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  • Gladiator School in Rome To Be Restored Gladiator School in Rome To Be Rest... Published on Friday, June 12, 2015 by
    Rome’s gladiator barracks, part of the city’s famous Colosseum, may soon be accessible to the public—thanks, in part, to the Kuwaiti government. An ancient tunnel linking those training chambers to the main arena could be restored with funds from a multi-million dollar grant from ...
  • Stolen Artifacts Returned from US to Italy Stolen Artifacts Returned from US t... Published on Sunday, June 7, 2015 by
    Twenty five artifacts that had been wrongfully acquired from their Italian sources were returned by U.S. officials.  The pieces include vases, frescoes, and sculpture, some of which museums, universities, and private collectors had earlier turned over to authorities when their provenance...
  • Casts of Pompeii Victims Show Horror Casts of Pompeii Victims Show Horro... Published on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by
    Last week, the exhibit Pompeii and Europe: 1748-1943 opened at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, in collaboration with the Pompeii archaeological site.  A noteworthy portion of the exhibit will be 86 plaster casts painstakingly restored from the ash-encased human remains recov...
  • Steve’s Travel Tips: Packing for Italy (Video) Steve’s Travel Tips: Packing ... Published on Monday, June 1, 2015 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. In this video, I'm talking about a hot topic that travelers are always asking me about!  How to pack for ...
  • Reach Out and Touch A Roman Town Reach Out and Touch A Roman Town Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by
    If you’ve ever wished you could travel in a time machine, Duke University researchers are about to grant that wish. At the end of May, the Museo Civica Reggio Emilia will debut an exhibit that allows visitors to see what Reggio Emilia, a town in the region of Emilia-Romagna,  would have...
  • A Coke, A Smile and An Italian Hilltop A Coke, A Smile and An Italian Hill... Published on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by
    The final episode of AMC’s celebrated series Mad Men  had its finale in an iconic cultural moment that was filmed, not in California (as you might believe), but on a hilltop near Rome! The 1971 Coca-Cola television commercial in which people from around the world sang a jingle about l...
  • Italian Blue Waters Get Prestigious Blue Flags Italian Blue Waters Get Prestigious... Published on Friday, May 15, 2015 by
    The International Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) has once again given Italy the highest number of Blue Flag beaches, bringing Italy's total to 280. The Blue Flag designation means that a beach meets the organization’s high eco-standards for cleanliness and sustainability...
  • Restoration at Selinunte Restoration at Selinunte Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by
    Italy and ancient architecture go together like pasta and marinara sauce—but as frequent travelers know, not all ancient architecture in Italy was built by its natives. The ruins at Paestum on the Tyrrhenian Sea were once a major Greek city; now the area’s three beautifully preserved G...
  • Firm Footing for Rome’s Colosseum Firm Footing for Rome’s Colos... Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by
    Visitors to Rome's Colosseum will once again be able to walk in the footsteps of the gladiators. Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini announced that he will approve putting the floor back in the iconic amphitheater. "Rebuilding the arena of the Colosseum, taking it back to the way it ...
  • The Stars Are Out In Italy The Stars Are Out In Italy Published on Sunday, May 3, 2015 by
    Stars are twinkling brightly in Italy right now—at least stars of the movie variety. Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Justin Bieber are all in country this week, and giving the paparazzi plenty of photo opps. Bieber, the new kid on these cobblestoned streets, plays a male model in Ben Stille...