Monday, 29 November 2010

Top Tuscany Sights

If you are planning a trip to Italy you may be wondering what the Top Tuscany Sights are aside from Florence. Read the following article for some great suggestions.

Viva Italia! Top Five Must-Dos in Tuscany
by Beverly Frank

When traveling, it can be hard to know what sights to see, what monuments to visit, which restaurants are worth your time, and what to skip over because it is a lot of hype. This is true anywhere you visit, even Tuscany. Tuscany is a beautiful region in Italy with a lot to see and do. If you have some time to spend in Tuscany this summer, here are the top Tuscany Sights:

1. The leaning tower of Pisa. This is a huge tourist attraction, but it is also one worth seeing. While many tourist attractions are overrated, this is not one of them. It was built in the 1100s. It is a bell tower in the main Piazzas. It has since been worked on some to help correct some of the lean, making it more structurally stable. However, the lean has never been all the way corrected because it is such a big tourist attraction. Not only do you get to see one of the most famous sites in all of Tuscany, you also can enjoy wonderful cafes and bistros around the Piazzas, and enjoy the history of something built hundreds of years ago.

2. Pinocchio Park: The inventor of Pinocchio was a Tuscan writer called Carlo Collodi. The Adventures of Pinocchio was written in 1883. Now the small village where the author of Pinocchio lived boasts a beautiful little park that is a great tourist attraction. The village was named after Collodi, and the park offers thinks like literary classes, building and sculpting classes, art exhibitions, illustrations, puppet makring, and the like. Basically it is a cultural and natural park.

3. Taste wine in Chianti: One of the other things to do in Tuscany this summer is go wine tasting. There are tons of areas in Tuscany that produce world-famous wines. You can visit the most popular wine in Tuscany, Chianti. Or, you can go to some of the more southern parts of the region. You can go to Montepulciano, and taste some of the Vino Nobile. Or, you can go for a famous rich red wine from the Montalcino vineyards.


4. Roma amphitheaters in Lucca: Lucca is one of the most interesting places to visit in Tuscany. Lucca was built on top of a Roman colony, it dates back to 180 BC. You can visit all of the Roman amphitheaters, and you can see the many churches, cathedrals, piazzas, and the many historic and medieval buildings. It is a great historic city, and there are a number of fantastic coffee shops, cafes, and places to eat and enjoy your life.

5. Visit medieval Siena: This is another fantastic historic site, it gives you plenty of Italy's greatest medieval architecture and the like. You can roam through the maze like streeets and alleyways all the way to the great Piazzas del Campo, where you can sit and read and sip coffee or eat pastries at one of the sidewalk cafes.

Beverly Frank is a work-at-home writer and mom to two young kids. Visit http://www.surfnetparents.com for more parenting ideas.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Sightseeing in Bardonecchia

If you are considering a trip to Bardonecchia read this article for more information about transfers, activities and sightseeing in Bardonecchia.

Bardonecchia - Italy
By Timothy Kent

Bardonecchia is located at the Italian gateway to the Frejus tunnel, in the Province of Turin, Piedmont region, western part of the Susa valley. This is one of the prominent Italian destinations during the old times, and is now a major attraction as a key skiing destination today. The resort is excellent for beginner and intermediate skiers but it also offers good areas for professional skiing and also sections for snowboarding. It has direct access to 140 km downhill run, having 49 individual pistes, some rising at 2.300 altitude. The 21 ski lifts available around the resort can accommodate up to 23,000 skiers or snowboarders as an hourly rate. Prominent ski areas are Campo Smith, for beginners and Jafferau, the higher ski area suitable for intermediate or expert skiers.

Bardonecchia is in Italy, so you can avail of flights going to the resort. Available air transfers include:

from Turin-Caselle to Bardonecchia
from Milan Malpensa to Bardonecchia
from Milan Linate to Bardonecchia
from Geneva to Bardonecchia
from Chambery to Bardonecchia
from Grenoble to Bardonecchia
from Verona to Bardonecchia

The resort is close to the city of Turin and it is only an hour and a half away from the Turin-Caselle airport, a sixty mile drive, which makes it the nearest airport from the resort. The fastest and most affordable way to go to Bardonecchia is to get those discounted flights to Turin, Chambery, or Milan airports. Coming from the city centre of Turin, you can arrive close to the slopes if you ride the TGV train with travel time of just less than an hour. You can then get off the train to the bus stops and then use buses that will bring you to any of the major accessible skiing areas of the resort. From Chambery, you can drive through N6 going to the Frejus tunnel and Turin. Passing the tunnel will get you in Bardonecchia in a short while. If you are starting your trip from Milan Linate, you can hire cars or shuttles going to Bardonecchia via the road, or, you can also choose the Torino - Bussoleno - Bardonecchia train line to arrive at Bardonecchia station, and then use buses in going to the ski areas.

Apres ski nightlife in the area is a lot more peaceful than other resorts but there are available bars, restaurants, and 3 disco houses. During the weekend, life at the resort usually get a little crowded and hectic as local Italian residents flock the area for some weekend ski break. The resort also provides a games hall, a natural ice skating rink, a sauna and a cinema and also has available amenities for activities like ice hockey, horse riding, snowboarding, hiking and even simple sightseeing.

The author offers insights and tips in getting the right ski transfers including resort information and ski transfer destinations.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

How to Get Married in Italy

Are you considering having your wedding in Italy? If so read on to find out how to get married in Italy.

Things To Consider On Getting Married In Italy
By Kimberly Murgatroyd

Getting married in another country is a dream come true for many couples. The romance, the adventure, and the travelling create an atmosphere that is hard to resist. Today, whether you are a resident or not, many couples are legally getting married in Italy. In addition, whether the ceremony is religious or civil, it is recognized as legal.

Like with any marriage, getting legal preparations in place is necessary. For Italy, a couple must declare their intentions to marry. After declaring, the announcements are made public, and those living in Italy must post them in their Town Hall. These announcements must hang for at least eight days and no more than 180. After four days, the couple can marry. However, if neither of the couple lives or has a residency there, then the announcement doesn't need to be posted. But they still must wait at least four days after making the declaration before they can marry.

Documents will need to be legalized at the local prefecture and must include a tax stamp. Here are some of the documents required by both parties. A valid passport or residence card, a stay permit or proof of recent entry to Italy, a birth certificate, divorce decree, annulment paper or death certificate of former spouse, and if under 18, written parental consent. All foreigners must have a declaration of no impediment, which is issued by the Consulate in Italy, confirming there is no reason why one cannot marry. They also need an Atto Notorio affidavit declaring single status and freedom to marry; whereas Italians need a Certificato di Stato Libero to declare they are single and free. All documents and certificates that are not in Italian will require certified translations.

Civil ceremonies are the main way to get married. The Mayor or a delegate at the town hall performs this. You must have two witnesses present, and friends and family can of course attend. The ceremony is in Italian, but an interpreter is permitted. The couple will be told their duties and rights between spouses from the Codice Civile. After being declared married, the marriage certificate is prepared and all the details and names are entered into the marriage register. Some couples choose to follow the civil ceremony by a religious blessing ceremony.

Unlike in some European countries, like France, Catholic marriage ceremonies are legal and recognized. However, other faiths must first go through a civil ceremony. A Roman Catholic ceremony does not require a civil ceremony beforehand since the Catholic priests have the authority to perform and register marriages. All preparations are made through the church and all the documents required for a civil ceremony are still needed. A Catholic wedding also requires a baptism and confirmation certificate, as both parties must be baptized and confirmed and take a church pre-marital class.

Getting married in Italy does not have to be a dream, as many are finding out. Many countries now perform non-resident marriages that are legal and recognized all over the world. Being prepared is the main thing before getting married in Italy or anywhere else. Have your entire paperwork ready and all the right documents so that your dream come true stays a dream come true.

Kimberly Murgatroyd is the author of "How to Get Married in Positano" - compulsory reading for anyone wanting more information on having a Civil Ceremony in the Positano Town Hall. To find out more information about how you can get married in Positano town hall, visit my website about how to plan a Amalfi Coast wedding. For a FREE 10 part mini-course on "The Secrets to Getting Married in Positano Italy"! go to  http://mypositanowedding.com