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Ferris Wheel Coming to Pisa’s Leaning Tower
Published on Friday, March 3, 2017 by The city of Pisa will soon have another tourist attraction – a 165-foot Ferris wheel – to compete in height with its famous 183-foot leaning tower. For three months this summer, the Ferris wheel will be temporarily installed in a former parking lot to test its popularity and appeal to tourists. "We can't keep getting by with the Leaning Tower alone," heritage o...
Prosecco-Producing Towns Apply for UNESCO World Heritage Status
Published on Sunday, February 26, 2017 by Italy’s National Commission for UNESCO has applied for UNESCO World Heritage status for its famous sparkling wine, Prosecco  – specifically, for the hills of the Prosecco-producing towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. If the UNESCO headquarters in Paris approve the proposal in 2018, the northern Italian region would be among just nine other wine-producing regi...
New Siena Exhibit Shares Treasures Salvaged From Earthquake
Published on Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Siena is hosting an exhibit revealing the damage done by October earthquakes in Norcia and the surrounding areas, about 126 miles to the southeast, in its Duomo crypt and the Santa Maria della Scala Museum complex. The exhibit, called La Bellezza Ferita: Norcia EarthHeartArtQuake runs through October 29 and displays damaged and ruined artwork alongside footage of the...
Mausoleum of Augustus To Be Restored
Published on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by With a grant from an Italian telecommunications company, restoration work on the Mausoleum of Augustus is finally set to begin. The mausoleum, built for Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, is more than 2,000 years old and has been showing its age due to neglect that has allowed it to become overgrown by grass and trees in recent decades. Among Augustus and other prom...
Italy’s First Capsule Hotel Opens in Naples Airport
Published on Saturday, February 4, 2017 by Drawing inspiration from accommodations in Tokyo, Italy’s first capsule hotel opened in January in the Naples Capodichino Airport. Bed and Boarding, or “BenBo” for short, is open 24 hours every day and allows travelers to get nine hours of rest at night (11 p.m. to 8 a.m.) for 25€, or take a one-hour nap before a flight for 8€ (the second hour is 7€ and ...
Prada Opens Gallery Space in Milan
Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by The Prada Foundation opened a new photography gallery space in December, the Osservatorio, on the uppermost fifth and sixth floors of one of Milan’s most famous landmarks, the elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The first and current exhibit, Give Me Yesterday, which runs through March 12, explores 21st-century photography as a diary and documentary medium and co...
Rome’s Pantheon May Charge Entrance Fee
Published on Friday, January 27, 2017 by The Pantheon, one of the few ancient Roman sites that does not charge admission, is mulling an entry fee beginning in 2018. Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini told ANSA the fee would be low, but did not say exactly how much the monument would charge. Around 7 million visitors came through the Pantheon in 2016, and according to Franceschini, the proposed entry...
Reggia Express: Vintage Train Trip in Italy
Published on Monday, January 23, 2017 by In mid-January, an historic train took its inaugural journey from Naples to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Reggia di Caserta, offering a special day tour of Caserta’s 18th-century royal palace. The Reggia Express is a restored 1930s vintage train with an electric locomotive, and its three carriages can accommodate 234 passengers. The tour itinerary includes a...
Lombardy: 2017 European Capital of Gastronomy
Published on Thursday, January 19, 2017 by The Italian region of Lombardy has been chosen as one of the 2017 European Regions of Gastronomy, which aims to “showcase the gastronomic creativity, identity and dynamism of Europe’s regions” and to promote the integration between food, culture, creativity and tourism. The four cities in eastern Lombardy represented in the designation are Bergamo, Brescia, Crem...
Is Florence’s David In Danger?
Published on Sunday, January 15, 2017 by Following several powerful earthquakes in 2016, Italian art experts and scientists are concerning themselves with how to protect Florence’s treasured artwork, particularly Michelangelo’s David. While scientists, engineers, and art historians have studied David’s vulnerability for years, the issue is coming back into focus due to growing fears that it and other i...