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Hiking, Biking, and Walking Across Italy: How to Explore the Cammini d’Italia

“Italy has embraced the Via Francigena as none of the other three nations have,” writes Timothy Egan in his New York Times bestseller A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith. As he walks the storied route that traverses England, France, and Italy, Egan explains what makes walking the Italian section of the Via Francigena so appealing: This country never threw off its Catholicism; monarchs with their own religious agendas were scarce, and Protestants still are. The...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, History, Rome, Nature, Ecotourism, New York Times, Italy, Canterbury, Walking Tours, England France, Timothy Egan, Sports & Leisure, Francigena, Parks and Nature, Biking Tours


Campo Felice: Skiing and Sledding in Abruzzo

While northern Italy is known worldwide as a premier location for snowing and sledding, it’s not the only place in the country to go for winter fun. The region of Abruzzo, which boasts the highest peak of Apennine Mountains, is the go-to for many skiers in Rome and central-southern Italy. If you’re in Rome and craving some snow, Campo Felice is an easy winter day trip. Here you can rent sleds and skis, and there are a couple of restaurants and snack bars on-site. Ovindoli, another ski...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Winter, Snow, Rome, Skiing, Italy, Abruzzo, Apennine mountains, Italogram, Daytrips, Parks and Nature, Campo Felice, Ovindoli, Parco Naturale Vileno Sirente


New Year’s Day in Villa Borghese

New Year’s Day is a national holiday in Italy, which means that nearly everything — from shops to museums — are closed. Many Romans see this pause as an opportunity to get outdoors to one of the city’s parks, such as the Villa Borghese. On warm weekends, the villa teems with runners, bike riders, and families out for a stroll. And it’s hardly different on the chilly first day of January. Despite the size of the park (80 hectares/148 acres), it can feel crowded in some areas, particula...
Tags: Travel, Winter, Rome, Italy, January, Siena, Piazza, New Year's Day, Villa Borghese, Festivals And Events, Parks and Nature


Day Trip from Rome: The Monster-Filled Gardens of Bomarzo

Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo Gardens filled with monster heads and fantastical creatures — you’ve probably dreamed of such things or read that they existed, but you just didn’t know where to find them. So, let me tell you about Bomarzo. About an hour and a half north of Rome, just shy of the city of Viterbo, is the town of Bomarzo, home of the Sacro Bosco (Sacred Woods), aka Parco dei Mostri (Park of the Monsters). These Mannerist gardens, filled with gigantic sculptures of monsters, animals (...
Tags: Travel, Garden, Rome, Things To Do, Vatican, Jackson, Lazio, Day Trip, Parco, Francesco, PIO, Bomarzo, Giulia Farnese, Giulia, Orsini, Viterbo