Here’s a roundup of the latest news from Italy: February 17th through February 20th:
- Don’t Make These 6 Mistakes in Rome
Good tips on mistakes to avoid when visiting Rome – although the first one, "don't visit in the summer," is pretty tough to avoid for many people. (via @brookeschoenman on Twitter)
- Is Visiting the Cinque Terre Still Possible?
Handy updated information on visiting the Cinque Terre, more than 4 months after the floods and mudslides in the area.
- Italians turn back the clock to eat cheaply in recession
Foodies have been talking about "peasant cuisine" and (in Italy) "cucina povera" for awhile, but given Italy's current economic woes, it turns out it's not just a foodie fad – more people are returning to the cheap and hearty dishes of their past. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)
- In Florence, geniuses of place: art, fashion, and wine
How the author ended up falling for Florence, the "New York Yankees of art," with a few simple tricks (like having a reserved entry for the Uffizi instead of waiting in line!). (via @WalksofItaly on Twitter)
- Look Closer, And That Mona Lisa’s Made From Thousands Of Doodles
Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting, rendered in a bunch of goofy squiggles? Utterly delightful. (via @JennaSchnuer on Twitter)
- By the Tiber in Rome, a Museum Rises, Pleasures Follow
My friend Katie Parla has a slideshow in the NY Times about the Flaminio neighborhood in Rome, highlighting some of the things to do and see in this up-and-coming area.
- Three Designers, Three Milan Hotels
I'm sure these hotels are visually really interesting, but they're way out of my price range… Would you splurge on a designer-themed hotel?