These days there are so many new and innovative ways to get travel advice. Through our nine years in business, Dream of Italy has always tried to ride the wave and find new and innovative ways to present great Italy travel advice (i.e. our first iPhone/iPad app is about to launch). In January, we founded #italychat on Twitter. Every other Wednesday, we invite one special guest and anyone who has a Twitter account to tackle one Italy travel or culture topic.
The results (see our page of #italychat transcripts) have generated a wealth of insider tips on everything from participating in an archaeological dig in Italy to the best places to eat pizza in Rome. James Martin, About.com’s Europe Guide, said in a recent article on alternative travel resources, “You’ll find many travel writers and expats extolling the virtues of a trip to Italy and spilling their travel secrets freely (it’s that punch).” Here are some highlights from recent sessions of #italychat:
How to Join An Archaeological Dig in Italy:
Daryus Arya (@saverome) shared this tip in our #italychat on archaeology: You can sign up as a volunteer- a good website is www.archaeological.org and see our Ostia dig… think of a skill you can bring as an architect, donor, engineer, etc; or just enthusiast! Time is running out; crews are filing up– do apply soon and if you are passing by in the summer- say Hi and ask questions- excavators love to share!
Best Places to Eat in Tuscany:
James Martin (@wanderingitaly) was our special guest for this #italychat on Tuscany for foodies: I repeat: Antica Locanda di Sesto for meat outside the walls of Lucca. Man, pig fat rules. My local Spino Fiorito for three course lunch with all the organic wine you can stomach for 10 Euros is nice as well.
@ilpalazzone shared: ll Silene di Roberto Rossi in Pescina EVERY TIME! amazing primary ingredients, creative but not pretentious, great wines.
Best festivals in Umbria:
Rebecca Winke (@brigolante) was our special guest for this #italychat on Umbria: Fave festivals: medieval Mercato delle Gaite in Bevagna and Calendimaggio in Asissi.
@seeyouinitaly shared: Cheese rolling on Pasquetta, Monday after Easter in Panicale. weather permitting