Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Such a cute couple… This interview on Andrew Zimmern's blog includes how Debi & Gabriele met, why they started filming their online cooking show, & what makes "Extra Virgin" different from other cooking shows. (via @ottaviabourdain on Twitter)
Free gondola rides for everyone!
If you bought a Eurail pass & you'll be in Venice July 15-21, you could get a free 30-min gondola ride – that's how Eurail.com is celebrating its Mashable Award for Social Media Customer Service. Check out the link for all the details.
Michelangelo – David
Italy lovers will recognize this statue, to be sure – but you might be surprised to learn that it's not in Florence. It's not even in Italy! This reproduction is in Buffalo, New York. (via @RobertaK on Twitter)
Explosion of the Cart – Florence Easter Celebration Finale
Friend & travel writer Leif Pettersen happened to be in Florence over Easter Sunday this year, so he went down to Duomo square to film the "explosion of the cart" that happens every year at Easter. He got a great shot of the dove-shaped rocket flying out of the front door of the church to ignite the fireworks on the cart.
12 Fun Apps for the Italophile
I shared some of my favorite "fun" Italy iPhone apps with the folks at Appolicious – these aren't meant to help you travel, necessarily, but they're certainly a great way to bring Italia to you wherever you are.
3 Myths about Italian Trains
Julian of the Trains on the Brain site graciously allowed me to dispel a few myths about Italian train travel on his train-centric blog. These are the biggest misconceptions I still hear about – let me know if you have more to add to the list.
Roman mausoleum found under illegal waste dump
I swear that under the top layer of soil covering the entire country of Italy there are ruins waiting to be found – even, in this case, under a toxic waste dump. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)
Glentoran helped African street child reach Serie A
Fascinating story about a street kid from Ghana who's now playing for Palermo in the Serie A. (via @maxpatrick on Twitter)
Walking Where the Water Walks
This is a delightful post by my blogging & podcasting pal Michelle about a few of the things living in Italy has taught her.
Travel tips for visiting Italy for the first time
The last section "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" is the best one – and following those tips is an excellent way to make your trip more enjoyable.