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  • Steve’s Travel Tips: Truffle Hunting in Italy (Video) Steve’s Travel Tips: Truffle ... Published on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by
    What’s the most expensive thing you can buy in Italy? Sure, a Maserati or Ferrari is a good guess. But by weight it might be the white truffles of Alba which can go for as much as $10,000 per pound! These tantalizing tubers grow near the roots of oak trees and have a special concentrati...
  • Beautiful Bookstores in Italy Beautiful Bookstores in Italy Published on Saturday, November 15, 2014 by
    Excellent design features in every aspect of Italian life, from furniture to automobiles to eyeglass frames to grocery packaging. Of course bookstores in our favorite country are well designed—and often also extremely beautiful. This list is of the most visually arresting stores. They ar...
  • The Clooney Effect on Travel to Venice The Clooney Effect on Travel to Ven... Published on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by
    Say “Clooney effect,” and many people will think of George himself, and go weak in the knees. But the sexy actor has had an equally strong impact on Venetian tourism. After his September nuptials with Amal Alamuddin (now proudly “Amal Clooney”), The Daily Mail reported that UK trav...
  • The Sistine Chapel’s New Look and Feel The Sistine Chapel’s New Look and... Published on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by
    Twenty years ago, the frescoes of the Vatican’s renowned Sistine Chapel received a major 16-year restoration, making Michelangelo’s masterful paintings vivid once more. After all, the Sistine Chapel is visited by 20,000 people each and every day; some wear and tear is to be expected. ...
  • Shroud of Turin To Go on Display in 2015 Shroud of Turin To Go on Display in... Published on Sunday, November 9, 2014 by
    The Shroud of Turin will go on display for the first time in five years in the spring of 2015, in coordination with a visit by Pope Francis. The sacred cloth, said to have wrapped Jesus Christ in his tomb, is stored in the Turin Cathedral in a climate-controlled case and will be on display...
  • Steve’s Travel Tips: The Olive Harvest in Italy (Video) Steve’s Travel Tips: The Oliv... Published on Friday, November 7, 2014 by
    I’m Steve Perillo of Perillo Tours. I have a video series called Steve's Travel Tips to share all the insider Italy travel tips I have learned over a lifetime of travel to Italy. This week I'm talking about enjoying the olive harvest in Italy. Italians look forward to the fall for any...
  • Nero’s House – Domus Aurea – Reopens in Rome Nero’s House – Domus Au... Published on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by
    Emperor Nero’s opulent palace in Rome, built in 64 AD and closed since 2005, is open to the public once again—this time, though, only on weekends to allow restoration work to continue. Because most of the structure is still damaged, just 8,530 square feet of the palace’s 170,000 squa...
  • Mussolini’s Secret Wartime Air Bunker Opens to Public Mussolini’s Secret Wartime Ai... Published on Monday, November 3, 2014 by
    New photos of one of Benito Mussolini’s secret underground war bunkers have surfaced as Rome celebrates the 40th anniversary of the end of fascism and as the bunker opens for visitors. One of 12 bunkers eventually built in Rome for Mussolini, this shelter was built in 1940 because Mu...
  • Matera Named European Capital of Culture for 2019 Matera Named European Capital of Cu... Published on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by
    After a fierce competition, Matera in the southern Italian region of Basilicata has been named as European Capital of Culture for 2019. The small town expects more than 5 million visitors in 2019, and plans to complete public works projects and city improvements to host the event. A t...
  • The Italy Mix: Swiss Guards Cookbook, How the Duomo Was Built The Italy Mix: Swiss Guards Cookboo... Published on Monday, October 27, 2014 by
    The Italy Mix is a weekly post about the most interesting Italy and Italy travel news and human interest stories around the Web.  Here are our top picks for this week: Swiss Guards Launch Cookbook: Sure they guard the Pope, but did you know that they can cook too? It includes the favo...
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