Tag: Sicily

Italian Capital of Culture 2018 Will Be Palermo

Congratulations to the city of Palermo, which has been awarded the distinction of Italian Capital of Culture for 2018. The Italian Culture Ministry (Ministero di Beni Culturali) awards the prize each year in an effort to promote tourism. Along with the distinction, the winning city receives 1 million euro which is to be used to …

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Three Italian Villages Where You Can Buy a House for Less Than A Cup of Coffee

The Daily Mail reports on three depopulated Italian towns — Gangi (Sicily), Carrega Ligure (Piedmont), and Lecce nei Marsi (Abruzzo) — that are offering real estate for about €1 down…plus a commitment of €25,000 in renovations and upkeep. They are set in villages which are just a hairs-breadth away from becoming one of Italy’s fabled ‘ghost …

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Ancient Aphrodite Sculpture Back in Sicily

On Tuesday, the Museo Archeologico di Morgantina, a small archeological museum in Aidone (Enna), Sicily, held an inauguration for the repatriation of an ancient sculpture of Aphrodite.

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A Bribe-Free Holiday in Sicily

The brave work of the anti-mafia organization AddioPizzo.org was recently brought to my attention. “Addio Pizzo” means “Goodbye, Pizzo,” the latter word meaning the protection money that hundreds of businesses throughout Sicily have had to pay to the powerful, omnipresent mafia. AddioPizzo was formed in 2004 after a group of young Sicilian entrepreneurs, afraid that …

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Six Places to Celebrate Carnival in Italy

It’s Carnival time again in Italy, when Italians prepare to say “goodbye meat!” (Carnevale) by throwing lavish parties and parades before hunkering down for 40 days and nights of denial during the Holy Lenten Season. Many travelers think that Carnevale only takes place in Venice. While Venice has the best known Carnival in Italy, there …

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Round-up: Martinis in Rome, Skiing Switz-aly, and more

It has been a while since I posted an article roundup. Here are some of the great Italy travel articles you may have missed in the last month or so. Roaming Rome, in a Martini Mood [L.A. Times] Do the Splits on the Swiss and Italian Ski Slopes [The Independent] Sicily’s Secret South [The Guardian] …

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2008 Year-End Article Round Up

I am still trying to figure out how to manage a toddler and a newborn and find time to keep this blog up-to-date. But I have been keeping track of the numerous articles about Italy that have come out in the past couple of months. So, enjoy the following links and have a Felice Anno …

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October 2008 Article Round-Up

Sometimes I’m not always sure if anyone is actually reading Italofile. As I’ve said, it is a true labor of love. Still I like to imagine that there are regular readers out there who enjoy discovering with me the destinations, hotels, art, schools, churches, etc., that make traveling in Italy so rewarding. Lo and behold, …

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Italy Article Round-Up

Time again to see what Italy travel articles have come out for fall. New York Times Cave Crusaders in Matera (examines a new boutique hotel in Matera, Basilicata) The Telegraph (U.K.) Tuscany: Driving the Italian Dream Timed to Perfection (Visiting Italy during the “shoulder season”) Orvieto: The Perfect Break Discreet Charm in Northern Italy (Bolzano) …

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Really Cheap Real Estate in Sicily

Here’s your chance to buy a really cheap house in Italy. According to Italy Magazine, the Sicilian town of Salemi is selling homes in the town’s historic center which have been ravaged by earthquakes for the fair price of €1. The catch? Buyers must restore the homes “sympathetically” within two years. Salemi (see this place …

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Get Cooking On Your Italy Vacation

I am now catching up on summer magazine reading and just came across Gourmet’s May issue, which has tons of information on cooking schools in Italy and elsewhere. So, I wanted to give you the lowdown on the schools I found in the magazine as well as a couple others I’ve read about in the …

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Italy Article Round-Up

In case you missed these recent articles on travel to Italy… New York Times Sicily, Through the Eyes of the Leopard The Washington Post See Naples…And Eat Sydney Morning Herald Ready for Super-Bol (A Search for the Best Ragu in Bologna) Los Angeles Times Exploring Sun-Splashed Venice’s City Squares The Guardian (UK) Instant Weekend…Turin The …

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Spain Conquers Italy

Large parts of Italy were once united under the Spanish flag, with conquests in Naples and Sicily by the houses of Aragon and Bourbon, among others. Even Milan and Parma were under Spanish rule at one point. I confess that I am not an expert on Spain’s influence on Italy, so you may want to …

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Italy Summer Article Round-Up 2008

Lots of Italy-related articles this time of year. So, here goes: New York Times Wandering Beyond Classic Rome (The Frugal Traveler Does Europe on a Budget) On Venice’s Grand Canal in a Kayak Prescription Med (Ischia) Los Angeles Times Exploring Rome’s Famous Seven Hills Budget Travel in Rome 10 Books and Movies to Prep for …

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Free Airfare to Italy with Perillo Tours

My friend Jessica over at Italy Logue found this (pretty) great deal from Perillo Tours this summer. Here’s the gist: In order to take advantage of the (admittedly generous) free airfare offer, you have to fly from New York’s JFK into Rome, Bologna or Palermo. You have to fly on EuroFly airlines. The flight must …

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Scootermania in Sicily

At the end of this month, from April 24-27, Vespa enthusiasts from around the world will gather in Cefalù, Sicily, for Vespa World Days. This annual event, held in a different city each year, brings together thousands of the iconic Italian “motorini” from Piaggio in one place. Participants not only have the chance to meet …

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Italy Article Round-Up From the Past Few Months

Here are some of the Italy travel articles you may have missed over the past few months. New York Times Prato, Italy: In Tuscany, the Revealing of a Forbidden Love Bread-Making and Truffle-Hunting in Italy (Piemonte; actually a short review of two tours) Bologna, Italy: Finding New Life in the Arts La Dolce Vita, Both …

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From Mafia Villa to Agriturismo

This one comes from the U.K.’s Italy Magazine, which tells us that the Corleone villa of former Mafia boss Salvatore Riina has been turned into farmstay housing, a.k.a., an agriturismo. The Pio La Torre Cooperative, named for a martyred anti-Mafia activist, belonged to Riina before it was seized by the State after his 1993 capture. …

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20 Things We Love About Italy – Part 2

We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s run-down of part 1 of 20 Things We Love About Italy. Hopefully, the list has given you more travel ideas and the inspiration to learn more about all of Italy’s 20 regions. Now, without further ado, the remaining 10 favorites on our list: 11) Termoli, Molise. If Puglia (see #13) …

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Some Sicilian Sites

One of our resolutions this year at Italofile is to go beyond our comfort zone of Central Italy and highlight other parts of the country. In the past week or so, two Sicily guides caught our eye. The aptly-named SicilyGuide.com has a lot of travel ideas for Sicily and good info on Sicilian food. Its …

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