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Rome Undergoing Facelift before Jubilee Year
Published on Monday, August 31, 2015 by On December 8th of this year, the Roman Catholic Church’s 29th Jubilee Year (only the 29th since the tradition was established 700 years ago) begins. A Jubilee, or Holy Year, is one in which devout members of the church make pilgrimages to Rome and the Holy See. The last one took place in 2000 and was declared by Pope John Paul II. Pope Francis has dedicated the ...
Pope’s Private Gardens Are Now Open to the Public
Published on Thursday, August 20, 2015 by At 136 acres, the grounds of the Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s private residence in Lazio, are larger than the entire Vatican City (108 acres). The land includes gardens, woodland, a working farm, beehives, a dairy, and even hay fields—but you don’t need to take our word for it. As of this this year, the public can tour these previously closed areas that are just ...
Fly Away to Italy in Winter 2016
Published on Saturday, August 15, 2015 by If you're ready to take your own tour of Italy, take my father's advice, "“Off season is the best season for Italy. It’s bargain time, shopping time and the weather is fine!” The weather in Italy in the winter is mild. The crowds are gone and you have the country to yourself. Plus the exchange rate is amazing right now. I'm thrilled to offer you a very specia...
Fellini Classic “La Dolce Vita” to Be Remade 50 Years Later
Published on Monday, August 10, 2015 by Fifty years after its release, Federico Fellini’s iconic film La Dolce Vita will be remade by Andrea Iervolino’s AMBI Group. The Fellini family has approved this new film, which will be “a contemporary story every bit as commercial, iconic and award-worthy as the original,” said Iervolino. Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimée, the 19...
The Italy Mix: Volterra, Honeymoon in Italy, Turin
Published on Friday, July 31, 2015 by The Italy Mix is a regular 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: The Magic of Volterra:  Rick Steves says Tuscany's Volterra is Italy's most underrated hill town. (The Seattle Times) Honeymoon Through Italy:  One couple danced at midnight in Venice, motore...
New Skyway Monte Bianco Opens on Italian Side of Mont Blanc
Published on Sunday, July 26, 2015 by Dubbed “The Eighth Wonder of the World” due to its previously impossible views of the Alps, the Skyway Monte Bianco transports visitors above 7,000 feet. That’s not all: the rounded gondola cars also rotate 360 degrees, allowing people to see the breathtaking slopes on the Italian side of one of the world’s most famous peaks, called Mont Blanc across the borde...
2016 Perillo Tours Brochures Are Here
Published on Thursday, July 23, 2015 by I’m proud to present our 2016 all-inclusive vacations to Italy, Hawaii and Costa Rica! My team and I have spent the past year inspecting hotels, visiting restaurants, creating menus, calculating travel distances and trying-out activities. If you think that sounds like a great job - you’re right! But it’s not just a fun job for us. It also means your vacation wil...
Ancient Roman Ship Found Off Sardinia
Published on Friday, July 10, 2015 by Italian divers recently reached a sunken cargo ship full of roofing tiles off the coast of Sardinia.  The ship and its cargo are 2,000 years old, a Roman find of “great archaeological value,” says the police statement issued to announce the discovery. Not only can the find provide information about ships and their construction, it sheds light on marine logistics,...
Panzanella: Tuscan Summer Recipe
Published on Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Looking to bring some Italian inspiration to your summer dining or July 4th BBQ or picnic? Do as the Tuscans do and make panzanella salad. Like all Italian cuisine it is fresh, simple and oh so delicious! Panzanella comes from the tradition of cucina povera - the simple dishes of the poor peasants. They wanted a way to utilize day-old bread and panzanella was born! ...
Remains of Arch of Titus Discovered in Rome
Published on Monday, June 29, 2015 by Back in 81 AD, the Roman Emperor would have entered the Circus Maximus in grand style, standing in a chariot steered through the newly constructed Arch of Titus. But until recently, the only records of that structure existed in medieval-era documents; stone that wasn’t pilfered sank beneath the ground and was lost for eight centuries. However, this spring archaeo...