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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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What to see and do in Roman Chester

Despite what you might think, you don’t have to be in Italy to discover Italian history, culture and cuisine. Italian pasta is cooked and eaten around the world. Italian wine is easily available in supermarkets. Italian masterpieces fill our art … Continue reading

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Top 8 locations for Shakespeare in Italy

Over the years scholars and literature students have debated many things about the English playwright William Shakespeare. Who was he? Did he write all his plays? Did he ever travel to Italy? And if he didn’t, how come he knew … Continue reading

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Italian 101 – How to say Good Luck in Italian

Italians are a superstitious lot. Many carry lucky charms or touch iron to ward off bad luck (touching wood in Italy will get you nowhere by the way!) Whilst others faithfully follow their horoscopes or call on the saints to … Continue reading

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What’s On in Italy in April

Italian destinations are expected to be more popular than usual this spring. Rome is drawing thousands of extra visitors for the Pope’s special Jubilee year. The northern lakes continue to stun tourists with their Alpine scenery whilst the Adriatic coastline … Continue reading

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29th February – Italians invented the leap year, who knew?

Every fourth year we get an extra day for free on February 29th. And 2016 is one of those years. Which got me thinking. Why do we have leap years and who came up with the idea? Was it just … Continue reading

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Top 6 reasons to visit Forlì, Emilia-Romagna

Forlì, pronounced For-LEE, may not be a name that you’re immediately familiar with, but if you’re visiting central Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region its one to add to your list, especially if you’re an art or architecture lover. Known in Italy for … Continue reading

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