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Riomaggiore fishing village during evening twilight blue hour, seascape in Five lands, Cinque Terre National Park, Liguria, Italy. — Photo by olgacov

That’s Amore: In search of Italy’s most romantic spots

Italy is the land of love, a romantic destination par excellence. So with Valentines Day fast approaching, it’s time to explore some of the peninsula...
The first masks were very grotesque. They had these noses that had a phallic symbolism

Venice: City of the Incognito

18th Century, Venice. Circling about the snaky, torch-lit alleyways of the ancient city are swarms of masked men and women. Before leaving the house...
The Palazzo Pitti in Florence - Italy— Photo by Leonid_Andronov

Inside the House of Medici (Part III): Palazzo Pitti

The third and last official residence of the Medici in Florence is the grandiose Palazzo Pitti. Located at the foot of the Boboli hill in the...
 Mantua's Tortelli di Zucca. Photo by marcomayer

Mantua, European capital of gastronomy 2017

C ombining simple, local ingredients with tradition, a dash of history and never-ending love Mantuan cuisine is known as the food of princes and...
Carnival of Venice, beautiful masks at St. Mark's Square — Photo by lachris77

The Language of Carnevale

For centuries the pre-Lent festivities of carnevale sumptuously celebrated carne, a word that translates as both "meat' and "flesh," in every sense...

Best Markets in Italy: Il Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio

If you ever find yourself in need of an espresso, a panino (a sandwich), pane or dolci (bread or sweets), or simply good company and a fun outing,...
Historic buildings of Certaldo (Florence, Tuscany, Italy)— Photo by clodio

Certaldo Alto: Medieval charm in the heart of Tuscany

A small Medieval town perched on a hill is one of the sights that define the Tuscan landscape. You’ll have heard of San Gimignano and Cortona, but...
Allegorical float at Viareggio Carnival held February 23, 2014— Photo by marchesini62

Getting ready for Carnival celebration in Italy

A highlight of travel to Italy in the first quarter of the year is Carnival Season or as they say Carnevale. Celebrations are held roughly 40 days...
Castle Scilla in Calabria, Italy— Photo by gurgenb

The many beauties of Calabria, as seen by the New York Times

Off the usual touristic beaten tracks lays the point of the Italian boot, Calabria. Italian Americans are probably well aware of its beauty and...
Palazzo Vecchio, the city hall of Florence - Italy— Photo by Leonid_Andronov

Inside the House of Medici (Part II): Palazzo Vecchio

The second landmark in our tour of the “houses of the House of Medici” in Florence is the one and only Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace). Built around the...
Diego Calaon is the Site Director of the archaeological project in Torcello, Ca’ Foscari University

Venice Between History and Archeology: A Talk with Researcher Diego Calaon

Technology represents today a powerful tool for challenging the political nature of the chronicles of the past, the one we learn as truth at school...
Selinunte

Selinunte: The Glory that was Greece…in Sicily

Selinunte is located in southwestern Sicily, in the province of Trapani. Once one of Greece’s most important colonies, as it has for centuries,...

Pienza: the perfect Tuscan hilltown

Ok... I'm going to ask you all to be quiet about what I'm going to tell you, and insist you don't share this information... but in my opinion, Pienza...

The Calabrese Ghost Town of Pentedattilo

In a land ravaged by earthquakes, floods and volcanoes from time to time, it's no wonder that in Italy, one will occasionally discover one of the...
Greccio & the live nativity

Greccio & the live nativity

Greccio is a small town near Rieti, where St Francis conceived the first living nativity scene ever made in history, in 1223. To keep this tradition...

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