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Three Lesser-Known Architectural Sites in Rome
Published on Monday, October 14, 2019 by The beauty of Rome is that the city’s vast collection of art and architecture means there’s always something different and unexpected to see beyond the usual tourist haunts. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler to Rome looking to discover new sites or a first-time visitor seeking to escape the crowds, on your next trip to Rome, visit these lesser-known archite...
Tuscan Town Installs Photoluminescent Bike Path
Published on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by In the Tuscan town of Borgo a Mozzano, officials have installed a photoluminescent bicycle path to make riding and walking safer for residents. During the day, the path looks like a regular, brown gravel pavement, but at night, photoluminescent pieces of glass glow blue and green. The wide 200-meter-long (656 feet) path is expected to reduce bicycle accidents at ni...
Palazzo Pitti to Display Russian Icons
Published on Friday, September 20, 2019 by In 2020, Palazzo Pitti will highlight the link between Florentine nobility and the Russian Orthodox Church by displaying 78 Russian religious icons. The collection of icons, the largest outside of Russia, will be housed in four ground-floor rooms at Palazzo Pitti. This will be the first permanent home for the collection, which has been in Florence since 1761 and ha...
Gelato World Cup Comes to Italy
Published on Sunday, September 15, 2019 by When the Gelato World Cup comes to Rimini from January 19 to 21, 2020, gelato chefs from around the world will face off to see who can whip up the best desserts. France and Italy, which have both won previous competitions at different times but have never competed against each other, are considered the two frontrunners and have assembled their teams for the ev...
You Can Buy Dolce & Gabbana’s Italian Villa
Published on Thursday, September 5, 2019 by Fashion house founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s luxury Italian villa is for sale. While the price is undisclosed, it is reported to cost €6 million. If you can’t spare the change, you can live vicariously through the real estate listing’s gorgeous photos. The oceanfront villa is located on the tiny volcanic island of Stromboli, one of the sev...
Treasure Discovered in Pompeii
Published on Friday, August 30, 2019 by The historical site of Pompeii is a treasure trove of ruins, artefacts, -- and now, archaeologists have unearthed literal treasure. A trunk found in August contained semiprecious stones, jewelry, and other objects believed to bring good luck. "There are dozens of good luck charms next to other objects that were attributed with the power of crushing bad luck," Pompe...
Rome to Relocate Cobblestones on Major Streets
Published on Sunday, August 25, 2019 by When you think of images of Rome, you probably think of the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and, of course, the cobblestone-lined streets that have been an iconic part of the city’s landscape for centuries. Unfortunately, as beautiful as the cobblestone streets are, they are also becoming more of a nuisance. According to an article in The Local, the blocks are too e...
Don’t Swim in the Trevi Fountain
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by Italy is cracking down on misbehaving tourists and bad behavior. First, it's handing out fines for blasphemous cursing, hanging in a hammock and brewing coffee in unacceptable places. Now, tourists need to be aware that stepping into Rome’s 18th-century Trevi Fountain is not allowed either and if you’re thinking about taking a dip in this historic monument, throw ...
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...