Gov. Chris Christie approved legislation that would permit Atlantic City to host its own version of the annual Palio di Siena, a special horse race held in Italy for 700 years, Assemblymen John Amodeo and Chris Brown announced on Friday. "The American Palio in Atlantic City" will be held on the city's beaches, according to Brown and Amodeo, who sp...

Art is something that should always make us look up. This rule only applies, however, until we run into works of art that are lying on the ground, such as pavements, antique carpets and inlaid parquet.   A typical example of this kind of “art” is the floor of the Siena Cathedral. Begun as early as the fourteenth century, it was completed in...

A motherland of artists and scientists that changed the shape of the world, home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a kaleidoscope of bewitching vistas - Bella Italia! From the staggering antiquities of Rome and the alluring romance of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the cosmopolitan flair of Milan, the country is...

It's that time again. I'm going back to Italy, back to Siena, where I spent six weeks last year at a language school. I plan on continuing my intensive studies there but my first item of business is experiencing the Palio. This became a bucket list item last December.   The Palio is the city's historic, traditional, crazy, wild horse race....

by Sara Monaci   Siena is the most medieval of Italian cities. It's the homeland of Duccio di Buoninsegna, Simone Martini, Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti, and Iacopo della Quercia. It is the city of the Palio, the lightning-fast horse and jockey race that's over in under two minutes after a full year of preparation. Patron saint of Europe, S...

Siena, ItalyThis innovative 2-week study abroad program will be a faculty-led experience to one of the most beautiful and culturally significant regions in the world — Tuscany, Italy. The course will be an intensive, full-immersion academic and cultural exploration centered on the theme of Food and Culture in the perfectly preserved, magical mediev...

In 1993, over twenty years ago now, Jean-Paul Philippe created a sculpture among theCrete senesi in Leonida, Asciano to convey the idea of a home as "site transitoire", place of passage. A window, a chair, a desk: that is how the French artist, born in 1944, defined his home in Siena.   In an effort to represent the three basic position...

Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council 7297 is offering La Bella Italia, a tour of some of the most beautiful cities of Italy, leaving Saturday, Oct. 31, and returning Thursday, Nov. 12. Deposits are due April 10.   The tour goes from Venice to Bologna, Padua, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Rome. The trip includes 11 nights in first-class...

Rome has a lot to offer, but if you're looking for variety or simply want a break away from the city, there's a treasure trove of towns within easy reach.   Whether it's for an afternoon trip or a long weekend, Lazio and its neighbouring regions – Umbria, Toscana and Campania – offer an abundance of places that are rich in beauty, character...

In Europe, German tour operators taking travelers to Italy report increased bookings especially with respect to holidays in Italian mountains rather than cultural destinations. British, French and Spanish tour operators all report positive sale trends as well.   Tour operators from Sweden reported +3% in sales of Italian tours, Danish tour o...