Room with Michelangelo’s Secret Drawings Opens to the Public

Under the Medici Chapels in the Bargello Museum in Florence, a secret room held a secret set of drawings on its walls believed to belong to Michelangelo Buonarroti, an artist who needs no introduction. The drawings in the room, which was accessible through a trap door, remained hidden and unbeknownst to even members of the museum staff until plans to renovate the …

Italian Cave System Joins the UNESCO World Heritage List

A system of 900 caves in the Northern Apennines area of Italy made the 2023 UNESCO World Heritage List. This natural “serial property” includes about 62 miles of caves, including some of the deepest gypsum caves in the world at about 870 feet below the surface. While the inscription into the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List is new, knowledge of …

After 50 Years, a Palatine Palace Reopens

Fifty years after closing to the public, the Domus Tiberiana reopens on Rome’s Palatine Hill. The imposing structure sits above the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, inside the city’s Parco Arcaeologico del Colosseo.  A new path brings visitors through the impressive structure where the palace’s arches frame stunning views of the ancient site below. A holographic reconstruction of the house …

Venice to Charge Entry Fee Starting Spring 2024

Venice authorities revealed they will begin charging visitors to the city 5€ (around 5.40 USD) to enter for a day trip starting in 2024. The fee will be applied to 30 days over the calendar year, mostly on busy days during holiday weekends, Carnevale time and other days with peak tourist predictions. The specific dates are yet to be determined, …

New Naples Museum: Dedicated to Italian Tenor Enrico Caruso

Naples is home to the first national first national museum dedicated to Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso. Set to open this month  150 years after Caruso’s birth in the same city, the museum will be inside the Royal Palace of Naples in the Sala Dorica rooms.   Enrico Caruso had a career that spanned continents. He came from humble beginnings and rose …

Amerigo Vespucci: Italy’s Oldest Navy Vessel Off On 20-Month World Tour

Gold letters on a wood plaque on the deck read: “Non chi comincia ma quel che persevera“ meaning “Not the one who begins but the one who perseveres“ The Italian Navy’s oldest vessel, the Amerigo Vespucci, set sail on July 1 from the port city of Genoa and embarked on a 20-month world tour. Throughout its entire journey, the Italian flag …

Three-Night Castelvetere Sul Calore Experience with Kathy McCabe in Italy April 2024

So my Regent Seven Seas cruise has incredible timing as it departs from Rome’s Civitavecchia port on April 29, 2024. That means I can attend the Festa della Madonna delle Grazie in my ancestral hometown in Campania (about 2.5 hours south) the day before, April 28th. I want to invite as many of you to join me as we can accommodate. I am creating a special 3-night …