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Prison Island in Tuscany Opens For Tours
Published on Thursday, May 26, 2016 by This spring, a previously off-limits and isolated island 23 miles off the coast of Tuscany is opening to the public for guided tours for the first time. The northernmost island in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, Gorgona is also the smallest and hardest to access — understandably so, as it is a prison that necessarily controls interactions with outsiders. Previ...
Lazio’s Park of Monsters Shocks Visitors
Published on Sunday, May 22, 2016 by Like a carnival fun house set amid wild greenery, the Park of Monsters — also called the Gardens of Bomarzo and Sacro Bosco (sacred grove) — is meant to shock visitors with its bizarre, spooky statues and structures. Pier Francesco Orsini, also known as Vicino, was a condottiero, a leader of professional military free companies, or mercenaries, and commissioned th...
Temple of Valadier: Le Marche’s Hidden Church
Published on Monday, May 16, 2016 by Tucked away inside the Frasassi Caves like a pearl in an oyster, the Temple of Valadier may well be one of the hardest churches to get to in Italy, but also the one with the best view from its entrance. The Frasassi Caves are located in the town of Genga, in the Le Marche region, and are a popular site with visitors, but few make the steep one-mile trek through the mo...
Vaporettos in Venice: Locals to Board First
Published on Thursday, May 12, 2016 by If your Italian travel plans include Venice this summer, be aware that your wait for a classic vaporetto (water bus) ride may be longer than you expect. As reported in The Local, Venetian authorities have authorized residents to board first. Starting in June, at eight water bus stops (including Canal Grande, Santa Chiara, Santa Lucia e Rialto, San Marco, Lido, Mura...
Tito The Dinosaur at Milan’s Natural History Museum
Published on Monday, May 9, 2016 by This month at Milan’s Natural History Museum, a new exhibit may herald “a new species:” the skeletal remains of a Titanosaurus dinosaur that was unearthed in the Prenestine Hills near Rome is now on display. This Titanosaurus would have been a long-necked herbivore, about 19 feet long and weighing nearly 1,200 pounds. These measurements are slightly smaller t...
Italian Government Gives One Billion Euros to Restore 33 Sites
Published on Thursday, May 5, 2016 by The Italian government recently announced it will allocate 1 billion euros to 33 sites around the country, with the largest sum of 70 million euros going toward restoration of a stone jail built in 1795 on the island of Santo Stefano in the Tyrrhenian Sea (pictured). Mussolini’s fascist regime sent political prisoners to the jail before it closed in 1965, and it has...
Food in Florence’s Historic Center Will Come With Guarantee
Published on Sunday, May 1, 2016 by A new law requires that all new restaurants and food shops in Florence’s history city center must guarantee within the next three years that at least 70 percent of their products are “made in Tuscany.” While existing restaurants would not be affected, even their owners are concerned about how this ruling will affect their lives and bottom lines. As one propri...
Top Historic Towns In Italy
Published on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by In the most recent Trivago user survey, the top three of 20 historic towns in Italy are Otranto in Puglia, Sperlonga in Lazio and Cefalù in Sicily.  The users rated these towns not just on their beauty and surroundings, but also on how accommodations compare with other towns in their regions. In Otranto in the southernmost Salento area, an overnight stay in April co...
Alto Adige and The Dolomites: Italy’s Underrated Destinations
Published on Friday, April 22, 2016 by Perhaps you’ve traveled to the same beloved spot in Italy one too many times and need a change; perhaps you’re looking for something completely new and different; perhaps your favorite  hotel is full. In any of these scenarios, we suggest you consider a trip to the Alto Adige region, known as Südtirol (South Tyrol) to the Austrians just a few meters on the other...
“Eddie The Eagle” Got His Start in The Italian Alps
Published on Monday, April 18, 2016 by Ski jumper “Eddie the Eagle,” otherwise known as Michael “Eddie” Edwards, is from England (Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, to be exact)—but he got his start on skis in the Italian Alps. Edwards’ story has been delighting audiences in the U.S. recently as the Disney movie bearing his sporting moniker has debuted in theaters. Edwards’ struggles with fars...