Let it snow - Italy and Verona on ice

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Verona winter
According to statistics, the whole of Italy has been experiencing its most snowy winter for over 20 years, which is excellent news for skiers and those who just love those winter wonderland scenes.

Sirmione on Lake Garda

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Sirmione
Sirmione sits on the southern shores of beautiful Lake Garda, a pretty medieval town at the end of a large peninsula jutting out into the lake.

Verona in Love 2012

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Verona love
Valentines Day and Verona have always gone hand in hand, but this year in the most romantic city in the world there is just too much love for one day, so love will be all around and celebrated from the 11th until the 14th February.
 

Veneto

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veneto map
The region of Veneto in the northeast of Italy is probably on of the most diverse in all of Italy. It extends from the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the Adriatic Sea over expanses of hills and valleys cut by rivers, canals, and the Po delta. 
On the coast, away from the mountains the typical scenery is the flat lands and the coastal lagoons, and of course, one of the most unique cities’s in the entire world – Venice, and yet there is so much more to Veneto.

Opera Alternatives

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Filarmonico Theatre
Opera in Verona’s Arena has to be one of the top reasons that visitors flock to the city each year, but there are other alternatives.
 
Villa in Canto
 

Help! The menu is in Italian.

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Menu
In some of the less touristy spots, and even ones that are in popular tourist areas, you may come across an Italian restaurant that doesn’t have a menu in English. You don’t need to walk off and find a fast food chain where you know what’s what; take a chance and keep this piece with you, and you can enjoy some excellent local dishes.
 
Antipasti - Starter
Prima – Pasta course
Secondo – Main Course
Carne - Meat

Driving in Italy – Things you should know.

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Verona car
Driving in Italy is not for everyone; after all, the Italians do have a bit of a reputation for being a little crazy on the road. But you shouldn’t let that put you off, because with a car you will have more freedom. So, here are a few small pieces of information and tips, to make things a little easier.
 
Hire a small car.

Verona Chocolate 2012

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Chocolate Verona
This year the second edition of "Chocolate Verona" will take place. Last year it was a success and in my opinion this is one of the best markets you can join in Verona. Even if the tradition of this event is pretty recent the products you can taste are so good. The quality and the experience of the artisans of "Chocolate Verona" is so high that we can truly say that what they prepare and sell during the event is a real art.
The dates of the event and the location are always the same:
Piazza Bra (the arena square) from 13th to 16th January.
The banquets in the square are opened from 9.30 am to 11 pm.

Basic Italian phrases

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Phrases
Although not strictly necessary, a few words of Italian will go a long way when you are visiting Italy. These are a fun few words that you can get you tongue around. The third column is ‘Italglish’ Italian written in an English way to help with phonetics.
 
 

Useful everyday words you may hear or need to say:

Detox at beautiful Lake Garda

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Thermal park
The Christmas and New Year celebrations always pile on a few extra pounds, or maybe you’ve made a resolution to get in shape in 2012, but whatever your reasons for choosing a spa break, Lake Garda is the perfect destination.

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