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Fun Facts About The Papal Conclave in Vatican City
Published on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by All eyes are on Vatican City in Rome -- and specifically the chimney leading from the Sistine Chapel -- to see if a new Pope has been elected. 115 cardinals are locked away in the chapel, voting on the leader of over a billion Catholics. Here are some fun facts about the Conclave: In the 13th century, Pope Gregory put the rule into effect that cardinals must be s...
The Italy Mix: Conclave Starts Next Week, Movies in Tuscany
Published on Saturday, March 9, 2013 by We've started a new feature on ItalyTravel.com, it is called The Italy Mix and it is a 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: Papal Conclave to Start Tuesday: Cardinals have gathered at Vatican City to elect a new Pope. (Miami Herald) Is An America...
Video: Sicily’s Mount Etna Is Erupting
Published on Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Sicily's Mount Etna erupted Tuesday night providing a beautiful nighttime fireworks show. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and  the tallest active volcano in Europe.  It is the most active of Italy's three active volcanoes and the highest mountain in Italy, south of the Alps. ...
This Is The Week to Buy Rare Vatican Stamps
Published on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by On Friday, the Vatican post office released stamps for the Sede Vacante or Vacant See period - the time when there is no Pope. Pope Benedict XVI stepped down on February 28th.  Because this period is so short, these stamps are quite the collectors item. Perillo Tours President Steve Perillo has his own collection of Sede Vacante commemorative stamps. The Vatican star...
The Italy Mix: Madonna’s Gym in Rome, New Pope Watch
Published on Saturday, March 2, 2013 by We've started a new feature on ItalyTravel.com, it is called The Italy Mix and it is a 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: Madonna Opening Gym in Rome: The Material Girl's venture Hard Candy Fitness will open a 13,000-foot gym across from the Coloss...
Swiss Guards Now “Off Duty” As The Pope Leaves Post
Published on Thursday, February 28, 2013 by As of 8 p.m. local time, the Vatican's Swiss Guards are a protection force without a Pope to protect. Pope Benedict officially retired from the Papacy today as the Vatican is slated to announce Friday the date for the conclave to elect his successor.   According to  the Associated Press reporter who was at the Pope's summer/weekend residence, "As bells tolled, t...
The World’s Best Beach Is In Italy
Published on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Rabbit Beach, on the island of Lampedusa off the south coast of Sicily, has been voted the best beach in the world by TripAdvisor readers.   TripAdvisor described Rabbit Beach "as an unspoiled nature reserve that can only be accessed by boat and one of the few places in the Mediterranean where loggerhead sea turtles go to lay their eggs."   "Rabbit Beach's is c...
Italy Travel Photo: Tuscany in Snow
Published on Saturday, February 23, 2013 by Tuscany is simply a dream any time of year. But can you imagine the rolling hills of Chianti covered in snow? This photo is from a beautiful snowfall in 2009. It doesn't snow very often in Tuscany but when it does, what a sight to behold. Photo by artistica2004, flickr.com...
Italy Travel Photo: Pope’s Palace at Castel Gandolfo
Published on Friday, February 15, 2013 by With news of the Pope's resignation this week, many are wondering what comes next for the soon-to-be-former pope when he leaves his post. On his last day, February 28th, the pope will be helicoptered from the Vatican to the Papal Palace in Castel Gandolfo, in the hills outside Rome. Then at a later date, he will retire to a monastery within the Vatican walls....
What the Pope’s Resignation Means for Travel to Rome
Published on Monday, February 11, 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world today with the announcement that he will resign the Papacy effective February 28th. If you have a trip to Rome planned for March or Easter (which is March 31 this year) or you are thinking about visiting Rome in the next two months, there are a few things to know now that all eyes will be at the Vatican during that time: Technic...