Italy

The masks of Venice: what are they and why do people wear them?

The masks of Venice are a centuries old tradition and have been worn throughout history. Today you will find people wearing them during the carnival di Venezia, an annual carnival ending with the celebration of Lent. Throughout this time the streets are filled with people draped in magnificent outfits, with matching gilded masks. If you’re lucky enough to see the festivities, then you’ll discover how the mix of extravagant ensembles and Venice’s romantic architecture, make you feel as though you have been transported back in time, when dignitaries threw decadent parties and hid behind the masks to partake in romantic encounters or criminal activities. But if you don’t make it to Venice for the carnival, the northern Italian city proudly display masks everywhere, hanging from market stalls and lining the windows of every shop. These masks are a delight and if you’re considering a trip to Venice and plan on astounding your friends with your very own Venetian mask, then you may want to know the differences between a volto and bauta mask, don’t worry we’re here to help.

9 of the best beaches in Italy

Italy: bucolic undulating landscapes, iconic gastronomy and sophisticated cities of culture like Venice and Florence. Barolo, basilicas and bruschetta – we can all summon up a picture of Italy in our minds. But did you know that Italy also has some of the most incredible beaches in Europe? These range from secluded, off-the-beaten-track coves, to Caribbean-like stretches of white sands, to bright and bustling harbour shores with gelato stands and pizzerias aplenty. We think the following 9 are some of the best to be found… do you agree?

Top 10 Places you must visit in Italy

When you tell someone you're travelling to Italy, the picture that often comes to mind is filled with colourful buildings, brilliant architectural triumphs and charming historical landmarks. The simple idea of Italy is filled with so much charisma, glamour and allure, whether you're contemplating brilliant city escapes like Venice and Florence, or luring coastal retreats like the Amalfi Coast or Sorrento. With so much beauty and pizzazz (and pizza) in one country, it's impossible to only visit once. So whether its your first, second or tenth visit endlessly appealing Italy, here are some places you simply MUST visit at least once...

5 underrated Italian cities

Italy has been the backdrop to some of the most influential travel books of our time, including Eat, Pray Love and Under the Tuscan Sun, and it’s easy to see why. Italy is a hub of enchanting beauty, from the bustling streets of Rome, to the gilded beauty of Venice, and although it may be a tourist’s paradise, there are still parts that are untouched by hordes of sightseers with 'selfie' sticks. So, whether you’re going for a day, a week or longer and you're looking for a complete break from the usual hustle and bustle of daily life, then you may want to consider some of these amazing Italian cities. 

11 Things To Do In Malta

Sitting just just 80km south of Sicily, this small island in the Mediterranean Sea is not to be overlooked. With over 7000 years of history, Malta is a captivating destination and home to beautiful architecture, wonderful beaches and an ancient heritage that still fills it's cobbled streets today. With a perfect summer climate, there is no wonder why more and more people are flocking here every summer - here are 11 things you have to do when you visit!