How to Visit the 2013 Venice Biennale

If you’re visiting Venice in 2013, you can’t miss the celebration of contemporary art that is the 55th International Art Exhibition (Biennale), the world’s largest art event. Who: This year’s Biennale is curated by New York City-based critic Massimiliano Gioni, who chose the theme“The Encyclopedic Palace” in honor of Italo-American self-taught artist Marino Auriti who “on November 16, 1955 filed …

Italy News Round-Up: Rome’s New Eataly, Italy Traffic Tickets, Sicily Financial Problems

Here are the Italy travel news, culture and food stories that got our attention this week… Is Rome’s new Eataly all it is cracked up to be? Katie Parla writes in The New York Times,”The lack of consistency is perhaps mitigated by the sheer convenience of it all. Thousands of nicely packaged products are artfully displayed in a large, air-conditioned …

Ghiberti “Door of Paradise” to Go on Display in Florence Museum This September

If you’re visiting Florence in September or during the fall of 2012, you will have the chance to be among the first in three decades to lay eyes on the original 15th-century gilded bronze door by Lorenzo Ghiberti which Michelangelo called “The Door of Paradise.” This medieval masterpiece weighs eight tons and had been part of the baptistery of Florence’s Duomo …

New Hop-On, Hop-Off Vaporetto in Venice

You’ve probably seen the red hop-on, hop-off buses in Rome and other cities (there’s even now a hop-on, hop-off bus along the Amalfi Coast)…Perhaps it was only a matter of time before a hop-on, hop-off tourist boat came to the waterways of Venice. Earlier this month a hop-on, hop-off vaporetto service began on Venice’s Grand Canal. Vaporetto dell’Arte runs daily from 9 a.m. …

What You Need to Know About Italy’s New High-Speed Train

Updated 2018 Italo, Italy’s new high-speed train made its inaugural run Friday. This new service is going to revolutionize travel in Italy. Imagine traveling from Rome to Naples in just an hour; possible because the train travels up to 216 miles per hour! For the next few months, service will be limited to Milan-Florence-Bologna-Rome-Naples. You can book tickets now for …