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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Trattoria Da Teo
Piazza del Ponziani, 7 , Rome; Tel.: 06-5818355
Locals describe this small place as the true gem of Trastevere; its eclectic decor of cheerful yellow walls with framed children's drawings of cats, combined with Italian movie posters, will make you feel as if you're in a private home. Teodoro Filippini is your host (he owns Da Enzo around the corner too) and the reasonably priced menu of typical Roman recipes has everything from fresh fish to pasta carbonara, all of it freshly made. Reserve a table in the charming, little piazza - pure heaven!

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Bar Berto
Cafe/Sandwich Bar
Piazza della Erbe, 6r, Genoa; Tel.: 010-2758157
With outside tables in Genoa's lively pedestrian-only Piazza delle Erbe, this bar is a good choice for lunch or an aperitivo. They brew their own beer, too; a refreshing choice on a hot day.

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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..."