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The Italy Mix: Tuscany’s Most Beautiful Valley, Rome’s Pigneto Neighborhood
Published on Thursday, March 27, 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 each week. Here are our top picks for this week: Treasures of Val'D'Orcia: Michelin-starred chef Enrico Bartolini introduces this stunning area of Tuscany.   (The Los Angeles Times) Idyllic Alta Badia: Gourmet food, glorious skiin...
Rome Food Tour: Shop and Eat As The Romans Do!
Published on Monday, March 24, 2014 by Romans take their food shopping seriously. Gathering staples and ingredients for the coming days is more of a time-honored ritual than a series of errands. Two thirty-something Rome women wanted to capture this experience for visitors to the city and the Rome Gourmet Walking Tour was born. On a sunny Saturday morning, our guide,  Gaetano, an affable and erudite re...
Bulgari to Help Restore Spanish Steps in Rome
Published on Sunday, March 23, 2014 by Bulgari has donated  1.5 million euros to the restoration of the famous Spanish Steps in Rome, calling it a "gift" to the Roman people. The Italian jewelry and luxury goods brand is the latest in a series of Italian companies to step in to preserve Italy's heritage among a crushing economic crisis and the cutting of government funds. The refurbishment of 136 of ...
Video: Singing Italian Nun Is The Talk of Italy
Published on Thursday, March 20, 2014 by What's everyone in Italy talking about today? An Italian nun who sang her heart out on the television program, The Italian Voice.  She's now an Internet sensation worldwide! 25-year-old Suor Cristina Scoccia from Sicily sang Alicia Keys' "No One." She wasn't visible to the judges who unanimously voted for her and were stunned to see a nun standing before them. ...
What to Know About the April 27th Canonization at the Vatican
Published on Monday, March 17, 2014 by All eyes have been on the Vatican for a year now, with the election of Pope Francis and his incredible popularity resulting in "the Pope Francis Effect." The fervor only seems to be on the increase with the upcoming canonization of two former popes on April 27 at the Vatican.  In September 2013, Pope Francis announced that two of his predecessors - Pope John Paul ...
The Italy Mix: The Great Beauty Tour, New in Florence
Published on Sunday, March 9, 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 each week. Here are our top picks for this week: The Great Beauty Tour: The Italian movie "La Grande Bellezza" won an Oscar last week. Here's a guide to where scenes were filmed in Rome.  (Buzz in Rome) Battle of the Oranges: This Ca...
Video: New Animated Movie Features Historic Florence
Published on Friday, March 7, 2014 by Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the latest animated release from DreamWorks,  opens today in the U.S. (and March 13th in Italy). It is noteworthy to Italophiles because part of the animated action takes place in Renaissance Florence. The main characters in the movie are Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his human Sherman. They have a time machine -...
New in Italy: Largest Maze in the World
Published on Sunday, March 2, 2014 by It took eight years to construct and now the world's largest maze or labyrinth is set to open in Italy. The 17-acre Labirinto della Masone is set on the estate of art publisher Franco Maria Ricci in the town of Fontanellato near Parma in the region of Emilia-Romagna. Italy Magazine reports, "It consists of a mix of 120,000 species of bamboo that edge almost 2 mil...
Florence’s Hidden Art Collection Open For Limited Time
Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by If you're visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence between now and April 29th, you have an exciting opportunity to see one of Florence's hidden art collections. Visit Tuscany reports that the Contini Bonacossi Collection, usually closed to the public, will be available for guided tours (though only in Italian) to anyone who purchases a ticket to the Uffizi. The col...
The Italy Mix: Silent Places, Hidden Art in Florence
Published on Sunday, February 23, 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 each week. Here are our top picks for this week: Academy of Silence: A new organization in Tuscany seeks to gather a list of the quietest hotels, towns and other places in Italy.  One of them, Eremito Hotelito del Alma in Umbria is pict...