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10 Reasons to Visit the Land of Motors in Italy

10 Reasons to Visit the Land of Motors in Italy

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on June 10 2016

In the Land of Motors, prominent residents include Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati, Maserati, Di Tomaso, Stanguellini and Pagani, which makes the Huayra, a handmade million-dollar vehicle that can go as fast as 230 miles an hour.

You can visit showrooms and museums to learn the history of these legendary luxury sports cars, coveted around the world for their beauty and speed, in the Emilia-Romagna region near Tuscany.

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Topics: Insider, Groups and Family Tours, italian culture, history

Summer 2016 Art Exhibitions in Italy

Summer 2016 Art Exhibitions in Italy

Posted by Darya Camacci on May 29 2016

Italy's cities are singular monuments to the canons of Western art and architecture.

Rome, Florence, Assisi, Venice, Siena, Pisa and Naples are all world renowned, but with 20,000 historical cities and towns, there is plenty for art lovers to enjoy.

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Topics: italian culture, Florence, art, history

World War II Heroes Who Gave their Lives on Italian Battlefields

World War II Heroes Who Gave their Lives on Italian Battlefields

Posted by Darya Camacci on May 22 2016

Italy has several cemeteries, memorials and monuments that honor American servicemen who contributed to liberating the country from the Nazi grip during World War II.

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Topics: sicily, Florence, history

5 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo’s David

5 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo’s David

Posted by Mira Todorova on May 6 2016

Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze is probably the world's most well-known sculpture. Michelangelo sculpted his masterpiece, based on the biblical story of David and Goliath, in 1501, at the age of 25.

However, there are a few things about the famous statue that you may not know.

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Topics: David, Florence, art, history, Tuscany

Magical Murano: Island of Glass

Magical Murano: Island of Glass

Posted by Darya Camacci on April 29 2016

 Being a ninth century glassmaker and belonging to a brand new industry in Venice gave you a privileged position, except for one thing.

You could not leave the island where you worked. Ever.

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Topics: Insider, italian culture, art, northern Italy, history, Venice

For Renaissance Art, Catch 3D Movie Set in Florence

For Renaissance Art, Catch 3D Movie Set in Florence

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 17 2016

A documentary that brings Florence's art and architecture to life is being shown in small arthouse theaters across the country.

"Florence and the Uffizi Gallery: A journey into the heart of the Renaissance" has a new twist on the documentary form: It's in 3D and ultra-high resolution 4K.  

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Topics: architecture, Florence, art, history, Tuscany

Super Tuscan Wines: From Table Fare to International Fame

Super Tuscan Wines: From Table Fare to International Fame

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 15 2016

It’s hard to believe that Super Tuscan wines were once considered low quality wines, unworthy of being labeled anything above a table wine.

Today these reds are some of the most well-known and prized Italian wines. They hold a special place among all wine connoisseurs for their high quality and full-bodied taste.

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Topics: Italian Wine, italian culture, northern Italy, history, Tuscany

Chianti: The Pride of Tuscany

Chianti: The Pride of Tuscany

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 8 2016

Chianti is the name of a red wine and also the largest zone in the world famous Italian wine region, Tuscany. 

Once served in straw bottles as table wine, Chianti can cost as little as $10 or as much as $365 for the more vintage Chianti wines. Wine lovers know this region well, for it’s also the home of Montepulciano and Montalcino wines, as well as Super Tuscan wines. 

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Topics: Italian Wines, custom tours, history, Tuscany

Venice's Caffè Florian: Almost 300 and Still Up Late

Venice's Caffè Florian: Almost 300 and Still Up Late

Posted by Darya Camacci on March 27 2016

 On St. Mark’s Square in Venice stands a cultural landmark, Caffè Florian.

 Established in 1720, it is the oldest coffeehouse in Venice, and possibly in Europe. It was originally named “Triumphant Venice (Alla Venezia Trionfante)” but ultimately became known as Florian’s, after its owner, Floriano Francesconi.

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Topics: Italian Wine, italian culture, italian food, art, history, coffee, Venice

Jubilee of Mercy Ends This Fall 2016

Jubilee of Mercy Ends This Fall 2016

Posted by Mira Todorova on March 11 2016

Many events are scheduled in Rome for the Jubilee year.

A jubilee is a holy year in the Catholic Church that takes place every 15 years, based on the Old Testament Jewish tradition of having a time for forgiveness every 50 years. Many events are planned throughout the Jubilee of Mercy, and if you can travel to Rome, you can attend a Jubilee Mass with the Pope.

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Topics: italian culture, travel, Rome, history