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Author Archives: Kathy McCabe

Kathy is the founder of the award-winning subscription travel newsletter Dream of Italy, and a noted Italy travel expert. Kathy’s travel advice has been quoted in USA TODAY, BusinessWeek, U.S. News + World Report and on ABC News, among others. Follow Kathy and Dream of Italy on Facebook and Twitter.

Pantelleria: 5 Things You Don’t Know About this Sicilian Wonder

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An Unbiased Italy Travel Blog Brought to You by Perillo Tours Pantelleria. You will be forgiven if you’ve never heard of it. It is about as far away from mainland Italy as you can get and still be considered Italy. It can be found between Sicily and Tunisia. Whether or not you’ve heard of Pantelleria, you may not know these five fun facts about the island: 1. The island’s dammusi date back to the 10th century. Dammusi, the signature homes of the island, were first built during the 10th century and are unique to Pantelleria. These homes have a rectangular ...

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Unusual Weather Delivers Italy’s Worst Grape Harvest in Decades

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Summer storms have dampened Italian wine grape production, putting this year’s harvest on track to be the most meager since 1950.

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Taxes Up in Rome’s Luxury Hotels

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Italian lawmakers recently approved a new lodging tax, hiking fees for five-star and four-star hotels from 3 to 7 € and 6€, respectively.

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Italy’s Monuments Looking for Donors

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The Colosseum is being renovated through funds from Tod’s, Bulgari is sprucing up the Spanish Steps and Fendi is refurbishing the Trevi Fountain.

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New Rules at Italian State Museums

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As of July 1st, new rules are being applied to visits of Italy’s state museums, such as the Uffizi in Florence.

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Rome’s Trevi Fountain Undergoes Renovation

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Where is the one place any visitor to Rome must go? Why Trevi Fountain of course! As throwing three coins in the fountain promises a return trip to the Eternal City.

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The Famous Tailors of Naples

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Naples has long been famous for its tailors. Italians and foreigners alike have flocked to this southern Italian city for handmade suits. The New York Times is reporting that Neapolitan tailoring is hotter than ever.

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Italy Travel Photo: The Christ of Maratea

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In 1963, commissioned by Count Rivetti, who first put Maratea’s name on the tourism map, Florentine sculptor Bruno Innocenti crafted the 72-foot statue called Il Redentore (the redeemer) out of white marble.

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Ostia Antica Discovery: “Bigger Than Pompeii”

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While Pompeii may be the most famous archaeological site in Italy, fans of Ancient Rome often argue that the lesser-known ruins of Ostia Antica, just outside of Rome, surpass Pompeii in quality.

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Rome Food Tour: Shop and Eat As The Romans Do!

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Romans take their food shopping seriously. Gathering staples and ingredients for the coming days is more of a time-honored ritual than a series of errands.

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Largest Maze in the World to Open Near Parma

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It took eight years to construct and now the world’s largest maze or labyrinth is set to open in Italy.

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Florence’s Hidden Art Collection Open For Limited Time

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If you’re visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence between now and April 29th, you have an exciting opportunity to see one of Florence’s hidden art collections.

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