Italy Travel News 04/10/2012

Here’s a roundup of the latest news from Italy: April 5th through April 10th:




  • Umbria Slow iPhone App: Free Download Day!!
    Mark your calendars, folks – the people behind the awesome iPhone/iPad app "Umbria Slow" are offering free downloads of the app on April 12 only. No special codes needed, it's just available for free if you download it on the 12th.
  • Colosseum Underground Reopens
    The underground part of the Colosseum, which had been closed for a long time undergoing renovations, has just reopened – so make sure to check it out when you're in Rome!
  • 3 food tips for a great stay near Termini Station
    The neighborhood around Termini Station in Rome has something of a dodgy reputation – it's partly understandable, & partly exaggerated. What's important is that this is the neighborhood where most of the hostels & other budget lodging is – so it's good to know about genuinely good places to eat if you're staying in the area. (And I should say that I've stayed around the station numerous times, on "both sides of the tracks," traveling by myself, & I've never felt unsafe.)
  • Luna Rossa ‘team to beat’ as Naples embraces America’s Cup
    The Naples leg of the America's Cup is finally here, running from April 11-15.
  • Six lessons to learn from Italian food culture
    This gem is filled with such lessons as "Americans pay idiotic amounts for wine" and "Good pizza should never be more than three minutes away." (via @WalksofItaly on Twitter)
  • Something to Eat With Bread
    As is pointed out in this post, when you run across words that are untranslatable, it tells you something of the culture. This new-to-me Italian word, "companatico," is just that – and it had me utterly charmed. (via @michellefabio on Twitter)
  • Did Caravaggio meet a grisly end – with the Vatican’s complicity?
    An Italian history scholar thinks he may have some more information about how the great artist Caravaggio died, thanks to documents in the Vatican's Secret Archives. What's more, he says Caravaggio may have been murdered by the Knights of Malta. (via @WalksofItaly on Twitter)
  • Venice’s Lido opened up to the public
    The Venice Lido, which has long been made up of privately-owned beaches, will now have large areas that are open to the public. (via @freyasflorence on Twitter)
  • Government unveils the ‘Great Pompeii Project’
    Italian PM Mario Monti went to Naples to talk about what they're calling the "Great Pompeii Project" – the plan to restore the archaeological site using (in part) the new funds just assigned to that task by the EU.
  • Chieti’s Moving Good Friday Easter Procession
    The town of Chieti in Abruzzo is where Italy's oldest religious procession is held – every year on Good Friday. The procession dates back to the 9th century AD.
  • L’Aquila Marks Third Anniversary of 2009 Earthquake
    It's amazing that it's been three years already since the awful earthquake, and it seems like there's still so much recovery work to be done…
  • EU says Italy does not need more austerity
    This will no doubt come as welcome news to the many Italians who are already struggling – the EU agrees with Italian PM Monti that the country doesn't need further austerity measures to balance its budget.