Modern Architectures in Italy

Come and see exciting modern Architectures in Italy! Yes, we want to provoke you, we know, when people think about our country the first image is not a skyscraper or a modern futuristic building, but the cities are changing and you will be surprised!

Milan Skyline (from Google)

Milan Skyline (from Google)

Of course we begin with Milan, since it is home to the biggest European building site for the last few years – Porta Nuova -  is right here and couldn’t be otherwise, given that this city is used to changes since…well never! That’s why the reaction of the Milanesi to the new skyline overlooking the city is: “At last, we’ve got skyscrapers!”. And is not by chance that the tallest Italian building, the Unicredit Tower was built here. Ok, we know that is just 231 meters high for 32 stories but forgive us, we’re not a country of skyscrapers :-) .

Unicredit Tower (from Google)

Unicredit Tower (from Google)

Milan Segway Night Tour

Milan Segway Night Tour

This tower, a symbol of the new, modern Milan and of its new challenges, was designed by the Argentine architect Cesar Pelli. Even if at first sight, it looks that it could be anywhere in the world and that has no connection with the city… you may notice that the spire will remind you of the main spire of the Duomo, and the reflective glass building has the shape of a bolt of cloth. They areboth, a tribute to our history and to our strong skill in manufacturing and fashion!

Want the best way to see the skyscrapers from different points of view and experience the vibe? Join our brand new Milan Segway Night Tour, of course. Ride trough glass surfaces, lights, bustling areas and feel both the quiet and the bustling vibe of the city!

Nuovo Teatro dell'Opera di Firenze (from Google)

Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze (from Google)

Nuovo Teatro dell'Opera di Firenze (from Google)

Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze (from Google)

We know it sounds weird, but believe us, also the city of Botticelli can surprise you with a contemporary architecture masterpiece. Take a look to the Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera. Inaugurated on December 21st in 2011 with a concert directed by Zubin Metha, is the best progressive theatre in Europe and can house 4800 people in three rooms, one of them is not actually a room, but a fascinating amphitheatre on the rooftop offering a breathtaking panorama of the city. Is not by chance that the first concert was directed by Zubin Metha, since the famous orchestra leader took also part in counseling the architects during the building, in order to remove most of the obstacles between the orchestra and the spectators.

Maxxi Rome (from Google)

Maxxi Rome (from Google)

Maxxi Rome (from Google)

Maxxi Rome (from Google)

Here we have not only the Colosseo, Fontana di Trevi and Dolce Vita in the Eternal City, but also modern and surprising architectures: Rome will amaze you! Come here with a curious mind to discover the modern buildings created by international archistars. If you think about it, these are nothing more than just the last piece of a long architectural story which begun back in time during the prehistory.

Probably the most loved (and most hated) building in Rome is the Maxxi,  Museum of the Contemporary Arts designed by the famous architect Zaha Hadid and considered by the Guardian News “Hadid’s finest built work to date” and “a masterpiece fit to sit alongside Rome’s ancient wonders.” In fact, peering from the highest level, it is possible to admire the surrounding panorama and other buildings like the Sport Palace designed by Pier Luigi Nervi back in the ‘50s and the Auditorium Parco della Musica designed by Renzo Piano.

Shocked? Then we have just the suggestion for you ;-)

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Psst…

In Florence, Rome and Milan there is so much to see that it’s easy to feel lost, but we know you’re smart and you’ve booked a tour with us, actually our tours are fit to every taste, whether you are a family looking for fun, a couple of foodies, group of friends, we’ve got what you’re looking for, just pick one of our tours: Milan Segway Tour, Milan Food TourFlorence Segway ToursFlorence Bike TourFlorence Food Tour, Rome Segway Tour, Rome Bike TourRome Pizza Food Tour and learn a lot about these famous Italian destination cities!

 

Autumn in Milan

Autumn in Milan

 Spending the Autumn in Milan can be a surprise, since the city offers interesting things to do for cinema, music and art lovers, and for both adults and kids.

Italy’s most cosmopolitan city never sleeps and is preparing new and exciting events for this September, here is a list of what you can’t miss this Autumn in Milan.

Milano Film Festival 2014 (from Google)Milan Film Festival

The 19th Milan Film Festival will take place between September 4th and 14th in 7 locations around the city. If you’re planning to visit Milan in this Autumn period, don’t miss it- you’ll be hooked.

Milan Film Festival (from Google)

Milan Film Festival (from Google)

Be prepared to be surprised during this contemporary festival, you’ll have the chance to meet the directors, relish in its cosmopolitan vibe, drink a beer before the cinema, outdoor DJ sets and dancing in the squares…not bad!

Don’t speak Italian? There are no excuses, most of the movies are played in their original language and include subtitles in both languages: English and Italian.

MiTo Festival (from Google)

MiTo Festival (from Google)

MiTo – Settembre Musica

This music festival – where Mi is for Milan and To is for Turin – takes place since 2007 every year in September between the two cities. If you’ll be in Milan between September 4th and 21st take a look at the program, filled with concerts of worldwide renowned artists and musicians and pick at least one, you won’t regret it ;-)

Milan by night (from Google)

Milan by night (from Google)

Milan Segway Night Tour

Psstt…did you know that in Milan a new modern and fascinating district is growing? And that when the eve falls on Milan it is actually quite a fascinating and dazzling city by night?

Our local guides have been spotted riding Segways at sunset preparing a brand new itinerary right for you, we’ve heard that the official launch for the Milan Segway Night Tour will be this September….stay tuned!

What to do in the summer in Italy?

Are you planning to spend your holidays in Milan, Florence or Rome with your family and wondering what to do in summer in Italy? Great! Since we know that in summer Italy is a hot destination and that holidays need to be planned in advance, here you can find some tips about summer festivals, concerts, happenings and much more. Whether you love to stay in the nature, do activities or attend to concerts, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Just read this post, plan your days and start dreaming of Italy!

Milan

The vibe of this city is getting more and more exciting, also because Milan is getting ready and dressing up to host the Expo 2015 in less than one year.

Cinema in the park

Cinema in the park (from google)

-          The events calendar for this summer is rich and various, and every day there’s something new to do: music, theatre, exhibitions, festivals…do like the Milanesi do, put an anti mosquito spray in your bag, go out and enjoy the city ;-)

Idroscalo - Milan

Idroscalo – Milan (from google)

-          And if the city gets too hot, go to the Idroscalo to freshen up. This artificial lake, built in 1930 to be the seaplane airport of the city, is now considered “The sea of Milan”, here in this green park you can experience…thousand of sport activities, such as swimming, canoeing, boating, windsurfing, sailing, beach volley, free climbing, tennis and much more.

Confess that you didn’t expect to find green areas in Milan, but prepare to be shocked because in Milan there are 38 parks! Yes we said 38… Surprise: Milan is green! There’s even the Verdestate Festival!

Milan-Segway-Tour

Milan Segway Tour

Extra tip: our local guides are warming up the wheels and can’t wait to lead you through the city! Book an exciting 3 hours Milan Segway Tour now!

Florence

If 12 millions of people have visited Florence in 2013, there must be a reason, then come to find out why and experience the wide offer of activities of this city.

Feast of St. Lawrence
Feast of St. Lawrence (from google)

-           In Tuscany in summer the magic word to remember is: sagra. During summer almost in every small village (but also in Florence) are organized festivals dedicated to traditional food, like wild boar, wine, different kind of pasta etc., for instance on August 10th in Florence will take place the Feast of St. Lawrence with a parade and a traditional a free evening distribution of lasagne and watermelon. What’s on when you’ll be around?

Roman amphitheatre in Fiesole

Roman amphitheatre in Fiesole (from google)

-           Estate Fiesolana: If Florence gets too hot, in just 20 min of bus you can climb on the green, windy hill of Fiesole, and join this famous festival, where jazz is played in the amazing frame of the roman theatre and concerts take place in an ancient Basilica; are you into music, theatre, cinema? Here you can find the three, just check the program and pick what inspires you.

Extra tip: give your family an experience to remember, a Florence Segway Tour is something exciting to enjoy together!

Rome

Yes we know, in Rome there is never enough time, too many things to see and too many places to explore, but if you’ve visited enough monuments and want something else, don’t worry, you’re just spoiled with choices!

Opera at the Baths of Caracalla
Opera at the Baths of Caracalla (from google)

-          More than 50 events and the amazing skyline of the Eternal City in background, this is the Estate Romana (Roman Summer) and is not the only marathon of events! Have you ever seen a ballet in an ancient Roman villa included in the UNESCO list? Yes, in Rome happens… Opera lovers? At the Baths of Caracalla will be performed La bohème and The Barber of Sevilla. Do we need to continue? :-)

Rome Night Tour

Rome Night Tour

-          And in case you want to rock, then check out the concert’s calendar, Paolo Nutini, Rufus Wainwright or Robert Plant are just waiting for you. Most of the concerts take place in amazing locations, like the Parco della Musica, designed by Renzo Piano, or in Piazza del Popolo, the iconic square with the twin churches.

Extra tip: Rome is magic, even more if experienced with a Segway Night Tour! :-)

Buone vacanze!

Great things to do in Florence (live a day as a Fiorentino)

If you’re wondering if is still possible to have a genuine experiences in this beautiful city the answer is…definitely! Florence is a world-famous city, a treasure chest of art and beauty but also still an authentic city, where dialect is spoken and people firmly keep their traditions. Follow our tips about great things to do in Florence and enjoy it!

1 – Jump on a Segway!

Florence Segway Tour

Florence Segway Tour

Yes, it comes first because we suggest you to do it as first thing – ok, fine, after doing the check-in in your hotel – because it is the smartest way to get an introduction to the city. Why? Want to see the most important monuments, have fun, be in a small group, have a nice local guide, get lots of tips for the rest of your stay? Let’s jump aboard!

The local guide will tell you legends, show you videos, accompany you deep in the culture of the city and will give you a lot of tips about what to do, about where to go in the city, so that you’ll feel like locals for the rest of your stay! And, hey! We offer also a Segway Night Tour!

2 – Go shopping (and get lost) al mercato

A visit to a market is always a worldly experience, if you want to learn more about people and traditions, don’t rush and spend some time al mercato. Markets are also usually places where you can buy food at normal prices and very typical souvenires, is there something better than to receive a pack of Cantuccini (Tuscan cookies) and a bottle of Vinsanto?

The markets you can’t miss are two:

Lampredotto (from google)

Lampredotto (from google)

  • Mercato Centrale:This market, aka San Lorenzo market, is divided in two parts, one outside where you can find leather goods but also clothes and scarves and another one – our favourite – inside the big pavillion dating back to the end of the 19th century dedicated to…food! Here you’ll find the Tuscan, Florentine and Italian food culture at its best and you’ll be sorrounded by pasta, cheese, mushrooms, meat, fish, olives and will feel like you’re in heaven. There are some places where you can sit down and eat traditional dishes and also kiosks where you can buy some tipical street food. “The” florentine street food is the lampredotto (read what is it only after eating it). You’ve got it, we love this market, and now guess which is one of the stops of our delish Florence Food Tour? ;-)

    Market (from google)

    Market (from google)

  • Mercato di Sant’AmbrogioYou can get here by a short walk from the Duomo. This daily market, away from the tourist crowd, is the oldest market in Florence – dates back to 1873 – and takes place in the square of the historical and still authentic district of Sant’Ambrogio. Spend a different morning, by buying fresh fruit direct from the farmers and stopping to try all the Florentine specialties. In case you still have space in your bellies, we suggest to have lunch in the Trattoria da Rocco, a small and cheap restaurant, very traditional.

3 – Feed the brain 

And now feed the brain by visiting places, hidden but amazing away from the crowd.

Giotto, Madonna (from google)

Giotto, Madonna (from google)

  • Museo di Santo Stefano al Ponte: housed in a former monastery, just a few steps away from the Ponte Vecchio. In comparison with other museums, here you’ll find peace and quiet that will really let you admire the pieces of art, painted by famous Tuscan artists like Paolo Uccello, Masolino and nothing less than…Giotto!

 

  • Stibbert Museum: this hidden gem keeps a rich collection of ancient and recent armours from all over the world, you’ll be amazed by the variety of the collection and by the way the pieces are put on display.

    San Francesco Monastery (from google)

    San Francesco Monastery (from google)

  • San Francesco Monastery in Fiesole: on the top of a hill, not far away from the center of Fiesole, this quiet medieval monastery is our choice for a stunning, romantic view on the city and the river Arno.

 

4 – Go out and have an Aperitivo

Kitsch-deux (from google)

Kitsch-deux (from google)

Did you know that one of the most famous Italian cocktails, the Negroni, was born in Florence? Ok we know it is strong and not for everyone, but whether you like strong cocktails or soft drinks, once in Florence you must go out for an aperitivo!

A trendy spot is the Kitsch Deux, which offers a rich buffet to accompany your drink, a bustling atmosphere and good music.

Duomo, Florence (from google)

Duomo, Florence (from google)

If you are looking for something more quiet, then choose the Caffetteria delle Oblate, a cafè nestled on the top floor of a library, which offers a stunning view of the Duomo.

5 – The hip tip

Teatro del Sale (from google)

Teatro del Sale (from google)

More than a theatre and not just a restaurant, the Teatro del Sale is a unique experience. A reservation is needed, then when you’ll enter this place and take a seat – try not to be late in order to get a good spot – you’ll realize that no, there’s no menu here and the plates are straight out from the kitchen by the famous chef Fabio Picchi…when for instance the pasta is ready, you’ll stand up and queue near the kitchen waiting for your dish…rules are rules! But believe us, the food is great. After dessert, tables and chairs are moved in order to make space for the show! Everything is in Italian, but don’t worry, enjoyable for everyone :-) .

Psst! Are you a family? A segway tour combines fun and information plus you’ll share an experience to remember!

Great things to do in Rome (spotted by our local guides)

As everybody knows, Rome is a big, fascinating city, full of history, art and charm. Besides its iconic monuments known all over the world, there are so many other spots to visit, that would take months to see and experience. Our suggestion is…open your eyes, explore the city, be prepared to be surprised, get lost in its beauty and follow our tips. Great things to do in Rome are waiting for you!

Cornetti (from google)

Let your day start with a crisp and tender cornetto (Roman word for croissant), bought in a local forno (bakery). Our suggestion is the Forno Campo dei Fiori, a famous but still local spot, considered one of the best bakeries in town. Order a cornetto and eat it outside, in the amazing frame of Campo Dè Fiori, planning your vacanze romane.

2 – Culture: outside the conventional routes

Ok, you’ve seen the Colosseo, the Foro Romano and the Fontana di Trevi…but in Rome there’s much more! You could spend weeks visiting monuments, churches and museums and…you’ll realize that there’s still something new to see! This also makes Rome so unique.

Here are some insider tips:

ludus magnus

Ludus Magnus (from google)

It’s possible that not everyone knows that right behind the Colosseo there are the ruins of this building, also called the Great Gladiatorial Training School. This was one of the four places in the city, where the gladiators who participated in the performances at the Colosseo were trained. Once there, imagine that at the centre of the Ludus Magnus there was an ellipsoidal arena in which the gladiators practiced.

Basilica of San Clemente (from google)

Basilica of San Clemente:

this church off the traditional tourist path, is a treasure chest of secrets and history. By visiting it, you’ll see 2.000 years of Roman history, since the medieval church at the street level is built on a church dating back to the 4th century A.D. Erected on the basement of a 2nd century Roman insula and on its shrine dedicated to Mithras. By descending there you’ll hear the sound of water running. You’re not daydreaming, it is the sound of an underground river!

3 – Find the Great Beauty

Orange Garden

Orange Garden (from google)

The Parco Savello, aka the Orange Garden is a pleasant retreat on the Aventino hill, famous for offering one of the best views over the Capital. Once there, you’ll embrace the beauty of the city and feel like you’re in a movie.

This park is also a romantic nook and one of the best places where see the sunset on the city. The sleekest way to reach it? By joining our Segway Tour! As you know Rome, is situated on 7 hills. Arrive there with a segway so it will be easy and fun. And besides, your guide will show you another hidden gem: when leaving the park turn right and at the end of the road you’ll find a big green door…look through the small keyhole and..SURPRISE!

4 – Dine all’aperto

Trastevere by night (from google)

The climate in Rome is so pleasant that for most of the year you can dine outside, or all’aperto as we say in Italian. Trastevere, with its narrow medieval roads, is still one of the best areas in the city for walking around and eating out. Once there, enjoy the charming atmosphere and be groped by the delicious smells coming from the restaurants and trattorie.

pizza

from google

Our advice is Dar Poeta, a pizzeria and a landmark in town (Psst…is said that the Romani cross the city just to eat here!).

5 – The hip tip

Rome is not just a museum in open air, but also a lively and young city. So don’t miss its newest trends! Our tips?

freni_frizioni

Freni e Frizioni (from google)

Freni e Frizioni: hip bar and cool place for an aperitivo – suitable also for vegans – whose name can be translated into “brakes and clutches”, since once it was a car garage.

Via del Governo Vecchio: for a local shopping experience, try this elegant pedestrian road just behind Piazza Navona. There you’ll find small boutiques and independent designers stores selling unique and handmade items like clothes or jewelry. Here you’ll also find restaurants and wine bars.

Segway

Rome Segway Tours

Last tip, book one of our tours (Segway Tour, Pizza Tour, Rome Bike Tour)at the beginning of your stay, your guide will give you a lot of tips about things to do in Rome for the rest of your holiday!

Great things to do in Milan

In Italy, is said that the Milanesi are snobby and unfriendly, we don’t think so…but what is sure is that in Milan you’ll realize that the people seem to be always in a hurry and that they…run! Here below great things to do in Milan

Probably also because it’s a bustling, exciting city with a lot to see and to do and, since the only way to understand a city is to live it as a local…dress well (Milan is still the capital of fashion!), follow our tips and be a Milanese for one day!

Italian breakfast (from google)

Cappuccino and brioche (from google)

1 – Begin the day with an Italian breakfast

rigorously with a cappuccino and a brioche and remember that a real Milanese never sits but has his breakfast at the counter! There are a plenty of good places to go..the Milanesi are demanding! Here you find some tips:

  • Panificio Pattini: considered one of the best bakeries in town, in the heart of the charming Brera district. Psst…guess which one is the first stop of our Milan Food Walking Tour? 

    The Duomo reflected in the windows of Camparino

    The Duomo reflected in the windows of Camparino

  • Camparino: smell the history in this old café with art nouveau decorations located at the entrance of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

  • Pasticceria Marchesi: this pastry shop has been open since 1824 and still preserves the original furniture, a jump in the past and a festival for eyes and palate!

    Tram #1

    Tram #1

2 – Go by tram

Milan is easy to visit with public transportation, and our tip is to choose the tram if you can, specially the old number 1 which, with its wooden benches offers a real Milanese experience.

3 – Go see an art exhibition

Palazzo Reale

Palazzo Reale

After breakfast, go to see an art exhibition in one of the many museums, a good choice can be Palazzo Reale, where you can choose between 4 exhibitions, always of high cultural standard.

4 – Have lunch at a local favorite

Milan is a food mecca, where you can find a wide choice including street food, typical Italian trattoria and awarded, fancy restaurants…

Yummy panzerotto by Luini

Yummy panzerotto by Luini

  • Luini: buy one of their famous, heavenly panzerotti (panzerotto is like a small, fluffy and fried calzone) and eat it on a bench in the near Piazza San Fedele. 

  • Da Claudio: between Brera and the Sforza Castle, this fish shop, now also a restaurant serves plates of raw fish accompanied by a glass of sparkling white wine, a favorite lunch spot for the financial district suit and tie workers. 

  • Trattoria la Colonna (Via Santa Maria alla Porta 10 – website unavailable): a typical Italian trattoria in an historical building in the old city center. Traditional dishes in an homely atmosphere, that’s how Italy is expected to be :-)

5 – Go shopping…or at least window shopping

Probably you’ve heard about Via Montenapoleone and the so called “Golden Quad”, and yes, Milan is definitely a good destination for shopping! Whether in the city center or in other districts – Brera or Ticinese for instance – you’ll find sparkling shops for every taste. There are also interesting department stores and concept stores you can’t miss like:

La Rinascente rooftop bar

La Rinascente rooftop bar

  • La Rinascente: the first modern clothes store in Italy and a stop for everyone both Milanesi or visitors. The café at the 7th floor overlooks the Duomo’s spires…breathtaking! 

  • 10 Corso Como: one of the world’s most important concept stores, a visionary place where you can find a clothes store, a bookstore, an art gallery, a restaurant, a bar and even an exclusive B&B.

    Excelsior Milano (from google)

    Excelsior Milano (from google)

  • Excelsior: realized by Jean Nouvel in a former movie theater, displays a selection of fashion, perfumes, design, fresh flowers, wines and more in a frame of colorful video screens. Like doing shopping in the future! 

6 – End your day with an aperitivo!

You can’t end a real Milanese day without drinking an aperitivo! The Milanesi are so proud of this tradition and say that in other cities the people have no idea about what a real aperitivo is…yes, that’s probably a little bit snobby…The fact is that the Milanesi love to go out after work, drink something together, socialize and discover new places!

Take Away Bistrot Milan

Take Away Bistrot Milan

  • Take Away Bistrot: The address for the journalists who work in the near offices and definitely the perfect place for an aperitivo. Interested in knowing more about the Italian wines? Our Milan Wine Tasting takes place here, don’t miss it!

    Armani Bamboo Bar (from Google)

    Armani Bamboo Bar (from Google)

  • Armani Bamboo Bar: a luxury place at the 7th floor of the Armani hotel. We like it for the floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a stunning view over the red roofs and the Duomo, specially at the sunset.

  • Ostello Bello: this awarded hostel has two souls: easy chic hostel with cosmopolitan atmosphere and trendy place for locals.

Have you booked a Milan Food Tour with us? Remember that our guides are pure Milanesi and they’ll be glad to give you advices about what’s local, from hidden places to trendy bars, take advantage of it :-) !

5 things to do in Florence with teenagers

Florence is a very vibrant Italian city filled with students, young travelers, artists, professionals with a thriving international community. The quaintness, remarkable unique beauty and manageable size makes Florence an enjoyable city for teenagers to explore on their own.  Other than the usual touristic stops like museums and monuments, Florence has much to offer for families looking for things to with in Florence with teenagers. Family vacations can be challenging in terms of finding mutually agreeable activities that consider budget, fun, experience and adventure all in one. I know it’s a shock but your teen may not be as stoked as you’d imagine by the prospect of standing in line for an hour to enter the Uffizi museum which could take hours to fully explore. Coming to Florence with teenagers? We have some suggestions for fun activities which are teen-appropriate on their own to do either together as a group.

Shoe collection display at the Ferragamo Museum

Shoe collection display at the Ferragamo Museum

1. Ferragamo Florence.

Especially if you are traveling with a fashion-obsessed teenager, take them (or direct them) to visit the Ferragamo flagship store and museum in Florence in the high street fashion district of Via Tornabuoni. The museum at Ferragamo is probably one of the most exciting museums you could suggest to your teen. The shop has all of the latest designs on display, too! Perhaps you could treat them to an original Ferragamo €300 scarf? ;)

Florence-Bike-Tour-012.  Florence Bike Tour

Either as a group or for teens to do on their own, a bike tour in Florence is the perfect activity to get moving, discover sights and to enjoy the picturesque gem town of Florence on bicycle. Did you know that in addition to Segway tours in Italy, we also organize daily Florence bike tours? Our bike tour in Florence is a great activity for teens since it’s an ideal length of time (3 hours), a safe bike ride tour for teens on a cruiser bicycle, includes an entertaining English-speaking guide and finishes with a stop for an Italian gelato!

A deli stand in San Lorenzo Market (from google)

A deli stand in San Lorenzo Market (from google)

3. Take them to the San Lorenzo Market (Mercato Centrale)!

Italy is famous for their outdoor daily food markets and San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale is an iconic Florentine market establishment. Your teens will undoubtedly relish in the colors, smells, interesting local foods, market personalities and the novelty of visiting Italian butcher shops and fish mongers. Have them explore the market, tasting samples of Florentine and Italian delicacies along the way and discover exotic produce. Finish with lunch at Florence’s very famous Nerbone (inside the San Lorenzo Market) for delicious sandwiches, soups or pasta for an authentic Italian food treat worth every penny.

Making Gelato (from google)

Making Gelato (from google)

4. Learn how Italian gelato is made by visiting Rivareno Gelateria!

If you contact the management at Rivarano Gelateria in Florence, it is possible to arrange a gelato making demo where the staff (who some speak English upon request) shows you how they make gelato and a tasting is followed after of their seasonal specialties. It is also possible to request gelato making CLASSES where your teens can make their own gelato and eat their own creations. If you need help arranging this, let the staff at Segway Italy Tours know and we will do our best to mediate!

The Duomo from afar

The Duomo from afar

5. Climb the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore aka the Duomo in Florence!

This is a classic activity and a must do for anyone and everyone visiting Florence! Okay, maybe not everyone. With all do respect, one should be in fair health conditions as the climb is nearly 500 stairs. However, this should not be a problem for any young, healthy and able teen. Why will your teen love climbing the Duomo? Well, for one it has a bit of a scare-factor and a challenge that will incite the interest of teens as the stairwell is very quirky and winding- it will seem like they are climbing through a sort of dungeon castle with over 600 years of history. Throughout the climb, there are little windows perfect for peeking out and having your breath knocked out of you (not just from the stairs) but from the incredible scenery one can only see from the heights throughout the Duomo. The top of the climb has incredible art and a stunning fresco depicting scenes from the world famous bible. Visit the official website to learn more about opening times and tickets.

Visiting Florence with Teenagers? Contact the local experts at Segway Italy Tours for more ideas or resources on your upcoming family trip to the Renaissance gem of Florence!

5 Things to do with teenagers in Milan

Experience the wide array of culture that Milan has to offer during your trip to Italy! Milan has so much to offer to everyone, not just to fashionistas or high culture junkies. We get requests quite often from our guests about what things to do in Milan traveling with teens so we decided to do the homework for you to gather what we deem to be the top 5 things to do with teenagers in Milan:

From Google

From Google

1. Get amused at the Euro Luna Park! Euro Park is opened every Saturday from 2:30 to Midnight and Sundays from 2:30pm to 7:30pm and is full of activities perfect for teens in Milan. If your teens are getting a little sick of traditional Milanese cuisine (we hope they don’t) they can take a break for American style grub like burgers, ribs, BBQ, nachos, onions rings and more at some of the steakhouses located at the Luna Park. Of course there is more to enjoy besides the food like ferris wheel rides, mile-high slides, go kart, rollercoasters, bumper cars, arcade games and more. Visit their facebook page or website for images and more information. Note: Pages are in Italian. Address: Via Rivoltana 64, 20090 Segrate Phone: +390270201039

From Google

From Google

2. Check out flying machines designed by Leonardo Da Vinci at the Science and Technology museum! The Museum of Science and Technology of Leonardo Da Vinci is the one of the most important museums in the world and it houses many of Leonardo’s inventions like models of bridges, fighting machines, defense tools and more. In addition to Da Vinci’s inventions, the museum also has simulations of the world’s historic computing and communication devices, air and sea transport models that would be stimulating and intriguing for teenagers visiting Milan. Official website includes information regarding pricing, admission, exhibits and hours of operation.

logo-Italy-by-segway3. Milan Segway Tour- A segway tour is the perfect way to ride through the city for teens! Our guides are friendly and are always entertaining for groups on vacation. Segway tours in Milan visits stops of interest such as the Sforzesco Castle, Parco Sempione (Milan’s most famous public park, perfect for active teens to explore), major outdoor squares (piazzas) with gothic architecture- sights that are definitely interesting and engaging to teens and to the whole family. A Segway tour is a great activity for the whole family or for teens to do on their own when parents might need a break to explore Milan on their own.  Contact us to book your Milan Segway Tour. P.S. Discounts available for family segway tour bookings!

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4. Taste Panzerotti! Panzerotti are a local favorite fast food perfect for teens who love food and especially anything resembling pizza. Panzerotti are round dough pockets filled with mozzarella and tomato, folded like a calzone and then FRIED. Yum. Think of it as Italian fast food (I mean, it is afterall fried dough and cheese with a bit of tomato) but probably way better for you than fast food back home. Behind the Rinascimento department store nearby the famous gothic Duomo site there is a shop that is said to have some of the best panzerotti in Milan. Make it a half day activity for your teens by planning to have them visit the gothic glory of the Duomo of Milan, which you can also climb to the top of, and finish the day with lunch at Panzerotti Luini.

Address and contact info: Via Santa Radegonda,16 20121 (Milan) Tel. +390286461917 E-mail: info@luini.it

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5. Tour the San Siro Stadium and Museum of Soccer! If your teenagers are interested in sports and especially Italian soccer, they are going to love San Siro- it is the greatest temple to International soccer. The museum is full of collection memorabilia, trophies, autographed soccer gear and offers tourists the opportunity to tour the stadium! Teenagers will appreciate walking on the same turf as some of the world’s most famous footballers (soccer players) have made historical scores and also to walk through the stage for International competitions. San Siro has even been the home to the World Cup Games! Visit the official website for the San Siro Stadium Museum for more information on tours, admission, the museum and much more.

There you have it! Looking for more activities and things to do with teenagers in Milan? Contact us- we are your resource for ensuring the best travel experiences in Italy and are happy to assist!

5 things to do with teenagers in Rome

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Italian pizza!

Traveling to Rome? With a teen? Travelling abroad is an eye-opening experience and some think it should be a requirement for anyone coming of age- or for anyone at any age! Rome is an open city for everyone of any age and from various walks of life. Rome can be an awesome destination for your teen as it is chock full of hollywood-worthy sights like the colosseum, ancient ruins like the Roman Forum, funky statues like an egyptian style PYRAMID, cat sanctuaries, pizzerias, live music in squares, arcades and much more. Teens might be weary of International family vacations unless there are entertaining things to do apart from the academic sightseeing tours. Plus, they might get overwhelmed with all the cultural activities, museums and tours. Perhaps some light hearted activities might be good to scope out for your teen’s visit to Rome. I am sure it can be hard to suggest things to do for teenagers when the adults want to do adult things like wine tasting and fancy dinners, but let us do the homework for you! We get asked pretty often by our family groups: what can our teenager do in Rome? Well there is loads but here are a quick 5 tips:

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Visit to La Bocca della Verità!- Bocca della Verità translates from Italian into “the mouth of truth.” It is a very famous statue resembling a man’s face from Ancient Roman times where legend has it if you put your hand in the mouth of the statue’s mouth and you are a fibber (a nice way of saying liar), then your hand will be devoured! The history of this sculpture dates back to ancient Roman times and is considered to have been apart of a fountain but the figure has been considered to also represent a pagan god Oceanus, who was thought to personify the world’s flowing waters. Nevertheless, La Bocca della Verità legendarily became a sort of mythical lie detector. The statue attracts many daily to test their truthful nature and is affixed to the portico of Church Santa Maria in Cosmedin, located near the north end of Circus Maximus. Great sight visit for a teen in Rome!

Take your teen on a PIZZA tasting tour! First of all, who doesn’t love pizza and most of all- it’s loved so much by teens that it’s practically considered a food group! Italy Segway Tours organizes Rome Pizza Food Tours and this would be a fantastic activity for teens on their own for a few hours or with the whole family group. Some great highlights of a pizza tour is that you’ll be able to see Rome from a different perspective than the usual tours and discover new neighborhoods, famous bakeries and learn about what REAL Italian pizza is supposed to be like- none of the crud from Domino’s or Pizza Hut you may find back at home. Not only will a pizza food tour enlighten you to what authentic Italian pizza is, but you’ll also even regional differences like pizza in Rome versus the traditional Neapolitan pizza. We highly recommend our Rome Pizza Food Tour for a (delectable) thing to do with teenagers in Rome!

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Explore Villa Borghese GardensThe Villa Borghese gardens is one of the largest parks in Rome and is full of activities for teens to do in Rome. Within the gardens is a zoological museum, gothic statues and even a zoo (Rome’s Bioparco) complete with endangered species and hippos. The Villa Borghese Gardens is also an ideal location to take rented bicycles or segway rentals and for teens to take a ride through. The place is a giant palace of stunning Roman gardens that you can’t help but enjoy discovering.

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Tour the famous Cinecittà studios! Did you know that Rome has been the set of thousands of international films? So many have in fact earned Academy Awards and have even been set to television programs, music videos and commercial productions. Movies to note are classics like Roman Holiday, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Pink Panther 2 and more.  As a result of Rome’s deep culture with filmmaking, there are tourist activities at the Cinecittà Studios that would be a great experience for teens and adults. The studios have areas where visitors can check out costumes, set props and even has a “Backstage” section where visitors can have an interactive experience while learning about the basics of film making!

Spook your teen with a visit to the Catacombs and the Capuchin Crypt! There are several mazes of underground tunnels of catacomb burial sites in Rome with thousands of bodies buried from centuries past. As creepy as that may be, they attract numerous tourists and are the scene for many tours in Rome, believe it or not! Nevertheless, this is unquestionably a more edgy, entertaining shock-worthy activity for teens in Rome. There a few Catacomb locations to consider when deciding which ones to visit:

Capuchin_CryptThen apart from the catacombs in Rome, there is also the Capuchin crypt which is a very sort of intriguing display of bones which belonged to almost 4,000 capuchin friars and monks. Albeit a bit grotesque considering the history and nature of the crypt, it is nonetheless a hidden Rome tourist attraction that represents important history of Rome and the church. The Capuchin crypt can be found at the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on Via Veneto in Rome. 

Enjoy our 5 things to do in Rome with teenagers

We wish you a Segway New Year!

We at Italy Segway Tours would like to to wish you a great New Year’s Eve with people you love for a happy new year!

Fuochi d'artificio2 (2)And in case you’ve decided to spend your holidays and this special night in Italy, we’re going to tell you something about what we do on these joyful days. there will be fireworks and concerts In every city’s main square, on New Year’s Eve, and people celebrate in the streets and since we’re in Italy and as in most of the Italian festivals, food plays a major role, therefore most of the people will choose to do the traditional “Cenone” (the New Year’s Eve dinner, literally “big dinner”) doesn’t matter if at home, in a restaurant, as long as it is spent with family or friends.

Cotechino_Lentils2 (2)What can’t be missed is the cotechino – a lentil and meat (pork) combination, symbol of prosperity, money and good luck for the coming year….be sure to eat some! But holidays are not over! On January 6th, we celebrate the Epiphany, also called la Befana (who’s a good witch) and as an Italian proverb says: L’Epifania tutte le feste porta via (The Epiphany…and takes away the holidays). This day is commemorated by the visit of the Three Wise Men (Re Magi) to the Baby Jesus, but the night between January 5th and 6th is also related to a good witch, the Befana, who’s origin dates back to the roman ages. roma-piazzanavona-befane (2)Usually the Befana is represented as an old, badly dressed woman, who rides a broom, and carries a sack full of presents for the good kids and….coal for the bad ones! What do you think you’ll deserve this year? ;-)  Every city has different traditions in celebrating this day, then take a look at how January 6th is celebrated across Italy, between the Three Wise Men and the Befana.

MILAN

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You won’t believe it, but the Three Wise Men are buried in Milan! Actually their relics are divided between Milan and Cologne but this is another story… Since Milan loves its Three Wise Men, this day is celebrated since 1300 with a procession (Corteo dei Re Magi) of people dressed in costume followed by the Civic band usually departing at 11 from the Duomo and leading to the church of Sant’Eustorgio, where the relics of the Three Wise Men are kept. For motorcycle lovers, we suggest you to go near the Sforza Castle on January 6th at 8a.m. and wait for the Befana Motociclistica, a special motorcyclist meeting, where a Befana escorted by hundred bikers, will ride across the city center and give presents to poor children.

FLORENCE

Corteo dei Magi Milano (2)In Florence a gorgeous Cavalcade of over 500 costumed participants led by the Magi and inspired by a fresco kept in the Magi chapel of Palazzo Medici Riccardi, takes place since 1417 every January 6th. If you want to see the Cavalcade and travel back through the centuries, be there at 2 p.m. near Palazzo Pitti and follow the procession across the medieval city center up to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, where the Three Wise Men will give their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Baby Jesus.

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Mercatino Piazza Navona (2)In the heart of the city, in Piazza Navona, among the Bernini fountain and a big Carousel usually placed in the center of the square, you’ll find a huge open air market, opened every day until 1 a.m. where games, decorations, giant donuts, cotton candy and every other sweetness you can imagine is sold…a real heaven not just for kids. The market has been operating for almost 100 years and every year on the 6th, the Befana herself flies over the square riding her broomstick, leaves sweets and coal to every child and flies away in the night.

LUCKY LENTIL SOUP

Cotechino_Lentils (2)Since we are generous and want to share our luck with you, here’s the original Italian recipe for a dish of lentils! Take advantage of it! To make this soup (for a lot of friends), you’ll need:

  • 1 kg (2lb) green lentils
  • Olive oil
  • Half minced onion
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • A bay leaf

Soak the lentils overnight. The next day wash them and put them into a casserole, add olive oil, pepper, salt, minced onion and hot water. Cover the casserole and simmer gently for about 2 hours.  Serve them as a side dish for instance with a cotechino…lucky and yummy!

It doesn’t matter if you’ll spend this evening at home, at a party, with the crowds… we wish you a Segway New Year!