENT

Do not get into debt beyond your means
A mortgage is a major financial commitment to be borne over time, both for an individual and for a family. Already at the time of application, it is essential to assess whether one’s income is sufficient to pay the instalments. During the mortgage period, unforeseen events may occur that require new outgoings (medical, household, children’s expenses) or reduce income (loss of job, redundancy, illness). Before any application for a mortgage or loan, you should always consider whether you are not getting into too much debt.

Pay installments on time

If you do not pay your instalments on time, the intermediary charges interest on arrears, which is added to the amount owed. In the most serious cases, the intermediary can terminate the contract. If the intermediary is a bank, the bank may dissolve the contract for:

• Non-payment of even one instalment
• Delay of more than 180 days from the due date in paying even a single instalment
• Delay (between 30 and 180 days from the due date) in the payment of instalments more than seven times

If the bank terminates the contract, the customer must repay the outstanding debt immediately. If they cannot repay the debt, the intermediary may have the mortgaged property attached and sold at auction. If there is a guarantor, they too are obliged to repay what is owed. The intermediary may also report the untrustworthy customer to the Central Risks Bureau, a report that jeopardises the possibility of obtaining financing in the future.

If the instalment over time proves to be too high, the customer should seek a solution with the intermediary immediately

If the customer cannot always pay their mortgage instalments on time, it is advisable for them to contact the intermediary promptly to seek a solution together. Firstly, it is possible to renegotiate, for example, the type of rate, spread and duration, without the notary’s intervention because the original mortgage remains valid.

Another possibility is the temporary suspension of payments, to overcome the moment of difficulty.

Alternatively, it is possible at any time to transfer the loan to another intermediary, without any charge or penalty. This is known as portability, which allows the mortgage to be repaid using the same sum granted by a new intermediary and keeping the original mortgage. The sum will be repaid on the terms agreed with the new intermediary. The customer has no right to obtain a new loan. However, if this is granted to them, the old intermediary cannot prevent or hinder the transfer of the mortgage. The customer does not have to bear any costs, not even indirect costs (e.g. commissions, fees, charges or penalties), either for the termination of the loan with the old intermediary or for the granting of the new loan.

For further information, contact us at [email protected] 

 

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Property Search and Visits

Do you dream of investing in real estate and owning a property in Italy? We can guide you through the entire process of finding and buying your ideal property.

We offer a range of services to help you achieve that, such as:

1. A 30 Minutes Free Call
2. A 30/60 Minutes Video Call
3. Property Search on behalf of the Customer
4. Real estate visits on behalf of the client or in accompaniment
5. Purchase Proposal / Deed of Purchase

In a 30 Minute Free Call, we can better understand your target, area, budget, parameters, etc. In a 30/60 minutes Video Call, we can determine the perfect profile of the house to search for. Regarding the search of the property on behalf of the customer, we’ll send a curated selection of properties with descriptions and details that match your filters and parameters. We will agree together on the properties to visit, either on behalf of the customer (Photo, Video & Video Call) or together with the customer.

When we find the perfect property, we can proceed with the Purchase Proposal, helping you negotiate.

Purchase Proposal

Upon the acceptance of your offer by the sellers, your journey towards property ownership in Italy continues with our assistance through the subsequent stages to close the purchase:

1. Collecting all property documents from the seller
2. Analyzing the documents collected (Permits / Licenses / Etc.)
3. Choosing a Notary with a relative quote (Taxes / Fees)
4. Choosing an Interpreter or a Notary Procurement
5. Opening an Italian bank account if possible
6. Using the notary’s dedicated bank account to pay all parties (Sellers / Real Estate/ Taxes/ Notary Fees)
7. Booking an appointment for closing (Deed of Purchase)

Buying a property in Italy can be a complex and daunting process, especially for foreigners who are not familiar with the legal and bureaucratic aspects. That’s why we are here to help you every step of the way, from finding the property to signing the deed of purchase. We have the experience, the network, and the passion to make your real estate investment in Italy a smooth and successful one. Don’t hesitate to contact us today and let us know how we can assist you.

 

 

 

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Florence is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in Italy, and a perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Whether you are interested in art, history, architecture, or cuisine, Florence has something to offer for everyone. In this article, we will give you some tips on how to plan your weekend in Florence, and how to get there by train from any other city in Italy.

How to get to Florence by train

Traveling by train is a convenient and comfortable way to reach Florence from any other city in Italy. You can choose between high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, or Italo) that connect Florence with major cities such as Rome, Milan, Venice, Naples, and Turin in less than two hours, or regional trains (Regionale or Intercity) that offer more frequent and cheaper services, but take longer and may require changes. You can check the timetables and prices, and buy your tickets online on the websites of Trenitalia or Italo, or at the station. You can also use the ItaliaRail website, which offers the same fares as Trenitalia, but in English and with more payment options.

The main train station in Florence is Santa Maria Novella (SMN), located in the city center, within walking distance from the main attractions. Some trains may also stop at Campo di Marte or Rifredi, which are less central, but well connected by bus or tram.

How to spend your weekend in Florence

Florence is a relatively small city, but it is packed with things to see and do. You can easily explore it on foot, or use the public transport system (bus or tram) if you prefer. Here are some suggestions on how to make the most of your weekend in Florence, depending on your interests and preferences.

 

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From left to right: The Birth of Venus by Botticelli at the Uffizi Gallery and David by Michelangelo at the Galleria dell’Accademia.

 

If you love art and history, you will be amazed by the wealth and variety of museums and monuments in Florence. You can start with the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous and visited art museums in the world, where you can admire masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and many others. You can also visit the Accademia Gallery, where you can see the original statue of David by Michelangelo, as well as other sculptures and paintings. Another must-see is the Duomo, the iconic cathedral of Florence, with its impressive dome by Brunelleschi, the baptistery, and the bell tower. You can climb to the top of the dome or the tower for a stunning view of the city. You can also explore the Palazzo Vecchio, the former residence and seat of power of the Medici family, and the Bargello Museum, which houses a remarkable collection of Renaissance sculptures.

 

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From left to right: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazzale Michelangelo.

 

If you are looking for a romantic and relaxing weekend, you can enjoy the charm and beauty of Florence without following a strict itinerary. You can stroll along the Arno river, crossing the famous Ponte Vecchio, the oldest and most picturesque bridge in Florence, lined with jewelry shops. You can also visit the Boboli Gardens, a vast and elegant park behind the Pitti Palace, where you can admire fountains, statues, and panoramic views. You can also take a short bus ride to Piazzale Michelangelo, a terrace overlooking the city, where you can watch the sunset and take some amazing photos. For a special treat, you can book a table at one of the many restaurants that offer a romantic dinner with a view, such as La Loggia, La Terrazza, or B-Roof.

If you are traveling with your family and kids, you can find many fun and educational activities in Florence. You can visit the Galileo Museum, where you can learn about the life and discoveries of the famous scientist, and see his original instruments and experiments. You can also visit the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, where you can interact with models and machines inspired by the genius inventor and artist. You can also take a break from the city and visit the nearby Fiesole, a charming hilltop town with Roman ruins, a medieval cathedral, and a panoramic view. You can also enjoy some gelato at one of the many ice cream parlors in Florence, such as Vivoli, Carabè, or Gelateria dei Neri.

Whatever your style and budget, you can find a wide range of accommodation options in Florence, from luxury hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts, from apartments to hostels. You can use websites such as Booking.com, Airbnb, or Hostelworld to find and compare the best deals for your weekend in Florence.

We hope this article has given you some ideas and inspiration for your weekend in Florence. Florence is a city that will enchant you with its beauty, culture, and atmosphere, and make you want to come back again and again. Buon viaggio!

 

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Moving to a new country can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also bring some challenges and difficulties. When you move you may face different customs, languages, values, and expectations that can make you feel confused, frustrated, or isolated. You may also miss your family, friends, and familiar surroundings that you left behind. These feelings are normal and common, and they are part of what is known as culture shock and homesickness.

Culture shock is the psychological and emotional reaction to living in a new and unfamiliar culture. It can affect anyone, regardless of their age, background, or previous travel experience. Culture shock can manifest in different ways, such as:

– Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed
– Having difficulty sleeping or eating
– Feeling bored, lonely, or alienated
– Having trouble communicating or making friends
– Feeling insecure or inadequate
– Experiencing physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, or fatigue.

Homesickness is the longing for the familiar and comfortable aspects of your home country. It can be triggered by various factors, such as missing your loved ones and social support; favourite foods, hobbies, or activities; sense of identity and belonging; routine and structure; cultural norms and values.

Both culture shock and homesickness are natural and temporary responses to a major life change. They do not mean that you are weak or that you made a wrong decision. They are part of the process of adapting to a new environment and learning to appreciate its diversity and richness. However, if left unaddressed, they can affect your well-being, performance, and satisfaction. Therefore, it is important to find healthy and effective ways to cope with them and to make the most of your experience abroad.

Here are some tips and resources that can help you deal with culture shock and homesickness:

Prepare yourself before you go

Do some research on the country and culture that you are moving to. Italy has a rich and diverse culture influenced by the Roman Empire and the Renaissance1. Learn about its history, geography, politics, economy, religion, art, and cuisine. Try to learn some basic words and phrases in the local language, which is Italian for most of the population, but there are also many dialects and minority languages spoken in different regions. Find out about the practical aspects of living there, such as the climate, which varies from the Mediterranean in the south to the Alpine in the north, transportation, which includes trains, buses, taxis, and cars, health care, which is universal and public, but also has private options, education, which is compulsory and free until age 16, and legal system, which is based on civil law and has a parliamentary republic as the form of government.

Keep an open mind and a positive attitude

Be curious and respectful of the differences that you encounter. Italy has a diverse and complex society, with many regional and local identities, traditions, and customs. Try to see them as opportunities to learn and grow, rather than as threats or obstacles. Avoid making judgments or comparisons based on your own culture. Instead, try to understand the reasons and meanings behind the behaviours and values of the people that you meet. For example, Italians are generally warm, friendly, and expressive, but they also value privacy, respect, and etiquette. They may greet you with a kiss on both cheeks, but they may also expect you to dress appropriately, use formal titles, and follow certain rules of dining and conversation.

Immerse yourself in the local culture

Try to get involved in the local community and activities. Join a club, a class, a volunteer project, or a social group that interests you. There are many opportunities to meet new people and learn new skills in Italy, such as sports, arts, languages, cooking, and gardening. Visit the local museums, galleries, parks, and monuments. Italy has a rich and varied cultural heritage, with many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Vatican City, and the Venice Lagoon. Attend the local festivals, events, and celebrations. Italy has a lively and colorful calendar of festivities, such as Carnival, Easter, Christmas, and many regional and local holidays, such as the Palio of Siena, the Feast of San Gennaro, and the Festa della Repubblica. Taste the local food and drinks. Italy is famous for its cuisine, which is based on fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients, such as pasta, pizza, cheese, wine, and coffee. Each region and city has its own specialties and recipes, such as lasagna, risotto, tiramisu, and gelato. Listen to the local music and watch the local shows. Italy has a rich and diverse musical tradition, from opera to folk to pop. Some of the most famous Italian musicians and composers are Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Ennio Morricone, and Laura Pausini. Italy also has a vibrant and influential cinema industry, with directors such as Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, Sergio Leone, and Paolo Sorrentino. Learn about the local history and traditions. Italy has a long and fascinating history, from the ancient Romans to the modern republic. You can learn about the historical figures, events, and movements that shaped the country and the world, such as Julius Caesar, Dante Alighieri, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Benito Mussolini, and Silvio Berlusconi. You can also learn about the traditions and symbols that represent the Italian identity and culture, such as the flag, the anthem, the coat of arms, and the national motto: “L’Italia e’ una Repubblica fondata sul lavoro” (Italy is a Republic founded on work).

Stay in touch with your home country

Maintain regular contact with your family and friends back home. Share your experiences, feelings, and challenges with them. Ask them about their lives and news. Send them photos, videos, and souvenirs. Celebrate your home country’s holidays and special occasions. Use technology such as phone, email, social media, or video calls to stay connected. This will help you to feel supported, loved, and less lonely. You can also find other people from your home country who live in Italy, and join their communities and networks. You can also access your home country’s media and entertainment, such as newspapers, magazines, TV shows, and movies, online or through satellite.

Take care of yourself

Eat well, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Find ways to relax and unwind, such as listening to music, reading a book, or meditating. Seek professional help if you feel overwhelmed. Remember to celebrate your achievements and enjoy your experience. Living in a new country can be challenging, but also rewarding and enriching. You can learn a lot from Italy and its people, and also share your own culture and perspective with them. You can make the most of your time in Italy by being prepared, open-minded, curious, respectful, and positive. Buona fortuna! (Good luck!)

 

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Guest Article written by Sal from Nature of Sal

This winter has presented quite the challenge for snow enthusiasts in and around Lazio. While neighboring regions like Abruzzo boast (some) pockets of powdery delight, Lazio seems to have been bypassed by Jack Frost himself. Sure, there may be a dusting of snow at higher altitudes – think 1800 to 2000 meters – but overall, it’s shaping up to be one of the toastiest winters in recent memory.

But fear not, fellow skiers and snowboarders! Even in the absence of natural snow, there are still opportunities to carve up the slopes and feel that rush of cold air against your face. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, some ski resorts have invested in artificial snow-making machines, ensuring that winter sports aficionados can still indulge in their passion, even if the landscape resembles a springtime meadow.

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So, where can you get your fix of downhill thrills without straying too far from the Eternal City? Look no further than Abruzzo. Nestled just a stone’s throw away from Rome, Abruzzo’s ski facilities offer a welcome escape for those craving some snowy adventures.

Here’s a rundown of the current ski scene in and around Rome as of February 23, 2024:

Abruzzo:

1. Campo Felice: With two tracks open, Campo Felice is a prime destination for skiers and snowboarders alike. Check out their website for the latest updates.

2. Ovindoli: Another option boasting two open tracks, Ovindoli promises excitement and stunning mountain views. For more information, click here.

3. Campo Imperatore: For those seeking a truly unforgettable experience, Campo Imperatore beckons with its open slopes and pristine beauty. Explore more here.

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Lazio:

Unfortunately, the ski facilities within Lazio proper have yet to receive their snowy blessings. As of now, the following locations remain closed:

– Campo Staffi
– Terminillo. Check their website for any updates.
– Monte Livata
– Campo Stella – Leonessa
– Campo Catino

Before embarking on your snowy escapade, be sure to contact your chosen ski resort to confirm their operating status. Weather conditions can be unpredictable, and temporary closures may occur at short notice.

While it may not be the winter wonderland we had hoped for, don’t let a lack of natural snow dampen your spirits. With a bit of creativity and a willingness to adapt, you can still make this season one to remember. Also, it’s a great season for hiking! So grab your gear, round up your fellow powder hounds, and hit the slopes – artificial snow or not, adventure awaits!

Happy skiing!
Sal

 


 

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If you love art and culture, and you live, study, or work in Rome or its metropolitan area, you may want to get the MIC card. The MIC card is a special card that gives you free or reduced access to the museums and some archaeological and historical sites of the city for one year. It costs only 5 euros and it can be easily obtained online or at some venues. In this article, we will explain what the MIC card is, what benefits it offers, and how to get it step by step.

What is the MIC card?

The MIC card stands for Musei in Comune card, which means Museums in the Municipality card. It is a card that allows you to access the network of museums and some archaeological and historical sites of Rome for free or with a reduced ticket for one year. The network includes over 20 venues, such as the Capitoline Museums, the Ara Pacis Museum, the Trajan’s Markets, the Villa of the Quintilii, and many more. You can check the complete and updated list of affiliated venues here.

The MIC card is valid for adults who are residents, students, or domiciled in Rome or in the Metropolitan City of Rome. It is not available for tourists or visitors who do not have a regular residence permit in Italy. The card is personal and non-transferable, and it must be shown with a valid ID at the entrance of the venues.

What are the benefits of the MIC card?

The MIC card offers many benefits for those who love art and culture, such as:

– Free and unlimited access to the museums of the network, without any reservation or pre-sale fee;
– Free guided tours, subject to availability and booking;
– Direct skip-the-line access, without having to queue at the ticket office;
– Discounts in the cafes and bookshops of the museums;
– Reduced ticket for some exhibitions and sites that require separate ticketing, such as the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum.

The MIC card is valid for one year from the date of activation, and it can be used as many times as you want. It is also valid for dependent family members, who can access the venues for free or with a reduced ticket, depending on their age and status.

How to get the MIC card?

The Mic Card can be purchased in digital version by downloading the Mic card app for Android or Ios or from the website miccard.roma.it.

Proceed as follows:

– Connect to the website or download the app;
– Click on “Acquista ora” (Buy Now);
– Scroll down until you reach the “Acquista ora” button;
– The order confirmation page will open with a total of 5 € + 1 € of pre-sale;
– Select the button to register if you are not our customer and follow the procedure to enter your personal data;
– Continue and fill in the format until the end;
– Tick the consents for the privacy law;
– Make the payment safely with GestPay;

You can buy it in physical and digital format at the same time by going to a ticket office of the Museums of Rome Capital with a valid identification document and with a certificate attesting the possession of the requirement (residence or domicile in Rome and in the Metropolitan City of Rome, enrollment in the current year at public or private universities present in the territory of Rome) and filling in the Request Data Holders Mic Card form.

 

How to receive the MIC Card?

By purchasing the Mic Card from the website miccard.roma.it or from the Mic Card app you will receive the card by email in Pdf format.

By purchasing the card at one of the ticket offices of the Museums of Rome Capital, you can choose to receive the card in physical format that will also be in digital format at the same time or only in digital format.

 

The MIC card is a great opportunity for art and culture lovers who live, study, or work in Rome or its metropolitan area. It gives you access to a rich and diverse network of museums and sites, with many advantages and discounts. It is easy to get and very affordable, and it lasts for one year.

 

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If you are living in Italy and you do not have access to the public health system through employment, pension, or other means, you may still be able to register voluntarily to the Regional Health Service (Sistemi Sanitari Regionali, SSR) and benefit from its services and coverage. However, this option is not available for everyone and it requires some conditions and procedures to be met. Here is what you need to know if you are interested in voluntary registration to the SSR.

What are the regional health systems in Italy?

The regional health systems in Italy, or Sistemi Sanitari Regionali (SSR), are the local implementations of the national health service, or Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN). Each region has the authority to plan and run its own health system, following the state’s standards and guidelines for the basic levels of care. The SSRs may vary in the quality, efficiency, suitability and openness of the services they offer, based on the resources, needs and preferences of each area.

 

Who can register voluntarily?

According to the law L. 213 of 30/12/2023 art. 1 co 240-241, voluntary registration to the SSR is possible for subjects who have the following requirements:

– They are Italian citizens or citizens of the European Union or of countries with which Italy has bilateral agreements on health care.

– They are not registered with any other form of compulsory health insurance, either in Italy or abroad.

– They have a regular residence permit in Italy, if they are non-EU citizens.

– They have a regular income, declared in Italy or abroad, for the year preceding the registration.

However, there are some exceptions and limitations to this option. For instance, foreign citizens who have entered Italy for reasons of tourism, business, medical treatment cannot make voluntary registration to the SSR, but they can access the services and services provided by paying the full relative rates. Also, for subjects who do not have their own income, reference is made to the income of the subject to whom they are dependent. In the event that the subject is not fiscally dependent on family members (unless he is a minor child), or in cases where this tax burden is not documented (also by self-certification) for each registered subject, at least the minimum quota must be paid.

 

How to register voluntarily?

The voluntary registration to the SSR is formalized with two steps:

– Compilation of the appropriate form: Modulo d’Iscrizione Volontaria al Servizio Sanitario Regionale. This form can be obtained from the local health authority (ASL) of your residence. The form must be filled in with your personal data, income, and family situation, and signed in front of an official of the ASL or by a public officer.

– Payment of the due contribution. The annual contribution for voluntary registration is determined pursuant to DM 8 October 1986 and is calculated as a percentage of the income of the previous year. The contribution is not divisible, does not have retroactive effect and is valid for the calendar year in which it is paid: the registration therefore expires in any case on 31 December of each year, regardless of the date of payment.

· The contribution cannot be less than € 2,000.00 and is also valid for dependent family members.

· For those staying with a Residence Permit for study reasons, the contribution is equal to € 700.00 (only if the student does not have income other than scholarships or economic subsidies granted by Italian public bodies).

· For those placed on a par, the contribution is equal to € 1,200.00.

For students and those placed on a par, if they have dependent family members, the amount of the contribution must be calculated according to the general methods. 

The contribution due must be made with model F24, indicating the tax code, the region code, and the reference year of registration with the SSN.

What are the benefits of voluntary registration?

By registering voluntarily to the SSR, you can access the same services and benefits as the compulsory insured, such as:

– Choosing your general practitioner and pediatrician;

– Having access to specialist visits, diagnostic tests, hospitalizations, and treatments, with the same co-payments and exemptions as the compulsory insured;

– Having access to the essential levels of care (LEA), which include preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative services, as well as pharmaceuticals and medical devices;

– Having access to emergency and urgent care, both in Italy and abroad, within the limits of the agreements between the regions and the countries involved.

 

Voluntary registration to the SSR can be a valuable option for those who do not have other forms of health coverage in Italy and who meet the necessary requirements. However, it is important to be well informed about the procedures, costs, and benefits involved, and to compare them with other possible alternatives, such as private health insurance or supplementary health funds. If you have any doubts or questions, you can contact the local health authority (ASL) of your residence or the Ministry of Health for more information and guidance.

 

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From February 6, 2024 to December 31, 2025, the Capitoline Museums in Rome will host a spectacular exhibition featuring the life-sized reconstruction of the Colossus of Constantine, one of the most impressive statues of ancient Rome. The exhibition, which is free of charge, will take place in the gardens of Villa Caffarelli, where visitors can admire the colossal figure of the emperor who changed the course of history.

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Who was Constantine?

Constantine (306-337 AD) was the first Roman emperor to embrace Christianity and to move the capital of the empire from Rome to Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul). He is also known for his military achievements, such as his victory over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge in 312 AD, which made him the sole ruler of the western part of the empire.

What is the Colossus of Constantine?

The Colossus of Constantine is a huge statue that was made in the early 4th century AD to celebrate the emperor’s power and divinity. It is estimated that the statue was about 12 meters tall and weighed about 40 tons. It was an acrolith, meaning that the head, hands, feet, and other exposed parts were made of marble, while the rest of the body was covered with bronze or marble drapery. The statue was probably placed inside a temple or a basilica, where it would have dominated the space with its imposing presence.

How was the Colossus of Constantine discovered?

The Colossus of Constantine was lost for centuries until the end of the 15th century, when nine marble fragments of the statue were found near the Basilica of Maxentius, where the statue may have originally stood. The fragments were acquired by the Capitoline Museums and displayed in the courtyard of the Palazzo dei Conservatori, where they still remain today. The fragments include the head, the right arm, the left hand, the right knee, the left shin, the right foot, and three pieces of the drapery.

What is the significance of the Colossus of Constantine?

The Colossus of Constantine is not only a masterpiece of ancient art, but also a symbol of the transition from paganism to Christianity in the Roman empire. The statue was made by reusing and modifying an older statue of a bearded emperor or god, possibly Jupiter Optimus Maximus, the chief deity of the Roman pantheon. By transforming the statue into his own likeness, Constantine claimed to be the companion of the gods and the supreme ruler of the empire. The statue also shows the influence of the Homeric tradition, as the bare knee of the emperor is a sign of his authority and benevolence.

What can visitors expect from the exhibition?

The exhibition will offer visitors a unique opportunity to see the Colossus of Constantine in its original dimensions and proportions, thanks to a faithful reconstruction based on scientific and artistic criteria. The reconstruction will be placed in the gardens of Villa Caffarelli, where it will create a striking contrast with the modern cityscape. The exhibition will also feature informative panels, multimedia displays, and other materials that will illustrate the historical and cultural context of the statue, as well as the techniques and challenges involved in its creation and restoration. The exhibition will be a memorable experience for anyone interested in ancient Rome and its legacy.

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The display of the Colossus at Villa Caffarelli

The Colossus of Constantine has a fascinating connection with the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, the most important temple in ancient Rome. The temple, dedicated to the Capitoline triad of Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva, was located on the Capitoline Hill, where the Villa Caffarelli Garden now stands. This is where the life-sized reconstruction of the Colossus of Constantine is displayed in the exhibition.

The temple was built in 509 BC and underwent several renovations and restorations over the centuries. The cult statue of Jupiter, the king of the gods, was also changed several times. The first statue was made of terracotta by a sculptor from Veio, while the later ones were inspired by the famous statue of Zeus by Phidias, the Greek master who created the statue of Zeus at Olympia, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The statues of Jupiter were made of marble, with the naked parts attached to a wooden frame covered with metal or marble drapery. The god was depicted sitting on a throne, with his chest, arms, and one knee exposed.

The temple and the statue of Jupiter were damaged by a lightning strike in the early 3rd century AD. This may have been the opportunity for Constantine to reuse the statue and transform it into his own image, as a sign of his divine power and authority. He moved the statue to the Basilica of Maxentius, the last great public building of ancient Rome, where he placed it in a prominent position along the Via Sacra, the sacred road that led to the Roman Forum.

The exhibition allows visitors to appreciate the relationship between the Colossus of Constantine and the Temple of Jupiter, as well as to see the remains of the temple that are still visible in the Exedra of Marcus Aurelius, inside the Capitoline Museums. The exhibition also showcases a historical relief that depicts a sacrifice at the temple of Capitoline Jupiter, performed by Emperor Marcus Aurelius in the 2nd century AD. The relief, which is also preserved in the Capitoline Museums, shows the splendid decoration of the temple’s pediment, with statues of gods and goddesses.

How the Colossus of Constantine was brought back to life

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The representatives of Factum Foundation, Sovrintendenza Capitolina and Fondazione Prada during the
progress check inside Factum Foundation’s workshop.

The Colossus of Constantine is a stunning example of how modern technology can help preserve and recreate ancient art. The project to reconstruct the colossal statue was a collaboration between the Sovrintendenza Capitolina, the Fondazione Prada, and the Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Preservation, a leading company in the field of digitization of works of art. The project started in 2022, on the occasion of the exhibition Recycling Beauty, where the Colossus was first displayed. The project was completed in 2024, when the Colossus was moved to its natural location in the Villa Caffarelli Garden, next to the Temple of Capitoline Jupiter.

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Tests for the final Parian marble effect on the facsimile fragments.

The project was based on an archaeological hypothesis that the Colossus was seated and made of marble and bronze. The Factum Foundation used photogrammetry, a technique that uses photographs to create 3D models, to document the ten known fragments of the statue, which are preserved in the courtyard of the Palazzo dei Conservatori and at the Parco Archeologico del Colosseo. The Factum Foundation also used photogrammetry of a cast of a statue of Emperor Claudius as Jupiter, which is now in the Ara Pacis, to model the pose and draping of the Colossus. The Factum Foundation also consulted literary and epigraphic sources and compared the Colossus with other seated statues from the imperial period to reconstruct the missing details.

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Factum Foundation re-creating the Colossus of Constantine, 2022.

The Factum Foundation then used 3D printing to make positive casts of the fragments and the recreated sections of the statue. The casts were coated with different materials to imitate the original appearance of the statue. The fragments were coated with a gesso mix and painted to resemble the weathered marble. The recreated sections were coated with resin mixed with marble powder and mica to achieve a clean white color. The cloak and the bronze elements were coated with resin mixed with bronze powder and gilded with gold foil.

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A section of the recreated Colossus of Constantine inside Factum Foundation’s workshop.

The original Colossus was about 13 meters tall and had an internal structure made of brick, wood, and metal. The reconstruction used an aluminum support structure, which makes it easier to assemble and disassemble. The reconstruction is faithful to the original dimensions and proportions of the statue, and gives visitors a chance to see the Colossus of Constantine as it once was.

Information

Location

Capitoline Museums , garden of Villa Caffarelli

Hours

From February 6, 2024 Every day from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm

Admission

Free entry

Information

Tel. 060608 (every day from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm)

 

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Guest Article written by Sal from Nature of Sal

One question I’m often asked is whether it’s possible to bring dogs on a hike. As usual, the answer is: it depends.

In this article, we’ll specifically explore the situation in Lazio to ensure a positive and safe experience for you and your furry friend, especially when exploring the beautiful parks around Rome!

Many National and Regional Parks have strict rules regarding dogs on treks. These rules aren’t just to inconvenience you (although it may sometimes feel that way), but are often in place to protect you, your dog, and the wildlife.

At the end of this article, I’ll also share a quick way to check if you can bring your dog to a certain park area or not (Regional and National Parks).

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First, why are there restrictions on bringing dogs?

Some of the reasons are:

▪  To protect mammals and birds from stress or death (e.g., if your dog’s hunting instincts kick in).

▪ Health reasons: our pets can carry deadly diseases that are dangerous to the Parks’ fauna (think Canine distemper virus).

▪ To protect dogs from diseases they aren’t vaccinated against, some of which could also be passed on to humans.

▪ Arthropods/parasites are present in some areas, such as ticks and harvest mites, which can be passed on to humans and carry diseases like TBE and Lyme disease.

It’s important to familiarize yourself with each park’s regulations, but as a general rule, dogs are allowed in Regional Parks and in some areas of National Parks, with a few caveats:

▪ They must be on a leash at all times.

▪ They are only allowed on official trails or public roads.

▪ They are not allowed in Zone A restricted areas (typically, parks are divided into four protected areas, with Zone A being off-limits and fully protected).

Some parks can be even dangerous for you and your dogs. In bear country (especially near the border with Abruzzo), you have bears and wolves that can pose a danger to you and your four-legged friend. If left to roam freely, your dog might return with an unwanted surprise chasing it.

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So let’s look at a few do’s and don’ts when visiting a Regional or National Park with your dog:

Do’s:

1. Check Park Regulations:
▪ Before heading out, familiarize yourself with the specific regulations of the park you plan to visit. Each park may have different rules regarding dogs, leash requirements, and designated trails. Some (although very few) parks even have designated trails for dogs. For example,: Here you have a map with trails that are allowed to do in the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise, while it is forbidden to visit the rest of the park with your dog.

2. Leash Etiquette:
▪ Keep your dog on a leash, especially in crowded areas or where wildlife may be present. This ensures the safety of your pet, other hikers, and local wildlife.
▪ Tip: Choose a sturdy, comfortable leash that allows your dog some freedom while maintaining control. As mentioned before, in most areas a leash is mandatory. Even in smaller parks, such as Caffarella Park, which is part of Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica, you risk a fine if you don’t respect this rule (though there are designated, fenced dog park areas in Caffarella Park).

3. Hydration and Snacks:
▪ Carry sufficient water for both you and your dog, especially on warmer days. Bring dog-friendly snacks for energy.
▪ Tip: Portable dog bowls are convenient for providing water breaks.

4. Know Your Dog’s Limits:
▪ Be mindful of your dog’s fitness level and health. Choose trails that match their endurance and consider their age, breed, and any health conditions.
▪ Tip: Start with shorter trails and gradually increase the difficulty as your dog builds stamina.

Don’ts:

1. Off-Leash Disregard:
▪ Respect leash regulations and avoid letting your dog off-leash where prohibited. This helps prevent accidents and conflicts with other park visitors.
▪ Tip: Utilize designated off-leash areas if available.

2. Wildlife Interaction:
▪ Discourage your dog from approaching wildlife. Keep a safe distance to protect both your pet and the local fauna.
▪ Tip: Carry bear bells or make noise in areas where encounters with wildlife are possible. Read up on whether or not there are wolves, or Maremmana guard dogs, or other potential hazards present in the area where you’re planning to hike. While rare, small dogs left running alone in areas known to be inhabited by wolf packs can be dangerous to both you and your dog.

3. Neglect Waste Cleanup:
▪ Description: Always clean up after your dog. Carry waste bags and dispose of them properly in designated bins.
▪ Tip: Pack extra waste bags to be prepared for unexpected situations.

Regulations and Additional Considerations:

1. Seasonal Restrictions:
▪ Description: Some parks may have seasonal restrictions. Check for any closures, especially during wildlife mating or nesting seasons.

So you might wonder: “How do I know if it’s allowed to bring a dog to a Park around Rome?”

There are two ways to do this:

▪  Use the Park Locator , click on the region (at the moment dogs are tracked for Lazio only) and instantly see if there is a dog sign. By clicking on the dog Emoji, you will be forwarded either to a designated dog trail map (if it exists), or in most cases to the Park Regulations. Just search for (“cane”, “cani”, or “guinzaglio” within the document if you want to find more details). You can also use the Park Locator to identify the website of each park, where you can see the latest news of each park. Note that at the moment the Park Locator works best on a Desktop Computer.

▪  Use Parks.it to find more information about specific parks that you’d like to visit.

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The Park Locator is a quick way to instantly find maps, links, permits and other useful information.

 


Keep yourself and your dog safe by planning ahead before heading out into nature with your dog! When in doubt, call the local Park Rangers (the contact numbers are typically found on the website of each Regional or National Park) to double-check.

As always, stay fit, hike a bit!

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Guest Article written by Sal from Nature of Sal

 

Residing in the heart of Rome immerses you in a rich tapestry of history and urban life. Yet, for expats yearning for a break from the city’s hustle, the Roman countryside presents a myriad of charming day-trip destinations. Here is your guide to rejuvenating excursions amidst the natural beauty surrounding the Eternal City.

1. Tivoli – Exploring Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa

Commence your countryside exploration with a venture to Tivoli, an enchanting town east of Rome. Delve into the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa, where manicured gardens and historic architecture weave a captivating tale. Another highly recommended visit is Villa Gregoriana, although bear in mind that, at the time of writing, they reopen in March. Tivoli is also one of my favorite hiking destinations. Monte Catillo is a raw, rugged experience for regular hikers.

2. Lake Bracciano

For a tranquil day by the water, venture northwest to Lake Bracciano. Stroll along the lakeside promenade, paddleboat on the serene waters, or indulge in a lakeside repast in the town of Bracciano. The medieval charm of Castello Orsini-Odescalchi (fun fact: Tom Cruise got married there – back in 2006) adds to the allure of the surroundings. Of course you could also hike around the lake, although personally I prefer driving a bit further (e.g. Manziana, or Oriolo) and hike in the forests there.

3. Cerveteri – Etruscan Tombs and Coastal Retreat

Merge history with relaxation in Cerveteri. Explore the UNESCO-listed Etruscan Necropolis, followed by a walk along the dunes at Marina di Cerveteri, or Santa Severa Beach for a stroll along the Tyrrhenian Sea. If you’re into hiking, Cerveteri is a great starting point for the adventurous Etruscan Trail, or Waterfall Trail (also known as Sentiero degli Etruschi / Sentiero delle Cascatelle).

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4. Subiaco – Seeking Solitude at the Monastery:

Nestled in the Simbruini Mountains, Subiaco offers a peaceful haven for expats seeking solace. Visit the Sacred Cave of St. Benedict and the imposing Subiaco Monastery. A leisurely mountain hike promises breathtaking vistas and a communion with nature. Subiaco is also accessible by bus, with departures from Anagnina (Metro A), Ponte Mammolo (Metro B), for an updated timetable of busses, visit the Cotral website.

5. Nemi – The Tranquil Waters of Lake Diana

Known as the “Mirror of Diana,” Lake Nemi is ensconced in verdant woodlands. Explore the charming town of Nemi, celebrated for its strawberries, and meander along the lake’s shores. Delve into history at the Museo delle Navi Romane, showcasing ancient Roman vessels.

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6. Castel Gandolfo – Papal Gardens and Albano Lake

Retreat to the Papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. Roam the meticulously landscaped Papal Gardens, boasting panoramic views of Albano Lake. Indulge in a lakeside repast in the town and embark on a serene boat excursion on the placid lake. Of course, there are many interesting hiking trails to be found, as the lake is part of a Regional Park, called “Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani”.

7. Calcata – Artistic Enclave in the Woodlands

For a bohemian escapade, set your sights on Calcata, a medieval village embraced by dense forests. This artistic haven exudes a unique ambiance with its cobblestone streets, art studios, and a castle. Traverse the surrounding woodlands for a culturally infused nature experience. Of course also here you have interesting options for hikes, including the peaceful “Treja Valley”.

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The Roman countryside unfolds a diverse array of day-trip possibilities for expats seeking respite from the urban rhythm. Whether your preference leans towards historical landmarks, lakeside serenity, or mountain seclusion, these destinations promise a perfect retreat into the embrace of nature. Plan your day excursion, rejuvenate your spirit, and relish the natural beauty surrounding the Roman countryside.

Of course, there are plenty of opportunities for hikes around all of these areas! For a map of hikes that are accessible by train, click here.

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Italy is one of the most dog-friendly destinations in Europe, with many places that welcome dogs and offer them a great quality of life. However, there are also some rules and regulations that you need to be aware of if you want to travel or move to Italy with your dog. In this article, we will share some of our experiences and tips on living in Italy with a dog.

Pet Culture

With around 40.2% of households having at least one animal, Italy is one of the most pet-friendly countries in the world. It ranks first for being most dog-friendly, based on animal protection laws, the number of vets, pet-friendly hotels and restaurants, and the like. Italians love their pets and treat them as part of the family, often spoiling them with gifts, clothes, and accessories. You will see many dogs walking with their owners on the streets, in the parks, and even in some shops and offices. Dogs are generally allowed in restaurants, cafes, and bars, as long as they are small and well-behaved. Some of them even provide water bowls, treats, and dog menus. However, it is always polite to ask the staff before entering with your dog, and to keep your dog on a leash and under control.

 

Potentially Dangerous Breeds

Currently, there are no breeds that are banned from being taken to Italy. However, following the Italian law, Rottweilers and Doberman Pinschers are considered dangerous and are therefore not allowed to enter Venice. In Italy, several breeds are currently considered dangerous, such as Rottweiler, Pit Bull Terrier, Tosa Inu, Dogo Argentino, Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog and Brazillian Mastiff, among others. In such cases, the owners of such ‘dangerous’ breeds have to ensure public safety by:

– Walking their dogs on a leash that doesn’t exceed 1.5 metres.
– Ensuring their dog wears a muzzle and is kept on a leash in public places such as the public transport.
– Registering their dog in the Anagrafe Canina (dog registry) with their microchip identification.
– Obtaining a certificate of suitability for the possession of the dog from a veterinarian.
– Obtaining a third-party liability insurance for the dog.

 

Pet Insurance

One of the first things you need to consider when living in Italy with a dog is pet insurance. Pet insurance is not mandatory in Italy, but it can be very useful in case of accidents, illnesses, or injuries that may require veterinary care. Veterinary costs in Italy can vary depending on the region, the clinic, and the treatment, but they are generally lower than in other European countries. However, some procedures or medications can still be expensive, especially if your dog has a chronic condition or needs surgery. Therefore, having pet insurance can help you cover some or all of these expenses and give you peace of mind.

 

There are different types of pet insurance available in Italy, depending on the coverage and the price. Some of the most common ones are:

– Third-party liability insurance: This type of insurance covers the damages that your dog may cause to other people or their property. This is especially important if you have a large or potentially dangerous breed, as you may be held responsible for any harm or injury that your dog may inflict. Third-party liability insurance is also required by law if you want to travel with your dog on public transport or enter some public places. The cost of this insurance can vary depending on the breed, the age, and the health of your dog, but it usually ranges from 30 to 100 euros per year.

– Health insurance: This type of insurance covers the veterinary expenses that your dog may incur due to illness or injury. This can include consultations, tests, medications, surgeries, hospitalizations, and even alternative therapies. The cost of this insurance can vary depending on the coverage, the deductible, the co-payment, and the limits of the policy, but it usually ranges from 100 to 300 euros per year.

– Travel insurance: This type of insurance covers the risks and inconveniences that you and your dog may face when travelling abroad. This can include medical expenses, repatriation, cancellation, loss of luggage, theft, and legal assistance. The cost of this insurance can vary depending on the destination, the duration, and the coverage of the trip, but it usually ranges from 10 to 50 euros per trip.

One the most popular and reliable pet insurance companies in Italy is Allianz, which offers a comprehensive pet insurance plan that covers both third-party liability and health expenses for dogs and cats. The plan also includes a 24/7 helpline, a network of partner veterinarians, and a free pet ID tag.

Pet-Friendly Places

Another thing you need to consider when living in Italy with a dog is finding pet-friendly places where you and your dog can enjoy your time together. Italy is a very pet-friendly country, with many places that allow dogs and offer them a great service. Here are some of the most common pet-friendly places in Italy:

 

Restaurants and cafes: Most restaurants and cafes in Italy welcome dogs, especially if they are small and well-behaved. Some of them even provide water bowls, treats, and dog menus. However, it is always polite to ask the staff before entering with your dog, and to keep your dog on a leash and under control. Some of the best dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Italy are:

– Pizzacoteca: Pizzacoteca is a pizzeria and bakery in Milan that offers delicious pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. Dogs are welcome inside and outside, and they can enjoy a slice of pizza or a biscuit for free.

– God Save The Food: God Save The Food is a restaurant and cafe chain in Milan that offers healthy and tasty dishes, from breakfast to dinner. Dogs are welcome inside and outside, and they can enjoy a bowl of water and a treat.

– Fiuto: Fiuto is a restaurant in Rome that caters to dogs and their owners. It offers a menu for dogs that is curated by a veterinarian, as well as dishes for humans that are inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine. Fiuto also provides water bowls, treats, and special trolleys for dogs to enjoy their dining experience

 

Parks and gardens: Many parks and gardens in Italy allow dogs, as long as they are on a leash and you pick up after them. Some of them even have designated dog areas where your dog can run and play off-leash. Some of the best parks and gardens in Italy are:

– Villa Borghese: Villa Borghese is a large and beautiful park in Rome that features fountains, statues, museums, and a lake. Dogs are allowed in most areas of the park, except for the museums and the zoo. There is also a dog area, where your dog can socialize with other dogs.

– Parco Sempione: Parco Sempione is a large and green park in Milan that features a castle, an arch, a tower, and a pond. Dogs are allowed in most areas of the park, except for the castle and the tower. There is also a dog area, where your dog can run and play off-leash.

– Giardino Bardini: Giardino Bardini is a beautiful and romantic garden in Florence that features flowers, statues, fountains, and a panoramic view of the city. Dogs are allowed in most areas of the garden, as long as they are on a leash and you pay a small entrance fee.

 

Beaches and lakes: Many beaches and lakes in Italy allow dogs, especially during the low season. Some of them even have dedicated dog beaches or dog areas where your dog can swim and sunbathe. Some of the best beaches and lakes in Italy are:

– Lido di Fido: Lido di Fido is a dog-friendly beach in Grado, near Venice, that offers a sandy beach, a shallow sea, and a lot of amenities for dogs and owners. Dogs can enjoy a bowl of water, a shower, a sunbed, and a parasol. There is also a veterinary service, a dog trainer, and a dog shop.

– Bau Beach: Bau Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Maccarese, near Rome, that offers a sandy beach, a clean sea, and a lot of facilities for dogs and owners. Dogs can enjoy a bowl of water, a shower, a sunbed, and a parasol. There is also a veterinary service, a dog trainer, and a dog shop. You can find more information and the prices on their website.

– Lago di Braies: Lago di Braies is a stunning lake in the Dolomites, near Bolzano, that offers a crystal-clear water, a mountain scenery, and a lot of activities for dogs and owners. Dogs can enjoy a swim, a hike, a boat ride, and a picnic. There is also a hotel, a restaurant, and a souvenir shop. You can find more information and the prices on their website.

 

Supermarkets

One of the last things you need to consider when living in Italy with a dog is finding supermarkets where you can shop with your dog. Supermarkets in Italy have different policies when it comes to dogs, depending on the size, the location, and the management of the store. Some of them allow dogs, some of them forbid dogs, and some of them offer special trolleys for dogs. Here are some of the most common supermarkets in Italy and their dog policies:

Carrefour: Carrefour is a French supermarket chain that has many stores in Italy, from hypermarkets to express shops. Carrefour is one of the most dog-friendly supermarkets in Italy, as it offers special trolleys for dogs in some of its stores. These trolleys have a padded seat, a safety belt, and a cover to protect your dog from the sun or rain. You can find these trolleys near the entrance of the store, and you can use them for free. However, you have to follow some rules, such as:

– Your dog must weigh less than 10 kg and be clean and healthy.
– Your dog must wear a collar and a leash, and you must hold the leash at all times.
– Your dog must not bark, bite, or disturb other customers or staff.
– You must not leave your dog unattended in the trolley or in the car.
– You must clean the trolley after use and return it to its place.

Lidl: Lidl is a German supermarket chain that has many stores in Italy, mainly discount shops. Lidl does not allow dogs inside its stores, except for guide dogs or service dogs. However, some of its stores have dog parking areas outside, where you can leave your dog while you shop. These areas have metal poles with rings, where you can attach your dog’s leash. They also have water bowls and shade to keep your dog comfortable. However, you have to follow some rules, such as:

– Your dog must wear a collar and a leash, and you must lock the leash to the ring.
– Your dog must not bark, bite, or disturb other customers or staff.
– You must not leave your dog for more than 15 minutes in the parking area.
– You must not leave your dog in the parking area if the weather is too hot or cold.

Coop: Coop is an Italian supermarket chain that has many stores in Italy, from supermarkets to convenience stores. Coop does not have a uniform policy for dogs, as it depends on the local regulations and the discretion of the store manager. Some of its stores allow dogs, some of them forbid dogs, and some of them have special trolleys for dogs. You can check the policy of each store on their website or by asking the staff. If the store allows dogs, you have to follow some rules, such as:

– Your dog must wear a collar and a leash, and you must hold the leash at all times.
– Your dog must not bark, bite, or disturb other customers or staff.
– Your dog must not enter the areas where food is exposed or prepared, such as the bakery, the butcher, or the deli.
– You must clean up after your dog if it makes a mess.

Living in Italy with a dog can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience, as Italy is a very pet-friendly country that offers many opportunities for you and your dog to have fun and relax. However, you also have to respect some rules and regulations that aim to ensure the safety and the well-being of your dog, yourself, and others. By following these tips, you can make the most of your time in Italy with your dog, and create some unforgettable memories.

 

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