Milan to mark 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death

2019 will also see Matera become the European City of Culture

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Rail Plus and the Italian National Tourism Office welcomed a small group of media to a long table luncheon on Monday 10 December, 2018 at Ventuno, Walshe Bay. Hosted by James Hooper of Rail Plus, Emanuel Attanasio of the Italian National Tourism Office, and attended by The Consul General, participants heard some of the exciting events that 2019 will have in store for Australians visiting Italy.

Italy is the second most visited European country by Australians, achieving a 16% increase over the past year, with 250,000 Australians travelling to the destination.

Next year, marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci. Having had the privilege of hosting him for about 20 years during his mature age, longer than any other city, Milan will celebrate this anniversary with ‘Milano e Leonardo”, a program of events lasting nine months (May 2019-January 2020), dedicated to the most eclectic genius in history on the 500th anniversary of his death. With its heart at the Castello – where Leonardo arrived in 1482 to put his skills at the service of Duke Ludovico Sforza, the events involve institutions, public and private bodies, associations and companies spread throughout Lombardy.

2019 will also see Matera become the European City of Culture. Set 415 metres above sea level, in Basilicata, Southern Italy, Matera is a city nestled in a small canyon, carved out by the Gravera. Known as la Città Sotterranea, or the Underground City, it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and a UNESCO Heritage site. More details at https://www.matera-basilicata2019.it/en/.

One of the best ways to appreciate Italy to its full is to travel by rail. Easy, convenient and fast, Rail Plus connects cities small and large across the country with over 100 services daily. Skipping airport queues, lengthy transport to city centres, and travelling at speeds of up to 300km per hour. Rail Plus delivers travellers right to the heart of the city. The Italy Eurail Pass offers a flexi pass valid for unlimited travel on any 3, 4, 5 and 8 days in any one month. Travel days may be used consecutively or non-consecutively, allowing travellers to linger longer in one destination should they choose.

Currently, agents can pass on a massive 37% discount off Eurail Passes to their clients – bookings must be made by 27 December, 2018. For details, click here.

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