Italy Travel News 05/23/2011

  • CHART OF THE DAY: Why An Italian Debt Crisis Should Scare The Crap Out Of Everyone

    There's really no more that needs to be said, once you look at the chart. Except – oh, crap. (via @michellefabio on Twitter)

  • Diesel Vehicle Emissions Reduction System Made in Italy

    Italy is so proud of its "Made in Italy" label, and yet when a device like this that's designed to reduce pollution from diesel engines (prevalent throughout Italy) is available, not one Italian city has even tested it. (via @michellefabio on Twitter)

  • Exploring Italy by train with kids

    Amie of Ciao Bambino offers a reader some tips on a kid-friendly itinerary in Italy, including whether it's best to use trains or not.

  • 20% off Italy LUXE City Guides

    The swanky LUXE City Guide books have just announced that their books are now available in Italian – and to celebrate, they're giving you 20% off all the Italy titles in English. Just use the code LUXEITALY when you're buying any Italy city guide to get the discount. (This is the Milan guide page, but surf around the site to find other Italian city guides, too.)



  • New Pope Statue “Bombs” in Rome, Angry Vatican Art Critics Say

    A new bronze statue of Pope John Paul II was recently unveiled outside Rome's Termini Station, but Vatican officials aren't happy. They say the modernist sculpture looks less like the late Pontiff and more like the late Italian dictator Mussolini.

  • Decoding an Italian Menu: L’osteria

    While this post is about a specific Italian restaurant, it can be helpful to look at what an Italian menu will look like before your trip. (via @newsfromitaly on Twitter)

  • Beautiful Beaches of the Amalfi Coast

    Holy wow, that tiny (and pretty much only accessible by boat) beach at Santa Croce looks SO fabulous… (via @Walks_of_Italy on Twitter)

  • Episode 45: Italy Q&A Part 3

    The latest Eye on Italy episode is full of listener & reader questions – there's stuff about traveling with kids, traveling on trains, planning an itinerary, cooking schools in Rome, and more. If you'd like to have a question answered on an upcoming episode, be sure to send it to us! (

  • 36 Hours in Milan

    The NY Times takes on Milan in its popular "36 Hours" series. (via @italofileblog on Twitter)

  • Photos of Venice

    Y'know what? I love it when skilled photographers take their cameras to Venice. I just love it.