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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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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Best restaurants, food markets, shops, hidden gems and much more!
Ristorante La Loggia
Piazzale Michelangelo, 1, Florence; Tel.: 055-2342832
La Loggia offers an elegant, exclusive and air-conditioned panoramic dining room or, in good weather, the chance to dine outside under the splendid arches of this late 19th century Neoclassic loggia designed by Giovanni Poggi in the period when Florence was the capital of Italy. Drinks and snacks are served at the bar, or on the magical roof garden with a breathtaking view of the whole city and the Tuscan hills beyond. Chef Franco Carnevale's primarily Tuscan food is always prepared with a touch of creative innovation for a wide range of flavors. Reservations recommended.

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Da Walter - Clinica del Panino
Cafe/Sandwich Bar
Borgo Palmia, 2/D, Parma; Tel.: 0521-206309
Da Walter, the "Sandwich Clinic," has been a Parma institution for over 30 years. Generations of students have stopped in for a quick bite between classes; the place is right downtown, near the university and the central Piazza Garibaldi, so it is well positioned for hungary tourists too. Choose from creations like the Crociato - a parmesan-style kebab (pita bread stuffed with sliced pork, grilled vegetables, onions and various sauces) or the vegetarian Liberty featuring spinach and hard-boiled egg.

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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..."