4 dead in shooting spree in northern Italy
An Italian man shot two neighbors (who were brothers) at a cafe before killing his wife and then himself. He is believed to have suspected his wife of having an affair with one of the neighbors. All four people died.
Champagne loses title as world’s favourite fizzy
Champagne is no longer the world's top sparkling wine – that title has been handed to Italy's Prosecco as of 2010. Of course, this is according to Italian wine experts, so you know they're more than a little biased… (via @MyMelange on Twitter)
Extra Virgin Videos
You'll see a link at the bottom of this list for a blog post about the new Extra Virgin show on the Cooking Channel with Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos – this is the first TV preview of the show. The preview came out just a couple days ago, and the show premiers January 19th.
Italian Politicians told to Respect Italy’s Flag!
Alex at Blog from Italy notes that while this year is meant to be the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, there are enough people in power in the country who would rather it wasn't united that the list of so-called "celebrations" looks decidedly un-celebratory.
Growth chart, airports in Italy, 2009-2010
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For travel buffs, here's an interesting graphic – it's charting the change in the number of passengers at each of 13 airports in Italy from January 2009 through December 2010. The airports in Turin and Bologna saw the biggest jumps in overall numbers in that time. (via @DriverInItaly on Twitter)
Where to Travel in 2011
You know I love Milan… Well, the folks at the NY Times listed it at #5 on this list of 41 places to go in 2011.
Music Festivals in Umbria
You may remember Rebecca's guest post here on WhyGo Italy about what to eat in Umbria – this post on her blog is all about music festivals throughout Umbria. Festivals are a great way to see a place at its celebratory best, and if you're a music lover this is a list to check out. (via @hackneye on Twitter)
Heartache under the Tuscan sun
Being an expat in Italy isn't all "Under the Tuscan Sun." In fact, it's almost never that. Instead, as this article says, "living in Italy is for most people about making sacrifices" – and if you're not prepared to adapt to the Italian way of life and make those sacrifices, you might as well just plan long vacations in Italy and stay living where you are. (via @LifeinSicily on Twitter)
Thousands of turtle doves drop dead from the sky in Italy
It's not just Arkansas dealing with thousands of dead birds falling from the sky – the Italian town of Faenza was bombarded with more than 1,000 turtle doves falling dead on rooftops. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)
Italian Banks Try to Say Ciao to Cash
As we've noted before, Italy is very much a cash culture – but the Italian Banking Association is trying to get Italians to shift toward using credit/debit cards more. I kind of think this effort (if it works) will be good for tourists but detrimental to Italians. As the article says, partly because Italians are so used to being cash-only "Italian consumers are among the biggest savers with the least amount of debt" as compared to their EU neighbors. (via @MyMelange)
Italy holiday planner 2011
In addition to the 10 reasons the folks at The Telegraph think you should go to Italy this year, they've got some handy planning advice at the bottom – including a rough budget (it's in pounds, but you can do the conversions online).
Debi Mazar Stars in “Extra Virgin”
Another Italian cooking show is about to grace TV sets – Debi Mazar & her Italian husband, Gabriele Corcos, debut their new show, "Extra Virgin," on the Cooking Channel January 19th. Fans may remember they had an online cooking show for awhile called Under the Tuscan Gun, & much of the fun of the show was their banter. I look forward to the same banter on "Extra Virgin."