Umbria, Where You Slow Down and Savor Everything; Donnie Sexton; GoNOMAD

Italy – Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites

Visiting the towns in Italy’s Umbria region. Assisi, with its famous chapel, Perugia, home to many festivals, Orvieto where great wines are made, and more.

First-time visitors to Italy tend to head straight to Rome, Florence or Venice and rightly so.

Once you have crossed these magnificent cities off your bucket list, go local by exploring Italy’s green heart –Umbria.  This agricultural-rich region, within an hour and half north of Rome, will seduce any visitor with its cobblestoned medieval villages and its abundance of locally produced food and wine.

The pace of life is slower and more affordable, and you’ll come to understand why Italians linger over the pleasures of the table.

Getting Around Umbria


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Which Is The Oldest Theater In The World?; Benjamin Elisha Sawe; World Atlas

Italy – City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto

The Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy is considered to be the oldest theater in the world.

The Teatro Olimpico, which translates to Olympic Theater, in Vicenza, Italy is considered to be the oldest theater in the world, having hosted its first performance in 1585. It is also considered to be one of the most beautiful theaters in Europe The theater was designed by Andrea Palladio, an Italian architect and a master of Renaissance architecture, as well as a designer of numerous celebrated buildings all over Italy. Teatro Olimpico was the home of the Accademia Olimpico which was founded there in the year 1955.

Design of Teatro Olimpico

Teatro Olimpico was commissioned towards the end of the 1570s by the Vicenza Olympic Academy.

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What to do in Emilia Romagna with kids; Kirsty-Sian McShane; The Travel Manuel

Italy – Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena

From learning the ancient arts of pasta making, gelato wielding and balsamic vinegar maturing to diving into the history of Modena and Bologna, the Italian region of Emilia Romagna offered a wide range of wonderful things to do as a family. Here are a few of our favourites…


Positioned at the Art Hotel of Bologna, we couldn’t get closer to the centre of Bologna if we tried. Right in the Piazza Maggiore, we opened our windows at night to hear saxophonists playing sweet melodies for restaurant visitors and looked over rows of red-tiled roofs past blue shutters by day. Located in one of Italy’s most beautiful squares, The Art Hotel Orologio is the perfect, elegant base from which to explore the city, it’s rich history, the wealth of ancient buildings and monuments.

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Born on this day. in 1508. Andrea Palladio. Why we love columns; Chez Namaste Nancy

Italy – City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto

One way or another, most of us have encountered Andrea Palladio. His presence has been, and remains, quietly insistent in our daily lives – even though this great Italian architect was born 500 years ago, almost to the day, and his working life was spent in a relatively contained landscape between his birthplace, Padua, and the scene of some of his greatest triumphs, Venice.

Every building Palladio designed, from a simple farmhouse to his grand monastic churches such as San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, was a gem. Designed inside and out according to a sophisticated play of perfect geometry, each one remains an ideal to live up to. Handsomely crafted, imaginatively sited and bringing the best of classical Roman architecture up to date, his buildings had a profound influence on architecture worldwide.

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The Fashion Girl’s Guide To Florence, Italy; Erin Nicole; The Zoe Report

Italy – Historic Centre of Florence

While every inch of Italy is replete with charm, history and, of course, epic culinary offerings, the city of Florence is worthy of adding to your bucket list, pronto. The metropolis’ many offerings are easily accessible given its compact composition of historical architecture, stacked museums, old-school Tuscan fare and trendy restaurants, bars and shops. Plus, the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site—which means much of it has remained unchanged since the days when it served as the centerpiece of the Renaissance—and it’s Gucci’s hometown to boot! All these and more are reasons to book a ticket for 2018. Keep reading for inspiration on what to do once you’ve arrived.

The Fashion Girl’s Guide To Florence

Where To Stay


48 hours in: Ferrara; Sara Scarpa; Italy Travel and Life

Italy – Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta

Ferrara was Europe’s first modern city, and plans laid here have been copied across the continent. Sara Scarpa visits the often overlooked city of the Este family…

One evening earlier this year, I watched a television programme about the Signorie, the governing bodies of old Italy, and was fascinated by the stories of these famous families who ruled il Bel Paeseduring the Medieval and Renaissance periods.

What really caught my attention was the tale of the younger branch of the Este House, who ruled Ferrara for over three centuries. I must confess that I did not know much about them before, but I was inspired to read more. The history of the Estensi is deeply connected to the history of Ferrara.

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Cinque Terre: the 5 pearls of the Italian Riviera; Patty Civalleri; A Luxury Travel Blog

Italy – Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)

For the luxury-minded traveler, Cinque Terra is the gift to yourself that never stops giving. It will provide you with a lifetime of memories that, because of the unusual scenic treasures, will stand out from the other trips you have taken in your lifetime.

It is both a National Park as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A masterpiece of coastal beauty, it shares words like insanely picturesque, deeply colorful and wildly natural all at the same time. Recently, it has been named the “Cinque Terre Riviera.”

Located on the Ligurian coastline west of Spezia in Northern Italy, it is easy to get there by train (visit the TrenItalia website) from any of the larger cities in Italy.

“Cinque Terre” translates to “Five Lands” in English.

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Massimo Ferragamo on Winemaking at Castiglion del Bosco resort; Jonathan Ho; LUXUO

Italy – Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany

Massimo Ferragamo, the youngest scion of fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo, has turned his passion for vino into Castiglion del Bosco wine resort in Tuscany.

Castiglion del Bosco has a famous new owner with a recognised surname. As the chairman of Ferragamo, the Florence born, US based Massimo Ferragamo, the youngest scion of fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo, has ventured into the least expected (fashion industry) but most unsurprising (chalk it up it to Italian love for ‘la dolce vita’) second career – in the world of winemaking and hospitality with the winery resort of Castiglion del Bosco.

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Here Are Some Of The World’s Best Places To Pop The Question; Ask Men

Italy – Costiera Amalfitana

Discover 10 of the world’s most romantic places to propose.

Here Are Some Of The World’s Best Places To Pop The Question.

The AskMen Acquire team thoroughly researches & reviews the best gear, services and staples for life.

A marriage proposal is without a doubt one of the biggest life decisions you will ever make. Once you’ve made up your mind and picked the perfect ring, you’re probably left asking yourself how to propose in a memorable way. So why not ask her to marry you while on a special trip? It’s a classic for a reason: Picking a scenic and romantic location practically guarantees an unforgettable experience that will sweep your partner off their feet. If you’re looking for the perfect spot to pop the question, we’ve got you covered.

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Venice to divert large cruise ships from city center; ABC News Radio

Italy – Venice and its Lagoon

(VENICE, Italy) — After years of studies, protests and legal debates, the Italian government has announced that large cruise ships and other massive vessels will no longer be able to enter Venice’s large canal, preventing tens of thousands of tourists a day from disembarking in the heart of the famous city on the water.

The vessels will now dock in a new passenger facility that will be built in the nearby industrial port town of Marghera on the Venetian mainland. The mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, hailed the plan as a compromise to residents and environmental groups and said the move will not affect the lucrative tourism businesses.

Cruise ships with more than 3,000 passengers had been halted in legislation passed after the 2012 Costa Concordia disaster, but those regulations were overturned.

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