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Three killed in speed boat record attempt in Italy

18.09.2019 11:52

Three people have been killed during an attempt to break a high-speed power boat record in Italy.

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Enchanted Princess floats out in Italy for first time

18.09.2019 9:33

Princess Cruises has celebrated a significant construction milestone with the float out of the 3,660-guest Enchanted Princess from its building dock at Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.


Wired Mesh Installation Shapes an Open Air Museum in Italy

18.09.2019 2:30

Simbiosi, an architectural installation investigating the relationship between humans and nature was just unveiled in the in ’s Trentino Valley. Conceived by , the site-specific artwork mixes the transparency of a wired mesh structure with the materiality of local stones.

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Best Day Trips from Venice

17.09.2019 18:27

Limone sul Garda view through stone window from hill, Garda lake in Lombardy region of ItalyOnce you’ve strolled along the canals, snacked on cicchetti, and gazed at the mosaic of the Basilica di San Marco, take some time to escape the crowds with these day trips from Venice: If you want unique souvenirs:


Why Go: Shop for locally made lace and admire the island of Burano’s colorful homes. Travel Time: 40-50 minutes by vaporetto Burano, known for its lace production, is a magical island and a pleasant escape from Venice. The photogenic canals and streets are lined with brightly colored houses and shops selling linen, lace, and glass jewelry. Most visitors proceed straight from the ferry dock up Viale Marcello, past a concentration of boutiques. The quieter route is to the left along the lagoon to the first canal that splits the island nearly in half. If you want art and architecture:


Why Go: Discover Palladian architecture at a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel time: 45-75 minutes by train or 1 hour by car UNESCO declared Vicenza a World Heritage Site in 1994—and if you haven’t heard of Andrea Palladio, you will have by the time you leave. Vicenza boasts 30 of his symmetrical masterpieces, including the Basilica Palladiana in the heart of Vicenza, the indoor amphitheater Teatro Olimpico, and the revolutionary Villa La Rotonda on the outskirts of town. Even if stately columns aren’t your thing, Vincenza offers enough bustling squares, one-of-a-kind artisan workshops, and gourmet cuisine to make a visit here memorable. If you want beaches:


Why go: Steal away from Venice and lie on a relaxing beach. Travel Time: 10 minutes-1 hour by vaporetto The Lido di Venezia is a thin stretch of land that separates Venice from the Adriatic and made the lagoon possible. The island’s original beach bums were 19th-century Romantic writers like Goethe, Byron, and Shelley who were seduced by their surroundings—there’s a stylish, laid-back nostalgia about it. It’s a pleasant place to pedal, lie on the beach, or take a scenic seaside stroll. If you want Roman history:


Why go: See some of the finest ancient ruins outside Rome, and explore the city Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers made famous. Travel time: 70-90 minutes by train or 70 minutes by car Verona owes a lot to Shakespeare and two lovesick characters who put the city on the literary map. Thousands of tourists arrive each year intent on finding Romeo and Juliet, only to discover there’s a lot more to the city than a balcony and a tragic ending. Yes, you will find a crowded house where Juliet supposedly lived, but you can also discover wonderful bridges, delightful regional cuisine, and an intact Roman amphitheater where concerts are performed all summer long. If you want a little tranquility:

Lake Garda

Why go: Roman ruins, lakeside beaches, and plenty of recreational activities make for a peaceful break from the city. Travel time: 1.5-2 hours by train or 1.5 hours by car As Italy’s largest lake, Lake Garda offers a little of everything, from water sports to amusement parks to historic villas and ancient Roman ruins. The towns dotting its shores are nothing short of vibrant and charming, with plenty of things to do and see—both indoors and outdoors. More than any other lake, Garda is family-friendly in nature, with plenty of events and activities for children. [hbg-title isbn="9781640490703" summary="From Venetian Renaissance art to corner trattorias, dig into the city known as La Serrenissima (“Her Most Serene”) with Moon Venice & Beyond." /] [hbg-post heading="Explore More of Europe:" id="704836,744500,754485" /] [hbg-newsletter call_to_action="Want travel inspiration sent straight to your inbox?" list_id_override="c89b0f3998" /]


Best Day Trips from Florence

17.09.2019 17:50

Sunset over Castellina in Chianti.So you’ve admired Florence’s famous Renaissance art, biked along the Arno, and sipped a Negroni during aperitivo hour — now what? For a taste of Italy beyond the city crowds, consider these day trips from Florence: If you want a quick breath of fresh air:


Why Go: Hikes and sunset views. Travel Time: 20 minutes by bus; 60-90 minutes walking Fiesole is a sleepy little town of 14,000 with ancient ruins, elegant villas, scenic walking routes, fabulous food, and impressive views over Florence. Wealthy Renaissance families, led by the Medici, designed luxurious summer retreats with ornate gardens, and the Franciscan convent erected in the Middle Ages still houses a community of monks. Today, Florentines spend summer evenings here, and visitors come to escape the city for a few hours. If you want a mini version of Florence:


Why Go: City vibes without the crowds. Travel time: 30-50 minutes by train Just 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Florence lies a city that’s often overlooked. The cities look and feel a lot alike, from the green shutters and yellow façades of the palazzi to the dishes served in local trattorias. But there is one big difference: Florence is a magnet for tourists, while the streets of Pistoia are refreshingly free of tour groups and souvenir shops. If you want a dose of the Renaissance:


Why go: Renaissance ramparts and city cycling. Travel Time: 1.5-2 hours by train Lucca is perfect for pedestrians and bike riders, with lively streets, ornate churches, a tree-topped tower, and squares where locals do their socializing. It’s all built on Etruscan and Roman foundations and a silk trade that led to steady growth throughout the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. The town is still very animated and there’s plenty to see, do, and taste throughout the year. If you want that leaning tower photo for your Instagram:


Why go: The Leaning Tower and beach access. Travel time: 1 hour by train It’s easy to pigeonhole Pisa as a one-monument town, but there’s more to it: Pisa is an elegant, walkable city that’s neither too big nor too small. A day or two strolling along the Arno, observing the city from medieval walls, pedaling past aqueducts, and toasting with locally brewed beer will help you discover another side to Pisa. If you want to try some vino:


Why go: Wine-tasting! Travel time: 45 minutes by car to Greve, the region’s gateway Imagine Tuscany, and Chianti’s vineyards and olive groves are what usually come to mind. The main attraction is the verdant landscape, tiny hill towns, and red wine. A visit to Chianti is about tasting authentic flavors in family-run trattorie and sampling great wine directly from the source. There are hundreds of wineries, and many of them welcome visitors. The agriturismo farm stay movement was born here and there are plenty of rustic and luxurious options for anyone who wants to hunker down and explore narrow hillside roads on foot, bicycle, or Vespa. If you want to explore quintessential Tuscany:

Tuscan Hill Towns

Why go: Wineries, monasteries, and tranquility. Travel time: 2 hours by car to Montalcino Here, spaces are wider, medieval towns are spread farther apart, and hills resemble an undulating sea of green. Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano form an impressive trio filled with architecture inspired by Renaissance ambitions and overlooking vineyards, olive groves, and cypress-lined roads that lead to ancient abbeys and hundreds of small wineries. A glass of red is always nearby, as are tempting trattorias serving pici pasta, fortresses to climb, and trails leading into this incredible corner of Tuscany. [hbg-title isbn="9781640490666" summary="World-famous galleries, medieval towers, bustling sidewalk cafés, and a culture steeped in artistic innovation: savor the best of Firenze at your own speed with Moon Florence & Beyond." /] [hbg-post heading="Explore More of Europe:" id="696032,704915,576652" /] [hbg-newsletter call_to_action="Want travel inspiration sent straight to your inbox?" list_id_override="c89b0f3998" /]


Splendors and Glooms

17.09.2019 17:09

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  • Newbery Medalist Schlitz delivers many pleasures–fully dimensional children, period details so ripe one can nearly smell them, and droll humor that leavens a few scenes of true horror. A highly original tale about children caught in a harrowing world of magic and misdeeds. Publisher
  • A brooding Dickensian novel with a touch of fantasy and a glimmer of hope. . . Vividly portrayed and complex, the characters are well defined individuals whose separate strands of story are colorful and compelling. Schlitz weaves them into an intricate tapestry that is as mysterious and timeless as a fairy tale. Booklist
  • Two orphans, a witch and a girl who laughs at death: Each shares the lens of protagonist in Newbery-winner Schlitz's fully satisfying gothic novel...Schlitz's prose is perfect in every stitch, and readers will savor each word. Kirkus Reviews
  • Victorian London could be a magical place: horse-drawn carriages, puppet shows, elaborate upper-class houses. Of course it could also be miserable: fog, filthy streets, shabby hovels where too many people live in too few rooms. Schlitz conjures both the magic and the mundane here. . . .Schlitz uses such evocative language that readers will practically smell dirty London and then be relieved by the crisp, cold air in the countryside around the witch's crumbling mansion. The characters are recognizable tropes: the witch is rotting from the inside out; the orphans may be dirty and ill-bred, but they have spirit and pluck; the little rich girl is actually sad and lonely; the skinny puppeteer and the overly dramatic landlady are recognizably Dickensian. Yet, they are so well drawn that they are never caricatures, but people whom readers will cheer for, be terrified of, or grow to like. The plot is rich with supernatural and incredibly suspenseful elements. Fans of mystery, magic, and historical fiction will all relish this novel. School Library Journal
Applegate, Katherine. The One and Only Ivan. HarperCollins, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0061992254. Oliver, Lauren. The Spindlers. HarperCollins, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0061978081. Stead, Rebecca. Liar and Spy. Wendy Lamb Book, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0385737432


US sanctions Italy, Panama and Colombia firms over Venezuela ties

17.09.2019 16:28

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on 16 companies linked to Colombian businessman Alex Nain Saab Moran, an associate of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The move is the latest US escalation of sanctions targeting the inner circle of Maduro, who is grappling with a political and economic crisis that the United Nations says has left a quarter of Venezuela's 30 million people in need of humanitarian aid.


Families fight against toxic dust from Italy's Ilva steelworks

17.09.2019 9:32

A steel plant in Taranto moves to tackle pollution, but locals say it is too little, too late.

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