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Volcanic Activity Increasing Outside Rome
Published on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 by According to the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters, a volcanic system on the outskirts of Rome may be waking up. Geologists had believed the volcano was extinct until recently, when they began noticing changes in the earth. About 20 years ago, scientists observed that the hills were rising 2 millimeters per year as a result of a bubble of magma that fo...
Turin Mayor Wants to Make City Vegan
Published on Sunday, July 31, 2016 by In an Italian city famous for its meat dishes and cheeses, a new mayor wants to upend the status quo in favor of a plant-based lifestyle. Turin Mayor Chiara Appendino, who was elected in June, and her city council released their five-year plan for the city, which emphasizes sustainability and promoting veganism. The plan is the first political initiative in Italy that...
Join Steve Perillo for Italian Cuisine Weekend in New York
Published on Thursday, July 28, 2016 by Steve Perillo would like to personally invite you to this special weekend at The Culinary Institute of American in NY: Italian Cuisine at Home with Steve Perillo October 28-30, 2016 3 days/2 nights starting at $925 per person Join Steve Perillo, president of Perillo Tours,  for an incredibly enriching and fun weekend exploring Italian food. Pasta may be Ital...
St. Mark’s Guardians to Help Venice Visitors
Published on Saturday, July 23, 2016 by Venice launched a new program to employ a group of people to welcome tourists and keep St. Mark’s Square clean and orderly, calling them the St. Mark’s Guardians. Among their duties are making sure visitors feel welcome and educating tourists on how to keep the lagoon clean and what behaviors to adhere to while in Venice. “Hostesses and stewards, who will be ...
Italy’s First Naked Restaurant Opens
Published on Monday, July 18, 2016 by An Italian restaurant looking to increase business has started to offer weekly naked dinners to attract members of Italy’s small but growing nudist community, inspired by a similar concept at the London restaurant Bunyadi. Nudist sites, such as beaches, became legal in Italy in 2006, and it is estimated that there are 600,000 nudists in Italy who visit them regularl...
Explore Sardinia’s Pink Sand Island
Published on Saturday, July 16, 2016 by A tiny island off the coast of Sardinia, Budelli is part of the La Maddalena National Park and is known for its colorful landscape of crystal-clear turquoise waters, purple rocks and pink sand beach (spiaggia rosa). This a slice of paradise has drawbacks, though, and Budelli has been embroiled in legal fights and protests for years, as it has changed ownership sever...
A Little-Known Tuscany Museum to Visit
Published on Sunday, July 10, 2016 by Known for its huge collection of antiques,  Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi in Arezzo has begun hosting special events over the past year as well, drawing more visitors to the oft-overlooked museum. Ivan Bruschi was a prominent antiques collector in the 1960s who founded the Arezzo Antique Fair in 1968 (which still runs on the first Sunday of the month and the Saturday befor...
Cable Car System Could Connect Sicily to Mainland Italy
Published on Saturday, July 2, 2016 by For 2,000 years, Italians have dreamed of connecting Sicily to the mainland, but various proposals to cross the 3.3-kilometer Strait of Messina through the centuries have never gotten off the ground. Now, Italians are hopeful that the newest idea, a cable car system from the Reggio Calabria airport on the mainland to the Sicilian city of Messina, will become reality. ...
Venice Hit With Unusual Acqua Alta in June
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 undoubtedly creating a nuisance for tourists stuck without rain boots. During...
New Uniforms and Lounges for Alitalia
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 designed new uniforms for Etihad Airways in 2015 – and tailor-made by 500 other Itali...