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Which Italian Travel Destination Next?

Which Italian Travel Destination Next? | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Each region of Italy is unique. Here are tips from Classic Journeys to select the perfect destination for your adventure travel to visit Italy.
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The Italian secret diet in 10 easy rules

The Italian secret diet in 10 easy rules | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Is it possible to stay skinny in the land of Pizza, Pasta & mmmm… Cannoli? Stay as gorgeous as Monica Bellucci? Why obesity is not a major problem in the land of Carbs? This and more diet mysteries are about to be solved in this article!
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10 reasons why Gualtiero Marchesi is the Father of Modern Italian Cuisine

10 reasons why Gualtiero Marchesi is the Father of Modern Italian Cuisine | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
“Cooking is in itself a science; it’s the chef’s job to turn it into an art.” – Chef Gualtiero Marchesi made Italian food what it is today. Known as the father of modern Italian cuisine, the chef’s proclivity towards novelty has earned him rightful recognition as one of the world’s greatest chefs.
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Sicilian Folk Stories: Opera dei Pupi, a timeless tale of chivalry

Sicilian Folk Stories: Opera dei Pupi, a timeless tale of chivalry | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Sicilian Puppet Theatre or Opera dei Pupi is an age-old tradition that draws directly on the great European chivalrous poems. In 2001 Unesco declared the opera of the Puppets the first Italian heritage of humanity. We present for you the origin of this symbol of Sicily’s popular culture.
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My Italian Love Affair (Where I Stayed, What I Ate + All the Juicy Italy Highlights) - Melissa Ambrosini

My Italian Love Affair (Where I Stayed, What I Ate + All the Juicy Italy Highlights) - Melissa Ambrosini | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

When my darling husband first asked me where we should spend our honeymoon, one thought immediately popped into my head... Italy. [...]

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Terrific Tuscan castle estate on sale for £26m

Terrific Tuscan castle estate on sale for £26m | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

A superbly romantic castle in Tuscany has gone on sale for £26m.

This superbly romantic castle in Tuscany has gone on sale for £26m. That might sound a tad steep, but you get plenty thrown in for your money.  The castle itself was built in 1901 by the famous architect Gino Coppedè, who also created some of Rome's finest buildings. It offers 1,500 square metres of living space, much of it retaining its original splendour. Its many reception and living rooms display beautiful frescos, coffered ceilings and decoration by the revered Galileo Chini. [...]

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Embracing the House Concert Trend in Abruzzo's Ripa Teatina

Embracing the House Concert Trend in Abruzzo's Ripa Teatina | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Tiny Ripa Teatina [Abruzzo] hosted international singers James Maddock and Fabian Holland embracing the house concert phenomenon. Is it really a new concept to have professional musicians perform for an intimate gathering in your home? [...]

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Read About the 2 Bizarre Tales From Self-Proclaimed States in Italy

Read About the 2 Bizarre Tales From Self-Proclaimed States in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Unlike most of the wannabe nations, the tiny Italian state of Seborga might have a genuine claim. Set up by local eccentric Giorgio Carbone in 1963 and with a population of only 374, the town could legally be one of Europe’s last surviving city-states. [...]

Giorgio Rosa was a man with a vision. In 1967, the Italian engineer decided to construct his own island state in international waters out of a self-professed love for “liberty.” Sinking nine pylons deep into the Adriatic Sea, Rosa and a handful of friends built a 400-square-meter (4,000 ft2) platform, declared their independence from Italy, and immediately began printing stamps for the new Republic of Rose Island. [...]


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Old villages brought back to life: a holiday in the Italian Alberghi Diffusi

Old villages brought back to life: a holiday in the Italian Alberghi Diffusi | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

A week end in the coutryside in the house of the fox? Strolling on the beach through the remains of the old nuraghi towers? Alberghi diffusi is the answer

Since their creation in 2006, the Alberghi Diffusi have been popping up all over Italy.

But what makes this kind of hospitality experience different to a normal hotel?

  • All the Albergi Diffusi are living and proactive members of a local community. Most of them have actually been the catalyst for community regeneration.
  • The rooms and apartments are located in different buildings.
  • The central management of the hospitality units are not necessarily in the same building.
  • They offer the possibility of acting as a bridge between the guest and the surrounding territory, both culturally and socially.
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The Italians by John Hooper - book review: An Italy of pasta and pizza, but none of Mamma's rabbit

The Italians by John Hooper - book review: An Italy of pasta and pizza, but none of Mamma's rabbit | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
What should we expect of a book with such a simple and seductive title?
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John Hooper's marvelously entertaining and perceptive new book is the ideal companion for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Italy and the unique character of the Italians. Looking at the facts that lie behind - and often belie - the stereotypes, his revealing book sheds new light on many aspects of Italian life: football and Freemasonry, sex, symbolism and the reason why Italian has twelve words for a coat hanger, yet none for a hangover.

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The Food: My reasons for travelling to Italy

The Food: My reasons for travelling to Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italian cooking is among the world’s richest and most varied, with dishes perfect for every occasion.  Italian cuisine is regional with the variations being much more local, also the cuisine is seasonal making sure that you are able to eat the freshest and most delicious fruits and vegetables.  Eating a leisurely Italian meal is one of the pleasures of travelling in Italy!  Italians take food very seriously.  Food in Italy, varies by region so be sure to explore the regional specialties where ever you go. [...]

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You don't need any reason to travel to Italy.  It is simply the best!

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How much does it cost to live in Italy?

How much does it cost to live in Italy? | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

A new cost of living index has found restaurants in Italy are among the most expensive in Europe, while buying groceries and renting property are relatively cheap. Eating out in Italy is more costly than in Finland, Sweden and over 100 other countries...  A mid-range meal for two was said to cost €50 on average, cooking at home remains relatively affordable.  Overall, Italy came in 25th place for the cost of groceries, making it cheaper than a number of other EU countries including France and Belgium.  Rents in Italy also proved far more affordable than elsewhere in Europe [...]

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Best Comment: Nathan N. Neel It really depends on where you eat out in Italy. There are plenty of great deals in Le Marche. Also, it really isn't fair to compare a country with major tourist destinations (which are costly everywhere and sometimes absurdly so) and a population of 60 million with a country with no tourist destinations and a population of 9 million.

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Train tours in Italy, with a stop in Lake Garda - Telegraph

Train tours in Italy, with a stop in Lake Garda - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

A reader enquires about travelling by rail in Italy, taking in Mantua, Ferrara, Padua and Vicenza, followed by a few days in Lake Garda

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Via Francigena in Tuscany: all the things you need to know

Via Francigena in Tuscany: all the things you need to know | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Via Francigena in Tuscany: all the things you need to know to organize your itinerary in the footstep of the pilgrims. [...]

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Via Francigena in Lazio iTunes

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Francigena Sud iTunes

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The Lyn's reasons for travelling to Italy - Series - Viste (sights)

The Lyn's reasons for travelling to Italy - Series - Viste (sights) | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

After many years of travelling to and around Italy, I have put together a snapshot of some of the beautiful places where I have spent time.  These are not always the places that first come to mind when one thinks of Italy. In fact they are places that were special to me and have left wonderful memories in my mind and heart.  Some of the photos you will recognize and some you may never have heard of. [...]

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A Taste of Ancient Rome

A Taste of Ancient Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Bartman, archaeologist, and Maureen Fant, food writer, lead a unique, in-depth tour for sophisticated travelers who already have some familiarity with Rome and want to experience it through the eyes of two noted specialists with a passion for the city, its monuments, and its cuisine. Together they will introduce you to the fascinating archaeology of ancient foodways and to the fundamentals of modern Roman cuisine. [...]

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How the weak euro is boosting tourism to Italy

How the weak euro is boosting tourism to Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The drop in value of the euro is expected to bring more visitors to Italy this year, with the owner of a villa complex reporting his busiest ever start to the year for bookings. [...]

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Britons set for continental spending power boost as pound gains versus euro - but Swiss-bound skiers get stung as the franc soars

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A drop in fuel prices may mean that some of those larger carriers return to the skies. That should — and the key word is should — lead to a drop in prices.

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10 Italian places too weird to be true

10 Italian places too weird to be true | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Weird and fascinating there are some places in Italy, which are so incredible they don’t seem real at all. Get ready to discover with Swide some of the weirdest and curious spots around Italy.
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Italy’s Best Ski Resorts - Italy Magazine

Italy’s Best Ski Resorts - Italy Magazine | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Looking for an Italian ski resort for your next settimana Bianca? We give you the lowdown on three of Italy’s very best mountain villages: Courmayeur, Cortina and Madonna di Campiglio
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Between History and Legend: Discover Italy’s Mysterious Islands

Between History and Legend: Discover Italy’s Mysterious Islands | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Cursed islands and islands that emerged from the water only to mysteriously disappear again: Italian waters are brimming with small enigmatic islands with histories that have been forged by blending legend and reality. Find out what they are and why they are so special. [...]

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VENTO : not just a cycle path, it is a green opportunity

VENTO : not just a cycle path, it is a green opportunity | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

VENTO is the feasibility project of the longest cycle path in Italy, 632 km (422 mile) from Turin to Venice, from the Alps to the Adriatic sea along Po river. VENTO is also linked to Milan and the EXPO area (+ 47 km), through Leonard's canal (Naviglio Pavese). But VENTO is not only a project of a cycle path, it's also a green economy project, able to create development, economies. [...]

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Get Lost and have fun In The World's Biggest Labyrinth in Italy

Get Lost and have fun In The World's Biggest Labyrinth in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Dressed in a beige trench coat and facing an entrance flanked by enormous hedges created from 25 different kinds of “reeds,” Franco Maria Ricci is the owner of this verdant extravaganza. He is 77, but talks and dreams the way a child might, and only turns cynical once: “Do you know why I chose bamboo? Because if I’d built it with boxwood I would have had to wait twenty years to see it finished, and I don’t have that kind of time left.” [...]

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20 reasons why you should go to Bologna

20 reasons why you should go to Bologna | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

As the capital of Emilia-Romagna, Bologna is a city so rich in history and charm you’ll instantaneously fall in love with. From a walk under its wonderful arcades and a handmade tortellini tasting, let Swide give you 20 good reasons why you should go to Bologna next weekend. [...]

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  1. Stroll the arcades
  2. Visit the Western World’s oldest university
  3. Climb Italy’s tallest tower
  4. See the official golden standard of Tagliatella and take lessons on how to make it
  5. Discover Bologna’s secret canals
  6. Count the arcades of the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca
  7. Walking the hidden ancient Roman road
  8. Enjoy a tour and the breath taking view of Bolognese hills
  9. Listen to the whispering walls 
  10. Drink a glass of Lambrusco at an osteria
  11. Visit the Basilica di Santo Stefano…7 churches in one  
  12. Eat fried fish at Mercato di Mezzo
  13. Walk the perimeter of Piazza Maggiore
  14. Eat tortellini, but also tagliatelle, but also lasagna, and…
  15. Touch up on your astronomy at Basilica di San Petronio
  16. Wander the streets of the Quadrilatero
  17. Visit the Archeological Museum
  18. Gloat over Mozart’s failed exam
  19. Enjoy an aperitivo like a local
  20. Follow the footsteps of Lucio Dalla
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The new center of luxury: the St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace

The new center of luxury: the St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Next April will reopened the hotel "The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace" that promise to establish a new standard of luxury in Venice. [...]

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A Story Of Kindness In Venice, Italy - click and listen

A Story Of Kindness In Venice, Italy - click and listen | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

As Parkinson’s disease worsened for Bernard Michaels, his family took him on a final trip to Europe. Early in the trip, a slip in Venice, Italy landed him in the hospital.

His daughter, Sonia, set out with a collapsible wheelchair to meet him, but 17 staired footbridges, slick with rain, stood between them. Fortunately, others took notice. [...]

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