Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

ITALY NEWS # 91 - July 6th, 2009

Dolomiti, new UNESCO site!

The site of the Dolomites comprises a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 meters and cover 141,903 ha. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. A serial property of nine areas that present a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, the site also contains glacial landforms. It is characterized by dynamic processes with frequent landslides, floods and avalanches. The property also features one of the best examples of the preservation of Mesozoic carbonate platform systems, with fossil records.

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Pasqualino Rossi exhibit

Serra San Quirico (An) - March 1st - September 13th, 2009


This exhibition in the heart of the Marche region rediscovers one of the protagonists of Italian Baroque who, although highly regarded by patrons of his time, was deleted from official art history while many of his works were later attributed to other popular artists. At the core of this exhibition are the works created by Rossi to decorate the apse of the Church of Santa Lucia. Also on display a comparison of additional paintings by Rossi as well as works by other masters of the XVII and XVIII centuries.

Cammina Cammina, Via Francigena


From Rome to Canterbury - July 26th - September 19th, 2009



Via Francigena revives the summer event Cammina Cammina along the 210 kilometers of the ancient track used by the pilgrims leaving Italy for the Holy Land. Dedicated to pilgrims and nature lovers, the project offers different itineraries: four starting points, ten legs, visits to art places, entertainment and food and wine tasting.

La Notte della Taranta Festival

Salento (Le) - 7th August - 22nd August, 2009

With almost a 100 000 people joining the final concert, la Notte delle Taranta is one of the most famous Italian summer events and an extraordinary instrument of cultural promotion. The Orchestra della Notte della Taranta was founded in 2004 starting from the Ensemble La Notte della Taranta, that in the previous editions of the festival was made up of about twenty Salentine musicians of pizzica and taranta. In the orchestra the typical instruments of the Salento musical tradition (small accordion, tambourine, pipes, mandolin, violin, guitar) play a key role and they are organized in specific sections in which ancient repertoires are revisited.


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