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Venice: The Enchanting City of Gondolas, Masks and Casanova

Contributing Writer: Alyssa Gregory Like a maze, the watery streets of Venice, Italy, twist and turn causing me to lose myself in this enchanting city. Streets of water and 409 bridges connect the 117 islands making up the city of Venice. Getting around hasn’t changed much since the birth of Venice in 421. Boats and …

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Cinque Terre Raises Some Questions

Contributing Writer: Alyssa Gregory Like drunken sailors making their way home, the colorful houses in the fishing villages of Cinque Terre lean on each other and cling to the cliffs. Overlooking the Italian Riviera, each of the village’s crooked cobblestone roads lead to the sparkling blue ocean. Throughout the entire town you can hear the Cinque Terre mixtape being …

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The Contradas of August 16th's Palio di Siena

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS68xKcHTMU&w=560&h=315] The final race for the Palio di Siena will be run this Thursday, August 16th. This white-knuckle horse race happens twice a year, where competing contradas, or sections of the city, will race for the honor of winning the banner of Siena, and bragging rights for the year. Let’s meet this year’s competitors: …

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