International Air Tickets
Okay, folks – we're all hearing the stories about how oil prices going up will mean airfare prices going up, and already there's news of $300 in fuel surcharges on European tickets (above and beyond the regular cost, taxes, and whatnot). If you're on the fence about booking a trip, you might want to pay special attention to the cost of air tickets over the next few days and weeks.
Italy fears up to 1.5 million North African migrants
Italy isn't known for being welcoming to African immigrants already, so this isn't likely to go over terribly well… (via @tunnsey on Twitter)
Official US IL DIVO Trailer
I'm very much looking forward to seeing this film… Even if it will be frustrating to watch. (via @DeirdreS on Twitter)
Silvio Berlusconi in the dock: the most significant allegations against him
Even Berlusconi's spokesperson says the Prime Minister "has been called to appear at more than 2,500 hearings involving around 100 cases since he was first elected in 1994." They're trying to make it seem like he's overly persecuted by people who hate him, but frankly I'm thinking that statistic just shows how dodgy he is… (via @DeirdreS on Twitter)
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Portofino – Near but not in Cinque Terre
Here's another in the "close to but not in the Cinque Terre" series at Grounded Traveler. This time we're in lovely Portofino.
10 Hints to Make You Fall in Love With Venice
The lovely Evelyn Hannon from Journeywoman asked me to write a guest post on falling in love with Venice, and I was more than happy to oblige.
‘Made in Italy’ Museum to Open in Rome
Interesting – a museum dedicated to all things "Made in Italy" is set to open in the EUR area of Rome. (via @thesorellaluna on Twitter)
Episode 34: Italian Cinema with Daniela Losini
This week's Eye on Italy podcast is all about Italian cinema with movie critic & author Daniela Losini – if you like Italian films, you're in for a treat. Also, be sure to play the video of the week – Roberto Benigni singing the Italian anthem at the Sanremo Music Festival this year, a capella and with emotion, after which he gets a standing ovation.
Italian men suffer ‘sexual anorexia’ after Internet porn use
There are no words to explain this one. You really just need to read it. (via @LifeinSicily on Twitter)
March 17th Voted New Holiday in Italy
Italy's already-crowded holiday calendar just got another holiday added – March 17th, the anniversary of the formation of a unified Italy. Italian unification isn't universally celebrated throughout the country, however, so it's too early to tell whether the holiday will stay on the calendar. For now, it will mean banks and government offices will be closed this year.