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  • Italy Gains Two UNESCO World Heritage Site Designations Italy Gains Two UNESCO World Herita... Published on Friday, July 28, 2017 by
    Two new sites in Italy have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, bringing the country’s total number of sites to 53, the most in the world. The two sites are the Venetian works of defense, which stretch across the country’s northeast, and a group of 10 ancient beech tree for...
  • Florence Starts Bike Sharing Program Florence Starts Bike Sharing Progra... Published on Monday, July 24, 2017 by
    Florence will begin a “free flow” bike-sharing program on July 24, enabling riders to rent bicycles from anywhere in the city. Unlike traditional bike-sharing programs that require users to visit designated rental stations, Florence’s program will allow riders to rent bikes from anyw...
  • New Rooms Opened at Rome’s Castel Sant’Angelo New Rooms Opened at Rome’s Ca... Published on Thursday, July 20, 2017 by
    Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome has opened previously closed-off spaces, including a series of three rooms known as the Cambellotti Rooms, to the public for the first time, and is also providing new ways for visitors to interact with and understand the historic monument. Guests can access...
  • Rome Turns Off Some Drinking Fountains Rome Turns Off Some Drinking Founta... Published on Friday, July 14, 2017 by
    A summer heat wave is prompting the city of Rome to turn off up to 30 of the city’s 2,800 public drinking fountains every day, much to the Roman public’s dismay. The fountains supply clean – and free – drinking water on street corners and in piazzas around the city, and some are co...
  • First Part of Vasari Corridor Reopens in Florence First Part of Vasari Corridor Reope... Published on Friday, July 7, 2017 by
    The first part of the Vasari Corridor, which connects Palazzo Pitti, the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, has reopened to the public after being closed since 1871. The first part of the corridor links Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery and travels above Via della Ninna. ...
  • Florence Cracking Down on Loitering Tourists Florence Cracking Down on Loitering... Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by
    To discourage tourists from loitering, eating lunch and leaving trash on the steps of two of its most famous churches, Florence street cleaners will hose down the steps and prohibit people from entering the area. The Basilica di Santa Croce, where Michelangelo is buried, and the Chiesa di ...
  • Restoring Rome’s Largest Catacombs Restoring Rome’s Largest Cata... Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017 by
    Restoration teams have given new life to Rome’s largest catacombs using laser technology, and plan to reopen sections of them to the public later this year. The restored part of the Domitilla Catacombs contains 26,250 tombs across four stories and 7.4 miles; the catacombs in their entire...
  • Changes to Carriage Rides in Rome Changes to Carriage Rides in Rome Published on Sunday, June 11, 2017 by
    Rome will no longer allow horse-drawn carriage rides on its cobblestone streets, the city announced last week. When the change goes into effect, carriages will only be permitted in parks and on the grounds of historic villas. Carriage rides are popular with tourists and take them throug...
  • Entrance Fee For St. Mark’s Square in Venice? Entrance Fee For St. Mark’s S... Published on Monday, June 5, 2017 by
    In its latest effort to curtail the crush of tourists that descends upon Venice, the city is considering charging an entry fee to visit St. Mark’s Square. The city will begin by rolling out a system to count the number of visitors in the historic city center at a given point in time and ...
  • Go Green At This Lake Garda Hotel Go Green At This Lake Garda Hotel Published on Thursday, June 1, 2017 by
    A hotel on the banks of Lake Garda has been named the most environmentally friendly hotel in Europe – and with such stunning scenery, it’s no surprise that the hotel would strive to protect its natural surroundings. Travel website TripAdvisor recognized the Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di...
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