Matera's prehistoric Sassi (photo: R. Lamacchia)
Jubilation and joy broke out in Matera when the city was selected to be one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2019, beating out fellow Italians on the short list: Cagliari, Lecce, Perugia-Assisi, Siena and Ravenna. Making the announcement in Brussels on October 17th, the European Commissioner ... Read more...
31 October, 2014
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HOW TO TRAVEL IN ITALY & NOT LOOK LIKE A CLUELESS TOURIST
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Get Around
Don't plan to drive in Naples. Road rules are different from what you're used to, and despite being incomprehensible to most outsiders, they keep the city going. You'd be the wrench thrown in the perfectly oiled wheel! No right turn on red anywhere in Italy!

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Useful Tourist Info...
Visiting a foreign country can feel overwhelming. Don't leave home before reading this essential information on traveling in Italy.

Tips for The Travelers:
Best restaurants, food markets, shops, hidden gems and much more!
Piperno
Restaurant
Via Monte de' Cenci, 9, Rome; Tel.: 06-68806629 / 06-6833606
Opened in 1856, Piperno is the oldest traditional restaurant in the Jewish Ghetto. Since 1963, it has been in the possession of the Mazzarella and Boni families. Their justifiably famous Jewish-style artichokes are on the menu all year long in addition to a full menu of typical, savory Roman dishes. Many of the foods are deep-fried but emerge flaky and dry, not at all greasy; for example, the aromatic fritto misto vegetariano (artichokes, cheese-and-rice croquettes, mozzarella, and stuffed squash blossoms). Reservations made by fax still have to be confirmed on the phone.

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Panino Giusto
Cafe/Sandwich Bar
Via Malpighi, 3 , Milan; Tel.: 02-29409297
Panino Giusto is a chain of panini (toasted sandwich) cafes. The reason to choose this particular venue is its location: a Liberty-style building with beautiful iron wrought balconies and ceramic tile decorations. There's a great variety of panini on offer, and the mini chocolate ices served with the coffee are a nice touch.

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LIBRIVIVI: An Italian literary revolution: the audiobook, becomes the "audiomovie". List all books...

LibriVivi are cutting-edge audiobooks that bring the greatest works of literature to life by means of new, emotionally engaging techniques that transform the book into a veritable "movie."

Living Comics System:
Italian Genius in Digital Art
Digital animation enters the world of comic books. Experience the first release "Sulphur & Dana" depicting the triumph of love over prejudice, discrimination and mistrust.


Introducing Whaiwhai:
New Touring Experience
The New York Times calls Whaiwhai "a high-tech Italian game that is part 'Amazing Race' and part treasure hunt, with a bit of DaVinci Code-style storytelling..."