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New “Gelato Restaurant” Opens in Rome
Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by Geppy Sferra’s new gelato-themed restaurant stands out from the 1,400 other gelaterias in Rome: It is the only one to serve a full dinner menu, with gelato incorporated into each dish. Gelateria d’Essai, in Rome’s Centocelle neighborhood, employs chef Marco Mezzaroma to invent creative dishes and spin traditional favorites that include gelato. “My goal is t...
Visit the Barolo Wine Museum
Published on Thursday, June 6, 2019 by In a 10th-century castle in northwest Italy’s Piedmont region, wine enthusiasts can get a taste of the area’s incredibly famous wine and its history. The Barolo Wine Museum (WiMu) is dedicated to the historical and cultural significance and evolution of wine consumption across Europe, and was designed by Francois Confino of Switzerland. Exhibits, spread over 2...
Zipline Opening on Amalfi Coast
Published on Saturday, May 18, 2019 by Visitors can approach the Amalfi Coast in different ways to gain different perspectives on the mountainous coastline: by sea, by land and, soon, by soaring through the air on a new 650-meter (2,132-foot, or 0.4-mile) zipline. The zipline is currently being installed in the gorge between the towns of Furore and Conca dei Marini, and will open on May 23. Nicknamed th...
Italian Easter Recipe: Easter Bread Baskets (Pane di Pasqua)
Published on Monday, April 15, 2019 by Easter - this year on April 21st - is just around the corner! No Italian Easter is complete without Pane di Pasqua (Easter Bread) made in the form of baskets! Our favorite Italian nonna, Gisa Ferro who is originally from Calabria, shares her special recipe for this Easter tradition. Let us know how it is if you make it! Pane di Pasqua Bread Basket Recipe Ingr...
Cinque Terre: Don’t Hike in Flip Flops!
Published on Friday, April 5, 2019 by If you’re planning on hiking the clifftop trails that overlook the Cinque Terre coastline, you’ll need to bring sturdy shoes. Common sense, right? Not exactly, as many visitors attempt to hike in sandals, not realizing the terrain is more like a mountain trail than a beach boardwalk. Cinque Terre National Park is rolling out a public information campaign advisi...
Easter Week in Rome
Published on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by Easter (Pasqua in Italian) is a magical time to visit any part of Italy. In 2019, Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 21st.  The Easter season  is filled with food (yes, even Easter eggs have made their way here), family and religious rituals.  But there's something very special about spending Easter in Rome, with the Vatican taking center stage in the fes...
Italian Wine Producers Being Investigates For Fraud
Published on Saturday, March 9, 2019 by More than Italian 50 wine producers, including vineyards and bottling companies, are under investigation for falsely advertising their wines. Due to unfavorable weather conditions for wine grapes, recent years’ harvests have declined. Investigators allege that to make up for crop shortages, winemakers diluted expensive wines with lower-quality grapes, breaking th...
First Beach Smoking Ban in Italy
Published on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by The Venitian beach resort of Bibione  will ban cigarettes beginning at the end of May, in time for the summer crowds. The beach is the first to ban smoking in Italy, and intends to eliminate cigarette butt pollution and the exposure of visitors to secondhand smoke. Italy banned smoking in enclosed public places, such as offices and restaurants, in 2005, but so far ha...
Bologna Rewards “Green” Behavior
Published on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 by The city of Bologna is famous for its cuisine and its covered porticoes, but recently it is making headlines for other reasons. From April to September each year, the city’s initiative “Bella Mossa” kicks into full swing. “Bella Mossa” translates to “Good Job” or “Good Move” and it is a way to not only benefit the environment but to be rewarded at th...
Steve’s Travel Tips: New Year’s Eve in Italy (Video)
Published on Thursday, December 20, 2018 by I’m Steve Perillo of Perillo Tours. I have a 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. In this video, I'd love to share my tips for New Year's Eve in Italy. The Italians have some very specific traditions to usher out the old year and bring in the new year! After you watch t...