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Italian culture

Pampering in Rome

Pampering has long been fashionable in this most civilised of cities.
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Venice Carnival

Every year in the run-up to Shrove Tuesday, the city indulges in a 10-day masked ball – a Lententide ‘farewell to the flesh’ – as La Serenissima awakes to a whirl of colour, ...
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Venice Film Festival

Lights, camera, action… Venice offers an extraordinary setting for one of the glitziest events in the film world's calendar.
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Shopping in Florence

High-quality goods dominate shopping in Florence, especially clothing and leather wares. Some of the best Italian designers started out in the city, and their flagship stores still line Via de&rsquo...
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The 1966 flood in Florence

Florence hit the international headlines in November 1966, when the River Arno burst its banks and the streets of this historic city were dramatically flooded.
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Sicily and Sardinia in springtime

The best times to visit Italy are spring and autumn, when the weather is usually good (mild and sunny but not too hot) and sites of interest are less crowded than in summer. Spring is one of the b...
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Read more about Italy

Read more about the cultural features of Italy in Insight Guides: Italy

Insight Guides: Italy

With its treasure-filled ancient sites, Renaissance masterpieces, stunning countryside and some of the best cuisine in the world, Italy impresses at every turn. Be inspired by the new edition of Insig...

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