Quite often, during my guided tours in Mantua, I describe the Italian Renaissance as a real "Game of Thrones": powerful families, ruling different lands, quite often fighting each other. The Houses Stark, Targaryen, Lannister, Baratheon, Tyrell and so on, are not so different from the Gonzaga, Este, Sforza, Medici, Borgia and many of the other Renaissance dynasties.
The months without an R in their name (from May to August) are the best to enjoy a good gelato: when the days get longer and the climate turns hotter, the "Gelato Season" is officially on. First of all, let’s make things clear: although the word "Gelato" is quite often used as the Italian translation for "Ice Cream", the two are not the same thing.
Working as a tour guide, I’ve noticed that there’s a word very difficult to be pronounced by the American clients: “grazie”, the Italian word for "thanks". The most of the time they pronounce it “grazi”, and sometimes, if they can speak Spanish, they try to go with “gracias”, or - in some rare occasions - I've even heard people gratefully saying "greasy", meaning "thanks". [...]
As the world is getting excited for a new upcoming Royal Wedding, VISITMANTUA is going to launch a new royal promotion. In May 2018, VISITMANTUA will mark the occasion of the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle by offering a 50% discount to every couple of clients that includes a person named as the Prince or his fiancée (Harry/Henry or Meghan). [...]
Dozens of stories go around about that couple of foreign visitors lost in Firenze, desperately looking for “Florence”. It’s an old joke, known in many different variants: sometimes they are in Venezia, looking for “Venice” or in Napoli, searching “Naples”. [...]