Andrea Laratta


Sicily, Strait Bridge work could cause Joachim Murat's fort to collapse

Sicily, Strait Bridge work could cause Joachim Murat's fort to collapse

The terrace from which Joachim Murat must have looked out every morning to scan the horizon when he was King of Naples when he was at the garrison of Fort Beleno could collapse to make way for the pylons of the Bridge over the Strait of Messina. The ...
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The competitions of the 2024 Olympics will be held in the most beautiful and symbolic places in Paris

The competitions of the 2024 Olympics will be held in the most beautiful and symbolic places in Paris

AnOlympics under the banner of combining sports and art is the one that will take place starting next July 27. A swim passing under the Alexandre III bridge, a beach volleyball match under the Eiffel Tower, two shots of foil under the Grand Palais, t...
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Taxidermy explained by expert: "we are a little bit sculptor, a little bit painter, a little bit chemist"

Taxidermy explained by expert: "we are a little bit sculptor, a little bit painter, a little bit chemist"

"A sculptor fascinated by the life that flows around us." This is how one of Europe's leading taxidermists describes himself, working with museums and artists around the world, with his animals brought to life one by one so they can be admired foreve...
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Cultural tourism in Italy, here are the places most reviewed and loved by the public

Cultural tourism in Italy, here are the places most reviewed and loved by the public

Italian cultural tourism between trends and strengths, between novelties and the influence of social media. At the tenth edition of TourismA - Archaeology and Cultural Tourism Exhibition, held in Florence at the end of February, a review was made of ...
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Identitalia: in Rome, the exhibition on the brands that have made the history of Made in Italy

Identitalia: in Rome, the exhibition on the brands that have made the history of Made in Italy

An exhibition to celebrate the brands that have made and are making the history of Made in Italy. It is Identitalia, The Iconic Italian Brands and is promoted by the Ministry of Enterprise and as an exhibition venue it has the ministry's headquarters...
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Milan, away with palm trees in Piazza del Duomo: they will be replaced with alpine plants

Milan, away with palm trees in Piazza del Duomo: they will be replaced with alpine plants

Urban furniture is important, and if it is harmoniously linked to the context making it distinctive it becomes an iconic element of it along with theenvironment. However, the palms and banana trees put in Milan's Piazza Duomo have not had much luck s...
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Too much groping, damaged the breasts of Verona's Juliet. But is the superstitious gesture sexist?

Too much groping, damaged the breasts of Verona's Juliet. But is the superstitious gesture sexist?

As much as it is a farce, a fake place, recreated to evoke the story of Romeo and Juliet despite not being the place of the dialogue from the balcony between the two lovers at all, tourists when they enter Verona's famous courtyard (it is not even kn...
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Seville, mayor wants to charge tourists a ticket to enter Plaza de España

Seville, mayor wants to charge tourists a ticket to enter Plaza de España

Seville like Venice? In a Twitter post, Mayor José Luis Sanz announced plans to close and cordon off the Plaza de España by charging tourists to enter. At 50,000 square meters, Plaza de España is the symbol of Seville and one of ...
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Art theft in churches and places of worship: investigations from north to south these days

Art theft in churches and places of worship: investigations from north to south these days

About sixty works of art from the Sanctuary of the Consolata and the Franciscan Convent in Susa (Turin) are at the center of the investigation by the Artistic Heritage Protection Unit of the Turin Carabinieri, who are following the investigation coor...
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Agrigento, all set to raise the telamon of the Temple of Olympian Zeus

Agrigento, all set to raise the telamon of the Temple of Olympian Zeus

On Thursday, Feb. 29, at 11 a.m., one of the 38 telamons that supported the temple of Zeus Olympius in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento will once again be erected and stand guard from its 8-meter height over the millennial Hellenic history of t...
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Rome concentrates 90 percent of Lazio's tourists: 35 million overnight stays in 2023

Rome concentrates 90 percent of Lazio's tourists: 35 million overnight stays in 2023

35 million and counting. These are the numbers of tourism in Rome recorded in the year just ended where the capital breaks the record by surpassing the 35 million mark by now giving a big hello to the Covid as a distant memory. While one can only rej...
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Naples, 2,100 investigated for Covid vacation bonus scam

Naples, 2,100 investigated for Covid vacation bonus scam

Nearly 2,100 people are under investigation for a scam against the state through the illicit and fictitious use of the "vacation bonus" that during the years of the Covid pandemic was established by the government to help the tourism sector. The plet...
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Bologna, Genus Bononiae museum circuit nears conclusion

Bologna, Genus Bononiae museum circuit nears conclusion

In Bologna, after 20 years, the story of Genus Bononiae, the museum center that can be considered somewhat the son of Fabio Roversi Monaco, the historic rector of the Alma Mater and former president of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna, is...
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Airplanes, declining seats and rising prices: has the era of low-cost air travel waned?

Airplanes, declining seats and rising prices: has the era of low-cost air travel waned?

"Yes, travel, sweetly travel," sang Lucio Battisti in his famous song, and in 2023 in Italy many have taken him at his word: in fact, almost 200 million passengers transited through Italian airports last year for tourism or business marking a new rec...
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Kitzbühel, the pearl of Tyrol: what to see and do in the city of chamois

Kitzbühel, the pearl of Tyrol: what to see and do in the city of chamois

In the mountains of Tyrol lies one of the most renowned ski resorts in Europe: we are in Kitzbühel, Austria, which has been hosting Alpine Ski World Cup races since 1967. But already more than 90 years ago, the slopes of this town of about 8,000...
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Rome, Calatrava's Sails completed for 2025 Jubilee

Rome, Calatrava's Sails completed for 2025 Jubilee

On the extreme eastern outskirts of Rome, in the middle of the fields near theTor Vergata University (on that esplanade where in August 2000 Pope John Paul II met 2 million young people for the Jubilee edition of World Youth Day), stands out with its...
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A subway station that will also be a museum: this is the Piazza Venezia station in Rome

A subway station that will also be a museum: this is the Piazza Venezia station in Rome

An archaeological excavation and civil engineering operation for the realization of a great infrastructural work that will also be a museum at the same time. We are talking about the construction of the extension of the Rome Metro with Line C that wi...
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Venice, limits on tour groups: maximum 25 people will be allowed to roam the city

Venice, limits on tour groups: maximum 25 people will be allowed to roam the city

Venice vacation planned for next summer? Heed the warnings. As of June 1, 2024, a group visit consisting of more than 25 people will no longer be allowed in Venice. This is stipulated by a Resolution of the City Council approved on December 30, which...
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Massa-Carrara, only Italian destination suggested by New York Times for 2024 travel

Massa-Carrara, only Italian destination suggested by New York Times for 2024 travel

Between Hawaii and Sri Lanka, between Costa Rica and Switzerland, there is the destination you don't expect: Massa-Carrara. In fact, the province that is home to the Apuan Alps from which you can see the sea has been included in the New York Times ne...
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The ancient Roman baths ... of England: discovering Bath

The ancient Roman baths ... of England: discovering Bath

Far north of the Alps there is anancient Roman city famous for its thermal bath s over which the same city that developed later was forever identified by its name. We are in Bath (which in English really means "bath"), England, and the Roman Baths se...
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Overtourism, 70% of foreigners in Italy concentrate on 1% of the territory

Overtourism, 70% of foreigners in Italy concentrate on 1% of the territory

Thearticle on the 5 Terre Park study that quantifies data in hand that 4 millionvisitors are concentrated in a single square kilometer (equal to 1 percent of the entire territory of the Park) once again actualizes the problematic nature that massive ...
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Naples, after 25 years Pizzofalcone elevator will be ready (two years of work was planned)

Naples, after 25 years Pizzofalcone elevator will be ready (two years of work was planned)

It is almost tender in its candid naiveté. Yet it's all true, and reading it disorients: the Facebook profile of theNaples State Archives published a post where it rejoices in a major new development that will be there for 2024 after a 25-year wai...
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Vacations in Rome? Staggering increases in tourist tax

Vacations in Rome? Staggering increases in tourist tax

Are you planning to go to Rome for a few days of vacation this holiday season? Take note that the new tourist tax rates in effect until December 31, 2024, are in effect, all increasing, from +71% on vacation homes and 100% for room rentals. Smaller i...
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Tourism, crackdown on short-term rentals. What the new regulations include

Tourism, crackdown on short-term rentals. What the new regulations include

With thefinal approval in the House last Dec. 13 of the Advances Decree, important novelties are introduced for the real estate market intended for short-term rentals, mostly therefore related to tourism. Novelties that in some cases trace rules alre...
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Pisa reduces the number of stalls in front of Piazza dei Miracoli: 35 thousand euros to those who leave

Pisa reduces the number of stalls in front of Piazza dei Miracoli: 35 thousand euros to those who leave

In Pisa, around the monumental area of Piazza dei Miracoli, the historic stalls that have their locations in and around Piazza Manin will see a drastic decrease with an operation of withdrawal by the City of Pisa of 10 licenses for as many hawkers to...
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Where to go to the bathroom in art cities? Answers to the most frequently asked questions of tourists

Where to go to the bathroom in art cities? Answers to the most frequently asked questions of tourists

Out-of-town trip to an art city? If we took a survey of tour guides, perhaps the question they hear most frequently is "where is the bathroom?" Which also often coincides with the first one they receive from tourists. Indeed, many tourists do not fee...
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Tour guides, new reform of the profession approved. What it provides, reactions

Tour guides, new reform of the profession approved. What it provides, reactions

After about 10 years of stop-and-go, Parliament passed the new reform on the profession of Tourist Guides. A remarkable achievement in a country like ours being the people who come into contact with important tourists as if they were our calling card...
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4 million tourists in 1 square kilometer: Cinque Terre is thinking of solutions against the

4 million tourists in 1 square kilometer: Cinque Terre is thinking of solutions against the

The recent report on the Cinque Terre Park, entitled Cinque Terre Park. Preliminary Study of Tourist Flows and Design Hypotheses, provides some surprising numbers and food for thought about maintaining a place that is as beautiful as it is fragile. M...
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Cleopatra's pool at Hierapolis-Pamukkale: bathing in the ancient baths

Cleopatra's pool at Hierapolis-Pamukkale: bathing in the ancient baths

Bathing inside one of the oldest hot springs in existence, exactly the way we bathed hundreds of years ago. We are in Turkey but we evokeEgypt and the Romans. Let's talk about what is called by all the "Cleopatra's Pool," the pharaoh who in the heigh...
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Budapest spas, which ones to visit: 10 baths not to be missed

Budapest spas, which ones to visit: 10 baths not to be missed

If you are getting ready to take a trip to relax a bit, not too far away and maybe spending the right amount, this is the time to go to Budapest. Which on Nov. 17, 2023, celebrated 150 years of its unified administrative identity. The capital ofHunga...
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Sea storms in Tuscany bring to the surface the remains of a Roman villa

Sea storms in Tuscany bring to the surface the remains of a Roman villa

The sea storms that have been violently hitting the Tuscan coast for days have also been the cause of a surprising archaeological find in Ansedonia (municipality of Orbetello, province of Grosseto). Under the sand in fact has come to light, at the he...
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Naples gears up to protect San Gregorio Armeno's nativity tradition

Naples gears up to protect San Gregorio Armeno's nativity tradition

For 152 years, Naples has been renewing the characteristic tradition of the eighteenth-century nativity scenes in San Gregorio Armeno. The Nativity Fair had its ribbon-cutting ceremony in the presence of the mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi, who as ...
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Bagno Vignoni, the village with a bath instead of a square

Bagno Vignoni, the village with a bath instead of a square

Thermal waters in a landscape of extraordinary beauty, in a region famous for good living. We are talking about the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, and the thermal waters of Bagno Vignoni. Bagno Vignoni, to be exact, is a hamlet...
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Venice, entry ticket kicks off: here are days it will be in effect, cost, excluded and exempt

Venice, entry ticket kicks off: here are days it will be in effect, cost, excluded and exempt

Ticket in Venice: it's on, or rather: it's off. Dates for the year 2024 regarding the entrance fee regulations approved last September were released. A total of 29 days, the first of which will be April 25, 2024. After years of discussions and stance...
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Siena, one of the oldest abbeys in Tuscany for sale

Siena, one of the oldest abbeys in Tuscany for sale

From vocation crisis to luxury hotels. This seems to be the end of many ecclesiastical structures that with the dwindling number of friars and monks to occupy them are then decided to give them up. Structures of enormous grandeur as much as the archi...
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Naples, interventions on cultural assets in the historic center start, more than 80 million euros

Naples, interventions on cultural assets in the historic center start, more than 80 million euros

The UNESCO event "Naples Conference on Cultural Heritage in the 21st century" will be held from Nov. 27-29, 2023, at the Royal Palace in Naples, and in preparation for that gathering the City Council has presented details of 27 interventions on the c...
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Barcelona, evangelists' towers completed at Sagrada Familia

Barcelona, evangelists' towers completed at Sagrada Familia

After 140 years since the beginning of its construction, Barcelona 's iconic and unmistakable Sagrada Familia basilica has seen the four towers of the evangelists completed with the installation at the top of those dedicated to Matthew and John of a ...
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Archaeology to help the disabled: in Fasano, Apulia, the experiment

Archaeology to help the disabled: in Fasano, Apulia, the experiment

A beautiful story coming from the province, witharchaeology used as a tool to help those with mental and cognitive disabilities. It is the one that comes from Fasano, Puglia, where just a few kilometers from the trulli of Alberobello and the white ci...
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Tourism, Saudi Arabia's public fund takes over 49% of luxury hotels Rocco Forte

Tourism, Saudi Arabia's public fund takes over 49% of luxury hotels Rocco Forte

The extra-luxury hotel chain Rocco Forte in half of Europe will also speak a little Arabic. In fact, a financial operation that began last spring ( Il Sole 24 Ore reported on it) is underway and is seeing its conclusion with the purchase by the Kingd...
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Outstanding discovery in Turkey: found prehistoric statue of a wild boar

Outstanding discovery in Turkey: found prehistoric statue of a wild boar

"Full the hotels in Tunis for the summer holidays/Sometimes a thunderstorm wouldn't let us out/One man of a certain age often offered me Turkish cigarettes but I hope the era / Of the White Boar /I hope the era / Of the White Boar returns soon." So s...
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Government approves budget maneuver, here are measures for culture and tourism

Government approves budget maneuver, here are measures for culture and tourism

Preparing to be scrutinized by the House and Senate is the Budget Maneuver approved by the government, which after a meeting between majority parties is expected to arrive in the chamber with the agreement not to have any amendments presented by majo...
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Medusa's Head withdrawn from auction: suspicion exists that it is stolen Giambologna work

Medusa's Head withdrawn from auction: suspicion exists that it is stolen Giambologna work

"An element of the complex located beneath the Villa Il Riposo in Bagno a Ripoli, the unusual female face carved in local stone participated in the intricate architecture that provided the water supply for the valley below commissioned by Bernardo Ve...
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The robot archaeologist arrives in Pompeii: his name is Ringhio. Here's what it will be used for

The robot archaeologist arrives in Pompeii: his name is Ringhio. Here's what it will be used for

"To monitor the Park's archaeological structures and to detect their anomalies, defects, and damages that become apparent between inspection intervals": this is the purpose of the four-wheel-drive robot that the Pompeii Archaeological Park has put on...
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What happened to the masterpieces of the Agnelli Collection?

What happened to the masterpieces of the Agnelli Collection?

Can a mother go against her children? Can Sotheby 's beat a fake painting at auction for $16 million? Can the 'Italian royal family' have accumulated works of art by breaking the relevant Italian laws? Is it possible that the superintendencies have n...
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Vulci, archaeologists open an untouched Etruscan tomb: here's what they found there

Vulci, archaeologists open an untouched Etruscan tomb: here's what they found there

Theincredible discovery, dated April 2023, of the Etruscan tomb in the Osteria necropolis in Vulci had its positive conclusion the day before yesterday, Oct. 27, when there was theopening of the tomb and it was possible to see that the interior was i...
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Zerocalcare abandons Lucca Comics over Israeli embassy sponsorship

Zerocalcare abandons Lucca Comics over Israeli embassy sponsorship

"Without mincing words: Unfortunately, the patronage of the Israeli embassy on Lucca Comics for me represents a problem" and "for me to come and celebrate in there represents a short circuit that I cannot handle." This is how comic artist Zerocalcar...
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Italy, a country of religious tourism, from San Giovanni Rotondo to Pompeii

Italy, a country of religious tourism, from San Giovanni Rotondo to Pompeii

"Italy, people of saints, poets and navigators" -- and of pilgrims (from the Latin peregrinatio, "journey to a foreign land"). In the Italy of a thousand bell towers and rich cities of art, there are places that attract millions of people to visit ea...
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He had carved his name on the Colosseum, now he wants to pay for the damage. But no one gives him the Iban!

He had carved his name on the Colosseum, now he wants to pay for the damage. But no one gives him the Iban!

Kafka said it, "The charters of ministries are the chains of today's people." Remember the tourist in Rome in June who was immortalized by a video spread on social media in which he carved "Ivan+Hayley 23" on the bricks of the Colosseum with keys? Al...
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Sicily, recovery of the wreck of the Roman ship Marausa 2 completed It will be restored

Sicily, recovery of the wreck of the Roman ship Marausa 2 completed It will be restored

In Sicily , work has been completed on the recovery of the wreck of an ancient 11-meter-long Roman commercial transport ship, of extraordinary importance for its preservation and contents, found in July 2020 in the sea of the municipality of Misilisc...
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England, rare and valuable Roman statue of the god Triton discovered

England, rare and valuable Roman statue of the god Triton discovered

A "spectacular" Triton statue is what Richard Hobbs, the senior curator of Roman Britain at the British Museum, enthusiastically called it, commenting on find made near a small village in Kent County, Teynham. in England. "Nothing like this has been ...
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Interview with Patrizio Roversi: Quality tourism? It is the one that creates relationships

Interview with Patrizio Roversi: Quality tourism? It is the one that creates relationships

The tourist who "enjoys" is the goal to be achieved to avoid a massification of tourism. This is what Patrizio Roversi, one of the two "Tourists by Chance" who with Syusy Blady gave birth to the RAI program of the same name in the early 1990s (from 1...
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Long interview with the Patriarch of Venice: ticket or closed number? It means musealizing the city

Long interview with the Patriarch of Venice: ticket or closed number? It means musealizing the city

The problems of Venice as seen from the eye of the main point of reference of the Catholic community in the lagoon city: the Patriarch of Venice, Monsignor Francis Moraglia (Genoa, 1953), who has held the Patriarchate since January 31, 2012. A dialog...
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New York's courage: anti-Airbnb law on short-term rentals goes into effect

New York's courage: anti-Airbnb law on short-term rentals goes into effect

"NewYork, New York," sang Frank Sinitra: "I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps / To find out that I am an important person, at the top." But now many are in danger of not sleeping there, at least not in a hotel. The real war on B&B-sty...
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All about Volterra amphitheater, director speaks: 24 more months of excavation, then valorization

All about Volterra amphitheater, director speaks: 24 more months of excavation, then valorization

In Volterra there is. "the Amphitheater that wasn't there!" While the local reclamation consortium was doing work to restore a canal, fragments of masonry were found that no one imagined would be found there. This is the beginning of the astonishing ...
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Does tourism make Salento grow? No, it has impoverished it. What the study says

Does tourism make Salento grow? No, it has impoverished it. What the study says

Going against the grain of the current mainstream that sees tourism as a golden goose in a country like Italy, as well as the panacea for all the ills of economically depressed places, the online journal of economic policy criticism Economiaepolitica...
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What happened to the Venus influencer? A mistake to abandon Instagram in the middle of the season

What happened to the Venus influencer? A mistake to abandon Instagram in the middle of the season

She was last spotted around Taormina, then of Botticelli's Venus 'influencer' for Italian tourism nothing else was seen on social media. From the official Open to Wonder campaign account on Instagram "VenereItalia23" (complete with a blue checkmark),...
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How long does it take to buy Pantheon ticket online on AD Arte? We tried

How long does it take to buy Pantheon ticket online on AD Arte? We tried

"At the Pantheon at night you see actresses/They talk with friends in late spring/At the Pantheon by night they break glasses/There are foreigners, oh yes, okay, all right." So sang the eclectic Roberto Benigni in 1980 with a ditty about what the Pan...
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Ferry from Sardinia dirty and expensive: Matteo Bassetti's social complaint goes viral

Ferry from Sardinia dirty and expensive: Matteo Bassetti's social complaint goes viral

There are means of transportation that travel for years but, one fine day, gain media notoriety just because a famous passenger says something obvious that all the users of those means of that trip have known all along. This is what is happening in t...
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Tourism, hotels vs. short-term rentals: comparing models (and what Federalberghi data says)

Tourism, hotels vs. short-term rentals: comparing models (and what Federalberghi data says)

Making a careful analysis on the different scenario that tourists who choose to stay on vacation in a hotel compared to those who choose to rent an apartment for short periods (under a week) have taken care of it, Federalberghi, commissioning a study...
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A glass-laden Roman wreck, a rarity in Corsican waters

A glass-laden Roman wreck, a rarity in Corsican waters

A 2,000-year-old Roman ship, probably departed from what is now Lebanon and headed for Provence, sank between Corsica and the shores of the beautiful island of Capraia. And at a depth of just 350 meters a wreck has been discovered, which since early ...
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Tourism, thousands of workers missing. Low desire to work? No: unsustainable conditions

Tourism, thousands of workers missing. Low desire to work? No: unsustainable conditions

"280,000 workers are missing in Tourism!" This was the alarm raised by Confcommercio in April this year, which already recalculated how many employees would be needed for the upcoming summer season. The Fipe(Italian Federation of Public Establishment...
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Tourism, Italy is booming with American tourists

Tourism, Italy is booming with American tourists

While we wait to see the effect that (as Enzo Jannacci would say) the Venus-influencer has on foreign travelers, we can already say that tourism in Italy has restarted in a big way and among foreigners the first are the Americans. And it is a data th...
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Egypt, largest known mummification laboratory discovered

Egypt, largest known mummification laboratory discovered

Egypt 's sand dunes never cease to amaze us: that desert thousands of years and decades of cables later continues to make unique and extraordinarily valuable discoveries. The latest was unveiled with pomp and circumstance by the Minister of Tourism a...
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In Brazil they build a replica of the Trevi Fountain in the midst of palm trees

In Brazil they build a replica of the Trevi Fountain in the midst of palm trees

Does it make sense to copy works of art? Or rather, does it make sense to copy works of art, be they sculptures or paintings or buildings, and use the copy in its own context to beautify it as in the original location? The question arises these days ...
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Glasgow, rejected subway advertisement with Michelangelo's David: pea can be seen

Glasgow, rejected subway advertisement with Michelangelo's David: pea can be seen

Just weeks after the American teacher was forced to resign from her school for showing Michelangelo's statue of David to her students, now it is from Scotland that comes another blow of misplaced puritanism for Michelangelo's masterpiece. Italian res...
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We must know how to manage our beauty. Interview with Archbishop Betori of Florence

We must know how to manage our beauty. Interview with Archbishop Betori of Florence

A long and exclusive interview with the archbishop of Florence, Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, on several topics. We begin by talking about the relationship between art and faith: are we able today to recognize the fact that so many masterpieces are sacre...
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In the Bay of Naples discovered the location of the ancient temple of the Nabataeans

In the Bay of Naples discovered the location of the ancient temple of the Nabataeans

The waters of the Bay of Naples continue to be a source of relevant discoveries. A few days ago we gave news of the discovery of a mosaic with surprising lines and colors in terms of shine and preservation, in the Underwater Archaeological Park o...
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Brescia, what to see: 10 places with art

Brescia, what to see: 10 places with art

If you do not know Brescia, you will be amazed: it is not only factories and crafts in the heart of Lombardy, the economic locomotive of Europe. It is also so much to discover in terms of history, art, architecture. It has been chosen together with B...
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Naples, 10 unusual places off the beaten path of mass tourism

Naples, 10 unusual places off the beaten path of mass tourism

When you say Naples, you say Italy, with all its cultural and hospitality background. Among the stereotypes of the Italian abroad is not for nothing the famous "spaghetti-pizza-mandolino," or three elements that characterize Naples. Therefore, it can...
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1 euro houses in Italy: here's where to buy them

1 euro houses in Italy: here's where to buy them

From Graffignano to Borgomezzavalle, from Fabbriche di Vergemoli to Monte Urano, from Altavilla Silentina to Zugoli, from Ollolai to Valguarnera Caropepe. No, this is not the list from the show on "The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy" (although it c...
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Venice, 10 unusual places off the beaten path of mass tourism

Venice, 10 unusual places off the beaten path of mass tourism

Whether you are bewitched by it like Woody Allen or have never been there, for everyone Venice represents one of the wonders of the world to be known and discovered again and again. The most apt adjective is "unique"-there is nothing else to add to t...
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Overtourism is a huge problem. Here's what experts say should be done about it

Overtourism is a huge problem. Here's what experts say should be done about it

"From the Alps to the Pyramids, from Manzanares to the Rhine, from Scylla to the Don, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic..." one could quote Manzoni to line up the localities of every latitude and altitude whose mayors or opinion leaders have spo...
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Debate rages over photographer who wins contest with a photo of Artificial Intelligence

Debate rages over photographer who wins contest with a photo of Artificial Intelligence

It looks like a picture of Grandma when she was young, maybe a little tense looking up to the right at someone who said something to her. And behind her mother taking her by the shoulders giving her a kiss on the back as if to say, "Be quiet, don't b...
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Important discovery in Segesta: slabs of the ancient street that cut through the city found

Important discovery in Segesta: slabs of the ancient street that cut through the city found

Sicily's three-thousand-year-old history continues to amaze: an "exceptional" discovery has been made in Segesta , to use the discoverers' own words, namely the flagstones of the ancient road that was used until the Middle Ages and that could thus al...
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Controversy over Netflix series on Cleopatra: Egypt's queen is black

Controversy over Netflix series on Cleopatra: Egypt's queen is black

We don't know if it will make as big a mark as the historic colossal that has gone down in Hollywood history as one of the most expensive (and longest-running) films in the history of cinema with the legendary pair of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in...
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Design in Milan, what to see: 10 places of design

Design in Milan, what to see: 10 places of design

Milan, city of art, fashion, and design evolves by anticipating, stopping the moment and enhancing it, showcasing new forms that creativity has unleashed in this land or that this city has welcomed by appreciating its value. A cosmopolitan city, a ca...
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Eraclea Minoa (Agrigento), illegal excavations discovered. And it is not the first time

Eraclea Minoa (Agrigento), illegal excavations discovered. And it is not the first time

In Heraclea Minoa, in the province of Agrigento, there must be a great treasure, a treasure buried somewhere in what is now the Valley of the Temples Archaeological Park, or in its immediate vicinity, because in recent days illegal excavations have ...
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Sicily of the Florios: what to see, 8 stops

Sicily of the Florios: what to see, 8 stops

There is a family that between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries made Palermo one of the capitals of the international jet set, a regular destination for crowned heads, captains of industry, renowned artists and architects invited by what was on...
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Milan, restoration team will be needed to clean monument daubed by activists

Milan, restoration team will be needed to clean monument daubed by activists

It will take a specialized team of restorers to clean up the equestrian monument to Victor Emmanuel II in Milan's Piazza Duomo , created by Ercole Rosa between 1879 and 1896. This is the news coming out just hours after the Council of Ministers annou...
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Bergamo, pensioner explains monuments: fined for abusive practice of guiding profession

Bergamo, pensioner explains monuments: fined for abusive practice of guiding profession

Finding a way to keep yourself busy as a retiree by using what you learned while on the job can be dangerous. In fact, it has happened that a retired art education teacher has joined the University for All Ages in Casatenovo (Lecco), a way to engage ...
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New underwater mosaic discovered in Baia, featuring intertwining blue lines

New underwater mosaic discovered in Baia, featuring intertwining blue lines

The Bay of Naples continues to amaze. After the surprising discovery in January with the discovery of the mosaic of Portus Julius, the seabed of the Submerged Park of Baiacontinues to give valuable pieces: in fact, it is these days the discovery of a...
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Cinque Terre, some steps of the Monesteroli Steps landslide: closed

Cinque Terre, some steps of the Monesteroli Steps landslide: closed

Easterbitter for hikers who were planning a walk on the Grand Staircase in Monesteroli (La Spezia) on Easter Monday: Saturday it was in fact transennaded because 5 stone steps part of the steep path, overlooking the sea, collapsed, and after the insp...
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Genoa, 10 unusual places off the beaten path of mass tourism

Genoa, 10 unusual places off the beaten path of mass tourism

"With that face a little bit like that, with that expression a little bit like that that we have before we go to Genoa...": so sang Bruno Lauzi (or Paolo Conte, depending on which version you prefer) in that habanera tango with the overwhelming rhyth...
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Where will tourists go on vacation for Easter 2023?

Where will tourists go on vacation for Easter 2023?

Under the motto of "Easter with whom you want," there are many Italians and foreigners who will get out of cases to take a trip in the Easter week that once again confirms the driving power of art cities especially at this time of year (far from the ...
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Italy's luxury tourism sector is booming

Italy's luxury tourism sector is booming

There are the torpedoes that drop off hordes of tourists with sandwich and water bottle for a hit-and-run tour of our cities of art, but there are also those who plan a vacation with all the comforts to quietly enjoy their chosen destination for thei...
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La Sapienza in Rome is the best university in the world for classical studies

La Sapienza in Rome is the best university in the world for classical studies

The best university in the world for classical studies and ancient history? La Sapienza in Rome, Caput mundi. This is the supremacy certified by QS World University Rankings by Subject, the ranking elaborated through qualitative parameters of the tea...
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10 unusual or little-known places to see in Milan

10 unusual or little-known places to see in Milan

In the "drinking" and business Milan, the city of skyscrapers and technology, modernity and design, where people work and produce, there is a whole artistic heritage to discover and appreciate. And we are not just talking about the best-known places,...
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Rome, 10 unusual places far from mass tourism

Rome, 10 unusual places far from mass tourism

Rome certainly needs no introduction; the Eternal City has spanned history and is universally known. The capital of Christendom, with its wealth of history and artistic heritage, it is one of the few places in the world where a lifetime would not be ...
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Val d'Orcia, what to see. Itinerary in 10 stages

Val d'Orcia, what to see. Itinerary in 10 stages

When speaking in images of Tuscany there is one, excluding that of monuments, that in iconography represents it par excellence: it is the Val d'Orcia. Or rather, perhaps many people don't know it but those cypress trees on top of a hill in a context ...
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Graziano Debellini (TH Group): Quality tourism? It doesn't depend on wealth, but on people

Graziano Debellini (TH Group): Quality tourism? It doesn't depend on wealth, but on people

"Many things can be taught, but the most important things, the things that matter most, cannot be taught: they can only be encountered." Thus begins, with a quote from Oscar Wilde, the interview with Graziano Debellini. A quote that he later used as ...
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Lake Vico, what to see: 10 must-see stops

Lake Vico, what to see: 10 must-see stops

Near Viterbo, an hour from Rome, until 90,000 years ago there was an active volcano that concluded its activities and collapsed in on itself, forming a crater that later became a lake, surrounded by centuries-old forests, creating a protected environ...
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Majella Park, what to see: 10 stops among nature, history, art

Majella Park, what to see: 10 stops among nature, history, art

In Abruzzo there is a natural park "overlooking the sea": it is the Majella National Park, which with the mountains of the Majella Massif, the Pizzi Mountains, the Mount Porrana group and the Morrone chain is one of the green hearts of Italy that for...
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Villa Borghese, what to see: 10 stops in the green heart of Rome

Villa Borghese, what to see: 10 stops in the green heart of Rome

To one of the most important of the families in Rome's history, the Borghese family, originally from Siena, who counted cardinals, princes and popes, we owe the presence of Villa Borghese, one of the most evocative spaces in today's super-urbanized I...
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Monte Argentario, what to see. Itinerary in 10 stages

Monte Argentario, what to see. Itinerary in 10 stages

In Tuscany, almost on the border with Lazio, there is a promontory famous throughout the mare nostrum: Mount Argentario. A crystal-clear sea, between theislands of Giglio and Giannutri, in the middle of the "Cetacean Sanctuary" with a marine area cla...
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Gran Sasso Park, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Gran Sasso Park, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park represents one of the highest expressions of Mother Nature in Italy. It would be enough to start from the numbers to understand its richness and biodiversity, but what makes it even more of a recommen...
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Campari Fountains: when sculpture lent itself to advertising

Campari Fountains: when sculpture lent itself to advertising

"A Campari?" How many people will have heard this phrase in the more than 160-year history of Campari, the company founded by Gaspare Campari (Cassolnovo, 1828 - Milan, 1882) who in 1860 in Novara created the drink known worldwide and used for countl...
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Vigezzo Valley, what to see: 10-step itinerary

Vigezzo Valley, what to see: 10-step itinerary

Almost on the border with Switzerland, between the upper edge of Lake Maggiore and the Toce River, on a gentle plateau around 800 meters above sea level lies Val Vigezzo, also known as the Painters' Valley. We are in Piedmont, at the foothills of the...
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Lake Pusiano, what to see: 5 stops between art and nature

Lake Pusiano, what to see: 5 stops between art and nature

If you find yourself passing through the provinces of Como and Lecco, you cannot fail to drop by Lake Pusiano, "the pearl of Brianza," in the Lambro Valley Natural Park. Lake Pusiano is one of the few remaining totally swimmable lakes, rich in fish a...
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Lake Mergozzo, what to see: 5-point itinerary

Lake Mergozzo, what to see: 5-point itinerary

A short distance from Lake Maggiore is Lake Mergozzo. We are in Piedmont, in the Leopontine Alps, and Lake Mergozzo is renowned for its waters, which are among the cleanest and clearest of European lakes. The lake, which was once part of Maggiore, is...
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Capri, what to see: the 10 must-see stops on the island

Capri, what to see: the 10 must-see stops on the island

Capri is known throughout the world for its timeless charm of the ancient world and the modern world, mentioned in movies, and TV series, it is in the collective imagination for "VIP" vacations. A destination for international tourism in every season...
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Buti, the Tuscan oil village celebrated by D'Annunzio

Buti, the Tuscan oil village celebrated by D'Annunzio

Are you familiar with Buti? It is a village in the province of Pisa, which can boast the first Palio of Tuscany in chronological order, castles and fortifications, a Medici villa, a mountain from whose slopes you can climb for a hiking trip in the mi...
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Lake Viverone, what to see. Itinerary between nature and history

Lake Viverone, what to see. Itinerary between nature and history

It can be said that Lake Viverone, in Piedmont, is a rarity in Italy, as it is fed by the same watercourses that cyclically inject water or bring it out of the reservoir. A rarity that has been specially studied by the Piedmont Regional Environmental...
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Who is in charge of culture and tourism in the Meloni government

Who is in charge of culture and tourism in the Meloni government

With the elections of September 25, a new Parliament and a new Government have come into being, resulting, as is natural, in changes regarding the top figures in the Executive, House and Senate in the areas of culture and tourism. Let's see who are t...
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Ryanair, is the era of low-cost flights coming to an end? Company unveils upcoming plans

Ryanair, is the era of low-cost flights coming to an end? Company unveils upcoming plans

Ryanair says goodbye to low-cost flights? It seems to be the end of an era that announced in precise and clear words by CEO Michael O'Leary, who was in Milan at the end of September at a press conference to present the routes to Milan Malpensa and Be...
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In Chianciano Terme the States General of Tourism: how it went

In Chianciano Terme the States General of Tourism: how it went

On Oct. 28 and 29, the Acquasanta Park in Chianciano Terme hosted the Stati Generali del Turismo (States General of Tourism), the first national planning conference on the subject organized by the Ministry of Tourism and during which the foundations ...
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Here's the new Aeroitalia: a low cask and not a low cost company: speaks CEO Gaetano Intrieri

Here's the new Aeroitalia: a low cask and not a low cost company: speaks CEO Gaetano Intrieri

There is a new Italian-flagged airline: it is Aeroitalia, which took off in May and is making its first report at the end of the summer season. Founded by German Efromovich, a South American entrepreneur and owner of the Avionica company, it has Marc...
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The Uffizi is the most visited Italian museum in 2021. Still far from pre-pandemic, however

The Uffizi is the most visited Italian museum in 2021. Still far from pre-pandemic, however

Florence as cultural capital. This is what emerges from the Ranking that the Ministry of Culture draws up on the 30 most visited state-owned museums, monuments and archaeological areas with paid admission each year and that for 2021 sees Florence pre...
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Tourism, MSC's big maneuvers to become a single transport chain

Tourism, MSC's big maneuvers to become a single transport chain

Big maneuvers between sky, land and sea. Mediterranean Shipping Company, a group better known by the acronym Msc, of which the cruise division is a part, is in fact trying in recent months to close the circle that would lead it to become one an integ...
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Tourism, despite all the difficulties, continues to go

Tourism, despite all the difficulties, continues to go

Tourism despite everything is going. This is the consideration that can be made in taking stock of how many difficulties this economic sector, which in Italy has been mistreated by citizens, intellectuals and even institutions, has gone through. But ...
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How are the parties talking about tourism ahead of the September 25 elections?

How are the parties talking about tourism ahead of the September 25 elections?

Ahead of the general elections next September 25, we continue our journey through the parties' programs to see how much and how much they talk about issues of interest to the readers of Windows on Art. After the analysis done on the issue of "culture...
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How Italy must rethink tourism: quality and collateral. Alessandra Priante (UNWTO) speaks.

How Italy must rethink tourism: quality and collateral. Alessandra Priante (UNWTO) speaks.

Tourism is surpassing this post COVID emergency summer in a big way with bookings and overnight stays flying at the levels of the 2019 season and in some cases surpassing them: mountains taken by storm as they haven't been in many years, also accompl...
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Summer 2022, in art cities, tourism marks important numbers

Summer 2022, in art cities, tourism marks important numbers

Record-breaking tourists in art cities this summer 2002. This is said by several surveys made in recent weeks: from Assoturismo-Confesercenti with two studies by the CST Center for Tourism Studies, to Unioncamere with a study by the Observatory on th...
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Do our monuments really need reviews on Tripadvisor and the like?

Do our monuments really need reviews on Tripadvisor and the like?

Does cultural tourism really need reviews on sites (Google), social networks or on portals such as those where restaurants or hotels are commented on, for example TripAdvisor? The question is topical these days because the video on social Tik Tok th...
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Venice tries to discourage the conversion of houses into apartments for tourists

Venice tries to discourage the conversion of houses into apartments for tourists

Tourism is running again and cities of art are gearing up to manage flows with new regulations. Venice and Florence are the protagonists of this activism that has at the moment produced a Memorandum of Understanding between the two cities, a...
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Tourists return, artwork vandals return. A heritage at risk

Tourists return, artwork vandals return. A heritage at risk

The vandals? They are among us and scamper irresponsibly. No, we are not talking about the Germanic people who sacked Rome in 455 and whose crudeness and ferocity was described by Latin authors as so terrible to the point that their name has ...
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Istat tourism data 2021: recovery, but numbers far from 2019

Istat tourism data 2021: recovery, but numbers far from 2019

In 2021, travel by residents in Italy totaled 41 million 648 thousand (281 million 491 thousand overnight stays), close to 2020 levels but far from pre-pandemic 2019 levels. This is the figure from the statistical report Travel and Holidays in Italy...
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"Florence? I know it, it's famous for sandwiches." The city on the return of mass tourism

"Florence? I know it, it's famous for sandwiches." The city on the return of mass tourism

"Florence? Yes I know it, it's famous for sandwiches." That's what a tour guide was told by an Indian tourist who came under Brunelleschi's dome as if it were a fast food stop to refresh himself. Telling us about it is Paola Migliosi, a Flore...
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Antonio Preiti: "Limiting admissions to Venice? Yes but not always, and not with economic criteria"

Antonio Preiti: "Limiting admissions to Venice? Yes but not always, and not with economic criteria"

Tickets, tickets or free offers to enter our cities: from Florence, where Mayor Dario Nardella is launching the idea of a donation from tourists arriving in the historic center, to Venice where the idea of a closed number is being studied, o...
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Florence, considering introduction of tourists' donations to be given to the city

Florence, considering introduction of tourists' donations to be given to the city

After the Municipality of Venice, the Municipality of Florence is also running for cover, looking for a system that can allow a virtuous coexistence between theneed for livability of a city of 358,000 inhabitants and the millions of tourists who visi...
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Venice, goodbye cruises and ticket to enter? How tourism in the city could change

Venice, goodbye cruises and ticket to enter? How tourism in the city could change

The year 2022 promises to be a watershed year for tourism in Venice. In the space of a few days, two major pieces of news have been delivered in the run-up to the summer season: first Mayor Luigi Brugnaro launched the idea ofreservation-only ...
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Rome organizes free tours for refugees from Ukraine war

Rome organizes free tours for refugees from Ukraine war

Culture as a tool of solidarity and welcome for Ukrainian women and children fleeing the war in Ukraine. This is what is happening in Rome where many tour guides are organizing free guided tours for the refugees, mainly Ukrainian nationality...
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From Capo Colonna to the National Archaeological Museum: a journey through ancient Crotone

From Capo Colonna to the National Archaeological Museum: a journey through ancient Crotone

A place of honor on theAcropolis of Athens is dedicated to a figure unknown to most today, but who in the days of Magna Graecia 's splendor was considered the first great hero. We might say the first hero of modern history whose deeds transce...
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How the pandemic devastated employment and cultural enjoyment. 55,000 fewer people employed

How the pandemic devastated employment and cultural enjoyment. 55,000 fewer people employed

The two-year pandemic has hit the world of culture hard in all its declensions, in economic, employment and fruition terms. It is an observation easily deduced by everyone, but now comes, mercilessly, the photograph ofIstat that with the pres...
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Tourism, art cities restart. Easter sold out, Italians rediscover culture

Tourism, art cities restart. Easter sold out, Italians rediscover culture

The queues are back but this time they are not for the vaccine or to take a swab: these days in front of museums and cultural venues the long lines to get in that have not been seen in a long time are back. Real exploits in this Easter which ...
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Netflix to promote Italy and more. The proposals that emerged from Bit 2022

Netflix to promote Italy and more. The proposals that emerged from Bit 2022

Archaeology on display. Two important events for archaeology lovers have been launched from the Bit in Milan: the first is Archeologika 2022 to be held in September in Cagliari organized by the Region of Sardinia, and the Mediterranean Archaeological...
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Slow and sustainable travel, metaverse, traveller centrality: the themes of Bit 2022

Slow and sustainable travel, metaverse, traveller centrality: the themes of Bit 2022

Yesterday ended the 2022 edition of the Bit in Milan, the most important national tourism exchange that this year returns in presence and starts again from the FieraMilano pavilions with more than 1,000 exhibitors (15% from abroad from 35 cou...
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After two years of pandemic and one month of war, here's how tourism will go for Easter

After two years of pandemic and one month of war, here's how tourism will go for Easter

"Unlike the time of the Covid outbreak, there was not the shower of cancellations that characterized that period; with the war in Ukraine, American bookings stopped but all those scheduled in June and even through November held up. Perhaps it...
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What impact will there be on the tourism of Russians and Ukrainians in Italy?

What impact will there be on the tourism of Russians and Ukrainians in Italy?

"Art cities do not restart with thousands of tourists eating a sandwich, we need to intercept those with spending power. That of a Russian visitor, on average, is ten times higher than that of an Italian." He does not use half-measures, the...
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