Tour Route of Sicily

Tour Route of Sicily

Suggested Tour Route to see the Best of Sicily Attractions: Tucked away at the foot of Italy, Sicily is nevertheless the largest region of Italy and it is also the third most densely populated. Whilst Sicily has made a lot of headlines in the past due to its fierce mafia connections and everyone has heard […]

How to Get your Tax Refund at Rome Fiumicino Airport

Global Blue Tax Free

The Process for claiming your Tax Refund at Rome Fiumicino Airport: There are lots of advice on the internet on the process to follow to get your VAT refund at Rome Fiumicino Airport. From our experience at Terminal 3 of Rome Fiumicino Airport, things have changed a little. Note: The Customs offices for VAT tax […]

Sagra dell'uva – Marino's Grape Festival, Rome

Vineyards

Will another miracle happen at the Festa dell Uva: The little hill-top medieval castle town of Marino is just forty-minutes from the centre of Rome and is one of the towns which make up the Castelli Romani region, Frascati being probably the best known of them.  This wine-growing region was famous for supplying Roman Emperors […]

A Passion for Porcini

Porcini mushrooms

Food in Rome:  Hooked on Porcini: Reading a recipe in the papers this morning reminds me that the Porcini season is here. Once you’ve had a taste of fresh porcini mushrooms, it stays with you forever and just the mention of it is enough to send a thousand thrills to your taste buds. Porcini mushrooms are […]

Hop-on and Hop-off the Tiber River

Cruising the Tiber River - Rome

Rome Sightseeing from a different perspective: We don’t really think of river cruising on our Rome holidays, but you actually can do sightseeing cruises on the Tiber River. Cruising down the Tiber River allows you to see Rome from a different perspective.  The following are a couple of cruises you can do: Hop-on Hop-Off Tiber […]

There’s more to Verona than the tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet

Verona Arena

There’s more to Verona than the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet: Many travellers make whistle-stop visits to Verona to see the famous Juliet Balcony.  However, there’s very much more to Verona than just the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet. After Venice, Verona is the second biggest city in the Veneto region, […]

Indulge in Italian fashion, but without breaking the bank…

OVS Storefront

Shopping for Italian fashion needn’t cost you an arm and a leg: If you love Italian fashion but the prices along via Condotti make you dizzy and give you heart palpitations, all is not lost. There are department stores in Italy where you can buy the latest of Italian fashions at a fraction of via […]

Serravalle Designer Outlet – Scrivia

Directions to McArthurGlen's Serravalle Outlet

McArthurGlen’s biggest and best designer outlet in Europe: McArthurGlen says that their Serravalle Designer Outlet is the largest in Europe and Italy’s leading shopping mall.  Since its opening in September 2000, there have been four phases of developments, each one adding more retail space and prestigious designer brand names. Over 20 million people have visited […]

Florence Designer Outlet – The Mall

Enjoy a Shopping tour in Florence

Designer Outlets – Florence’s other Treasure: If you’re a designer label junkie, or you’ve got designer label bargain hunting genes, then Florence is the city you’d want to spend some time in. There’s a lot to see and do in Florence so you’ll need to plan well to ensure that you’re not missing out on […]

Barberino Designer Outlet – Florence

mcarthur-glen-barberino-designer-outlet

From art, culture to designer shopping: Travellers to Florence have a choice of two Designer Discount Outlet Malls to shop at.  McArthurGlen’s Barberino Designer Outlet at Barberino del Mugello to the north of Florence, is one of these. Those who are famililar with McArthurGlen’s Castel Romano Designer Outlet in Rome will feel very much at […]