UNESCO World Heritage Site, Urbino, located in Marche region of Italy is a picturesque medieval hillside town, truly a gem of the great Renaissance times. Also known as the birthplace of Raphael, famous Renaissance artist and architect, read more on how to spend half a day and its importance as the Renaissance centre of the arts.
Whenever someone mentioned “Parma”, what comes to mind is Parma ham (Prosciutto di Parma) and parmesan cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano cheese). Indeed, Parma, the Northern part of the region Emilia-Romagna, is well-known for its food and rich gastronomical tradition. Two of its specialties, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma are both given Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, which is meant to recognize products that have been produced, processed and developed in a specific geographical area, using the recognized know-how of local producers and ingredients from the region concerned. Parma is the first Italian city to be rewarded by UNESCO for its gastronomy, and has been officially proclaimed by UNESCO as a “Creative City for gastronomy”. Yet, beyond Parma’s gastronomical fames, this quaint university city is synonymous with its rich history and arts. I spent half a day in Parma and can’t wait to be back in this charming little city. Here’s what I experienced …
Much has been written and talked about Sicily or Sicilia Italy travel, Italy’s largest island but it’s nothing near to what I’ve expected. There’s so much Sicily has to offer, it’s impossible to appreciate within days or weeks. Read about my personal Italy Travel experience.
This summer, I’m traveling again to Italy from Singapore. While the European Union has opened up its border to most countries, European countries are not out of the red for Covid-19 cases. If you have read about my travel experience to Italy in 2020 and my quarantine experience back in Singapore, the requirements back in 2020 have totally changed this time in 2021.
Traveling to Italy amidst Covid-19 does require a lot more planning and flexibility. Preparations took place 3 months before, I booked my flight ticket in September 2020 which unfortunately had to be postponed twice as the cases escalated drastically all over Italy. I also called the Italy embassy as well as followed up with an email.
Spending a day at this astonishing UNESCO World Heritage Site is definitely worth the drive to Umbria. From medieval architecture, to the many frescoes and art pieces you’ll find in the basilica and churches, delicious Umbrian cuisines and ending the day at the fortress ruins, the Rocca Maggiore for an Instagram worth picture.
In Trento, Italy, the Christmas market is an interesting festive experience, much like a unique magical nativity scene, full of lights, food, souvenirs, singing and traditions.
Mantova, the sleeping beauty of Italy, also known as Mantua (English). Its understated beauty is apparent in the medieval architecture that one can find throughout the city.