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  • Venice Hit With Unusual Acqua Alta in June Venice Hit With Unusual Acqua Alta ... Published on Sunday, June 26, 2016 by
    Much of Venice was  underwater last week as an out-of-season acqua alta, or high water, takes hold. The tidal flooding causes the Adriatic Sea to overflow into the streets of Venice, this time covering St. Mark’s Square and other parts of the city with one meter (3.3 feet) of water and ...
  • New Uniforms and Lounges for Alitalia New Uniforms and Lounges for Alital... Published on Friday, June 24, 2016 by
    As part of a rebranding to fit in with shareholder Etihad Airways, Alitalia unveiled new staff uniforms in May. A red, green and navy blue color scheme replaces the former navy blue and green, and the outfits are designed by Milan-based fashion designer Ettore Bilotta – who also designe...
  • Chianti Classico Celebrates 300th Anniversary Chianti Classico Celebrates 300th A... Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by
    This year, Chianti Classico, the picturesque heart of Tuscany that is home to Italy’s most famous wine, is celebrating its 300th anniversary of delivering high-quality wines to Italy and beyond. On Sept. 24, 1716, the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de’ Medici created official bo...
  • Italy Not Putting Up Candidates for 2016 World Heritage Sites Italy Not Putting Up Candidates for... Published on Friday, June 17, 2016 by
    For the first time in 16 years, none of the 29 candidates for 2016 UNESCO World Heritage Site status are in Italy. Italy currently holds the world record for most UNESCO World Heritage sites, at 51; behind Italy, China has 48 and Spain has 44. But, as Franco Bernabè, the president of Ital...
  • Karl Lagerfeld Retrospective Opens in Florence Karl Lagerfeld Retrospective Opens ... Published on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 by
    As part of a three-year initiative to promote the culture of contemporary fashion, Florence’s Pitti Palace will feature a collection of more than 200 photos shot by German fashion designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld. Called Visions of Fashion, the exhibit is an anthology of Lagerfel...
  • Europe’s Newest Railway Tunnel Cuts Travel Time to Milan Europe’s Newest Railway Tunne... Published on Friday, June 10, 2016 by
    On June 1, high-speed passenger trains began cruising through Europe’s – and the world’s – newest and longest railway tunnel, cutting travel time between Zurich and Milan by one hour. The new Gotthard Base Tunnel is 57 kilometers (35.4 miles) long and was carved through the cen...
  • New Nighttime Tours at the Roman Forum New Nighttime Tours at the Roman Fo... Published on Sunday, June 5, 2016 by
    A new feature will allow the public to see the Roman Forum in a new light this summer – literally, as the Forum will be illuminated by LEDs and open for nighttime tours for the first time. The lights cast white and yellow highlights onto the site’s most famous structures, drawing at...
  • Visit A Very Special Cat Beach in Sardinia Visit A Very Special Cat Beach in S... Published on Monday, May 30, 2016 by
    On Sardinia’s west coast, a beach that is home to dozens of cats has become a popular tourist destination. Feral cats have lived on the beach in the small fishing village of Su Pallosu for more than a century, when they were brought to the beach by fishermen to control the mice populatio...
  • Prison Island in Tuscany Opens For Tours Prison Island in Tuscany Opens For ... Published on Thursday, May 26, 2016 by
    This spring, a previously off-limits and isolated island 23 miles off the coast of Tuscany is opening to the public for guided tours for the first time. The northernmost island in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, Gorgona is also the smallest and hardest to access — understandably so...
  • Lazio’s Park of Monsters Shocks Visitors Lazio’s Park of Monsters Shoc... Published on Sunday, May 22, 2016 by
    Like a carnival fun house set amid wild greenery, the Park of Monsters — also called the Gardens of Bomarzo and Sacro Bosco (sacred grove) — is meant to shock visitors with its bizarre, spooky statues and structures. Pier Francesco Orsini, also known as Vicino, was a condottiero, a lea...
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