Siena: what to do and where to visit

Famous for its cuisine, medieval cityscape and its horse race held twice every year, known as the Palio, Siena is a must-see for anyone willing to explore what Tuscany has to offer in its different cities and towns. Local legend has it that this medieval hilltop town was founded by Senius and Aschius – which […]

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Think Tank – A conference discussing the latest on the travel industry

Tourism as we know it has come a long way from its roots. Once solely exclusive to the wealthy, academics, or those seeking health or spiritual improvement, travelling is now one of the most popular activities internationally – accessible to most, desired by almost all. With the rapid increase of popularity in the tourism industry, […]

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Italy’s Carabinieri: Men (and women) in uniform

2014 marks the 200th anniversary of Italy’s police force. Well, one of Italy’s police forces anyway – the Carabinieri. Italy has five national policing bodies: the Polizia di Stato (state police), Guardia di Finanza (financial police), Arma dei Carabinieri (military police), Polizia Penitenziaria (penitentiary police) and the Corpo Forestale dello Stato (national forestry corps). There […]

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Celebrating Italy Bike Riders!

  With his recent Tour de France victory, Italian Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the world’s most famous cycling race in 16 years. It came just a few days after another important celebration for Italian cycling, the centenary of the birth of Gino Bartali. Born in 1914 in the quaint Tuscan village of […]

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Slick Snack: Italian Garlic Bread Recipe

Garlic bread is a traditional side dish served in many Italian restaurants… just not those actually in Italy. In Italy, you may find instead it’s leaner and lighter cousin, Bruschetta. What is commonly – albeit erroneously – called Bruschetta abroad (i.e. toasted bread with tomatoes) in Italy is actually called Bruschetta al Pomodoro (a.k.a toasted […]

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Travelling Italy: a beautiful Basilica in Rome

A great place to visit in Rome is the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs (Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri). Located in Rome’s Piazza della Repubblica, it is just a short distance from Rome’s main train station, Roma Termini. Owing to its unusual history as well as the unique artworks […]

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Weddings in Italy: traditions and superstitions

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Getting married in Italy is enriched by great traditions (and some superstitions), many of which are still kept alive to this day. In the past, marriages would often be arranged by the families of the potential couple or even through the use of an official matchmaker, with engagements being based more on agreements than romance. Today […]

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