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»» Visiting The Vatican Museums At Night

With “Nights at the Museums” you have the opportunity to visit The Vatican Museums after sunset.
The event scheduled each Friday night in April, from 7pm to 11pm, offers the chance to visit the Vatican’s most important art collections in the night, with an itinerary including the Upper Galleries, Raphael Room and the Sistine Chapel. Online booking is required.

Also from March 1st the Vatican Museums make their immense heritage even more accessible by offering a new range of tours, all free of charge.

Among such tours is a multisensory tour, enabling the blind and visually impaired to explore a selection of works in the Vatican Pinacoteca and guided tours for the deaf in Italian Sign Language (LIS).

Find out detailed information on

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»» Winter Sales Season in Italy – How To Grab Designer Deals

The winter sales season in Italy starts early January. Below is the 2011 winter sales schedule with the start date for each of the regions.

Lombardy (Milan) Jan 6; Lazio (Rome) Jan 6; Tuscany (Florence, Siena etc…) Jan 6; Umbria (Perugia, Assisi etc…) Jan 6; Veneto (Venice, Padova etc..) Jan 6; Campania (Naples, Capri, Amalfi Coast…) Jan 2; Liguria (Genoa, Ligurian Riviera, Cinque Terre…) Jan 6; Emilia Romagna (Bologna) Jan 6; Piedmont (Turin) Jan 2; Sicily Jan 2; Sardegna Jan 8; Marche Jan 6; Apulia Jan 6; Friuli Venezia Giulia Jan 3; Trentino Alto Adige Jan 8; Valle d’Aosta Jan 10; Molise Jan 2; Abruzzo (L’Aquila) Jan 6; Basilicata Jan 2; Calabria Jan 2.

Please, be aware, even the sales season lasts around 60 days, you could grab the best deals only in the early weeks.

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»» Discount Flights to Italy from US

American Airlines has made available a selection of discounted fares on flights from US to Italy for travel through March 31 next year.

Milan - The Duomo

Fares are each way based on round-trip purchase; fares do not include taxes and fees. To enjoy these low fares flights must be booked by December 21, 2010. They are valid for outbound travel through March 31, 2011. All travel must be complete by April 17, 2011.
From Boston (BOS): Milan (MXP): $298 – Rome L. Da Vinci (FCO) $364;
from Chicago O’Hare (ORD): Rome L. Da Vinci (FCO) $390;
from Dallas / Ft. Worth (DFW): Milan (MXP) $335 – Rome L. Da Vinci (FCO) $398;
from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL): Milan (MXP) $319;
from Houston Bush Intercont’l (IAH): Rome L. Da Vinci (FCO) $373;
from Las Vegas (LAS): Milan (MXP) $427;
from Los Angeles (LAX): Milan (MXP) $358;
from Miami (MIA): Milan (MXP) $319 – Rome L. Da Vinci (FCO) $364;
from Minneapolis / St. Paul (MSP): Rome L. Da Vinci (FCO) $414;
from New York Kennedy (JFK): Milan (MXP) $291 – Rome L. Da Vinci (FCO) $338;
from Orlando (MCO): Milan (MXP) $354;
from Phoenix (PHX): Rome L. Da Vinci (FCO) $317;
Pittsburgh (PIT): Milan (MXP) $317;
from Salt Lake City (SLC): Rome L. Da Vinci (FCO) $436;
from San Diego (SAN): Milan (MXP) $402 – Rome L. Da Vinci (FCO) $407;
from San Francisco (SFO): Milan (MXP) $379 – Rome L. Da Vinci (FCO) $384;
from Seattle (SEA): Milan (MXP) $379 – Rome L. Da Vinci (FCO) $384;
from St. Louis (STL): Milan (MXP) $379.
Find out more of these fares here.

Among the best winter fares on flights from US to Italy, KLM offers one-way flights from San Francisco to Rome starting as low as $ 384 and from Los Angeles to Rome starting from $ 405, including fuel surcharge, fees and taxes. Tickets must be purchased by December 16, 2010.
The KLM fares are one-way based on round-trip purchase including fuel surcharge, government-imposed fees and taxes of approximately $100 – $160 (more or less depending on airports), including the September 11th Security Fee of up to $10 per round-trip are additional. A minimum 14 day advance purchase is required. A maximum 1 month stay is permitted. A minimum Saturday night stay is required. Details of KLM fares are available here.

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»» Flight Deals from Australia to Italy

Qantas offers discounted fares on flights from Australia to Italy.

A few examples: Sydney – Rome return strating from AUD 1854, Melbourne – Rome return from AUD 1835 including charges and taxes.
The fares are available for sale until December 16, 2010.
Details of the offer can be found here.

Indian carrier Jet Airways has launched daily non-stop service between New Delhi and Milan.
Jet Airways operates this route using new Airbus 330-200 aircraft.

– Schedule
Flight 9W 142 departs Delhi at 12:55 PM arriving in Milan at 6:00 PM. Flight 9W 141 departs Milan at 9:25 PM arriving in Delhi at 09:55 AM.

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»» International Storytelling Festival in Rome

Rome‘s Appia Antica Park hosts the International Storytelling Festival from October 1st through 3rd.

Appia Antica Park

It features interactive shows, labs and workshops to celebrate and share the magic of stories through tales, legends, myths and music. A unique event to bring storytelling to the Italian and multicultural audience in Rome.

Texts are translated and read in both Italian and English languages.
Find out about the 2010 festival programme as well as the list of artists joining the festival here.

When: October 1st, 2nd, 3rd (annually)
Where: Rome, Appia Antica Park (address: 42 Via Appia Antica – directions by Bus: 118 to Appia Antica)

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