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Review: 'The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi,' edited by Gianfranco Malafarina

Review: 'The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi,' edited by Gianfranco Malafarina | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
Assisi's famous Basilica of St.
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One of my favorite times to plan a vacation to Italy is during the Christmas season. The mood is set. It is festive and easy to feel the holiday spirit. This beautiful Nativity Scene painting is by Giotto. It is a fresco located at the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi. For more about Christmas vacations to Italy click http://italiantourism.us/italy-christmas-vacation-packages-italy-thanksgiving-vacation-packages/

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Ferrara: Elegant and Classy

Ferrara: Elegant and Classy | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
A deep blue sky, dotted here and there by bright white clouds, welcomed me in Ferrara, one of the many enchanting cities of the Emilia-Romagna region.
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The Emilia Romagna region is one of my favorite destinations in Italy.  The entire region is classy and elegant. Parma, Modena, Bologna, and Ferrara are all fabulous towns.  The countryside is peaceful and fertile. Although off the beaten path these gems offer everything that one expects from a great Italy vacation: good food, incredible cultural history, fine art, music, and theater, and welcoming people.  For your next Italy vacation visit http://ItalianTourism.us for an all-inclusive Italy vacation itinerary that includes the Emilia Romagna region.

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Doing time on Italy's prison islands - Off The Beaten Path Italy Vacations

Doing time on Italy's prison islands - Off The Beaten Path Italy Vacations | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
For centuries Italy has housed its convicts and political enemies on some of the myriad tiny islands that dot its stunning coastline. Though they once held some of the country's most-wanted criminals, these prison islands are now among its most-wanted vacation destinations.
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Italy's version of Alcatraz, prison islands are popular off the beaten path 2015 Italy tour destinations.  With wine vineyards, dining, and accommodations the island aspect is about all Italy's prison islands have in common with Alcatraz.  For more about touring Italy in 2015 visit ItalianTourism.us

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Gluten-Free Dining while Touring Italy

Gluten-Free Dining while Touring Italy | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
Perhaps surprisingly, the land of pasta and pizza is welcoming, even sympathetic, to travelers who avoid eating gluten.
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Food is taken seriously in Italy. So much is home made in the the kitchen of the restaurant you are visiting it is common to find gluten-free food despite pizza, pasta, and break being common with most meals. If you are thinking of an Italy tour don't let your gluten-free diet slow you down. Start planning that Italy vacation today with ItalianTourism.us

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Italy's 20 regions, dish by delicious dish - Italy Vacations

Italy's 20 regions, dish by delicious dish - Italy Vacations | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
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Italy's 20 regions, dish by delicious dish
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(CNN) -- One reason Sicilians tend to identify with Sicily first and Italy (a distant) second? Sicilian food. The same goes for Veneto in the north or Puglia in the south.
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There is no question Italy is a Republic of 20 unique regions, each with its own culture that is evident in its culinary traditions.  Nice list of regional Italian recipes.  When you are ready for the real thing contact http://italiantourism,us for the best deal Italy vacation packages.

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Hilltop town in Italy offers a trip back in time - Montreal Gazette

Hilltop town in Italy offers a trip back in time - Montreal Gazette | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
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Hilltop town in Italy offers a trip back in time
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Orvieto is one of the most striking, memorable, and enjoyable hill towns in central Italy.
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Traveling between Rome and Florence by train or car Orvieto is an easy stop. With Etruscan ruins, beautiful Duomo,  fine food and wine, Orvieto is a good place to enjoy the feel of Italy's smaller towns without going to far off the beaten track.

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Italy Sorrento - Travel Italy Video Guide - WebVisionItaly.com

Italy Sorrento - Travel Italy Video Guide - WebVisionItaly.com | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
Travel Italy with WebVisionItaly.com Italy travel video guides to Italy hotels, restaurants in Italy, and Italy destinations Rome, Florence and Venice.
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Check out the WebVisionItaly.com cooking channel for the best Italian recipes.

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In Umbria, the poor man’s Tuscany, you can live like a king

In Umbria, the poor man’s Tuscany, you can live like a king | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
In Italy’s Umbria region, you can work on an olive farm, dine like a royal and taste some of the world’s best wine.
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There still some other "poor man's Tuscanys" left for those looking for an affordable Italy vacation.  Each of Italy's 20 regions is unique. Each of Italy's 20 regions offer the traveler great food, wine, culture and history.  Umbria is of course a fabulous Italian region located close enough to Rome and Florence so that it may enjoyed easily while visiting Italy's highlights.  For more information about touring Italy visit ItalianTourism.us.

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Northern Italy Vacations - Milan: Lost da Vinci mural discovered beneath layers of paint in Italian castle

Northern Italy Vacations - Milan: Lost da Vinci mural discovered beneath layers of paint in Italian castle | Italy Tours | 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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Milan is full or artistic treasures.  On your Northern Italy vacation be sure to include some time to discover this fabulous city.  For more about traveling to Italy visit http://italiantourism.us

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Italy Tours - Tuscany region of Italy is the perfect destination for food and wine lovers - New York Daily News

Italy Tours - Tuscany region of Italy is the perfect destination for food and wine lovers - New York Daily News | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
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Tuscany region of Italy is the perfect destination for food and wine lovers
New York Daily News
The 25 guest rooms are in a restored Renaissance house that's 492 yards above sea level.
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No question Tuscany vacations are the destination for food and wine lovers. Of course, art lovers will find plenty so see in Tuscany. And history buffs will be in the region where the Etruscans thriver 3000 years ago.  Fore more about Tuscany vacations visit ItalianTourism.us

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Italy Tours - Hotel Ideas for Liguria and Italian Riviera

Italy Tours - Hotel Ideas for Liguria and Italian Riviera | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
Splashed with colors, inviting sparkling blue waters and a coastline with powdery sand beaches and rocky cliffs – the image we paint in our minds is known to everyone as the Italian Riviera, the stretch of coast between France and Tuscany.
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The Ligurian Coast is simply the perfect summer in Italy vacation destination.  From the well known Cinque Terre and Portofino around west toward France, there are lovely towns and beaches along the stretch of coast between France and Tuscany. Perfect for exploring with a car or with a tour of Italy. For more information about Italy vacations in Liguria click http://italiantourism.us/italy-travel-guide/liguria-sightseeing/

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Italy Tours - 10 Things We Love About Authentic Italy Vacations with ItalianTourism.us

We traveled across Italy to make this short film., searching out our favorite foods (we know, mozzarella and many other things are missing), seeing how they are…
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Along your Italy tour authentic Italian food is part of the Italy vacation experience. This fun video of 10 culinary delights enjoyed by Italy travelers.  Looking for authentic Italy vacation packages visit http://italiantourism.us

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Ancient Roman Shipwrecks Reveal Information About Trade

Ancient Roman Shipwrecks Reveal Information About Trade | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
Ancient Roman shipwrecks dated to 300 B.C. with containers, pots, vases and other cargo mostly intact was found off Italy's coast between Rome and Naples.
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Ventotene, a tiny island off of Italy's west coast between Rome and Naples is the site of some very big archaeology discoveries. Ancient Roman shipwrecks below the sea here dating back to 300 B.C open window to life in ancient Rome and reveal secrets of trading.  For more about all inclusive Italy vacations visit http://italiantourism.us

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Southern Italy: Napoli and Amalfi Coast by Pere

Southern Italy: Napoli and Amalfi Coast by Pere | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
I organized a short trip to Napoli with two friends from London and we had an amazing time - Napoli was the perfect destination! Italy is a very nice country but I spent most of the time in northern area, never venturing further south than Rome. This trip to Napoli was my first experience visiting South Italy and I loved it, so different from the North part. This trip offers many things to do in a very short time, from the energy of Naples, to the city of Pompei and vistas of the Amalfi Coast…
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Naples is slowly coming around. Shedding its reputation for garbage piled high, it has always been one of Motorino's favorite destinations in Italy.  Strolling around Spaccanapoli and Via Chiaia is always enjoyable, if you don't mind some chaos. The espresso, pizza, and other local foods are delightful.  Via Gregorio Armeno and the is interesting,  The Naples Archaeology Museum is full of ancient artifacts going back to the Magna Grecia. For more about touring Italy visit http://italiantourism.us

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A new dawn for the Mezzogiorno?

A new dawn for the Mezzogiorno? | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
For the first time since the Grand Tour of the 18th Century, southern Italy is registering on savvy travellers’ radars.
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Southern Italy tours are among the most popular for those looking for an authentic Italy vacation. Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Puglia are fabulous destinations in Italy for your summer vacation. For more about traveling around Southern Italy visit http://italiantourism.us/

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Italy's most beautiful coastal towns

Italy's most beautiful coastal towns | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
Partly because we’re sick of this never-ending winter, and partly because we’re obsessed with Italy,
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Being a peninsula there is no shortage of beautiful coastal towns in Italy.  Here are a few obvious ones.  For an off-the-beaten path Italy vacation contact ItalianTourism.us

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Trip to Turin, Restaurants and Photos

Trip to Turin, Restaurants and Photos | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
Great places to eat for two days in Turin. It's a huge city filled with lots to do and see. Check out Eataly and a few other great spots. (Love me some Torino @wiredjazz!
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A trip through Northern Italy is completed in Turin.  Great food, amazing city, and the lovely Torinos make visiting this Northern Italian city pure pleasure.

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'Pitchfork' protests rattle Italian government - BBC News

'Pitchfork' protests rattle Italian government - BBC News | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
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'Pitchfork' protests rattle Italian government
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All seem to be united in their contempt for Italy's politicians, who are accused of failing to address the country's grave economic problems.
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Italy became a country around 1870.  Whn you tour Italy you'll find that Italy's strength is in its 20 unique regions and their guarding local identity and way of life.  On the Italic peninsula localism rules the day.  The Umbrians, Romans, Sicilians, Abruzzi, Lombardians etc etc are no strangers to colonizers who come along to exploit and steal from local communities under the guise of centralization.  One thing ingrained in the Italian blood is to suspect of those who claim to make life better by centralizing power and then dictating rules. Look for the Italians to shatter the technocrats dream of centralization i.e - stealing from communities to pay for some far away bureaucrats lifestyle.

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Ski season starts early - A Luxury Travel Blog

Ski season starts early - A Luxury Travel Blog | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
Snow is falling all over the Alps. Almost half a metre has fallen in the last few days, and it hasn’t stopped yet.
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For those looking for 2014 Italy vacations to ski the alps - the time is now!  Snow is falling and airlines are beginning to raise the very low airfare to Italy prices.  Contact ItalianTourism.us for more winter Italy vacation information.

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Italy Tours - Easy Guide to Famous Tuscan Wines

Italy Tours - Easy Guide to Famous Tuscan Wines | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
Autumn is the grape harvest time in Tuscany, leaves are falling off the trees and the first cold days of the fall season have just arrived. Is there anything better…
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Quick guide to Tuscany's wines:

1 - Chianti Classico
2 - Brunello di Montalcino

3 - Nobile di Montepulciano
4 - Vernaccia di San Gimignano
5 - Super Tuscans

 

For more about vacations to Tuscany click http://italiantourism.us/tuscany-vacation-package/

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Italy Tours - Traveling the Made in Italy brands

Italy Tours - Traveling the Made in Italy brands | Italy Tours | 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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In this age of globalization and centralization Italy is a stark reminder that localization is the true path to human dignity.  For more about visiting Italy's fabulous shopping outlets visit http://www.ItalianTourism.us

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Andrea Bocelli: Making sweet music in Italy's splendido Portofino

Andrea Bocelli: Making sweet music in Italy's splendido Portofino | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
International singing star Andrea Bocelli recalls the magic of a summer concert on the Italian Riviera and tells of his love for Tuscany - where he grew up and where's he now bases himself.
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Bocelli's music is a delight. If you'd like to expereince the Andrea Bocelli July concert in Tuscany contact ItalianTourism.us

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Italy Tours - What Michelangelo Can Teach Us about Innovation and Competition

Italy Tours - What Michelangelo Can Teach Us about Innovation and Competition | Italy Tours | Scoop.it
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Italy tours are a journey into the soul of a great culture. What the traveler learns in Italy is that innovation is at the heart of being the best and living life well. Italy brings important lessons to life. Italy is about living the best. In striving for the best, we learn about innovation.

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ItalianTourism.us Italy Tours: Umbrian Food

ItalianTourism.us Italy Tours: Umbrian Food | Italy Tours | Scoop.it

[...] Umbria relies strongly on seasonal produce such as mushrooms, wild asparagus, and numerous other fresh vegetables, and of course on the highly prized truffles that grow throughout the region.

Antipasti in Umbria also reflect this regions best, and can be as simple as a variety of bruschetta topped with olive or truffle pastes, a platter of grilled vegetables dressed with the region’s olive oil, or a selection of the region’s exceptional salumi, or cured meat specialties. The simple frittata is another popular appetizer, flavored with cheese, sauteed greens, fresh herbs, or leftover vegetables. In the spring, fava beans dressed simply with olive oil and Pecorino cheese are often served, while in the fall when olive oil is harvested, antipasti may include Pinzimonio, fresh vegetables dipped in seasoned olive oil, or Fettunta, grilled bread slices drizzled with new olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.

Probably the most typical Umbrian pasta dish are strangozzi, often served with black truffles, or a spicy tomato sauce from Spoleto. Other pasta dishes include umbricelli in salsa di Trasimeno, a fish based sauce made from lake perch filets, shallots, garlic and chilli pepper. Other heartier pasta dishes include pappardelle alla lepre, (wild hare ragu), seasoned with bacon and cloves, or tomato based sauces made with rabbit or duck.

Umbrian soups tend to be rustic, and include seasonal vegetables, dried beans such as favas, lentils and chickpeas, farro or spelt, and chestnuts. These hearty soups are served simply with a drizzle of good Umbrian olive oil and can take the place of a first course at dinner, or become a main course at lunch.

Umbria is known for an abundance of meat dishes, particularly lamb, pork, and game, either grilled over the fire or cooked on the spit with an abundance of herbs, but is probably most famous for its roast suckling pig. Though typical throughout Central Italy its origins are truly Umbrian. Cooked on the spit in a wood oven, the pig is stuffed with liver, heart and lungs diced with pepper, garlic, salt and wild fennel. Norcia has become so famous for its art of pork butchery and preparation of cured meats, that butchers across Italy now use the term norcino to indicate all kinds of meats preserved in this manner. Visitors to this small city in northern Umbria will be able to savour the extraordinary variety of cured meats, from cojoni di mulo to boar sausages, DOC and IGP denomination Norcia prosciutto, and Ciauscolo, made with the shoulder cut of the pork, bacon and pork fat all minced three times, which is ideal for spreading over bread. Among the region’s most traditional typical main courses is Terni’s colombaccio selvatico, or palomba (turtledove), generally cooked on the spit. The area around Orvieto also specializes in the gallina ubriaca (translated as drunken hen), which is simply chicken cooked in plenty of good Orvieto wine. Specialities from Perugia include roast lamb’s head and Torello alla Perugina. As well as farm reared meats, being a rural region, Umbria is known for its game, and everything from wild boar to wild hare, and even pigeon are prepared in a variety of different methods and can be found on restaurant menus across the region. [...]


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