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Average Temperature and Rainfall for Florence | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   
Saturday, 26 October 2013 16:03

We all know that Florence Italy is one of the most popular cities to visit in Italy. Every year it is a popular travel destination due to its art, history, great cuisine, fashion and shopping!

But what kind of weather can you expect if you visit Florence, Italy?

Take a look at the table below:

A table showing the average temperatures in Florence along with rainfall.

Reasons to visit Florence

Farm Vacation in Tuscany


Street Vendor in Palermo Sicily Selling Soap | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   
Monday, 14 October 2013 16:25

This is a recent picture I took on my trip to Palermo, Sicily last month. I call this the "Beverly Hill Billies" of soap vending. Actually, there are many vendors like this selling all types of products including foods such as fish and bread along with toys and everything else under the sun.

And what's funny about these vehicles is that usually the driver has a microphone and is yelling throughout the neighborhood as he drives on by: "Detergents, two euros each, three for five euros"! Much to the chagrin of many residents, some of them start pretty early in the morning. In my aunt's neighborhood in Palermo I often hear fish vendors driving by around 7 AM.

These are three-wheeled vehicles manufactured by Piaggio and there are various popular "Ape" models that are available. They do not travel at high speeds and are used for light, commercial and industrial purposes.

This was taken while my cousin was driving in central Palermo and I was a passenger in the car. You can see the moped on the left trying to get around us and another car on the right. As you can see it is very chaotic, as well as dangerous, to drive in crowded Italian cities.

You can also see a garbage receptacle on the right where the Palermitani go to dump their household trash. A little tougher to see on the top right - some clothes drying from a balcony. The answer is yes, they do have clothes dryers in Italy, but the electricity is very expensive so most people prefer to hang them out to dry.

This picture gives a nice glimpse of typical street-life in Palermo. Even though this was taken in Palermo, it could have well been any number bigger, southern Italian towns like Naples or Catania.

Soap Vendor in Palermo Selling Goods on a 3-Wheeler


The Italian Verb Graffiare - Funny Example | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   
Thursday, 10 October 2013 22:47

Here is the conjugation of the of the Italian verb graffiare which means to scratch. Cats like to scratch and some people like to annoyingly scratch the blackboard at school. The verb is a regular one, which means it is conjugated like most of the rest of the verbs in Italian that end in ARE.

First person - io graffio (I scratch)
Second person - tu graffi (you scratch)
Third person - lui / lei / Lei graffia (he / she / you (formal) scratches)
First person plural - noi graffiamo (we scratch)
Second person plural - voi graffiate (you all scratch)
Third person plural - loro / Loro graffiano (they scratch / or You all (formal) scratch)

Below is a funny picture that shows an example of the third person plural.

It says beware of the cat and the owner (they scratch!)

Notice how you did not have to use loro - it is implied from the way the verb is conjugated.


The Italian verb graffiare used in a sign.

Getting active with Pilates and healthy eating in Italy? Yes, you can! | Print |  E-mail
Written by Flavours Holidays   
Sunday, 18 August 2013 17:07

A healthy pasta dishI started Pilates as a result of ongoing, long term back problems which resulted in prolapsed discs. I used Pilates to rehabilitate myself as an alternative to the surgery that was recommended by the specialist who treated me. Whilst it is not always the case, for me, Pilates helped to strengthen and stabilize my body enough to reduce the prolapse discs and avoid surgery.

From my personal experience, and now my professional experience as a teacher, I think that Pilates is extremely effective to both rehabilitate and prevent injury. It is a mind and body exercise method, so can also help to reduce stress and anxiety. I have had reports of very quick results from clients, but the key is really to stick at it and give it time, the body takes a while to unlearn all it's bad habits, it should really be a method for life.

A group class of Pilates in ItalyGoing on a Pilates holiday really gives you the opportunity to practice in a more intense way than is possible in every day life. Normally you would attend 1 maybe 2 classes a week which obviously means it takes longer to realize the benefits. On a Pilates holiday you can really speed up your progression with the method.

A Pilates holiday is ideal for total beginners as sometimes it can take a while to learn when only attending one class a week. Equally, more advanced learners can really get to grips with the more difficult moves that maybe they don't have time to practice when at home. I normally teach mixed ability classes anyway, so it is not a problem to have different levels exercising at the same time. There is also opportunity for private lessons, so again the learning can be intensified and adapted to specific needs.

What I also enjoy about Pilates holidays in Italy is that I've encountered the Italian food philosophy which emphasizes healthy eating habits and cookery lessons. Italian cuisine is among the healthiest in the world as it is always based on fresh, unprocessed ingredients, olive oil and natural herbs. This is vital to the Italian philosophy of la bella figura which is exactly that - a way of eating healthy but yet very tasty to maintain a healthy and beautiful body!

About the Author

Catherine is a fully qualified Pilates instructor and you can find her teaching at Flavours Holidays, in Italy. She is also very passionate about healthy Italian food and Italian cuisine.

Practicing Pilates on the Beach in Italy

Book Promo - First Time to Italy and Rome - 2 book bundle | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   
Saturday, 10 August 2013 13:10

Planning your first trip to the beautiful country of Italy? You probably have a lot of questions and you don't want to make a mistake that could cost you a lot of money. It's not every day that you can visit the most beautiful country on earth.  You should have the right information at your fingertips.

My two recent books can help you plan your vacation and make it the most memorable one ever.

But you don't have to buy two books - you can get both books in one simple download!

If you are going to Italy you will probably end up in Rome at some point during your vacation to Italy. Which is why I published an Italy travel bundle - two books in one. Purchasing both in a bundle will save you money compared to buying them each separately.

Buying both books individually would have cost you $6.98.  Therefore the bundled book will save you over 25%!

First Time to Italy and Rome Vacation Planner: 2-book travel bundleBook 1 (First Time to Italy Vacation Planner ) will go over information that pertains to Italy in general.  You'll find out:

* When is the Best Time to Visit Italy?
* Should I Book a Group Tour?
* Do I Need to Know the Language?
* How Much will it Cost?
* How Can I Save Money?

Book 2 (First Time to Rome Vacation Planner ) will go over information that is specific to Rome such as:

* Where are the Best Restaurants in Rome?
* The Best Pizza Places
* Who has the Best Gelato (ice cream)?
* Where is the Best Shopping in Rome?

We are all familiar with the famous sites and attractions of Rome.  Some of them are very iconic.  There will also be information such as hours of operation, cost, discount card information (if applicable) on the major sights of Rome such as the:

* Trevi Fountain
* Foro Romano
* The Colosseum
* Villa Borghese
* Vatican Museums

There is even information on some common day trips such as Viterbo, Castelli Romani and other areas including the beaches that are near Rome.

Download First Time to Italy and Rome Vacation Planner: 2-Book Italian Travel Bundle

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The book is only currently available in electronic format.  A traditional hard copy book will be forthcoming.  You can join my mailing list to find out it becomes available.  However, even if you don't have a Kindle or iPad, Amazon has a desktop previewer where you will still be able to read the book.

** If you enjoy the book, I would very much appreciate an honest review since that will help others in their purchase decision. And if you could share it on Facebook or Twitter, it would be greatly appreciated. As an independent author I rely on "word-of-mouse" as my primary advertising method. Or you can even leave a comment in the comment field below.

Grazie mille!

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Agriturismo in Italy

What is Agriturismo? In Italian, it is actually a combination of two words - Agricoltura and Turismo - agriculture and tourism.

It basically means spending your vacation on a farm.  It started becoming popular in the 1980s when many Italian farmers were looking for other ways to supplement their income. At an Italian agriturismo you will usually have the chance to experience the foods prepared from raw materials produced on the farm.  Some will allow their guests participate in the activities surrounding the farm such as wine-making, cheese-making, olive production, milking cows, etc.  It is usually a very rustic experience.  Agriturismo can be another option instead of a typical Italian vacation that involves Italian hotels.  Most of them are located in Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily.


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