Via San Gregorio Armeno: Naples’ Nativity Street

Naples’ Nativity Street In the heart of Naples’ historic city centre is Via San Gregorio Armeno. Aside from its architectural and historical importance, the street has become famous for its plethora of stores selling traditional hand-made figurines. These are no mere toys, however. Hand-carved and finely detailed, they are designed to be placed in traditional Presepe, […]

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Museo dell’Opera del Duomo – Florence’s Cathedral Museum

After recently undergoing extensive renovations, Florence’s Duomo Museum is now open to the public. This Florence museum is comprised of 28 rooms, spanning some 6000 square metres over three floors, housing more than 700 artworks from over 7 centuries of history. Hosting artworks by artists including Michelangelo, Ghiberti, Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Antonio Pollaiolo, Verrocchio […]

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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #8: Eat like a local, with the locals

Beyoncé in Florence Italy

Italians eat dinner late, usually sitting down to dine in Italy at around 8.00-9.00 pm. Restaurants thus have their first seatings at around 7.30pm. Our latest tip for travelling in Italy is: eat dinner later for a true Italian dining experience! If you find somewhere that is willing to serve up a ‘traditional’ Italian meal […]

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Porcini Mushrooms: an Italian recipe favourite

Porcini mushrooms are one of Italy’s most beloved fungi. They are easily found dried in many local grocery stores, however finding them fresh can be a slightly more difficult task! Almost impossible to cultivate, most local supplies of porcini mushrooms are collected from the wild by local porcini mushroom hunters. Also known as the less-than-delicious-sounding […]

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Calcio Storico – Florence’s ancient ball sport

Calcio Storico Fiorentino

It’s Calcio Storico time, the historic football tournament played each year in Florence‘s Piazza Santa Croce. Arising in Florence during the 1500s, Calcio Storico (a.k.a. Calcio Fiorentino) is believed to have taken inspiration from games played during Roman times. It was the game of choice for the Renaissance ruling classes. Even Popes (including the two Medici […]

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Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista 2015

Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista

In honour of Florence’s patron saint St John the Baptist – San Giovanni Battista – is the annual Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista. The Florence festival runs from Saturday, 13th until Wednesday, 24th June – culminating on the the feast day of St John the Baptist. Combining Art, Music, Spirituality, Community and Learning, this […]

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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #4: Best way to travel around Italy

Transport in Italy

Our latest Italy travel tip comes from our guide, Kane, a regular train-traveller in Italy. Italy travel tip #4: Catch the train! When travelling between cities in Italy, it is usually quicker, faster and cheaper to catch the train rather than to drive in Italy. Italy has an excellent public transport system, particularly for trains. […]

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