360-Degree Sistine Chapel
Simply stunning 360-degree image of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums, which you can move around with your mouse – no more craning your neck to see the ceiling, & no tourists in the way. Plus it comes with a lovely choral soundtrack, too! (via @Italofileblog on Twitter)
Italian Unesco World Heritage Sites
Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country – and here they are all plotted out on a map so you can see where they are. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)
Vatican Fights to Keep Pope Out of Court
Lawyers for the victim in a Kentucky sex abuse case against Roman Catholic priests want the Pope to testify in a Kentucky court. Needless to say, Vatican officials are less than enthusiastic about making that happen.
MLB exploring having two teams hold spring training in Italy
From the article: "Major League Baseball is exploring the possibility of sending two teams to Italy for spring training next year or in 2012." They're apparently looking at Sicily, where it'll be warmest at that time of year.
Five Reasons to Visit Southern Italy
Whether you just really want to get off the beaten path or you want to immerse yourself in the Italian language with no English in sight, Cherrye of My Bella Vita has 5 great reasons to head south in Italy.
Nero palace ceiling partially collapses in Rome
From the article, "The ceiling of Nero's Golden Palace in Rome partially collapsed Tuesday." There are no reports of injuries, but this is sad news for Rome.
Lega Nord distributes anti-immigrant soap
Oh, yes they did. The Lega Nord, perhaps Italy's most xenophobic political party, was distributing single-use packets of "anti-immigrant" hand sanitizer at some political rallies leading up to the recent elections.
Bassano del Grappa and Italy’s White Asparagus Season
This article makes me miss asparagus AND the delightful town of Bassano del Grappa!
Great Beaches of the World: Italy
50 beaches are covered in this Conde Nast Traveler feature on the best beaches in Italy. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)
Google Cam Skirts Streets of Gomorrah
Good news: Google Street View is coming to Naples. Woohoo! Bad news: They skipped an entire section of the city (the Scampia area). Too dangerous to film there? Just not pretty enough? They're not saying. (via @italofileblog on Twitter)