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Oldest Known Drawing of Venice Found
Published on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by A researcher at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews has found the oldest known city drawing of Venice, a sketch from the 14th century. The scholar, Dr. Sandra Toffolo, specializes in Venetian Renaissance history and was conducting research at the National Central Library of Florence when she stumbled upon the drawing in May 2019. The drawing is by Niccolò da Po...
Trentino Ski Resort Is the First in Europe to Be Plastic Free
Published on Saturday, January 18, 2020 by Pejo 3000, a ski resort in the Dolomites, is taking steps to become the first plastic-free ski resort in Europe by discontinuing items that produce large amounts of microplastics. From the start of this season in December, the resort has banned plastic bags, bottles, utensils, straws, cups, dishes and condiment packets. Pejo 3000 hosted 137,000 skiers last year on ...
Rome to Pave Many Cobblestoned Streets
Published on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 by Many of Rome’s cobblestoned streets will soon be revamped and paved with asphalt to make the roads more friendly to drivers. On 68 streets in the historic center, cobblestones will be removed and relocated to 113 pedestrian streets. Work to remove the sampietrini, as the basalt cobblestones are called, will begin this month with Via IV Novembre, followed b...
Pompeii Bathhouse Opens to Public
Published on Monday, December 30, 2019 by Newly excavated thermal baths have opened to the public in Pompeii, allowing visitors to see the ruins of what was supposed to be a main attraction in the city. Construction began on the Pompeii Central Baths before the fateful Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D., but was never completed. The baths were being built to replace the city’s old bathhouse, whose rooms ...
Milan’s Child-Only Gardens Could Open to Adults Too
Published on Thursday, December 26, 2019 by For now, the gardens at Milan’s Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte are open only to adults accompanied by children – but that may change, as the city mulls whether to make the gardens accessible to all. Since July, Milan City Councilor Filippo Del Corno has been pushing to allow adults without children into the gardens as well. Tucked away behind a secret door at the 1...
Italian Medical Museums Showcase History of Health Care
Published on Friday, December 20, 2019 by Two Italian medical history museums – the Museo delle Arti Sanitarie in Naples (39-081-440647; Via Luciano Armanni 1; www.museoartisanitarie.it) and the Museo Storico Nazionale dell’Arte Sanitaria in Rome (39-06-6833262; Lungotevere in Sassia 4, Ospedale Santo Spirito) – are collaborating to enhance their respective collections and educate the public about Italy...
Michelangelo’s Florence Pietà Undergoes Restoration
Published on Monday, December 16, 2019 by Michelangelo’s Pietà dell’Opera del Duomo is undergoing restoration at the Opera del Duomo museum in Florence. The sculpture is also known as The Deposition, the Bandini Pietà or The Lamentation over the Dead Christ, and is known for an incident in which Michelangelo became frustrated with the piece and tried to destroy it. The restoration began in Novembe...
Turin Receives Transportation Upgrades
Published on Thursday, December 12, 2019 by The city of Turin is upgrading its transportation both now and in the future, with two significant projects in development at the airport and in the city’s railways. First, Turin Airport has renovated its upper-level departures area, adding a new food court, digital signage and edutainment exhibits in a space measuring 2,100 square meters (about 22,600 square fee...
Sardinia Beach to Require Tickets in 2020
Published on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by To preserve its natural beauty and combat overtourism, La Pelosa, one of Sardinia’s best beaches will limit the amount of people allowed on its shores starting in 2020 by implementing a ticketing system. Tourists are drawn to the northwest Sardinian beach’s turquoise waters and white sand, and during the summer, as many as 6,000 people per day arrive to sunbathe a...
Free Museum Sundays Are Back
Published on Sunday, November 24, 2019 by To the delight of art lovers, Italy’s popular free museum Sundays are back. This popular program, which offers free entry on the first Sunday of the month for both Italian and foreign visitors at state-run museums around the country, was introduced in 2014 by Culture Minister Dario Franceschini. About 15 million visitors took advantage of the offering in total Ho...