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Witchy holiday doings in Italy

 Truus, Bob & Jan too!! Never mind Santa Claus, here on the eve of the Epiphany on January 6th (the 12th day of Christmas) a friendly strega (witch) called La Befana comes overnight to leave good children candies and presents and the bad ones lumps of coal (though since every kid (though since every kid has likely been bad once or twice during the year, in their stocking they´ll also get dark-colored rock candy, to symbolize coal). read post    

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Enjoying a vacation rental in a Tuscany vineyard

  Wandering the hilly, narrow cobblestone streets in our home base of Montalcino, a medieval city of interlocking passageways, steps, and alleyways curving around and through and behind and beyond the main square, I reminded myself I was walking through history spanning eight hundred years. Stopping for lunch, I ordered a glass of the house wine. A bottle arrived at the table. When I protested, I was told to drink what I wanted and I would be charged accordingly. Not a bad system, I thought.…

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Venice, Sicily & Clientan Coast cited in 'Using Astrology to Plan Travel this Holiday Season' Still vibrant and popular today, the five-thousand-year-old art of astrology can identify, say, business and romantic opportunities or challenges. And those celestial bodies slinking about the stars can also help pinpoint optimal times and places for travel. And since destinations have their own astro-charts -- which interact with yours -- astrology can even serve as a kind of spiritual travel agent. It can tell you, for example, about places likely to be harmonious or challenging…

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  • Friendly People, Good Food & a Railway Museum: That’s Colonna (Rome)!

    By BuzzInRome

    A 30 minute ride by train from Roma Termini, a unique open air railway museum and great Roman food. Don’t they make up for an exciting and relaxing half day escape?

    Colonna is on the Rome-Cassino line. If you disembark and walk down the hill to the supermarket rooftop carpark, you will find a convenient coffee shop for first port of call.

    Then proceed across the main road, in fact the old Consul road (Via Casilina - Highway 6) between Rome and Monte Cassino, and the axis of much fighting in World War Two between the German Army and the combined USA/NZ Forces. Immediately across the road and just 100 metres from the main station, is the delightful Ferrovia-Museo della Stazione di Colonna, still being developed by a wonderful team of volunteers.

    The museum features a great deal of Narrow Gauge rolling stock, an exhibition gallery in the form of a restored goods shed, the Station Master office and residence and much more. On the ground floor are some wonderful displays from the remnant railway, which used to operate all the way in to Termini. Upstairs there are some railway models and also there is a recreation of a wartime radio signals station.

    After this inspiring visit, you may choose to walk 200 metres or so back to Rome and on the left hand side you will encounter Osteria Il Bersagliere with regional fresh flavours to die for and good value, regional prices.

    With the distant views across Tivoli and snow-capped mountains in winter and early spring, this location is an absolute delight, local people are particularly friendly and helpful, and both the museum and the restaurant are within easy walking distance of the railway station.  

    Happily enough, on a Saturday you can take the afternoon trains (you need to double check on day of travel) for a pleasant run downhill back in to Roma Termini.

    What are you waiting for, then?

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    Right, the Christmas Holidays haven’t started yet but Rome’s entertainment scene is already bustling with lots of performances and events. Let’s have a wrap-up of the most interesting music shows running until the Epiphany.

    Voca People, Choirs & Gospels. Rome’s Christmas Music Kicks Off! | BuzzInRome
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  • Pet Lovers, You Can’t Miss Magnificat, Italy’s Top Cat Fair in Rome on Nov 20-21


    by BuzzInRome

    Persian, Siberian, Siamese, Abyssinian, British, Burmese, Norwegian, Russian and rare American Curl sphinxes will be among the 500 pedigree cats of 200 different breeds from all over the world gathering at the Fiera di Roma on November 20-21 for the 10th edition of the Magnificat cat show. This year’s slogans will be “VIC”, Very Important Cat and “All breeds lead to Rome”. As well as the feline beauty competition “Mister Gatto 2010” for pedigree cats there will be prizes for the best moggy, both short- and long-haired, in the “I’m bringing my friend” section open to the public. Magnificat Show is one of the most important national event and one of the main cat shows in Europe with a 9,000 sq. meters exhibition space. There will be plenty of space dedicated to stands selling sector-related products with a broad assortment of items and veterinary products. But there will also be many occasions for meetings, debates, and seminars about our fascinating four-legged friends. The Fair will feature an adoption zone and an area for kids with shows, games, and other funny initiatives. Magnificat will be held at Fiera di Roma. Address: 1555, Via Portuense. Saturday 10:30am-8pm, Sunday 10am-7pm. Fiera di Roma can be reached by train. The FR1 departs form Tiburtina, Ostiense and Trastevere stations, get off at “Nuova Fiera di Roma” stop.
    There is Much More than the Vatican and the Colosseum!
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