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Italy has a long relationship with movie-making that goes back to the start of the world's film industry. The country is the birthplace of Art Cinema, and epic historical films like Otello, The Last Days of Pompeii were big productions with lavish costumes and sets that filmmakers around the...
venice
Nothing prepared me for my first sight of Venice. I stood on the deck of the Vaporetto, the public ferry in Venice, with my luggage at my feet, mouth agog. As we puttered into the Grand Canal, the main waterway was alive with activity and I found plenty of...
turin
Exploring Grand Palaces, seeing Egyptian mummies and gazing at the Holy Shroud are some of the things to do in Turin. This majestic baroque city sits at the top of the Italian boot and is bordered by France to the west and Switzerland to the north. What's most significant about...
famous landmarks in italy
A land with a long history, there’s a treasure trove of landmarks in Italy that are instantly recognisable. Italy is a history lover’s dream destination, packed with Greek temples, Roman ruins, Baroque churches and from medieval castles. Italy's UNESCO World Heritage sites reflect the mastery in architecture and building. With...
Sacre Monte di Varallo
The last glimpse of Milan fades away in the rear vision mirror of our rented Fiat. Cars zip by and trucks hurtle past along the highway. Our destination is the relatively unknown town of Varallo drawn by the Sacred Mountain of Varallo or Sacro Monte di Varallo. Sacro Monte di...
The cheese room at Eataly in Turin
Eating your way through the northern Italian province of Piedmont is one of life’s great pleasures. Aperitif, chocolate and coffee have long been a tradition in northern Italy. The province of Piedmont produces 36% of Italy’s chocolates, its capital Turin is home of the world-renown Lavazza coffee brand and...

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