‘Round Rome: The Pantheon

Rome, Italy The Pantheon is one of the most famous buildings in Italy’s capital city and a must-see site on any visit to Rome. It is also is the oldest domed building. The dome itself, the top of which is an oculus (an open hole), is to this day still the largest dome of unreinforced […]

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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 Easter, followed by ‘Pasquetta’ (Easter Monday). Olive branches are common around Easter time in Italy. […]

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Bishops check mates: Vatican survey on relationships

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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 bishops around the world asking for opinions on modern families. Pope Francis will then use […]

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Walking in Rome: the road best travelled

The idea of hiring a car in Italy and driving through the stunning countryside, dropping into a few wineries along the way, visiting cities such as Venice, Florence and Rome in a car… sounds idyllic right? The reality however is that most Italian wines are produced by small, family-run wineries who do not have open cellar doors and […]

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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, as there are no silent letters in Italian. Same goes for how you say ‘Per […]

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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 and – some of our favourite events – ‘sagre‘. Sagre – local specialty food festivals […]

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