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Introducing Lake Como

Introducing Lake Como

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Te, Larii Maxime, “to you Larius, the greatest”: with these words, Publio Virgilio Marone used to celebrate the beauty of Lake Como in the first century before Christ. Since then, many well known personalities have praised the magnificent landscapes and luxurious villas surrounding its waters.

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Claudio Abbado, Conductor, dies at 80

Claudio Abbado, Conductor, dies at 80

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Claudio Abbado is one of those many artists Italy is also known for and proud of. This great conductor – perhaps the greatest in Italy after Toscanini – was born in Milan in 1933 from an educated middle class family. The father was a talented violinist who guided his two children to the strict, but at the same time free and playful, study of the seven notes.

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Phones & Cell Phones

Phones & Cell Phones

PHONES & CELL PHONES INFO
Most likely you can use your current cell phone in Italy. Please ask your carrier for rates and details. Usually phone calls with a US phone cost around $1 per minute and messages 25 to 50 cents each. Otherwise, cellular phones can be rented for the duration of your trip.

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Drink your water!

Drink your water!

DRINKING WATER IN ITALY
Italy has an abundance of mountain springs that have provided the local populations with water for the longest time. Some of these springs actually flow with either naturally still or naturally sparkling water. If you enter an Italian supermarket, you will undoubtedly notice an entire aisle dedicated to tens of different water brands, mostly bottled at source in plastic bottles, then sealed and wrapped up in a cellophane package of 6 units each.

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Villa Mangiacane

Villa Mangiacane

LUXURY VILLA in Tuscany
Among all the Tuscan beautiful estates, Villa Mangiacane stands out for its majestic beauty and noble history. Located just outside Florence, its name originates from Latin, Magna Cane, which literally translates to ‘great dog’, as a referral to the Neapolitan mastiffs which originally used to guard this property.

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Kandinsky at Palazzo Reale in Milan

Kandinsky at Palazzo Reale in Milan

ART EXHIBITION
Runs through May 4th 2014
The show will trace the artistic and spiritual evolution of this great visionary and revolutionary artist, from his colorful and figurative works of his art school period up to his most avant-garde pieces. Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky was born in Moscow December 4, 1866, and four years later he moved with his family to Odessa, Germany. Here, besides attending a classical gymnasium (grammar school), he took drawing lessons as well. “I remember that drawing and a little bit later painting lifted me out of the reality”, he wrote later.

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La Scala Philharmonic meets the city

La Scala Philharmonic meets the city

REHEARSAL CONCERTS AT LA SCALA
January 26, February 16, March 30, 2014
This is a unique opportunity to attend the rehearsals of the four concerts on the 2014 agenda of the Orchestra at the Teatro alla Scala, and at the same time it is a beautiful occasion as the ticket revenues will support some non-profit association in the area of Milan. 


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