Northern Italian Food Specialties

Overseas tourists visiting Italy for the first time might assume that the country is all about spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parm, pizza, gelato, wines, and seafood. But the truth is that there is a lot more to food in Italy. In fact, traditional Italian food can vary greatly depending on where you travel. Each region of the country has distinct culinary traditions, including in Northern Italy.

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Northern Italian food is more dairy-based, as opposed to the coastal regions where the influence of seafood is strong. Dairy products like cream, milk, butter, and cheeses are used as the land here is flatter, and thus best suited for raising cattle. People here can afford more expensive ingredients as this region is more affluent than other parts of Italy. You will find creamy cheeses like Gorgonzola and Mascarpone from Lombardy, Taleggio from Veneto, and Valle d’Aosta’s Fontina. Around Bologna, you will find Parmigiano-Reggiano and homemade egg pasta. Many people believe that Parmigiano-Reggiano is the best cheese available in the country. Northern Italy is known for its cured meats and sausages, as well as Prosciutto di Parma.

Another cuisine trends seen in this part of the country include very little use of pasta, tomato sauce, and olive oil. The people tend to prefer rice, corn, creamy sauces, and butter. There are some exceptions though. For instance, people around the lakes and those in Liguria do use some olive oils in their foods. Pasta is consumed as well, but not anything like that of southern Italy. Pasta has serious competition up in the north with polenta and risotto–dishes that keep people warm in the cold winter months.


The main course in northern Italy usually includes wild fowl or game like grouse, quail, or rabbit. Fish is popular up in the north as well, but particularly along the coast. Streams, rivers, and, of course, the lakes provide trout and carp.

If you are in Milan, try Valtellina Superiore, which is made from nebbiolo grapes. These grapes are less tannic and acidic. Panettone is a famous dessert from Milan–a cake made with candied citrus inside. This delicious cake is served with Franciacorta wine.


Trentino-Alto Aldige was once a part of Austria, so there is a distinct Austrian influence in the food here. This region is famous for its cured ham. Try the bread dumplings that at times go with goulash, which is a meat stew. Apples are plentiful here, and not surprisingly, make it into their foods as well.

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Shopping the Designer Names in Italy

Italy is not just about history, art, culture, architecture, and natural splendors. The country offers plenty of shopping opportunities as well. There are plenty of Italian designer brands that have gone on to achieve worldwide fame, including Gucci, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Diesel. And you can indulge in some serious designer name shopping in the big three cities – Rome, Milan, and Florence. The experience could be as rich as shopping in New York or Paris. In fact, Milan is considered to be the fashion capital of the world, along with NYC and Paris. But Rome and Florence aren’t too far behind.

So where are the big designer stores in Italy? Let’s find out.

Designer Shopping in Milan

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Head to Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Dante between Piazza del Duomo, and Castello Sforzesco to Piazza San Babila. You will find many shops of many famous brands here. You might also want to visit Galleria Passarella and Galleria San Carlo. Of course it’s costly, but you can be sure that you will get some of the most gorgeous dresses and fashion accessories here. Visit Corso Buenos Aires and Via Torino for brands like H&M, as well as Italian chains like Intimissimi and Nara Camicie. The Brera district is the best place to pick up some stunning jewelry to go with your dresses. There are some small boutiques throughout Milan offering handmade fashion accessories.

Designer Shopping in Rome

Via Condotti is probably the best place for designer shopping in the Italian capital. There are plenty of designer labels here like Gucci, Valentino, Dior, Armani, Hermes, Burberry, Celine, Mont Blanc, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, and many others. You should definitely walk this fashionable street at least, even if you don’t have any plans of spending a lot of money. You can visit via del Corso as well, which is stylish, but less crowded. Via del Babuino that connects Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo is very elegant  and is the best place for jewelry, clothes, shoes, and antique shopping.

Designer Shopping in Florence


Via Tornabuoni is the most glamorous street in Florence. Once the home of the wealthy merchants of Florence during Renaissance, the palazzi that line the street still look beautiful to this day. Some of the stores you will find here are Prada, Armani, Gucci, Dior, Emilio Pucci, Tiffany, and Cartier. You can also visit Via della Vigna Nuova, a great place to pick up some amazing shoes.

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5 Free Things to Do in Florence

Florence, the city of Renaissance, is definitely not to be missed on any tour in Italy. And yes, thousands of tourists from all corners of the world do visit Florence to see its famous landmarks. But every single Florence attraction is worth it. And the good news is that, many of those attractions are free. Here are the top 5 free things to do in Florence.

Enter the Duomoflorence duomoThe Duomo is the most famous landmark in Florence. This is the cathedral that can be seen from virtually anywhere in the city. Its huge red dome stands tall above all of the other buildings. It’s among the big three landmarks in Italy as well. The Duomo is certainly a must visit. Look at the frescoes from the 16th Century by Federico Zuccari and Giorgio Vasari depicting the Last Judgment. In order to get a closer look at them, and to get a stunning, 360 degree view of Florence, you’ll have to pay a small fee to climb to the top of the dome.  You can take amazing pictures of the city through tiny windows as you climb the stairs. But if you don’t want to pay the fee, you’ll still love seeing the beautiful interior of the cathedral.

Walk Across Ponte Vecchioponte-vecchio-lots-ofDon’t miss the Ponte Vecchio. This was the first bridge in Florence, crossing the Arno River near the Uffizi to Pitti Palace. This is the only bridge that has survived from the medieval days. Stroll across the bridge and look at the shops selling silver and gold jewelry. Even if you choose not to open your wallet, you’ll still have a more than memorable experience in Florence.

Loggia dei Lanzipiazza-della-signoriaLoggia dei Lanzi is a small building at the corner of Piazza della Signoria, which has been the center of Florence’s social and political life for centuries. Loggia dei Lanzi today contains many famous sculptures and statues, and you’ll even see a copy of Michelangelo’s David on the very spot where it first stood.  If you don’t want to wait in line or spend the money at the Galleria Accademia to see the real thing, this is a perfect substitute.  The statues under the loggia are all original, beautifully-crafted showpieces that you don’t want to miss.

Farmacia Santa Maria Novellaofficina-santa-maria-novellaYes, this is a pharmacy, but it’s among the oldest ones in the world. When you enter, you will feel like you are going into a museum–not a drugstore. Housed in a former chapel, this pharmacy is a piece of art, and inside you can create your own perfume sold in bottles designed by Leonardo da Vinci or pick up some amazing soaps, shampoos, and more.

Piazzale Michelangelo and San Miniatopiazzale_michelangeloPiazzale Michelangelo stands on the San Miniato hill. This square has become a tourist hotspot as it offers panoramic views of Florence. The view from its observation point can be seen in countless snapshots and postcards. This square has been dedicated to Michelangelo and bears his name. You can see copies of Michelangelo’s work here, including a bronze version of David. Head a little further up the hill to the Church of San Miniato, which offers perhaps an even more stunning view.

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Outlet Shopping in Italy


With so many designer stores everywhere, shopping can certainly be costly in Italy. It can be tough on the purse for many people. Thankfully, there is outlet shopping. Italian outlet shopping can save you money, and you will still get the best of everything. So where are these stores located?

Outlet malls in Italy are located throughout the country, but most of them are in the three big cities – Rome, Florence, and Milan. Usually, these stores are on the city outskirts. You will have to travel a bit to visit them, but in the end it’s worth it.


The Mall – This outlet mall near Florence is open daily between 10 AM and 7 PM. It’s located at Leccio-Reggello. You find the outlet stores of Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Dior, Bottega, Ermenegildo Zegna, Veneta, Armani, Fendi, Pucci, Gucci, Valentino, and many other brands. Drive along the A1 which travels to Rome and go through the exit that is marked Incisa. The Mall in Florence will soon come up on your left.  You can also take the train from Florence and then a taxi to the outlets.

Dolce & Gabbana – Open between 10 AM and 7 PM every day of the week, except Sundays, this Florence outlet is in Pian dell’Isola Rignano sull’Arno, close to The Mall. Two of its floors are dedicated to clothing and shoes. Go through the impressive collection of samples, seconds, front-line stocks, and even past collections. Once again, take the A1 towards Rome and then turn when you reach Incisa. Follow the signs and you will reach the store.


Serravalle Designer Outlet – These designer outlets in Milan include Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Guess, Trussardi, and 176 others. Serravalle Designer is open every day between 10 AM and 8 PM. Take the A7 from to Bologna/Genova/Venezia and exit at Serravalle Scrivia.

Armani – This Armani outlet store near Milan is located in Vertemate con Minoprio. You’ll find the entire Armani collection there. Hours are from 10 AM to 2 PM and then 3 PM to 7 PM and it is closed on Sunday. Reach Milano Nord Cadona and take the train that goes to Fino Mornasco. A taxi will take you there in no time.


Castel Romano Designer Outlet – This designer outlet in Rome is open between 10 AM and 8 PM (Monday – Thursday) and between 10 AM and 9 PM (Friday and Saturday). Located at Via Ponte di Piscina Cupa, it carries products from Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Zegna, Ermenegildo, La Perla, Mandarina Duck, Ferragamo, Valentino, and Robert Cavalli. Travel through the SS148 south toward Pomezia and exit at Castel Romano/Laurentina.

Valmontone Outlet – Products at this Rome designer outlet are from Intimissimi, Calvin Klein, Sisley, Clarks, Baldinini, and Ethic. It is open between 10 AM and 8 PM Monday through Friday, and for an hour more on the weekend. You will find this Rome outlet store at Via della Pace. Take the A1 that goes to Napoli, and then the E45 for San Cesareo, exiting at Valmontone.

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The Beautiful Piazzas of Rome

Rome is known for its amazing public squares.  They’re a place to gather, a place to relax, and a place to see some amazing architecture.  Here are some of the best piazzas in Rome.

Piazza NavonaPiazza_Navona,_Roma_-_fontana_fc07In the 1st Century, the site that Piazza Navona was built over what was known as Stadio di Domiziano (Domitian’s Stadium) and it was here that the ancient Romans came to watch games and take part in competitions. Nowadays, Piazza Navona is Rome’s most famous square, but some of the remains of the stadium are still beneath the piazza and tours of this intriguing subterranean world are available.

For hundreds of years, the main market of Rome was held in Piazza Navona, but the traders moved during the 15th Century, leaving the piazza and all of its beauty to be enjoyed in a more peaceful environment. Piazza Navona is a hive of activity with performers, artists, and street hawkers all adding to the colorful sights and sounds. At Christmas time, the traders return with a special festive market.

There are three fountains in the piazza: Fontana del Nettuno, built in the 19th Century, is at the northern end, while Fontana del Moro, from the 16th Century, is on the southern end. In the center sits Bernini’s famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. It is decorated with a horse, a lion, and a palm tree with an obelisk on the top and is said to represent the four great rivers known at the time: Plate, Danube, Nile, and Ganges.

Campo dei FioriCampo dei FioriCampo dei Fiori translates as “Field of Flowers,” and in the Middle Ages, the area was a meadow, so it is easy to see where the name comes from. Despite the pretty-sounding name, the piazza has been the scene of some gruesome happenings and many executions have taken place here. In February 1600, a philosopher, Giordano Bruno, was burnt alive for heresy and his statue now looks down on the lively square where Romans and visitors flock to the bars and restaurants. In the summertime, families and friends gather to enjoy the warm evenings, and on December 8th every year, the Christmas handicrafts market starts. Campo dei Fiori is a few streets south of the much larger Piazza Navona and for six days a week is the site of Rome’s oldest fresh produce market. Every morning, except Sunday, locals and visitors fill the square buying fruit, vegetables, and fish as well as household goods, spices, and toys.

San Pietrosaint_peters_7Better known to millions as St. Peter’s Square, this piazza is one of the most important places to see for anyone visiting Rome and Vatican City. Standing in the square which borders St Peter’s Basilica, visitors can see the Papal apartments and the famous balcony from where the pontiff addresses the crowds. St. Peter’s Basilica is possibly the largest church in Christianity and can easily hold over 15,000 people. Most Masses from the Pontifical liturgical calendar are held in the church, but when the Holy See is expecting a large crowd, the Mass is held in the square itself. The piazza usually holds about 80,000, but figures of 400,000 have been quoted for historic occasions.

Millions of Catholics and non-Catholics have passed through this centuries old space, where the semi-circular colonnades are said to represent the arms of the church reaching out to embrace the world. On a Sunday morning, the square is full as the Pope holds Mass, where people come from all walks of life but are united by the same faith. The service is in Latin but the message is universal.

Piazza della Rotundapiazza_della_rotondaThe focal point of Piazza della Rotunda is without doubt the Pantheon. The informal title of the Pantheon is the church of Santa Maria Rotunda, and this is where this pretty square takes its name. The brick dome on the church is the biggest in architectural history and has been imitated many times throughout the world. Another notable building in the piazza is painted a pretty shade of light blue and has a stunning fresco of the Madonna.

This piazza in Rome is one of the must-see places of Rome with a vibrant buzz in the daytime from the musicians and artists who entertain the crowds. In the evenings, it is a beautiful place for a romantic stroll arm in arm with a loved one or a walk with the family. There are many restaurants and pizzerias to choose from or just buy an ice cream and sit on the steps of the gently tinkling fountain.

Piazza del Popolopiazza_del_popoloPiazza del Popolo, or the People’s Square, is seen as one of the best urban designs in Rome and dates from the beginning of the 19th Century. The oval square is near the Borghese Park and on the north side is the Porta del Popolo, which leads into Via Flaminia, which was one of the most important roads into Rome from the Adriatic coast. At the opposite end of the piazza, the two symmetrical, but not identical, churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria di Montesanto sit on either side of the Via del Corso. Since Via Flaminia was built in 220 BC, many travelers have entered the city passing through Porta del Popolo and out through Via del Corso, into the heart of Rome.

There is a lot to see as you wander around the square, statues of a sphinx and lions wait in the sun for their turn to be photographed and optimistic pigeons wait for some crumbs of pizza or bread. Take some time to visit the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Piazza del Popolo. The whole family will be inspired by this brief glimpse into the mind of a genius and getting to play with some of his inventions.

Like any square in Rome, there are lots of opportunities to have a glass of wine, a slice of pizza, and indulge in some people watching. If you are feeling more energetic and want to get some amazing city views, find the white building in the northeast end of the square and climb the steps.

Piazza di Spagna1343733496_Piazza-di-SpagnaPiazza di Spagna is probably more well-known as the home of the Spanish Steps rather than for the square itself. The elegant Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti consists of twelve flights of stairs and 137 steps. It is the widest staircase in Europe and was given its more familiar name after the Spanish Ambassador who lived there.

At the foot of the steps, you will find the Barcaccia Fountain and, leading away from the square, are some of Rome’s most famous, and expensive, shopping streets. Via del Babuino is full of antique shops while, for more modern luxuries, the boutique-lined streets of Via Frattina, Via dei Condotti, and Via Borgognona are close by. The famous English poet John Keats lived and died in Piazza di Spagna and his house is now a small museum full of memorabilia dedicated to his memory.

The spring is one of the nicest times to visit Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps when the architecture is lost beneath a colorful display of azaleas. This has been a tradition for the past three quarters of a century and it takes council workers two days to arrange the 400 flower pots. Just watch out though, tempting as the idea of sitting on the Spanish Steps with an ice cream is; don’t do it. Roman urban regulations forbid it and the steps are usually very crowded anyway.

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Visiting Rome with Kids


In the conventional sense, Rome isn’t a great city for kids, frankly. There aren’t too many parks here, the museums don’t have many hands-on, fun things. But on the other hand, many squares in the city are traffic free. There is a lot of space for running around or chasing pigeons while Dad and Mom enjoy their coffee at the outdoor café. Plus, Italians love kids, so locals are always friendly toward traveling families with kids. And little ones will love the gelato and pizza, too.

The truth is that, kids may not fall in love with the Colosseum, though they can snap a few funny pictures by dressing up as Gladiators, and they might get bored with the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican. But that doesn’t mean that there is nothing in Rome for kids to do. There are, indeed, some interesting and fun kid-friendly activities in Rome.

Things to See In Rome with Kids

The Said Vintage Chocolate Factory is a great activity for kids in Rome–actually, for adults too! This chocolate factory opened in 1923 and was bombed extensively during World War II. Now it’s been turned into a museum that showcases antique chocolate making machines. There is a gift shop as well.

Technotown is a must visit if you have older kids. Try the Time Machine here, which transports visitors to ancient Rome. There are many science-based interactive technology exhibits your kids are sure to find very interesting. Budding techies will love the FlipBall.

I Burattini del Gianicolo

There are some cinemas for kids and puppet theaters as well, like the I Burattini del Gianicolo. Many kids might not understand the dialogue, but the puppets will definitely catch their attention. The handcrafted traditional puppets are beautiful. Also in the area, your kids will love the cannon that is shot every day at noon.

The Trevi Fountain is always a favorite among the kids, just like it is with adults. It’s fun to toss a coin into the fountain. Your child is going to remember Trevi for many years.

The Bocca della Verità is also a fun activity in Rome for kids. You are expected to stick your hands into the mouth of a stone face that is built into the wall of a church. According to legend, the mouth gobbles up your hand if you are liar.

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And, lastly, there is the Bioparco di Roma, a zoo located within the Borghese Gardens.  Kids will love seeing the giraffes, butterflies, and tigers–and going for a ride on the train!  In fact, you could spend the whole day in the Gardens, between the zoo, the amazing views of Rome, the fountains, and the water clock.

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Spotlight On: The Dolomites Region

It is such a pity really! Most tourists to Italy visit the cities of Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, and even Naples. But if you consider the numbers, you will see that far fewer tourists come to the Dolomites, but the reality is that the Dolomites in the north of Italy are among the most scenic destinations anywhere in Europe. The area should get at least the same number of tourists as Switzerland and Austria. But it doesn’t–and that’s good for you!


The Dolomites are a mountain range in northern Italy. There are 18 peaks here that go higher than 3,000 meters. But it’s not just about the peaks. There are some dazzling valleys, sparkling lakes, and beautiful small villages that make Dolomites so visually appealing. The sheer cliffs, vertical walls, long and deep valleys are indeed a treat for the eyes. You are sure to love the twisting and turning roads and the mountain hideaways here. There are many karst systems and glacial landforms as well. The unique hills have been formed because of years of avalanches, floods, and frequent landslides. The area has been included into the UNESCO World Heritage list. While most tourists who come to the Dolomites are skiers, it’s also the perfect destination for hikers, bikers, campers, and nature lovers.


The Dolomites is the perfect winter destination, but it’s a very good place to visit during the summer as well. Many celebrities have also discovered this region of Italy. For instance, Earnest Hemingway had penned many short stories sitting in the bar at Hotel de la Poste in the small town of Cortina. Audrey Hepburn praised the Dolomites handsomely as she wafted past the inns here. A lot of Italian designers have their shops here. Many movie stars, politicians, authors, princes, and kings have visited Cortina and fell in love with the beautiful town. But there are other beautiful towns in the Dolomites as well, like Selva Gardena, Ortisei, and Cristina.


You could pick any of these towns. Or you may select one of the log cabins located in remote areas to live within the wilderness. Go on a hiking trip during the summer or try skiing during the winter. Hiking is probably the best way to see these unique hills and appreciate the stunning beauty of the Dolomites. Remember to be careful when you are selecting the hiking trail. Some are easy, but there are some extensive ones as well that can take several days to complete. You might have to scale difficult peaks in the high altitude hikes.

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Top Excursions from Milan

Milan is the shopping capital of Italy. You will find boutique stores and some of the best known brands almost everywhere you go in the city. Milan is also the city of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” But head out of the city, and you can go on many fantastic day trips and longer excursions. Indeed, there is a lot to see around Milan as well. Here are some of the main excursions from Milan.

The Lakeslake comoThere are three stunning lakes close to this northern Italian city: Como, Lago di Garda, and Lago Maggiore. Italy’s Lake District is complete with hills and valleys all around, lending an extremely scenic view around all three lakes. Lake Como is just an hour away from Milan, while Lake Maggiore is 1.5 hours away. Take boat rides on the lakes and see the stunning villas along the coast. Get down into the small coastal villages to explore them. You could visit the beautiful medieval city of Verona, home of “Romeo and Juliet,” as well with your trip to Lake Garda.

Venice – There is no city like Venice anywhere else in the world. You will certainly not want to miss it. Venice is so close to Milan that you could even go on a day trip. But obviously it would be better to spend a few days in Venice to enjoy a walking tour and gondola ride. You are sure to love the architecture and exquisite art of Venice.

Cinque Terrecinque_terre_vernazzaVisit the incredible Cinque Terre on a day-trip from Milan. The five fishing villages of Vernazza, Corniglia, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, and Manarola make Cinque Terre the most scenic coastal region of the country. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site as well. You will definitely love the train trip, boat rides, and scenic drives along the charming towns that hang on the cliffside. Spend a couple of days here if you can and go on lots of walking tours.

Portofino and Genoa – This is the Italian Riviera, and it’s no less beautiful than the south of France. Portofino and Genoa are both glamorous. There is a lot of maritime history to be discovered as well. It is definitely among the best excursions from Milan.

Bernina ExpressBernina ExpressA ride on the Bernina Express to the ski resort of St, Moritz is a trip of a lifetime. You will pass through some of the highest mountain passes in Europe. If you want, you can take another train trip from St. Moritz to Zermatt. That is the Glacier Express, another memorable train trip.

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Winter in Italy


Italy is among the most-visited countries in the world. However, most of it happens during the summer. Winter in Italy sees fewer tourists, and that’s just one of the reasons why it’s a great time of year to visit the country.  With just a slight chill in the air, a bit of rain, and the off-chance of snow (unless you’re in the northernmost part of Italy), winter offers so many great chances to see a country that can often be very crowded.  In winter, there will be fewer people in the museums, with non-existent or shorter lines as there are very few tourists around. The symphony, theater, and opera are all in full swing and the mountains of Italy offer many sports opportunities.  So, here are the top reasons for visiting Italy during the winter:

  • You can get hot deals on hotels and  airfare (except during the holiday season, of course). You will be able to save quite a bit of cash.
  • Ski resorts in Italy are some of the best in Europe.
  • Go on hiking trips around Lake Como or Lake Garda.
  • You will love the snow in the hills.
  • Cultural performances in historic sites.
  • Almost zero queues at museums.
  • The weather is milder or cooler during the days–perfect for a walking tour.

Weather in Italy During Winter


The weather is obviously cold during the winter months. But it’s not so throughout the country. For instance, if you visit the coastal regions of Sicily and Sardinia, or the southern mainland, and you will find the weather to be quite mild. But head to the inlands of the north, particularly to the mountains and the lakes, and you are likely to get fresh snowfall. The hills of the north are actually an extension of the Alps from Switzerland. Even the popular tourist places of Florence, Venice, and the hill cities of Umbria and Tuscany can have some snowfall. Most of the rain in Italy happens during November and December. So, while there is rain in the winter, there is more during the fall. Otherwise, it will be crisp and clear.

Festivals and Ice Skating


Here are two more reasons for visiting Italy in winter.

You can try ice skating in Rome in one of the few outdoor rinks set up around town. The streets are decorated with Christmas lights and you will meet musicians singing carols close to Christmas.

Celebrations are held throughout the winter. There’s the Epiphany in January and Carnevale in February. Venice and Viareggio are famous for their Carnevale celebrations, with eleborate masks, costumes, floats, and parties.  Venice Carnevale 2014 starts on February 15.

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The Smart Hotel in Rome–Perfect for Both Business and Leisure Travelers

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Smart Hotel in Rome offers value for money—especially for business travelers. It’s a premium and luxury business hotel in Rome, but it is easy on the pocket too for most travelers to the Italian capital. It is clean, spacious, friendly, and safe with a relaxed and quiet ambience—just what you need after a busy day of meetings or sightseeing in Rome. You will be instantly transported to a world of privacy and elegance. Smart Hotel is a trendy boutique property with contemporary interiors that has received some very positive reviews from countless travelers. Smart Hotel has become a favorite because of its central location.



Smart Hotel is located right in the center of Rome. This 4-star property is very close to the Roma Termini railway station and also the metro station, meaning you can take a train to or from other parts of the country and reach this Rome boutique hotel easily. This is one main reason why so many people—including business people—prefer Smart Hotel. Some of the city attractions and important landmarks close to the Smart Hotel are Via Marsala, Terme di Diocleziano, the Rome Ciampino Airport, the Stazione Metro Castro Pretorio, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, and Aula Ottagona.

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Rooms and Services

The design of this new Rome hotel is sure to catch your attention as soon as you enter. You will see that no detail is overlooked. There are a total of 64 suites and rooms, all spacious and designed to make guests have a relaxing time after intense business meetings or a busy day of sightseeing. There are Jacuzzi bath tubs in the larger rooms and a unique Interactive Power TV can be found in every guest room. The television offers it all – TV programming, games, Internet, music and movies. There is also infotainment on the TV, offering free information on museums, shopping, food and drink, and even the hottest places for late-night parties in Rome. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the hotel.


For business travelers in Rome, Smart Hotel offers a 70-person meeting room, which is outfitted with modern audio/visual equipment.  The hotel restaurant and lobby bar are great spots to entertain clients over lunch or a cocktail.

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An American buffet breakfast is served to the guests between 7 and 10 in the morning. It includes cakes, croissants, cold cuts, and a variety of cheese from different parts of the country. Local specialties are served here as well.  You can also order breakfast or a bottle of Prosecco up to your room for a special treat.

Smart Hotel Rome
Piazza Indipendenza 13bis – 00184 Rome – Italy
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