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Siena Palio – which contradas are racing on 16th August 2016?

Tuscany’s Palio di Siena horse race is world famous. 10 jockeys ride mixed breed horses 3 times around Siena’s iconic Piazza del Campo as around 40,000 locals and visitors watch on from the sidelines. And the levels of anticipation and … Continue reading

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Hand carved cameo jewellery in Venice : a classic art

People have been carving cameos into glass, gems, shells and stones for centuries, millennia even. The art goes back at least to the ancient Romans and Greeks with stone cameos surviving from as far back as the 3rd century BC … Continue reading

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Italy 101 – What to pack for Italy

What’s the first thing that goes into your suitcase when preparing for a holiday in Italy? Your swimsuit? Your passport? Your phrasebook? For me it’s always my snorkel, unless I’m going to the mountains, of course! But wherever you’re off … Continue reading

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What’s On in Italy in July

Summer and Italy, two of my favourite words! Add in a festival or two and you’ve got a trip that is close to perfection! And boy does Italy know how to do a festival! In fact there’s so much to … Continue reading

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Dream of Venice Architecture : a new book & exhibition by Riccardo de Cal

Venice is a magical city. Its streets, alleys and canals form a maze to be explored and history literally drips from the walls. Whether its womanizer Casanova’s old haunts, ceremonial buildings built for the republic’s government or simply the sites … Continue reading

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UEFA Euro 2016 – all you need to know about Italy’s team!

The UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament hosted by France kicks off on 10th June – here’s (almost) all you need to know about the Italian squad to “kick off” with! Continue reading

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Siena Palio – which contradas are racing on 2nd July 2016?

The Siena Palio horserace in Tuscany is world famous. Let’s have a look at which contradas are racing on 2nd July 2016? Continue reading

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