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Ancient Tomb Uncovered Near Naples
Published on Sunday, October 14, 2018 by Archaeologists have unearthed another ancient tomb in the town of Cumae, a Greek settlement near Naples. The newly discovered tomb dates to the 2nd century BC and is decorated with murals, unlike most other Cumaean tombs at the time, which were simply painted red and white without images. ( The murals are believed to illustrate a banquet scene, as well as an image of ...
Italy’s First Starbucks Opens in Milan
Published on Friday, October 5, 2018 by Starbucks’ first Italian location, which opened in early September in Milan, is switching up its menu to appeal to a country with an unrivaled coffee culture. Gone are the Frappuccinos, the green-and-white to-go cups, and the American-style donuts and pastries, replaced with a focus on more classic coffee drinks and food that appeals to Italians’ palate. The up...
Could Venice Ban Sitting?
Published on Sunday, September 30, 2018 by The latest in a series of bans aimed at tourists comes from Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, who has proposed a fine of up to €500 for sitting down in undesignated spots throughout the city. According to CNN Travel, the Venice city council is currently discussing the text of the proposed ban. There is already a ban in place preventing people from sitting down in St. Mar...
Great Year For Italy Prosecco Harvest
Published on Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Following favorable weather patterns this summer, Italian winemakers are experiencing a productive Prosecco harvest this year. A warm, dry summer followed by cooler weather and rain has created almost ideal growing conditions for Glera grapes, which are used to make Prosecco DOC. Stefano Zanette, president of the DOC council, said, “the [recent] rain and the lowe...
Florence Bans Eating on Streets
Published on Saturday, September 15, 2018 by To decrease crowding, Florence has banned people from eating on four of the city’s busiest streets: Via de’ Neri, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Piazza del Grano and Via della Ninna. The ban is in place during the most popular mealtimes – from noon to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – and those who violate it will be fined between €150 and €500. On Via de’ ...
Italy’s Natural Wines Gain Prominence
Published on Friday, September 7, 2018 by VinNatur, an Italian natural wine organization, has created a list of qualifications and characteristics for natural wine, a label that is often misused, undefined or confused with organic wines. Unlike other natural wine organizations, VinNatur enlists an independent certification group that is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture to ensure members follo...
Why You Should Watch Pasta Grannies on YouTube
Published on Monday, September 3, 2018 by Everyone knows Italian grandmothers make the best handmade pasta, and if you’re lucky, your nonna passed down her recipes and techniques. For the rest of us, there’s Pasta Grannies, a YouTube channel that films Italian nonne making pasta by hand, the old-fashioned way. Food writer Vicky Bennison, who is based in Le Marche and London, launched Pasta Grannies fou...
Two Florence Museums Explore Links to Islam
Published on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by To combat Islamophobia and celebrate ancient Middle Eastern culture, two Florence museums have teamed up to stage an exhibit on Islamic art and the reciprocal relationship between Florence and Islam. The exhibit, titled “Islamic Art and Florence from the Medici to the 20th Century,” runs through Sept. 23 at the Uffizi Gallery and the Bargello Museum, showcasing 25...
Space Tourism Could Be Coming to Puglia
Published on Thursday, August 23, 2018 by Thanks to a July agreement between Italian aerospace companies and Virgin Galactic, Italy could soon launch itself into the nascent world of space tourism. On a recent visit to the White House, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte talked about “launching, as soon as possible, new planes that, crossing the atmosphere, will be able to connect Italy and the United Sta...
Don’t Steal Sand on Sardinia!
Published on Sunday, August 19, 2018 by The pristine white and pink sand beaches of Sardinia attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, many of whom pocket a seemingly insignificant amount of sand or shells as a souvenir. Now, though, visitors who take home more than just a photograph will face a hefty fine: Filling a bottle or baggie with sand, pebbles, or shells is a crime and will incur a penalty of betw...