LAKE MAGGIORE "RED FOREST"


Visitors to Isola Madre, Stresa, on Lake Maggiore may be startled this summer to find a few transformations in the form of installations and sculptures by the artist Velasco Vitali, including a golden skeletral tree jutting out from the water and a pack of stylized hounds on the steps of Palazzo Borromeo. .


27 Jun 2012 More

ITALY'S BEST BEACHES


According to data issued by the Italian Ministry of Health, the number of clean seas and beaches continues to grow year by year. Coastal controls and water analyses this year have promoted 7.3% more beaches compared with two summers ago.

24 Jun 2012 More

ROME REVIVES OSTIENSE TERMINAL


Rome has finally revived the Ostiense Station, built for the World Cup in Rome in 1990 and intended as a brand new terminal connecting Rome's metro system with Leonardo da Vinci airport. 

21 Jun 2012 More

PORTA DELLA MANDORLA RESTORED

 

After an extensive ten-year restoration, the monumental Porta della Mandorla ( the “Almond Door”) of Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, can now be admired in its original glory. The masterpiece of Nanni di Banco and last of the seven Cathedral doors to be decorated, the entrance owes its name to the Gothic almond-shaped halo, held up by angels, enclosing the Assumption of the Virgin Maria and St. Thomas.

 

18 Jun 2012 More

GUIDE TO "ALBERGHI DIFFUSI"

 

A list of Italy's 60 “Alberghi Diffusi” (village hotels) is now available for consultation online. The formula, created by tourism consultant Giancarlo Dall'Ara 14 years ago, aims to revitalize historic villages and “borghi” at risk of depopulation. The “hotel” is not grouped in one building, but makes use of typical local houses situated near each other, so that visitors can participate in village life and mix with the local population.

 

15 Jun 2012 More

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