Italy Travel News 02/09/2011

  • Episode 32: Rome Select with Erica Firpo

    We've had a couple Rome-focused podcasts lately on Eye on Italy. This week, we spoke to Rome guidebook author Erica Firpo about her newest book, Rome Select, including some of what she calls "open secrets" in Rome…

  • Episode 31: Eating As Romans Do

    …and last week we talked with Carol Coviello-Malzone, author of "Flavors of Rome, about what and where to eat in the Eternal City.

  • Internet and Wi-Fi on board of Frecciarossa trains

    Trenitalia is experimenting with WiFi on its super-fast Frecciarossa trains, offering the service for 1 cent through the end of February. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)

  • Seeking Guidance: ‘Where to Go When: Italy’

    Interesting… Might hafta get my hands on a copy of this book to see how my tips compare! (via @MyMelange on Twitter)



  • La Spezia – Near but not in Cinque Terre

    In the last news roundup, I included a link to a photo essay about the Ligurian town of Portovenere. This is from the same blogger, who's highlighting several Ligurian towns that are close to the Cinque Terre but often get overlooked by people heading right for the Cinque Terre. In this post, he's talking about La Spezia.

  • Infographic: What kind of pasta is on my plate?

    I absolutely love this infographic from Charming Italy – you start in the center and, based on narrowing down descriptions, work your way out until you've figured out which pasta you're eating. Fantastic and fun.

  • Amanda Knox lawyers move to ban film

    Lawyers for Amanda Knox, the American student who was convicted of killing her English roommate in Perugia, are trying to block the airing of a TV movie set to debut in the U.S. on the Lifetime channel on February 21st. In the category of "they probably don't agree on much else," lawyers for the slain English student, Meredith Kercher, are also working to block the film.

  • The Geometry of Pasta Review and Why Pasta Shapes and Sauces are Interconnected

    This book looks like it provides an excellent guide to why certain pastas are always served with certain sauces – and there's a book giveaway here so you can win your own copy, too.

  • Nutella Recipes

    Did you celebrate World Nutella Day on February 5th? If you missed it, don't worry – it comes around every year. And of course you can celebrate year-round with these Nutella recipes – more than 500 so far, and that's not even including the 2011 contributions.

  • Italy Accommodation on Twitter

    Are you on Twitter? If you are, & you're planning an Italy trip, here's my Twitter list of accommodation in Italy – hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses, apartment rentals, etc. – that have a presence on Twitter. I've found it a handy way to communicate with some of them (depending on how active they are, of course), and you might as well. You can follow this list from your Twitter account – and if you know of Italian lodging that's on Twitter and not on this list, please let me know.

  • Italian gelato scoops Chinese interest

    Two things from this article stand out to me. First, the statistic that Italians consume, on average, 6kg of gelato per year seems like a low number to me. Second, there's a gelato expo every year in Rimini? And I missed it this year already?!? (via @littleparadiso on Twitter)