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Category Archives: Italy News

Tour Italy Now at the New York Times Travel Show 2015!

Great news for all our readers! To kick off 2015, Tour Italy Now’s very own Founder and President, Dominic Siano, will be speaking at the Insider’s Italy panel during one of this year’s biggest travel events, the New York Times Travel Show 2015! The New York Times Travel Show is an annual three-day event that will be held from Friday, January 23, 2015, thru Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. This event puts the country’s top travel experts and professionals all under one roof. The exhibition will feature exciting and highly-educational talks, seminars, and discussions about travel, as well as trade pavilions, international culinary demonstrations, and entertaining cultural performances. Last year, the event had an attendance of more than 23,000 visitors, and about 250 speakers in 60 panels were featured. Also present were over 520 exhibitors representing more than 150 international and domestic destinations. […]

Road to Milan Expo 2015 Part 3: The Expo Grounds

In previous posts, we’ve shared with you various bits of information about the upcoming Expo Milano 2015, from its concept, importance, and history, to practical travel tips. In this final installment on our series of blog posts on the subject, we’re going to talk about another major feature of this international event which is the Expo venue itself. With a total area that spans around one million square meters, the Expo grounds in Milan, Italy will serve as the home to various pavilions set up by 144 participating countries, 20 represented regions or cities, 16 organizations, and four companies (and counting…). It will also be featuring a handful of major areas or facilities such as the open-air theater as well as a manmade lake. I. Cardo, Decumano, and Piazza Italia When exploring the site, the first thing to know about would be the Cardo and Decumano as this will assist […]

Road to Milan Expo 2015 Part 2: Practical Information

In the first part of our series of blog posts regarding the upcoming Milan Expo 2015, we talked about why many people consider it to be such a major event. This is mainly because besides being a platform for international good will as well as a major boost to Italian tourism, it is also an event that aims to discuss and present solutions for important issues such as sustainability and the world’s food supply, as dictated by its theme, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life (“Nutrire il Pianeta, Energia per la Vita“). As mentioned in the previous post, 2015 will be a year when Italy will be putting its best foot forward as it hosts this international event, and that visitors can look forward to a plethora of events that will be held as part of the six-month-long festivities. Now that you’re better acquainted with the significance and concept of […]

Road to Milan Expo 2015 Part 1: What It’s All About

In case you’re still on the fence over traveling to Italy in 2015, then we’re here to tell you that now would be a fabulous time to go ahead and take the leap, book those tickets, and go on that trip at last. Why exactly? Well, on top of the gorgeous scenery, the rich history and culture, and the fantastic food, one very good reason to be in Italy next year would be the fact that 2015 is when Italy will be hosting what is possibly the biggest international event of recent years, the World Expo, also currently known as Expo Milano 2015. In this blog post, we’re going to introduce you to what this event is all about, why it is significant, and most importantly, why you should be there! What is a World Expo/Universal Exposition and Why is it Important? The World Expo is a major international event […]

New Rome Tourist Accommodation Tax as of September 2014

A quick heads up, travelers! As the title of this article reads, the city of Rome in Italy has recently implemented a new Tourist Accommodation Tax (also known as “tassa di soggiorno” in Italian, and “bed tax”, “guest tax”, or “hotel tax” in English) as of September 1, 2014. This tax has been around for several years now, and is also being implemented in other major tourist cities such as Florence and Venice. This year, however, Rome has updated the rates of its tassa di soggiorno. To help avoid any confusion, especially when you’re at your hotel and you are handed a bill with this extra amount on it, here’s a guide on what these taxes are, and how they work. What is the tax for? This tax is being implemented by the city’s tourism authority as a way to help raise funds to further improve tourist services, as well […]

Italy Is The Most Beautiful Country in the World!

Perhaps you have asked yourself this question. We know the answer: a resounding, heartfelt “yes!” Of course, we are not the only ones who believe that Italy is the most beautiful country in the world. Year after year, Italy is judged one of the top places in the world to visit, according to the World Tourism Organization. It consistently ranks in the top five countries that Americans visit in the U.S. Commerce Department’s outbound tourism statistics. And, with 47 altogether, Italy leads the world — yes, the entire world! in UNESCO Heritage Sites, places of significant cultural or natural importance. Just this week, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) named the Longobards, seven clusters of buildings, including fortresses, churches and monastries throughout Italy, built by the Lombards in 6th to 8th centuries. According to UNESCO — and this gets a bit scholarly, but please persevere — these […]

Home Sweet Home: Aphrodite Statue Returns to Sicily

This is a fascinating story that spans centuries and continents. The famous Aphrodite statue is now on display in Aidone, Sicily, after a decades-long odyssey involving the J. Paul Getty Museum of Los Angeles and Italian prosecutors. The statue of Aphrodite, the ancient goddess of love, was taken from the archeology-rich region of Morgantina, near Enna, 30 years ago, in an illegal excavation, acquired by the Getty and, after a criminal investigation, repatriated to Italy in the spring of 2012. The story is the subject of a  book, “Chasing Aphrodite,” by Los Angeles Times reporters Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino. For the article and podcast, click HERE. Experts now believe the returned statue represents the goddess Persephone or her mother, Demeter, who were worshipped in the ancient city, Morgantina. Persephone and Hades are closely associated in Greek mythology. Hades abducted Persephone at Largo Pergusa, not far from Morgantina, and required […]

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