Have you ever asked yourself what a trip to Italy is really like? What are the possible challenges you’ll run into while visiting it? Italy is definitely a unique place and a very easy country to travel in, but it’s absolutely a world of its own! We Italians are lovely people but we tend to be very traditional in certain habits! And even if getting out of your comfort zone is surely part of the fun of visiting a foreign country, there are some things you should know to make your trip to Italy easier. Whether you are embarking on
Pompeii finally has its Museum! Let us introduce you to the visit and the most important things on display.   For the last two centuries and a half, travelers have stopped in Naples and visited its sublime Archeological Museum – Mann – to admire the find from the buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Now, travelers can simply enter the Archaeological Park of Pompeii and enjoy the 11 rooms of the new Pompeii Museum - Antiquarium. It was inaugurated last January 2021. The itinerary follows the history of Pompeii from its foundation during the 7th century BC to the Eruption in October
What do I need to know before a visit to Pompeii? Pompeii is indeed a very large excavation site spreading over 163 acres. A visit to Pompeii can be quite challenging if you do not know how to move around! That's the reason why we decided, after been tour-guides there for over 25 years, to share some insider travel tips so you can make the best out of it. In particular, we will provide useful information and FAQs you should know before starting your discovery of this amazing UNESCO site. HOW DO I REACH POMPEII AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Are you planning to visit Mount Vesuvius but can't find enough reliable information? Let us take care of it! Here is everything you need to know if you want to climb Mount Vesuvius to the crater’s top: travel tips, information, how to reach it and the most frequently asked questions all contained in a single article! The Mount Vesuvius was the first volcano ever described in History during the eruption “of Pompeii” on 79 AD. It is “The Volcano”. Not only: the Mt Vesuvius is considered the most dangerous volcano on planet earth due to hundreds of thousands living on
The dilemma of many travelers visiting Italy south of Rome is: should I visit Pompeii or Herculaneum? The answer seems to us easier than the more famous “to be or not to be”! As far as you have enough reliable information. For this reason, we have decided to provide all that essential information that will allow you to choose serenely which archaeological site to visit! Are you ready? Let’s get started! Both Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried during a terrific explosion of Mt Vesuvius on the 24th of October 79 AD. And both places are equally well preserved: any visitor
Rome is undoubtedly one of the most touristed cities in the world with fascinating buildings, beautiful museums, nice neighborhoods, and pieces of history and art. You'd be rather surprised that not every inch of the Eternal City has been discovered and conquered by tourists and if you know where to look hidden gems are surprisingly easy to find even in Rome! Today we want to take you to one of these hidden gems: the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, a quiet Museum far from the beaten track and the crowd of tourists, housed in a majestic Palazzo (Palace) still owned by the
After been guiding in Pompeii and Herculaneum for over 25 years, we feel like sharing with you some travel suggestions about visiting the Archaeological Areas of Pompeii and Herculaneum so you can have the best experience ever. This guide will provide you some useful information about the best time of the day to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum depending on the seasons. Pompeii is a very large excavation site spreading over 163 acres. Most travelers are surprised by the size and the state of preservation of this Ancient Roman City. An average tour can last about 2 hours during which you
Close your eyes and think about a Roman amphitheatre. The first image that will appear in your mind will certainly be that of the famous Flavian Amphitheatre also called the Colosseum, the most majestic building left us by the Romans. But there are many other arenas in Italy that have hosted fierce combats over the centuries. Today we want to take you to discover an authentic wonder, unknown to the general public: let’s start our virtual tour of the famous Amphitheatre of Capua (or Anfiteatro Campano). This majestic Roman amphitheatre in the city of Capua, is indeed second only to
Looking for an unusual activity while visiting Rome? Here is a suggestion to make your Roman Holidays a unique and funny adventure! Since 2011 the famous Cinecittà Studios in Rome, where several national and international movies have been filmed, have opened to the public with the Cinecittà Shows Off project, a cultural initiative that enhances the historical and architectural heritage of the Cinecittà Studios, allowing visitors to experience in person the exhibition halls with movie costumes, pictures and objects and the permanent sets of great movies and TV shows!  This unique project provides indeed public access to the Roman Dream
How To Visit Highlights And Save Money Are you planning to visit Naples and explore its surroundings for few days? If you know you’ll be packing in a lot of popular attractions into your stay, you may be able to travel on a budget by purchasing a city pass. The Campania ArteCard is indeed the local pass that allow you to save money and time while visiting the most beautiful attractions that this unique area can offer to visitors from all over the world. This city pass gives you free or discounted entries into dozens of attractions over a set
Capri travel Tips: how to optimize your visit of the Blue Island. Famed for its natural beauty since the 1960s when celebrities like Jacqueline Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, and Sophia Loren put the island on the jet-set map, Capri is no longer so hidden. But with its wild steep cliffs rising majestically from an impossibly blue sea and its spectacular villas, it's easy to forgive Capri for being so famous and popular. The island is indeed a seductive combination of fairy-tale landscapes and fun, which over the centuries has conquered Roman emperors and Hollywood stars. With its whitewashed villas and small
The Charterhouse of St Martin (known as the Certosa di San Martino) perched high above the Vomero Hill overlooking the Bay of Naples, has been bearing witness to the long monastic and intricate history of the city.  A superb repository of Neapolitan ancient splendours, riches, intrigues and mysteries, this unique monument has been decorated, adorned and altered over the centuries by some of Italy’s finest talents before becoming one the largest monumental complex in Naples and one of the most successful examples of Italian artistry. But when the fascinating history of this one-of-a kind imposing Charterhouse started?  Let’s travel back
The Castel Nuovo (or Maschio Angioino) is one of the most famous and important symbols of the city of Naples. It majestic architecture, facing the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, has been part of the history of Naples over the last eight centuries, silently witnessing the constant succession of men who have made the history of the city great. But what’s the real history of Castle Nuovo? Let’s start from the beginning of the story… Named Castrum Novum (New Castle) to distinguish it from the other two royal residences of Naples (Castel dell’Ovo and Castel Capuano), this huge Neapolitan medieval fortress was
Gelato, the good quality one, knows no climate or season. Italians can consume gelato to cool off during summer time or they simply enjoy it for the pure pleasure of tasting an authentic delicacy! At any given time of the day, you’ll indeed find Italians sitting in the squares, walking in the streets, socializing with one another, and enjoying each other’s company over a cone or two. Cioccolato, pistacchio, stracciatella, nocciola, vaniglia…. you are spoilt for choice! But Gelato has also a social value. It has the power to create a sense of belonging and to brings people together. Even
Rome is definitely full to the brim with cultural sights, attractions, incredible exhibitions and unmissable events. You may feel overwhelmed and spend your whole time in the Eternal City dragging yourself between monuments and museums without the time to fully discover what this unique city has to offer. Time can indeed be a big issue when traveling, but sometimes you may drift into missing very interesting events while chasing more famous sights.  If you want to wander off the beaten path, if you are a true art lover or simply if you need to catch your breath during your winter
Naples is definitely an amazing city with over 2000 years of history and endless things to do and to visit.  It is often gritty and chaotic, with its bustling streets and open air markets but beautiful and authentic at the same time. A place of soul-stirring art-works and landscapes, fascinating buildings and unexpected, inimitable treasures. Everybody knows about the city aboveground with its castles, the museums and the sun-drenched streets, but the real essence of Naples, its heart, lies in the shadow. Naples underground is full of mysterious and gloomy labyrinths where history meets with legend, magic and spirituality. There
DISCOVER THE HISTORIC CITY CENTRE OF NAPLES - PART I Naples is definitely like no other city in Europe. You may love its gritty urban landscape and vow to return the moment you leave, or you will most probably hate it. Its untamed original spirit retains a selection of outstanding elements of the city glorious past and many of its amazing monuments may still be seen in their popular context. Naples is indeed an ancient and compelling city, whose richness requires from every tourist will to explore, time and above all some knowledge of the extraordinary Neapolitan history. So let’s

Naples Art Subway Stations   Naples is a city of a thousand faces.  Above ground, the hustle and bustle of its erratic and frenzied daily rhythm while below ground, an unexpected beautiful, comfortable and functional environment. The city underground system has been indeed converted into an eclectic contemporary art museum with the installations of some of the most famous artists inside the subway stations. The project has been supervised by Achille Bonito Oliva, a well-known art critic and curator: the “art subway” as Mr Bonito Oliva declared himself “wasn’t about decorating the architecture, it’s about enhancing the space with the

HIGHLIGHTS OF NAPLES FROM THE CRUISE TERMINAL – Part II Walking may be the best way to fully appreciate and experience some of the highlights of Naples. For those who want to explore a little deeper this shady and confusing city, here the Part II of the suggested itinerary “Highlights from the Cruise Terminal”: this will help you saving you time and energy while allowing you to discover some of the most spectacular places of Naples you may have missed on you own. Let’s get started!   Plebiscito Square Somewhere in between the bustling shopping street of Toledo and Trieste and Trento Square,  Piazza del Plebiscito

HIGHLIGHTS OF NAPLES FROM THE CRUISE TERMINAL – Part I Discover the secrets of Naples with its World-class monuments, some of the best food in Italy, a vibrant street life and a thriving contemporary art scene. Start your exploration of this amazing city from the Cruise Terminal as soon as you get off your ship and begin your journey to enjoy as much as possible of what the area has to offer in the time span you have available!   New Castle Your exploration of some of the highlights of Naples starts the minute you walk off your ship, with

Why off season can be the best time to visit Pompeii Most travel guides would suggest off season as the best time to visit Italy. Traveling from November to March can be definitely awesome and there is absolutely no need to wait until it’s warm again to travel over there. During high travel season Italy can be totally packed out with a stampede of tourists and sightseers almost everywhere with everybody cramming into the trains and converging on tourist destinations at the same time: the most famous attractions such as museums, archaeological sites, monuments, beaches and restaurants can be overrun with endless crowds and