Becoming a Knight of the Italian Language
How very cool… A past guest on the Eye On Italy podcast, Dianne Hales, has been awarded the "Cavaliere" title by Italy's president. It's the highest honor Italy can award to a non-Italian. Dianne was given the honor because her book is (in the words of the Italian president) "an invaluable tool for promoting the Italian language." What an honor, Dianne!
100 Years of Set Locations
This? This is fantastic. Someone took the time to plot more than 2000 movie locations on a Google map. It's great fun no matter what location you're looking at, but of course I zoomed right in on Italy (and then added a bunch more movies to my must-see list!). (via @thenotoriousmeg on Twitter)
The Cinque Terre is closed- Indefinitely!!! (Not.)
Just in case you've heard that the Cinque Terre trails are closed "indefinitely," one longtime resident is here to tell you that they're not. Come anyway, & bring your hiking shoes.
What to See & Do in Rome in 72 Hours with Kids
Fantastic article by my friend Amie of Ciao Bambino. Amie says Rome is her "favorite big city in Europe with kids," and in this article she shares why. It's a great 72-hour Rome itinerary, whether you've got kids or not!
Avoiding Desperation Hunger on Travel Days
I'm good at lots of things, but planning train trips that don't coincide with lunchtime isn't one of them. I always manage to get stuck on a train with nothing to eat, so in this guest post I did for Nomadic Foodie it's very much a case of "do as I say, not as I do."
Italian Reflections Group Map
This is a very cool map showing some of the many expats and expat-run businesses in Italy. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)
Human Rights Watch Condemns Italy
Italy is often described (rightfully, in my opinion) as xenophobic, but now Human Rights Watch has made it official. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)
Stolen Venus Statue Returns Home to Sicily
The 5th century statue that was at the heart of a years-long battle over ownership between Italy and the Getty Museum in LA is finally back in Sicily. She was returned in time for the 150th anniversary last week, but won't be on display until April. (via @RobertaK on Twitter)
Hiking Italy’s Green Heart: 5 Great Trails in Umbria
Want to go hiking in the "green heart" of Italy? Umbria resident Rebecca Winke has the information you'll need to take on five of the best hikes in the region.
Photos from the 150th anniversary celebrations
La Repubblica's website has a collection of photographs from the various 150th anniversary celebrations in Italy on March 17th. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)