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Overtourism Awareness Month

Overtourism Awareness Month

August is Italy’s busiest tourist month. The mass influx of visitors in popular destinations puts a strain on the local environment and communities. And so the debate restarts, about how to manage or whether to limit tourism in areas like the Cinque Terre and the...
3 Ancient Summer Recipes from around Italy

3 Ancient Summer Recipes from around Italy

When thinking about Italian food, the first things that come up to mind are often pizza and pasta. Although these delicious culinary creations can be enjoyed all year-round, most Italians traditionally eat seasonal meals that do not necessarily involve the usual...
Fiastra: eco-tourism and family fun in the Marche region

Fiastra: eco-tourism and family fun in the Marche region

Once upon a time, back in 1861, the census counted 2,322 residents. In 2011, the local population was of 578 inhabitants. It has always been small, yet it is an amazing gem full of big surprises: Fiastra is a tiny medieval village in a verdant valley of the Monti...
Remarkable Italian women: between vineyards and space

Remarkable Italian women: between vineyards and space

March is the month that celebrates International Women’s Day, and – given that Italian Special Occasions DMC is itself the result of female entrepreneurship – we feel this is the perfect time to highlight some great women in modern Italy. According to a fresh research...
Group Travel in Italy’s most striking open-air museums

Group Travel in Italy’s most striking open-air museums

With its thousands of ancient ruins, historic buildings, picturesque piazze, idyllic parks and soothing fountains, Italy is a giant al fresco museum. Among these wonders, there are actual outdoor areas that have been officially designated as open-air museums. In...
10 Christmas dishes and traditions across Italy

10 Christmas dishes and traditions across Italy

Christmas in Italy? It’s all about family and food! Family gatherings are the most important aspect: no matter where they are scattered around the world, families reunite around the table (a tavola). During this festive period, people have bought their Christmas...
Tuscany’s wild heartbeat: cowboy traditions in Maremma

Tuscany’s wild heartbeat: cowboy traditions in Maremma

Cowboys ride their horses with one hand and tend giant cattle in a rustic ranch, with a cloud of dust rising in the air in contrast with the intense blue sky. However, we are not in the Wild West, we are in Maremma – the beautiful and unspoilt southern part of...
Calabrian Celebrations in Tropea

Calabrian Celebrations in Tropea

At this time of year many towns and cities are kicking off their festival season and the region of Calabria in southern Italy is no different. Tropea, a small Calabrian town familiar with many Italians due to its impressive beaches and turquoise coastline has some...
A view to Africa… from Pantelleria!

A view to Africa… from Pantelleria!

Many of you might have heard the whispers about a rugged Sicilian island less than forty miles or so from the North African coast. With black volcanic rocks, hidden caves and thermal springs, you could be forgiven for confusing it with a mythical place described in...
The clay boot: pottery itineraries in Italy

The clay boot: pottery itineraries in Italy

Various Italian regions have embraced the art of pottery at different times in history, creating a rich artisanal treasure that goes from simple dishes to precious art objects and from rough tiles to magnificent paneling for lavish buildings. It is possible to admire...
Spring in La Maremma

Spring in La Maremma

Respecting the environment, land, history and culture… At Italian Special Occasions DMC we value our partnerships with our suppliers, looking for a shared respect for the environment, art, culture and traditions. Now that spring has officially sprung we would like to...
Along Hollywood’s tracks… in Tuscany

Along Hollywood’s tracks… in Tuscany

A movie treasure hunt? Tuscany, oh Tuscany… so full of charm, history and mesmerizing landscapes! Unsurprisingly, many directors have decided to use this picture-perfect backdrop for their movies since the early days of cinematography. If you are a film fanatic who...

5 unusual wedding venues in Italy

Churches, castles, historic villas, gardens… romantic and classic is by far the favorite wedding style for most couples. However, can you also tie the knot in a way that is unique, uncommon, and even more fun and unforgettable than a classic wedding? You bet! Italy,...
Private Tours in Calabria’s Ancient Villages

Private Tours in Calabria’s Ancient Villages

Calabria is a great destination for special occasions off the beaten path. Its beautiful hamlets offer the ideal venue where to celebrate a family reunion, an alumni & friends gathering, a destination wedding, a corporate event or teambuilding experience. To add...

10 reasons why you should visit Lake Maggiore

Set along the southern banks of the Alps between Lombardy and Piedmont, Lake Maggiore is Italy’s second-largest lake and, according to Travel + Leisure Magazine, “is the busiest and most untamed”. Its beautiful scenery has been a source of inspiration for a number of...

Italy’s most beautiful mountain destinations

The Bel Paese boasts imposing mountain destinations with picturesque villages and evocative landscapes, framed by cultural traditions, gastronomic delicacies and a plethora of activities that can be enjoyed by both leisure and corporate groups. Up north, the Alps...
Abruzzo: the perfect family winter destination in Italy

Abruzzo: the perfect family winter destination in Italy

Abruzzo is not one of those regions that immediately pop to mind when thinking about travel destinations in Italy… yet, it is a striking land full of historic and artistic riches, and features a pristine, breathtaking nature. At Italian Special Occasions DMC we...

A journey through Sicily’s historic castles

  “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything”.       – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   German writer, philosopher and statesman von Goethe had got right already in 1787, and so...
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