Italy Train Travel Tips
In case you missed it, I put together a list of some of my best tips for traveling by train in Italy – and I'd love your input, too. If the hard-earned advice that you hand out to friends isn't listed in this article, please let me know!
Italy Trip Planning: 24 Resources You’ll Want
I get questions from readers all the time, and the same topics keep coming up. In this article, I cover the most common questions and list 20+ links to more information to help travelers answer them. If your favorite resources are missing, please leave them in the comments!
Episode 35: Casanova’s Venice with Monica Vidoni
The latest Eye on Italy podcast is up – and this time we're talking with Context Travel docent Monica Vidoni about the Venice of Casanova's time. Monica is passionate about Venice, and we loved hearing her tales about the city of the 18th century.
Colin Firth’s Inner Italian
I knew Colin Firth was married to an Italian, but I didn't realize his Italian wife was a film director and producer – and, apparently, an environmentalist. If you watched the Oscars, read here about her eco-friendly gown. (via @bellavventura on Twitter)
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Rome Revamps `Hollywood on the Tiber’ to Recover Lost Stars
I had heard talk about a theme park slated for Rome last year, but I'm not sure if this amusement park is the same thing or a separate idea… Either way, it's a bit sad that the city of Rome thinks it needs a theme park to attract people. (via @DarkRomeTours on Twitter)
Eat Your Way Around Rome
You can find just about any kind of Italian cuisine in Rome, but to feast on the best of what the city has to offer it helps to know what's really considered Roman food. Look for these items on menus, and you've got a good start to eating well in Italy's capital city.
Featured photo: Venetian scallops
I really like this photograph (as does the photographer!)… And now I'd like to be in Venice, staring at a seafood-rich menu. You?
What it is to be Italian today
And here's yet another book about Italy that I've added to my must-read list… Oddly, Amazon says it's "out of print," although it's being released this month. I'm hoping that's a temporary glitch. (via @vespadiaries on Twitter)
What Spring? Nonna Wears Her Fur Coat In the Summer.
Italians often determine what to wear by the calendar, not the temperature. Case in point? Warmer weather on the Italian Riviera doesn't mean women are ready to shed their fur coats just yet – because it's still technically winter. (via @brigolante & @gmcguireinrome on Twitter)
Ten Lesser-Known Places to Visit in Italy
This is a great article with 10 destinations you may not have on your Italy itinerary – some you may not have even heard of. It's not necessarily meant to be an itinerary in and of itself, but it could be (provided you have enough time). Any of these 10 destinations could, however, be added to an existing Italy trip for a bit of that coveted "off the beaten path" experience.
Italy suspends treaty with Libya
In order to not get in the way of any possible peace-keeping operations that the EU would engage in regarding Libya, Italy has suspended a treaty it has with Libya "that includes a non-aggression clause."