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Italian Town Celebrates its Ugly Residents
Published on Saturday, January 4, 2020 by Piobbico, a beautiful medieval village in central Italy, has celebrated an unusual trait for 140 years: It is the home of the Club dei Brutti (The Ugly Club), known for the ugliness of its residents. The club’s motto is “A person is what he is and not what he looks like.” Piobbico, population 2,000, lies in a valley between the Adriatic Sea and the Apenni...
Get Cultured at the Venice Film Festival
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 by If you haven’t gone to a film festival, you’re missing out. Some of the best movies aren’t seen at commercial theaters, but instead are independent films competing at film festivals around the world. If you’re in Italy, consider snagging tickets to The 76th Venice Film Festival, which takes place later this month with films that include some of the biggest nam...
Fly High at the Matera Balloon Festival
Published on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, is gearing up to host 20 crews of European hot air balloons at the third annual Matera Balloon Festival next month. The four-day event, which runs from October 8 to 11 will give adventurous visitors a chance to soar above the rocky landscape by paragliding or hot air ballooning; for t...
6 Things to Do During Venice’s Carnevale
Published on Saturday, February 8, 2014 by Are you looking for the most magical time of the year to visit Venice? Well look no further than Carnevale season! This is the time (February 22 to March 4, 2014) of year when a wintry Venice comes alive with magic and mystery all in an effort to have maximum fun before  Lent starts. Here are six ways to enjoy Carnevale in Venice: 1. Do as the Venetians do and wea...
Music and Wine at Tuscany’s Melodia del Vino
Published on Thursday, June 6, 2013 by What's more harmonious than pairing music with wine? That's the premise behind Melodia del Vino - a series of five classical music concerts combined with wine tastings, hosted at some of Tuscany's finest vineyards between June 27 and July 6, 2013. The wineries taking part in the music series include Cantina Antinori nel Classico in Bargina, Cantna Petra near Livorn...
Video: Preparing for The Palio in Siena Tuscany
Published on Thursday, March 28, 2013 by The Palio, held in Siena Tuscany each July 2 and August 16, is so much more than just a horse race. It is an age-old tradition that makes up the very fabric of this charming Tuscan city. Watch this video to learn more about how Siena is preparing for this summer's race: ...
Getting Ready for Carnevale in Venice
Published on Thursday, January 10, 2013 by That time of year is fast approaching...a spectacular time to visit the magical city of Venice...Carnevale. Short of Rio and New Orleans, there is no place more famous for its opulent pre-Lent celebrations. The Venetian events are getting off to a slightly earlier start this year since Ash Wednesday falls a bit early, on February 13. Venice's official program of Ca...
Two Christmas Markets in Trentino Alto-Adige
Published on Monday, December 17, 2012 by The area of Trentino Alto-Adige is located in the very north of Italy. This beautiful winter wonderland offers several Christmas markets worth visiting: From November 29 to December 23, the Sudtirol town  of Bolzano hosts a charming Christmas market combining both German and Mediterranean traditions. The Mercatino di Natale (Christkindlmarkt in German) takes ov...
Le Sagre in Maremma – A Gastronomic Tour!
Published on Saturday, June 30, 2012 by It is not without reason they say ‘the quickest way to reach a man’s heart is through his stomach’. Food, the most basic of our needs has evolved from being a source of energy to a way of life (among other things). In Italy food is something which brings people together and Sagre are organised with this in mind. In case you plan to go on a gastronomic tour of It...
Five Italian Cities worth a Visit
Published on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 by When you want to enjoy Italy at its best, you definitely ought to visit its five fascinating cities - Rome, Venice, Milan, Florence, and Naples. These beautiful cities are a perfect amalgamation of Italian history and modern attractions. With abundant places to visit, these cities are sure to create moments that you’ll cherish for years to come. Each city here has s...