Italian Food Rule: For Pizza, One Size Fits All in Italy

Italians are not inclined to share food from plate to plate, meaning they don't take tastes, bites, or portions off each other's pasta alle vongole or veal chops. Therefore, there is no practice of ordering an extra-large pizza for four people to share. Even two people don't share a pizza.

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Recommended Italian Language Schools in Italy

A round-up of great Italian language schools throughout Italy in Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Umbria. Spend your vacation learning the Italian language. Prego!

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Dream of Learning Italian in Italy

Many dream of becoming immersed in the Italian language, learning Italian while visiting Italy opens up the country in a whole new way. Here is a first-hand report of two language schools in Rome and Umbria.

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Great Local Tour Guides in Sicily and Sardinia

The Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia are filled with centuries of treasures. The best way to see them? With a great local tour guide...we have a bunch to recommend.

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How We Chose the Best Local Tour Guides in Italy

rying to compile a list of the
best local tour guides in Italy
is a daunting task. For our listings, we chose
guides who live in the regions or
cities where they work and who
know their material thoroughly and
present it passionately.

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Enhance Your Italy Trip with a Great Tour Guide

Why your trip to Italy simply must include great local tour guides (even for a half-day here and there)...plus the four guidelines for working with a guide and how tour guides in Italy are licensed and screened.

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Travel Agents and Group Tours for the Mobility Challenged

This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2019.  Working with a travel agent is another option for the mobility challenged. Yet it may take a general travel agent or even an Italy specialist much time and effort (which may result in extra fees) to get up to speed on requirements and identifying providers. …

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Italy for the Mobility Challenged

This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018.  Unlike the United States, Italy does not have a national law like the Americans with Disabilities Act that requires buildings, sidewalks and public transportation to meet certain accessibility standards. Instead, municipalities, each with their unique assortment of ruins and centuries-old buildings and cobblestone streets, determine …

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Sala Blu Offers Assistance in Italy’s Train Stations

If you have mobility problems (disabled, use a wheelchair, pregnant), riding Italy's trains can be difficult, especially when dealing with luggage. The free service Sala Blu -- offered by Trenitalia -- can provide you with extra assistance in getting on and off trains and to your final destination.

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Photographing La Dolce Vita: Photography in Italy with Brad Mikel

Master photographer Brad Mikel shares tips (and first-hand anecdotes) for taking better photos in Italy, especially for capturing the best light and incorporating Italians into your photos.

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