Some news from Italy for your Sunday reading pleasure:
- Climate change is changing borders, too – melting glaciers are moving the border between Italy and Switzerland in the Alps, with the Swiss gaining ground from the Italians.
- If you’re thinking of going for a swim near Capri’s Blue Grotto anytime soon, you might want to reconsider. Two idiots were arrested this past week for dumping raw cesspool sewage into the water. What makes the story even worse is that the aforementioned idiots work for a sewage collection company. How long has this been going on?
- Normally, for a trip to Venice, I wouldn’t look twice at a hotel that’s 25 miles outside Venice. But when an error causes such a hotel to offer romantic Venice weekends for 1-cent, then I might change my mind. Unfortunately, the hotel fixed the error quickly, but not before hundreds of bookings had already been made.
- 100 flavors in one gelato shop? I can’t wait to try a few.
- And after all that gelato, I might need some of Cherrye’s tips for staying fit while traveling.
- One day each year, a town in Puglia reverts to its medieval self – and this year, they even went so far as to replace euros with ducats.
- Evidently a photographer crawled over the wall at George Clooney’s Lake Como home and took photographs of a 13-year-old girl (a guest of Clooney’s) changing in her bedroom – and now said photographer is being sued by Clooney.
- Italy’s PM Silvio Berlusconi continues to feel attacked by (and lash out against) the press, but despite all the scandals he’s mired in at the moment one reporter recently found out first-hand that many Italians think it’s all been made up by the foreign media and they still like him.
- It’s not just the people in Italy feeling the heat. In Rome, there’s a wading pool set up just to help dogs keep cool.
- One might argue that even mobsters need a holiday, but one Italian fugitive let down his guard a bit too much while on vacation in Italy – enough so that he was arrested.
- There still hasn’t been a winner chosen in Italy’s lottery, which now has a jackpot of more than €135 million.
- Remember how the Pope broke his wrist a few days into his summer vacation? Doctors in Rome have just removed his cast.
- Ferragosto was last weekend in Italy, and all over the country there were celebrations – I like the video of this one in Amalfi, complete with church bells in the background.
- I love the photos of these fake Fiat 500s serving as tree planters in Milan – I hope they’re still there by the time I get back to the city.
- The economic downturn has been a bit of a boom for Italy’s Parmigiano Reggiano makers – the famous (and valuable) cheese has been used as collateral at on Italian bank for more than 40 years, but it’s now more popular collateral than ever.
- A real estate investor from Texas has become the owner of a Serie A soccer team in Italy.
- Want to take a break from the usual tourist routine in Italy and see a movie, but don’t speak Italian? Moving2Italy2 has some resources here for finding English-language movies in Tuscany.
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