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Italian Town Will Fine You for Cursing
Published on Saturday, August 10, 2019 by If you’re planning on visiting Italy’s Saonara any time soon, you may want to practice curbing your language before you get there and take time to learn what other new laws have been passed. One slip of the tongue and you might find yourself, well...fined. Saonara is a municipality located south of Venice, and its mayor, Walter Stefan, has had enough with peopl...
Rome Bans Sitting on the Spanish Steps
Published on Monday, August 5, 2019 by If you are a fan of the 1953 classic film Roman Holiday you probably want to walk the same Spanish steps that its stars Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn walked when you visit Rome. Walking up or down the steps is okay, but just don’t plan on sitting down on them. It could cost you hundreds of dollars in fines. This Spanish Steps regulation is just one of the many...
Explore the “Google Maps” of the Ancient Roman Empire
Published on Thursday, July 25, 2019 by What’s the old expression? When in Rome do as the Romans do, right? What about the Romans from centuries ago? Many tourists visit Rome because they are interested in its rich history and plan to visit such iconic spots as the Coliseum and the Forum of Caesar, but there’s only so much you can see with the naked eye. Picturing the daily life and times of those wh...
Steve Visits Tuscany Vineyard and San Gimignano (Video)
Published on Monday, July 15, 2019 by There's nothing like having Steve Perillo himself surprise you on your Perillo tour. In this video, Steve drops in on a wine tasting at his favorite Tuscan vineyard. Oh did we mention that he arrives by helicopter? Yes, Steve's a little like James Bond in this very special trip to Tuscany.     ...
New “Gelato Restaurant” Opens in Rome
Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by Geppy Sferra’s new gelato-themed restaurant stands out from the 1,400 other gelaterias in Rome: It is the only one to serve a full dinner menu, with gelato incorporated into each dish. Gelateria d’Essai, in Rome’s Centocelle neighborhood, employs chef Marco Mezzaroma to invent creative dishes and spin traditional favorites that include gelato. “My goal is t...
Duomo’s New Baptistery Door Unveiled in Florence
Published on Thursday, July 4, 2019 by A replica of the south door of the Baptistery at Florence’s Duomo was unveiled and blessed by Cardinal Giuseppe Betori on June 24, the feast day of John the Baptist, patron saint of Florence. For conservation purposes, the replica has replaced the 700-year-old original, which is currently undergoing restoration at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence. The...
Italy to Host 2026 Winter Games in Milan-Cortina
Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by A joint 2026 Winter Olympics bid by the cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo won the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) vote to host Italy’s third edition of the event, beating the other finalist, Sweden, by a margin of 47 to 34 votes. Italy previously hosted the Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956 and in Torino in 2006. The 2026 Winter Olympics...
Explore Bologna’s Sala Urbana, Virtually
Published on Sunday, June 16, 2019 by Modern technology gives us a closer look at 400 years of Bologna’s history held in the Sala Urbana of the Palazzo d’Accursio. Thanks to a new website, it is possible to discover the wonders of the intricately painted walls and ceilings from your own computer or from computers within the sala. The online portal gives particular insight to the time period in which B...
Visit the Barolo Wine Museum
Published on Thursday, June 6, 2019 by In a 10th-century castle in northwest Italy’s Piedmont region, wine enthusiasts can get a taste of the area’s incredibly famous wine and its history. The Barolo Wine Museum (WiMu) is dedicated to the historical and cultural significance and evolution of wine consumption across Europe, and was designed by Francois Confino of Switzerland. Exhibits, spread over 2...
Gucci to Restore Rome’s Tarpeian Rock
Published on Saturday, June 1, 2019 by Gucci will pay 1.6 million euros to fund the two-year restoration of Tarpeian Rock in Rome which badly eroded last year. The project, a partnership between Gucci and the Capitoline Superintendency, is called “Tarpeian Rock, Between Legend and Future.” The Tarpeian Rock is located on the Capitoline Hill and overlooks the Roman Forum. The 80-foot cliff was an exe...