Glass & Crystal: Being clear about Italy’s most precious arts

Not always the most luggage-friendly things to buy in Italy, these special made-in-Italy items are definitely worth checking out. If you can’t squeeze in one of the glorious chandeliers, maybe you could splurge on a cute pair of earrings or some wine glasses instead… MURANO: The Glass Island, Venice The history of glassmaking in Venice […]

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Arch of Constantine – Rome’s most modest monument

‘Caput Mundi’ is  Latin for ‘Capital of the World’, which the Romans not-so-modestly called their beloved city. It was however quite an apt nomination for Rome, being that the Romans did rule over the ancient world to include much of Europe’s south, as well as Northern African and Southwest Asian regions. Starting from the 2nd […]

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Grateful for Thanksgiving – in Florence, Italy

Italy is one of the best places to visit to experience age-old traditions that have continued through to this day. But one tradition you’d probably not expect to experience is a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in Florence. But if do happen to be in Florence for Thanksgiving (which in 2011 falls on Thursday, November 24th), you’ll […]

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Florence: Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler …and Nelson Mandela?

Seeing Bob Dylan live in concert is being involved in a part of history that thankfully has not yet become the past. He manages to put new twists on his classic songs, with lucky concert-goers witness to his ever-evolving musical genius. Florence is now lucky enough to be hosting one of Bob Dylan’s concerts which […]

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