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Want to see Rome? Take a buddy in your pocket!

Want to see Rome? Take a buddy in your pocket! | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
iDotto, an audio guide that is like a little travel buddy to accompany you through the city in your pocket and make your life or visit to Rome a lot easier. A useful app for tourists visiting Rome.
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Cyclopride Day 2014 - Coming Soon to Milan and Palermo -

Cyclopride Day 2014 - Coming Soon to Milan and Palermo - | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Cyclopride, an Italian association working to promote the joys of cycling in Italy, has organized two CycloPride Day cycle rides on May 11, 2014. One takes place in Milan, which is where I live, and the other is in Palermo in sunny Sicily.

The Milan CycloPride Day involves a 16 kilometre (just under 10 miles) cycle ride around the centre of the city starting from Piazza Castello. While the main ride starts at 11am, the get-together begins at 9am with all those taking part picking up their event bibs and bike bags. Don’t worry, it’s not a cycle race! [...]

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The Best Travel Apps to Use in Italy

The Best Travel Apps to Use in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Traveling to Italy and enjoying its gems has never been easier… thanks to your smartphone! With our list of best travel apps, you’ll avoid getting lost, find restaurants where the locals eat and learn key words and phrases right at your fingertips. Many of the apps are available on all platforms (Apple iOS, Google Play, Android) and don’t need an internet connection to function, so you can forget about expensive roaming costs while traveling abroad.

Italy Travel Guide

ProntoTreno

Uffizi Art History Guide

LingoLook

Word Reference

Cibando

Foodies

Eat Rome, Eat Florence and Eat Venice

TripAdvisor

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Travel Guide: Lisa eats Bagni Di Lucca and beyond

Travel Guide: Lisa eats Bagni Di Lucca and beyond | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Bagni di Lucca and its surrounds is one of my favorite areas in Tuscany. Here the terrain is full of impossibly picturesque hilltop towns, wild valleys and most importantly top quality local produce.

Bagni di Lucca is a tiny spa town nestled in the Serchio Valley, approximately 25 kilometres from Lucca. The town has been famed since its Roman and Etruscan days for its thermal springs and during the French occupation became the summer residence of the court of Napoleon and his sister Elisa Baciocchi. [...]

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This is for you Teri!  

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Firenze Madre | Florentine singers release video homage to their hometown

Firenze Madre di Riccardo Azzurri


Firenze madre, you make me smile
Firenze madre, you are paradise
In front of your monuments, hearts dream
And for this reason I sing; I sing for you…


Firenze madre, Firenze Viola 
Your people win; they’re no longer alone
And along your streets, so many great loves are still born today,
For this reason I sing; I sing for you, I sing for you.


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Turin: A Chocolate Heaven

Turin: A Chocolate Heaven | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

 Turin has been the chocolate heart of Europe since the 17th century, where the first hot chocolate, chocolate houses and chocolate spread were invented.

The shortage of cocoa due to the Napoleonic war pushed the Piedmontese chocolate makers to be creative and experiment with new textures and flavors. By simply adding the local hazelnut meal to their chocolates, gianduiotto (named after the Commedia dell’Arte character symbol of Turin: Gianduia), the traditional Turin chocolate, was born. [...]

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Lucca, Italy | Top 10 International Locations To House Sit

Lucca, Italy | Top 10 International Locations To House Sit | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Known historically for its production of fine silks and even finder olive oil Lucca is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. A picturesque medieval town full of cobbled streets, quaint churches, art galleries and piazzas just waiting to be discovered, this is great place to walk a mile in a the shoes of a local resident.

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Take a City Break in Verona With this Handy Guide

Take a City Break in Verona With this Handy Guide | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Italy Chronicles contributor, Lorenza Bacino has been on her Italy travels again. Last time she sampled Turin, this time round she explored Verona. April 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of the bir...
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Top Sights and Attractions in Verona
  • Piazza delle Erbe
  • Piazza dei Signori
  • Lamberti Tower
  • Juliet's House, Balcony, and Statue
  • Roman Theater and Archeological Museum
  • Duomo di Verona - the Cathedral Complex
  • Castelvecchio - Castle and Museum
  • Roman Arena
  • Piazza Bra
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La Grande Bellezza in Rome | Castel Sant’Angelo

La Grande Bellezza in Rome | Castel Sant’Angelo | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Castel Sant'Angelo (or The Mausoleum of Hadrian), reigning over the banks of the river Tiber, is a familiar and majestic monument on the Rome city skyline. Today it’s a national museum and famed attraction but its history is far from serene. As a Roman tomb, a Renaissance prison and key military fortress for the Vatican, Castel Sant’Angelo is like a layer cake containing over 1,800 years of bloody, turbulent history. [...]

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The hidden gems in the heart of Rome

The hidden gems in the heart of Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

To find the pulse of Rome, stray off the typical tourist path and you will be happily surprised.
STAND within the Colosseum’s massive bowl, and you can practically hear the roar of the ancient crowd. But to capture the sounds of today’s Rome, it’s best to get away from the flurry of tourists and settle into a quaint trattoria like Da Tonino, where everyone within its rustic walls chatters away in Italian.
No sign outside announces the restaurant; my wife and I dined there courtesy of a local’s tip. And that cloaked quality was precisely its appeal.
Hidden gems – ignored by the guidebooks, well off the tourist path – await in nearly every nook of this wondrous city. Of course, visitors should crane their necks at the Vatican, sip espresso at an open-air bar in Piazza Navona and climb the Spanish Steps. But in a place with a history so long and rich that it is dubbed “the Eternal City”, only one approach seems plausible: peel away the layers, savouring each one, to get a deeper sense of the place.[...]

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  • Cul De Sac - winebar
  • Jewish Ghetto
  • Villa d’Este
  • Dagnino - pastry shop
  • ‘Monumental Cemetery’
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La Costa dei Trabocchi: Discovering Abruzzo's Fishing Tradition

La Costa dei Trabocchi: Discovering Abruzzo's Fishing Tradition | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Discovering Abruzzo Fishing Tradition along the Costiera dei Trabocchi
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5 must-see places in Perugia’s city center

5 must-see places in Perugia’s city center | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Which are the places you must visit in Perugia? Marina gives you a list of 5 places you have not to be missed
  • Fontana Maggiore (Maggiore Fountain)
  • Palazzo dei Priori (Priori’s Palace)
  • Rocca Paolina (Paolina fortress)
  • Giardini Carducci (Carducci gardens)
  • Scalette e Chiesa di Sant’Ercolano (St. Ercolano’s stairs and Church)
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conseils touristiques en Italie

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Viaggio in Italia: Abruzzo e Molise, Solitude and Beauty on middle-ground

Viaggio in Italia: Abruzzo e Molise, Solitude and Beauty on middle-ground | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Travel with Swide to find out the highlights of Italy: this time we take you to Abruzzo and Molise, two Regions that brings beauty and nature to a whole new level, each in different ways.
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How to prepare for your trip to Italy | Jet Lag Advice, Passports and Keeping Safe

How to prepare for your trip to Italy | Jet Lag Advice, Passports and Keeping Safe | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

There are many steps you can take prior to leaving that will make your trip more enjoyable and successful.  I talked about getting into shape and making sure your feet are taken care:

JET LAG

PASSPORTS AND IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

SAFETY

ACTIVITY

FOOT CARE

MONEY

TRAVEL INSURANCE

COMMUNICATION

TABACCHI SHOPS

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The Ultimate Guide to Touring Milan Part 1: Culture and Sightseeing - Tour Italy Now

The Ultimate Guide to Touring Milan Part 1: Culture and Sightseeing - Tour Italy Now | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
With such as variety of things to do and sights to see, you'll need the ultimate guide to touring Milan! Part 1 will cover culture and sightseeing.
  • Castello Sforzesco
  • Duomo di Milano
  • Santa Maria delle Grazie
  • Parco delle Basiliche (or “Basilicas Park”) - Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio
  • Teatro alla Scala
  • Passeggiata dei Navigli
  • Theater, Il Piccolo!
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Piedmont and the World's 10 Best Trips for Wine Lovers

Piedmont and the World's 10 Best Trips for Wine Lovers | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

There’s nothing quite as enchanting as a vacation in one of the world’s great wine regions, where stunningly beautiful vineyards serve as the perfect backdrop for tasting some of the best vintages available. And while more and more wine destinations seem to sprout up every year, some places will always set the standard for wine lovers. These 10 essential trips will inspire you to explore the wide world of winemaking.

  • STELLENBOSCH - South Africa
  • SONOMA COUNTY - California
  • BURGUNDY - France
  • BAROSSA VALLEY - Australia
  • PIEDMONT - Italy - As if the sumptuous Barolos and Barbarescos produced in Piedmont weren’t reason enough, the area’s high concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants, luxurious hotels, and high-end spas - not to mention scenic vistas with pretty hills at the base of the Alps - are increasingly luring visitors to Le Langhe in northwest Italy. Worthy wine-tasting stops (advance reservations are usually necessary) in Barbaresco include Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy and Produttori del Barbaresco. In Barolo, make a trip to the familial Fratelli Barale, in operation since 1870. Insider Tip: Combine your passions for fine food and wine by visiting in the fall, when white truffles make their coveted (and expensive) appearance in local markets and restaurants.
  • WILLAMETTE VALLEY - Oregon
  • CENTRAL OTAGO - New Zealand
  • LA RIOJA - Spain
  • DOURO VALLEY - Portugal
  • MOSEL VALLEY - Germany
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What You Should Know about Holy Week Traditions in Italy

What You Should Know about Holy Week Traditions in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
With Roman Catholicism being considered as the largest religion in the country, a number of Holy Week traditions in Italy, from practices to rituals still prevail, particularly in the southern regions.
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  • Domenica delle Palme or Palm Sunday
  • Settimana Santa or Holy Week
  • Venerdì Santo or Good Friday
  • Last Supper
  • Via Crucis” or “Way of the Cross”
  • Black Saturday, or Holy Saturday
  • Domenica di Pasqua or Easter Sunday
  • Lunedì di Pasqua or Pasquetta or Easter Monday
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2 of Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter are in Italy

2 of Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter are in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

With the Easter weekend fast approaching you’ll no doubt be weighing up your travel options for this year’s holiday treat. What if you could be offered something different? Something personal, something more suited to a refined taste in travel and experience?

Grand Hotel San Pietro, Sicily, Italy
As the only Relais & Chateaux in Sicily this quiet and beautifully maintained retreat, a few minutes walk from the centre of Taormina town, is encapsulated by the glorious Sicilian flora that flourishes in this part of the World. From the Grand Hotel San Pietro, breathtaking views can be enjoyed over the Mediterranean seas and out to the ‘Isola Bella’ (beautiful island), a small emerald promontory that can only be reached at low-tide via a connecting bridge.
Stay during Holy Week and experience the fascinating Good Friday Procession along the main street Corso Umberto starting at 7pm. On Sunday morning the Holy Easter Mass at 10am in the S.S. Pietro e Paolo Church is just in front of the hotel.

Masseria La Raganella Celeste, Salento, Italy

What better way to celebrate ‘Settimana Santa’ or Holy Week than a trip to Italy and more specifically to the Salento area in Apulia, where this very important religious event is celebrated across the region.
Spend Easter at Masseria La Raganella Celeste, a luxury modern Masseria not far from Lecce, a perfect mix of contemporary design and traditional local craftsmanship. Tucked away in an extensive olive grove, this very spacious and tranquil villa with infinity pool and a plethora of amenities is equipped to offer you a magical holiday.


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Viaggio in Italia: The Unique Coast Of Tuscany and Liguria

Viaggio in Italia: The Unique Coast Of Tuscany and Liguria | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Riviera di Ponente (Coast of the setting sun)

  • San Remo
  • Savona
  • Laigueglia

On the Riviera di Levante (Coast of the rising sun)

  • La Spezia
  • Genoa
  •     Palazzo Reale Museum
  •     Aquarium
  • Cinque Terre
  • Camogli,
  • Porto Venere
  • Portofino

Lunigiana

  • Pontremoli
  • Ponticello
  • Sarzana
  • Caprigliola
  • Madonna degli Angeli
  • Follonica
  • Porto Ercole
  • Orbetello.
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Traditional Tuscan Food

Traditional Tuscan Food | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
From pecorino sheep's cheese to truffles; traditional Tuscan food is some of the best regional cuisine in Italy. See our list of dishes to try in Tuscany.
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Top 5 Designer Italian Wineries

Top 5 Designer Italian Wineries | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
They call them the cellars of the "archistars", and there is no doubt that that's what Renzo Piano, Mario Botta, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Cini Boeri and Marco Casamonti's Archaea are. Here is how they interpreted among the most famous wineries in Italy.
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Cycling from Venice to Ferrara

Cycling from Venice to Ferrara | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Venice, one of the most romantic city in the world is just few km away from Emilia Romagna region.

Actually with the high speed train is only 1h15min far from Bologna, but today we would like to present you a very special itinerary, perfect for the cycling lovers and ad hoc to enjoy the spring time.

Reaching Ferrara in the Po river delta from Venice is not that difficult, and suitable for almost everyone as the level route is mainly along minor roads.[...]

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Vatican to Digitize 41 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts

Vatican to Digitize 41 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
What happens when a wide swath of history — previously only explored by white-gloved librarians and erudite historians — is made available to anyone with a solid internet connection? 

Thanks to the Pope, we’ll soon find out. The Vatican Apostolic Library has announced it will digitize all 82,000 manuscripts in its 135 collections with the help of a Japanese IT company. That’s 41 million pages spanning nearly 2,000 years of church history that will soon be clickable, zoomable, and presumably, printable. When all is said and done, you’ll be able to read the Psalms handwritten across13th-century vellum on your iPhone — so long as you speak ancient Greek. [...]

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Dave Sumner at Dave Sumner.com's curator insight, April 11, 1:42 PM

This is an amazing announcement for anyone interested in writing, reading, or world history. This collection contains one of the earliest surviving examples of a Roman text. I don't read ancient Greek, but I'm looking forward to some of the 41 million pages of world history becoming public and, I am sure, translated into many languages.

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Cycling Emilia Romagna

Discovering Emilia Romagna by bike.  http://www.facebook.com/CyclingEmiliaRomagna


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April Fools' Day: Berlusconi to Buy Pompeii

April Fools' Day: Berlusconi to Buy Pompeii | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italy’s culture minister has confirmed that ex-Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is to buy the historic site of Pompeii near Naples in Italy.

“Negotiations are at a advanced stage”, said minister Franceschino who went on to state that the sale should be completed by mid-April this year.

Full details of the Berlusconi Pompeii purchase deal have yet to emerge, though Italy’s press is reporting that the agreed price was somewhere in the region of €7 million.

The sale of one of Italy’s most well known tourist attractions is part of a plan to reduce Italy’s crippling level of national debt by selling off most of the nation’s artistic heritage. [...]

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Top 5 places to visit via water taxi in Venice

Top 5 places to visit via water taxi in Venice | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

There’s nothing like taking a private water taxi service in Venice to many of the key destinations around the island and the outlying islands. Water taxis are the luxury limousines of Venice with beautifully crafted wooden ships, leather upholstered interiors and rich details. Not only are you getting off quickly to various locations around Venice, [...] click on the photo to read more

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