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Women Only Golden Week in Florence Italy
Published on Sunday, March 15, 2015 by Sorry gentlemen, but this one is for the ladies... (But here's a tip for you guys, send the woman in your life on this trip to Italy and she might just love you forever!) Golden Week in Florence with Susan Van Allen Don't Miss This Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip! October 25 to November 1, 2015 Join Susan Van Allen, author of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should...
5 Top Views in Italy
Published on Sunday, February 22, 2015 by Gazing at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel or admiring Leonardo’s The Last Supper are must-sees, but Italy also has plenty of other ways to engage your sense of sight. Don’t neglect outdoor vistas, especially the ones here: We know you probably have a few favorites, but if you haven’t seen all of the views on our list, you haven’t seen everything. 1. Villa...
New Train Service Links Rome Airport to Venice, Florence
Published on Thursday, January 8, 2015 by Landing in Rome and traveling directly to Florence and Venice, just got a whole lot easier with trains running a new route from Rome’s Fiumicino airport to Venice. Two trains a day – at 11:08 a.m. and 3:08 p.m. from Rome, and 5:40 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. from Venice – travel along the route, which ends in Venice and stops in Florence, Bologna, Padua and central Rome...
Beautiful Bookstores in Italy
Published on Saturday, November 15, 2014 by Excellent design features in every aspect of Italian life, from furniture to automobiles to eyeglass frames to grocery packaging. Of course bookstores in our favorite country are well designed—and often also extremely beautiful. This list is of the most visually arresting stores. They aren’t necessarily the ones in which you’ll find titles in English (but isn’...
Florence’s Flood Markers
Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by The small silver plaques posted on the sides of buildings in Florence are inconspicuous, but their significance isn’t lost on Florentines. These rectangular flood markers all around the city, dating from medieval times, have inscriptions with the date of each flood and a line indicating how high the water rose that year. Florence is prone to flooding due to t...
The Italy Mix: Affordable Umbria, Island Time
Published on Monday, July 28, 2014 by The Italy Mix is a weekly post about the most interesting Italy and Italy travel news and human interest stories around the Web.  Here are our top picks for this week: Do Umbria on A Budget:  Umbria, home to Assisi and green rolling hills, is well worth a visit, and can be done affordably.  (The Guardian) Italy's Prison Paradises:  Though they once held s...
The Italy Mix: Florence Baptistery and Driving in Italy
Published on Saturday, June 14, 2014 by The Italy Mix is a weekly post about the most interesting Italy and Italy travel news and human interest stories around the Web.  Here are our top picks for this week: Baptistery Dressed in Pucci: Florence's famous Baptistery is undergoing renovations and there are some fashionable duds hiding the work.  (The Florentine) Amalfi Coast Road Trip:  Yes, you c...
The Italy Mix: Kim and Kanye Wedding, Tuscany Trivia
Published on Saturday, May 17, 2014 by The Italy Mix is a weekly post about the most interesting Italy and Italy travel news and human interest stories around the Web.  Here are our top picks for this week: Big Florence Wedding:  Rumor has it that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will marry at Forte Belvedere next weekend.  (The Daily Mail) Italy Trivia Quiz: How well do you know Italy's tourist attr...
Florence’s Hidden Art Collection Open For Limited Time
Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by If you're visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence between now and April 29th, you have an exciting opportunity to see one of Florence's hidden art collections. Visit Tuscany reports that the Contini Bonacossi Collection, usually closed to the public, will be available for guided tours (though only in Italian) to anyone who purchases a ticket to the Uffizi. The col...
The Italy Mix: Silent Places, Hidden Art in Florence
Published on Sunday, February 23, 2014 by The Italy Mix is a weekly post about the most interesting Italy and Italy travel news and human interest stories around the Web each week. Here are our top picks for this week: Academy of Silence: A new organization in Tuscany seeks to gather a list of the quietest hotels, towns and other places in Italy.  One of them, Eremito Hotelito del Alma in Umbria is pict...