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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...
Air Italy Flying Non-Stop From San Francisco to Milan
Published on Monday, April 29, 2019 by Air Italy has launched service service with direct flights between San Francisco and Milan after taking its inaugural flight to San Francisco on April 10. The 12-hour nonstop flight runs on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sundays and leaves San Francisco Airport (SFO) at 7:10 p.m., arriving in Milan at 4 p.m. the following day. Return flights leave Milan at 1:35 p....
Domus Transitoria Reopens in Rome
Published on Thursday, April 25, 2019 by For the first time, the public can see how Emperor Nero lived in his first private palace, the Domus Transitoria, which opened this month after a 10-year restoration. The palace has been off-limits for centuries, since it burned down in the Great Fire of Rome. After a fire destroyed the Domus Transitoria (Transit House) and much of Rome in July of 64 AD, Emperor Ne...
American Airlines Adds Flight From Philadelphia to Bologna
Published on Friday, April 19, 2019 by This summer, travelers seeking nonstop flights to off-the-beaten-path destinations in Italy have one more option. American Airlines will fly nonstop from Philadelphia Airport (PHL) to Bologna four times a week from June 6 to Sept. 29, 2019 on Boeing 767 planes. With the new route, Philadelphia is the only airport in North America to fly directly to Bologna, which m...
You Can Buy An Entire Italian Island Off Sicily
Published on Thursday, April 11, 2019 by If you’ve ever fantasized about owning your own private Italian island, and if you have extra pocket money to spend, this may be the opportunity for you. Isola delle Femmine, a small island off Sicily’s northern coast near Palermo, could be yours for as little as €1 million. An aristocratic family, which has owned the island since the 1600s, is selling it becaus...
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...
Florence’s Vasari Corridor to Reopen in 2021
Published on Thursday, March 14, 2019 by After being closed since 2016 for safety reasons, Florence’s Vasari Corridor will reopen in 2021. The passageway will undergo an 18-month renovation costing 10 million euros. Commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1565 and built in 1585, the enclosed Vasari Corridor was a way for Florentine nobility to walk unbothered from their offices in the Uffizi Gallery and P...
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...
New Tram Line Connects Florence Airport to Center
Published on Thursday, February 28, 2019 by A new tram line has opened in Florence, connecting the airport and the city center at Piazza dell’Unità near Santa Maria Novella Central Station in 22 minutes. The T2 line is the second tram line to open in Florence and has 12 stops. The T1 line opened in 2010 and links Villa Costanza with Careggi in the northern outskirts of Florence, passing through Santa Maria N...