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In Their Shoes: Federico Fellini’s Rome

Legendary Italian director Federico Fellini infused The Eternal City with his very own brand of fantastical fun. Here are some of the spots that Fellini made famous in Rome.<p>To the outside world, Italy’s capital city is a bastion of beauty and sophistication. And while legendary Italian director …

The One Dish to Eat in Venice

Don’t leave Venice without trying this classic dish. Plus: how to eat it, how to order, how to pay, and some useful dos and don’ts.<p><b>You can't leave Venice without eating…</b><p><i>Sardèle in saòr.</i> A small dish of fried sardines marinated in white onions, vinegar, raisins, and pine nuts, <i>sardèle in saòr</i> is type …

How to Tip at a Restaurant in Rome and other Dining Etiquette

The Best Restaurants in Rome Tourists Don't Know About

Instead of falling into the same tourist traps, why not follow a local's lead—straight to the best restaurants in Rome.<p>When I see innocent tourists in Rome fawning over frozen pizza and generic gelato, I just want to take them by their t-shirts, scrub their sticky, tiramisu-covered fingertips, and …

How to Get Around Venice By Boat

Consider navigating the waterways of Venice via vaporetto or as the the captain of your own boat.<p>There are a number of ways to explore the waterways and islands of the lagoon: The public vaporetto system is the easiest and most cost-effective; buy a one-, three-, or seven-day unlimited rides pass …

Is this the greatest reason to visit Tuscany?

What is the Siena Palio?<p>It’s perhaps Italy’s most famous annual sporting event. But Siena’s Palio is as much about pageantry, civic identity and Sienese pride as it is about a bareback horse race that lasts, on average, just 75 seconds.<p>Held in honour of the Virgin Mary, the race takes place twice a …

Veronese: on the trail of the artist in Verona and Venice

The golden age of Venetian art lasted just over a century - from about 1460 until 1590. From the serene altarpieces of Bellini and the charming narratives of Carpaccio, to the intensity of Titian and the drama of Tintoretto, the city produced painters of astonishing quality, whose frescos and …

Explore Italy’s art masterpieces

Italy hosts such a rich variety of historical art pieces it is almost overwhelming to the novice art-appreciator.<p>You can see many of Italian art’s greatest hits in a single day if you want to shuffle along behind everyone else at the Vatican, but this is a recipe for Stendhal syndrome: an arguably …

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Romantic gondola ride on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy. #Venice is built on an archipelago of 117 islands formed by 177 canals in a shallow lagoon, connected by 409 bridges. Photo by @ExtremeNature http://bit.ly/1g2yg6d

Made in Italy: Venice

“This story of Italian artisans is one of valuables and values” writes Isabella Brega, author of the following article adapted from <i>Traveler</i>‘s Italian edition, <i>Touring</i>. The hallmarks of this artisanal tradition—creativity, innovation, craftsmanship—go back at least 3,000 years, to when Etruscans …

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The perfect trip: Italy

A new take on the Grand Tour proves that the country’s treasures remain as rewarding as ever.<p>The Grand Tour was a European cultural jaunt focused on Italy that became part of the education of 18th-century high society. We offer a new take on the trip, proving that the country’s treasures remain as …

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Living in: Milan

Italy’s capital of fashion and finance is one of the country’s most multicultural and diverse cities, with a stimulating rhythm that never gets too stressful.<p>Italy’s capital of fashion and finance, Milan is the place where business gets done – and everyone looks incredibly good while doing it. The …

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Rome attractions: what to see and do in spring

Parks and gardens<p><b>The American Academy Gardens</b><p>On Janiculum Hill, these 11 acres of gardens comprise mainly of the Villa Aurelia and Bass Gardens. Since the adoption of organic cultivation methods in 1992, 12 species of butterflies have made the gardens their home, as well as hedgehogs, robins, blue …

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

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Off the beaten track in Rome

From the Colosseum to the Sistine Chapel, Rome's headline acts need no introduction. But away from these historic crowd-pleasers, there are a host of lesser-known sights and neighbourhoods waiting to be discovered. Here's a selection of our favourites.<p>Chiesa di Santa Prassede<p>The interior of the …

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Finally: Italy to Limit Cruise-Ship Traffic in Venice

The Italian government announced that it will begin limiting cruise ship traffic in Venice.<p>Good news for tourists who want photos of gondolas, not cruise ships, when they visit Venice (so, everyone who visits Venice). The Italian government announced that it will begin limiting ship traffic in the …

Ancient Italy: alternatives to Pompeii

The buried city of Pompeii always grabs the headlines — and the tourist hordes. But it wasn’t the only place overwhelmed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. That is something worth remembering if, inspired by the new exhibition at the British Museum, you are thinking of travelling out to see the …