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

Pantelleria (photo courtesy Perillo Tours)

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

Wine grapes (photo courtesy Perillo Tours)

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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Enjoying Siena After Sixty


Siena is one of Italy’s most beautiful medieval cities, well worth a trip even if you are only in Tuscany for a few days.

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Offida (Marche)


Offida, a little Town in the Marche, in the Province of Ascoli Piceno.

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Italy’s Monuments Looking for Donors


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


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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Lake Garda in the morning


Sunrise over the mountains surrounding the lake that borders the Lombardy and Veneto regions.

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UMass Amherst’s Angela McMahon Named Head Coach of Italian National Lacrosse Team


The Italian Lacrosse Association has named women’s lacrosse head coach Angela McMahon as head coach of the first-ever Italian national team, which will compete in the 2017 FIL World Cup in Guildford, England. Justin Serpone, who is McMahon’s husband and the men’s soccer coach at Amherst College, will serve as co-head coach of the team. McMahon, who will continue to serve as head coach for the Minutewomen, is tasked with building the Italian national team over the next two years as it prepares for its first world championship event. The first test for the squad will be the 2015 European ...

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Returning to Italy: Any Suggestions?

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“What are you going to write about this month?” asked my sister. I let out a long sigh, “I haven’t a clue. Maybe I have writer’s block or something? Any ideas?” She was quiet for a minute. Although my sister Lisa lived hundreds of miles away in Washington D.C., I could picture her deep in thought: phone in hand, lips pursed, eyes slightly squinted. #184162944 / gettyimages.com “Hmmm … what about the time you slapped me in Basilicata?” I laughed; I should have seen this coming. “You are never going to let that go, are you?” “Nope. Never. You slapped ...

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World Cup Kicks off in Brazil – Forza Azzurri!

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Every four years, for one month in the summer, Italy truly becomes one nation, united under one jersey. It’s World Cup time! Almost every single Italian living on Earth has a memory tied to “i Mondiali” — be it the “Notti Magiche” of Italia ’90, or the heart-stopping penalty kicks against France that led the Azzurri to win their fourth World Cup in 2006. My first vivid World Cup memory dates back to the summer of 1994. The soccer tournament was being held in the United States, and Italy had been led by my hero, Roberto Baggio, all the way ...

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A tour of the Vatican Library


Through the auspices of a good friend, we were given a guided tour of the Vatican Library. What an amazing highlight for a book lover!

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Italy Travel Photo: The Christ of Maratea


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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