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Gaiola Mini Island Italy

Gaiola Mini Island Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Gaiola Island is one of the minor islands of Naples, Italy; it is offshore of Posillipo and gives its name to the Underwater Park of Gaiola, a protected marine area. 

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The Gaiola Underwater Park is an area of great interest, archaeologically and naturally because it juxtaposes ancient remains and biological colonies of animal and plant life flourishing in and around structures that have stood here since roman times. 

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Near Gaiola there is Nisida a volcanic islet of the Flegrean Islands archipelago connected to the mainland by a stone bridge. The islet is almost circular, with a flooded crater forming the bay of Porto Paone on the southwest coast. Nisida is bigger than Gaiola Mini Island, it has a diameter of about 0.5 kilometres (0.3 miles) and a highest altitude of 105 metres (344 feet).

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Chinese Blogger describes Umbria with Enthusiasm

Chinese Blogger describes Umbria with Enthusiasm | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Not so young anymore but with the enthusiasm of a child, this famous blogger with more than 570,000 followers with with a China Top Ten blog, has visited Umbria and Perugia after 70 countries.
He was caught up in the streets of Europe's most famous Chocolate Festival, annually held in October in Perugia, where he could see all kinds of chocolate.

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Ferrari Cavalcade 2013 - Day 3

From the 'La Ferrari' to the Ponte Vecchio, from the pinnacle of automotive technology to one of the great iconic symbols of Italian art: this was the non-metaphorical journey made in the space of just 12 hours by the participants of the third and final day of the Ferrari Cavalcade 2013.

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Palermo: a girl's guide to the best hotels, shops and restaurants - Telegraph

Palermo: a girl's guide to the best hotels, shops and restaurants - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Wander the bustling Sicilian capital, a city rich with history and discover ancient markets, fabulous stret food and fine wines.
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Back Roads Italy - Dorling Kindersley

Back Roads Italy - Dorling Kindersley | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

DK Eyewitness Back Roads Italy driving holiday guide will take you via scenic routes to discover charming villages, local restaurants and intimate places to stay. Unearth the real soul of this magical region with all the practical information you could need, from road conditions and length of drive to parking information and opening hours. Twenty-five themed drives, each lasting one to seven days, reveal breathtaking views, hidden gems and authentic local experiences that can only be discovered by road.
Each tour is bursting with insider knowledge and loaded with ideas for varied activities from walks to days on the beach and children's attractions, to wine and cycling trips. Meanwhile, the most friendly, best-value hotels and guesthouses and charming restaurants specialising in regional produce have been selected by expert authors. The guide is full-colour throughout, with a pull-out map for easy navigation between tours and even postcode information for use with 'Sat Nav'.
Discover the unexpected on your driving holiday with DK Eyewitness Back Roads Italy.

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Roving Retirement, Italian Style

Roving Retirement, Italian Style | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Bill and Carol Sansone are the envy of their friends. Acting on their passion for Italy they have gone back year after year to explore regions up and down the peninsula. Since 2005 they’ve taken six different destinations for a “test drive” in search of a future retirement home.

“We’ve rented in Tuscany, Umbria, northern Lazio, Lake Como and Torino, settling into life in each locale, opting to walk or take public transit rather than drive, preparing meals from local produce, and participating in the local life. Wherever we are, Italians always stop and talk—in the shops, at the bar, even in the middle of traffic! Our most memorable experiences revolve around the people we meet along the way,” says Bill. [...]

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Rafting in Tuscany

Rafting in Tuscany | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

There is a funny way to discover Tuscany from a different point of view: it’s rafting! Rafting is an outdoor activity that requires an inflatable raft to navigate on a river with white water or different degrees of rough water. There is an International Scale of River Difficulty with six grades of difficulty in white water rafting. They range from simple to very dangerous and potential death or serious injuries.
Rafting is a quite exciting and adventurous sport, for this reason there are some rules to be observed and some equipment to be used to be safe. There are many possibilities to practice rafting in Tuscany [...]

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Another side of Tuscany!

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Peeling back the years: Lost da Vinci mural discovered beneath layers of paint in Italian castle

Peeling back the years: Lost da Vinci mural discovered beneath layers of paint in Italian castle | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
A lost Leonardo da Vinci artwork may finally see the light of day after restorers have discovered traces that have lain buried beneath paint in a Milan castle.
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Road map to success, Italian style-Telegraph

Road map to success, Italian style-Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
What does the label "Made in Italy" signify today? Behind the glamour of the catwalk, how have Italy’s star brands weathered the financial crisis? Luke Leitch set off to find out
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What began as areas of artisan tradition hundreds of years ago have evolved into highly localised industrial power bases

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Italy's Towns among the Top 25 Cities in the World by the Readers' Choice Awards of Condé Nast Traveler

Italy's Towns among the Top 25 Cities in the World by the Readers' Choice Awards of Condé Nast Traveler | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Florence 2 - Readers' Choice Rating: 83.8
The art-centric Florence boasts "food out of this world." This Italian city was not only a hit with the thousands of readers who participated to the survey this year, but it was also the location chosen by our 2012 Dream Trip Photo Contest winner—after winning a $25,000 trip of a lifetime, Florence is where he wanted to take his family.

Rome 8 - Readers' Choice Rating: 83.0
Rome has "endless exploration opportunities." "It is not a one-time destination so you can return again and again and always see something new." "Food, restaurants, service people, and easiness of getting around are better than any American city."

SIena 9 - Readers' Choice Rating: 82.9
Called a "timeless place where one needs only to soak in the ambience," Siena has so much to offer that even one reader, who has been to the city 18 times, is still finding new food and cultural experiences. Others praise it as "quieter than Rome and Florence, but jam-packed with history and culture amid rolling Tuscan hillsides."

Venice 24 - Readers' Choice Rating: 80.5
"A beautiful and intriguing place" where "every view is like a painting," Venice won over our readers with its "unbelievable atmosphere." There's "not a bad meal to be had in this city," and it's a "paradise for shopping and fashion." "Somehow for me this city is apart from this world. You can write pages describing it but it would never be enough. It's the perfect experience to wake up in the morning and have a espresso on a narrow street and to end it in a gondola in the evening."

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Padua, Giotto and The Cappella degli Scrovegni

Padua, Giotto and The Cappella degli Scrovegni | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Padua has a few draw cards, but none so irresistible as the Giotto frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel. They were painted around 1303 to 1305, and are things of extraordinary beauty. Almost as extraordinary is their sate of preservation. In a country absolutely replete with priceless treasures of art and antiquity, Italy has - so wisely - chosen to spend a lot of time, money and expertise in preserving these Giotto frescoes.
700 years is a long time for a painting on a wall to survive. Not only do the frescoes have to resist humidity, damp, light and heat, the building itself has to remain standing, avoiding earthquakes and the bombs of war. The Scrovegni Chapel was not part of a famous church or public building. It was built as a private chapel for a well-heeled Paduan nobleman, and the adjoining palace has long since gone. But it survives.
Visitors to the frescoes must book in advance, and only 25 people are allowed in at any one time. Those 25 must assemble ahead of the appointed time-slot and wait for 15 minutes (entertained by an informative video) in a climate-controlled glass room, while the air, humidity and temperature in the waiting room are adjusted down to that of the frescoed Chapel. Each time the doors are opened and the groups go in, the Chapel is given a short breathing space to regroup before the next gentle onslaught. In this way, it’s hoped that no more of Giotto’s very ancient and beautiful lapis lazuli blue will fall from his Madonnas’ cloaks. You know something’s very fragile when your very breathing could destroy it.

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Trentino Sport 2013 | Digital Diary Trentino 2013 | Tiny Trentino

Timmy Henny from South Africa employes the 'tilt shift' technique for his ironic Tiny Trentino video, for a Digital Diary project by Can't Forget It{aly}.

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10 things to know before visiting Sicily - CNN

10 things to know before visiting Sicily - CNN | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Sicily has beautiful black-sand beaches, a volcano to ski on and desserts to satisfy the sweetest tooth.
Plus 8,000 mummified citizens in the catacombs of Palermo, to keep you awake at night.
Oh, and the Mafia? There are hundreds of places to eat, shop and sleep run by Sicilians who have said no to organized crime.
1. Sicily isn't all that Italian
2. If you meet the Mafia, you won't know it
3. The bikini is very old news here
4. Sicily rivals Greece for ancient Greek architecture
5. Desserts will satisfy the sweetest tooth
6. Manners remain very formal
7. You can ski on a volcano
8. Mummies are a weird attraction
9. The beaches are black and white
10. The wine's no longer all swill

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Mushroom madness in the Maremma

Mushroom madness in the Maremma | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Mushroom season in the Maremma Tuscany is a crazy, suspicion-filled, high octane battle to beat your neighbour in the race to see who can get more porcini!
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Sistine Chapel – things you never knew

Sistine Chapel – things you never knew | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Rome is one of the top 5 most visited cities in the world and top of Rome’s ‘must see’ list is the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

We have all gazed up in astonishment at the Sistine Chapel, but how much do you really know about this masterpiece?


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Ridiculously Surreal Photos of San Marino

Ridiculously Surreal Photos of San Marino | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Look at these views. It’s like I took them on a plane except that I didn’t and that I was actually high up in the mountains in one enclaved micro-state called San Marino.

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5 Things You Should Know About Travel Insurance For Medical Conditions

5 Things You Should Know About Travel Insurance For Medical Conditions | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
In order for you to obtain travel insurance with a medical condition, you need to declare any pre-existing medical conditions. Purchasing such a policy is slightly more difficult and expensive but it is still possible. Claiming insurance when you already have an existing medical condition that the company was not aware of may result in denial of the claim.
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Creative Self Promotion in Abruzzo | Castrovalva dreamin'

Video realizzato a Castrovalva (Aq) - interpretato dagli abitanti di questo spettacolare borgo e da quelli che lo frequentano spesso.

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Residents of every age of Castrovalva in L’Aquila, Abruzzo have made a video of themselves performing Donna Summer’s ‘Hot Stuff’ in an effort to promote their village to tourists.

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Riding in Maremma with Tuscan Cowboys

Riding in Maremma with Tuscan Cowboys | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Discover the tradition of the butteri, the Tuscan horsemen famous for their highly skilled herd handling and unsurpassed riding ability
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A Walk Around Cesena, Italy | The Biblioteca Malatestiana

A Walk Around Cesena, Italy | The Biblioteca Malatestiana | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Cesena, a city between the Apennines and the Adriatic sea, a prosperous city that loves art and culture, and is proud of its heritage.

Cesena is a treasure of architectural and historical interest, and the monuments and buildings are well preserved.

  • Piazza del Popolo
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • La Rocca, the old Malatestiana fortress
  • Fontana Masini
  • Teatro Alessandro Bonci in Piazza Giudazzi.
  • Piazza Almerici 
  • Palazzo Ridotto
  • Biblioteca Malatestiana
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Here the best highlight of the article:

Biblioteca Malatestianathe first public library in Europe and it remains perfectly intact as it was when it was built in the fifteenth century in spite of wars, fires and the occupation of Napoleon! It is a living monument to the period before printing presses and the craftmanship of the era.

It looks more like a small church, with a central nave outlined by tall white columns on each side, and flanked by stained glass windows. The windows were specifically placed to provide good reading light.
The reading benches are the original wood and have the Malatesta crest on the side. They look like church pews, but notice the chains which bind the books to the benches. This was not a lending library, but a place where anyone could come to read and study.
From the UNESCO World Heritage Memory of the World register, I found this description:
“Besides amassing the great works of medieval culture, Malatesta Novello collected the fruits of the classical Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Arab traditions so that he could realize his project of a universal culture along humanist lines. The precious 343 codices are still in the place where they have lain for the past five centuries.”
Honestly, it’s worth the visit to Cesena all on its own.

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Marissa Roy's curator insight, October 30, 2013 11:54 AM

This photo diary is really interesting as it dives into the lesser known city of Cesena. It is not a heavy tourist area, but it sure looks beautiful. It is interesting that much of the original architecture is perserved and kept up with. I think this shows that the people of the society really care about how their city looks as well as the history behind it.

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Rome Vespa Tour

Mickela visits in the ancient city of Rome seeing the historical, culinary, and musical side of the area, all with the help of the talented tour guides of Walks of Italy. She gets a quick view of the city on a Vespa, gets a local food tour which includes making home made pizza, and ends up finding a traditional feast in the quaint neighborhood of Trastevere!

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http://vespatoursrome.com 

http://scooteroma.com/

http://www.myvespa.it/

http://www.neronetoursitaly.com/rome/rome-by-vespa 

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Max Rocca's curator insight, October 25, 2013 5:24 AM

Perché no? qualcosa di nuovo anche in Italia; un turismo divertente un modo diverso di visitare la città. Ottima idea! Bravi 

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Castelluccio di Norcia on National Geographic photo-sharing platform | Exploring Our Changing World Through Photography

Castelluccio di Norcia  on National Geographic photo-sharing platform | Exploring Our Changing World Through Photography | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, National Geographic launched their photo-sharing platform, Your Shot (NGYourShot.com), which allows photography fans to connect with photographers and editors around virtual assignments and get direct feedback on their work.

 Mauro Maione with the photo "Castelluccio di Norcia" have chances to have the shot published in National Geographic magazine, or winning “editor’s choice” and receive a personal portfolio review, a five-day National Geographic Photo Workshop in Santa Fe, N.M., and a $1,000 gift card to B&H Photo.

Vote for him, the assignment has already received 20,000 submissions and the entry period ends October 22, 2013. For more information, visit the official Explore Our Changing World assignment page.

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Italian Life Rules – If The Shoe Fits

Italian Life Rules – If The Shoe Fits | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italy is famous for its shoes and rightly so. There are, however, rules for which pair of shoes is appropriate for each occasion and location.

The short and unchanging list:

  1. shoes and sandals for townwear (be it a village or city);
  2. sport shoes for participating in sporting events;
  3. flip-flops or rubber sandals for the beach or poolside;
  4. shower shoes for public or hotel showers; 
  5. slippers for home.

The trend-setting Italians base their choice of shoe both on reasons of style and of health. The sidewalks, streets, and floors in the world outside the home are not controlled nor cleaned by the Italian mother. Thus, all surfaces outside the home are suspect and assumed to contain large amounts of deadly pathogens. Shoes and sandals, depending on the weather, are to be worn at all times when outside the home, except when participating in a sport or at the beach.
No professional Italian woman transits (on foot, via car, scooter or bicycle, or on public transportation) to work wearing sports shoes with her designer slacks or skirt. [...]

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Becoming Italian Word by Word: Top Ten Tips for Learning the Italian Language

Becoming Italian Word by Word: Top Ten Tips for Learning the Italian Language | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
In honor of the annual "Settimana della Lingua Italiana" (Italian Language Week), I am sharing my favorite ways of acquiring l’italiano.
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Here the tip n°. 4: Watch. Rent  or download film classics such as Roma, città aperta or La dolce vita. By all means, read the English subtitles but leave the sound on so you can absorb the rhythm of the language.

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venarbol's curator insight, October 18, 2013 2:23 AM

L'auteur de l'article nous donne ses 10 astuces pour apprendre l'italien

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10 of the best Italian restaurants in Rome

10 of the best Italian restaurants in Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
From a cozy trattoria to an experimental bistro and Michelin-starred luxury

One thing that should be eternal about the Eternal City is great Italian food. But that doesn’t mean pizza Napoli or pasta marinara every night. These 10 restaurants range from a cozy trattoria through an experimental bistro to the city’s most Michelin star-spangled establishment. What do they have in common?

Not spaghetti bolognese on the kids’ menu.

They’re all highly regarded for the Italian culinary niche they serve.

  1. La Pergola
  2. Antica Pesa
  3. Imàgo
  4. Pipero al Rex
  5. Giggetto
  6. Lilli
  7. Restaurant Roof Garden
  8. Marzapane
  9. Fish Market
  10. Arancia Blu
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Pic Eat Life's curator insight, November 2, 2013 6:02 PM

Espectaculares los lugares. Para tener en cuenta a la hora de visitar Roma y comer bien.