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4 Italian Basilicas You Should Know

4 Italian Basilicas You Should Know

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 5 2016

A monastery and a basilica are not the same thing, though we tend to conflate them.

monastery is a place where religious clergy devote their lives in isolation. Think of cloistered monks and nuns living in seclusion. A monastery has no public functions.

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Topics: architecture, art, church, history

Where is the Largest European Art Collection?

Where is the Largest European Art Collection?

Posted by Mira Todorova on July 31 2016

The world's largest church is at the Vatican, of course, but you may be surprised to learn the location of Europe's largest art collection.

If you said Florence or Paris, you'd be wrong. The Vatican Museums house the largest number of artworks in Europe with more than 65,000 pieces.

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Topics: architecture, art, Rome, church, history, the Vatican

6 Must-See Italian Monasteries

6 Must-See Italian Monasteries

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on July 29 2016

The Catholic Church's central role in Italy's history and culture means that the entire country is brimming with extraordinary churches and other religious institutions, most of them centuries old.

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Topics: architecture, art, church, medieval, history

Pope Francis' Favorite Foods Revealed in Vatican Cookbook

Pope Francis' Favorite Foods Revealed in Vatican Cookbook

Posted by Darya Camacci on May 13 2016

What does the Pope eat?

You'll find lots of tidbits about the last three popes' eating habits in the new English translation of "The Vatican Cookbook," as well as details about what it's like to live and dine in the world's smallest country.

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Topics: italian culture, italian food, Rome, church

Easter in Italy: Dancing, Ceremonies and Celebrations

Easter in Italy: Dancing, Ceremonies and Celebrations

Posted by Mira Todorova on March 20 2016

In Italy, where the Catholic church has a unique standing, Easter (Pasqua) is celebrated like nowhere else.

If you visit at that time, you’ll discover an eclectic mix of rituals and ceremonies taking place in towns, villages and cities. These celebrations are second only to Christmas in Italy in gaiety and religious significance .

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Topics: Insider, Groups and Family Tours, italian culture, italian food, church

These Italian Churches Can't Be Missed

These Italian Churches Can't Be Missed

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on March 6 2016

Italy is justifiably famous for its natural beauty, compelling history, sumptuous foods and elegant culture. It’s also home to fascinating and magnificent churches and cathedrals, some of them the most famous in the world.

If you plan to visit Italy, we can guarantee you will see captivating churches. Even for seasoned travelers experienced in the majestic sights of Europe, churches in Italy are like nothing you’ve seen anywhere in the Old World.

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Topics: italian culture, architecture, travel, church, medieval, history