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Horse Poo and Hannibal on The Italian Border
Published on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by You may or may not have learned in school about Hannibal, one of the most notable military commanders in human history. Hannibal Barca from Carthage was a general in the Second Punic War of 218-202 BC. In the fall of 218, Hannibal was said to have crossed the Alps into Italy, near Turin. While the outcome of Hannibal’s attacks against the Romans eventually led to...
New Etruscan Tomb Discovered in Lazio
Published on Sunday, April 10, 2016 by Very little is known about the ancient Etruscans, but thanks to an archaeological dig in Lazio, a bit more knowledge has been added to the historical record. A tomb believed to belong to an Etruscan princess from the 8th century BC has been unearthed and is filled with treasures that may have been her possessions. Vulci was once an important Etruscan city. Ironical...
New Tunnels Found Underneath Naples
Published on Friday, April 8, 2016 by For some time, “Naples Sotteranea,” or “Underground Naples,” has been a draw for travelers from around the world. The tunnels and caverns beneath the historic Italian city are built on a porous type of rock called “tufo,” the result of centuries of hardening of volcanic ash. (The photo to the right is of an old water tunnel underneath Naples.) While muc...
A Note From Steve Perillo: Live A Full Life Through Travel
Published on Monday, April 4, 2016 by A note from Steve Perillo: As most of you know, my family has been booking trips to Italy for 70 years. During those decades, we've experienced every up and down that the world could throw at us - recessions, wars, travel alerts. And still we ran our famous tours and still people traveled with us and had once-in-a-lifetime experiences. For some, it was the culminat...
New Look for the “Sistine Chapel of The Early Middle Ages”
Published on Saturday, April 2, 2016 by The Basilica di Santa Maria Antiqua has had its light hidden under a bushel for quite some time—through no fault of its custodians. The “Sistine Chapel of the early Middle Ages,” as experts now refer to it, was buried in 847 AD by an earthquake, but has finally be restored. The sixth-century Santa Maria Antiqua fresco-laden interior, indicative of the late E...
Italy’s Best-Kept Secret: The National Gallery of Umbria
Published on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by Tuscany-based start-up Travel Appeal conducted a 2015 survey and analysis of 20 of Italy’s largest national museums—and number one museum in the country may surprise you. Using a complex algorithm that monitored visitor comments on sites including Facebook and TripAdvisor, Travel Appeal found that the museum with the highest number of positive comments was the Na...
The Italy Mix: Legendary Lake Como, Caravaggio in Rome
Published on Saturday, March 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: Legendary Lake Como: Movie stars, Russian oligarchs and world leaders have succumbed to the relaxing allure of the lake. (My Statesman) Etruscan Treasures: Three free archaeological tours in Tus...
Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail
Published on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by A new book from authors and culinary writers Leslie Pariseau and Talia Baiocchi, titled Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes, aims to highlight the fizzy side of Italian bar culture by exploring the history of and creative variations on the spritz cocktail. "The spritz’s popularity is symbolic of a pendulum shift away from the how-much-b...
Florence’s Vasari Corridor May Open to Public
Published on Friday, March 18, 2016 by Florence’s famous Vasari Corridor, which connects the Palazzo Pitti to the Palazzo Vecchio, is currently only accessible through private tours. However, that may change, says the director of the Uffizi, Eike Schmidt, who hopes to open the corridor to the public. “My aim is to eliminate privileges and offer the possibility, not the obligation, of passing through...
Italy: A Popular Destination for Weddings
Published on Sunday, March 13, 2016 by Planning your wedding? Why not get married in Italy? That's what many people are choosing to do. According to Italian news agency ANSA, Italy’s marriage tourism industry grew to a 400€ million industry in 2015. Italy is now the second-most coveted wedding destination in the world after the tropical locale of Hawaii.  Foreigners are choosing to marry in the count...