ATM Skimmers: What They Are, How to Spot Them, How to Protect Yourself
This is a good bit of knowledge to have no matter where you're using your bank card – whether it's Italy or at home. Learn how to spot ATM skimmers before you insert your bank card.
Venice: A Cheapo’s guide to free Carnival events
Venice is notoriously expensive, & it's even more so during Carnival. But you can do Venice during Carnival "the cheapo way," with a few tips. (via @monicacesarato on Twitter)
Officials arrested over Naples trash crisis
Police arrested 14 "high level Neapolitan officials" this week as part of their investigation into the long-standing garbage crisis impacting the whole region, and nearly 40 more people are still being investigated. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)
Common Italian Words You’ll Need While Dining
Not only is this a helpful list of phrases you might need when you're eating out in Italy, it includes an audio component so you can hear what each phrase sounds like. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)
Rome’s House of Vestal Virgins Open to Visitors
It's always good news when a newly restored monument re-opens to visitors, and it's especially cool that this time it's Rome's House of the Vestal Virgins – after 20 years of being off-limits. (via @italofileblog on Twitter)
Silvio Berlusconi: second under-age girl in ‘bunga bunga’ scandal
Yet another underage girl has been added to the list of Berlusconi's sex scandal woes. (via @caribragazza on Twitter)
Strange Skyscrapers: 14 of the World’s Weirdest Towers
There's a building in Milan on this list that I've never noticed, although it's in the city center not far from the Duomo. I'll have to check it out next visit…
Radda in Chianti
There are a couple really beautiful B&W photos of Radda in Chianti in this post; we so often see Tuscany photographed in color, it puts a different spin on things to see it in B&W.
Pasta Perfect with Extra Virgin
Italians use both fresh pasta and dry pasta when they cook, it just depends on what they're making. Gabriele Corcos of the new Cooking Channel show "Extra Virgin" explains in more detail here.
Episode 30: Michelangelo’s Italy with Gene Openshaw
In the most recent Eye on Italy episode, we talked to Rick Steves author & art aficionado Gene Openshaw about Michelangelo's Italy – Florence & Rome, yes, but also a few other places in the country.