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Turnout of 2 million expected to view Shroud of Turin in Torino, Italy

Turnout of 2 million expected to view Shroud of Turin in Torino, Italy

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Religious travelers can put the city of Torino, Italy, on the schedule. The controversial Shroud of Turin will be on display there starting April 10.

Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Shroud in St. John the Baptist Cathedral on May 2. More than 2 million visitors are expected before the exhibit ends.

Some say the linen cloth that is stored in the Cathedral of Torino is the very same Shroud mentioned in the New Testament used to wrap the body of Jesus Christ in the sepulcher after his Crucifixion. The Shroud arrived in Torino in 1578 and has been preserved inside the Cathedral since 1589.

The region also features several Baroque-style churches, abbeys and monasteries. Church hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made online. Visit Torino is 87 miles by train from Milan and 435 miles from Rome, which is six hours.

Spring deals

Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale is offering some great package deals.

The Slumber Party Spa Package is available though April 18 and includes overnight accommodations, choice of a 50-minute Swedish massage or balancing facial in Spa Vargas, complimentary breakfast buffet, 10 percent off food and beverage at Shiraz On The Water, Master's Clubhouse or room service. Cost is $225 per couple, $375 for four.

For $135, Movie Night Package available through March 31 includes overnight accommodations for two, a $35 Shiraz on the Water gift card, two movie tickets for Hollywood Palms with popcorn and soft drink vouchers, a breakfast buffet in Master's Clubhouse for two and late check-out time of 2 p.m.

The Spring Break Package starts at $119 and is available through April 30. A family-friendly package, it in-cludes an overnight stay for four, 10 percent off any dining outlet, mini golf, Dive-in Movies at Hilton's indoor pool and your choice of laser tag, bowling or four movie passes. Stay two nights and get all three.

Phone 630-529-0200. Visit

Route 66

The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, the Illinois Department of Tourism, the Federal Highway Administration and the city of Pontiac will install outdoor interpretative wayside exhibits that will include history on Route 66 and Pontiac.  Sites under consideration include the Route 4 bridge, Ideal Service Center, the handgun-shaped 1942 State Police District 6 headquarters building, Rodino Square, the Old Log Cabin restaurant, and the Ladd Street pedestrian underpass.

The exhibits are expected to be in place by mid-summer. Pontiac is already home to the Illinois Route 66 Association's Hall of Fame and Museum. Visit

Sexy places

Night Hotel in New York City led Trip's recent list of the Top 10: Sexiest Hotels in the U.S. Hotel Max in  Seattle, Wash., was second and the Hotel Palomar in Washington, D.C. was third. The list was rounded out by Hotel Lucia, Portland, Ore.; Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; The Setai in Miami; Hotel on Rivington in New York City; Glenn Hotel, Atlanta, Ga.; the Library Hotel in New York City; and James Chicago in Chicago.


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