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"You, Me & Sicily!": Sicily's First Settlers

"You, Me & Sicily!": Sicily's First Settlers

On this episode of You, Me & Sicily Alfred and Ezster explore some of Sicily first inhabitants and settlers!
How Much Do You Know About the 5 Triumphal Arches of the Roman Forum?

How Much Do You Know About the 5 Triumphal Arches of the Roman Forum?

When I had my first visit to Rome, I bought a little book from a vendor called “Rome Past & Present.” It has photos of each ruin in the Roman...
The small covered bridge connects the magnificent Doge's Palace, home of the city's ruler and also the courts of justice with the damp, dark, dingy city "new prison" across the canal

Six Facts About the Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs in Venice is an iconic location. Tourists flock to take its picture, lovers and selfie sticks jostling for the best view. But few...
The San Lorenzo Feast in Florence

Notte di San Lorenzo: 8 celebrations not to be missed

Want to wish upon a star? Every year, come August 10th, people all over Italy wish for a cloudless sky and, possibly, for a new moon – the perfect...
50 Trivia Facts about Italy (Part Four)

50 Trivia Facts about Italy (Part Four)

The Tuscan Muse walks us through the last part with the most interesting facts about Italy. Here what makes Italy popular and unique! The longest...
Aliano, The Smallest Village Running to Become Italian Capital of Culture

Aliano, The Smallest Village Running to Become Italian Capital of Culture

Aliano is a small village in the Basilicata region and is located atop "calanchi", which are deforested, sandy soiled, rocky hills. Over the town's...
Naples: Santa Chiara has a “Secret Garden” of Majolica Tiles

Naples: Santa Chiara has a “Secret Garden” of Majolica Tiles

Susan takes us to Naples, where she explores a special place related to Santa Chiara. The old looming Church of Santa Chiara in the heart of Naples...
50 Trivia Facts about Italy (Part Three)

50 Trivia Facts about Italy (Part Three)

Third part of the series introduced by Tuscan Muse with the most interesting things about Italy. Here we go! The national bird of Italy is Bluebird...
The Restoration of Palazzo Venezia's Hercules Room

The Restoration of Palazzo Venezia's Hercules Room

As reported by Italian Press Agency, ANSA, the Hercules Room of 15th-century Palazzo Venezia in Rome is now under restoration and will be open to the...
Doge's Palace in Genoa Offers Special Tickets for Shows

Doge's Palace in Genoa Offers Special Tickets for Shows

The Doge's Palace in Genoa is offering an exhibition deals for five shows over the summer for $17 from July 21-Sept 11: during this time, it will be...
Ponte Vecchio on sunset, old bridge, medieval landmark on Arno river. Florence, Tuscany, Italy.— Photo by StevanZZ

Ponte Vecchio : Florence Oldest Bridge

There’s been a bridge at the site of Florence’s legendary Ponte Vecchio since the days of the ancient Romans. Today it’s a focus for Florence’s...
Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia, 1399 - 1482. Credit: Chronicle/Alamy

An Unsung Genius of 15th Century Florence: Luca della Robbia

As unbelievable as it may seem, one can get used to Beauty. Try to live in a city like Florence for a bunch of years and you may end up taking even...
Geometric Mosaics of Ancient Rome

Geometric Mosaics of Ancient Rome

One of my Italian passions is the study of the ancient Romans. I especially love the artwork, like the excavated wall frescoes in Pompeii and Ostia,...
Today, hand made gelato, known as "gelato artigianale," is a gem of Italian tradition, with specific rules to be followed when making it. Credit: Copyright Julia della Croce/Forktales 2016

The Long History of Gelato

Always a favorite during the Summer, gelato has come a long way since its beginning in the – or so historians think – exotic lands of the Chinese...
Hall of Emperors at Capitoline Museums Back To Its Beauty

Hall of Emperors at Capitoline Museums Back To Its Beauty

The famous Hall of the Emperors at the Capitoline Museums in Rome has been restored to its original beauty. The hall is home to the busts of 67...