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Veronese Paintings On Display At Venice Biennale
Published on Sunday, May 21, 2017 by After hanging in churches on the island of Murano in Venice for centuries, two paintings by Venetian Renaissance master Paolo Veronese headed across the lagoon and are now on display at the Venice Biennale. The paintings, Saint Jerome in the Desert and Saint Agatha Visited in Prison by Saint Peter, are newly restored, correcting previous poor attempts at restoring t...
Garden of The Waterfalls Reopens in Rome
Published on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by A waterfall garden in Rome that has been closed for 56 years reopened to the public earlier this month. Giardino delle Cascate (Garden of the Waterfalls) in EUR, a southwestern suburb of Rome, first opened in 1961. It was designed by architect Raffaele de Vico and closed shortly after it opened, and was only used occasionally as a film set. Situated on the EUR lake...
Steve’s Travel Tips: Taking The Family to Italy (Video)
Published on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by I’m Steve Perillo of Perillo Tours. I'm thrilled to host 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. This time about one of my favorite topics - taking your family to Italy. We've been a family-owned business for more than 70 years and we are all about spending quality tim...
Venice’s Royal Gardens To Be Restored
Published on Friday, May 5, 2017 by Next year, Venice’s Royal Gardens will receive a makeover funded by the Italian Ministry of Culture and insurance company Generali, which will each take on half of the 5€ million project cost. Once a site of “ancient splendour and significance” – according to Adele Re Rebaudengo, president of the nonprofit Venice Gardens Foundation – the gardens are no...
Steve’s Travel Tips:  Churches in Rome (Video)
Published on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by I’m Steve Perillo of Perillo Tours. I'm thrilled to host 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. How many YEARS would it take you to visit every church in Rome if you visited one a day? Any guesses? Almost THREE YEARS! There are more than 900 churches in Rome! In...
Florence’s Basilica di Santo Spirito Opens Cloister
Published on Saturday, April 29, 2017 by The Basilica di Santo Spirito in Florence has opened its cloister to the public for the first time. The cloister of the former monastery and convent was a space that connected different parts of the complex, such as the basilica and the dining hall, that the monks who lived there used daily. It comprises two refectories and a sacristy. To enter the cloister from th...
Gucci To Restore Boboli Gardens in Florence
Published on Thursday, April 13, 2017 by Italian fashion house Gucci announced that it will donate  2 million euros to beautify and restore the famous Boboli Gardens in Florence. One of the most beautiful parks in Italy, the Boboli Gardens inspired other elegant European green spaces such as those at the Palace of Versailles in Paris. Laid out in a formal Renaissance style, the Boboli Gardens contain a l...
Norcia and L’Aquila Apply For UNESCO World Heritage Status
Published on Sunday, April 9, 2017 by After taking a year off from submitting UNESCO World Heritage bids, Italy has put forth two bids for the country’s central region for consideration next year. If approved, the sites would be added to Italy’s list of 51 total UNESCO World Heritage sites, the most of any country. The towns in question, Norcia and L’Aquila, were hard-hit by earthquakes in 2016 a...
Restored Da Vinci Painting Back in Uffizi
Published on Thursday, April 6, 2017 by Leonardo da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi has been successfully restored and returned to the Uffizi Gallery. The painting spent six years in the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, a Florence research and conservation institute, whose conservation team left the painting cleaner and brighter. The artist received a commission for the piece from Augustinian monks who in...
Exhibit: Bill Viola Video Installation in Florence
Published on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by A new video installation, running through July 23, at Palazzo Strozzi  in Florence celebrates the contemporary work of Bill Viola. The exhibit, Bill Viola. Electronic Renaissance, links the artist’s contemporary work with that of Renaissance painters. Viola, an American contemporary video artist, worked in Florence at video production center Art/Tapes/22 during ...
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