Italy Travel News 03/08/2012

Here’s a roundup of the latest news from Italy: March 8th from 08:43 to 09:04:




  • Falcons will be brought in to scare away birds pecking at the Colosseum
    Blaming birds for some of the recent damage at the Colosseum, officials in Rome have decided to bring in other – BIGGER – birds to help scare them away. I wonder if they've thought about what damage the falcons might do in the long run? (via @MyMelange & @JCreatureTravel on Twitter)
  • Trieste: Sadness at the Start of the Iron Curtain
    This is an excellent historic piece about Trieste, demonstrating how nebulous the borders of Italy have been in the not-so-distant past. I doubt many of us would associate any Italian city with the "Iron Curtain," right?
  • Best Festivals and Events in Europe
    Among the best festivals in Europe listed in this article, Venice's Carnevale comes in at #1! Have you ever been?
  • Costa Allegra arrives in Seychelles port
    A little more than a month after the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Tuscany, killing more than 30 people and injuring many more, another Costa ship – the Allegra – had a fire in its engine room while at sea in the Indian Ocean. The Allegra was stranded mid-sea without power for three days before being towed to the Seychelles.
  • Can Italy’s Costa brand survive the recent shipwreck, fire?
    With these two disasters so close together and impacting the same company, people are now wondering how the Italian cruise company – the largest cruise ship brand in Europe – will fare.
  • Italy On A Budget & A Bike
    There are some great tips in here about traveling in Italy on a budget – whether you do it by bike or not.
  • Engaging History in Rome, Summer Study Abroad
    Want to get more out of a trip to Rome than just snapshots? Why not do a summer study program to get an in-depth understanding of the history? The American Institute of Roman Culture has a couple of study programs this summer – at the excavation site of Ostia Antica and right in central Rome – that give students classroom credit as well as an incredible chance to get up close & personal with Roman history. You can apply through the end of March.
  • Italy’s Best Chocolate: Gianduja
    The author of this post says that gianduja, the chocolate-hazelnut creation born in Turin, is "Italy's best chocolate." Do you agree?
  • Eat Your Way Through Italy: 4 Stops on an Italian Foodie Tour
    It was "Italy week" on BootsnAll last week, & that meant loads of great Italy-related articles! Here's the one that kicked off the week – a list of four of my suggested stops on a trip through Italy that's focused primarily on the food. Where would you absolutely not miss for food-related reasons in Italy – and WHY?
  • The Budget Traveler’s Guide to Wine Tasting in Italy
    This excellent article will help anyone interested in going wine tasting in Italy, whether you're on a major budget or just want to avoid a group tour. It's packed with tips on the wines to look for in a few regions, where to stay, where to eat, and even where to rent a car (& how much to expect to pay).
  • Do Italy Slowly
    Andrew's main suggestion for visiting Italy? Go slowly! He also mentions a couple of his favorite places in the country – and I coudln't agree more about Bologna.
  • The beauty and romance of Orvieto in Umbria, Italy
    This profile of the town of Orvieto is really lovely. Have you been?
  • 12 of the Best Free European Attractions
    Europe isn't easy on the wallet, but some of the best sights happen to also be free – including some in Italy!