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Bard (Aosta Valley), from 3 February to 17 June:  "Impressionism in Normandy" art exhibition with 70 of the most important works of such artists as Renoir, Monet, Boudin, Corot and Delacroix in this unique project of works of the Normandy painters.  The exhibition will be held in the Bard Fortress.  Entry 8.50 Euro, reduced 6.50 Euro.  More info: www.fortedibard.it
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Ravenna (Emilia Romagna) - from 1 June to 22 July 2018: "29th Edition of Ravenna Music Festival", concerts by international artists of classical music and ballet recitals in the city's basilicas (some of them are UNESCO Heritage Sites).  More info:  www.ravenna-festival.org
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Caneva (Friuli Venezia Giulia), join the festivities on 15 July to celebrate the dark fig fruit at "FicoMoro Festival"; this special type of fig has a long history with La Serenissima Republic of Venice as it is featured in an old Venetian palazzo fresco.  The day includes markets, typical food products and entertainment.  Free shuttle bus to the castle venue and free entry.   Note: from the castle of Caneva on a clear day you can see Venice and its lagoon. More info: procastello.caneva@libero.it
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Urbino (Marche) - from 9 to 12 August 2018:  "The Duke's Festival" is all about Duke Frederick, one of the main protagonists of the pre-Rennaisance period in this area.  Fireworks, parades, entertainment, music all held in the small laneways and piazzas of Urbino until dawn.  More info:  www.urbinofestadelduca.it
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Cupramontana (Marche) - from 4 to 7 October 2018:  "81st Edition of the Grape Festival", the oldest food/wine festival in the Marche.  In this area famous for the Verdicchio grape, take the opportunity to visit the Frassasi Caves (distance about 30 minutes by car).  
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Serrapetrona (Marche) - from 11 to 18 November 2018:  "Appassimenti Aperti", annual wine festival for the indigenous grape Vernaccia, from which is produced the only Italian red sparkling DOCG wine.  Street food, and shuttle bus to the local wineries.  
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Are you a social/recreational/serious cycling fan?  In 2018 Agriturismo L'Ape Regina ("the Queen Bee") located in the hills of Corvara, Abruzzo region (approximately 3 hours by vehicle Rome Fiumicino), offers small group cycling tours. The 15 day itinerary includes accommodation, transfers from/to Rome Airport, all meals and drinks as well as facilities for riders such as on-site workshop for minor repairs and contact with a specialist cycling shop nearby if required. Three or four rest days for visiting the local area and interesting sights are part of the program. Each cycling stage is escorted by driver and van.  All levels of rider ability are catered for, from beginners through to experienced cyclists, by offering a variety of daily stages.  For more details contact marino@laperegina.com.  

 

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Spello (Umbria), newly opened archeological museum Roman Imperial age mosaics dating back 2,000 years in a Roman villa called Villa dei Mosaici, located just outside Spello town walls (Sant'Anna locality).  Multimedia audio guide or personal guided tours on reservation at info@villadeimosaicidispello.it.  Open Tuesday to Sunday weekly.  Ticket entry 6 Euro, children 2 Euro.  
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