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World’s Deepest Swimming Pool Is In Italy
Published on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by Intrepid divers, swimmers and spectators can all the world’s deepest swimming pool, which opened in June at a thermal spa in the Veneto. The pool, which holds which holds 1,135,939 gallons of thermal spa water, is named named Y-40 Deep Joy after its 40-meter depth. Designed by architect Emanuele Boaretto for scuba diving and underwater photo shoots, the rectang...
The Italy Mix: Rowing in Venice, Rome Pizza
Published on Sunday, October 5, 2014 by The Italy Mix is a weekly 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: Rowing in Venice: “There is no better way to connect with Venice than with an oar and discovering the original way of life that so few sustain,” says Nan McElroy.  (The New York Times) Rom...
Reading Italy: Great New Italy Books
Published on Thursday, October 2, 2014 by Wine, food, family, beauty, and romance--all of these words evoke the country we all adore - Italy - and all of them appear at least once in this list about five of the latest books published about Italy and that magic spell it casts on all of us. VENICE: A 3D KEEPSAKE CITYSCAPE by Sarah McMenemy might become your own favorite keepsake of the water-driven place, ev...
Baths of Diocletian Reopen in Rome
Published on Monday, September 29, 2014 by To commemorate 2,000 years since the death of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus, in 14 AD, the ancient Baths of Diocletian reopened to the public last week in Rome. Visitors can view the natation (outdoor swimming pool) and the small cloister of the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, which was built in the 16th century on the ruins of the baths. Marble sculptures...
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Mantua Italy
Published on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Mantua Italy. Does it ring a bell?  Chances are you have never heard of this small Italian city sitting on the Po River in the northern Italy. But the city has been coming out of the shadows lately, most recently with an article in The Telegraph calling it "The Powerhouse of the Renaissance." Here are some fun facts about Mantua: 1. It’s known to Italians as the...
Romantic Italy: Restaurant with Just One Table
Published on Sunday, September 21, 2014 by Ah, Italy, the country of romance. Here's a truly unique romantic experience in Italy - have an entire restaurant to yourself! Solo per Due (Just for Two) is the world’s smallest restaurant, with just one table for two. Guests arrive at the restaurant along a candlelit pathway and are personally greeted by the chef, and unsurprisingly, the restaurant is often the ...
The Italy Mix: Romantic Venice, Best Olive Oil in Italy
Published on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by The Italy Mix is a weekly 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: Romantic Venice: The top 10 things to do to celebrate love in this most romantic of Italian cities.  (Swide) Police Foil Wine Scam:  Officers uncover plot to flood global market with more th...
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Pantelleria
Published on Monday, September 15, 2014 by Pantelleria. You will be forgiven if you've never heard of it. It is about as far away from mainland Italy as you can get and still be considered Italy. It can be found between Sicily and Tunisia. Whether or not you've heard of Pantelleria, you may not know these five fun facts about the island: 1. The island’s dammusi date back to the 10th century. Dammusi, t...
Italy’s Wine Harvest Late and Smallest in Decades
Published on Friday, September 12, 2014 by Summer storms have dampened Italian wine grape production, putting this year’s harvest on track to be the most meager since 1950. If Italy produces an estimated 900 million gallons of wine in 2014 – 15% less than in 2013 – it will cede its position as the world’s most prolific wine producer to France. The 2014 grape harvest will also begin later than in previo...
Rome Doubles Hotel Tax
Published on Saturday, September 6, 2014 by Thanks to a change in Roman law, luxury hotels in Rome just got pricier. Italian lawmakers recently approved a new lodging tax, hiking fees for five-star and four-star hotels from 3 to 7 € and 6€, respectively (approximately $4 to $9 and $8), per person per night. Previously, guests staying at one-, two-, or three-star hotels incurred a €2 € tax; now, ...