Here’s a roundup of the latest news from Italy: January 16th through January 18th:
- Italy’s Accordion Industry: Tiny And Thriving
Speaking of Italian crafts (see the Roundtable posts below), here's this story from NPR about Italy's "accordion industry." (via @WalksofItaly on Twitter)
- Italy Train Ticket Discounts: Now up to 60%!
Good news, Italy travel fans! The train ticket booking system on WhyGo Italy now has tickets at up to 60% off the regular price (it used to be up to 30%)! The prices depend on the route, date/time, and type of train, but there are some awesome deals to be had.
- The Best Pizza Town in Italy: Rome and Naples Battle for the Title
Keeping in mind that Naples & Rome produce different kinds of pizza, & therefore you can love both equally without trying to figure out which makes the "best" pizza, this is a good list of pizza places in both cities that are worth checking out when you visit.
- Italy Roundtable: Crafts in Umbria
It's time for another Italy Roundtable! This month the topic is "crafts," and Rebecca's post has me dreaming of strolling through markets in Umbria. I knew about the food & ceramics the region was famous for, but had no idea about the linens! The lace! So lovely…
- Stefano Giusti, Modern Luthier
If you could define "luthier" before reading this Italy Roundtable post by Alexandra, you're ahead of me!
- Wood, leather and flowers
Gloria highlights a few of the local crafts near where she lives in Tuscany for this Italy Roundtable post – not surprisingly, they're not as common as they once were.
- Marble Run: Shopping for Traditional Marbled Products in Italy
Melanie's Italy Roundtable contribution shows that "marbling" applies to more than just stone.
- Autogrill and Starbucks Coffee extend partnership in Europe
Continuing its infiltration of Europe, Starbucks is now going to be working with Autogrill. Starting in France, Autogrill will begin operating Starbucks shops in some of their locations. There's no indication yet of when the Italian Autogrills will get Starbucks, but it seems like it's more of a question of "when" and not "if." (Insert sad face here…)
- Costa Concordia captain’s route change blamed for disaster
The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that sank off the coast of Tuscany evidently changed course so that the ship could go much closer than it ever had to the island of Giglio, where the ship's head waiter's family lives. This is now being cited as the main reason for the disaster.
- So what DID cause the cruise ship to hit the rocks?
This article has a few really interesting charts and diagrams showing what happened to cause the ship to sink, plus some theories about why the ship sank.
- Concordia disaster: Five bodies found in cruise wreck
As of January 17, five more bodies were found in the capsized ship, bringing the death toll to 11.
- Transcript: Costa Concordia captain and Italian coast guard
The transcript of the conversation between the cruise ship's captain and the captain of the Italian coast guard in Livorno has been released, and to say it paints the ship captain in a very bad light is a massive understatement.
- Art Begins Reviving Vernazza Slideshow
Artists using boarded-up doorways in Vernazza as canvases for bright pieces of art? Wonderful stuff… What uplifting imagery in an area that needs it so much.