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  • Venice Celebrating Tintoretto’s 500th Birthday Venice Celebrating Tintoretto’... Published on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by
    Venice is gearing up to celebrate Tintoretto’s 500th birthday all year, with the main event on Sept. 7. The painter, whose real name was Jacopo Robusti, was born in Venice in 1518, though his exact birthdate is unknown. The months-long celebration will include special events around the c...
  • Gucci Garden Opens In Florence Gucci Garden Opens In Florence Published on Monday, January 29, 2018 by
    Gucci recently opened Gucci Garden, an experiential retail space in Florence dedicated to promoting the brand and its history. The concept is located in a 14th-century palazzo and comprises three floors. On the ground floor is a boutique with items exclusive to Gucci Garden – includin...
  • In Florence, Cosimo’s Bathroom Opens To Public In Florence, Cosimo’s Bathroo... Published on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by
    At the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, a newly restored bathroom used by Cosimo I de’ Medici – called the Comodo di Cosimo – is now open to the public. More like a spa than a bathroom, the Renaissance-era Comodo di Cosimo features a large stone bathtub, a hydraulic system used to he...
  • Italian National Anthem Legally Named Italian National Anthem Legally Nam... Published on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by
    After 71 years of retaining unofficial status, the Italian senate has legally adopted the Italian national anthem as the national song. Officially called Il Canto degli Italiani, the song is colloquially known as L’Inno di Mameli (Mameli’s Hymn) after its writer, or Fratelli d’Itali...
  • Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Italy Celebrating New Year’s Eve in... Published on Thursday, December 28, 2017 by
    Spending New Year's Eve (Capodanno)  in Italy can be as much a cultural experience as a celebration. Italians have very particular ways that they say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new one: Natale con I tuoi, Capodanno con chi vuoi. This  Italian expression sums up the h...
  • Steve’s Travel Tips: New Year’s Eve in Italy (Video) Steve’s Travel Tips: New Year... Published on Saturday, December 23, 2017 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'd love to share my tips for New Year's Eve in Italy. The Italians have some very specific...
  • New Trajan Exhibit in Rome New Trajan Exhibit in Rome Published on Monday, December 11, 2017 by
    Rome’s popular 13th emperor is getting a new exhibit detailing his life and legacy, in time for the 1900th anniversary of his death. Trajan, who ruled the Roman Empire from 98 to 117 A.D., was referred to as the optimus princeps (the best ruler) by the senate at the time. He is most know...
  • Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester To Go On Display in Florence Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester To Go ... Published on Thursday, December 7, 2017 by
    After 22 years, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester manuscript is  going on display in Italy. Considered one of Da Vinci’s most important scientific manuscripts, the 72-page notebook published in 1510 contains a collection of writings and drawings from the artist and scientist. His n...
  • Belluno Is Most Livable Place in Italy Belluno Is Most Livable Place in It... Published on Sunday, December 3, 2017 by
    Business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore has named Belluno at the top of its annual livability ranking of 110 Italian provinces. The province, located in the region of Veneto just north of Venice, was lauded for its overall quality of life and for its tourism industry and growing manufacturing a...
  • Steve’s Italy Travel Tips: Christmas in Italy (Video) Steve’s Italy Travel Tips: Ch... Published on Thursday, November 30, 2017 by
    I’m Steve Perillo of Perillo Tours. I'm thrilled to host 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 Christmas in Italy, traveling to Italy for Christmas, Ita...
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