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1. The 6 Best Venues to Experience The Opera in Italy
The 6 Best Venues to Experience The Opera in Italy
Boasting a wealth of historic, majestic opera houses, Italy is not only the birthplace of the opera, but is still one of the best places in the world to see performances of this art form. Even though opera was once considered low-brow and entertainment for the masses, opera is now thought of as a...
Music - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:31:25
2. The Ultimate Guide to Positano
The Ultimate Guide to Positano
A patchwork of citrus-hued homes cling to Positano's rugged hillside, forming arguably the world's most scenic backdrop. The village's rampant bougainvillea and outspoken, kindhearted people fill the streets with vivid purple flora and load laughter. Just when you start to believe you've arrived ...
Travel & Places - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:22:39
3. Wine and Opera: The Perfect Combo
Wine and Opera: The Perfect Combo
Last month's opening night at Milan's La Scala might not have been the shimmering evening of musical perfection that the theater (or those venturing from far and near to witness its legendary performance) was hoping for. Both the lead and the understudy were struck with the flu, forcing a less th...
Music - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:23:34
4. Common Italian Idioms
Common Italian Idioms
Remember the saying, "You are what you eat?" I'd argue that it's not just what you eat, but you are also what you speak. Think about it - language is not just words and grammar, but a reflection of culture. Trying to learn, understand, and use a language knowing nothing about a culture results in...
Culture & Society - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:24:51
5. Uncover Croatias Lush Landscapes in 8 National Parks
Croatias eight national parks represent the countrys varied landscape and make it a haven for tree-huggers, explorers and holidaymakers alike. From untouched island clusters and impressive marine eco-systems, to flowing turquoise lakes and jagged mountaintops, Croatias nature has a story that nee...
travel-and-places - Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:22:43
6. Venice Brings Green to Italy
Venice may be known for its copious bridges, canals and mysterious alleyways, but this week its taking on a new identity: green. From May 20 the 26, Venice will be hosting GreenWeek. During these seven days, various discussions will be held highlighting strategies for minimizing environmental was...
travel-and-places - Fri, 24 May 2013 22:07:25
7. Free Florence Museums: Springs Special Occasions
Spring has sprung, be it in the States or throughout the Italian boot, and besides the obvious blooming of flowers, April showers (something we in Chicago have recently had our fair share of) and increased outdoor activity, this season means something else to Italy and those that visit it. Thats ...
arts-and-design - Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:26:09
8. What You Need to Know Before Traveling to Europe
These days, hopping on a plane and jetting off to Italy for a much-needed vacation is not uncommon at all, and with the expanding global market of large and small companies, the number of international travelers is ever on the rise. However, no matter whether it is your first or fiftieth time on ...
travel-and-places - Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:47:26
9. 6 Italian Gestures Decoded
Italians have an innate enthusiasm for communicating and socializing. And sometimes this passion is so powerful that even words arent enough. In Italy gestures such as shrugging shoulders, wrinkling the nose or simply lifting an eyebrow usually tells more than a bunch of words. The reality is th...
culture-and-society - Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:30:44
10. 4 Italian Traditions For Easter
Easter or Pasqua is the second most important Italian holiday after Christmas. This holiday covers a long weekend in Italy, with the additional Italian observance of Pasquetta (little Easter, also called Easter Monday) which according to tradition, you are free to celebrate as you wish. In fact, ...
holidays-and-celebrations - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:41:39
11. Spring Fashion When In Italy
Ready to leave to Italy for your Spring Break or Easter? Are you a sure about to pack? Italy is a beautiful country in any season. Spring is the season of blooming flowers, with warmer weather during the day and cooler at night, dotted by some rain showers. But no matter what the weather, youll ...
fashion-and-beauty - Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:28:09
12. Pisan New Years Celebration
If you are travelling to Pisa at the end of March, make sure to change the year on your calendar, because the city of the Leaning Tower will already be in 2014! How can that be, you ask? Youre just going to have to scroll down to satisfy your curiosity.
holidays-and-celebrations - Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:23:47
13. TBD: Italian Culture
TBD. Most reading this are familiar with this ubiquitous acronym, but let me spell it out for youjust in case: To Be Determined. From wikipedia: To be announced (TBA), [...] and to be determined (TBD) are placeholder terms used very broadly to indicate that although something is scheduled or exp...
arts-and-design - Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:57:30
14. When will the Sistine Chapel open after the Papal Conclave?
Nuntio Vobis Magnum Gaudiumthe Sistine Chapel will re-open to the public on Monday, March 18th at 9:00am. Tuesday night in Rome at 7:06 pm local time the fumata bianca, the white smoke, pouring out of the Sistine Chapel announced that a new pope has been chosen.
travel-and-places - Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:38:11
15. Jacopo Falleni Bar Therapy: The Bombardino
Jacopo Falleni, celebrity mixologist, restauranteur, author, and all-around fun Italian guy, joins us again this week, this time with his first drink special: the bombardino. This winter drink is a perfect way to warm your insides and your spirits as you push through these last days of winter tow...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:59:39
16. 3 Music Festivals Not To Be Missed On Your Spring Trip
When you picture Italy, what usually pops into your mind? You may dream about alluring scenery, timeless art and architecture, enchanting language, and delicious food. However, I am sure all of your visions are simultaneously associated with recurring Italian songs such as Volare and O Sole mio. ...
travel-and-places - Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:53:33
17. Celebrate International Womens Day
International Womens Day is a time to remember and celebrate the social and political achievement made over the years for this gender, as well as bring awareness of violence against women and discrimination, which unfortunately is still happening around the world. The day is celebrated on March 8...
holidays-and-celebrations - Fri, 08 Mar 2013 19:29:44
18. A Rambunctious Etna Lights the Sicilian Sky
There is a Greek legend that states that the workroom of Efeso, god of fire, lies on the island of Sicily, located in a flaming pit of lava and brimstone. The god, patron of craftsmen and blacksmiths, works far below the depths of the earth, forging his metals in his fiery cave, and at times expe...
travel-and-places - Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:16:01
19. 5 Popular Italian Chocolate Makers
Calling all children, teenagers, men and women, young people or seniors: YOU have to try Italian chocolate. You've heard that that Italian cuisine is special, you know the dishes are delicious, the taste is superb, but have you ever had the chance to try the chocolates? Like most Italian cuisine...
food-and-cooking - Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:07:04
20. No Country for Watered Down Beer
It's probably safe to make the claim that America's faith in the tried and true was rocked today with the news that Anheuser-Busch has been adding water to a number of its beers, including Budweiser, Michelob, Natural Ice, and Bud Light Platinum. And let's face it, it's not like we were all shock...
food-and-cooking - Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:57:41
21. 3 Misconceptions Of Solo Women Travelling To Italy
Why would a woman travel alone? A myriad of questions might pop up into your mind as soon as you hear that a female [insert person you are close to here%u2026friend, colleague or friend of a friend] has everything prepared to hop on a plane alone, take that leap across the point alone and travel ...
travel-and-places - Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:02:32
22. Taurasi, A Southern Gem Of A Wine Village
In the wine world, some villages get all the love: Barolo, Barbaresco, Montalcino. Others remain unknown even in Italy. Taurasi, tucked away in hilly Irpinia barely 2 hours east of Naples, is one of them. And after tasting the wines of Taurasi, you'll agree: these wines are the best-kept secret i...
travel-and-places - Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:10:23
23. Valentine's Day Italian Style
Valentine's Day,: that special day where courtly love is celebrated with couples sharing chocolate, candlelit dinners, red roses and presents. Italians are known for their romanticism, which has been said to pulse through their veins (how could it not, being surrounded daily by beautiful lanscape...
holidays-and-celebrations - Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:34:26
24. Last Supper Tops 2013 Things to See Before They DisappearAgain!
One of the most studied and respected pieces of art in the western world is in danger of disappearing - and this is not new news to art lovers and historians of the past five centuries. The famed Last Supper, considered by many as the ultimate stroke of artistic genius by none other than the grea...
travel-and-places - Mon, 04 Feb 2013 20:23:37
25. 6 Essential Italian Train Vocabulary Words: Advice from the Expert Himself
"Italy's trains are places of group confession and collective absolution, which is ideal for a country that calls itself Catholic. %u2026 We are a nation where everyone speaks to everyone else. %u2026 Follow the conversations on this train to Naples, via Bologna, Florence, and Rome. They are publ...
culture-and-society - Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:14:41
26. Why You Cant Miss Venice in February
February is almost here, and while stores are stocking up on hearts, candy, and roses, citizens of Venice are gearing up for one of the biggest parties in the world: Carnevale. Similar to New Orleans' few days of mischief and debauchery that is Mardi Gras, this Venetian tradition is rooted in the...
holidays-and-celebrations - Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:27:03
27. How to Not Look Like a Tourist in Italy
Italians will tell you they can pick out a naive tourist in the crowd as easily as if the stranieri had a foreign passport taped to his or her forehead. And although this generalization might be a bit of an overstatement, it holds true that there are marked differences in styles, habits, behavior...
travel-and-places - Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:22:32
28. Americas Best Italian Restaurants
Italian-American restaurants are plentiful in the United States. Italian-American cooking was crafted by turn-of-the-century immigrants, whose creativity, in conjunction with a new environment in which food was abundant, resulted in the checkered-cloth, family-style cuisine we know and love today...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:30:29
29. The Mother Christmas Holiday In Italy
La Befana is a holiday much celebrated in Italy, through its holiday markets and parades around the main cities. One of these cities, Rome, is known for its Piazza Navona, a central site where you see many Befana dolls for sale, as well as well as old ladies dressed like her wandering around the ...
holidays-and-celebrations - Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:28:43
30. The 4 Most Effective Habits of Italian Travel
Everyone loves the "top ten" lists these days, but after passing bullet point number 7, you start to wonder what number two was, and by the time you get to 10, you can't quite put your finger on what these tips are helping you to do. Slightly annoyed, you hit the "x" and think about the other 19 ...
travel-and-places - Wed, 02 Jan 2013 20:45:46
31. 5 Peculiar Italian New Years Eve Traditions!
New Years is a monumental occasion for just about every culture across the globe, and for Italians, it is no exception. This traditionally superstitious country is not wanting for traditions, promised to bring luck upon all that practice them. Read on for our top five curious traditions in Italy:
holidays-and-celebrations - Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:39:59
32. Italian Wine for the Holidays
It's time to stock up. 'Tis the season of merriment, and packed schedules have you jetting from one holiday party to another, passing hours at the table or gathered 'round the buffet with friends and family. Each of these parties requires at least the standard gift for the generous hosts: a bottl...
holidays-and-celebrations - Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:31:45
33. Romes Musical Gem: LOratorio del Gonfalone
First thing that comes to mind when you hear the words "Rome" and "music" together? Most will respond with a simple phrase, Teatro dell'Opera. As Rome's primary venue for musical events, this opera house is often the choice of music lovers hoping to enjoy the harmonious sounds of Italian artistry...
travel-and-places - Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:33:13
34. The Secrets in the Pot: Italian Coffee Revealed
The story is not uncommon: upon arrival at an apartment in Rome, the foreign tourist inspects the kitchen for all of the necessities and happens upon a peculiar piece of equipment. It resembles a miniature, sharp-edged teapot, elevated on a similarly octagonal platform, with one handle that didn'...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:15:21
35. How to Pack Smartly for Your Italian Vacation
We know that arranging for a vacation across the ocean can be daunting, and that's why we offer easily accessed assistance to help you with your plans. But once you get to the week before your vacation, and the ominous task of preparing your suitcase looms ever closer, you begin to panic, and the...
travel-and-places - Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:13:27
36. Move Over SantaHeres What You Need for a Real Italian Christmas!
Stroll down a street in Italy during the month of December and you will see a few things that are familiar to American Christmas: select stores will be dotted with wreaths, strings of lights may be strung across strade, and the occasional Santa Claus peeks out of the window. For anyone used to th...
holidays-and-celebrations - Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:00:48
37. 5 Reasons Why You Cant Afford to Skip Alto Adige
The sign at the station marking the city might catch you by surprise. You will blink hard, thinking maybe that action will clear up your view, but with no prevail. Your ears, so used to hearing the musical intonation of the Italian tongue, will prickle at the coarser utterances escaping the mouth...
travel-and-places - Fri, 07 Dec 2012 18:00:26
38. The Must Haves: A Travel Consultant Identikit
Booking through a travel consultant is an efficient way to save time, money and ensure a meaningful vacation, but as in selecting anything in this day and age, you have several choices, and they will vary greatly in quality and what they have to offer. Which one do you select to provide you the b...
travel-and-places - Mon, 03 Dec 2012 16:55:05
39. The (not so) Secret Italian Loves of James Bond (Part 1)
As Skyfall, the latest 007 movie, hits the movie theaters around the world by storm, here at Select Italy we are contemplating another aspect of Mr. Bond: his love affairs with Italy. The most famous secret agent ever is not that secretive about his passion for the country, which is nothing to be...
Entertainment - Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:07:08
40. How To Begin Planning Your Italian Vacation
It's a daunting task, and you've been putting it off long enough, but now is the time. You're finally going to plan for that Italian vacation you've been talking and dreaming about for years. But now that you've decided to begin, there are so many things you want to see and places you need to boo...
travel-and-places - Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:13:35
41. 3 Italian Thankgiving ideas
Thanksgiving is as American as apple (or pumpkin) pie: cornucopias, and stories of colonial days abound during this special week, and Americans abroad might find themselves nostalgically craving that thick slice of turkey drizzled with homemade cranberry sauce. But those who may be overseas, spen...
holidays-and-celebrations - Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:06:38
42. Last Supper Tips for Travelers
You did not jump on the bandwagon with the The Da Vinci Code, and were a fan way before the release of the book%u2026you grew up seeing pictures of it, hearing tale of its splendor, and you are finally going to Italy to have the chance to see the infamous "The Last Supper." You've even done the r...
travel-and-places - Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:38:19
43. The Truth about Italian and American Soccer Fans
I have been a fan of soccer since childhood, which in the US usually means that you played soccer for a few years and sat on the sidelines at your siblings' games. I learned that there was much more to being a "fan" when I began studying and traveling to Italy. There, soccer (aka calcio) is king;...
sports-and-recreation - Fri, 09 Nov 2012 16:41:00
44. The Necessary Superfluous
When in Venice, eat and drink like the Venetians do! Experience the amazing and unique food and wine world with tapas like cicchetti and fabulous cocktail drinks of either a Spritz or an ombra.
food-and-cooking - Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:20:27
45. Win Select Italys Heart: Be The Perfect Customer
Dear Customers, We know, we know, sometimes while traveling you can run into some problems. We get it, it can happen to anyone. We are only human! But here at Select Italy we always want to make sure your Italy vacation is as hassle-free as possible. Thats what we are here for to guide you with...
travel-and-places - Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:08:48
46. Meet Select Italy Team: Abby
Meet the newest member of the Select Italy team.
travel-and-places - Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:01:49
47. Italy in the US: Year of Italian Culture 2013
"It can be said that Italian was one of the first western languages to claim a literary tradition," Director of the Italian Culture Institute of Chicago, Dr. Silvio Marchetti, declares as we discuss Dante. This is in reference to an event celebrating the Year of Italian Culture, an occasion for w...
culture-and-society - Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:49:47
48. 9 Almost Secret Italy Getaways
Does any country in Europe tempt travelers with as much geographic diversity and as many choices as Italy? No - from mountains in the north to secret blue grottos in the south, and so much more in between, only Italy packs it all in. So one of the toughest things about planning a vacation in Ital...
travel-and-places - Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:46:42
49. How to Get Around in Italy: Your 411 on Transportation
Italians are always on the go: whether zipping to work, on their way to a family function, or rushing to appertivi with friends, this is a country that is constantly in motion. And that country has recognized its citizens' need for movement. You have already read about the amazing train system th...
travel-and-places - Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:18:42
50. The Nitty Gritty: Obscure but Vital Train FAQs
We've covered the basics, we've covered the travel tips, and now we're here to answer the less common, but still significant questions, that you might have regarding Italian train travel. Worried about taking the train from the airport? Want to travel with your pet? Below you will find the answer...
travel-and-places - Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:49:38
51. Travel in Puglia for Halloween
What's spookier than Count Dracula's castle? While there is no official Halloween holiday in Italy, at one place in Puglia - the so-called Skull Cathedral of Otranto - things are pretty scary 365 days a year.
travel-and-places - Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:00:18
52. Writing A Ghost Story In Venice
Today I have bought a two day pass on the vaporetto system. I can hop on and off wherever I like, and am determined to find the island. It's fascinating - fishermen's nets, sea birds, and strange abandoned buildings. My characters are archaeologists working on a dig somewhere out here. I go from...
travel-and-places - Fri, 02 Nov 2012 16:59:29

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