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Two Florence Museums Explore Links to Islam
Published on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by To combat Islamophobia and celebrate ancient Middle Eastern culture, two Florence museums have teamed up to stage an exhibit on Islamic art and the reciprocal relationship between Florence and Islam. The exhibit, titled “Islamic Art and Florence from the Medici to the 20th Century,” runs through Sept. 23 at the Uffizi Gallery and the Bargello Museum, showcasing 25...
Space Tourism Could Be Coming to Puglia
Published on Thursday, August 23, 2018 by Thanks to a July agreement between Italian aerospace companies and Virgin Galactic, Italy could soon launch itself into the nascent world of space tourism. On a recent visit to the White House, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte talked about “launching, as soon as possible, new planes that, crossing the atmosphere, will be able to connect Italy and the United Sta...
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. ...
Olive Oil Has Been Made in Italy For A Very Long Time
Published on Saturday, June 16, 2018 by Olive oil, the liquid gold essential to Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines, existed in Italy much earlier than previously thought, according to Davide Tanasi, an Italian researcher and assistant professor of history at the University of South Florida. By analyzing residue found on a Bronze Age ceramic jar that was found in Sicily in the 1990s, Tanasi discovered ...
Remains of Horse Found at Pompeii
Published on Friday, June 1, 2018 by People have long marveled at the remains of human beings preserved in the ashes of Pompeii in the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Men, women and children were trapped in situ, sometimes in family groups, sometimes alone, nearly 1150 in total rediscovered. But a recent find will help everyone to understand more about the role of animals in this region’s ancient ...
Rustici and Catesi Art Returns to Florence
Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and if two rare 16th-century Italian sketches could talk, their words would be “Thank goodness we’re home!” Florence’s Uffizi Galleries recently acquired the sketches, the work of Giovan Francesco Rustici and Giovanni Catesi, at an Uffizi Galleries auction at Christie’s in New York City. Both artists created t...
Visit Italy’s Blue Flag Beaches, Including Those in Tuscany
Published on Friday, May 25, 2018 by Summer is a happy season, and it’s made even happier each year when the international Blue Flag program heralding the world’s cleanest beaches announces it choices. For 2018, a great number of those in Italy are set along the Tyrrhenian Sea in Tuscany. You might find it impossible to choose, and it just gets tougher when you widen the Blue Flag map out to the r...
Tremiti Islands Ban Plasticware
Published on Sunday, May 6, 2018 by The Tremiti Islands, an archipelago off of Italy’s east coast, banned all single-use plastic dinnerware from the islands beginning May 1 of this year. Anyone caught using disposable plates, cups and utensils will be fined 50€ to 500€ – including businesses, locals and tourists. The islands’ mayor, Antonio Fentini, instituted the ban after scientists measu...
Restoration at Florence’s San Miniato
Published on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The ciborium in the abbey at San Miniato al Monte in Florence has been restored in time for the 1,000-year anniversary of the abbey’s founding. The ciborium – a covered altar with four columns and an intricate arched ceiling – was completed in 1448 at the request of Piero de’ Medici and designed by architect and sculptor Michelozzo di Bartolomeo. It was built ...
Venice Banning Tourists?
Published on Saturday, April 28, 2018 by From now until May 1, Venice is prohibiting tourist access into the main parts of the city. The restrictions are intended to ease crowds during the Festa del Lavoro holiday, Italy’s Labor Day and a popular traveling time for Italians. Tourists traveling to popular places such as Rialto or Piazza San Marco will be redirected along alternate routes. The Strada Nuov...
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