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Friday, January 27, 2012

Is Tuscany on Your Bucket List?

Make it Real at Il Borgo
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excursions to medieval towns
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What's New in Rome 2012

Though it may be thousands of years old, the Eternal City is always changing and evolving. If you're planning a trip to Rome in 2012, check out what's new in Rome:
  • The historic Testaccio Market will be closing and a new, modern market will be opening a few blocks away. The move is controversial. Depending on when you are visiting Rome, you might be one of the last to visit the 97-year-old market in Piazza Testaccio or among the first to go inside the new Testaccio Market.
  • The latest outpost of Eataly (the mammoth gourmet marketplace that started in Turin) opens in Rome on the city's birthday, April 21. Eataly Rome will take up 12,000 square feet in the former Air Terminal Ostiense, and boast 11 restaurants.
  • The must-not-miss musem exhibition in Rome this year is Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Revealed. A hundred documents from the Vatican's Secret Archives go in display at the Capitoline Museums starting March 1, 2012.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Umbria Photo Workshops: May and October 2012

The trip of a lifetime...
Week-long photo workshops with the bestselling authors of Serenissima: Venice in Winter. Explore Umbria by chartered van and stay in a gorgeous fully restored farm villa in the shadow of Assisi. Guided excursions, personal instruction, many meals—a molto simpatico photo vacation. Maximum enrollment for each workshop is six students. May 5-12, 2012 and October 13-20, 2012

Info: http://www.experienceumbria.com/

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"Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Revealed" To Open in Rome

If you're visiting Rome between March and September 2012, plan to visit the Capitoline Museums for the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Revealed. One hundred original documents -- spanning 400 years of Papal history -- will leave the confines of Vatican City for the first time. The records are usually kept in Vatican Secret Archives, a highly secure building behind St. Peter's Basilica.

Some of those documents on display will include:
  • an appeal by the English Parliament asking the Pope to annul Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon
  • items from the heresy trial of Galileo, whose scientific theories attracted the hostility of the Catholic Church
  • a letter written on birch bark in 1887 by the Ojibwe Indians of Ontario, Canada, to Pope Leo XIII
The exhibition opens March 1st. You can purchase a combined exhibition/museum entrance ticket for the Capitoline Museums for 12 euros and visit Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m through 8 p.m.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012 Issue: Rome Food Tour, Carnevale in Friuli, Maremma Hideaway

The Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012  issue of Dream of Italy is hot off the presses. If you're NOT a subscriber, become one this week and get TWO BONUS Italy travel documentaries on DVD ($40 value), you will also receive access to this issue, online access to more than 85 back issues and subscriber-only discounts! Our paid subscribers (who can log-in here) are reading the following articles this month:

Muggia Carnevale Unmasked
While you hear so much about Italian Carnevale in Venice, did you know that one of Italy's great Carnevale celebrations is in the city of Muggia in Friuli? Find out all you need to know to take part.

Rome Food Tour in Testaccio
The working class neighborhood Testaccio is home to some of Rome's great culinary treasures -- both food and the characters behind the food. This food tour's passionate guide will lead you through nine tastings and a unique experience. Also: The New Testaccio Market, Kenny Dunn's Favorite Rome Restaurants

A Magical Maremma Hideaway
The renovated castle in one of Tuscany's most authentic areas offers an upscale escape complete with Tuscan cooking lessons with the proprietor who is a cookbook author.