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Restoration at Selinunte
Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by Italy and ancient architecture go together like pasta and marinara sauce—but as frequent travelers know, not all ancient architecture in Italy was built by its natives. The ruins at Paestum on the Tyrrhenian Sea were once a major Greek city; now the area’s three beautifully preserved Greek temples provide testament to the place known as “Poseidonia” in the fif...
Firm Footing for Rome’s Colosseum
Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by Visitors to Rome's Colosseum will once again be able to walk in the footsteps of the gladiators. Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini announced that he will approve putting the floor back in the iconic amphitheater. "Rebuilding the arena of the Colosseum, taking it back to the way it was until the 19th century, is the best way to protect the monument," Franceschi...
The Stars Are Out In Italy
Published on Sunday, May 3, 2015 by Stars are twinkling brightly in Italy right now—at least stars of the movie variety. Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Justin Bieber are all in country this week, and giving the paparazzi plenty of photo opps. Bieber, the new kid on these cobblestoned streets, plays a male model in Ben Stiller’s Zoolander 2, in which Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Christine Taylor (Mrs...
Lemon Aid for Sicily’s Power Grid
Published on Monday, April 27, 2015 by Back in elementary school, you may have used a lemon from your mother’s kitchen to make a simple battery that could power a single lightbulb. Now, imagine if you could use lemons to light up your entire neighborhood: In Sicily, the region’s massive amount of citrus waste (rinds, pulp, seeds) is being used to power a generator that can provide electricity to 333 ho...
Curbing Rome’s Car Habit
Published on Friday, April 24, 2015 by Via Urbana, a quiet cobblestone street, will be the first car-free street in Rome after a municipal council vote to make the street a wholly pedestrian area. Anyone who has ever visited The Eternal City will testify to its eternal din from scooters, cabs and honking cars of all shapes and sizes. But the noise is a secondary ill; the real problem is safety, since agg...
Final Prep for Expo Milano
Published on Monday, April 20, 2015 by In May, Expo Milano will open its doors and not close them until October. It’s been a long journey for the northern Italian city to get ready for this huge international event, and as spring begins, the Milanese are busy putting the final touches on Expo locations, as well as making sure their own monuments, buildings, parks, and institutions are shown in the best l...
Emancipated Verse in Florence
Published on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Around and about the city of Florence, worn-down walls are covered with text—but it’s not careless graffiti, it’s carefully written poetry, typed on sheets of white paper taped into small galleries. These instances of “poetry on the wall,” as they’re often called, are crafted and hung by the Movimento per l’Emancipazione della Poesia, or the Movement for...
Pompeii’s Villa dei Misteri Reopens
Published on Friday, March 20, 2015 by The largest house in  Pompeii fully reopened today following two years of renovation. Villa dei Misteri (Villa of the Mysteries), famous for its frescoes of the cult of Bacchus or  Dionysus, is now completely to visitors. The villa was renovated in stages so parts could remain open. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini  cut the ribbon on the renovated site an...
2016 Will Be A Holy Year at The Vatican
Published on Monday, March 16, 2015 by Looking for the perfect excuse to visit Rome and the Vatican in 2016? Pope Francis just gave you one. He has declared 2016 a Holy Year.  The last one was in 2000. The Holy Year, also called a Jubilee, will start this year on December 8th – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – and will close November 20, 2016 with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ...
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...