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  • Rome to Relocate Cobblestones on Major Streets Rome to Relocate Cobblestones on Ma... 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 becomin...
  • Don’t Swim in the Trevi Fountain Don’t Swim in the Trevi Fount... 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 eith...
  • Get Cultured at the Venice Film Festival Get Cultured at the Venice Film Fes... Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 by
    If you haven’t gone to a film festival, you’re missing out. Some of the best movies aren’t seen at commercial theaters, but instead are independent films competing at film festivals around the world. If you’re in Italy, consider snagging tickets to The 76th Venice Film Festival, wh...
  • Italian Town Will Fine You for Cursing Italian Town Will Fine You for Curs... 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 ...
  • Rome Bans Sitting on the Spanish Steps Rome Bans Sitting on the Spanish St... 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 hundre...
  • Explore the “Google Maps” of the Ancient Roman Empire Explore the “Google Maps̶... Published on Thursday, July 25, 2019 by
    What’s the old expression? When in Rome do as the Romans do, right? What about the Romans from centuries ago? Many tourists visit Rome because they are interested in its rich history and plan to visit such iconic spots as the Coliseum and the Forum of Caesar, but there’s only so muc...
  • Steve Visits Tuscany Vineyard and San Gimignano (Video) Steve Visits Tuscany Vineyard and S... Published on Monday, July 15, 2019 by
    There's nothing like having Steve Perillo himself surprise you on your Perillo tour. In this video, Steve drops in on a wine tasting at his favorite Tuscan vineyard. Oh did we mention that he arrives by helicopter? Yes, Steve's a little like James Bond in this very special trip to Tuscany....
  • New “Gelato Restaurant” Opens in Rome New “Gelato Restaurant”... Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by
    Geppy Sferra’s new gelato-themed restaurant stands out from the 1,400 other gelaterias in Rome: It is the only one to serve a full dinner menu, with gelato incorporated into each dish. Gelateria d’Essai, in Rome’s Centocelle neighborhood, employs chef Marco Mezzaroma to invent creati...
  • Duomo’s New Baptistery Door Unveiled in Florence Duomo’s New Baptistery Door U... Published on Thursday, July 4, 2019 by
    A replica of the south door of the Baptistery at Florence’s Duomo was unveiled and blessed by Cardinal Giuseppe Betori on June 24, the feast day of John the Baptist, patron saint of Florence. For conservation purposes, the replica has replaced the 700-year-old original, which is curren...
  • Italy to Host 2026 Winter Games in Milan-Cortina Italy to Host 2026 Winter Games in ... Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by
    A joint 2026 Winter Olympics bid by the cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo won the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) vote to host Italy’s third edition of the event, beating the other finalist, Sweden, by a margin of 47 to 34 votes. Italy previously hosted the Winter Olympic...