New Hotel partner, romantic destinations, Venice Biennale and exploring earth's treasures

New Hotel partner, romantic destinations, Venice Biennale and exploring earth's treasures

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Romantic Destinations
From Food and Wine
"From perennial favorites… to more unexpected picks…we sourced a dozen romantic destinations for your next vacation "

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La Biennale
There is much to experience this year at Venice's Biennale. Visit the 58th Annual Art Exhibit to see entries based on the theme, May You Live In Interesting Times.  See what else not to miss below:

International Theatre Festival July 22 – August 5
The festival features performances from theatre ensembles and directors from around the world, and exploration into dramaturgy and its significance for all theatre. Performances include children’s theatre piece Het Zuidelijk – The story of the Story directed by Dutch director Jetse Batelaan, the European premiere of Love from the collaborative team of Patricia Cornelius and Susie Dee and the Italian premier of the techno-opera by the Dutch Collective Club Gewalt and many more.

76th Venice International Film Festival August 28-September 7
Events, like the Book Adaptation Rights Market with 25 publishers and literary agents in attendance, make this a valued film industry festival. The screenings of world-class films and the presentations of the Golden Lion for Lifetime achievement to director Pedro Almodóvar and actress Julie Andrews make this one of the premier film events in the world.

63rd International Festival of Contemporary Music Sept 27 – October 6
Thirty premier performances and thematically titled Back to Europe, the festival explores the culture of our time and influences from the ‘Old Continent’. Some of the lineup include composers such as Malika Kishino, Georges Aperghis, Matteo Franceschini, Joël Bons, Daniela Terranova and performances by the Atlas Ensemble, HERMESensemble, Quartetto Premeteo, Meitar Ensemble and Orchestra della Toscana. 
The entire program can be found here: labiennale.org

Contact Cultural Italy for tickets and more insider tips.

 
New 5-Star Hotel Partner
Insider Tip: Life in the Castle
 
Nestled inside a 17th century castle outside Turin, Vistaterra offers an eco-sustainable 5-star holiday experience. Thanks to a careful restoration process, guests can enjoy the stunning 17th century frescos in the halls where many of the original structures were preserved. The heart lies in the 12 hectar Experiential Park where guests can swim and picnic at the largest biolake in Piedmont, surrounded by meadows and woods. Greenhouses, restored gardens, and historic vineyards highlight sustainability and respect for the natural ecosystem.  While the spa is developing their own eco-cosmetics line, the wine bank boasts over 330 selections. The sumptuous cuisine offers harmony between nature's bounty and fine dining. Discover a place to unwind and indulge while taking in the history, culture, and art of this area.

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Limone Sul Garda
From the blog: A Silent Paradise surrounded by steep rocky cliffs and one of Italy's Largest Lakes.

  Add this to a stop in our Pure Enchantment Tour


Art Exhibits, Concerts and Festivals
 
NOTABLE UPCOMING EVENTS

Famed opera singer and conductor Plácido Domingo performs at
“Noche española”, a Gala at the Baths of Caracalla
Rome, August 7th

La Fisarmonica Di Leonardo in Vinci, July 13
A concert treat with an opportunity to hear DaVinci’s musical instrument the viola organista, reconstructed the Friuli violin maker Mario Buonoconto, featuring Aleksander Ipavec and Paola Chiabudini. Visit here in our Leonardo Da Vinci Trip

The Stresa Festival features classical and jazz concerts at venues on Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, July 14 – September 8th

The 65th Puccini Opera Festival in Tuscany ,July 12-August 24th

Mark Knopfler and His Band, Rome, July 20-21

Aosta Classica Festival features a variety of music genres from classic to pop and all inbetween in Aosta, July 22nd – August 4th

John Legend performs in Taormina, July 25th

Andrea Bocelli, multiple dates click here

Como International Music Festival Lineup Here

OPEN AIR SUMMER CONCERTS ROME, July 2-August 30th

Multiple cities across Italy offer outdoor concert and theatrical performances during the summer.
Contact our Travel Designers for the latest offerings.
Castellana Grotte
Did You Know...
These mineral growth structures seen in caves of Grotte di Castellana are a result of slowing dripping mineral rich water. Stalactites (the icicle like structures hanging down) and Stalagmites (the mounds on the ground)  started to form about 2.5 million years ago. What is unique in these caves are the ones growing horizontally, making this an attraction for visitors to  to see Mother Nature and study it’s beauty and geological significance.

Visit here in Pulgia’s Cooking Tradition Tour


From our Guestbook
Vacations For the Soul
"You don't become an adventurer. You are one."
~Sarah Marquis~

Tour Italy through The Four Elements


 
 
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