Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

ITALY NEWS # 74 - January 26th, 2009

  Air Canada adds daily Montreal-Rome service to summer schedule



 Air Canada reports it will launch non-stop service between Montreal and Rome to meet seasonal travel demand. Beginning June 20, 2009 the carrier will operate daily non-stop flights during the busy summer travel season linking the Italian capital with Air Canada’s extensive Quebec and Atlantic Canada network, as well as major cities on the Eastern US seaboard. Re-introduction of direct Montreal-Rome service complements Air Canada’s Toronto-Rome non-stop service set to resume starting February 21st, 2009.

  Carnival of Venezia

 Venezia - 14th February – 24th February - 2009


The Venice Carnival is the most internationally known festival celebrated as well as being one of the oldest. This congregation of masked people, called Venice Carnival, began in the 15th century, but the tradition can be traced back to the beginning of the 14th Century. Today during the Carnival period Venice offers numerous attractions worth to be experienced. The choices are various, with activities such as gambling dens, brothels, theatres, cafés, wine shops and restaurants, as well as booths where one could see exotic animals, ropewalkers and jugglers.  

    Carnival of Ivrea

   Carnival of Acireale

 Acireale - February 7th - February 24th - 2009


 The Carnival of Acireale, is popularly known as the most exciting, beautiful, and fun carnival in all of Sicily.  It is one of the most involving and historical festivities of the island. The Allegorical Floats are made with paper-mâché and full of lively colors, these large floats depict celebrities, politicians, animals and fantasy creatures.  These floats are brought to life by mechanical movements and arms.  They are built on mobile platforms and internally illuminate, making them extremely unique in the world for such achievements and beauty.


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