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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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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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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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Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

For many people Valentine’s Day is a day for roses, chocolates and public declarations of affection or even proposals. For others it’s just a modern commercial rip-off. But did you ever stop to think how Valentine’s Day started? Here’s a hint … Continue reading

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