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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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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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What’s On In Italy in May – Part 2

Finally the month of May seems to be hotting up, and so too is the calendar of events. The first half of the month saw 23 events taking place across the peninsula (see Part 1) and the second half looks … Continue reading

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What’s On in Italy in May

What’s on in Italy in May – Part 1 As the weather in Europe continues to flip flop between snow and sunshine it’s hard to believe it’s May already! And I hope you’re ready, because May is packed with art, regattas, … 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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