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Steve’s Italy Travel Tips: How to Use Cash in Italy
Published on Monday, November 26, 2012 by I’m Steve Perillo of Perillo Tours. I'm thrilled to have started a new video series called Steve's Travel Tips to share all the insider Italy travel tips I have learned over a lifetime of travel to Italy. So you're going to Italy and you're going to need to use cash (euros) at some point. In this brief video, I give you the ins and outs of using cash and the banc...
Water, Water Everywhere: Flooding in Italy This Week (Photos)
Published on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by For four straight days, parts of Italy have been deluged by floods resulting in at least four deaths. Hundreds have been evacuated from their homes in Tuscany and the Tiber River burst its banks north of Rome. High tide in Venice where acqua alta is at record levels: Photo by Robert Trm, flickr.com Flooding in Montepulciano, Tuscany: Photo by Andrea Ro...
Eating Breakfast in Italy
Published on Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Breakfast (colazione) for the typical Italian is not a big meal. The traditional breakfast usually consists of cappuccino and a pastry (a cornetto or brioche) which may be eaten at home or just as likely, at the local bar or cafe.  Fortunately for travelers, nearly every hotel in Italy includes breakfast in its nightly room rate and you can expect a self-service ...
Happy 500th Birthday to the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel
Published on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Slightly belated birthday wishes to one of the most famous sites in all of Italy - the Sistine Chapel - a must on every tour of Rome. The Vatican beauty turned 500 years young on October 31st. But you don't get to such a ripe old age without some controversy, some are calling for visits to the Sistine Chapel to be limited. The grand dame is a popular lady and five ...
W Hotel to Open in Milan in 2014
Published on Monday, November 5, 2012 by Of all the cities in Italy, Milan is clearly the most fashion-forward and chic. Therefore it is no surprise that a W Hotel  is slated to open in Milan in the spring of 2014. The luxury chain rose to popularity in the hippest neighborhoods of large American cities (New York alone has four of them) and the brand has chosen Milan for its first W in Italy. The 76-r...
Get Spooked at One of the World’s Scariest Restaurants — In Tuscany
Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Happy Halloween! Would you get spooked being served a meal in a prison...with prisoners as your waiters? Well there's just such a place -- in Tuscany no less -- and it has been voted one of the world's scariest restaurants. The restaurant is located in Fortezza Medicea, a medieval fortress in the town of Volterra. There are some pre-requisites if you want to dine ther...
The City of Rome Has New Logo
Published on Friday, October 26, 2012 by The city of Rome has a new logo.  Rome's city council approved the new logo which features a wolf on top of an ancient monument. The wolf is the symbol of Rome. According to The Florentine, "At the centre of a new merchandising campaign, which kicks off in November, the logo will appear on souvenirs, ranging from mugs to T-shirts, hats and even jackets and other gar...
One Year Anniversary of Cinque Terre Floods
Published on Thursday, October 25, 2012 by On October 25, 2011, the Cinque Terre - the five famous fishing villages linked together on northern Italy's coast of Liguria - were bruised and batter by storms and severe flooding. A number of residents lost their lives. Two of the World Heritage Site's villages in particular were severely damaged - Vernazza and Monterosso. Today on the first anniversary of the dis...
Where to Go in Italy: Visit Rome, Venice, Florence On Your First Trip
Published on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by So you're planning a trip to Italy - probably your first - and can't decide exactly where to go. You're not alone, this is a problem most visitors to Italy have. There's simply too much to see! You need to start with the realization that there is no way you are going to see everything so don't even try.  The key is to prioritize. If it is your first trip to Italy, s...
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Put Puglia on The Map With Wedding
Published on Monday, October 22, 2012 by There's nothing like a celebrity wedding to bring attention to a lesser known destination and the wedding of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel in Puglia last week has put this southern Italian region on the map. The singer and actress were married at a new, stunning luxury hotel in the seaside town of Savelletri. Borgo Egnazia, an estate of white-washed traditiona...