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Michelin Awards Eight Italy Restaurants With Three Stars
Published on Sunday, December 4, 2016 by The 2017 Michelin restaurant guide has been released, listing a total of 343 restaurants in Italy among the best in the world. In this year’s guide, Italy has eight three-star restaurants, 41 two-star restaurants, and 294 one-star restaurants, including a total of 28 new entries. The three-star restaurants – the highest category – are: Da Vittorio in Brusapor...
Venice Considers Limiting Tourists
Published on Saturday, November 26, 2016 by In response to overcrowding and concerns about the state of the historic city, Venice is considering limiting the number of tourists allowed per year. Venetian officials are considering seven possible plans to reduce overcrowding and preserve the city, including implementing an online booking system and using a smartphone app to control crowds, and are expected to dec...
Umbria Is Home to The World’s Largest Christmas Tree
Published on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by Gubbio, in the region of Umbria, is home to the world's largest Christmas tree. The tree of lights is 650 meters (or 2,130 feet) tall and takes 1,900 man hours to assemble on the side of Gubbio's Mount Ignacio. It was named the world's largest Christmas tree in 1991 by the Guinness Book of World Records. The tree tradition started in 1981 and in 2011, Pope Benedic...
Inferno Movie Highlights Florence
Published on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 by Inferno, the latest Dan Brown thriller movie based on the novel of the same name is now in theaters and is sure to draw extra tourists to Florence, where it was primarily filmed. The movie and novel are sequels to The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. In the Ron Howard-directed movie, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks, reprising his role from the fi...
Pistoia Tuscany Set to Become Top 2017 Destination
Published on Sunday, November 13, 2016 by The city of Pistoia is an easy day trip from Florence, but in 2017, it is set to become a destination of its own. Located in Tuscany about 19 miles northwest of Florence, Pistoia was named as a top 10 city to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet and the 2017 Italian Capital of Culture by the Italian government. According to Lonely Planet, Pistoia was awarded the recognition...
New Star Wars Exhibit in Rome
Published on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by If you're a fan of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, don't miss a new exhibit at the Vittoriano Complex in Rome is dedicated to the history of the Star Wars movies, which have created millions of dedicated fans over the past three decades. The exhibit, titled Star Wars: Play, showcases more than 1,000 rare and classic objects including toys, action figures, vintage pri...
100th Giro d’Italia Route Announced
Published on Friday, November 4, 2016 by In its 100th year, the 2017 Giro d’Italia will follow a course through two islands and southern Italy, a route it has never taken before. The cycling race will take place from May 5 to 28, 2017, and will run from Alghero to Milan, where it has ended for 76 years. For the fourth and fifth stages, riders will cross the sea to Sicily and resume the race there before...
The Italy Mix: If Venice Dies, Roman Holiday Travel Guide
Published on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by The Italy Mix is a regular 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: If Venice Dies: A new book contends that tourism and floods could be the end of La Serenissima - so you might want to visit Venice now! (National Geographic) Uffizi Reopens Rooms: Rooms 9 throu...
Florence’s Wealthiest Families Same Today As During Renaissance
Published on Sunday, October 23, 2016 by Remarkably, the wealthiest families in Florence today are descendants of the wealthiest Florentine families from the Renaissance, according to two Italian economists from the Bank of Italy, Guglielmo Barone and Sauro Mocetti, The Wall Street Journal recently reported.  The economists compared tax data from 1427 and 2011 and found that, about 25 generations later, the...
Travel to Rome & Tuscany With Baseball Greats
Published on Thursday, October 20, 2016 by What are you doing in January? As Mario Perillo always said "off-season is the best season" for Italy and boy do I have a unique opportunity for our guests! Hurry, and be one of the few fans to tour Rome and Tuscany with baseball greats Didi Gregorious, Jim Leyritz and Wade Boggs on Perillo's once-in-a-lifetime 9-Day Baseball Greats Rome and Tuscany Tour! Get ...