Category Archives: Italy

Yes, Americans Need a “Visa” to Travel to Italy in 2021

Starting in 2021, US citizens will need a visa to visit Italy. Before anyone freaks out, the new rule is actually more of a visa waiver program than a visa requirement and will be known as  European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS. I am American and I have always had a visa to […]

How Food Labels with DOP and IGP Help Preserve Italian Culinary Heritage

Note from the Editor: I have a Masters Degree in Food Policy and it still took me years to decipher Italian food labels because they seem to be stamped and stickered with all kinds of abbreviations. However, there is a rhyme and reason behind the madness of exactly what DOP and IGP (and all of […]

How to Master Train Travel in Italy

The inside of an Italian train as an example of what to expect from train travel in Italy

There are a lot of reasons to travel by train in Italy: the romance, the convenience, the cost, and the scenic settings are the first that come to mind. However, the best thing about train travel in Italy is that it works like a charm – saving you time and money while also allowing you […]

Marocchino: Italy’s answer to chocolate coffee

close up of italian marocchino coffee cup in glass with layers of chocolate

I can’t really recommend a caffè corretto but I am here to say that you can easily stray from the usual espresso or cappuccino into pure Italian coffee bliss. For that perfect pick-me-up, there is the marocchino. You also totally look like you know what you are talking about if you order a marocchino. A […]

Venice Plans to Charge Fee to Enter the City

view from fondaco tedeschi

Venice is the Italian city that struggles the most with over-tourism. To balance out the strain that tourism puts on city service, Venice will charge a fee to visit the city for the day. Tourists do bring money into the city by purchasing meals and souvenirs, but overall, the number of visitors has overwhelmed city […]