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Venice rises up against the ships that are sinking the city

Venice, like many Italian cities, has a complicated relationship with tourists. On the one hand, they bring much needed revenues to the city, comprising a significant part of its income; on the other, they sometimes bring out the worst in its citizens, and indeed, worsen Venice. One of the most beautiful cities in the world,…

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Ciemmona’s Critical Mass weekend concludes in sunshine at the sea

Ciemmona’s three-day Critical Mass event last weekend in Rome concluded with a great outing to the sea and a good-natured celebration on the beach. Following rain-spattered meet-ups on Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday dawned sunny and hot as thousands of cyclists convened in Piazzale Ostiense for a coordinated ride to Ostia. As the pack of…

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Biker beware: dead ends and debris along the Tiber

Rome should be a great city for cycling. Its climate is the envy of much of Europe (including northern Italy) and while it suffers from rather wet winters, they are short and mild. Warm days return in April and can last right through to December. As far as the city’s topography goes, the seven hills…

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