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Friday
Sep062013

SCILLA

Scilla is a seaside town in Calabria located on the Purple Coast (Costa Viola), part of the Reggio Calabria province. It is the traditional site of the sea monster Scylla of Greek mythology, mentioned in Homer's Odyssey, and a tourist destination resort located on the Strait of Messina, (more)

Saturday
Aug172013

ELBA AND THE TUSCAN ARCHIPELAGO

Elba is a green oasis within the Tuscan Archipelago, an island of endless horizons: crystal clear water, sundry beaches, granite rocks, stories of people blessed by the sun. It is the third largest island in Italy, after Sicily and Sardinia, and it is part of the province of Livorno. Each of the hundreds of beaches (more)

Saturday
Aug102013

CAGLIARI

Sardinia’s largest city and its capital for centuries, Cagliari is a heaven for tourists. Like most Italian cities it offers succulent food, art, culture, and entertainment but it also offers one of the most beautiful bays of the Mediterranean, a five-mile-long beach with fine sand and (more)

Friday
Aug022013

THE UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY PARK OF BAIAE

If you are a diver, if you love swimming through ancient ruins, you should visit the underwater Archaeology Park of Baiae, a Roman seaside resort on the Bay of Naples larger than Pompeii. If you do not snorkle or scuba-dive, you can see it with a glass-bottomed boat called Cymba. There are massive piers that protect Portus Julius; the luxurious Piso VillaProtiro Villa with a road and a taberna; the Villa below the (more)

Friday
Jul262013

TIPS FOR YOUR VENICE TRIP

By Maria Liberati -  Every year millions of people postpone the doldrums of the everyday grind by penciling in a much-needed retreat into their already hectic schedules. Down to an art form, the all too familiar feeling of getting the most out of our mini-holiday, sometimes, seems as stressful as the detailed (more)

Saturday
Jul202013

VAL GARDENA

Val Gardena, in the province of Bolzano, is a world-renowned ski-resorts area during winter and the perfect location for hiking and rock climbing during summer. The “king of the eight-thousanders” Reinhold Messner has conquered all the highest mountains but he has a special attraction for the Dolomites (more)

Sunday
Jul142013

PERUGIA

By Maria Liberati - Once you enter the walls of Perugia, you will have traversed into a land enclosing some of the most alluring and beauteous Italian art, history, and modern life. To (more)

Friday
Jul122013

ISCHIA

The most beautiful island in the center of Italy, Ischia is a volcanic paradise renowned worldwide for its curative spas and natural hot springs. It lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples with its 21 miles of varied coastlinegeysersvolcanic mudthermal spasfertile lush valleys (more)

Friday
Jul122013

SAN GIMIGNANO

San Gimignano is a small town that can truly take you back to the Middle Ages: high towers, quaint squares with wells and fountains, narrow winding streets, Romanesque churches, palaces, it is truly an unforgettable place. San Gimignano is in the province of Siena, 35 miles south of Florence, in the (more)

Friday
Jul122013

MEDICI VILLAS AND GARDENS IN TUSCANY

One more Italian site made the Unesco World Heritage list: Medici Villas and Gardens in TuscanyTwelve villas and two pleasure gardens spread across the Tuscan country side make up this site which bears testimony to the influence the Medici family exerted over modern European culture through its (more)

Friday
Jul122013

MOUNT ETNA

By Karen La Rosa - Mount Etna, in eastern Sicily, has just been granted world heritage status by the UNESCO committee that held its meeting in Cambodia this month. UNESCO, United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, gives its highly prized designation and financial support to (more)

Friday
Jul122013

SAINT PATRICK'S OLD CATHEDRAL

The corner stone of Old St. Patrick's – New York City’s first Cathedral Church - was laid on June 8, 1809. It was dedicated on May 14, 1815, and on that day the New York Gazette described the cathedral as "a grand and beautiful church, which may justly be considered one of the greatest ornaments of our city." Designed by architect Joseph Francois Mangin, St. Patrick's has great dignity and character in its restrained simplicity. Her sidewalls rise to a height of 75 feet, and the inner vault is 85 feet high. The church is over 120 (more)
Friday
Jul122013

ST. PATRICK'S WELL

You may have said "It's like digging St. Patrick's Well" sometimes in your life, meaning you are not getting anywhere because the well is unbelievably deep. In Italy you hear people saying “I am not St. Patrick's Well” meaning that they do not have an inexhaustible means of funds. The Pozzo di San Patrizio (St. Patrick's Well) is a real well in Orvieto, Umbria, central Italy. (more)
Friday
Jul122013

REBURYING THE GLADIATOR

In 2008, the tomb of general Marcus Nonius Macrinus was discovered close to Rome. He was the Roman general who inspired Russell Crowe’s character in Gladiator. In the movie he loses his family and is sold as a slave while in real life our general becomes a rich and famous man. (more)