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Positano Roman Villa Now Open to Public
Published on Sunday, August 5, 2018 by After several years of excavations, a Roman villa once hidden under a church in Positano is now open to the public.  The fresco-covered villa was buried along with Pompeii and Herculaneum when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The villa dates to the second century BC and, thanks to the volcanic eruption, it is well-preserved. Archaeologists have unearthed wooden wa...
Small Personal Watercrafts Banned From Venice’s Canals
Published on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by As of August 1, small recreational watercrafts such as kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and pedal boats are no longer allowed on the main waterways of Venice. The ban does not apply to Venetian residents who own these boats, gondolas or tour companies that are regulated by local authorities. Previously, small recreational boats could not travel on the main waterways fr...
Perillo Adds Two New Italy Tours For 2019
Published on Friday, July 27, 2018 by Book any  2019 Italy Perillo Tours escorted tours and make a deposit by October 1, 2018 and save $200 per couple ($100 per person)* You must use the PROMO CODE: Early Bird 19 New Tour: Taste of Italy 2019 Are you hungry? Then join Perillo Tours for a brand new tour 11-Day Taste of Italy 2019. We will spend 3 nights in Bologna, 2 nights in Florence...
Expanded Tram Line Opens in Florence
Published on Thursday, July 19, 2018 by Florence’s expanded T1 tram line, which runs from the central train station to the Careggi Hospital, is now open. Previously, the T1 line – which opened in 2010 – began at Villa Costanza and stopped at the central train station. Now renamed the T1 Leonardo line, it has a total of 26 stops along an 11.5-kilometer route, and trains run every four minutes. It is...
New Section of Rome’s Palatine Hill Reopens
Published on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by A section of Palatine Hill in Rome has opened to the public for the first time in centuries, allowing visitors to take in 1,200 years of the Eternal City's history. One of Rome’s seven hills, Palatine Hill overlooks the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus in the city center, but the newly opened spot is a place where tourists can experience nature in the middle o...
Steve’s Travel Tips: Enjoying Italian Beaches (Video)
Published on Sunday, July 1, 2018 by I’m Steve Perillo of Perillo Tours. I have a video series called Steve's Travel Tips to share all the insider Italy travel tips I have learned over a lifetime of travel to Italy. This week I'm talking about enjoying Italy's beaches. It is July and beaches are filling up but come August,  Italy's beaches  will be covered with Italians soaking up the sun and...
Woody Allen To Direct Opera At La Scala
Published on Friday, June 29, 2018 by The upcoming season of opera at Teatro Alla Scala  in Milan will include Gianni Schicci, a comedic opera by Puccini, staged and directed by Woody Allen. Set in the 1930s in New York’s Little Italy, Allen’s version of Gianni Schicci was successful in a 2015 Los Angeles run. The opera is based on a portion of Dante’s Divine Comedy in which Schicci is sent to He...
Record-Breaking Year for Parmigiano Reggiano
Published on Saturday, June 23, 2018 by Cheesemakers in Italy’s Parmesan-producing regions produced 147,000 tons of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in 2017, breaking all-time records for the cheese’s production. The 3.6 million wheels of cheese sold totaled 2.2€ billion in sales and increased production by 5 percent from 2016 and 10 percent from 2014, according to Italy’s Parmigiano Reggiano consortium. ...
Florence’s Uffizi Debuts New Room
Published on Sunday, June 10, 2018 by Earlier this month, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence debuted its “Raphael and Michelangelo Room” as part of a larger rearrangement of the museum. Housed in Room 41 of the building, the Raphael and Michelangelo Room – as one might expect – contains paintings from the two Renaissance masters. Two paintings by Raphael dating to 1404-05 – portraits of a Floren...
Making Your Dream of Italy Come True
Published on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by A message from Steve Perillo... Italy is a dream. Perillo Tours has been making that dream come true for more than 70 years! That's why we are thrilled to support our friend Kathy McCabe and her PBS travel series Dream of Italy. For two seasons, Perillo Tours has been a proud sponsor of the show! Season 2 is now airing...take a 90-second Italian break and ...