Venice Film Festival 2016 announces lineup

Venice Film Festival 2016 announces lineup

The films in contention at the 73rd edition of the Venice Film Festival were announced on Thursday in Rome, with a group of English-language features on the docket. Opening the festival is Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma stone in a nod to the Golden Age of American musicals. In Mel […]

28.07.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
500 years after reformation, Pope knocks on Lutherans’ door

500 years after reformation, Pope knocks on Lutherans’ door

By Angus Mackinnon Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |  – Pope Francis will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by attending an ecumenical service in Sweden as a guest of the Lutheran church, the Vatican said Monday. In a highly symbolic act of reconciliation that would even recently have been unthinkable for a Catholic pontiff, Francis will […]

26.01.2016 · Filled under: News ·
Rome banishes centurions, rickshaws over tourist scams

Rome banishes centurions, rickshaws over tourist scams

(Rome-AFP) – After two millennia, the last Centurions have finally been banished from Rome. As of Thursday men who dress up as soldiers of the ancient empire and offer to pose for tourist snaps in return for cash were banned from the streets around the Colosseum and the rest of the Eternal City. Drivers of […]

29.11.2015 · Filled under: Destinations ·
British Airways and Barcelona win big at NatGeo Traveller UK reader awards

British Airways and Barcelona win big at NatGeo Traveller UK reader awards

(Relaxnews) – Barcelona beat out Paris and Rome to take the title of favorite short-haul city destination among readers of National Geographic Traveller UK. In their inaugural reader awards 2015, the British edition of NatGeo asked readers to vote for their favorite destinations, airlines, hotel groups, attractions and travel website. The arresting, surreal and whimsical […]

29.11.2015 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Home & Garden ·
Philadelphia becomes first World Heritage City in US

Philadelphia becomes first World Heritage City in US

(Relaxnews) – Philadelphia has become the first US city to earn the distinction of being a World Heritage City, an exclusive club that includes the likes of Paris, Rome, Cairo and Kyoto. Up to now, the World Heritage Cities club counted 266 destinations around the world with the conspicuous absence of any US cities. But […]

09.11.2015 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, U.S. News ·
Olympics: Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome bid for 2024 Games

Olympics: Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome bid for 2024 Games

(Lausanne-AFP) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday named Budapest, Hamburg in Germany, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome as the final candidates for the 2024 Olympics. The winning bid will be announced after a vote by the IOC session in the Peruvian capital Lima in September 2017. IOC president Thomas Bach said there were […]

16.09.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
Olympics: IOC ‘confident’ of strong new US bid after Boston quits

Olympics: IOC ‘confident’ of strong new US bid after Boston quits

(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-AFP) – The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday it was “confident” the US would find a “strong candidate” to host the 2024 Summer Games, despite Boston pulling out of the contest shortly before a mid-September nomination deadline. “We are confident that the US will make the right choice and that they can still […]

28.07.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
The Colosseum and Sacré-Cœur Basilica to turn green for St. Paddy’s Day

The Colosseum and Sacré-Cœur Basilica to turn green for St. Paddy’s Day

(Relaxnews) – For the first time this year, the Colosseum in Rome, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris will join more than 160 global landmarks and take on an emerald-green hue for St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks to a major tourism offensive, the Irish holiday knows no boundaries and is […]

17.03.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Saint Patrick's Day ·
Italy dominates survey of most romantic Valentine’s Day destinations

Italy dominates survey of most romantic Valentine’s Day destinations

(Relaxnews) – Venice has edged past Paris to top a survey of the most romantic places in the world, according to some of the world’s wealthiest travelers in advance of Valentine’s Day. In a survey conducted by luxury retail site VeryFirstTo, known for organizing outrageous, extravagant travel packages such as trips to every triple Michelin-starred […]

01.02.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Holidays, Home & Garden, Online, Valentine's Day ·
Chanel announces three shows in New York, Seoul and Rome

Chanel announces three shows in New York, Seoul and Rome

(Relaxnews) – The French luxury brand led by creative director Karl Lagerfeld announced on Thursday that it will be repeating its recent Métiers d’Art show in New York City at the end of March, and will also be be bringing its forthcoming Cruise collection to South Korea, before the next Métiers d’Art show in Rome […]

22.01.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden ·
Big business cashed in on ‘Brand Pope’ during pontiff’s visit

Big business cashed in on ‘Brand Pope’ during pontiff’s visit

By Joel Guinto Manila, Philippines | AFP | – Pope Francis says he had come to the Philippines to help the poor, but the country’s biggest businesses and multinationals are also cashing in with a not-so-subtle hijacking of his image. The pontiff is the most trusted figure for many in the Philippines, where 80 percent […]

20.01.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
London, Rome and Paris are most reviewed cities on TripAdvisor

London, Rome and Paris are most reviewed cities on TripAdvisor

(Relaxnews) – London was the most reviewed city on TripAdvisor this year, while Americans were the most prolific contributors. After combing through the more than 200 million reviews and opinions generated on the site, it appears that travelers have the most to say about the British capital, as visitors penned 565,742 reviews about London in […]

09.12.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden ·
Papal favourites served up in new recipe book

Papal favourites served up in new recipe book

(VATICAN CITY-AFP) – From an Argentinian dessert that translates as “milk candy” to Polish ravioli, a member of Vatican’s famed Swiss Guard on Tuesday unveiled a range of recipes of dishes favoured by popes. David Geisser, 24, who joined the elite Vatican security corps a month ago launched his cookbook “Bon Appetit, Swiss Guard” in […]

London opens up its famous buildings for free architectural weekend tour

London opens up its famous buildings for free architectural weekend tour

(Relaxnews) – Ever fancied having a peek around London’s most famous buildings? “Open House London” is offering visitors the chance to do just that, with 800 of the capital’s buildings opening their doors to the public for one weekend this fall, including Burlington House and the Museum of the Order of Saint John. Contemporary architectural […]

12.09.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
Italy named world’s top destination by Condé Nast readers

Italy named world’s top destination by Condé Nast readers

(Relaxnews) – For the second consecutive year, the boot-shaped nation was named best overall destination in the Readers’ Travel Awards conducted by Condé Nast Traveller UK. With an overall rating of 94.49/100, Italy was ranked first among destination countries according to readers of the prestigious magazine, which is known as a key influencer in the […]

05.09.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining ·
Lovi Poe speaks about infidelity, love

Lovi Poe speaks about infidelity, love

ACTRESS Lovi Poe shared she will not tolerate infidelity. This June, the actress will top bill “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real” opposite Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes and Diamond Star Maricel Soriano. In the story, Lovi plays the role of Shiela, a young woman who hails from a conservative family in Cebu. She will meet Dantes’ […]

27.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars ·
Original Jesus Ted Neeley brings ‘Superstar’ to Rome

Original Jesus Ted Neeley brings ‘Superstar’ to Rome

(ROME-AFP) – Ted Neeley, the original lead in “Jesus Christ Superstar”, is back four decades on as the son of God in the hit musical in Rome, and hopes Pope Francis will be in the audience. The pontiff will be “just down the street and we’re hoping he’s going to come visit us and see […]

18.04.2014 · Filled under: Art, Easter, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Istanbul bumps Paris to become top 2014 destination: TripAdvisor

Istanbul bumps Paris to become top 2014 destination: TripAdvisor

(Relaxnews) – Istanbul has emerged as the top destination in a ranking that serves as a barometer of the most popular travel hotspots trending around the world in 2014. The largest city in Turkey has pulled off an impressive feat in the sixth edition of TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Destinations 2014 report, leapfrogging 11 places from last year […]

09.04.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
Gardens of popes’ sumptuous summer palace open to public

Gardens of popes’ sumptuous summer palace open to public

(VATICAN CITY-AFP) – The sumptuous gardens of Castel Gandolfo, a summer getaway for centuries of popes, have opened to the public at the behest of Pope Francis, the Vatican Museums announced Monday. “It took a man like Francis” to open the grounds to all, museum director Antonio Paolucci said in a statement, describing the gardens […]

04.03.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Home & Garden ·
‘Bionic hand’ can now sense shape, texture

‘Bionic hand’ can now sense shape, texture

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – An amputee with a bionic hand has for the first time been able to feel the texture and shape of objects in his grasp, European researchers said Wednesday. The success of the month-long trial in Italy has energized researchers in the hunt to solve one of the most difficult challenges in prosthetics. Until […]

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