Italy Travel News 04/20/2011

  • Venice: 10 things to do for less than €10

    Venice is expensive, yes – but with this list you've got more ways to enjoy the city on a budget.

  • World’s top 50 best restaurants

    Six of the top 50 restaurants are in Italy. The highest one on the list is #6, Osteria Francescana in Modena. The rest are #28 Combal Zero (Turin); #32 Le Calandre (Rubano); #33 Cracco (Milan); #38 Dal Pescatore (Mantua); and #39 Il Canto (Siena). Have you eaten in any of these places?

  • Italy Lays Down The Law For Jersey Shore Cast

    Florence's mayor couldn't ban the show from filming in his city, but he CAN set up a bunch of rules that make it nigh unto impossible for them to film what they wanted to in the first place. Well done, Florence's mayor! (via @k_appleton on Twitter)

  • The Treasure of San Gennaro, The stones of Devotion

    Bonnie of Napoli Unplugged talked about this exhibit during her appearance on Eye on Italy, and it looks/sounds fascinating. If you'll be in Naples between now and June 12th, do yourself a favor and check out the Treasure of San Gennaro.



  • Olive Garden Accused of Lying About Tuscan-trained Chefs

    Okay, NOW can we all stop pretending that Olive Garden is even remotely close to "real" Italian cooking? Please?

  • France to Italy: We Don’t Want Your Tunisian Immigrants

    Given how notoriously xenophobic Italians can be, it's fascinating to me that there was a group of "mostly Italian activists supporting the Tunisian immigrants" at the train station in Ventimiglia where French riot police were there to stop a train full of said immigrants from entering France. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)

  • Amalfi’s New Luna Rossa Parking Garage

    This is fantastic news for anyone who dreams of driving the beautiful Amalfi Coast but dreads trying to find parking. There's a new parking garage near the town of Amalfi, just opened after a 5-year excavation into the mountainside. Yes, you're parking inside the hills.

  • Where to Go in May: What’s “in season” in May?

    If you're still trying to make some last-minute plans to travel in May, here's a list of places that are good bets at this time of year. And hey, the list includes Europe! Yay!

  • Italian finds India is a nice place to make cheese

    Fascinating – and yet it sort of makes sense. An Italian traveling through India recognizes the buffalo as the same ones known for producing milk for the best mozzarella back home, so why not go to India to make cheese? (via @michellefabio on Twitter)

  • Istituto Nazionale Espresso Italiano

    Thanks to the @illyUSA Twitter feed, I learned that April 15th was "Espresso Italiano Day" – and this is the 3rd year such a day has been set aside to honor traditional Italian coffee. I know how I'm celebrating…