Naples: Must-Sees and See-What-Happens
The New York Times' Frugal Traveler was recently in Naples, and I'm in love with this article about his time in the city. He captures many of the things I love about Naples, while acknowledging some of the things that make people fear it. He says, "Nothing attracts me to a city as much as an exaggerated but pervasive generalization that discourages timid travelers, keeps prices down and lines short, and makes people like me very happy."
Italy Roundtable: Driving in Italy
It's the start of another month, and that means it's time for the second "Italy Blogging Roundtable" post. This month, the topic is "driving in Italy," and while most of us chose to offer helpful tips for getting behind the wheel, Brigolante's Rebecca told a laugh-out-loud story about how this topic assignment inspired her to get on a Vespa for the first time in her nearly-20-years in Italy.
Some Suggestions for Driving in Italy
Italofile's Melanie, like me, has never driven in Italy, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have some great tips. Her post starts with a fun story about how an Italian driver once confessed to her that there aren't really traffic laws in Italy, they're more like "suggestions."
Driving in Tuscany
At Home in Tuscany's Gloria was born and raised in Tuscany – she's never driven anywhere except Italy! She offers advice in this post about how to figure out when you'll need a car for exploring Tuscany, and when you can do without one, as well as some helpful driving tips.
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It must be a sign: Driving in Italy
Alexandra from ArtTrav wrote about the variety – and abundance – of Italian road signs. It turns out that even though there are far too many alongside the road to actually read them as you drive past, you'll need to have even the obscure ones memorized before you take the Italian driving exam.
When in Rome: Celebreate Shavuot With Italian Foods
As someone with Jewish ancestry, I'm always interested in what life is like for Jews in a very Catholic country like Italy. This article talks about some of the ways traditional Jewish foods have been Italian-ized for one particular Jewish holiday. (via @michellefabio on Twitter)
Pari montagna, dispari mare
You don't even have to understand Italian to appreciate this one. In Calabria's new tourism ad, the famous Riace bronzes on display in Reggio Calabria are arguing over whether to visit the mountains or the sea. So, so cute. (via @michellefabio on Twitter)
The Best Gelato, and Best-Kept Secret, in Rome
Fabulous – another gelateria in Rome to add to my must-try list! (via @WalksofItaly on Twitter)
Another Jersey Shore–JWoww–abuses Italian healthcare system
I again ask – when are they leaving Florence? *sigh* (via @Superboh on Twitter)
Lady Gaga to perform at gay pride event
Lady Gaga (who the Italians love to point out is of Italian heritage) will be performing at a gay pride event in Rome on June 11th. (via @MalloryOnTravel on Twitter)