Museo degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy

DATE : December 30, 2016

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Florence-based IPOSTUDIO was in charge of the gorgeous renovation, restoration and reconfiguration of a complex of monumental, historical buildings that, when re-opened this past summer, were talked about as the most awaited Florentine museum event of 2016.

The new Museo degli Innocenti in Piazza della Santissima Annunziata is an integral part of the Istituto degli Innocenti (Institute of the Innocents) that has been working on behalf of children and families for nearly 600 years.

The 12.8 million Euro expansion project had to take into account the constraints – and the rich possibilities – inherent in working with an internationally important institution housed in a historically significant building complex.

The Institute is located in the old hospital designed by the famous Renaissance architect and designer Filippo Brunelleschi – best known for his work on the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo) in Florence.

It also houses works by famous artists including Renaiss..


Sacripante Gallery And Bar, Rome, Italy

DATE : December 29, 2016

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In Rome’s ancient central Rione Monti neighbourhood, Via Panisperna carries a rich and heavy history. The Via Panisperna Boys (I ragazzi di Via Panisperna) were a group of young Italian scientists who, led by Enrico Fermi, in 1934 discovered slow neutrons which later made the nuclear reactor – and the atomic bomb – possible. The street was initially named after a monastery located nearby, San Lorenzo in Panisperna.

On the storied street, a gorgeously rich and unconventional gallery and bar, called Sacripante, is located in a building that once housed a convent. Sacripante, in turn, is a character in Italian romantic epics Orlando innamorata and Orlando furioso that basically made the word synonymous with ‘scoundrel.’

Architect Giorgia Cerulli, her husband, events specialist Alessandro Cattedra, and her sister, fashion producer Carlotta Cerulli, with artistic directors Rossana Calbi and Giulia Picconi, have created an art venue that stands out even in the art-crazy Rome.

The exper..


Venetian Day Trips: Gems of the Veneto

DATE : December 14, 2016

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Colorful buildings line the canals of the small island of Burano in Venice’s lagoon. (photo: Rick Steves) Giotto's early-14th-century frescoes are wonderfully preserved in Padua's Scrovegni Chapel. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli) I love Venice, but when the crowds become unbearable, I make it a point to get out of the center and discover what the surrounding area has to offer.
One easy escape is to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, which hide out in Venice's lagoon. Water taxis and ferry boats zip from central Venice to the islands, so you can easily see all three places in one day. Though hardly undiscovered, they provide a break from the hubbub of Venice.
The quickest-to-reach island is Murano, where, for centuries, artisans have been producing that famous Venetian glass. A 13th-century law restricted glass production (and its dangerous furnaces) to Murano to prevent fires on the main island, and also to protect the secrets of Venetian glassmaking. ..


Rural Italy’s Enduring Easter Traditions

DATE : December 14, 2016

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In rural Italy, dough is shaped into a treat called “ciambelle,” symbolizing Jesus' Crown of Thorns. (photo: Simon Griffith) Colorfully clad troubadours bring Easter cheer to a remote farmstead in Italy's Marche region. (photo: Rick Steves) It's impressive to me that, even in the 21st century, sacred traditions — rich with symbolism — still thrive in Europe's more remote corners. For example, last year while exploring European Easter rituals for my TV special, I headed to the rugged, mountainous Marche region in central Italy. Among Italy's small towns, Gubbio and Cantiano are renowned for their Good Friday processions.
In Gubbio, we joined the townspeople for a centuries-old annual procession featuring marching groups dressed in costumes reminiscent of an American KKK rally. But the purpose for these folks' cone-shaped white hoods is to make it clear that everyone — old and young, rich and poor (and black and white) — is equal in the eyes of God.


Escape to the Italian Countryside

DATE : December 14, 2016

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Isabella and Carlo combine their business acumen and agricultural skills to offer guests an authentic experience of rural Italy at Agriturismo Cretaiole near Pienza. (photo: Rick Steves) The Tuscan countryside beckons travelers looking for a change of pace. (photo: Cameron Hewitt) To connect with the rural charm that defines Tuscany, consider exploring by car and staying not in towns but in farmhouses. Savvy travelers can slow down and get a taste of Italian rural life in the traditional-yet-cozy lodgings of a countryside B&B or an agriturismo — a working farm that takes in guests.
As the names imply, these lodgings are in the countryside, although some are located within a mile of town. They make peaceful home bases for exploring the region, and are ideal for families. Some properties are simple and rustic, while others are downright luxurious, offering amenities such as swimming pools and riding stables.
Staying in these places is a beautiful way to get to the heart of Tuscany. ..


Seeing Provence Through Van Gogh’s Eyes

DATE : December 14, 2016

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Arles' city center looks much like it did when Vincent Van Gogh frequented its cafés over a century ago. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli) Visitors to Arles can linger on benches along the same shady garden path Van Gogh depicted in 1888. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli) Visiting the French city of Arles, it's easy to absorb Vincent van Gogh's story. In February 1888, the Dutch artist left Paris for Provence. Coming from the gray skies and flat lands of the north, he was bowled over by the sun, bright colors, rugged landscape, and raw people in southern France. He painted furiously for the next two years, cranking out a masterpiece every few days.
Though the Fondation Van Gogh gallery in Arles regularly displays at least one work on loan from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the city owns none of paintings he created here. But you can walk the same streets he walked and see places he painted, marked by 10 steel-and-concrete “easels” with photos of the paintings ..


Ancient Rome: The Things That Were Caesar’s

DATE : December 14, 2016

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A local guide can help you resurrect the rubble of ancient Rome. (photo: Trish Feaster) The beauty and brilliance of the Pantheon have inspired architects through the ages. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli) Rome is a magnificent, tangled urban forest, rich in art, culture, and history. The city has many layers — modern, Baroque, Renaissance, Christian. But let's face it: For most of us, Rome is Caesar, gladiators, chariots, and thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Ancient Rome is the one we come to see.
Luckily, it's possible to knock off the top symbols of Rome's magnificence — the Colosseum, Forum, and Pantheon — in one great day of sightseeing. Just link the biggies together in what I call the “Caesar Shuffle.”
Begin peeling back Rome's past at the Colosseum, the city's most popular relic (legend has it that as long as the Colosseum stands, so shall the city of Rome). From the start, the Romans were expert builders. They pioneered the use of concrete and the rou..


The Best Reasons Why You should Spend a Weekend in Rome

DATE : December 14, 2016

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08/07/2015 11:43 Every traveller has his own reason for choosing a vacation or for spending a few days in some interesting place. If we travel frequently or plan our travels occasionally, we always have to have a reason to keep travelling. Some travellers love to discover, others just want to relax; there are travellers who need a change of country, while others have interest in other cultures and are a little curious how people live in these more or less famous places.
Sometimes we choose the destination of our travels across Europe looking at specific conditions that should be realised if we want to spend a nice vacation and go home full of memories and satisfaction, and not only in the form of photographs. A good choice of destination of our trips, whether they are short or long, is a very important aspect and we should devote some time to it. We would like to help you, and if you're still planning your trip or you think we could convince you, read a little more; may..


Travel to Jovial, Bologna

DATE : December 14, 2016

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08/02/2016 18:45 With a population of about 375,000, Bologna is situated amid the imposing beauty of the Italian Apennines. This city still manages to evade the crowds of tourists who constantly move on their travels to Europe, largely thanks to the low-cost airlines that today make travel accessible to almost everyone.
The university city of Bologna exudes a jovial and youthful spirit, and is where the first university in our continent was created; a city where you do not come a cropper looking at the street map while walking around, since most motorcycles and bicycles will pay attention to you to avoid a crash!
Bologna – the Two Towers (most prominent among many other towers), gates and churches. History and Italian Renaissance. Definitely a very good destination to visit with friends and family to experience the most candid Italian charm, especially if you include other cities in northern Italy, whether Milan, Bergamo or Turin.
And, as we say, here the oldest universit..