Italy Travel News 04/07/2010

  • Travel Tip Tuesday : 6 Reasons Italy May Not Be For You

    There are some people who – at the very least – need to do a little bit of reading about Italian culture before they travel to Italy. And there are some, as Robin points out in this post, who should perhaps pick a different country to vacation in altogether.

  • Italy Experiences on the Amalfi Coast

    Two blogging pals teamed up for this lovely post – Laura from Ciao Amalfi! posting on Cherrye's My Bella Vita blog. This post made me wish I had shutters on my windows…

  • Italy Insiders Share Their Favorite Spots for Romance

    My blogging pal Melanie got her Italy insider friends to cough up their favorite romantic spots in Italy. It's a great list, including some places you probably wouldn't know about otherwise.

  • Rome with Kids: Rome iPhone Apps

    Amie from Ciao Bambino! asked me to put together a list of iPhone apps just for Rome to feature as part of their "Rome Week," and here's the result. It's a list of Rome-related apps that will be handy whether you're traveling to Rome with kids or not.

  • Florence Gelato Festival: May 28-31, 2010




    There's a gelato festival scheduled for the last few days of May in Florence. I think that's all I need to know to say that Florence is the place to be at the end of May. (This page is in Italian and run through Google Translate.) (via @foodloverkathy on Twitter)

  • Leaning Towers in Italy

    Yes, there's more than one leaning tower in Italy. The folks in Pisa would prefer you didn't know that (so that theirs remained special), but it's true – and even the towers listed in this article aren't the only ones!

  • Italians Second in Europe for Longevity

    French women and Swedish men come in first in terms of long life in Europe, but Italians take 2nd place for both genders. (via @MyMelange on Twitter)

  • Chocolate Duomo in Milan: Heaviest in the World

    A Milanese chocolatier has created the heaviest chocolate sculpture in the world – as verified by the folks at Guinness. It's a reproduction of the Milan Duomo, made out of white chocolate. The caption is in Italian, but the photo gallery is understandable in any language. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)

  • Milano Diamante: WhaiWhai Scavenger Hunt


    I wrote about the WhaiWhai scavenger hunt games in Italian cities last year, and am happy to see they've added a new city to the lineup – Milan! And this game was produced in partnership with Milan's tourism department as well as the La Scala opera house, which makes it even more interesting.

  • View on a Venetian Neighborhood

    This is a lovely portrait of a real neighborhood in Venice, and a great example of an easy way to see the non-touristy side of any city – rent an apartment there!

  • Where is Chianti?

    Did you know Chianti is a region of Tuscany, not just a famous Italian wine? This map shows you exactly where the Chianti area is.

  • Lazio Day Trip: Fossanova Abbey

    Parts of the film "The Name of the Rose" were filmed in this abbey in the Lazio countryside.