Elba to Celebrate Napoleon Exile Anniversary

The island of Elba is preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s exile to the largest island in the Tuscan archipelago. A series of events including performances, exhibits and re-enactments will make the occasion. The Treaty of Fountainbleau, signed in April of 1814, ended Napoleon’s rule over France and sent him into exile on Elba, 12 miles off the …

Meet One of the Best Local Tour Guides in Tuscany

Dream of Italy recently published two special issues profiling more than 70 of the best tour guides and tour companies in Italy. This list of tour guides (only accessible to subscribers) is a must-read  for anyone planning a trip to Italy. Here’s a profile of one of the best tour guides in Tuscany: TUSCANY & CINQUE TERRE: Serena Giovannoni (39) 327 5693100 www.wishversilia.it …

New Ferry Landing Tax for Islands in Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Sicily

August is prime vacation time in Italy with this week in particular a popular time to hit the beach. Italians, and foreigners alike, headed for some Tuscan, Amalfi Coast and Sicilian islands will be paying a bit more for the privilege. These islands are now charging a ferry landing tax of 1 euro per passenger in the cases of the Tuscan islands of Giglio …