Tag: Sports

A Snowy Staycation in Rome

You must be thinking: there are two things wrong with this post. First, it’s too early to be talking about snow. And, second, how can you have a “staycation” in Rome if you don’t even live there? I defer to a recent press release from onthesnow.com. In “The No. 1 Snow Sports Web Site Picks …

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Golfing With George Clooney

You know that if you want to catch a glimpse of George Clooney, you’re more likely to find him in Como than in Hollywood. Now Jaunted.com reports that Clooney likes to hit the links at Como’s Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club. Lord knows I’d let him play through… 🙂 Menaggio had its centennial in 2007. …

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Siena Ready For Tourists and the Palio

According to TripAdvisor, by way of Italy Magazine, the Tuscan town of Siena ranks 5th among the most-visited cities in Europe. No doubt, one of its allures is the twice-annual Palio, which takes place on July 2 and August 16. This year’s first installment kicks off tomorrow (!) and you can watch a live feed …

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Two Of Summer’s Most Intriguing Reads Are Set in Italy

I am supremely excited about two new nonfiction books this summer: The Monster of Florence and Rome 1960. Both describe tumultuous times in central Italy, the first being a period of time in Florence when an unknown predator or predators who “stalked lovers’ lanes in the countryside,” and the second describes the 1960 Olympic Games …

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Giro d’Italia Underway

The 2008 Giro d’Italia – Italy’s answer to the Tour de France – kicked off in Sicily this past weekend. And, before it’s all over on June 1, pro cyclists will have traversed a big section of “the boot,” riding along the west coast up to Civitavecchia, then over to Tuscany and the Marches. You …

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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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And the winner is…

Siena, Palio, originally uploaded by pedro prats. Contrada Leocorno won the second round of this year’s Palio. So they will have bragging rights until next July. Auguri! By the way, some spectators at the August 16 event noticed that Daniel Craig (the new James Bond) was in attendance. According to UPI, the Palio will be …

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One More Chance to See Siena’s Palio

palio.siena, originally uploaded by muzungu. If you missed Siena’s Palio horserace, held on July 2, you are not out of luck. The Contrada dell’Oca, the winner of the first of this year’s races, has the rest of the summer to enjoy its win. Then, on August 16, crowds will again fill Piazza del Campo for …

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Take Me Out to the Gioco…

It’s a fact that some of the greatest ever to play the game of baseball were of Italian origin: DiMaggio, Berra, Campanella, Rizzuto. But, Italian baseball? Who knew? Apparently, the hotbed of Italian baseball is in Nettuno, not very far from Rome. According to ESPN, Nettuno and a few other Italian towns (e.g., Grosseto, Parma, …

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Coloring the Skies

This weekend, the incredibly picturesque town of Castiglione del Lago, located on the banks of Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, will become even more beautiful. The event is called Coloriamo i Cieli, and it features some of the world’s most interesting kites as well as its most adept kite fliers. Since its inception, in 1982, the …

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