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Oh Venus How He Longs to be Thee
By Diane Hirsch
It’s probably Sandro Botticelli’s most recognized painting— Venus standing naked in a clam shell, two angels on one side and her maiden, ready to dress her, on the other. The Birth of Venus, painted by Botticelli in 1486, hangs in the famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Last week, a 25-year old Spanish tourist stripped naked... [Read more]
The Roman Colosseum Gets a Facelift
If you are planning a trip to Rome, be prepared to see a new look for the Colosseum– scaffolding. A three-phase restoration project has cloaked the iconic landmark in metal tubing, giving it a strange hybrid look of antiquity meets modern. The project, which had been delayed for three years by consumer associations and trade unions, finally began... [Read more]
The Voice of Italy …. is a nun ?
Last night, on the Italian TV RAI 2, there was the second episode of the talent show named “The Voice of Italy”.
It’s the same TV format of the US edition “The Voice”. In this Italian edition, the four coaches are four famous Italian singers: Noemi, Pierò Pelù, J-AX and Raffaella Carrà
This episode was a “blind... [Read more]
“Sicilian Space Program” launched a Cannolo in the Space!
The “Cannolo” , the typical pastry of Sicily, was sent in the stratosphere in an experiment made by a group of young sicilians with a great sense of humour.
These young guys acted as real spacecraft engineers of the homemade “Sicilian Space Program” and built a ‘Cannolo Transporter’ equipped with a GPS tracker... [Read more]
Escape from Winter
By Diane Hirsch
Looking out my window at all the snow and ice, I can’t help but wonder if winter will ever end.
The northeastern part of the U.S. has been particularly cold and snowy this winter, giving me a serious case of the winter blues.
It’s colder here than in Sochi, Russia where the winter Olympics are taking place.
I used to like winter,... [Read more]
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Six Italian Cities Make the Short List for European Capital of Culture 2019
Representatives from 21 Italian cities waited with bated breath in Rome last week as the finalists for the European Capital of Culture 2019 were announced.
In the end six cities made the short list—Cagliari, Lecce, Matera, Perugia-Assisi, Ravenna and Siena.
There is good reason for these towns to be proud: competing against so many other noteworthy... [Read more]
Broken Finger, Broken Rule
The Difference between Tourists and Travelers
We received this article from Maria one of our readers and we liked it.
When it comes to traveling, I’ll be the first to admit that I am a bit of a snob, for I consider myself not a tourist, but a traveler. To me, the word tourist has certain connotations, all of them negative.
I think the main difference... [Read more]
by Maria .
Vacation time is just around the corner. No matter where you go, you will surely come home with a souvenir. These little trinkets serve to remind us of the good times we had with loved ones, a visit to a far-away place and maybe even new friends we made. Sometimes they hold a special meaning only to us that no one else can see.... [Read more]
Language & Cultural Immersion Tour in Matera: Sept. 14th – 21st.
Immerse yourself in the the Italian language and revel in the culture of the Matera!
This unique Linguistic and Cultural Immersion is a custom designed experience which will give each participant the opportunity to study and practice Italian while exploring the city, its food, wines, art and traditions with experienced teachers and guides.
The... [Read more]
ValorePaese: Historical Buildings for Tourist Accomodation
“ValorePaese“ is a project for the development and the efficient management of real estate assets owned by the State and local authorities. The project, promoted by the “Agenzia del Demanio” (State Property Agency) in collaboration with Ance and Invitalia, involves unused or under-utilized properties that have strong strategic value.
In exchange... [Read more]
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