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The French-Italian Connection

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View taken on June 4, 2013 shows the inside of the Maddalena survey gallery in Chiomonte, northeastern Italy. The Maddalena survey gallery is the fourth tunnel that, together with the three access tunnels already excavated in France, will provide access to the future base tunnel of the new Turin-Lyon railway link.

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Three gems of the Amalfi Coast

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The Amalfi Coast, which lies on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula, can rightfully claim to be Europe’s most beautiful coastline.

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Renée Ricciardi: Capturing Italy’s beekeeping community

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Last August, Renée Ricciardi bought a one-way ticket to Italy, packed a suitcase and her camera gear, and traveled across the Atlantic with one goal in mind: photographing bees. For most people, it would be an odd reason to visit Italy, but for Ricciardi, it fit perfectly. The project united her photography studies – she graduated from Massachusetts College of Art just a few months prior – with her beekeeping hobby and love for Italy. The idea to undertake such work came together organically over the period of a couple years. In 2011, just as Ricciardi started beekeeping in her ...

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Vatican Opens Ancient Necropolis to Public

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On Feb. 3, the Vatican opened the Roman Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis to the public for the first time.

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Experience San Gimignano Tuscany As It Was in 1300

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Visiting San Gimignano, the Tuscan town famous for its towers, can feel like a journey back in time. One of the town’s museums – San Gimignano 1300 – helps you have this time travel feeling with an historic, miniature version of what this UNESCO World Heritage Site was like in the year 1300.

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MaidenItaly Bring 1930s Italian Swing to Boston Area

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Boston is quickly becoming home to a number of excellent Italian musicians and artists. Among them, a new trio focusing on 1930s Italian swing is ready to make its debut on Nov. 20 at Cambridge’s Ryles Jazz Club. Here is our exclusive interview with the group: Who are MaidenItaly, and how did you meet? MaidenItaly are Marta Rainoldi, Giorgia Renosto and Mariana J Rigel. We are all Berklee College of Music alumni, and initially connected through the large Beklee community of fellow musicians and friends. While we had been throwing around the idea of founding MaidenItaly for a while, Mariana’s ...

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Italy’s 2013 Grape Harvest Looking Good

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The grape harvest has begun in Italy and looks to be on track to make more high-quality wine than the 2012 harvest.

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Italians Go Home for Lunch No Matter What

Alberto Sordi takes a break in "Un americano a Roma"

Remember when you were a kid and you could go home for lunch if you brought a note for your teacher? In the U.S., I think that possibility ended in the 1980s and surely few American kids and adults have the luxury of going to their house for lunch.

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Excellent year for Italian wines

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s the grape harvest begins in southern Italy, the Association of Italian Enologists predicts that 2013 may well be an excellent year for the production of both red and white local wines.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Visit Italy in August

Crowded summer beach in Italy (photo by Roberto Ferrari)

I’ve been talking to people who are deciding at the last minute to visit Italy this summer. For a number of reasons (like the school schedule), their schedules only allow them to visit Italy in August.

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Siena Cathedral Floor to Go On Display

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The ornate marble floor of Siena’s Duomo is one of its great treasures. Yet it is rarely uncovered in all its glory for visitors to see.

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Sicily’s Mount Etna Gets World Heritage Status

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An Unbiased Italy Travel Blog Brought to You by Perillo Tours Mount Etna, Sicily’s towering and active volcano, has been deemed a World Heritage Site by the United Nations office UNESCO. The volcano joins 47 other World Heritage sites in Italy, including the Amalfi Coast and the Dolomite Mountains. The selection of World Heritage sites is based on 10 criteria such as “to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.” “The almost continuous eruptive activity of Mount Etna continues to influence volcanology, geophysics and ...

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