Matera, Basilicata, Italy – European Capital of Culture 2019

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There’s a tiny corner in Southern Italy that has only recently come out of the shadows. Much maligned as recently as 50 years ago as “The shame of Italy”, Matera, the ancient revamped capital of Basilicata, with its magnificent rocky cavernous landscape and its troglodyte dwellings, has been awarded European […]

5 Tips for Enjoying Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C.

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The nation’s capital comes alive with cherry blossoms each spring. (Getty Images) It’s just about time for more than 1.5 million visitors to swarm Washington, D.C. What’s the occasion? It’s the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs from March 17 to April 15. Though the 3,000-plus cherry blossom trees are the star of […]

The five most important sights in the Vatican

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I can confidently assert that the Vatican is capable of converting the most hardcore of atheists and agnostics into exceptionally pious individuals. There is an inexplicable magic that this place, a perfect amalgamation of cultural heritage and modernity, exudes. The seat of the Catholic world and the planet’s smallest sovereign state, the Vatican upstages […]