Rome and Italy Tidbits

La Maddalena Archipelago National Park

La Maddalena Archipelago National Park

La Maddalena Archipelago National Park The Maddalena Archipelago, comprising 60 islands and islets scattered off the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, was the Region’s first national park, created in 1996. The islands of the archipelago, made of granite and schist rock, form a...
Ex Stabilimento Tonnara Florio di Favignana e Formica

Ex Stabilimento Tonnara Florio di Favignana e Formica

Ex Stabilimento Tonnara Florio di Favignana e Formica The former Florio delle Tonnare plant of Favignana and Formica is an ancient tonnara (a traditional fishing system for catching tuna), one of the largest in the Mediterranean Sea.   It was here that Mr Ignazio Florio, by...
Ponte Vecchio - Florence

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio The symbol of Florence is also the River Arno’s oldest bridge The Ponte Vecchio is a world-famous symbol of Florence and it is also the Arno’s oldest crossing: a bridge has stood in that position – the narrowest part of the river’s urban stretch – since Roman times,...
Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni PERCHED ON A GENTLE HILLTOP, THE 14 TOWERS LEAD US INTO THE PAST Monteriggioni, whose stone halo shines from the top of a hill, is one of the most memorable towns in all of Italy. The town stands illusion-like to travellers wishing to...
Salento beaches

Salento: tour along the most trendy Italian beaches!

Salento: tour along the most trendy Italian beaches! Apulia Region, the “heel” of Italy, where you can enjoy two seas, a wild nature and a VIP movida! These are the 200km more trendy and fashion of all the Italian coasts. The perfect place where to meet celebrities, VIP, actors,...
Cilento - Infreschi

Cilento

Cilento Cilento, terrain in the Region of Campania marked by gently-rolling hills covered in olive trees that see their reflection in the blue of the Tyrhennian, is pure magic and a crossroads between multiple populations and traditions. Traversed by savage torrents and...
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Amalfi Coast and Surrentine Peninsula Hidden Treasures

Amalfi Coast and Surrentine Peninsula Hidden Treasures The Valley of the Mills (Sorrento) In the historic centre of Sorrento nature took possession of an old abandoned place, the Deep Valley of the Mills. The name of this place derives from the existence of a mill functioning...
Italy is the 2nd Healthiest Country in the World

Italy is the 2nd Healthiest Country in the World

Italy is the 2nd Healthiest Country in the World   Italy has one of the most efficient healthcare systems in the world which has actually been getting better and better from year to year. This is great news for Italy’s health Care system. This month, Bloomberg Rankings rated...
dance Italy

Dance Tidbits: Dances of Italy

Dance Tidbits: Dances of Italy When I think of Italy, I think of all the fabulous food that comes out of that country. Most Americans are hooked on Italian cooking, i.e. pizza, pasta and focaccia bread, etc. We have embraced Italian cuisine for centuries in this country. Just...
Civita Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio – What brought Italy’s ‘dying town’ back from the edge of extinction? A tourist toll

Civita di Bagnoregio – What brought Italy’s ‘dying town’ back from the edge of extinction? A tourist toll By charging visitors to enter its crumbling walls, the medieval town of Civita di Bagnoregio has turned the threat of destruction to its advantage. As leaders of some...
top Sardinia beachs

Sardinia’s top 10 beaches: white sands and turquoise waters

Sardinia’s top 10 beaches: white sands and turquoise waters Even in a country where gorgeous beaches are two a penny, the Italians admit that those in Sardinia are particularly bellissima. The island regularly tops polls of the world’s best beaches, with spiagge ranging...
Siena off-the-beaten paths

5 THINGS TO SEE IN SIENA OFF-THE-BEATEN PATHS, OF COURSE

5 THINGS TO SEE IN SIENA OFF-THE-BEATEN PATHS, OF COURSE   Siena off-the-beaten paths Vicolo degli orafi – when you enter this tiny and shady street is like going back directly to the Middle Ages. This used to be the pilgrims’ way inside the heart of Siena and even though...
calcata

CALCATA, A TOWN OF ARTISTS

CALCATA, A TOWN OF ARTISTS The town, considered by many archaeologists to be one of the most important examples of medieval fortified small towns still in existence in Italy, stands on a tuff formation which dates back to the last great eruption of the Vico vulcano which produced...
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Guide to Rome’s underground sites

Guide to Rome’s underground sites Rome has a myriad of underground sites in the centre and in the suburbs, from catacombs and church crypts to ancient Roman villas and pagan temples. Most of these sites are not open to the public on a regular basis, either because they are...
Traditional Easter

Traditional Easter Dishes in Italy

Traditional Easter Dishes in Italy Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring, as decided at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. In Italy Easter is first a religious celebration but it is also celebrated with traditional Easter foods. These can vary...