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The Top 7 Places to Visit in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

The Emilia-Romagna region of Italy is best known for its Medieval and Renaissance cities and its culinary traditions. While many travelers pass …

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The Sights and Smells of Sicily’s Second City

We stood on the deck of the hulking cargo ship, through the bluster and drizzle in the Strait of Messina, both of us feeling something like sailors docking at an unfamiliar port of call. My new acquaintance, a Genovese Ph.D. student in anthropology named Giacomo, explained to me that he’d rarely …

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A Tour of Small-Town Sicily

The rain lightly pelted my window just as dawn was breaking on the Ionian Sea. I was lying snugly in my hotel bed in Syracuse, the venerable, ancient city on the eastern coast of Sicily. I dozed off for another hour or so before I was awakened once more by morning light through the balcony window. …

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Eat Like a Local in Florence

These friendly, reliable, and supremely delicious restaurants will welcome you as if you were one of the locals who have been in the know for years. …

Forget Rome: New Italian Airline Brings You Closer To Milan And Sexy Sicily

Confession: I love Rome, but I’m not <i>in love</i> with Rome. My relationship with the Italian capital over the years has passed from infatuation to <i>amore</i> to a sort of admiring appreciation—I mean, Eternal City is a tough tagline to beat—but the simple truth is that the city lacks verve. For creative punch …

Why Italy's Bodacious "B-List" Cities Should Be On Your A-List

No, its not just because the pizza you’ll find in Italy’s smaller cities will likely be cheaper than comparable pies in the big touristy ones like Florence and Rome. It’s because to overlook places in Italy off the main tourist track is committing a travel sin of the highest order. Sure, I love …

Ragusa, Sicily Travel Guide

Ragusa is a fascinating town on Italy's island of Sicily. Ragusa's baroque architecture has earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. It's an unusual …

The 13 biggest differences between restaurants in Italy and America

When you plan a trip to Italy, there is a seemingly endless amount of things to do and see, no matter which region you're visiting. But let's be real: everyone knows that the number one thing to do is to eat. Italy is known for its delicious food, cheap wine, and incredible restaurants. Do you …

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2 days in Matera – one of the most picturesque towns of Italy

Situated on the Basilicata Region in Southern Italy is Matera, known for its charming town of cave dwellings carved out of the mountain that look …

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The Best Small Cities to Visit in Italy

Explore these recommendations for best small cities to visit in Italy. If you've visited Italy's top cities or prefer to travel to smaller cities …

Where to Stay in Rome

Here's our selection of best rated hotels in Rome. Click on a link to see the best hotels that fit with where you want to stay in Rome.

Football: An American tragedy

The nation’s favorite pastime is a multibillion dollar industry—carried on the backs of men savaged by its violence<p>No aspect of players’ football lives is more debilitating, controversial, or paradoxical than injuries and their consequences. The media strike a frightening chorus: “The NFL is …

Dark chocolate may be better for you than previously thought

Gut bacteria allows our bodies to ferment both the antioxidants and fiber in cocoa<p>Dark chocolate might pack a double positive punch for our health—thanks to the microbes that live in our gut. New research suggests that beneficial bacteria that reside toward the end of our digestive tract ferment …

Charter-boosters’ ugly civil rights scam: Why their rhetoric is so misleading

<b>Michelle Rhee (Reuters/Hyungwon Kang)</b><p>Corporate education reformers are coopting the politics of race and labor, author Micah Uetricht explains<p>Josh Eidelson<p>March 28, 2014 12:30pm (UTC)<p>“If other sections of the labor movement were to take some cues from the [Chicago Teachers Union] about militant, …

Campus crusaders: Inside the Koch brothers’ plot to transform higher education

The billionaire industrialists have pumped tens of millions into dozens of schools across the country<p>The campus of Koch Brothers Academy spans a nation.<p>Learn about the “role of government institutions in a capitalistic society” at South Carolina’s College of Charleston.<p>Dive into the “integrated …

Florentine Mayor Matteo Renzi to Lead Italy

Matteo Renzi is primed to become Italy's next prime minister—and he's being called a cross between Tony Blair and The Fonz.<p>Italy’s political …

The New Fellini: Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’

Many call the new Italian film The Great Beauty a reinvention of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita for the 21st century, but there’s more to it than that.<p>In …

‘You’ve Got to Be Kidding’: Why Adults Dismissed The Beatles in 1964

Despite The Beatles ruling the pop charts, the general posture of the adult world, in early 1964, was a kind of dismissive indulgence. Boy, were they …

Before the Earthquake Hit: When The Beatles Landed in America

What was America like before February 7, around 1:20 pm, when Pan Am flight 101 from London touched down at the airport recently renamed in honor of …

A Revolution, With Guitars: How The Beatles Changed Everything

It’s been 50 years since The Beatles invaded America and changed, well, everything. What made the boys from Liverpool so unique and so damn great? …

The influence of Michelle Rhee and Chris Christie: Education reformers’ revolving door

<b>Michelle Rhee (AP/Jeff Chiu)</b><p>New group probes connections between for-profit education corporations and federal policymakers<p>Josh Eidelson<p>January 14, 2014 7:23pm (UTC)<p>A new progressive education group, formed to fight business-backed bipartisan education reform consensus, announced Tuesday it was …

Exposing the education “reformers'” big lie: Here’s how progressives — and our kids — beat the corporate establishment

A populist uprising is coming in defense of public schools. Are Democrats on the side of Wall Street or the people?<p>Earlier this month, progressives in the Democratic Party objected vehemently, and rightfully so, to an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal from a Beltway belief tank called Third Way that …

Vouchers’ secret bigotry: How your tax dollars fund anti-LGBT hate

Outraged when you read about a school firing a gay teacher or expelling a gay student? You may be paying for it<p>This is the pattern: Every few weeks or so, a news story appears about an LGBT teacher who was fired by a religious school because of his or her sexuality, or a private school is exposed …

Federal education reform is doomed

<b>(AP/Jacquelyn Martin)</b><p>Arne Duncan and other policymakers must acknowledge that schooling alone cannot create an equity of opportunity<p>Raul Gardea<p>December 13, 2013 12:50pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Next New Deal.<p>Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hastily walked back his comments recently after …

Wall Street is designing the future of public education as a money-making machine

Why are finance types investing in local school board elections? Just follow the money<p>Anna Simonton<p>December 5, 2013 1:59pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet. It has been corrected since it first published.<p>Given that Arthur Rock has a net worth of $1 billion, lives in California and …

Sorry, Michelle Rhee, but our obsession with testing kids is all about money

Rhee, Nicholas Kristof and Arne Duncan exaggerate test results again to advance an ugly anti-public school agenda<p>When President George W. Bush asked the American people, back in 2000, "Is our children learning?" left-leaning people everywhere got a big hoot out of it. Little did they know that the …

Conservatives push secret deal to cut California pensions

If enacted, the proposed law would allow public employers to cut retirement benefits for those currently on the job<p>In a move to slash the retirement benefits of public employees in California, a group of mostly conservative policy advocates has been working behind the scenes on a possible 2014 …

Exposed: Enron billionaire’s diabolical plot to loot worker pensions

How an Enron billionaire, Wall Street and a major “nonpartisan” foundation are quietly robbing American workers<p>In May of 2013, the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report that sounded a frightening alarm. Titled “Retirement Security Across Generations” and widely cited throughout the national …

Promise breakers: Pew trusts is helping to gut public pensions

<b>American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees union member wears their protest message on his shirt while rallying against the proposed pension legislation in Springfield, Ill. (AP/Seth Perlman)</b><p>An effort to reduce benefits has the group’s sterling name on it<p>Gary Cohn<p>September 25, 2013 …

The Rise of the New New Left

Bill de Blasio’s win in New York’s Democratic primary isn’t a local story. It’s part of a vast shift that could upend three decades of American …