Italian Government Tourist Board North America

Newsletter N. 1 Aprile 2nd 2013


Verona - April 7th – April 10th, 2013


Vinitaly is the main reference event in the wine sector: the 2012 edition welcomed more than 4 thousand exhibitors over a show area of 95 thousand square metres, with 140 thousand visitors (more than 48,000 international from more than 110 countries).

Four days of major events, meetings, tastings and targeted workshops to encourage contacts between exhibiting cellars and trade operators, together with an impressive convention programme discussing and analysing topics associated with supply and demand in Italy, Europe and the rest of the world.


Procession of the Mysteries 

Trapani Sicily

Twenty floats made of wood, canvas and glue sculptures of individual scenes of the events of the Passion, are carried by men in the Procession of the Mysteries,  one of  the oldest continuously running religious events in Italy. The celebration repeats every Good Friday since before the Easter of 1612 with a procession which departs @ 2pm from the church of the Purgatory in a 24-hour journey along the narrow streets of Trapani. Religious members of the church lead the way followed by women dressed in typical passion custom, locals join the   "Processione dei Misteri"  where a main float with a statue of Jesus is paraded through the narrow streets   of Trapani, Sicily.  


The Roman Villa archaeological complex of Russi

 Russi - Ravenna - Emilia Romagna Region

 vasi_ceramica_2The Roman Villa archaeological complex,   in   Russi,in the Province of Ravenna, is one of the best preservedexamples of a Roman country villa in northern Italy.The Villa covers an area of more than 8000 square metres on a slight slope which were  banks on a water course that ran to the city of Ravenna. The villa was probably the main building of a large farm where to produce goods for the Roman fleet stationed at Ravenna.   In the state owned Roman Villa complex of Russi there is a visitors centre with lecture halls and other rooms for storage and restoration. In the surrounding area of land and the old clay quarry, where the archaeological complex is situated, a natural reserve has been realized to re-establish an environment of a typical alluvial plain.


“The Subterraneans. The architectural decoration of the Baths of Caracalla”

   Roma , from 12 - 21 - 2012 to 12 - 31 - 2013

On Friday, 21 December 2012, the Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Rome inaugurated the opening of the Subterraneans of the Baths of Caracalla
and the permanent musealisation of some 45 marble findings which had never been exhibited before and have all been restored for this occasion.
The opening of the Subterraneans marks a further step in the project of valorisation and enhancement of the thermal complex, which over the years has increased the visitable area of the archaeological site



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