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  • Italian Christmas Markets Italian Christmas Markets Published on Monday, December 1, 2014 by
    Many tourists from the United States hear “Christmas market” and immediately think of Germany’s deservedly famous “Weinachtsmarkts” and “Kristkindlmarkts,” both of which conjure up the smell of Gluehwein and the sizzle of roast bratwurst. But Italy has its own legion of marke...
  • The Arezzo Antiques Market in Tuscany The Arezzo Antiques Market in Tusca... Published on Saturday, November 29, 2014 by
    On the first Sunday of each month, 30,000 shoppers descend on the city of Arezzo in Tuscany, eager to see what the 500-plus vendors of antiques and bricabrac will offer at their stalls. Some of these vendors have been around for so long (the fair dates back to 1968) that they have permanen...
  • 5 Things to Do in Pisa…Besides The Leaning Tower 5 Things to Do in Pisa…Beside... Published on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by
    No matter how much you hear about the Leaning Tower, Tuscany’s lovely city of Pisa offers much more to do and see than that structurally challenged monument (but since you will want to see it, here’s a link to tell you more about its history than you might otherwise discover). Here are...
  • Explore Italy’s Monasteries and Convents Explore Italy’s Monasteries a... Published on Saturday, November 22, 2014 by
    Imagine waking up to the sound of a bell that’s been gently tolling for hundreds of years—or savoring a meal made with herbs from a garden tended by a religious order. The hundreds of convents and monasteries that dot Italy top to toe aren’t just reminders of the country’s long his...
  • Steve’s Travel Tips: Truffle Hunting in Italy (Video) Steve’s Travel Tips: Truffle ... Published on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by
    What’s the most expensive thing you can buy in Italy? Sure, a Maserati or Ferrari is a good guess. But by weight it might be the white truffles of Alba which can go for as much as $10,000 per pound! These tantalizing tubers grow near the roots of oak trees and have a special concentrati...
  • Beautiful Bookstores in Italy Beautiful Bookstores in Italy Published on Saturday, November 15, 2014 by
    Excellent design features in every aspect of Italian life, from furniture to automobiles to eyeglass frames to grocery packaging. Of course bookstores in our favorite country are well designed—and often also extremely beautiful. This list is of the most visually arresting stores. They ar...
  • The Clooney Effect on Travel to Venice The Clooney Effect on Travel to Ven... Published on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by
    Say “Clooney effect,” and many people will think of George himself, and go weak in the knees. But the sexy actor has had an equally strong impact on Venetian tourism. After his September nuptials with Amal Alamuddin (now proudly “Amal Clooney”), The Daily Mail reported that UK trav...
  • The Sistine Chapel’s New Look and Feel The Sistine Chapel’s New Look and... Published on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by
    Twenty years ago, the frescoes of the Vatican’s renowned Sistine Chapel received a major 16-year restoration, making Michelangelo’s masterful paintings vivid once more. After all, the Sistine Chapel is visited by 20,000 people each and every day; some wear and tear is to be expected. ...
  • Shroud of Turin To Go on Display in 2015 Shroud of Turin To Go on Display in... Published on Sunday, November 9, 2014 by
    The Shroud of Turin will go on display for the first time in five years in the spring of 2015, in coordination with a visit by Pope Francis. The sacred cloth, said to have wrapped Jesus Christ in his tomb, is stored in the Turin Cathedral in a climate-controlled case and will be on display...
  • Steve’s Travel Tips: The Olive Harvest in Italy (Video) Steve’s Travel Tips: The Oliv... Published on Friday, November 7, 2014 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 the olive harvest in Italy. Italians look forward to the fall for any...
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