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Taormina Sicily Prepping For G7 Summit
Published on Sunday, March 12, 2017 by Taormina, Sicily will host the G7 Summit in May, an annual meeting of seven of the world’s largest industrialized democracies, called the Group of Seven (G7). The group discusses issues such as global economics and trade, foreign policy, humanitarian issues, health, development and climate change. This year, the leaders of all seven countries including U.S. Pres...
Mausoleum of Augustus To Be Restored
Published on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by With a grant from an Italian telecommunications company, restoration work on the Mausoleum of Augustus is finally set to begin. The mausoleum, built for Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, is more than 2,000 years old and has been showing its age due to neglect that has allowed it to become overgrown by grass and trees in recent decades. Among Augustus and other prom...
Italy’s First Capsule Hotel Opens in Naples Airport
Published on Saturday, February 4, 2017 by Drawing inspiration from accommodations in Tokyo, Italy’s first capsule hotel opened in January in the Naples Capodichino Airport. Bed and Boarding, or “BenBo” for short, is open 24 hours every day and allows travelers to get nine hours of rest at night (11 p.m. to 8 a.m.) for 25€, or take a one-hour nap before a flight for 8€ (the second hour is 7€ and ...
Lombardy: 2017 European Capital of Gastronomy
Published on Thursday, January 19, 2017 by The Italian region of Lombardy has been chosen as one of the 2017 European Regions of Gastronomy, which aims to “showcase the gastronomic creativity, identity and dynamism of Europe’s regions” and to promote the integration between food, culture, creativity and tourism. The four cities in eastern Lombardy represented in the designation are Bergamo, Brescia, Crem...
Is Florence’s David In Danger?
Published on Sunday, January 15, 2017 by Following several powerful earthquakes in 2016, Italian art experts and scientists are concerning themselves with how to protect Florence’s treasured artwork, particularly Michelangelo’s David. While scientists, engineers, and art historians have studied David’s vulnerability for years, the issue is coming back into focus due to growing fears that it and other i...
Antica Lavinium Opens to Public
Published on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by The archaeological site at Antica Lavinium, an ancient city in the coastal village of Pratica di Mare south of Rome and located inside a farm owned by Borghese princes, opened to the public for the first time January 7th. Notable monuments at the site include 13 sacrificial altars, the Heroon of Aeneas, a ceremonial building and two kilns, all of which date back to th...
McDonald’s Battling City of Florence
Published on Sunday, December 11, 2016 by McDonald’s is suing the city of Florence for $20 million on grounds of discrimination after Florence Mayor Dario Nadella denied its application for a license to open a location in Florence’s most popular area for tourists - Piazza del Duomo. In November, 24,000 Florentines signed a petition online to protest the restaurant’s proposed Piazza del Duomo expansion. ...
Florence’s Wealthiest Families Same Today As During Renaissance
Published on Sunday, October 23, 2016 by Remarkably, the wealthiest families in Florence today are descendants of the wealthiest Florentine families from the Renaissance, according to two Italian economists from the Bank of Italy, Guglielmo Barone and Sauro Mocetti, The Wall Street Journal recently reported.  The economists compared tax data from 1427 and 2011 and found that, about 25 generations later, the...
Travel to Rome & Tuscany With Baseball Greats
Published on Thursday, October 20, 2016 by What are you doing in January? As Mario Perillo always said "off-season is the best season" for Italy and boy do I have a unique opportunity for our guests! Hurry, and be one of the few fans to tour Rome and Tuscany with baseball greats Didi Gregorious, Jim Leyritz and Wade Boggs on Perillo's once-in-a-lifetime 9-Day Baseball Greats Rome and Tuscany Tour! Get ...
Venice Will Not Be On UNESCO Endangered List
Published on Thursday, October 6, 2016 by The United Nations announced that it will not list Venice as an endangered World Heritage Site this year, opting to revisit the issue in 2017 and giving Italy more time to comply with the UN’s recommendations for conservation. Among the problems cited by the UN that are leading to the city’s deterioration are an excess of tourists; insufficient strategies and pro...
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