Italy Travel News 02/16/2012

Here’s a roundup of the latest news from Italy: February 9th through February 16th:




  • Rome Colosseum Damaged by Snow, Frost
    As if the Colosseum wasn't already crumbling… The recent snow, ice, and freezing weather has reportedly further damaged the iconic monument in Rome (along with other ancient structures throughout Italy).
  • 10 Delicious Discoveries with Intrepid Travel
    Intrepid Travel offers foodie tours all over the world – including Italy. Two of the tours listed here have Italy on the schedule: "Tuscan Highlights" and "Paris to Rome," and for a limited time, these Intrepid trips are 15% off the regular price.
  • 10 New Ways to See Italy
    In this article, Rick Steves outlines his suggestions for new (or new-ish) things to do and see in Italy this year. He also mentions a few things he recommends skipping – including the Time Elevator Roma and the MAXXI modern art museum in Rome. Have you been to either of those things? What do you think?
  • Benetton in row over palazzo shopping conversion in Venice
    Italian clothing company Benetton has plans to turn a palazzo near the Rialto Bridge on Venice's Grand Canal into a sleek shopping center, complete with a rooftop terrace and escalator to the upper floors. Conservation groups are up in arms. (via @ArundelChris on Twitter)
  • CNNGo TV: Rome
    If you happen to get CNNGo TV where you live, there's a new Rome program (show times are listed at the bottom of this article). And if you know of where the rest of us can watch it online, do let me know!
  • Where to Propose on the Amalfi Coast
    Whether you're looking for a place to pop the question or just an ideal setting for a romantic holiday, these are some fine suggestions for particularly romantic places on the Amalfi Coast.
  • The Wholly Family, une filmette de Terry Gilliam
    This is awesome… A short film by Terry Gilliam about a young boy visiting Naples with his parents. He has a typically Gilliam-esque fantastical dream when he's sent to bed without dinner one night. You can go right to Gilliam's website ( and watch the whole 20-minute short for $2.99. Grab some friends & popcorn & enjoy.
  • Collettivo Gelitin
    An art/design group in Italy has spent five years knitting, and the final product is an enormous pink rabbit lying on a hillside near Artesina, in the Italian Alps. You can even see the rabbit on Google maps, it's so large. [article in Italian] (via Annemarie Dooling & Erin Halvey on Pinterest)
  • How To Flush the Toilet in Italy
    Funny and informative (and yes, you actually may need a how-to guide to flush the toilet in Italy). (via @DarkRomeTours on Twitter)
  • Mozzarella: Campania’s World-Famous Cheese
    My latest post for Under the Tuscan Gun looks at a common Italian cheese – mozzarella – that you may not realize is the specialty of one particular region of Italy.