Boom! Boom! Gunshots shatter the early morning calm. It's not yet 8 a.m. when two rifle blasts echo through the countryside. Most of the village of Bernalda is already awake. I'm halfway through a bicycle ride when the gunfire reverberates through the valley that surrounds this sleepy Italian village. Birds scatter. Dogs bark in the distance. I lu...

Fifteen years ago, I was fortunate enough to take a tour through the Vatican's Sistine Chapel and have the humbling experience of standing beneath Michelangelo's masterpiece, "The Creation of Adam".   I could make out the figures of God and Adam all right, but the fresco lacked the 3-D effect other, less famous parts of the ceiling were able...

Rome is the second most popular international destination for US tourists this summer, after London, according to the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).   The association's eleventh annual Hot Spots for Summer survey revealed that Rome is in second place with an eight per cent share of votes, with London in top place with nine per cen...

Delta Air Lines prolungherà il volo estivo tra Roma Fiumicino e New York JFK durante il prossimo inverno. Il servizio sarà effettuato insieme al partner di joint venture Alitalia, in aggiunta ai due voli già operati da quest'ultima per New York. Delta e Alitalia saranno gli unici vettori a operare collegamenti tra Roma e New York quest'inverno. &n...

Proseguono il 5 marzo ad Atlanta (Georgia); il 6 a Fort Lauderdale (Florida) ed il 7 a New Orleans (Louisiana) gli incontri del roadshow ITPC 2013 organizzato dall'ENIT di New York, in collaborazione con ITPC (Italian Travel Promotion Council). La direttrice che punterà verso est, metterà in campo due seminari il 12 marzo, a Washington in mattinata...

"Forse voi italiani non vi rendete conto di cos'è Roma agli occhi di uno straniero. E' davvero la città eterna, culla di una civiltà bimillenaria carica di ricordi, monumenti, citazioni.   Oggi viaggia con qualche ritardo sul binario della globalizzazione, ma noi intendiamo aiutarla ad uscire dai suoi shock più robusta, più efficiente, più b...

by Gerard Gilbert   On the morning of 9 September 1943, my father and 500 other mainly British officers stepped through a hole obligingly cut in the barbed wire fence by their former captors at Fontanellato prisoner-of-war camp, near Parma in northern Italy.   Their hosts, having deposed Mussolini two months earlier, had signed an arm...

by Erica Firpo For millennia, Rome's streets and piazzas have been walked and then some—the focal point of the ancient empire's transit network, there's a reason we have the saying, "all roads lead to Rome."   As the third most visited city in the EU (after Paris and London), it can seem there are few areas left to be discovered, but if you...

A group of thirty exchange students from Montella, Italy, came to the Montgomery County Courthouse on Monday as a part of the sister cities exchange program run with the Norristown Area School District. The sheriff's department personnel led the group of exchange students around the courthouse.   The students got a run-down of courtroom...

Tutte le strade portano a Roma. Così la via di Francesco, il Cammino Francescano della Marca, il Cammino di San Benedetto, la via Francigena e la via Amerina si snodano nel centro Italia svelando l'arte, la storia, la spiritualità e le eccellenze dei luoghi attraversati per confluire nella capitale. Cinque percorsi di pellegrinaggio costituiscono i...