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  • 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...
  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Dolomites 5 Things You Didn’t Know Abou... Published on Friday, October 24, 2014 by
    These beautiful mountains are one of the gems of Northern Italy. Here are five facts you might not have not about this corner of Italy: 1. The Dolomites were designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. The mountain range in northern Italy received this designation for its subli...
  • Steve Perillo’s Excellent Roman Adventure Steve Perillo’s Excellent Rom... Published on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by
    It is no secret that my favorite city in the world is bella Roma - the Eternal City! You would think, given how often I visit that I would get a little tired of it but quite the contrary, I find there's always something new to see and do...and well, FUN to be had! FUN was the name of th...
  • Halloween in Italy Halloween in Italy Published on Saturday, October 18, 2014 by
    Halloween in Italy has grown more popular over the past six years or so, especially with children excited to dress up and eat sweets. While Halloween still isn’t as big of a celebration as it is in the U.S., it is now not uncommon to hear children walking through shops and neighborhoods ...
  • Roman Amphitheater Found Under Palazzo Vecchio in Florence Roman Amphitheater Found Under Pala... Published on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by
    Archaeological excavations have proven that the heart of Florence has been in the same spot for thousands of years – underneath the famous Palazzo Vecchio, itself built in 1299. The excavations unearthed the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater in Florence, extending to nearby Piazza d...
  • Florence’s Flood Markers Florence’s Flood Markers Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by
    The small silver plaques posted on the sides of buildings in Florence are inconspicuous, but their significance isn’t lost on Florentines. These rectangular flood markers all around the city, dating from medieval times, have inscriptions with the date of each flood and a line indicat...
  • 5 Things to Do in Milan 5 Things to Do in Milan Published on Friday, October 10, 2014 by
    You’re a seasoned Italophile--but you’ve never been to Milan. You think the northern metropolis offers little besides gray stone, industrial parks and rainy days. Wrong! This keystone city may not have the immediate charms of Rome or Florence, but its quieter attractions mean that you ...
  • World’s Deepest Swimming Pool Is In Italy World’s Deepest Swimming Pool... Published on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by
    Intrepid divers, swimmers and spectators can all the world’s deepest swimming pool, which opened in June at a thermal spa in the Veneto. The pool, which holds which holds 1,135,939 gallons of thermal spa water, is named named Y-40 Deep Joy after its 40-meter depth. Designed by archi...
  • The Italy Mix: Rowing in Venice, Rome Pizza The Italy Mix: Rowing in Venice, Ro... Published on Sunday, October 5, 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: Rowing in Venice: “There is no better way to connect with Venice than with an oar and discovering the original way...
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