Statues line the border of Prato della Valle in Padua, Italy
March 27, 2018

Ancient Padua offers a wealth of precious frescoes that helped define Italy's & Europe's artistic achievements

For excellence in fresco art, Padua, one of the country's most ancient cities, will enthrall and...

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View of complex of shops and buildings at Trajan's Market in Rome
March 26, 2018

Celebrating Trajan: Rome fetes emperor's anniversary with an impressive exhibition

Anniversaries are fitting occasions to review a life, and Rome is doing exactly that with a...

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Purple flowers blooming during Spring in Italy
February 27, 2018

Carmen's Corner - March

It’s March! This is the time one starts dreaming and planning a trip to Italy. I’m often asked, “...

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View of the front facade of the Cathedral of Santa Agatha in Catania, Italy
February 26, 2018

Baroque Architecture in Sicily's Southeastern Hill Towns

Baroque architecture, on a grandiose scale, and with whimsical features, delight visitors in Sicily...

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Looking up at the interior mosaic ceiling of Basilica San Vitale in Ravenna
February 26, 2018

The Byzantine Glory of Ravenna

Ravenna in all its Byzantine glory rivals the mosaics of what was Constantinople. Ancient, Medieval...

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View of rocks with mountain backdrop at Favignana Beach, Sicly
February 1, 2018

Sicily Invites Exploration

Sicily invites exploration on so many fronts -- cuisine, art, architecture, archaeology -- all...

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Beautifully decorated Italian bundt holiday cake
December 11, 2017

Carmen's Corner

When Christmas holidays approach in Italy, sooner or later Italians must take a stand on a most...

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View of Cathedral Santa Maria della Bruna rising majestically over Matera's highest point
December 6, 2017

Italy's ancient city built from stone will be European culture capital

Europe's culture capital in 2019 is an ancient Italian town so old that its stony roots are solidly...

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Piazza San Marco decorated for Christmas in Venice
December 1, 2017

Where Santa takes a gondola to town...

How does Santa come to Venice? On a gondola, of course! While the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica...

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September 17, 2017

Carmen's Corner

This summer, when exploring Palermo's outdoor food market, a riot of colors of artistically...

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