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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 … Continue reading

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Popes & Processes: Canonisations of Popes John XXIII & John Paul II

Vatican, Italy  In a series of firsts in the history of the Catholic church, two Popes – John XXIII and John Paul II – are set to become saints in a Vatican ceremony attended by two living Popes – Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Easter in Florence, Italy

Today marks the start of Holy Week, the run up to Easter Sunday on April 20th, 2014. It also sees the start of a range of interesting religious and cultural Easter-time customs in Italy. ‘Pasqua’ is the Italian word for … Continue reading

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Obama to meet Pope Francis in Rome, Italy

Obama is set to meet Pope Francis in Rome, Italy tomorrow, 27th March. In Italy, Obama will also be meeting Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano, having already met Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the recent Nuclear Security Summit in The … Continue reading

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Bishops check mates: Vatican survey on relationships

In a week in which Italians have been caught redefining the concept of a ‘quickie’ by seeking fast-track divorces abroad and Pope Francis has suspended the so-called ‘Bishop of Bling’, the Catholic church has also sent out a survey to … Continue reading

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Italian Food – best foods to try in Italy

One of the best ways to experience cultural immersion in Italy is simply to enjoy a delicious  Italian meal! Each region of Italy has unique specialties that have evolved throughout the centuries to perfectly combine the local in-season ingredients. There … Continue reading

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Learning Italian: Italy’s 3 magic words

Travelling to Italy, you may wish to be prepared with a few key words of Italian to get you by. Of course there is ‘Grazie’ (thank you) – making sure to also pronounce the e at the end, like grazi-è, … Continue reading

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It’s a sign – what to do in Italy

The best way to experience Italy is with the locals. And to do so, there is no better way than to follow the signs. Around cities and small towns, Italians place posters advertising events, markets, concerts, festivals, Renaissance fairs, parades … Continue reading

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Easter in Rome 2013

The Columba – traditional Roman Easter dessert With spring in the air and a new Pope in the Vatican, Rome is certainly a great and exciting place to visit this Easter…and that’s before we even start on the chocolate! Attending Mass … Continue reading

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Habemus Papam Franciscum: All your Pope Francis questions answered!

When white smoke emerged from the Vatican chimneys to signal the selection of a new Pope, loud cheers went out, church bells all around Italy sang out a joyous tune and there was palpable excitement on the streets. Those who … Continue reading

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