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Murano - Venice

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We took the vaporetto or water bus to the island of Murano which is north of Venice. About a 30 minute ride on the vaporetto from San Marco.

Murano is the most famous of the Venetian Islands , and the most visited due to the famous glass-works that produce the popular “Murano Glass”.

On arrival to Murano we visited a glass making factory and watched the glass products being made.

From there, we wandered in to the main area of Murano where the shops, cafes and restaurants are all built around the canal.

Murano is such a gorgeous town with so many colourful buildings.[...]

Some of the companies that own historical glass factories in Murano are among the most important brands of glass in the world. Today, to protect the original Murano Glass art from foreign markets, the most famous Glass Factories of this island have a Trade mark that certifies products in glass made in the island of Murano.

Today, the artisans of Murano still employ these centuries-old techniques, crafting everything from contemporary art glass and glass jewelry to Murano glass chandeliers and wine stoppers.

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European Travel Skills: Avoiding Theft

While Europe has little violent crime; it comes with plenty of petty purse snatching and pickpocketing. A great way to handle this problem is to zip up and secure your valuables in a moneybelt secured around your waist, under your clothes.

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European Travel Skills: Numbers and Stumblers

In order to travel well, you need to be engaged. Learning the way Europeans use weights and measurements, and even how they write their numbers, will help you keep up.

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Ferrari Tours of Italy – The Ultimate in Luxury Road Trips

Ferrari Tours of Italy – The Ultimate in Luxury Road Trips | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

What better way to experience Italy than to do so by Ferrari! Well, for those who’d like to experience a Ferrari tour of Italy, Italy vacation specialist Select Italy has just the tours for you!
Just imagine powering through Italy’s enchanting countryside accompanied by the magical sound of an 8 or 12 cylinder Ferrari engine.
Maybe you’d like to motor through tantalizing Tuscany on the way to Florence? Or how about a tour of Rome in a Ferrari?
Maybe you’d prefer to tour northern Italy and see spectacular Lake Como. Whichever takes your fancy, Select Italy has just the Ferrari tour for you.
Select Italy has three Ferrari tours of Italy on offer:

  • The Lake Como Ferrari Tour - From $3,192.00 per group
  • The Rome Ferrari Tour - From $6,873.00 per group
  • The Florence and Chianti Ferrari Tour - From $6,873.00 per group

A Ferrari tour of Italy would make a fabulous wedding anniversary or birthday gift.

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What better way to experience Italy than to do so by Ferrari ! In a Ferrari of course.

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The Sweet Life in the "navel of Italy"

The Sweet Life in the "navel of Italy" | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Gradoli is located on the north shore of Lake Bolsena, the ‘navel’ of Italy. The area between the banks of the lake and the hills were formed from the edge of an ancient volcanic cone. At its centre of this volcanic basin, the largest in Europe, brings together the beautiful landscapes of Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany. The property is only few kilometres from Civita di Bagnoregio and Viterbo and Saturnia spas. As well as Lake Bolsena, Orvieto can be reached in 30 minutes and excellent road and rail links connect to some of the most beautiful cities of art in central Italy.
Many typical dishes are served in the restaurants and local taverns, combining the excellent flavor of the "Etruscan" hinterland such as potatoes from Grotte di Castro or lentil from Onano. About seafood there is characteristic dish of Lake Bolsena, the "Sbroscia", made with water from the lake itself.
In this peaceful countryside setting between the beautiful towns of Orvieto and Viterbo, in the heart of Tuscia there is a luxury Villa located in a dominant position with unique and highly evocative views.
The windows offer magnificent views of the garden and the gorgeous landscapes. When the sun rises over the lake, it is possible to see the magnificent Apennine Mountains in the distance.

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Radda in Chianti City Guide : Sightseeing, Things To Do | Tuscany Things to Do

Radda in Chianti City Guide : Sightseeing, Things To Do | Tuscany Things to Do | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Tuscany is famously dotted with hilltop towns that often inspire gushing declarations of affection from those who have visited – and while you can get great local wine throughout Tuscany (indeed, throughout Italy), one of the more famous wine-growing areas in the region is Chianti. The fact that Chianti is also home to several hilltop villages meaning you can enjoy spectacular views, cobbled streets, and picturesque piazzas while enjoying a local Chianti wine – well, it’s easy to see why this is such a popular area for tourists. In particular, one of the towns that draws lots of visitors each year is Radda in Chianti.

The town of Radda, as the name suggests, is located in the heart of the Chianti area, right in the middle of Tuscany. Though it’s a medieval town you see today, there has been a village on this site since the 9th century, partly owing to its easily defensible hilltop position. The town itself is incredibly small, making it a relatively quiet retreat for those of you who aren’t eager to embrace the constant buzz of a city like Florence – just know that during the high season, Radda is a very popular day trip for many travelers in Tuscany. As with any day trip destination, the mornings and evenings (before and after the day trippers) are when Radda really shines.

One of the things that can keep visitors away from Radda in Chianti is the lack of a train station. This means you’ll need to either rent a car or take a bus from nearby Florence or Siena in order to get there. Neither of these options is difficult, but since many travelers rely solely on trains to get around, Radda’s lack of train service can keep the crowds away to a certain degree. The town remains incredibly popular with wine tourists, of course, and even those drawn to the picturesque location can enjoy the local Chianti in restaurants, bars, and wine shops around town.

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Amalfi Coast vs. Cinque Terre: Deciding Between Italy’s Most Popular Coastlines

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Amalfi Coast vs. Cinque Terre: Deciding Between Italy’s Most Popular Coastlines

The Cinque Terre is beautiful—but so is the Amalfi coast. How do you decide?

When it comes to spectacular views and cute seaside towns, both the Amalfi coast and Cinque Terre of Italy make for excellent destinations. So deciding between them can be a little difficult, especially if you’ve never been before!

Trying to pick between the Amalfi coast and the Cinque Terre? Here’s help!

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Exploring the Unique History of Coffee in Trieste

Exploring the Unique History of Coffee in Trieste | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

When tourists think of the best place for good coffee in the beautiful nation of Italy, famous towns such as Naples or Rome are often the first to come to mind. These cities, however, are not the only coffee spots in the country. On the opposite side of the peninsula, sharing a border with Slovenia, the city of Trieste is one of the most important coffee towns of the Italian nation.
In Trieste, coffee is taken quite seriously. It's no wonder, then, that Trieste is home to the world-famous coffee brand, Illy. Trieste is also home to the Coffee University, which is the center of coffee excellence and culture and was established to research, develop, and spread the culture of excellent coffee throughout the world.
It's no accident, then, that some of the most famous and historic coffee bars are found in Trieste. These establishments started popping up throughout Italy in the 18th century in famous cities such as Venice, Turin, Milan, Padua, and, of course, Trieste.

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Becoming Italian Word by Word: Celebrating Easter in the Italian Language

Becoming Italian Word by Word: Celebrating Easter in the Italian Language | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi" ("Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you want"), Italians say. An invitation to Easter dinner with friends in Italy is a special treat indeed.

After forty days of fasting during Quaresima (Lent), Italians celebrate with foods that form a mouth-watering vocabulary of their own.

Throughout Italy the traditional main dish is agnellino al forno (roasted baby lamb) or capretto(baby goat). Rome’s Easter specialty is abbacchio, a suckling lamb no more than a month or so old. Because it has ingested only its mother’s milk, its meat is especially tender.

The name comes from the Latin baculum, the cudgel used to kill lambs. Until a few decades ago, shepherds would lead their flocks into Rome every Spring so people could select victims for the annual slaughter. The word abbacchiato became slang for someone beaten down, physically or mentally.

“Pasta matta” (crazy dough) encases torta Pasqualina (Easter cake), a traditional savory pie from Piedmont and Liguria. Its distinctive feature is that whole eggs are baked inside. Italy’s traditional Easter dessert is Colomba cake, a sweet, eggy, yeasted bread topped with sugared and sliced almonds. Commercial bakers shape this confection into a colomba (dove), the symbol of peace and renewal...

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Come Experience the Spoleto Festival of the Two Worlds

Come Experience the Spoleto Festival of the Two Worlds | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Every year in the quaint and historic town of Spoleto, located in the Umbria region, one of the most important artistic festivals in the world takes place during the summer months: the “Festival dei Due Mondi," or Festival of the Two Worlds. This exuberant event was first started in 1958 by composer Gian Carlo Menotti.


Menotti hoped to fuse the artistic contributions of both the old world, Europe, and the new world, America, and generate mutual appreciation for both


Anyone who has an affinity for artistic forms of expression such as ballet, opera, painting, literature, music, theater, sculpture and every other form of contemporary art will enjoy this incredible festival.
As the festival expanded and grew in popularity year after year, the Festival dei Due Mondi became one of the premier cultural events in Italy, with a three-week schedule of music, theater and dance performances featuring a global assortment of artists and an extensive range of artistic exhibitions and displays.
There are two other mirrored events inspired by the festival in Spoleto, Italy: the Spoleto Festival USA in Spoleto's twin city of Charleston, SC was started in 1977, and the Melbourne International Arts Festival, held in Australia, began in 1986.
If you have the chance to visit the Italian city of Spoleto during the festival months, do not forget to stop by and enjoy one of the several free performances!

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Lake Maggiore & Stresa, Italy: Living in the beauty | stresa.com

Lake Maggiore & Stresa, Italy: Living in the beauty | stresa.com | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

"I'm up here at Stresa a little resort on Lake Maggiore one of the most beautiful of the Italian Lakes"
(E. Hemingway, 1929)


The famous town of Stresa (Italy, 5000 inhabitants, 200 m above sea level) enjoys a splendid location on Lake Maggiore in the Gulf of Borromeo, where it overlooks the eponymous islands, the main attraction in the region. Its beautiful countryside, architectural gems and mild climate combine to make Stresa one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. The Borromean Islands, with their stunning palaces and ornamental gardens, are an unmissable destination for aesthetes.
Luxury villas and opulent Art Nouveau hotels line the elegant lakeside, which is ideal for a tranquil stroll. Since the late 19th century Stresa has been renowned for its sophisticated atmosphere and genteel visitors, and today still enjoys an impressive roster of cultural, musical and meeting events.
Stresa first appears on historical documents just before the end of the first millennium, when it was a small community of fishermen and peasants. During the Middle Ages, the town was a fiefdom of the lords of Castello and Visconti, but it was the Borromeo family-part of the Milanese aristocracy-who subsequently ruled the region and added the magnificent buildings that have made Stresa famous. In 1441, the Borromeos obtained part of the territory and by 1653 the entire district was reunited under their rule. Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, the Borromeos commissioned palaces to be built on the islands of Bella and Madre. Stresa passed into Austrian hands in 1719, before coming under the rule of the House of Savoy in 1748.[...]
A visit to Stresa is the ideal way to blend relaxation and culture in an enchanting setting that evokes the atmosphere of the belle époque. From Stresa it is easy to reach the three Borromean Islands, which are steeped in artistic, historical and botanical appeal. On the islands of Bella and Madre there are sumptuous palaces and rare plant gardens where peacocks, parrots and pheasants roam wild against an exotic backdrop reminiscent of faraway lands. ...

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Where to buy in Italy: Sardinia

Where to buy in Italy: Sardinia | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Blessed with some of the most dazzling landscapes in all of the Mediterranean, Sardinia is a fascinating island with wonderfully kind people.

The second largest island in the Mediterranean (after Sicily), Sardinia is a unique and endlessly beguiling place. It has an intriguing history, it contains extraordinarily colourful landscapes, unspoilt and unchanged for thousands of years. It shelters wildlife so diverse and exotic that the island has sometimes been dubbed ‘the Galapagos of the Med’. Clean, uncrowded, elemental and distinctive, Sardinia remains one of Italy’s most special places.

It’s worth spending a moment considering some of the island’s many landscapes. Beaches here are so beautiful that Sardinia has sometimes stood in for the Caribbean in television commercials

The island variously offers white or golden sand lapped by bright turquoise water, paprika-coloured soil, sun-blonde plains backed by low hills cloaked in cork trees, pine forests flanked by fragrant ‘macchia’ and high mountains inevitably decorating the far distance.

Incredibly the crowds are still small, and their coming hasn’t generated the usual tourism-eyesores such as ranks of high-rise buildings. It’s just not that sort of island. And careful laws protect it from ever becoming that sort of island – which, in turn, protects the value of property here. The truth is that clean, sleepy Sardinia is way off most tourists’ itinerary of Italy.

It was the Aga Khan, who first drew foreign visitors’ attention to Sardinia in the 1960s, and established the ‘Costa Smeralda’ as a quietly opulent holiday area for the rich and famous.

Thankfully, budget airlines began opening up Sardinia from the year 2000 onwards, and delighted visitors realized that there was far more to this island paradise than the fabled Costa Smeralda in the northeast.

Today there are properties available on Sardinia to suit every budget – from lush villas to smart townhouses to inexpensive apartments to country homes large and small.

This island is still the haunt of the rich and famous, and there are plenty of properties here that reflect this.

On the subject of visitor interest, Sardinia is a great place to buy property if you hope to rent your home out to holidaymakers. Rental prospects are very good on the island, especially for properties on or near the coast (particularly Russians are increasingly interested).

Proximity to the sea is important, but not essential if the apartment is situated in a complex with a pool. Sea-views are obviously a plus.

Wherever you choose to buy on Sardinia, you can be sure that you’ll find yourself increasingly bewitched by this island’s unique personality. Culturally quirky, geographically stupendous, sensitively developed and very warmly welcoming, this is truly one of the Mediterranean’s most magical places.

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7 Italian food and wine events you really shouldn't miss this Spring

7 Italian food and wine events you really shouldn't miss this Spring | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

7 Italian food and wine events you really shouldn’t miss this Spring
Love food? Love Italy? Then get yourself along to Italy this Spring! There’s a whole host of gourmet events taking place and here we’ve rounded up 7 of the best foodie festivals to whet your appetite in the few months ahead, covering everything from fresh fish (see ‘Slow Fish’ below) to fried food (see ‘Fritto Misto’).

Primavera del Prosecco 16th March – 9th June 2013
Treviso, Valdobbiadene, Conegliano, Cartizze
This exciting annual event takes place in the heart of the Prosecco wine area and will lead the visitors in a journey of discovery of all aspects of this delicious wine production process.

Slow Fish, in Liguria From 10th to 13th May 2013, Genoa
The international show completely dedicated to the fish world and its problems comes back to the Fiera di Genova. It takes place every two years and it is organized by Slow Food and the Regione Liguria; www.slowfish.it

Sagra del Pesce, in Liguria 12th May 2013, Camogli (Genoa)
In the natural, picturesque, and exclusive setting of the small square of the port, the largest frying pan in the world will fry fish for guests and tourists alike, during the most typical Ligurian feast: the Sagra del Pesce. Born in 1952, this classical festival is linked to the centuries-old festival of San Fortunato, patron of the fishermen. The religious celebration takes place on the evening of its eve with bonfires: the people of Camogli, from the two districts of Porto and Pinetto, build proper, large scale sculptures, using waste material; they challenge one another in terms of creativity and beauty, on the two sides of the beach. Tel. +39 0185 771066 – www.prolococamogli.it

Sagra del Limone, in Liguria 18th May 2013, Monterosso (La Spezia)
During this day the town is painted yellow and the streets come alive with stalls of all types where the typical fruit of the area and its produce reign supreme: limoncino, lemon cream, marmalade and lemon cake. In the afternoon the ‘8000 passi al profumo di limone’ walk winds around the streets of Monterosso, starting at the house of poet Eugenio Montale and passing by the most famous places in the area.

Aromatica, in Liguria June, Imperia province
(Diano Marina, San Bartolomeo al Mare, Cervo, Diano Arentino, Diano Castello, Diano San Pietro, Villa Faraldi)
A biennial event created to celebrate and appreciate basil, herbs and aromas from the Ponente Ligure, which this year is in its 5th edition. At the heart of ‘Aromatica’ are food and wine produced in the territory with initiatives which involve the whole of the Dianese gulf.

Gourmet Festival in Bolzano/Bozen, South Tyrol 24th-26th May 2013
This food and wine festival shows off the variety and quality of the South Tyrol regional products with a guarantee of origin in the product houses and market stalls of Bolzano’s old town.

Fritto Misto, in Marche 24th April – 1st May 2013 in Ascoli Piceno, Marche This event in its 5th year, celebrates all things “fried” and typically regional such as Marche’s “olive ascolane” (giant green olived filled with meat and deep fried), Sicily’s “arancini” (rice balls filled with meats or peas), Neapolitan “cannoli” (sweet conical cakes filled with ricotta), “frittura di pesce” (lightly fried mixed fish) and much more. A truly mouthwatering offering.

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Italian volcano tour: some like it hot - Telegraph

Italian volcano tour: some like it hot - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Clare Mann witnesses dramatic eruptions and wallows in mud-pools on a hiking holiday through Italy’s volcanic south .

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I was in Sicily on a walking tour of volcanoes: Vulcano and Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands and Etna on Sicily itself. I have always wanted to visit Sicily; I like volcanoes and walking so it seemed a winning combination.[...]

The archipelago consists of eight islands and is defined as a “volcanic arc”, covering 600 square miles. There’s volcanic activity on most of the islands, the most visual of which is the steaming and hissing fumaroles – cracks in the crust. However, only Stromboli erupts, spectacularly and on a regular basis. The gentler side of volcanoes are the muddy brown thermal waters, rich in minerals; these have been harnessed on some of the islands to soothe all manner of medical ailments.

I was rewarded on the summit of Vulcano with awesome views of the islands and Etna. We walked around the entire rim, walking over the steaming fumaroles. Some visitors climbed farther down into the crater with guides wearing gas masks. It was an eerie sight.

Having deliberately left my swimming costume behind I was persuaded to bathe in the sulphur pools after our descent. I hired a tiny yellow bikini, two sizes too small and felt like a hippopotamus as I submerged myself in thick warm gunk that smelt like rotten eggs. For any real medicinal benefit one needs to bathe daily for a number of days. [...]

Stromboli, the next challenge.

Stromboli is one of the world’s most visited and accessible volcanoes. Fringed in black sand, it rises from the seabed to a height of nearly 8,000ft, of which 3,000ft are above sea level, leaving 75 per cent of its bulk submerged. The most recent major eruptions in 2007 were accompanied by a tsunami. Geologists monitor the volcano continuously; we were assured that we were entirely safe.

Equipped with helmets and packed rucksacks we set off at 5pm to climb to the summit: 10 groups of 20, each group with a qualified volcano guide. The plan was to watch the sunset against a backdrop of explosions, but our ascent was painfully slow – we were over taken by faster groups on the steep, single-track path and missed the psychedelic display. But it was still thrilling. Two of the four craters are active; deep rumblings are followed by rapid and spectacular displays of orange and red fireworks.[...]

Etna is the largest, most dangerous volcano in Europe. Its credentials are impressive: 10,990ft, 300 cones, five live craters and constant eruptions. With each eruption the landscape is altered as new cones and calderas (collapsed, cauldron-shaped chambers) are formed and fresh lava flows distort the landscape. In 2003, five months of activity closed Catania airport and the local population carried umbrellas and wore masks.

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Why you should visit San Gimignano

Why you should visit San Gimignano | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

If you have been to Tuscany but not yet visited San Gimignano – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ‘town of towers’[...] check out the incredible skyline this town has to offer! Not into history or stunning natural beauty? Than come visit for the dry white Vernaccia wine local to the area — that’s half the reason I keep coming back. I had the chance to revisit this past week with friends for our beloved holiday of ‘Pasquetta‘ {little Easter} on Monday and had a great time being a ‘tourist’ yet again.

Like many walled medieval towns in Tuscany, San Gimignano was once used fortress in the hands of different empires and powerful noble families throughout it’s long existence. It shouldn’t surprise you that it’s roots date back to Etruscan times (3rd century BC) - pilgrims used to stop here for a pausa (rest) on their way to Rome and the Vatican city, it happens to lie along the route of the famous pilgrim route of via francigena.
The views from the top of the wall (which yes you can climb) are absolutely incredible. The Tuscany you always dreamed of? You will find that here folks! In fact, it doesn’t matter how many years I am in Italy, I will continue to be wowed by such natural beauty, take it all in and then some.
If you’re lucky you might even catch a really really creepy puppet show in the middle of gorgeous Piazza della Cisterna (home to the uber-famous award-winning geleteria!). I must admit, I was slightly traumatized after seeing this (and of course I caught in on camera – I apologize in advance for the F Bomb…) .
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A gorgeous place, one of my favourites. Fantasic agriturismos close by. Go up to the old castle ruins - there is a very talented guitar player up there and while he plays well the acoustics of the old castle walls and the quietness of early mornings and late afternoons makes it a truly unique experience.

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Urban trekking among tales and legends in Medieval Italy

Urban trekking among tales and legends in Medieval Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

A very nice way of visiting a city is the urban trekking, best when it’s guided by a certificated guide. I took one in 2011 in the Italian town namedTodiUmbria, organized by Todiguide.com and though I had visited the town several times before, I discovered completely new spots and entered places that I would never have found on my own...

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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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Seeing Too Much Art In Italy Can Give You Stendhal Syndrome

Seeing Too Much Art In Italy Can Give You Stendhal Syndrome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Sixty percent of the world’s art treasures can be found in Italy. That’s a staggering amount of painting, frescoes, sculptures and artifacts. Its no wonder that when visiting Italy, travelers want to try to see it all, even though that is impossible. Plus there’s the risk of Stendhal syndrome. What is that you ask?

According to Wikipedia, “Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal’s syndrome, hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place.”

The syndrome was named for 19th-century French artist Stendhal who was overcome with symptoms while viewing art in Florence in 1817. Similar incidents throughout the years were reported at Florence’s Uffizi Museum. Italian psychiatrist Graziella Magherini documented more than 100 cases of Stendhal syndrome and officially named it in 1979.

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Middle East Now film festival in Florence

Middle East Now film festival in Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

One of my favorite film festivals in Florence, Italy is coming up the next week at the Odeon Cinehall and Stensen – Middle East Now. For someone who is self-admittedly a little obsessed with the Middle East – what better way to quench your curiosity than a few days of wonderful movies (with subtitles) and great food! Yes they serve food at some of the events and it’s always fantastic!

What is ‘Middle East now’?

As per their description – “Middle East Now is the only event in Italy dedicated to the contemporary Middle East and North Africa with the aim of highlighting the culture and identity of the countries in this part of the world and bringing them to the attention of the Italian public, overcoming stereotypes that often come out from the international mass media.”

When it comes to this side of the world, we often forget the most important aspect – The People. Growing up in Texas, I think part of what made the Middle East so exciting to me was its sheer foreignness from my own culture. Growing up, I ate up books like Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Reading Lolita in Tehran, Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi ArabiaGuests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village and so many more. An important part of the world, worth getting to know and to me personally, the most dangerous risk we have when it comes to understanding each other’s cultures is —  basic ignorance of what life is really like in these countries.

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From April 3-8th with a really interesting line up of films from all over the Middle East. I am impressed that the site is both in English & Italian and you can check out the full program here.

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The Possible Paradise of Sardinia

The Possible Paradise of Sardinia | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The water sparkles through every shade of turquoise and emerald, simply inviting you to strip off and dive in. Where is this place?
You won't believe, It is in Europe. Sardinia has the most natural and beautiful beaches in Europe. Capo Coda Cavallo is located between Olbia and San Teodoro, in the province of Nuoro, is one of the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia.
From the high of its position, it offers the view of a panorama “infinitely and breathtaking” where the waters encircle Molara and Molarotto
From the summit of the panoramic Monte Coda Cavallo, which is within easy walking distance, one sees: to the southward, the lovely coast of San Teodoro, with the long, white expanse of La Cinta beach and the large pond of San Teodoro, near the village.
In the distance, the verdant island of Molara and the impeding bulk of the wild Tavolara.
Capo Coda Cavallo is located at 15 km from the Olbia Airport and few minutes from San Teodoro and Porto San Paolo, near the Tavolara Marine Park.
But this is not a prohibited exclusive Paradise. In fact a luxury villa with the stunning view of the Molara and Tavolara Islands up to Golfo Aranci doesn't cost a fortune to buy.

Villa Le Farfalle is a beautiful detached house in Coda Cavallo, with private garden and terraces with fabulous seaview on Tavolara and Molara. Less than 100 meters from the beach. Enough space to buit up a private swimming pool. Recently renovated with quality materials. Internally 100 sqm plus big verandah and terraces for 69 sqm and private garden of 600 sqm with seaview.
In this context, Le Farfalle is few meters from the Cala Suaraccia beach, with swimming pool, tennis court, club house, private beach, boat rent and nearby all principal services (bar, restaurant, supermarket, boutique, SPA, diving center. In few minutes golf court, marina and all the most beautiful beach of the north sardinia.
The house, completely renovated in 2011, has 2 double bedroom (one with ensuite bathroom), second bathroom, living room with seaview, kitchen, covered verandah.
Downstairs depandance with independent access and seaview.
On the garden (600 sqm) big terraces at 50 mt from the beach.

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How to Make a Colomba, a Traditional Italian Easter Cake

Surprise and delight your friends and family this Easter with a traditional Italian treat — colomba! "Colomba" means "dove" and is an important Catholic symbol. Follow this step-by-step guide and you'll have the aromas of Italy filing up your kitchen in no time! Thanks to Simona of Walks of Italy for letting us use her kitchen, and showing her family recipe. Buona Pasqua! (Happy Easter!)

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Valdelsa: Track cycling Colle-Poggibonsi on the old railway

Valdelsa: Track cycling Colle-Poggibonsi on the old railway | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The disused railway lines in the nineteenth century have united Italy at that time was not yet united, are now extraordinary paths suitable for walkers and cyclists.

Many have been taken from nature, but many of the tracks where they were today are paths of paths fascinating and extraordinary also made of old bridges and viaducts in Pieda that scavallano hills and valleys.

Some of them have been fully recovered and reported, and so is the way that we offer you: the disused railway line between Colle di Val d’Elsa and Poggibonsi, disused since 1987, which is back to life dallaa end of 2011 with the creation of a cycle-tourist stretches for 8 kilometers of charm in green, between the two cities valdelsane.

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Pompeii pictures and travel information

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A Pompeii visit is easy to do from Naples or Rome. A city frozen in time after the volcanic eruption in AD 79. A slice of Roman life buried for 1500 years.
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Isola del Liri Italy – A town with two waterfalls

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Isola del Liri is an inland island about 100 km south of Rome. And the only Italian town with two waterfalls within the old city limits. [...]

The name in itself seemed intriguing. I have always had a weakness for waterfalls. And it was virtually on the way or only a short detour from the way to Cassino, so of course we had to check it out. And the town turned out to be exactly as charming and poetically beautiful as the name.
Isola del Liri is in fact an island situated 70 km inland from the sea.
The town is totally surrounded by water from the river Liri which forks out northeast of the city only to merge again a few kilometers further south. [...]
So you do not have to sit at a café enjoying the view of Cascata Grande with a vertical fall of 27 metres to find Isola del Liri attractive. But it definitely helps. And after a short walk along the main street through the historical centre to the other smaller Cascata del Valcatoio waterfall I was whirled along and wanted to stay in Isola del Liri for as long as possible.


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Showing the force that cannot be changed, the waterfall cannot be moved for the new urban lifestyle

 

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Easter in Sicily: Abballu Di Li Diavuli - Dance Of The Devils

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On Easter Sunday morning, in the small Sicilian town of Prizzi near Palermo, two locals don gruesome red, metal masks and red robes to disguise themselves as devils, joined by another masked local dressed in yellow representing Death in a ritual that dates to medieval times. They walk through the town offering money and sweets in an attempt to tempt as many people as possible and transport their souls to hell. However, their plans are thwarted in the early afternoon when they encounter statues of the Virgin Mary and the Risen Christ in a procession escorted by two angels holding swords. The meeting between good and evil is known as the ‘Dance Of The Devils’ because the devils and dance around to avoid meeting the Christ and the Virgin. Good triumphs over evil when the statues of the Virgin and Christ meet, and the angels defeat the devils.
Location: Prizzi, Palermo, Sicily
Date: Easter Sunday 31 March
Website: http://www.prolocohippanaprizzi.it/page_ballo_diavoli.html 

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Text from a great ITALY's article: Top 10 Easter Events In Italy 2013  you can open here: 

http://www.italymag.co.uk/italy-featured/settimana-santa/top-10-easter-events-italy-2013

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