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  • 2016 Will Be A Holy Year at The Vatican 2016 Will Be A Holy Year at The Vat... Published on Monday, March 16, 2015 by
    Looking for the perfect excuse to visit Rome and the Vatican in 2016? Pope Francis just gave you one. He has declared 2016 a Holy Year.  The last one was in 2000. The Holy Year, also called a Jubilee, will start this year on December 8th – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception ...
  • Women Only Golden Week in Florence Italy Women Only Golden Week in Florence ... Published on Sunday, March 15, 2015 by
    Sorry gentlemen, but this one is for the ladies... (But here's a tip for you guys, send the woman in your life on this trip to Italy and she might just love you forever!) Golden Week in Florence with Susan Van Allen Don't Miss This Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip! October 25 to November 1,...
  • Five Great Historical Novels Set in Italy Five Great Historical Novels Set in... Published on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by
    It’s been—to paraphrase a great band—a long, cold lonely winter. Who couldn’t use a little warmth? You might not be in Italy at the moment, but reading one of these classic books will infuse your mind and soul with a sense of sunny noontime piazzas and breezy coastal beaches. A ...
  • New Ticket Options for Rome Public Transportation New Ticket Options for Rome Public ... Published on Monday, March 9, 2015 by
    New tickets for use on Rome’s public transportation network – including trams, buses, local Trenitalia trains (excluding airport trains) and the metro – are now available, replacing the old 24-hour and 72-hour tickets and adding a 48-hour ticket. Unlike the former ticket system, unde...
  • Fish and Chips: An Italian Invention? Fish and Chips: An Italian Inventio... Published on Thursday, March 5, 2015 by
    It isn’t often that a school lunch threatens diplomatic discord, but when a group of chefs designing menus in Rome for students (from nursery to middle-school ages) chose fish and chips as an “EU menu item” representing “Britain,” they unwittingly found themselves at the center o...
  • The First “Bond Woman” Is Italian The First “Bond Woman” ... Published on Friday, February 27, 2015 by
    The latest (and, some say, greatest) James Bond, Daniel Craig, is now 46. In decades past, that would have meant his leading ladies would range in age from 25 to 35. But not so with Spectre, the new Bond film in production, directed by Sam Mendes. The “Bond Girl” who captures the hero...
  • 5 Top Views in Italy 5 Top Views in Italy Published on Sunday, February 22, 2015 by
    Gazing at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel or admiring Leonardo’s The Last Supper are must-sees, but Italy also has plenty of other ways to engage your sense of sight. Don’t neglect outdoor vistas, especially the ones here: We know you probably have a few favorites, but if you haven...
  • Matera: Big Remake of Big Film Matera: Big Remake of Big Film Published on Thursday, February 19, 2015 by
    Lovers of cinematic epics, rejoice! 1959’s big-budget, big-screen Roman saga, Ben Hur, is being remade, right now, in Italy’s southeastern city of Matera. You remember it as the Charlton Heston vehicle that had the biggest budget ($15.75 million) and biggest sets of any film of that p...
  • Aerial Archaeology in Campania Aerial Archaeology in Campania Published on Monday, February 16, 2015 by
    Perhaps you’ve visited Pompeii and marveled at what was trapped in the aftermath of Mount Vesuviu’s’s A.D. 79 eruption. While that city’s devastation cannot be overestimated, its careful preservation has also given millions of people a window into ancient Roman life.  Now, thanks...
  • 5 Romantic Spots in Italy 5 Romantic Spots in Italy Published on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by
    Let's face it, ALL of Italy is romantic. But in honor of Valentine's Day, here are five great spots to celebrate romance! 1.  A gondola ride in Venice At the top of every hopeless romantic’s bucket list is a private gondola ride through the canals of one of Italy’s most beautiful...