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Assisi ~ St Francis Basilica ~ UNESCO

Assisi and the Basilica of St. Francis, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, are by far one of the most traveled tourist attractions in Italy.  The medieval city of Assisi is built on the slopes of the Subasio Mountain, about 2 hours (by train) outside of Rome. As a traveler gets lost in the small Details

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Lombardia ~ Italy’s Richest Region

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Lombardia is considered Italy’s richest region.  Located in the northern part of the country, it is known for its beautiful lakes (Como, Maggiori and Garda), excellent food and wine, Milan for cutting edge fashion, as well as being the financial capital center of Italy.  Lombardia is also Details

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Parco della Musica Auditorium

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Parco della Musica is a large public music complex on the north side of Rome, a place Renzo Piano calls: “both sacred and profane, with a link to the city in its everyday, urban dimension. It also has the spiritual dimension, with music, singing, and entertainment.” The Auditorium is co Details

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Who Designed the Swiss Guard Uniform?

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It is commonly thought that the Swiss Guard uniform was designed by Michelangelo, but it would seem he had nothing to do with it. However, Raphael certainly did influence its development, as he actually influenced fashion through his paintings. It is mainly thanks to Commandant Jules Repond (1910 Details

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Elvis Presley Sings Italian Favorites

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Elvis Presley originally heard a recording of ‘O Sole Mio’ while stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army.  When he was discharged, he requested that new lyrics be written especially for him.  This  musical task was undertaken by the songwriting duo of Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold Details

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August 28, 2011 11:31 pm
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The Firenze Card

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The Firenze Card is your ticket to the city and provides you with admission to more than 30 museums in Florence and is valid for 72 hours.  The Card can be purchased for 50 € and is sold online, but I suggest you wait you arrive to Florence and buy it at one of nine

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Susan Van Allen Loves Italy

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When she first stepped off the train into Roma Termini in 1976, Susan got hooked on Italian travel. Since then she’s explored the country up and down, immersing herself in the country’s masterpieces and culture, taking language and cooking classes, and going on boating, biking, and hi Details

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July 27, 2011 6:27 pm
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Via Alloro ~ Sicily in Beverly Hills

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Via Alloro is like visiting Sicily but it’s in my own backyard.  This Beverly Hills restaurant is just another creation of the culinarily gifted Drago brothers. Giacomino and Tanino created this gem to celebrate Italian cooking, eating and a true passion for living.  Via Alloro is Details

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