Rose Petals being thrown through the "oculus" of the Pantheon in Rome as sign of the Holy Spirit decending.
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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. [...]
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! [...]
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.[...]
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.
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. [...]
Ten (free or nearly free) things to do while in Sulmona, Abruzzo all year-round.
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. [...]
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.
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.
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. [...]
The insider track on the Colli Euganei, self-catering in Devon and walking in Provence. By Joanne O'Connor
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.
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. [...]
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.
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.
It's impossible to live abroad and not come home forever changed. Living abroad, no matter how prepared for the experience you think you are, is always more difficult than you've planned. I thought...
1. Bathroom habits. I’m now more like a dog.
2. This might not be a “better thing” but it’s funny.
3. Dogs are members of the family.
4. Dining. I eat more slowly, restaurants are for people and conversation
5. I don’t care what people think anymore.
6. I gesture a lot when I talk now which is probably good exercise.
7. I’ve become a food snob.
8. Yelling doesn’t bother me, at all.
9. Eating in front of a t.v. instead of at a table seems somehow wrong.
10. I’ve learned that holy water is a real thing that you can get from the church.
11. I’m more confident.
12. I could nag the fuck out of someone. Seriously. It’s a skill.
13. I appreciate slow food, the act of eating rather than getting full.
14. I’m more family-oriented.
15. My priorities have changed.
16. I care about quality more than ever, especially about the quality of things I’m putting into my body.
17. My goals are different. Now, everything that I do is about my family and friends.
18. Quality over quantity.
19. I can speak another language.
20. I wear less makeup and care less about my hair.
21. About the point above, except for high heels.
22. I feel more a part of the collective than ever before.
23. Cooking. I’m a much better cook.
24. I’m more knowledgable about world news.
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Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in not only just Italy, but the world. There is plenty to do and see during the day and night.
Check out this list of fun nightlife activities in Florence!
1. Santa Croce Area.
4. Teatro della Limonaia
9. All’Antico Vinaio
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A room in a ski resort in Italy's Apennine mountains where Benito Mussolini was imprisoned has been preserved intact. Tom Kington spends the night there [...]
When two friends and I headed to the tiny, ancient, walled city of towers this week, we found that San Gimignano's charm is in experiencing the unexpected, finding the tiny streets and shops off the main square and living like a local....
Capri is an island located in the Tyrrhenian Sea on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. It has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic. Some of the main features of the island include the following: the Belvedere of Tragara (a high panoramic promenade lined with villas), the limestone crags called sea stacks that project above the sea (the Faraglioni), the town of Anacapri, the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villa. The island has two harbors, Marina Piccola and Marina Grande (the main port of the island). [...]
Capri is a popular tourist destination for both Italians and foreigners
Among Europe's churches, the Byzantine marvel of St. Mark's stands alone. After the saint's remains were smuggled here in 828, Venice took his symbol (the winged lion) as their own. Built with pillaged materials, some describe the church's eclectic style as "Early Ransack." The outside is a riot of domes, columns, and statues; the interior is covered with mosaics, colored marbles, and oriental treasures.
Tucked away in the once-abandoned caves of Matera, a little-known village in Southern Italy, lies the Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita. It’s a one-of-a-kind hotel built by Swedish-Italian entrepreneur, hotelier, and philanthropist Daniele Kihlgren. The spectacular space features 18 rooms that blend traditional, locally-sourced design with a contemporary finish and makes it the perfect place for a truly unique getaway.[...]
Umbria, has an ancient tradition of vine cultivation, and today, together with high quality wine production, offers a plethora of outstanding wines.
Umbria was included among the top 10 best wine travel destinations 2014 by the American wine magazine Wine Enthusiast.