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The greening and cleaning of Naples nurtures tourism by bike, metro and boat

The greening and cleaning of Naples nurtures tourism by bike, metro and boat | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

NAPLES, Italy - Luca Simeone rides his bike along the sunny beachfront of Naples while his little daughter sleeps on the baby seat.

It may sound ordinary, but this simple act is revolutionary. Three years ago Naples' seafront was an urban highway, noisy and smoggy, jammed with car traffic, while smelly trash erupted from garbage bins along streets and alleys. Urban cyclers were regarded as eco-fundamentalists.

Three years later, Naples has a new mayor, clean streets, a wide pedestrian beachfront and a 20-kilometre (20-mile) cycling lane overlooking a beautiful bay. This is the liberated beachfront ("Il lungomare liberato") [...]

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Finding gems along the Aurelian walls, Rome's ancient ramparts

Finding gems along the Aurelian walls, Rome's ancient ramparts | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Most visitors to Rome will come across the Aurelian walls framing the old city at some point during their sight-seeing. But not so many will consider these stunning ancient treasures a priority.  I would argue that these ramparts are a sight worth admiring and taking note of in themselves. A walk along the walls is also a lovely way to spend a morning in Rome, and there are several interesting churches and sights to discover on the way.[...]

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Tuscan Wine Tour For Photographers

Tuscan Wine Tour For Photographers | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Tuscan Wine Tour For Photographers : explore all manner of photo techniques in beautiful Italy for all skill levels and those who have a passion for wine!
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10 bars to watch Italy play if you’re not in Italy

10 bars to watch Italy play if you’re not in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
The World cup is officially on and many are watching the matches in good company: looking for a place to root for Italy with other like minded people? Swide has a list of 10 bars to watch the Italy matches around the world.
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Bambolina Cafè, Paris

M-Spo, Tokyo

Sushi Samba and Bar Italia, London

Turf Sports Bar, Melbourne

Boat Basin Cafè, New York

Jolly Roger, Johannesburg

Oscar’s Pub, Shanghai

Stout Barrel House and Gallery, Chicago 

Traumstrand, Berlin

Popeye, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

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One day visit to Cinque Terre

One day visit to Cinque Terre | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Early one morning we left Bagni di Lucca for a one day visit to the Cinque Terre. We took the 7.50 bus from our little village Ponte a Serraglio to Lucca, which took about 50 minutes. Then from the...
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Kathy Nielsen's curator insight, June 12, 7:06 AM

Wish I could pop on over!

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Pantheon Rome - Pentecost Rose Petals

Rose Petals being thrown through the "oculus" of the Pantheon in Rome as sign of the Holy Spirit decending.
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There's No Such Thing As Italian Food

There's No Such Thing As Italian Food | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

As one of the world’s most loved cuisines it might be a surprise to learn that a true Italian cuisine hardly exists. The truth is, Italian food is still largely considered by regions with each region in Italy creating its own unique cuisine based on its history, people and geography. Each region, and then province and city, adds its treasure to the national identity of Italian food, but the best option is to eat the local plates in every region – here are some of our favorites! [...]

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Discovering the fascinating Lazio

Discovering the fascinating Lazio | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Everyone knows Rome, but few know about Lazio, the region where it's situated and home to many fascinating places that are off-the-radar for most visitors.
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Francis Ford Coppola a modern gentiluomo and an Italian Palazzo

Francis Ford Coppola a modern gentiluomo and an Italian Palazzo | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

If you want to see how Coppola and his daughter, Sofia, think a modern gentiluomo should live, you have to drive through the gorgeous territory of Basilicata in southern Italy, along the Ionian coast, up to the hill town of Bernalda where the Coppolas have restored a 19th century palazzo into a grand and glorious resort. [...]

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Deadly Italian: Lamborghini Zagato 5-95 2014

Deadly Italian: Lamborghini Zagato 5-95 2014 | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Based on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4, considered as the best-selling Lamborghini in history, the 5-95 Zagato is essentially a new aesthetic look of the Gallardo LP570-4, designed by Zagato to evoke an instant classic look that shows the purest expression of Zagato’s unique coach-building skills. One look at it and you can immediately tell the noticeable differences between what a Gallardo looks like and what Zagato did to the 5-95. Under hood features include a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces 570 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. [...]

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Cascia's Day of Roses

Cascia's Day of Roses | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The last time I was in Cascia, Pino and I were warming frozen hands over steaming bowls of roveja soup at a January rural festival. On a recent visit there (May 22nd) “everything was coming up roses.” To put it another way, many of those heading there to celebrate the feast of Santa Rita had arms full of roses. Red ones. Santa Rita died in Cascia on May 22, 1457 in the Augustinian convent, having entered the religious life after the murder of her husband and the death of two sons. According to legend, the winter prior to her death she has asked for figs and a rose from the family garden in her home village of Roccaporena. Her fellow sisters – convinced she was delirious as snow covered the surrounding hills. – were astounded when a relative answering her request found a rose blooming in the garden. [...]

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Most beautiful beaches in Sicily

Most beautiful beaches in Sicily | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Sicily features a density of beautiful beaches, so many that it is impossible to list every one. But Swide has made an interesting selection of them, so travel with us and get inspired for your summer vacations [...]

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Celebrities Tie the Knot of Love in Italy

Celebrities Tie the Knot of Love in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

So many people dream of a fairytale wedding in Italy – and it can be a dream come true for pretty much anyone, no matter what your budget. Many celebrities with fame and fortune hold that dream as well.

  • Kardashian and Kanye West - Florence’s Belvedere Fort
  • Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel - Borgo Egnazia - Fasano in 2012.
  • Thomas Mars and Sofia Coppola - Palazzo Margherita in 2011
  • John Legend and Chrissy Teigen - Lake Como in 2013
  • Bill and Giuliana Rancic - Church of Santa Sofia in Capri in 2007
  • Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes - Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano in 2007
  • John Krasinski and Emily Blunt - Como in 2007
  • Beverley Mitchell and Michael Cameron - Ravello in 2008

You can bet the desire will continue to be strong and growing, for those celebrities who want to make their special day even more magical, surrounded by the beauty of Italy.

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Three Common Mistakes That Tourists In Italy Make

A short video about some of the common mistakes that tourists in Italy tend to make -- and how to avoid them! :D

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Joshua Ledwell's curator insight, June 20, 12:33 PM

1. Buy tickets ahead of time, esp. online. 2. Have cash to pay for stuff 3. Order a "café latte" because a "latte" is a glass of milk!

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The Space Station Is Getting A Coffee Machine

The Space Station Is Getting A Coffee Machine | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Italian companies Argotec and Lavazza have teamed up to bring hot coffee to the International Space Station.
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Italy: 100 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, and How to Fit In

Italy: 100 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, and How to Fit In | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Want to experience Italy as only a local could?

This guide’s for you.

Filled with 100 interviews with people who live, work, and adventure all over Italy, this book will give you:

  • Directions to that pizza place that’s always packed with locals and rarely sees a tourist
  • Lists of must-try dishes for each town and region
  • Names of those off-the-beaten-track towns with the best wineries in the region
  • Tips on how to spot authentic gelato, make friends with the locals, and avoid rip-offs and pick-pockets
  • Brutal honesty about how you should never ever order a cappuccino after lunch or wear flip-flops to a monument
  • And so much more

It’s time to experience authentic, local Italy—through the eyes of those who have lived there for years.

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Jeanne Munoz's curator insight, June 16, 7:51 AM

Could be a great resource.

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Palermo’s Belle Epoque at the Grand Hotel et des Palmes

Palermo’s Belle Epoque at  the Grand Hotel et des Palmes | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Not many hotels inspire. In fact many of them are sad, grimy establishments. Not so the Grand Hotel et des Palmes. You only have to walk through the main foyer doors here to breathe the atmosphere of history and intrigue.
in 1882 Wagner, the German composer, came to the hotel looking for inspiration to finish his final opera, Parsifal.
Renoir, the French impressionist, popped in to paint Wagner’s portrait in celebration.
In 1885, the French writer Guy de Maupassant arrived.
Another illustrious guest, Raymond Roussell, novelist and playwright, checked in in the early 1930s.
Renato Guttuso, the Sicilian painter; Carla Fracci, Burt Lancaster when he was filming the Gattopardo (The Leopard) in Palermo.
Arthur Miller and American Colonel Charles Poletti who made it his headquarters after the Operation Husky allied landings in Sicily in 1943.
The last infamous gathering in the hotel lounge was the alleged 1957 mafia summit organized by Lucky Luciano.

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Summer Vacations in Italy: What to Expect

Summer Vacations in Italy: What to Expect | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Everyone dreams of taking summer vacations in Italy, so here are some useful tips on what to expect once you actually get there!
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First of all, since it’s the season for relaxation, expect the level of activity to vary from city to city. While seaside resorts, coastal destinations, and other popular tourist spots will probably be full of people with establishments all up and running and in full swing, less-tourist-y cities will be much quieter and some shops and points of interest might even be closed. 

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The Via Francigena | An ancient route where all roads lead to Rome - Independent.ie

The Via Francigena | An ancient route where all roads lead to Rome - Independent.ie | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Via Francigena literally means the “road that comes from France” but the road to Rome which has been in use since the sixth century often began for the ancients in the cathedral town of Canterbury in England.

Since we last walked on the Via Francigena (Viterbo to Rome a couple of years ago) the Italian Government has spent a lot of money improving signposting and facilities along the route. Every few miles there is a picnic table, fresh water and a billboard map featuring local landmarks and places of interest.

These are useful additions which do not spoil the rustic appeal of the Via. The pathway, occasionally of time-worn cobbles as smooth as a young nun’s cheek, takes a meandering route across the Tuscan hills. We started around 9am and finished around 2 pm each day which included a couple of breaks and the occasional diversion to a place of interest. It was hilly but not particularly hard walking and perfect for anyone with normal levels of fitness. [...]

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Virtual Tour of the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic

Virtual Tour of the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Quirinal Palace (known in Italian as the Palazzo del Quirinale or simply Quirinale) is a historic building in Rome, Italy, the current official residence of the President of the Italian Republic. It is located on the Quirinal Hill, the highest of the seven hills of Rome. It has housed thirty popes, four kings and eleven presidents of the Italian Republic. The palace extends for an area of 110,500 square metres and is the 6th largest palace in the world in terms of area, as well as the largest residence of a Head of State.[...]

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babhcars's curator insight, June 5, 10:11 PM

A great place to be visited to experience the beauty of this fabulous palace.

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Travel to Italy: Lake Garda on Bike

Travel to Italy: Lake Garda on Bike | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Cycling holidays have been growing in popularity, but you don't need to be a Bradley Wiggins to enjoy a getaway on two wheels. Celia Paul pedals her way around Italy's Lake Garda 

at a suitably leisurely pace.

The narrow medieval streets of Borghetto are packed with cyclists. A woman walks past me, wheeling a mountain bike, her Lycra outfit splattered in mud.

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10 things to do in Sulmona year-round

10 things to do in Sulmona year-round | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Ten (free or nearly free) things to do while in Sulmona, Abruzzo all year-round.
  1. The Passeggiata
  2. Get an Ice cream at La Rotonda
  3. Have your photo taken by the statue of Ovid
  4. Sit on the steps of the Annunziata and surf the net
  5. Get off the main drag
  6. Go to the Pelino Confetti Museum
  7. Have a drink from the Fontana del Vecchio
  8. Sit and relax in the Villa Comunale
  9. Pop into a few churches
  10. Go to the market
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Italian Ways: what makes Italian life distinctive - seen riding its trains

Italian Ways: what makes Italian life distinctive - seen riding its trains | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

On his tour of Italian railways Tim Parks extrapolates the Italian character with great plausibility and belly-laugh humour. This is a book about Italy that uses trains as its starting point.

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http://www.amazon.com/Italian-Ways-Rails-Milan-Palermo/dp/0393239322


The best-selling author of Italian Neighbors returns with a wry and revealing portrait of Italian life—by riding its trains.

Now, in his first Italian travelogue in a decade, he delivers a charming and funny portrait of Italian ways by riding its trains from Verona to Milan, Rome to Palermo, and right down to the heel of Italy.
Through memorable encounters with ordinary Italians—conductors and ticket collectors, priests and prostitutes, scholars and lovers, gypsies and immigrants—Parks captures what makes Italian life distinctive: an obsession with speed but an acceptance of slower, older ways; a blind eye toward brutal architecture amid grand monuments; and an undying love of a good argument and the perfect cappuccino.

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Travel tips: exploring medieval Italy - theguardian

Travel tips: exploring medieval Italy - theguardian | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
The insider track on the Colli Euganei, self-catering in Devon and walking in Provence. By Joanne O'Connor
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The Euganean Hills or Padua Hills are unique from the point of view of the scenery as well as morphological and historical perspective, they've always been celebrated for their picturesque beauty and their hot springs.
The Parco Regionale dei Colli Euganei was established in 1989 by the Veneto Region. It covers an area of about 18,000 hectares. 

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Auntie Shoe's curator insight, May 26, 12:32 PM

Lovely to visit!!

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Discovering the Seaside Town of Sperlonga

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Discover this haven on the Lazio coast, beloved of celebrities ancient and modern

This charming village was ‘discovered’ in the 1950s by the Italian film set, who would drop in for a relaxing break from shoots at Rome’s Cinecittà studios. Heart throb Raf Vallone was the first to come, enchanted by the special atmosphere. [...]

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Auntie Shoe's curator insight, May 23, 11:30 AM

Every place you visit has a flag to represent it, even if it is the flag of the country you are in. The Italian flag is of importance here.